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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Three Good Options for Digitizing Your Students' Physical Work

Whether it's a model made for a science fair or a paper on which a student successfully solved a complex math problem, there are times when we want to save a copy of physical work to use in digital portfolios. The following three tools are great for taking a picture of a student's physical work, annotating that picture, and saving it for future reference.

SeeSaw
I have been impressed by SeeSaw since the first day that I tried it on my iPad. SeeSaw lets you take pictures, draw on them, record yourself talking about them, and then add them into a portfolio. Today, you can do this with SeeSaw's iPad app, Android app, Chrome app, and in your computer's web browser. SeeSaw's YouTube channel has many excellent tutorials to help you get started.


OneNote
You might think that you need a Microsoft tablet like the Surface Pro to take advantage of all of features of OneNote. But, as I have discovered this year, OneNote for iOS, Android, and web has many excellent features. One of those great features is the ability to take a picture and draw on it. You can do this with all of the OneNote mobile apps. You can also draw on pictures in OneNote online. 

ClassDojo Student Stories
ClassDojo's new Student Portfolios service puts students in control of creating their own digital portfolios. Students can choose the items that they want to include in their portfolios. They can include pictures, documents, videos, notes, and drawings in their portfolios. The best of ClassDojo Student Portfolios is that the portfolios can stay with a student from year-to-year even when they change teachers.