There are other educational technology tools I like to use with students to assist working with others both in and outside of the classroom. When I am working with elementary students and teachers, especially the younger ones in 1st and 2nd grade, I like to use tech tools that:
- are free
- are easy
- have a simple interface
- do not require a student login (except Google Drive..gotta get Google with it in elementary😋)
Here are some of my favorite classroom tested tech tools that I like to use with elementary students who are learning how to communicate and collaborate digitally with others.
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Since I wrote that post, Padlet added the option to add comments to other's posts:
There are lots of ways the teacher can customize as well as restrict the board his/her students work on. It is also available as an app!
BoardThing: This is another collaboration board like the two mentioned above. Check out THIS blog post to read all about it. In a nutshell, a BoardThing board can be accessed with a single link set up by the teacher. Students can add notes and attach pictures. I really like the chat feature that comes along with this tool so students can share and plan before creating on the board! It will even work on an iPad browser.
Here is an example of two students who were researching bats. They were able to mark up a website as well as create a mind-map of the information they were synthesizing:
Each student (whether they are in your classroom or half way around the world) can hop onto their page either individually or with a partner to create. Once everyone is finished, they can click on the other numbers and check out what everyone created on their page. It is almost like a collaborative digital book! Students can solve math problems, draw & label diagrams, type sentences and so much more. I also like the chat feature for students to share and plan together before working on the board.
Not only is it important for our students to communicate and collaborate on a global level, it is also important for educators to do the same! Therefore, I encourage you to check out the 24 hour ONLINE event, EdChange Global Classrooms #ECGC17 happening February 29th-March 1st. You select the sessions to attend that interest YOU. Hope to see you there☺