I was excited to start this topic. With all of the shifts towards project based learning, inquiry projects, and collaboration between students this topic is great. I did run into a problem because my school does not use Google Docs and my students do not have email. It has been limiting my options and continued to do so as I checked out the ideas on the topic. I did find a few things I am excited to use.
I loved TitanPad! I can’t wait to use it with my students this week. I think they will love it. I like that they do not have to have an email to log on to it. I think it would work great for responding to a reading when doing differentiated levels in class. Each group could have a different pad to be sharing responses. I think students that don’t participate as much will be lured in by the multi-colored response pad. Technology always seems to excite even the most reluctant learner.
I found Popplet to be very engaging for elementary students. I plan to use it on the SmartBoard to collaborate together to make popplets. They can be used for a reading response, to categorize information and to reflect after a lesson. I am hoping to get accounts for my students next year so they can make their own popplets.
I was intrigued by Stormboard. I thought it would be great for students to respond to a topic or reading, especially if they needed to categorize their answers or thoughts. After investigating and playing with it I established an educator account. I then discovered that for my students to participate in my storm they had to establish an account using – you guessed it – an email address! How frustrating! Oh well.