My mentor, Rola Tibshirani and I have been video chatting regularly and I have yet to create a blog post about what I have done with her and her class.. so here we go! Her students have been teaching me about a few of the different apps that they use within their classroom to foster their learning, so I decided to download 3 of them to try on my own. I’m so glad they were able to assist me in understanding how they work and how to use them in the classroom because I would have been so lost without their help! I will briefly explain each of the apps I used to get my end result, just to give you an idea of the different ways you can use them in your own classroom one day!
1. Pic Collage – This is an app that allows students to create a picture collage of what they are learning, the process they went through to get to the end result, or for any other way they want to use this app to show their learning. I was unable to download Pic Collage with my mac, so instead I used Fotor, which is just another picture collage application.
2. Skitch – With this app, students can choose a picture, or the collage they made and use writing, arrows, highlighting, boxes, etc. to reflect on their learning process. This app would be great to use for reading assessment where the students could highlight certain words or phrases and talk about them, or arrows on a new word they learned, etc. There are endless possibilities!
3. Audioboo – Students can use pictures of their choice, record their voice and talk about what they did or what they have learned. This would be a tool you could use for assessing the fluency of a second language such as French. Students can take a picture of the words they are reading and the teacher can see where they are at in regards to speaking orally. This is one way Rola uses it in her classroom, but again, possibilities are endless, and it makes assessing a lot more fun for everyone.
The great thing about each of these apps is how incredibly easy they are to use! If I can figure them out, anyone can! 🙂