Multimedia learning tools play an important role in classrooms in a number of ways–including, but not limited to, boosting creativity, encouraging student engagement, and helping students learn to collaborate.
Shy students may come out of their shells when allowed to give a presentation via blog post or podcast. Natural leaders may emerge during group work as part of a team presentation assignment. Other students may find their true artistic calling using graphics or creating videos in the classroom.
Multimedia learning tools engage students, and as we all know, students who are engaged in their learning often demonstrate higher academic achievement and take more ownership of their learning.
Because there are so many tools and teachers have limited time, we’ve compiled this list of multimedia resources to get you started on your search.
1. Adobe Spark: Students can use existing templates for an assignment or as personal inspiration. Students choose design themes, drop in photos, add text, and more. Projects can be safely shared with peers and teachers. Step-by-step lessons help educators meet curricular objectives and add creativity to the classroom.
2. Casio: Casio’s education solutions aim to deliver flexibility as they support active learning and collaboration. To help alleviate the challenge of technology set-ups, Casio’s LampFree Network Model projectors offer a variety of features designed to reduce set-up time in the classroom and keep students focused on the curriculum. Casio’s blog also offers tips and tutorials.
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3. iMovie: With iMovie for iOS and macOS, students can browse video clips to create Hollywood-style trailers and 4K-resolution movies. They can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on a Mac. Students can unlock their creativity with green-screen effects in iMovie for iOS and macOS, placing themselves or their characters in exotic locations with a tap or a click.
4. SoundCloud: Students can use SoundCloud to create and share their own podcast, all from one place. With a Pro Unlimited plan, they can schedule releases, highlight their most popular podcasts, and more.
5. Book Creator: Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reins.Combine text, images, audio and video to create interactive stories, digital portfolios, research journals, poetry books, science reports, instruction manuals, “about me” books, comic adventures, and more.
6. Discovery Education Experience: Discovery Education Experience is a learning platform combining curriculum resources with teaching strategies personalized for your needs. Discovery Education Experience assists educators in creating real-world learning opportunities that engage all students and lead to improved academic achievement. The service’s standards-aligned content is assignable and can be bookmarked and saved for later use and remixed to meet the varying needs of diverse student populations in a safe and secure environment.
7. Nearpod: Create interactive lessons in minutes–save prep time by importing existing lessons (pdfs, jpegs, ppts) and adding virtual field trips, collaboration tools, quizzes, polls, and more. Or, start in Google Slides add your favorite Nearpod activities.
8. Google Slides: Google Slides saves you time, keeps you organized, and allows you to connect and collaborate with your students in real time. Get started today with resources and tips from educators like you.
9. Soundtrap: Soundtrap for Education empowers students and teachers to explore creative sound recording in all subjects, for all ages and ability levels. It features integrations with major LMS systems and smart user management. Easy-to-use classroom features include assignments, lesson plans, and more. Teachers can give remote lessons through the virtual learning environment.
10. GradeCraft: This learning management system that helps instructors build gameful courses & encourages students to focus on the craft of learning. Flip the framework of your course so that everyone starts at zero: students earn their way up to success as they complete milestones. Empower your students to make choices about when and what type of work they want to do: they choose how to demonstrate their learning.
11. Piktochart: Choose from a library of over 800 professionally designed infographic, presentation, and print templates. Wherever your ideas take you, you might just get there faster with our ready-made designs. Add beautiful interactive charts, animated icons, images, and videos. Edit fonts. Change colors. Move things around. It’s design on your terms – right from within our intuitive drag-and-drop editor. Put your visual work out for the virtual world to see. Print it. Share it directly to your social media accounts, or password-protect it for sharing with clients and colleagues. Whoever you want to reach, we want everything you touch to delight each life it touches.
12. Glogster: Students can tell stories in classrooms, share experiences from a field trip, and express ideas using images, graphics, audio, video, and text–all on one digital canvas. Users can find information and inspiration with a constantly-growing library of more than 40,000 top-quality glogs from classrooms around the world. Categorized into 80 topics across 9 disciplines, these hand-picked glogs make up a rich and engaging resource.
13. Popplet: In the classroom and at home, students use Popplet for learning. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.
14. Explain Everything: Create collaborative learning experiences where students and teachers can share thoughts and ideas in real-time. Strengthen leadership and collaboration skills by giving students the tools to create and share their own tutorials, animated stories, and presentations.
15. Canva: Discover creativity for the modern classroom. With our simple drag-and-drop design tools we help teachers and students explore and express their learning with ease. Premium tools and content are available for free to schools.
16. VoiceThread: Ed.VoiceThread is a platform where students develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills. Educators can use VoiceThread’s K-12 features for student presentations, conversational practice, professional development, rich assessment, and more.
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