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Top 5: Creative tools in an educational context

Never two without three: the École branchée presents its third “top”, this time focusing on digital tools facilitating creation in an educational context. Quizzes, surveys, videos, slideshows, images, web pages or digital books - these are as many creative possibilities as they are learning contexts for students and their teachers.

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Never two without three: the École branchée presents you its third “top”, this time around digital tools facilitating creation in an educational context. Quizzes, surveys, videos, slideshows, images, web pages or digital books - these are as many creative possibilities as they are learning contexts for students and their teachers. Make way for a few tools that stand out for their easy handling, their efficient collaborative mode, their varied functions and their great creative scope.

Kahoot

Kahoot is one of the tools we like to use in many teaching contexts to engage students and provide them with a fun environment that optimizes motivation. Whether it is to revise concepts, introduce new ones or to enrich the understanding of a particular subject, Kahoot allows the creation of questionnaires that are more diversified than each other. The quiz, poll, discussion and mishmash modes are offered and allow the teacher to vary his approaches as a result of the intended intention.

Several other tools such as Plickers, Socrative or Quizizz also allow you to create quizzes, but Kahoot remains a must for its visual appeal, its playful side and its music that motivates students (more than you think!). Kahoot is free: just create an account and you will have access to all questionnaire formats. Then, from a unique access code that you provide to the students, they will go to this platform and will thus be able to answer each quiz you have designed. Learners can use the device of their choice (computer, tablet, phone) to participate in quizzes, by downloading the app or by going through the web page.

You will appreciate the “team” modes, for the collaboration that this brings between learners, and “ghost” modes, which allow students to replay a quiz and thus reinforce learning. You will also like the instant feedback that Kahoot brings, which allows the teacher to get the facts on the understanding of a concept before going further. Learners, on the other hand, will love taking your quizzes, but will love creating their own quizzes even more. Alone or in teams, they can give way to their creativity and build educational quizzes, helping them at the same time to appropriate or revise the concepts in the program.

Adobe spark

Adobe spark is one of the most comprehensive tools available today for creation and multimedia in the classroom. Graphics, videos, animation and web pages, both students and teachers will find their account in the production of educational content facilitated by digital. Adobe Spark therefore offers three distinct applications in the same tool under the names "Post", "Page" and "Video".

First of all, "Post" makes it possible to craft beautiful visuals for your most creative projects. It is very easy to play with text and images and transform your best ideas into a giant poster for your class, a cover page for a portfolio, a creation for a blog or an advertisement for an event. An image bank with filters and several fonts are available to give a successful result every time.

Then, "Page" allows students and teachers to create their own web page by inserting text, images and videos in a very intuitive way. Since adding content is easy to do, you can then quickly create an online lesson, a blog for your class, or a colorful presentation on a topic under study. Your students will also be able to unleash their creativity in their projects on “Page” by adding a touch of originality to a reading sheet, a newsletter, a travelogue or any other educational project they want. to present.

Finally, “Video” is a tool, once again very intuitive, for creating video capsules or slideshows as part of a project or a teaching sequence. The platform is presented as an editing studio in which you can add photos, text, music, clips, icons and voice recording. You will therefore be able to design authentic learning situations that your students can then view online. They can also create videos to present, for example, their research subject in history or to talk about a phenomenon being studied in science. In short, there are as many creative possibilities as there are reasons to use digital technology to redefine tasks.

Book Creator

Book Creator is now a classic in creative apps. You can download it for free in the basic version on all operating systems, but you will have to shell out a few dollars for the educational version.

Used by many classes in elementary and even high school, this tool allows you to create books of all kinds where you will be able to add photos, images, sounds, videos and even your own voice. Students, as young as from Grade 1, will be able to create their own interactive little book because Book Creator is so easy to use.

This tool is available in a full and free version on the Web recently and now makes it possible to constitute a library in which the students' creations will be stored. The books can be viewed online, read in video format on Youtube or be saved as PDF on Google Drive or DropBox.

Numerous educational operations can be carried out; From science research notebooks, historical comics, albums for the little ones, cookbooks or collaborative poetry collections, the only limit with Book Creator is the imagination of the students.

Edpuzzle

Popular with several teachers for a few years now, Edpuzzle seems to be the tool par excellence for modifying a video by adding educational value to it. Indeed, whether it is to insert a quiz or to record his own voice, Edpuzzle allows the teacher or the learner to transform the video of his choice by making it interactive and adapted to the targeted educational needs.

Need quick feedback or more detailed explanations, Edpuzzle provides the teacher with a quick and easy editing tool that will make each video a lesson in itself. The platform also offers a dashboard that will allow the teacher to see who has viewed the video, how much time the students have spent in each section and to see where each learner is in their understanding of the content.

Of course, teachers or students can use Youtube, Vimeo, Khan Academy or any other platform containing their favorite videos and thus turn them into interactive lessons with just a few clicks. It is also possible to import, from your computer, a personal video on the Edpuzzle site and give it the desired educational value.

In short, this free tool has everything to facilitate and simplify the feedback process so necessary for effective teaching. You and your students are sure to find something there for you when the time comes to vary learning methods and use digital technology for educational purposes.

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If you haven't already, you can go read the " part 1 "On programming in elementary school and" part 2 On languages.

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About the Author

Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme is an educational advisor and project manager at École branchée. He is also editor-in-chief of the SCOOP! Educational guides. He has a bachelor's degree in preschool education and elementary education from the University of Sherbrooke and is pursuing a graduate degree in school management at Laval University. He transmits his passion for digital education and innovative practices through CréaCamps, conferences and workshops throughout the French-speaking world.

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