What are fun (and educational!) activities to do with students that they can also embed into blogs and other websites like wikis?
Who better to tell us then the students themselves!
So here is a list of tools compiled from recommendations by the Digiridoos, a group of Year 4/5 (9-10 year olds), who each shared what they would include if they were in charge of the Student Blogging Challenge.
Befunky is quick and simple tool for transforming digital photos into instant art work or digital comics.
Extensive range of effects, speech bubbles, accessories, graphics and lot’s of objects that you can add to your pictures.
Great for expressing creativity while having fun and providing cool images for spicing up your blog!
PhotoPeach is one of the fastest and easiest ways of creating a story or quiz using photos.
It’s as simple as:
- Uploading your photos
- Adding music
- Adding your captions.
Presto! You’ve created a story that you can embed as a slideshow into your blog post.
Here’s detailed instructions on how to create and embed a PhotoPeach.
Check out the example of a PhotoPeach Quiz below:
Learn more about animals on PhotoPeach
Polldaddy is one of the most recognized tools for creating online polls and surveys.
Polls provide different opportunities for gauging readers opinions compared to just asking questions in blog posts.
Not all readers feel comfortable leaving comments in responses to questions.
Polls means readers can express their opinion while maintaining their anonymity.
They also provide you and visitors to your blog the chance to gain a sense of how your readers feel on topics since most online poll tools display the results once a visitor has voted.
Check out the example of a PollDaddy Poll below:
Sketchfu is a simple tool for creating your own cool animations online that can easily be embedded into your blog post.
Here’s an example of a Sketchfu embedded below:
Storybird is a simple to use online digital story telling tool which provides amazing artwork for building your story.
Creating your own storyboard is as simple as choosing a theme (layout), selecting the art work you would like to use and then writing your story. With Storybird anyone can create great-looking digital picture book stories.
Here’s an example of a Storybird embedded below:
Voki speaking avatars are cool and lots of fun to create.
They’re used to add a human element to your blogs.
Here’s detailed instructions on how to create and embed a Voki.
Check out an example of a Voki below:
Wallwisher is an online notice board creator.
It’s a really fast and easy way to create engaging activities to use with students.
It’s as simple as:
- Create your Wallwisher
- Add some sticky notes
- Embed into your Blog Post
- Add more sticky notes
The sticky notes can be as simple as text only OR very creative with images, audio, video, SlideShares, Google Presentations, blog posts (basically almost anything you can link to via their URL)!
And students don’t need to have a Wallwishers account to use it!
Here’s detailed instructions on how to create and embed a Wall Wisher.
Embedding into blog posts
Embedding is as simple as:
1. Completely write your post including adding title, text, images, tags and categories.
2. Click on Save Draft, previewed your post and make all necessary edits.
3. Copy the embed code.
4. Click on HTML Tab on your blog post.
4. Paste the embed code for your PhotoPeach into your post where you want it to appear then immediately click Publish
- Don’t click back to Visual Tab before hitting Publish as it can break the embed code.
- Immediately close your post once you’ve published.
- Change back to Visual Editing mode when you write your next post by clicking on the Visual tab.
Thanks to Digiridoos for sharing your favorite online tools!
What online tools would you add onto their list?
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