Technology-based Teaching: Article 4

Digital tools for teaching-related activities 

I can remember our teachers have used different techniques for preparing teaching materials and various methods for presenting the content more pictorial and interactive manner. With the digital technology, there are abundance tools available online and offline for following activities which are directly related to preparation for online, classroom-based and printed teaching materials.

1) Image capturing and editing
The software designed for image capturing or editing or performing both functions help you to obtain and create required graphics for your teaching materials. You can transform the primal pictures to advance informative graphic to compatible with your requirements.

2) Chart and graph creation
Attractive charts and graphs can be developed through online site free of charges.

3) Picture collection libraries
Ample of websites have the collections of pictures which we can use for our educational materials. No copyright violation is applicable for academic purpose usage.

4) Information sharing and storing
Online free storages are allowing us to save and share your files.

5) Animations and Simulations
Free software and web sites are available to Create free animations and simulation of the processes.

6) Presentations
The websites and software with the facilities to create attractive presentation and import to a reliable format which you use for your lectures or in the e-courses.

7) Screen capturing and recording
Free Software are available to capture the computer screen for material preparations and screen recording for creating demonstrative videos.

8) Voice Recording
These types of software can be used to add narration to your presentations and e-learning materials.

9) E-books creation
Some software allows creating e-books with the real features of a printed book.

10) Translation
Websites allow free translation of the document from one language to another.

11) Reading with annotations
Annotation is allowed in the documents you are reading online and offline.

12) Online whiteboard
Free online whiteboards are available to use for your lectures. These whiteboards are available in web conferencing software also

13) Surveying and quizzing
Surveys and assessment can be created to allow others to access online.

14) Dictionary and writing support
The software which support for writing by checking grammar and spelling issues. These types of software are essential when creating learning materials and blog posts.

15) Blogging site
Allows creating blogs for teacher and students to share one’s knowledge and views.

16) Creating E-portfolio
Various software are available to develop e-portfolios which allows assessing the students’ performance in learning.

17) Online communication
Software or apps design for synchronous and asynchronous communication can support collaborative learning.

Some of the above tools are available in present Learning Management Systems (LMS) and can be easily used to establish in an online classroom. But I am going to discuss some of the individual tools which we can apply for the accomplishment of the above tasks in the next few posts. The LMS will be explained in details later.

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