The apps featured on this page can help you better manage your teaching, activate and engage all students. Why is it important? Attention levels drop after 20 minutes of concentration. If we want to keep students’ concentration at a high level throughout the lesson and support their learning process, it’s a good idea to include activation strategies in lessons. We recommend reviewing the tools below and choosing the ones that work for you and fit your goals or teaching style.
Remember: it’s always a good idea to test what a tool can do. By trying out the tool you’ll discover more ways to use it.
Wondering how to connect students on your course with each other? You can ask them to briefly introduce themselves to the others in Padlet, a virtual whiteboarding tool. Students can comment on each other’s posts or add photos, for example, and you can create an informal space for getting to know each other. This online tool also allows you to post texts, videos, quotes or questions to which students can add comments.
Classroomscreen is an online tool to help you organize your lessons. You can start by sharing a video or image for your students to work with. Do you want to use visual resources for discussion but can’t make your students active? No one wants to speak first? Offer to use a name generator to randomly select who’s going to answer. Timekeeping tools and dice or symbols for generating work instructions, for example, are also useful. For longer teaching blocks, a countdown timer comes in handy to remind everyone of the end of the break.
This online tool offers a wide variety of activities suitable for learning. You can create a crossword puzzle, a word-search, or a quiz. Students can answer pre-prepared questions or decide whether the information presented is true or false. For example, adding missing words to a text also works well for language learning. All activities can be done in a group setting or used to make homework more interesting for students. Uploading questions or words to the platform from a document, for example, is very easy, so it only takes a few minutes to prepare for the lesson. It’s also convenient to search the image bank for individual activities.
This tool helps you to check relatively quickly how students have understood the material. The environment allows you to prepare a lesson in the form of an interactive presentation in which students answer questions in real time. In the process, you can see who responds and how quickly, who, for example, fails to answer, and which questions are harder. After each question, you will see statistics for correct and incorrect answers. The menu also allows you to select the answering method. You can choose between using open-ended questions, multiple choice, gap-filling, or voting. Students can even compete with each other to see who answers correctly the fastest. At the end of the activity a leaderboard is displayed. Students can choose their own usernames here, so the competition can be anonymous. Tip: you can encourage students to come up with a themed nickname.
Coggle is a tool for creating mind maps. Mind maps are a great tool for structuring, memorizing or reviewing learning. You can use this method online directly during a lesson or seminar. Divide students into groups where they can collaborate and create their own mind maps. The work can also be assigned as homework or as part of an assignment – for example, as an initial brainstorming session for a project. You can also invite students to create a mind map during your lecture. This kind of engagement will help them to maintain their attention and have a better grasp of the material presented.
Prezi is an online tool that, in its basic version, allows the creation of presentations that are not linear, but are interesting because they clearly indicate development, dynamics, and movement. The presentation can be linked to by students, so it’s easy to distribute and can be accessed from anywhere. Prezi works in combination with Google and its tools, and everything is intuitive and conveniently available in one place.
The more advanced version offers a chance to create various design materials and the possibility of filming and editing videos directly into the presentation (e.g. you can film an introductory video on the topic and so introduce students to the upcoming content of your output).
Nearpod is an online tool where you create interactive presentations into which can be embedded different types of content. Conveniently create a lesson in one place, for example, where you fire off a question at the beginning and students brainstorm their ideas. This helps you activate students’ attention right at the outset of the lesson. You can follow up with an explanation followed by a quiz. Inserting videos or pictures and creating games to practice the topic are all very intuitive.
Licenses for paid versions of tools
Have you chosen one of our recommended activation tools and know that you’ll need access to its paid features for learning purposes? Contact us.
Tablets for teaching
Do you want to use any of the tools presented and know that you could use tablets in your classroom? The CIT FF MU e-learning office can lend you these tablets. For your convenience, we have already installed the recommended activation tools on them.