Eight years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech, including some Web 2.0 apps.
Here are this week’s choices:
Google has announced that they are finally going to add their Smart Compose feature to Google Docs being used in G Suite For Education. I’ve written about this tool before (see Expansion Of “Smart Compose” To Google Docs Is Great Learning Tool For ELLs, But Not Available To School Users), and I think it’s great news for ELLs and other students. My support for it has been criticized by some because they think it will mask student writing “deficiencies.” However, I still believe that it will be more helpful than harmful. It seems to me that many of our students “know” what they want to say, but don’t necessarily have the words to communicate it accurately. Smart Compose can give them those tools, and provide models for them to remember for future use. Let me know if you think I’m wrong on this – I’m still open to changing my mind. I’m adding this info to The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay.
Speaking of online writing tools, The Learning Agency Lab is having a competition (with cash prizes) for teachers to offer their best suggestions for future…online writing tools that they think can help students. Check it out here.
Drawpoly is a neat Pictionary-like online game where you can play with your friends and classmates. It would be great for ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms”
Jazz Keys is cool – type in a message and it will turn it into a a jazz tune, which you can send to anyone.
Fablement is a new free tool for writing, and reading, “choose-your-own-adventure” stories. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.
AudioMass is an online audio editor. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teacher & Student Podcasting.
And, speaking of podcasting, here are The Winners Of The NPR Student Podcast Challenge.
Three Ways to Make Short Audio Recordings – No Accounts Required is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.
COVID-19 made Khan Academy Kids vital for parents. Now it faces a cash crunch is from Fast Company. I don’t think anyone has to worry about the Khan Academy running out of money.
Remember the MOOCs? After Near-Death, They’re Booming is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More.