Summer is a great time for teachers to work with #edtech tools. Two free Edtech tools that I'm working with this summer include TED-Ed and RECAP. Both of these tools can help a teacher flip his or her classroom. I've found that videos and screencasts are helpful to my students. Why?
1. Visual learners benefit from a visual explanation in addition to a handout
2. Students who have been absent can more easily regain what they missed
3. Students can replay the video and not be embarrassed
So, what is TED-Ed?
"TED-Ed is also a platform for teachers. They can adapt TED-Ed Original Lesson content to create customized lessons to use in their classrooms or use our Create a Lesson tool to build their own new lessons with any YouTube video."
My students have also used TED-Ed to create memorable lessons. I'm using it this summer to quickly create video lessons from videos that I have used in the classroom previously. I will be able to place the link to the lesson in Google Classroom so that students can review at their leisure.
So, what is Recap ?"Recap is a free student video response and reflection #edapp that helps even the quietest students find their voice in the classroom, while offering teachers a convenient formative assessment tool. Educators all over the country are logging in to create assignments, watch student video responses and share videos with their students, parents, and colleagues. The response has been overwhelmingly positive as teachers and students discover the countless uses and benefits of Recap. See for yourself – create a FREE account today!"
I'm using Recap this summer with my AP Summer reading assignments. I asked my students to reflect on whether Joseph Conrad was a racist based on their reading of Heart of Darkness.
Student Reflection on Heart of Darkness
Here is a short video to help explain the Recap platform. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziPvoqes75U
What tools are you working with the summer?
Suzanne M. Rogers, M.Ed.