Mind Maps are a powerful tool for generating ideas. Bubbl.us allows to create mind maps in a web-based tool for free, and to let students work together to co-create mind maps in groups. Bubbl.us can be used without registering as a user.
Bubbl.us suitable for use within the dialogical form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching it is obvious to use Bubbl.us as students' individual mind maps, for example to help them generate ideas prior to writing assignments and other tasks. The student may write his ideas into the mind map, and the teacher has the opportunity to read and advise the student from his/her own starting point. The mind map can function as a mean to continuously control the process, and keep the student focused on what was, the initial idea.
It is always possible to export mind maps as a .jpg or .png image.
If you need help getting started with Bubbl.us in teaching and to use the functions of the tool, You can click on ' Help ' in the top right-hand corner of the this page.
Weebly is a free tool for producing and publishing websites. It provides the ability to create a home page for a class or a subject, as well as it gives the opportunity to let learners create their own home pages and letting them edit these together. Weebly is best suited for use within a monological or a polyphonic form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Weebly can be used by the teacher to inform learners about professional issues or to distribute practical messages. A website created with Weebly can be used as the teacher's knowledge- and information platform, from which knowledge and information is communicated to the learners. For example, articles, and videos, soundclips and documents can be posted on the page, as well as registering for events and excursions can be managed here. There can also work together cooperatively on the maintenance of a Web site; a group of learners can have responsibility for maintaining the various subpages.
In the polyphonic form of teaching Weebly can be used as a team's or a group's common knowledge- and information platform – so as a common wiki. By assigning the learners rights to edit the page, one will achieve that they collaborate on writing content for the website.. One can also let the learners work together on creating subpages on various topics, and one can create a blog, where the learners can write their thoughts on certain matters, and comment on each other's thoughts.
If you need help getting started using Weebly in education and to exploit the features of the tool, can you read this introduction: Getting started with Weebly in Education.
Socrative is a free, web-based evaluation tool, which can be used on both PC, Mac and smartphones. It makes it possible, in an easy way, to evaluate students' learning continuously and to support dialogue and activity in class. Socrative is suitable primarily for use within a monological form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Socrative can be used by the teacher to ensure, that the learners have understood the key concepts of the subject. For example, the teacher may draw up a series of test questions which the students must answer individually using their computer or smartphone, after which the teacher can see which students have responded correctly to the questions. This use of the application offers a good opportunity to evaluate and organise teaching, so that all learners reach the learning objectives.
Socrative can also be used as a springboard for dialogue on class. The teacher can ask oral questions in the class, and ask learners to write their individual responses in Socrative. The replies can then be displayed on the board, and a dialogue can be started around the answers. The written starting point for dialogue gives a larger part of the learners the opportunity to express their opinions, than what is the case in a normal show of hands. It is also possible to make a vote on the incoming responses.
If you need help getting started with Socrative in education and to exploit the tool's features, you can read this Socrative User Guide or watch this Introduction to Socrative
Google Docs is a free collaborative writing tool, which gives you and your students an opportunity to work simultaneously in text documents, worksheets, presentations, drawings etc.. The tool is suitable primarily for the polyphonic form of teaching, but it is also possible to use it in a dialogical form of teaching.
In the polyphonic form of teaching the tool is obvious to use. in connection with project work, where students must collaborate in groups, and where you as a teacher want to participate in the process. Google Docs allows the teacher and students to collaborate on the process of writing even if they do not sit in the same room.
In the dialogical form of teaching Google Docs can be used for individual or joint process-writing, where students, individually or jointly write a draft text, and the teacher then gives comments directly in the document, after which students work on the same document to incorporate those of your comments, that they consider relevant. Google Docs enables teacher and students to view the document's history, so that one can see what changes have been made from time to time.
If you need help getting started with Google Docs in education and to exploit the tool's features, the guiden her laese KAN: Getting started with Google Docs in Education.
Prezi is a free, visual presentation tool. It has become very popular over the recent years, and many have already replaced their Powerpoints with Prezi-presentations, because the tool gives some new visual possibilities and is easy to use.
Prezi is suitable primarily for the monological or the polyphonic form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Prezi can be used by the teacher tointroduce to a topic, and to present the main concepts of the subject to the class.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching You can let students collaborate on the development of a Prezi — you can, for example, allow groups of students work simultaneously with different parts in a Prezi-presentation, and turn it into a kind of common ' mind-map ' on a topic. The tool can also be used for students ' presentations – it will for many be motivating pupils to be able to make a nice, visual presentation, and since the tool is intuitive and easy to use, the vast majority of learners will be able to use it after a short introduction.
If you need technical help getting started using Prezi in education and to exploit the features of the tool, You can read a detailed guide here: Getting started with Prezi in Education.