Podio for collaboration

Podio for collaboration

Podio is a project management and collaboration tool built for business but with uses within education. It is a tool I use almost all the time and one I highly recommend. The high level of complexity may take a little time to get used to but it is well worth the effort. Podio in Education Introduction Podio is a tool for collaborating on projects. Multiple-users are supported through shared ‘workspaces’ It works around a flexible web-database model that allows you to create your own ‘apps’ with just a few clicks. Data can be reported on or imported exported to other programmes and applications Links to other collaborative tools such as Google Drive and Evernote. What skills will I need? Basic skills with using a web-browser Some basic understanding of the functioning of databases might be useful but not essential. The ability to copy and paste links and to upload files The ability to manage calendars on google drive. What resources will I need? An email account to register – Google drive is best because you can link it to Podio and upload/download via drive. A working internet connection A little bit of patience to work through the features so that you can use it to its full potential. Advantages of using it for collaboration in teaching Flexible with the ability to track lots of detail Integrated chat between users Tasks can be allocated to users/students Comments can be made to just about anything Dis-advantages of using it for collaboration in teaching Can be quite complex if you get into it Development time for more complex projects can be quite...
Kahoot – Quizzes for interactivity

Kahoot – Quizzes for interactivity

After using Kahoot a few times in lessons I thought I would share a little about the lessons and the reasons behind using the tool but first here is a video review. Mini - Action Research plan Kahoot Some of you may already know I work with young adults with learning difficulties and they often struggle with retention information and with motivation to write down idea’s and descriptions of tools, skills and activities they have been working on. The students come from a wide range of backgrounds and are all resident at our residential college here in Sussex U.K Having a group of students on a 2 year course based around working outdoors isn’t always easy, especially in the winter and whilst we often save up the written work the students are required to do for rainy days I often find they struggle with ‘contextualizing’ the questions and descriptions they write or ask each other when not in the moment of the activity or skill they are doing or using. Prompted by another rainy morning where working outside was not possible I decided to have a stab at using Kahoot. I quickly set up a simple test quiz to introduce to the students and familiarize myself with the tool. I tested it to make sure it was working and checked and installed the apps required on the mobile devices. When the students arrived at the start of the session I explained to them what we were going to do and my expectations of them. I explained that we would try a test quiz I had set up first and then...