4 edtech tools to increase engagement

 

When designing your lessons, it is important to reflect on whether you are giving your students the opportunity to develop the 4 C’s – Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity. If you can do this you will be creating a much more engaging learning environment that is preparing students with the skills that they need now and in the future. Below are 4 edtech tools that I would recommend all teachers learn more about and try in their classrooms as they will increase engagement by promoting the 4 C’s of 21st-century learning.

 

Canva is an amazing tool that allows everyone to design amazing graphics – whether that be for social media, brochures, logos, infographics, posters and more.

What I love about Canva:

Canva is so easy to use and there are simple tutorials to follow to get started. Users can simply create an account using their Google accounts and everything is stored online. Canva is great for teachers looking to create resources, but most importantly it allows students to unleash their creativity. Canva also allows users to collaborate on their designs online.

Check it out at www.canva.com

 

Flipgrid is a platform where you can start a discussion where users respond by recording a short video.

What I love about Flipgrid:

Flipgrid supercharges student voice. With this tool, even the quietest student gets an opportunity to voice their opinion or share their ideas. Students can then easily view responses from others which allow them to think critically. Fligrid is very easy to use, it is cloud-based so it works on any device and it allows students to practise their communication skills. There are multiple ways that Flipgrid could be used in the classroom and it can even be used as a professional development tool for teachers. The possibilities with Flipgrid are endless.

Check it out at www.flipgrid.com

 

 

Adobe Spark is a great cloud-based platform that allows users to create amazing social posts and graphics, web stories, and animated videos.

What I love about Adobe Spark:

It is so simple and users will love the professional look of their final designs. Students will be able to unleash their creativity in a number of ways and I particularly like how easy it is to add voice to the animated videos – this is a great way to have students practice those all-important communication skills. As each slide within the video allows 10 seconds of voice, students can record short snippets over and over until they get their finished product just the way they want.

Check it out at www.spark.adobe.com.

 

 

 

EDpuzzle is a great tool that allows users to select a video and customise it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.

What I love about EDpuzzle:

While EDpuzzle has been around a while, if you are not using it in your classroom you are certainly missing a trick. So much information is consumed in this day and age through video and EdPuzzle is the perfect solution to check that your students understand the content. Whether it’s through multi-choice or open-ended questions or if you want to spark a discussion, it is so easy to upload any video to EDpuzzle to further increase student engagement through critical thinking. EDpuzzle also integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom and Edmodo.

Check it out at www.edpuzzle.com

 

 

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