Sidengo is a free tool for producing and publishing websites. With Sidengo it is quick and easy to create a website for a class, or to let students create their own websites. Sidengo is suitable for use within the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Sidengo can be used to inform students about professional subjects or to distribute practical messages. The teacher can post articles, videos and documents on the webiste she has created in Sidengo, and it can function as the teachers' distribution platform.
In the dialogical form of teaching Sidengo can be used as a platform for students' productions. The students' media- and text productions can be posted on their individual websites, and by using the same website over time, it may function as the student's personal portfolio. It is easy for students to import media from services like SoundCloud, Vimeo and YouTube.
Sidengo is free to use, and requires only, that you create a profile here. If you need help getting started with Sidengo, you can find it here.
MapBox is a free service, which lets you create maps and allows you to insert markers with text in the map . MapBox is suitable primarily for use within the dialogical form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching MapBox can for instance be used for field trips. The teacher can create a map and set markers at specific locations, which students must pass on the excursion. In the map below, I have inserted three markers on a map of Aarhus City, Denmark, and given the students a task on each location.
It is also possible to let the students create their own maps, and to allow them to insert markers with information on different locations. Used in this way, MapBox can help prepare students for a field trip. One can for example have the students work in groups to find interesting locations in the city they are to visit, and then let the groups exchange maps to allow the students to explore the city using the map that another group has made.
To use MapBox you need to create a free account. Such can be created here. A free account lets you create an unlimited number of maps, but they are limited to be viewed 3.000 times. You can upgrade for $5 a month, which gives you 10.000 map views per month.
You can share maps by embedding them as I have done above, and as normal images, or as a link.
If you need help getting started using MapBox, you can read a guide here.
ThingLink is a free web-based tool, which allows for the creation of interactive images. The tool allows both teacher and students to tag specific spots in an image and to embed links, sounds and video, to create visual information- and link collections. ThingLink is primarily suited for use within the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, the teacher can use ThingLink to present materials to students. For example it is, in preparation for excursions, possible to create an image of a map of the area or town you are visiting in Thing Link, and highlight the main points of interest on the map, and then embed links to pages and articles with further information on the various points of interest. You can also add audio recordings to an image by using SoundCloud, and you can embed the ThingLink images on a website, as I have done above (hold your mouse over the image to see the nested tags).
Within the dialogical form of teaching students can use ThingLink to gather information on specific topics. The tool can be used for brainstorming, but it is also a great tool for image analysis, where students can put comments in various places in the image (in the same way as in Live Minutes), and where they can link to other people's texts on specific elements of the image.
You have to create a free account to be able to use ThingLink. The account can be created using an existing login for Twitter or Facebook, and allows you to upload up to 100 images. If you need more than that, you can upgrade for $5 a month.
If you need help getting started using ThingLink, help is available on the website here.
Storybird is a free web-based tool, which allows you to let the students write stories based on pictures. The tool allows students to work alone on writing texts, and to work together on a common history. It is suitable primarily for use within the dialogical and the polyphonic form of teaching.
In the dialogical form of teaching Storybird can be used as a tool for students' creative work. The teacher can create and organize students in classes in the system, and can then ask them to solve a common task, which is based on a picture. It is possible to upload a photo from your own computer, as a basis for this sort of writing task. You can also let the students create their own stories in Storybird. For such more free writing tasks, the many pictures in Storybirds database can serve to inspire the students. The student chooses a picture in the Storybird collection, as the starting point for the story, and then builds a story around a series of images, which relate to the first selected image.
It is possible for students to write part of a story in Storybird, and share it with someone else, who can then continue writing on the story. This feature is well suited for use within the polyphonic form of teaching. Students may for example be organized in pairs, and alternately write two different stories. This gives both the opportunity to inspire each other in the writing process, and it becomes possible for the students to edit, what the other has written.
To use Storybird one must have an account. Such can be created here. In order to be able to create classes and make common tasks for students, one must create a Teacher/Class Account. The teacher can very easily create students as users, so they can begin to write stories immediately. It is free to use Storybird, if you don't create more than 3 classes and 75 students.
If you need help getting started using Storybird, it can be found here.
Quizlet is a web-based service, which makes it possible to create sets of ' flashcards ' with questions and corresponding answers, or with concepts and their definitions. Quizlet can be used to develop students' understanding of concepts and their knowledge on certain subjects, and is suitable for use in the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Quizlet may be used to train and test students in understanding various concepts. The teacher can, on the page here choose from a wide variety of flash cards, developed by other teachers. It is possible to copy a set of flashcards to your own account, and then edit it, and adapt it to your own teaching, and you may also create your own flashcards from scratch, and share them with other teachers on Quizlet. It is also possible to add voice to a set of flash cards, and to upload a set of flash cards from a Word document.
When you have prepared a set of flashcards, you can share the link with students. Students can then work with the flashcards in several ways. For example, they can work with them as a game, where they must match the various concepts with their definitions, and they can run the flashcards as a test, which is automatically generated from the full set of flashcards.
Within the dialogical form of teaching you can let students explore the many flashcards already to be found on Quizlet, and let them develop their own flashcards, on which they write different words and concepts and their definitions. Students can then share their flashcards with the teacher and other students. It is possible to comment on a set of flashcards, which gives the teacher the opportunity to guide students in their work.
It's free to use Quizlet, which is also available as an iPhone App. It is possible to use the existing flash cards without creating a profile, but if you want to copy and edit existing, or create your own sets of flashcards, you need to create a free profile. This can also. be done using an existing Facebook profile. If you want to try Quizlet in your teaching, there's technical support to find on the website here.
Hangouts is a free, web-based collaboration- and communication tool, developed by Google. Hangouts allows for many simultaneous users to communicate and collaborate in a virtual space, and the tool is integrated with several of Google's other services, including YouTube and Google Drive. The tool is particularly suitable for use in the monological and the polyphonic form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Google Hangouts can be used to instruct students in the use of specific digital tools. When the teacher shares her screen with a group of students, she can go through through specific functions in a program, which students should learn how to use. She can also review a text with students, who will have the opportunity to ask questions continuously, either in chat or using the built-in videochat. A Hangout can, by activating the ' Hangouts on Air ' in the creation of Hangout'et, be recorded and posted on YouTube. In this way it will be possible for students, who could not participate in the teacher's lecture, to view it at a different time.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching Google Hangouts can be used as a collaboration room for groups of students or an entire class. It is possible to watch a video on YouTube together while doing a common analysis of it in the chat, and it is possible to collaborate in Google Docs, while communicating through video chat.
In Google Hangouts it is also possible to add a number of additional plugins that could further support collaboration. For example, there is a plugin for Google Art Project. By adding this plugin, one can let students search a large collection of artworks from many different museums around the world, and let students collaborate on analyzing selected artworks within Google Hangouts.
Google Hangouts is easy to use, and it only requires, that you have a Google account. If you don't already have an account, it can be created for free here.
Testmoz is a free testing tool, which allows for quick and easy use of digital test in teaching. The tool allows you to create several different types of questions, and to create reports from the tests in .csv format. One may choose whether students are allowed to know, whether their answers were right or wrong, and one may choose whether the students are told, what was the correct answers to the questions.
Testmoz is primarily suitable for use in the monologic form of teaching, .
Within the monologic form of teaching, , Testmoz can be used to ensure, that students have acquired sufficient knowledge about a specific topic. After students have completed a course, the teacher can evaluate their learning outcomes with the help of Testmoz, and on the basis of the evaluation she can provide extra help for those of the students, that require it. The teacher can also target her guidance of the students on the basis of the test results, and she can use the test results to adapt the course for use with a similar target audience.
Testmoz can also be used as a regular training tool, where students train trivia on a certain topic, or where they train for instance grammatical rules. When used for this, one might let the students develop small tests for each other.
Testmoz is free to use, and it does not require that you create a user account. If you do not create it as a user you have to even keep track of the links to the test you've created – they are not assembled on the side. Create it as a user ($ 20 for a year) you get access to a list of links to the test we have developed.
If you want to try to answer a test in Testmoz you can click on the link here: https://testmoz.com/86720. If you want to create your own test, please feel free to click here.
Mindmeister is a free mind mapping tool, which allows students to co-create and co-edit mind maps.
MindMeister is suitable primarily for use in the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching it is obvious to use MindMeister as students' common mind maps, for generating ideas prior to common writing assignments, project work and similar tasks. Students can, simultaneously, enroll their ideas in the mindmap and they can comment on and build on each other's ideas in real-time, and the teacher also has the ability to read and participate in the evolvement of ideas. An online mind map can also serve as a tool to manage the collaboration process between a group of students. By the help of Mindmeisters 'history' feature, which allows you to see how a mind map has evolved since it's creation, it can also be used as students' documentation of their idea-generation and collaborative process.
MindMeister is available in a free version, that you can access here. If you would like to try Mindmeister without registering, you can follow this link.
Tricider is a web-based tool to generate and evaluate ideas and to support class discussions. It allows students to discuss various topics online, and it gives them (and the teacher) the opportunity to evaluate each argument in the discussion. The tool is suitable for use within a dialogical and a polyphonic form of teaching.
In the dialogical form of teaching Tricider can be used to support students' discussions of various topics. Students' ability to argue in writing, and their ability to discuss each argument in the discussion, may help to support, that more will be heard in the discussion, while the arguments remain afterwards and can be deepened orally subsequent. It is possible to let students post their arguments in preparation for class, and one may shut down the ability to contribute to the discussion at a specific time.
In the polyphonic form of teaching Tricider can serve as a tool for students' generation- and rating of ideas. The teacher can ask students to each present 2 to 3 ideas in the tool, and then ask students to argue for and against their own and other students' ideas. The tool may be used in this way when starting a project work in groups.
Tricider is free to use, and it doesn't require a login. You can share space with other discussion by using the ' Share and Invite ' button, and subscribe to the discussion-room, so that you receive an email when a new argument is posted.
You can see a video about the features of Tricider here.
Symbaloo is a visually based tool for managing and sharing links to websites and online resources. It gives the teacher the opportunity to curate collections of relevant links for students. The tool is suitable for use within a monological form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Symbaloo can act as a teacher's collection of links for students. It might be a good idea with a common link collection when, students are to seek information about a particular topic. By bringing together the most significant sites and resources on the topic in one place, the teacher can ensure, that students have a common ground to work from – regardless of their ability to search information on the Web. In this manner, Symbaloo may serve as a tool for filtering and curating the flow of information to the students.
When you have created a collection of links on Symbaloo, be shared easily with students – either by sharing with all Symbaloo users, or by sharing it with only specific users. This allows your students to import your collection of links to their own Symbaloo account, and easily access it. Link collection in the photo above, for instance, can be found here: Symbaloo: ICT in education
If you need help getting started with Symbaloo in Education and to use the functions of the tool, You can view a guide here: Symbaloo manual