As a moving image lecturer you find that you are dealing with learners who are early adopters of technology, digital natives and can grasp technical pieces of software relatively quickly. With numerous levels of stress and pressure being put on us educators we need to be innovative and look for resources that are insightful and beneficial to the learner experience.
Over the last couple of years I have been using a few different websites and materials that I have highlighted below.
Quizlet is a resource that a colleague passed onto me last year – it’s great as it’s a global piece of software that thousands of users have contributed too. On the site you can search subjects, software, hardware or even food types – it has everything – and it will turn it into flash cards, quizzes, spellers and scatters. It’s also has a competitive element too which always helps.
I imagine that upon first glance a lot of people will turn away and seek other resources but delve a little deeper and you’ll find some nice stuff on this site. Yes it looks dated and clunky but some of the resources are really good. They have a countdown clock (always essential), QR generators, jigsaw puzzle generators and even an ‘old-skool’ arcade game generator. It may look retro, but retro is cool.
I was recently at a UAL conference in London with other FE institutions and the general feeling is that why should we use pieces of software that your institution pays thousands of pounds on yet fail to update or test properly for things like Apple based operating systems – I’ve heard horror stories of institutions that have to juggle 5 different pieces of software to do with tracking, registers, online documentation! Step forward Google, and in particular, google drive. I will do a much more in-depth blog on this soon but check it out and please please please – look at the apps that work alongside google drive. You’ll find mind-mapping, design software and games!
So these are just a few – if you know of any send them my way and I’ll take a look. I’ll also do another post on this and I’ll add in any new ones I discover.