Saturday, October 31, 2015

Classtools.net: Some Fun and Quick Class Tools to Hook Students

This is a crosspost from the technology blog I write with ProfeSeiden, called Tech4Scots.

Classtools.net is probably one of the coolest things out there. It's really unique and students enjoy it. You can use it just for fun or as a learning tool. In a nutshell, you can create free games, fun activities, and diagrams in literally seconds. Here are some examples.

Breaking news generator:
I made this in about 30 seconds.
                                    

or use a pre-made picture from Anchorman:



Star Wars Movie Text:
Use this to scroll directions, for example, or to introduce something exciting (or otherwise not exciting, but you want to add some pizzazz...)


Fake Tweet:
To generate interest in a topic...haha I made this one up!

Fakebook:
Use "Fakebook" for character development, to give a series of historical events, to give debates and relationships between people...this would make a great assignment. Here is an example from Classtools.


BrainyBox:
This is really cool. You have to see it to believe it. There are six sides to a box, so there are six key events that students can write about...one side can be a video, one side can be a slide...click here to see it in action.

Fake Texts: 
This is just for fun...
                                                      

Random Name Picker:
This would be great for our department, as currently, we play "nose goes."
click here to watch it spin--when a name is picked, you will hear applause. You can also remove the student so that they are not picked next time.











Fruit Machine:
This is a slot machine...you can use as a random name generator, but I think it's great for a vocabulary word list. Put in words and spin, and when a word comes up, students need to define it                                              

Countdown Timer:
This is nice to display, and you can select a soundtrack as well:

Timeline:
Need a timeline tool for students? There are a number to choose from:




Arcade Generator:
Need one? No problem. There are some pre-made ones as well:
Fishbone or Burger Diagram:
Because, why not? Who wouldn't want this?
 There's more, too. Just go to http://classtools.net to check it out. There is a paid version as well for no ads.

Make something fun? Let us know in the reply section.


1 comment:

Marc Winer said...

Well if Ron Burgandy knows you your good. Great stuff this time