With the midterm exam period looming, classes are at risk of becoming monotonous as educators work tirelessly to meet the curriculum requirements. Your students’ readiness is of paramount importance – they need to be equipped with the skills, motivation, knowledge and confidence to succeed.
Here are five creative tools to breathe life into your resources:
Animaker is an amazing tool which allows you to create animated videos to illustrate concepts without spending hours. Users can start by choosing pre-built animations, including characters and text, to build videos of up to two minutes (for the free version). An animated video illustrating a difficult concept might be just what your students need to come to grips with their work! YouTube offers some great examples created by fellow educators or you can visit Animaker’s website to try it out for yourself.
Prezi is presentation software that allows you to see the bigger picture with engaging transitions that keep students captivated. The bigger picture can often be the missing link in a student’s understanding, and the logical flow of a well prepared Prezi can be that link. You can create presentations or customise templates and share the link with your students.
Another amazing animation tool, Powtoon, is easy to use and has storyboards available for inspiration. The software allows educators to create animated videos that can assist in captivating learners’ attention or be sent to them in a flipped classroom environment.
The educator can simply copy the link or export the video to have interactive discussions about the video.
Some information is best represented visually and infographics (a visual representation of information or data) and posters are ideal for this purpose. Piktochart is a very useful tool that allows you to create infographics and posters. Piktochart is easy to use and has beautiful templates that provide you with a variety of options. The infographics can be exported as images and shared with your students.
Need some pictures to enhance your learning material? Pixabay comes to the rescue and offers a library of over 1.4 million free to use stock photos. Simply visit the website, find the perfect picture or photo, and use it to create beautiful learning experiences.
These tools will never replace the day-to-day classes, but they might just add enough fun to inspire and motivate your students to embrace their learning journeys and have a great midterm exam period! Bonus – if you’re using the ITSI platform, any of the video links (URLs), images and presentations can be shared directly into your students’ textbooks via the Educator Console to enhance their learning journey!
Nicolas Matthee has been an Instructional Designer at ITSI since 2016. He is experienced in developing e-learning material and online courses for a variety of contexts such as high school students, university students, corporate learning environments and educational professional development.
He worked as both a research assistant and a teaching assistant at the University of Pretoria and during this time completed two masters degrees focusing on a discourse analysis of new media and community formation in digital gaming. More recently (2018), he completed a PhD dealing with thanatechnology and social media networks, exploring the sociology of remembrance in the 21st-century.
He is passionate about the creation of innovative and exciting learning experiences, providing students and educators with courses that consists of the latest research on the topic at hand, leading to truly transformative learning opportunities.