Three of the tools, I have already discovered and use regularly: Kahoot!, Socrative and Flubaroo. These three are free, easy to use and work great.
The three of the other tools: Plickers, ForAllRubrics and ClassCharts look very useful and I am exploring how I would use them in my classes. Although some of these are more for K-12 teachers, but I can see how I could use them with my university classes.
The seven tool: MasteryConnect, looks like it would be very useful for K-12 teachers but I don’t see how I could use it.
Check this out. The tools are great, free and Erica does a great job reviewing them.
Prezi.com has been around for a few years now but if you haven’t tried it for making class presentations or invited your students to make their presentations with it, you may want to view this video. It is almost 24 minutes but it is very comprehensive and does a great job demonstrating the new features that have been added over the year.
I find that Prezi.com has the following advantages for teaching:
It is not slideshow based but works on a single large canvas that you zoom and pan on. This is great for timelines, complex illustrations, process charts and idea maps.
It is free for teachers and students. Look for the education licenses
It is cloud based so your presentations are available from anywhere.
Faculty will often require students to work in groups on significant assignments that are high stakes but without taking the time to teach the students how to work effectively in a group. And for that reason, groupwork will be quite frustrating. Several years ago MRU developed the video to help faculty and students learn more about group effectiveness. It is still current, valuable and now available on YouTube. http://youtu.be/OZabIUzgO0I
This video about creating learning objectives posted on YouTube by John Cline is very good. It is about 10 minutes but is full of good examples of strong and weak objective statements. The principles taught in this presentation are also applicable to creating learning outcome statements.
This video presentation by Marc Strong is very good. It is short, less than 3 minutes, but it is to the point about what makes an awesome presentation different from an awful presentation. Following the principles explained here will help any instructor give more engaging class presentations.
This video is a sequel to the first video with the same title. This presentation adds to the principles taught in the first and goes deeper into how the principles of adult learning can be applied to enhance teaching and learning.