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With a little help from technology, a young filmmaker, musician, writer, or artist can pursue their work like a pro.

 

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When I was putting together my book, The Teacher’s Guide to Tech, I kept getting carried away with thoughts of how so many of the tools I discovered were so empowering. Not long ago, a person’s talents were limited by money and other resources. For instance:

But that’s all changed now. All of it.

Because now, technology can enable the most ordinary person to do truly extraordinary things. Specifically, a group of resources I’m calling Passion Tools, different types of tech tools that help students (or anyone, really) take their personal interests or talents to a whole new level, developing and sharing them in the same way a professional would: book publishing tools, blogging and website-building tools, image-making tools, screencasting and podcasting tools (and I explain what both of these are!), photo editing tools, and tools that help you create and share videos.

The game really is so different now, and anyone with the tools can play. Consider this a starter kit.

 

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Links to the Passion Tools

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The Teacher’s Guide to Tech contains full descriptions of each of these tools, along with links to helpful videos, links to alternatives, and tons of ideas for classroom implementation. If you’d like to check the tools out directly, these links will get you there:

Blogging & Website-Building
Blogger
Weebly
Wix
WordPress

Book Publishing
Lulu
Mixbook
Storybird

Image Making
Canva
Inkscape

Photo Editing
PicMonkey
Pixlr

Podcasting
Audacity
audioBoom
Jewelbeat

Screencasting
Explain Everything
Screencast-o-Matic

Video Production
Animoto
iMovie
PowToon
Windows Movie Maker

Video Sharing
Vimeo
Vine
YouTube

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. I have just been given one more suggested addition to this list: Thrively, a site that provides parents and teachers with tools to help kids assess their strengths, then match them with activities, camps, and apps. Looks fantastic!

  2. Julie says:

    I am really interested in tutorials on how to do some of these activities. For example, my son really wants to start a youtube channel, and I have no idea what to do to help him. Do you have suggestions on where to start? Thanks for the links above!! 🙂

  3. Show me is a great free tool.
    Portaportal is great for keeping all your great sites along with the portaporals of other teachers. It is a portable bookmarking site that is free.
    The literacy Shed, The Math Shed are both really interesting sites.
    Live Binders is a great source of information. I teach life skills in a Community Based Instruction Classroom in a small town in Arkansas. I am always looking for places to enhance my students learning.

  4. Victor says:

    Wow, amazing list! I use Pixlr and Canva regularly and Explain Everything is great for awesome presentations.

    Futhermore, I would like to add Storybird as the wonderful instrument of inspiring students to write perfect stories and Unplag plagiarism checker as a reliable tool for duplicate texts revealing (useful for students’ writing skills development)

    Besides, you helped me to discover some new tools for video production. I will definitely share this article with my students.

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