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10 tools for the cross-platform classroom

Classes in which no specific technology is imposed face different challenges, including compatibility. To alleviate these worries a little, it is good to know some tools that work the same way, regardless of the platform (Mac, PC, iPad, Android, etc.). Here are a few.

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Classes in which no specific technology is imposed face different challenges, including compatibility. To alleviate these worries a little, it is good to know some tools that work the same way, regardless of the platform (Mac, PC, iPad, Android, etc.). Here are a few.

When you practice "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device), you have the advantage of diversity and economy, but you end up with a multitude of different technological tools. One student brings a Macbook, the other an Android tablet. One has a Windows 8 phone, the other has an iPad. This will cause a headache for the teacher! Moreover, many invoke this to refuse the principle ...

Good news! You don't have to know everything about these devices to benefit from them: you just need to select a few cross-platform tools, which you will take the time to master. The students will take care of the rest.

Here is a selection of creative applications useful for students, taken from different sources cited at the end of the article.

Haiku Deck
www.haikudeck.com
It is a presentation application in which students create as a slideshow. They can search for Creative Commons licensed images directly in Flickr, which is built into the tool, or use their own photos. Interestingly enough, the source of the images from Flickr is automatically cited! The end result can be shared via a link, embedded in a web page, downloaded as PDF and even exported as PowerPoint. The application can be downloaded on the iPad or can be used directly online for all other platforms.
Tackk
tackk.com
This online tool allows, as a final result, to create an animated poster in which one can move around. You can insert images, text, videos, sound, links and buttons. You can use the content offered or use objects from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud, for example. At the end, we share through a link or we integrate the production into a web page.
Snapguide
snapguide.com
Another presentation tool, this one specializes in "how-to", or tutorials. Useful for both students and teachers, it is said to be ideal for visuals. Each step of the tutorial can include images, text, or videos. The application can be downloaded on the iPad or can be used directly online for all other platforms. At the end, we share through a link or we integrate the production into a web page.
Big Huge Labs
bighugelabs.com
A website that offers twenty very simple applications for making visuals such as a movie poster, magazine cover, badge, trading cards, etc. It is very simple since we only use text and images in the templates provided, and we save in image format. They can then be improved as needed in other applications (the smashing app, you know?)
Thinglink
www.thinglink.com
A favorite in several classes, Thinglink proposes to use a base image and link to it various other media to make a "portfolio" on a subject, an interactive story, etc. The image becomes clickable in the dedicated areas. An idea of the simplest for a result of the richest. The tool is available in web, iOs (iPad, iPod, iPhone) and Android versions.
Padlet
padlet.com
This online tool offers a blank wall. We then put what we want. The tool is collaborative, which allows several people to work on a wall at the same time, for example to brainstorm or build a summary.
Evernote
evernote.com
This “notebook” type application works as much on computers as it does on tablets. Thanks to the creation of a personal account, you can find your notes no matter what device you are working on!
Web Notebooks
lescarnetsweb.com
This online Quebec application allows you to create virtual books and albums that can be shared, commented on and even professionally printed.
Prezi
prezi.com
This online presentation tool aims to organize ideas for sharing in a multidimensional way, going far beyond traditional slide shows.
mind42
mind42.com
This online tool allows you to create, share and comment on mind maps. Perfect for planning projects, summarizing, reviewing and more.
Sources:
5 Tools For The Device Agnostic Classroom (Edudemic)
60 (+1) tools that will change your life, (École branchée, 2013 annual guide)

So, is your class “neutral” on the device side? Do you have any other favorite apps / tools to suggest? Use the feedback form to share your experience!

 

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About the Author

Audrey Miller
Audrey Millerhttps://ecolebranchee.com
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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