5 Great Tools For Blended and/or Flipped Classrooms
Edmodo is a learning management tool (LMS). It is very simple to set up and use. Edmodo features a Facebook-like interface that is clean and appealing to students. Students and teachers can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems and tips. A teacher can assign and grade work. Students can get help either from the entire class or make up small study-groups. You can also connect with the Google-drive. Edmodo is free for individual teachers.
Schoology is also free for individual teachers. It too uses a Facebook-like interface and is as appealing as Edmodo. It provides all the features necessary for an effective learning environment. This special mention is on account of the discussion features and the advanced assessment-tools.
Screencast-O-Matic is a free one-click screen recording web app for Windows and Mac. It’s extremely easy to use, and you don’t even need to sign up for an account. When ready, you can upload your recording straight forward to YouTube. You can create videos of up to fifteen minutes. You don’t need to download and install the executable file on your school computers.
This is a very popular online tool to create and upload audio files. VoiceThread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upload PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own comments and/or narration about the images/slides. It’s a great tool to submit audio reports, assignments and audio feedback.
Evernote allows you to take notes and organize the material. It allows you to take notes in many formats, including voice and handwriting. You can sync notes on the web and across all your mobile devices. It is possible to share your work with other teachers and the class, and select them to edit your work. Evernote is free to use.
This was a list of the five best blending and flipping tools. Although I am exceeding the limit of five, but Wikispaces Classroom Wikispaces Classroom deserve a special mention. Wikispaces tools can keep a track of everything. It allows students to collaborate on large projects, while teachers can assess them in real time.
How many of these tools do you use? What other tools do you use? We’d love to hear your views in the comments.