Digital Literacies in a Networked World is a graduate seminar at Penn, in which the class explores and analyzes how literacy and learning are constantly evolving, as students become not only consumers, but also makers of digital media. During our time in this course, we engaged with, and challenged how meaning making happens in and out of the classroom, and how diverse digital tools can be useful in empowering students and teachers toward becoming informed, collaborative and active contributors to their local and global communities.
As a way of participating in the Digital Literacies community, each week students were asked to contribute to the course wiki, a digital space where they contributed and described educational tools that they would recommend to students and other educators. Week after week, students not only researched new tools, they also explored, tested, and utilized the tools that were recommended by their classmates.
We have compiled a list of some available digital tools that would be helpful for any educator, parent or student to utilize in and out of the classroom.
Annotation: these tools make it easy to for you to organize what you are reading, and go back and find information quickly.
Collaboration: these tools make it easier for members of an educational community to work together, participate and connect.
Creativity: these tools simplify the process of writing, creating and publishing content, and allow students and teachers to become makers of digital media.
Kid Blog (Blog)
Coloring Page Creator (Coloring Books)
Book Creator for iPad (Storybook)
MY STORY (Storybook)
Digital Short Story
StoryRobe (Digital Short Story)
Toontastic (Digital Short Story)
Quizlet (Flashcards +)
Sock Puppets App (Video/Skit)
Talking Tom and Ben News (Video/Skit)
Typedrawing (Word Imaging)
Wordle (Word Imaging)
Go Car Co (Mechanical)
Gamestar Mechanic (Video Games)
Organization: these tools aid teachers and students in becoming better organized in their research, review, note-taking and homework.
Mindjet Mind Manager (Brainstorming)
Evernote (Note Taking)
Scrible (Note Taking)
Notability (Note Taking)
Springpad (Note Taking/Research)
Cam Scanner (Scanner)
Genius Scan (Scanner)
Dropbox (Backup Files)
https://myhomeworkapp.com (HW Organizer)
TrackClass (Introduction to Digital Organization)
Professional: these tools are geared toward helping educators organize and manage their classrooms and offer varied tools for exploring diverse content.
Class Dojo (Behavior/Learning Mangement)
TeacherKit (Behavior/Learning Mangement)
Three rig app (Behavior/Learning Mangement)
Haiku (Behavior/Learning Mangement)
Schoology (Behavior/Learning Mangement)
Independence National Historical Park App (content)
My first classical app (Content
Khan Academy (Content)
Article Search (Content)
The Elements: A visual Exploration (Content)
Google Maps Gallery (Content)
Study Island (Content)
Common Core (Content)
Video Science (Content)
Actively Learn (Content)
Bedtime Math (Content)
Scoop It (Content)
Rap Genius (Content)
readingrants.org (Resource-Book Selection)
Booksource Classroom Organizer (Resource-Class Library)
Hemingway App (Resource-Editing/Proofreading)
Socrative (Resource- Q&A Creator)
Read:OutLoud (Resource- Text-to-speech)
Dragon Dictation (Resource- Talk-to-type)
Presentation: these tools provide alternative and innovative ways of preparing and sharing work through presentations.