Teachers, finding a diversifying mix of students in their classrooms, are always seeking new tools to simplify their preparation for impending classes. Two of these three tools offer learning-content creation with audio, slides, subtitles, notes and video while accommodating students of varied abilities.
First up, is Panopto, a soution to deliver searchable, accessible multimedia content with audio (captions), video (captions), slides, screen capture and extra video channels for blended learning at school and at tertiary level.
Panopto is expanding in Europe on a cloud-based or on-site basis, to work with smartphones, tablets and laptops as educators and students wish.
Another app, Knowmia, for creating flipped lessons on iPads, supports audio (captions), slides, video (captions) and notes for students of all abilities.
Effectively, Knowmia is a ‘whiteboard type’ app for teachers to create flipped classroom content that can be prepared in advance for future delivery.
Finally, MicroCone.net is a USB-based microphone tool for groups to record podcasts, engage in Skype conversations and more. Most importantly, the system has a speech-to-text transcript option, for universal accessibility.
The take-away message: universal design principles need to be at the core of teachers’ content-creating solutions as flipped classrooms are adopted. In any group, the seven different learning styles may pop up – plus students (and maybe educators) have their own personal access needs to address.
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