AnswerGarden

AnswerGarden is a great tool for getting quick feedback from your blog audience.  This tool is completely free and does not require an account in order to create your AnswerGarden. Give it a try.  Type the answer to the question and press SUBMIT.

If you would like to embed your own AnswerGarden, go to the site, type your question, and the press the CREATE button.  Copy and paste the coded under the heading EMBED NORMAL SIZE.

If you encounter any problems, make sure you activate the ADDITIONAL TAGS plugin.  If you still encounter problems, go to Settings (in your dashboard), select EXTEND KSES, and then make sure all of the boxes are ticked.

How can you use AnswerGarden with your students?… at AnswerGarden.ch.

Tagxedo

Tagxedo is a tool that you can use to turn words into art.  It is similar to wordle in that you can create word clouds using text from a specific URL or text that you add.   Both tools allow you to choose font, layout and style.  Tagxedo offers more choices when creating your word cloud.

To add words to  a word cloud you can enter a url, twitter ID news keyword, search term, or RSS Feed.  You can also enter your own text.  I created the following word cloud using the URL of this blog.

All words are from this blog site- I just entered the URL

A few of the shape options

Using tagxedo, you can make a unique word cloud in minutes.  Once you have a group of words that you want to use, the real fun begins.  You will want to choose the shape of your layout.  You are also able to choose the font and theme.  After you create your customized word cloud, you are able to save this in a variety of ways.   (I did try to use the html code to embed the image into the blog, but it didn’t work.)

Do you need some ideas on how you can use this tool?  If so, have a quick look at this presentation,  101 Ways to Use Tagxedo

Sketch Cast

Sketchcast is another free tool which you can use to enhance student learning in your classroom.   Getting started with this is easy!  You will first need to create an account.  You can record a sketchcast that  only shows the image or you can also record a voice.  Once you publish the creation, you will be able to share your sketchcast with others by emailing it using the embed code to add it to your blog.

This is a tool that can be used by teachers and students alike.  Wouldn’t this be a great way to have your students explain how to solve a math problem?  How could you get your students to use this?


Fotobabble- Talking Images

Fotobabble is a web tool that I picked up during the ISTE Conference in Denver.  This tool allows you to upload an image and record a narration.  Once you create your fotobabble, you will want to share it.  You can share it by using the web link, embed code or through other web applications.

This tool can be used in a variety of ways with multiple age groups.  I could see this tool being used for book talks, current events,  reflections, and a way for students to share their understanding.

You will need to activate the Additional Tags plug-in before you can embed the HTML code.

How could you use this with your students?