Making Learning Engaging with Digital Media A SELECTION OF FREE TOOLS FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Learn more about how you can use some free image, audio, video, and interactive tools to design engaging learning experiences for all learners.

Create compelling and informative images such as infographics, posters, and diagrams.

Find a map of your favorite place in the world and add hot spots like images and text to it, identifying elements that make it your favorite place. Try using Google Drawings or Adobe Spark.

Stylize your name in Google Drawings using basic shapes like circles, rectangles, spheres, and triangles.

Design a movie poster in Google Drawings, Adobe Spark, or Canva satirizing the inauguration, inspired by vintage designs from the early 20th century.

Create an infographic using Canva to show the differences between the East Coast and the West Coast.

Record podcasts, oral histories, and think out loud.

Record a creative opening for a podcast using Quicktime or Audacity. Don't forget to include your name and the name of your podcast!

Use Quicktime or Audacity to interview a family member, colleague, or friend about their earliest memory. Ask them to provide as much descriptive detail as possible.

Record your thoughts about a recent conversation that you had. Try keeping it under 3 minutes, noting only the most essential details. Edit it to make it shorter, if needed, using Audiotool or Audacity.

Have students give a book review or discuss their learning or reading by recording audio using Audiotool.

Capture video of learning, demonstrate concepts, and create engaging visual stories.

Use PhotoBooth or Quicktime to record video of yourself sharing the funniest story you have heard recently. If you desire, act it out!

Use Quicktime or Screencastify to create a 2 minute mini screencast showing a concept in your subject area. Use your voice to explain the actions you are taking. Make Learning Visible!

Use Adobe Spark to create a short video about your city, using icons and music only. No text or speaking allowed - this is a visual story!

Design interactive content by creating a game, 3D model, or interactive webpage.

Create a dynamic page in Adobe Spark that shows a journey. This could be a journey of a person or thing. Try experimenting with the glideshow option.

Create a game in Scratch Jr. that moves a character (sprite) from one location to the other. Have the sprite move across a room or change rooms.

Use Tinkercad to create a 3D model of your name. Use letters and basic shapes to create your name.

INTERACTIVE TOOLS

This interactive document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike license (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Rhianon E. Gutierrez for BPSTechnology in the Boston Public Schools.

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Created with images by blickpixel - "bokeh circles of light light" • ebosman - "Metropolis" • Iwan Gabovitch - "Cool audio waves" • striatic - "Voyage dans la Lune" • Creative Tools - "Anders3D_01"

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