It’s commonly accepted that you should start every lesson by displaying the learning objectives. But they don’t have to always be displayed in the same, boring way.
Here’s a couple of creative tools that you might want to use to display the learning objectives in a more exciting and engaging way.
The Star Wars Crawl Creator lets you turn any piece of text into the scrolling text seen at the opening of the Star Wars movies.
Simply enter your text, then hit preview to see your text, complete with the famous theme tune.
The site provides an embed code and a direct link so you can access your crawl in the future, or embed it into a blog or other website.
Red Kid is a fun website that lets you generate your own signs with short snappy messages. This would be a fun way to display keywords, learning objectives or to help introduce a story.
Other generators are available on the site including banners, avatars and road signs.
For similar tools, also take a look at www.signgenerator.org
Or you could even have Einstein introduce the objectives!
Create a JPG file of your lesson objectives (Easiest way would be to take a screenshot from Word/PowerPoint) and upload to Jigsaw Planet. This will create a Jigsaw of your objectives. Put them together on the interactive whiteboard to reveal them.
Create your learning objective using a Voki and have the avatar speak it out to the class. There’s lots of other uses for Vokis, especially for languages. You can also embed them into a class blog or learning portal.
Using Blabberize you can upload an image of a person or character, then make their mouth move in time to a message you record. Use this to have the lesson objectives introduced by someone famous, a fictional/historical character or even a superhero! A little bit like this perhaps?
Videoscribe is an IOS app that lets you or your students create presentations that look as though they are being hand-drawn right in front of you. You’ve probably seen this style of animation recently, (like this from Sir Ken Robinson) they’ve become quite popular. The app is not free, but is only £2.99, which isn’t too extortionate. Get it on iTunes here.
For some other ideas take a look at this Google Presentation which gives some other great ideas for ways to make the objectives more interesting.
If you have any other ideas, add them to the comments below.
Update : 18 Nov : One other tool you might like is this Tube Sign generator which lets you produce signs in the style of the ones found in London Underground stations. Rather nice.