WEB BASED TOOLS

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KAHOOT

What is it?
Kahoot! is a user-friendly web tool for designing in-class questionnaires and quizzes. A user designs a quiz, survey, or questionnaire to test the knowledge of his or her audience. Audience members can answer questions using a variety of devices. The quizzes and questionnaires, referred to as "Kahoots," are designed to promote a game-like atmosphere in the learning environment.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:
Kahoot! works well because it is easy to use, compatible with a variety of devices, and intended to promote an engaging learning environment. Kahoot! allows instructors to get a better picture of their students’ retention of course content and understandings while they are engaged in their learning.

How can I get it?
Kahoot! is a free, web-based tool that requires an account.  You can sign up through their website at: kahoot.it

 

Khan Academy

KHAN ACADEMY

What is it?
A series of videos that emphasizes self-paced, interactive learning with a large number of online lessons across a variety of subjects.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:  
Khan Academy is one of the first sites to have free, high-quality videos that are actually personal. They don’t sound like a textbook. Khan Academy is a tool that emphasizes that education doesn’t have to happen at an institution — it’s something that anyone can undertake for self-improvement. It works well for supporting complex ideas, as well as for scaffolding student learning.

How can I get it?
Khan Academy is a free, web-based tool that requires an account.  You can sign up through their website at:Khan Academy

 

Crash Course

CRASH COURSE

What is it?
Crash Course is a YouTube channel created by John Green — author of “The Fault in our Stars” — and his brother, Hank. It offers deeply-researched, information-packed video courses in episodic format on big topics like world history and astronomy.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:   
Crash Course videos tend to be fast-paced and funny, with a zany humor that should be familiar to YouTube connoisseurs everywhere. Although these videos cover a lot of material, they're eminently entertaining and easy to watch. The content of these videos is probably best suited for a high school or college-aged audience.

What makes Crash Course Special:
Some of Crash Course's charm comes from its recurring segments, such as the many videos containing "open letters" to historical figures, periods, objects, and even ideas. These letters range from the serious to the patently absurd. ("An open letter to animal crackers: ...thanks for being delicious, but...maybe foods that are already delicious do not need the added benefit of being pleasingly shaped.")

How can I get it?
You can access Crash Course through their YouTube channel: Crash Course on YouTube

 

Prezi

PREZI

What is it?
Prezi allows you to make cool interactive presentations and collaborate on projects in real time. It can also feed updates of your work to your devices.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:    
One of the things that makes Prezi stand out is the versatility of its presentations. Prezi has moved away from the traditional notion of slides and gives users new data-presentation methods that are not only visually appealing, but also conducive to audience engagement.

How can I get it?
Prezi is a free, web-based tool that requires an account.  You can sign up through their website at: prezi.com

 

Quizlet

QUIZLET

What is it?
Quizlet allows users to create study tools, such quizzes, flashcards, and games — which can then be accessed on computers or mobile devices. It also allows teachers to create study resources and share them with an entire class.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:   
Quizlet gives users the ability to custom-design their study experiences. Study tools can be shared among users and accessed through a variety of devices.

How can I get it?
Quizlet is a free, web-based tool that requires an account.  You can sign up through their website at: quizlet.com

 

TEDEd

TED-ED


What is it?

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative, and it provides and engaging student learning environment through interactive lessons supported by animated videos.  

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:  
This site makes the flipped classroom option look possible — even easy. TED-Ed has thousands of lessons that you can customize with your own questions and resources. If you want to start from scratch, you can upload your own video to YouTube and then use TED-Ed to add written material.

How can I get it?
TED-Ed is a free, online site that requires an account for full access.  You can sign up through their website at: ed.ted.com

 

Socrative

SOCRATIVE

What is it?  
Socrative is a cloud-based student response system that allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly on laptops. This system is device agnostic and can also be used on tablets or smartphones.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:   
Socrative is a tool for engaging and effective formative assessment in the classroom. It allows instructors the ability to instantly connect with students as learning happens. Instructors can use Socrative to record students’ results, and evaluate student progress.

How can I get it?
Though there are paid subscription options, Socrative also offers free account.  You can sign up through their website at: socrative.com

 

Periscope

PERISCOPE

What is it?
Periscope is a live-streaming video mobile app owned by Twitter.  The app enables you to become your own “on the go” broadcasting station, streaming video and audio to any viewers who join your broadcast.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:
Periscope allows users to broadcast live from their smartphones or tablets, take written comments from viewers, and share broadcasts on Twitter. If you are the broadcaster, you can opt to do a public broadcast or keep the broadcast closed to everyone but people who follow you, which gives the user better control over who watches a Scope.

How can I get it?
Periscope broadcasts can be viewed online by visiting: pscp.tv and/or the app can be downloaded through App Store or Google Play.

 

Poll Everywhere

POLL EVERYWHERE

What is it?
Ask the audience a question. Then watch their answers come to life on the screen.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:
Poll Everywhere is an application for audience participation. It can bring more interactivity into your classes to further engage students in the learning experience. You can create a poll for a specific class and students can vote via cell phone, text messages, or any web-enabled device (smart phone, tablet, laptop).

How can I get it?
Poll Everywhere offers paid and free accounts.  To register, visit their website: polleverywhere.com

 

Voicethread

VOICETHREAD

What is it?
Voicethread is a cloud-based, collaborative, multimedia slide-show program that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments.

Why it works for higher ed classrooms:
Voicethread adheres to principles of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework by offering an accessible media player with a highly interactive discussion space built within it.  Teachers and/or students can upload websites, documents, images, or presentations into a Voicethread and the class can later leave video, audio or text comments on other’s work.  

How can I get it?
Voicethread offers paid and free accounts.  To register, visit their website:  voicethread.com

 

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