There are numerous benefits associated with the use of technology in the classroom. For 21st century educators, digital devices like the iPad serve as an assistive teaching and presentation tool to bring a more engaging virtual lecture. Utilizing these devices, you can teach students through video presentations, virtual museum tours, and eye-popping educational app demonstrations. To help you out, we’ll feature four iPad apps and three web tools to help you mount engaging class presentations that will catch your students’ attention and encourage them to participate actively.
Apple’s mobile presentation tool is now free to download for iPads running iOS 7. Similar to the MS PowerPoint tool for desktop PCs, Keynote will allow you to create visual presentations with beautiful animations and templates. It is equipped with eye-catching effects for transitions such as flaming words. The best thing about the application is that it allows you to sync your created documents with your Mac and other Apple devices like and the iPhone 5c. As confirmed by O2’s iPhone 5c iCloud section, the feature can store media files, documents, and more; as well as share content across all iDevices. So, after creating documents on your iPad, you can access and edit them later in your MacBook, without resulting in a complicated transferring process.
When connected to a projector, Educreations transforms your iPad into an interactive video presentation board. By using the app, you can pre-record a multimedia video lesson combining your voice over, handwriting, and digital sketches. The projects you’ve created can also be viewed afterwards on web browsers. You can draw sequence per sequence illustration of a volcanic eruption as you record your voice narration. Then, you can save the output as a single movie file.
This one may come in handy for conducting classroom examinations. Instead of test papers and blackboard questionnaires, you can encode questions with clickable answers virtually using the app. You can design multiple choice, true/false questions, and agree/disagree set of quizzes. Then, you can wirelessly send it to your students’ devices. Results are automatically generated and sent back to you after completion.
As featured by the Imagine K-12 group, Padlet is an online blackboard with one purpose: creation of customized wall. It’s a plain virtual space where you can add text, documents, article links, and pictures. Unlike websites for classroom blog, this one is totally free. You can prepare a visual presentation real-time. You can even do a magazine-like layout to make it more appealing.
For teachers who wanted to create an attractive slideshow, the WeVideo is a web-based movie maker with an easy to use interface. It allows you to upload videos, images, and audio files, and combine them into a short film presentation. It provides a number of transitions and visual effects to spiff up your video.
Delivr is a free web tool that lets you create a QR code for a particular website. For example, you came across a blog from National Geographic. You simply need to paste the URL in the dedicated search bar provided by Delivr. Then, you can save the QR code and let your students use their smartphones to scan the code for them to be able to view the National Geographic post on their devices.
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About the Author
Jennifer Birch is a UK-based writer who’s exceedingly keen about the influx of mobile devices and digital learning platforms in scholastic environments. She believes that these tools play a significant role in revolutionizing the future of education. Connect with her at @WrittenByJenni.