WEEK 5 – Twiddla
Twiddla is an online Interactive White Board that you use to edit collaboratively with anyone that you invite. What makes Twiddle extra cool is the ease of use – you don't need to create accounts and it's super quick to start a new whiteboard and invite someone to edit with you! You can even pull in a web site or document and notate or mark it up together.
I should mention that, while most of the tools we're learning about in The Challenge are totally free, Twiddla does have paid account levels. That being said, what you can do for free, at any time, without even having to create an account, is pretty awesome. Check out the video to see for yourself.
Here's a 3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial for Twiddla:
Here's some perspective on using using Twiddla from other teachers and technologists:
- Welcome to Twiddla, the interactive whiteboard used to interact in real time with real people!
- Twiddla, the Best Tool Currently Available for Online Tutoring
- Teacher's First Review: Twiddla
REMEMBER, AFTER YOU TRY Twiddla … Please comment below and share your experience! What did you use it for? Was it easy? How did students like what you created?
About the Challenge:
The Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge started March 1st. Every Sunday through the end of May we're publishing a new web page with a new, awesome free tool to try. Everyone who provides their name and email address (click here to open the Challenge introduction page and SIGN UP) will get an email providing the link to the page. The goal is just to have fun and learn about these powerful free web applications for teaching and learning, and along the way you get the opportunity to win some giveaways we'll award at the end of the challenge to randomly selected participants! To have a chance a winning, just participate and share some observations about the tools you each week!
Week 1 was a blast with nearly 500 teachers signing up and dozens of great comments shared about Socrative, our Week 1 tool! Socrative is a popular Student Response System that students can use from just about any device.
For Week 2, more participants kept signing on and we checked out the free functionality of ed.ted.com! Creating a robust, interactive lesson based on any YouTube video or TED Talk, including a simple quiz, is easy-peasy with this outstanding tool from TED.
In Week 3, we got a 2-for-1 bonus, learning about LessonPaths and Blendspace, awesome free web apps that make it a snap to combine web content and your own content into a set of organized lesson content.
Our Week 4 Tool was Remind, a free one-way texting tool that teachers just love. And that “one way” thing is a bonus as far as many teachers are concerned, since they don't have to deal with replies. Think of it as the 2015 version of the take-home flyer or note (they can't reply to that either, right?). Quick, convenient, and far more likely to be paid attention to than pieces of paper or emails.