Common Sense Review
Updated August 2013

Tizmos

Organize digital media for your students in one handy spot
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 3
  • Share all your favorite sites with your students.
  • Tizmo Lessons put content in sequential order.
  • Adding a tizmo is a pretty simple process.
  • Unlimited tizmos are available for a small price.
  • The Tizmos blog offers educational tips and ideas.
Pros
It's really tailored to educator needs, from the ability to start video clips at the right second to how accessible the site is for kid users.
Cons
If you go for all the features, it can get expensive.
Bottom Line
Students and teachers can benefit from this tidy, easy-to-use organizational tool.
Polly Conway
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Like many aggregator sites, engagement depends on what you put into it. Fill it with great links, and you're in good shape. Kids should respond well to the clean design and easy interface.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

When kids are directed to a teacher-created Tizmos page, they'll be able to see how digital media can be organized, which is something they'll have to do in the very near future. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

It's pretty straightforward in general, but there's lots of help and ideas available on how to use Tizmos for your own needs. Extensions include a blog especially for educators.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Most of the examples on the Tizmos page are directed toward younger students, but you can use this site for any age and any subject. Teaching a section on slavery in your U.S. History class? Try a flipped classroom activity: Share a curated selection of video clips from pertinent films with your students as homework.

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What's It Like?

Tizmos allows teachers to organize and bookmark online resources that are then viewable by students. Each link is called a tizmo, and once you've added a tizmo to your page, which begins as a blank corkboard, you're able to do some serious customization.

To create a tizmo, simply click on the green plus sign in the upper right-hand corner menu. A box will appear, and you'll paste or type in the URL of your link, as well as any tags you'd like to add (e.g., English, Science, Geometry, etc.). It will then appear as an image on your page. When students click it, they'll be taken to your chosen site or video.

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Is It Good For Learning?

As a teaching tool, Tizmos could really help integrate online content into study materials or classroom time. Kids should respond well to the way it looks (nice big screenshots and simple interface), and it's very accessible to younger kids who may not have a lot of online experience -- they just click on each tizmo for the information they need instead of hunting all around the Web to find it. And getting to choose where videos begin ensures that there's no wasted time. Additionally, you'll be saving time by organizing tizmos for each class into folders, then accessing media quickly.

 

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