BY BILL FERRIS
Students have gotten used to doing things electronically. Your classroom doesn’t have to be an exception thanks to LectureTools, a learning management thingy from the University of Michigan.
Developers designed LectureTools with huge, impersonal college lecture courses in mind. However, there’s a lot here that K-12 teachers can use, too (though some of them would probably be best suited for 1:1 laptop environments). For starters, LectureTools focuses on letting students and teachers interact electronically. You can upload your PowerPoint or KeyNote slides into LectureTools. Students can annotate slides and images as well. You can post multiple-choice questions, animations, podcasts and seating charts. Students can ask and respond to questions electronically. LectureTools will display results to polls and answers to questions as well, similar to tools like Poll Everywhere. Shy students needn’t worry about asking dumb questions, either — while you’ll know who asked a question, their classmates won’t.
LectureTools has a lot to play with, both for teachers and students. Fortunately, students and teachers can watch screencasts that demonstrate how to do all of it. If you’re willing to do some digging, LectureTools can make your class much more interactive.
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