I participated in a recent webinar presented by INFOhio and Liz Deskins, school library media specialist out of Central Ohio, and learned about a few tools I’d like to share. The webinar, Award-Winning Web 2.0 Sites for Collaboration, Creativity, and Innovation (recording available) took a look at some of AASL award-winning sites and discussed ways they can be used to support effective 21st century teaching and learning. The three resources below are top picks by me as they take advantage of web interactivity and sharing capabilities.
Stoodle is an online tool that allows the user to create a classroom (whiteboard space) and invite participants via e-mail invitation, Facebook or Twitter. It does not require an account to participate.
- Real-time collaboration on a virtual whiteboard with infinite pages
- Real-time communication through voice conferencing and text chat
- Permanent storage of all classrooms for later access
- Support for image uploading
- Access to basic drawing tools and colors
Blendspace provides a drag and drop workspace for the creation of lesson plans. Modules, videos and quiz making tools are included. Lessons can include documents that can be accessed from Dropbox or Google Drive. Again, a drag and drop feature allows an easy way to import these documents. There is no cost for individual users, but there is a cost for Blendspace for Schools (enterprise).
- Lesson Tracking: See real-time dashboards on student progress, engagement and assessment results.
- Lesson Sharing and Collaboration: Discover, re-use, re-mix and collaborate on lessons from teachers within your school and district.
- Common Core, Next Gen Science, custom standards: Align lessons to standards and track student mastery of standards.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a platform where developers make apps that take advantage of the library’s contents. The Digital Public Library of America is comprised of exhibitions, maps, timelines and bookshelves filled with resources.