Session Agenda

Session Title:

10 Digital Tools to Enhance Blended and Online Learning

Additional Info:

  • Please bring your own DOE laptop device to the training session
  • Lunch will not be served

Session Instructor:

Kelly Henning
Lia Lambrides

Session Synopsis:

Learn to enhance your blended learning pedagogy with exciting Web 2.0 tools

As result of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Utilize Web 2.0 tools to enhance Blended Learning
  • Link Web 2.0 tools to a variety of activities to engage students
  • Locate curated websites to identify web 2.0 tools that meet the needs of your students
  • Embed tools in the Desire to Learn Environment


Using Digital Tools to Enhance Blended Learning

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Welcome and Introductions

Icebreaker: PollEverywhere: What’s your favorite web tool?

Part 1: Overview of Web 2.0 Tools

  • Presentation (Prezi, Powtoon, EdPuzzle, Screencastomatic, Thinglink)
  • Collaboration (Remind, Padlet)
  • Curated Sites (Pinterest, Learnist, EdShelf)

Part 2: Overview of Embedding into the D2L

  • Hands-On Activity:
    • Learn more about one of the tools shared earlier
    • Select a tool that meets the needs of your students
    • Embed the sample into Desire to Learn

Part 3: Creating a lesson that prepares your students for tomorrow’s world

  • Hands On Activity
    • Review the tools
    • Select a tool(s) that support a concept/subject that you will teach
    • Develop a lesson using at least one tool.
    • Embed the tool into your Desire to Learn class.

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Question and Answers


Welcome and Introductions

This session will showcase 10 digital tools and how they can be implemented into our Learning Environment to help improve participation, communication, and positively impact our students in a blended learning classroom.

What effect does social media have on education?

Icebreaker: PollEverywhere: What’s your favorite web tool?

Part 1: Overview of Web 2.0 Tools

Presentation Tools

Prezi is a presentation tool that can be used as an alternative to traditional slide making programs such as PowerPoint. Instead of slides,Prezi makes use of one large canvas that allows you to pan and zoom to various parts of the canvas and emphasize the ideas presented there.

Powtoon is a simple presentation tool for awesome animated video as an alternative to using PowerPoint.

EdPuzzle: is a new innovative site that lets you take just about any video off the web, edit it down to the portions you want, add audio notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor individual student work. Sample:

  • Search for videos( use to download)
  • Crop Videos
  • Add Audio Tracks
  • Add Audio Notes
  • Embed Quizzes
  • Embed in LMS

Screencastomatic Online screen recorder for one-click recording for free

ThingLink Create interactive images. Works on all browsers as well as iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

Collaboration Tools

Remind A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents.

Padlet A virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.

A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents

Curated Sites for web 2.0 tools

Pinterest an online pinboard, a visual take on the social bookmarking site.


Learnist This education-focused free media and resource sharing site.

EdShelf A discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning.

Session Resources:


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