Get Techy w/Graphic Design, Team Tools, ELA, Note-taking

12 Jan

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 With access to a variety of digital tools and resources, students have the opportunity to consume, collaborate and create some pretty memorable learning. Check out the 4 specific resources below:

  • 7 Creative Student Design Projects to Try with Canva – a web-based graphic design platform (including apps for iPad and Chromebook) and a great tool for teachers to introduce and explore visual literacy. It also has a drag-and-drop functionality that makes the design process simple. Teachers and students can create sharp-looking presentations, posters, multi-page documents, marketing materials, social media graphics, and more using Canva’s 1 million+ photos, icons, and layouts.

Teachers should visit Canva for Education to get how-tos, lesson plans, and teacher-oriented advice. One of my favorite features: Student designs can be shared, allowing teachers to view and add comments.


Padlet (with new features in the last six months!) – With padlet you can create an online post-it board (with photos, documents, web links, video, and music) that you can share with any student or teacher you want. Just give them the unique Padlet link. Use it to brainstorm a topic/idea, a question parking lot, input student work in one place, online portfolio for projects or school year, exit ticket, icebreaker activities, mind maps, parent/school communication, book discussions, analyze a quote/poem/lyrics, current events discussions and sharing, complete the story, and so on.

Todaysmeet is an online backchannel that is quick and easy to set up and use. Pick a room name, choose to have it ‘open’ for one hour to one year. Use it for class discussions, sharing of information, questions, taking notes during speaker/meeting events, brainstorming, group discussions and sharing. Project it for all to see and even copy the transcript at the end of the event/time slot.

Socrative is an online classroom feedback tool. It takes a little bit more effort to set up but once you get the hang of it it’s pretty versatile! Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use the auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning. There is a Teacher and a Student app/website login.


From online videos, movie-making to virtual reality there are some fantastic ways to engage middle years and high school students.

  • The TurboNote Chrome extension enables students to take notes while watching any video. To take notes students just need to click the TurboNote extension icon in their browsers and start writing notes in the notepad that appears on the right-hand side of the screen.

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