Friday, April 30, 2010

Students creating activities and resources for peers

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If you are keen on encouraging your students to create activities, demonstrations, explanations, and content for their peers, and other people around the world, then there are a couple of easy to use, free tools available. The beauty of any of the resources the students create is that they can be shared, used and commented on by classmates, helping to develop a sense of an authentic audience (and reason) for learning. Also, because learners have to really immerse themselves in the design, selection, scripting and sharing process much deeper learning can be facilitated. Students could work in pairs or individually.

My Studiyo

The first is My Studiyo. Students can choose to create multiple choice quizzes, or short answer questions, give correct answers and provide feedback. They can also add pictures and video content. If My Studiyo doesn't fit the bill, then you can check out 11 other options HERE.

Another option is to encourage students to make their own videos or animations for their peers. This could be to demonstrate how to do something, to explain or explore a concept (for example, 'justice'), to capture and explain their experiences, or could be as part of a research project. The three tools below would give students a choice between creating their own animations (Go Animate), creating videos from images and video (Dvolver), or capturing their computer screen with audio (Jing).

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