Way back in the mid-aughts there was a wave of what were called Web 2.0 tools that got me excited about using new tech tools in my classroom. Those tools gave students the ability to create cool things that were previously limited to the domain of specialists.
Today, I still get excited about tools that enable students to create cool things. The feeling of starting with an idea then turning it into something others can see and use is an empowering feeling. That’s what we can give to students when we introduce them to digital creation tools.
This week you can give your students that empowering feeling by helping them use one of the following tools to create cool things in your classroom.
Create an App
When it comes to building a mobile app, the MIT App Inventor is always my first recommendation. It’s free and the folks at MIT who host it provide a lot of excellent resources to support teachers. Even if you’ve never created an app yourself, the resources offered by MIT can help you help your students create a fully functioning mobile app. Here’s an MIT App Inventor tutorial I published.
Build a Virtual World
CoSpaces is a popular platform that offers students the ability to create their own animated virtual worlds. Students can start by building a simple animated scene with the premade artwork available to them in CoSpaces. Once they have the basics they can keep going to build an entire virtual world environment. Here’s the official CoSpaces introductory tutorial for teachers.
Design a Local History Virtual Tour
For a few years I was a huge proponent of students using Google’s VR Tour Creator to create virtual tours of local history landmarks. When Google shuttered that tool, I pivoted to using Expeditions Pro. Watch this video to learn how you can create your own virtual reality tours with Expeditions Pro.
Create a Video Game With Construct 3
Construct 3 is a video game creation platform that students can use to develop their own games. The games students can create with Construct 3 aren’t simple quiz-based games like many other platforms offer. Construct 3 offers students an opportunity to create games that might remind you of some classic video games like Mario Brothers, Zelda, or Space Invaders.
I started this year by introducing you to Adobe’s Animate from Audio tool. That’s a fun tool for making simple animations. I like to have students create animations to illustrate their understanding of various concepts they’ve learned.
Enroll in my Animated Explanations course if you want to learn even more about making animations and teaching with animations in your classroom.
Learn How to Create and Sell Digital Products!
If you’re looking for a way to put a little more money in your pocket this year, How to Create and Sell Digital Products in 2023 is the course for you! It’s one of three on-demand courses that I currently offer.
50% off 50 Tech Tuesday Tips
50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook that I created about 15 months ago. I’m working on an updated version to be released in March. In the meantime, I’m “closing out” sales of the current version by offering it at 50% for the rest of this month. Use this link to get it at 50% off.