Meels for Teachers

From the creator of elllo.org and soundgrammar.com.

Big Summer Ed Tech Course

Aug 5th to Oct 2nd (Free)

Impove your teaching skills and your lessons by using these free tools in your classes or presentations. The course will show participants how to use over 50 tools using step-by-step video tutorials and email lessons.

This course is designed for beginners, but even advanced technology users can learn how to incorporate digital content with live presentations.

Nearly all the tools are free (or freemium) as we look at A to Z of free. All the tools are grouped into modules that each have a theme. See course details below. Sign up here!

Module 1: A Class with SAAS

The frst module looks at how to make a class website to extend lessons beyond the classroom and make content mobile friendly. Letters A fo F.

Lesson 1 - Audacity (Aug 5th)

  • Make audio content with ease.

Lesson 2 - Blogger and Box (Aug 7th)

  • Create a class homepage and lesson launchpad.

Lesson 3 - Canva (Aug 9th)

  • Make dazzling visuals for numerous purposes.

Lesson 4 - Drive, Dropbox (Aug 12th)

  • Sync, share and syndicate content.

Lesson 5 - Evernote (Aug 14th)

  • Learn how to clip the web and turn online content into lessons.

Lesson 6 - Forms (Aug 16th)

  • See how to make assessments enriching and self-grading.

Module 2: Think Outside the Book

This module looks at using various mediums to replicate, supplement, or replace the purpose of a tradtional book. Letters F to J.

Lesson 6 - Filmora, Flipgrid, and Flickr (Aug 16th)

  • See how these apps is the best teacher tools online.

Lessons 7 - Gimp / Google Draw (Aug 19th)

  • Make content visually engaging.

Lesson 8 - HTML / Hot Pototates (Aug 21st)

  • Make lessons interactive and fun.

Lesson 9 - Instaud.io (Aug 23rd)

  • Share audio instantly and easily.

Lesson 10 - Jing (Aug 26th)

  • Get and create images with ease.

Module 3: Flip the Script

This module looks at how to create email lessons and use various tools for flipped learning tasks in class. Letters K to N.

Lesson 11 - Kahoot (Aug 28th)

  • Make fun online games that gets students excited.

Lesson 12 - Learnclick (Aug 29th)

  • Turn online lessons into printable PDF lessons

Lesson 13 - Mailchimp (Sep 2nd)

  • Create a community of followers and communicate with them.

Lesson 14 - Nearpod (Sep 4th)

  • Turn PPT into an event.

Module 4: Potent Printables

This module looks at how to sync digital media with printed materials such as worksheets. Letters O to S.

Lesson 15 - OneDrive / OpenOffice Draw (Sep 6th)

  • Create and share in print, audio, video and slides.

Lesson 16 - Prezi, Powtoon, Padlet, and Pinterest (Sep 9th)

  • Learn how to present content in different ways.

Lesson 17 - QR Codes, Quizlet, and Quizziz (Sep 11th)

  • Sync content to interactive quizzes online.

Lesson 18 - Rev and Realtimeboard (Sep 13th)

  • Create a place to text and digital media.

Lesson 19 - Screencast-O-Matic, Socrative, Speakpipe, Soundcloud (Sep 16th)

  • Learn the power of audio and screencasts.

Module 5: MOOCs and More

This module looks at how to design and deploy an online course. Letters T to Z.

Lesson 20 - Teacheable, Tumblr and Thinkific (Sep 18th)

  • Create an online course.

Lesson 21 - Unsplash and Udemy (Sep20th)

  • Get awesome images.

Lesson 22 - Vimeo, Vyond, Voicethread, and Vocaroo (Sep 23rd))

  • Use video and audio with your lessons.

Lesson 23 - Wix, Weebly and Wordpress (Sep 25th)

  • Create a professional website or classpage.

Lesson 24 - Xoyondo (Sep 27th)

  • Get the community interacting with your lessons.

Lesson 25 - Youglish and Youtube (Sep 30th)

  • See some cool tricks you can do with Youtube.

Lesson 26 - Zoom and Zapier (Oct 2nd)

  • Hold live lessons and automate your tasks!

To join the class you just need to sign up here.

The course is very easy. On lesson days, you will receive an email explaining a software tool and learn how teachers can use it to make lessons or teach students. Each email has links for free video tutorials.

The course is not time or task intensive. If you have time, you can create some lessons for yourself. If you are busy, just save the email for future reference.


About the Teacher

Todd Beuckens is an ESL teacher with over 25 years of classroom experience. He has an M.A. in Learning, Design and Technology from San Diego State University. He is currently based in Japan and is the creator of the following sites.

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P.U.S.H. Your Lessons

Teachers can learn to produce, use, share and host digital and print lessons online using a variety of free tools. MEELS offers free training for teachers via five email courses, one starting each month.

Produce

Create engaging lesson materials using a variety of free tools, both online and as a downloaded software.

Use

Use your content with your students. Notice what works and what needs improvement, and then make necessary improvements on the fly.

Share

Share your lessons with your students, and other teachers and students around the world using a variety of free distribution platforms such as cloud hosting and social media.

Host

Host your lessons and retain ownership of what you create by creating your own library or lesson portal online using free file hosting services and social media platforms.

List of Courses and Start Dates

There are five courses offered over the course of the year. Each month features one module. Each module has a theme and all lessons feature tools in alphabetical order, as the courses go through the A to Z of Free, which are free tools teachers can use to create lesson materials.

Module 1 - Create a Class with SAAS

  • Audacity
  • Blogger
  • Canva
  • Drive
  • Evernote
  • Forms

Module 2 - Think Outside the Book

  • Filmora, Flickr, Flipgrid
  • Google Draw, Gimp
  • HTML, Hot Potatoes
  • Instaudio, iTunes, Instagram
  • Jing, Joomla
  • Kami, Kahoot, Keep

Module 3 - Flip the Script

  • Learnclick
  • Mailchimp
  • Nearpod
  • OneDrive
  • Prezi
  • Quizlet

Module 4 - Potent Printables

  • Open Office Draw
  • Pinterest
  • QR Stuff
  • Rev, RealtimeBoard
  • Soundcloud, SurveyMonkey
  • Twitter, Tumblr

Module 5 - MOOCs and More

  • Sites, Screencast-o-matic
  • Teachable
  • Udemy, Unsplash
  • Vimeo, Vocaroo
  • Wordpress, Wix, Weebly
  • Xoyondo
  • Youtube
  • Zoom, Zapier