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Tools for Creating Student Projects
This week, we’re sharing several tools and collections of resources students can use to create media projects. Use these creative activities to get to know your students at the start of the new year, to help students show what they know, and for various other projects throughout the year.
TeachersFirst's Tools to Create Media
Media comes in all shapes and sizes: videos, podcasts, posters, digital stories, and much more. This curated list includes many resources and classroom use ideas for creating media in your K-12 classroom.
TeachersFirst's Digital Storytelling Resources
This collection features some of our best digital storytelling resources to engage and excite students to get writing. Find tools you can use to assess, collaborate, show what students know, share results, and more in all subject areas.
Comic Strips Templates
Design and share high-quality comic strips using this collection of free templates. Choose from numerous colorful designs in various formats, including single strips or comics with multiple frames. Use the share button to collaborate with others.
Creating a blog is simpler than ever with Teletype! Create an account, add a title, and select the small plus sign at the beginning of a line to add content. Choose from the options to add images, links, and more from the dropdown box.
Whimsical Mind Maps
This unique visual presentation tool allows students to produce concept maps in a variety of formats, including flowcharts, wireframes, sticky notes, and mind maps. Select the sharing icon to enable password protection and allow comments from others.
2 and 3 Circle Interactive Venn Diagrams
Students can show understanding by using this tool to create 2 and 3 circle Venn Diagrams. Select the number of circles, add your name and title, then add labels for each circle. Type directly into the chosen portion of the diagram to add content.
Create beautiful, digital multimedia books by using this site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio. When finished, students can publish and share the book using the site's web-based reader to access it on any device.
Use this device-agnostic tool to turn your students' audio into a podcast using Anchor. Students can add songs from Apple Music or Spotify, upload audio from a device, or record their voice to create a podcast. Upload and share when finished.
Have your students quickly create engaging and interactive timelines. Begin with a Google spreadsheet from the template provided. Add from a variety of media sources such as Twitter, Google Maps, YouTube, and more. When finished, click to publish.
Make beautiful online newsletters that display on any device. Arrange your content easily with Smores' drag-and-drop editing. Add ready-made graphics, images from files on your computer, or images from the web and embed text and videos.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join our final OK2Ask virtual workshop of the summer season this Tuesday to learn about even more cool tools! We’re also sharing a collection of blog posts and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 8/10, 6 PM ET
OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown
Join TeachersFirst as we showcase and compare some of our contributors’ favorite edtech resources. Explore new and tried-and-true technology tools for your classroom and help us decide which tool is the winner of this season’s Smackdown!
Infusing Technology Blog
Find New Tech Tools
Peruse this list of blog posts that offer an introduction, tutorial, and classroom use information for an exciting tech tool. Recent posts cover tools including Make Beliefs Comix, Blooket, and elink.
Share your thoughts
This week our poll asks, "What kinds of projects (or tools) would you like to learn more about using in your lessons?" Share your reply with our community and view the replies of other educators.
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