New Year, New Experiences! Why not try something new this year?

Wise words from a student at Osprey Woods.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you! Education is one of those special places where we get to reset and start a new year twice. January brings a new start, a time to refresh, set new goals and take on new challenges. For those of you wanting to try something new this year with your class I'd like to highlight some interesting apps, programs and places to get you started.

We live in a world where we are bombarded by content. We consume information on a daily basis is many forms. The challenge we face today is how to ensure that our students are actively engaged in the creation of content to express their learning vs the passive consumption of content. Through creative content creation as a means to express learning, we can engage our students and develop 21st century competencies, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Want to play? Let's get started:

Some Awesome Creation Apps:

PLOTAGON

Plotagon is a free app that easily allows you to create and animate a story. The user creates custom characters, environments and then writes a "script" inputting dialogue (written and recorded via the ipad microphone) + actions, sound effects, music. Plotagon automatically mashes this together and outputs an amazing video that you can download and share. The possibilities are endless: use it to summarize a scene in a book, anticipate what's next, role play historical characters and much more!

Here's what one teacher has to say about Plotagon:

ADOBE SPARK

Adobe Spark is a free web based and app based creation suite that allows you to easily create video, social media posts and web based presentations. (This post you are reading here was created using Adobe Spark Pages!)

Some samples of student made work with Adobe Spark:

CANVA

Canva is hands down my favourite tool! You can easily create web graphics, infographics, posters, visual poetry, combine images, text, design and so much more. It is available for free on a web based platform as well as an app.

Happy creating!

I hope you enjoy these apps and would love to see what you and your students create! If you are on social media you can share your work with the hashtag #peel21st! Enjoy :)

Credits:

Created with images by BarbaraALane - "sparkler new year's eve festive"

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