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Digital tools to support blended learning

Digital tools to support blended learning

The Further Education Support Service (FESS) has created a number of resources that may help those who wish to use digital tools in the delivery of their FET programmes.

 

Digital Tool

Link to short tutorial

Edpuzzle - Creating content
Edpuzzle is a student engagement, cross-platform tool which allows the teacher to customise the video content you show to your students. You can cut sections of a video, add voiceover or add questions throughout your video. It is a wonderful tool to formatively assess learners and check for understanding. You will also be provided with a report on learner activity. in this short video we will look at creating content in Edpuzzle


Edpuzzle - Creating a class
Edpuzzle is a student engagement, cross-platform tool which allows the teacher to customise the video content you show to your students. You can cut sections of a video, add voiceover or add questions throughout your video. It is a wonderful tool to formatively assess learners and check for understanding. You will also be provided with a report on learner activity. In this short video we will look at creating a class for learners to engage with.



Kahoot
Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn on any device and is suitable for all ages. Kahoot can be used in-class or for remote teaching and has many existing interactive lessons and also a question bank of preloaded questions. It is a great interactive tool to re-enforce learning through quizzes and formatively access your learners.

Mentimeter
Mentimeter is an easy-to-use presentation software that can be used to create interactive presentations. As you can build in quizzes, word clouds, etc, it is good for formative assessment or feedback on a class or activity. This short video will help you get started with Mentimeter.

Nearpod - Creating a lesson
Nearpod is a student engagement, cross-platform tool which can be used in-class or for remote teaching and turns a presentation into an engaging interactive experience for the learner. Nearpod is useful for all levels of learning and it's great for Content Acquisition, Practice and is wonderful for formative assessment. It has a reports function which allows you to view details on student progress and engagement with the lesson.

Nearpod - Launching a lesson
Nearpod is a student engagement, cross-platform tool which can be used in-class or for remote teaching and turns a presentation into an engaging interactive experience for the learner. Nearpod is useful for all levels of learning and it's great for Content Acquisition, Practice and is wonderful for formative assessment. It has a reports function which allows you to view details on student progress and engagement with the lesson.

Padlet
Padlet is a student engagement, cross-platform tool which can be used in-class or for remote teaching. Padlet allows the teacher to post a variety of different types of content on a bulletin board and collaborate in realtime. Students, for example, can collaborate on a project, share research sources on the board, and comment on posts. You can also add a link to an assignment you created using a different digital tool e.g. Edpuzzle or Nearpod. A learner does not need a Padlet account to participate, however, posts will appear as anonymous unless your student signs up for their free account.

PowerPoint - Creating simple animations with voiceover and timings
This short video walks you through the steps to create simple animations in PowerPoint, add a voiceover and rehearse timings so that the PowperPoint plays through for the learner. This helps to make the PowerPoint presentation more engaging for the learners.

Thinglink - Getting started
Thinglink is a cross-platform tool and it turns images and videos into interactive experiences by allowing you to annotate them . It is useful for all levels of learning and it's great for content acquisition. Text and other media for example videos webpages audio etc can be tagged to the image that you upload. The learner can access the content by clicking on a link emailed to them by the teacher or through a code embedded in their VLE. A teacher will need a paid version to invite students to a group. In this short video we will look at getting started with Thinglink.