Motivation Key #3: A BONANZA of Tools to Create, Produce, and Publish

Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard with this massive list of tools for students to produce and publish writing, brainstorm and organize ideas, and gather relevant information from multiple sources. ---->NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Promote feelings of USEFULNESS  [Key #3] with tools to help learners become aware of their strengths and to operate within those signature strengths by creating a product or offering a service that is valued by others.

  • Go to the set of tools in The PODL Profile and click on the tool named My Strengths to self-assess your natural strengths, and then view a “report” packed with strategies matched to your special abilities, including tips for how you learn best, how to study, memory boosters, careers, and more.   Also, you will see a list of famous people who have personality traits similar to your personality traits.  Reading and researching biographies becomes meaningful and personal as students compare and contrast their personality traits with those of a famous person.
  • In the Learning Guide for My Strengths, you will find printable trading cards to use as an offline activity.
  • Find a friend and use the My Strengths tool together and talk about the many ways you are alike and different.  Use this interactive Venn Diagram to record your findings.
  • Link to Cranial Concoctions and explore an outrageously fun collection of 100+ free online tools organized by "Research and Media Skills."
  • Affinities are areas of knowledge toward which a child feels strong attachment.  It is critical that every child develop at least one area of intellectual passion that they can SUSTAIN over time because affinities can evolve into domains of expertise.  Every child needs to be an expert at something! "The greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them, but to reveal their riches to themselves."  Swahili Proverb
  • Students can create an online space to store and share their hobbies and passions with a real-life audience.  [Long-term Research to Develop Expertise]  Free online digital portfolios can showcase their best work and can be generated over a long period of time as they continue to learn more.  Video, photographs, scanned artwork, illustrations, diagrams, web material, audio files, spreadsheets, and slideshow presentations can be stored in one location.  It is an excellent way to demonstrate mastery of a topic, document growth in expertise over time, and maybe serve as a Career Portfolio in the future.   Make sure the free hosting includes ample storage space and password protection. A few examples are listed below.  What technology tools are available at your school right now that would allow students to develop an ePortfolio they can carry with them beyond graduation?
  • Students can create "how to" videos or slideshows to share their expertise with others.  A few free online sites for publishing student videos are:  Animoto,  One True MediaGlogster, WeVideo, or Make Internet TV.
  • Five-Minute Film Festival:  Edutopia suggests 8 interactive video tools to engage students.
  • Use DATA to identify, WITH PRECISION, the most critical, profound needs of your students, and then SCAFFOLD their learning to build a sense of competence and usefulness.  Link to a Quick Reference of North Carolina DATA Sources.




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