Nominees for the twentieth annual were announced this morning (go here and click on “view all categories to see them). I think you have to kiss a lot of pigs before you find the princes, but there are a few excellent learning resources there that I haven’t already shared.
Google Feud and PhotoBomber would be fun games to play with English Language Learners. In the first one, which is a Webby nominee, you’re given a phrase and have to guess the ten most likely words to complete it in a Google search. The downside, however, is that it’s possible you might end up with something inappropriate. The second one is a sister site, though did not actually receive a nomination. It would work for advanced ELLs – you’re given a combination of pictures and words and have to guess the common expression it represents.
Apollo 17 is a multimedia interactive letting you experience – in real time – that moon-landing mission.
I’m still trying to figure out if there is any value to high school educators. I used it once when a student had been absent and another student sent a Snapchat of me saying that we all missed him and wanted him to come back (it blew his mind and still talks about it), but I just don’t know if there is a “there” there for us teachers.
A couple of months ago, I shared the Wizer site as a one line piece in one of my Web 2.0 weekly “round-ups.” It looked like it had some potential, but it also didn’t seem very intuitive at first glance at figuring out how it worked, and I was pressed for time that week.
Then, Richard Byrne wrote a post about it and included a video showing how it worked. I finally got around to watching the video (well, at least its first three minutes — I’ve embedded it below) and then I got it!
I subsequently played around on the site, and watched a few minutes Wizer’s own video (also embedded below), and concluded that this is one helluva’ useful site!
Simply put, teachers can easily create online, multimedia online “worksheets” (even better, you can use or modify ones other educators have made), give students the url address to the “worksheet” (I’d just copy-and-paste it on our class blog), students quickly and simply register on Wizer, complete the worksheet, and, voila, teachers can easily see each students’ work.
I continue to be impressed with the CristinaSkyBox blog. It’s from there I learned about Opinion Stage, a free and easy tool for making online tests, polls and lists.
Cristina has her students use it to create tests for their classmates, and it obviously has multiple uses.
Here’s an example of one test:
It’s very easy to use and, once you’ve made your creation, you can either embed it or share its url address.
You can’t track student performance on tests but, if you’re having students create them, that’s not really the point, is it? You could display them on a screen to use them as all-class competitions in small groups.