I know that when Jane Brown is presenting to science or math teachers, her go to WOW activity is the Dynamic Paper Interactive from Illuminations. This tool gets teachers fired up as they can create their own PDF printable activity sheets with just a few clicks.
When preparing a presentation for new Thinkfinity users, what WOW activity do you share first?
I know its been around a long time, but I just love the bio-cube (readwritethink). It can be used as a way to introduce everyone in the room or get people to learn more about the people they already work with. I just did this with a group of preservice teachers and had them fill out everything except their names. Then they threw them in a pile in the middle of the floor and picked one up. As they read the information on the cube, they tried to guess who each cube belonged to.
Also, in a presentation, you can have several made up with people of the past with their names missing. Throw them out in the crowd to have someone read. The first person to guess the person gets a little gift. It gets the audience engaged immediately.
Then you can take them to the site to see all the versions of the bio-cube including the generic one they have now made.
For math sessions, I always pick a different activity to begin the event because all the Illuminations activities are wonderful. But lately I have been doing Okta so I can show them the mobile apps available for the smartphones and iPads.
Here is a list of WOW resources that have been recommended in previous discussions--
In a previous discussion post, Theresa Gibbon shared these suggestions for integrating technology using some WOWs that always go over well--
Many times teachers will comment how all these wows are great, but they don't have a SMARTBoard or access to laptops. I always include something interesting and fun that integrates technology without requiring a lot of equipment. I have used Browsing Music followed by Copyright Infringement as good examples for covering interesting current topics (9-12) from two different Content Partners.
The Copyright Infringement lesson plan has a great interactive embedded - the Persuasion Map - that is a good Wow resource for Information Literacy. Along these same lines is a great lesson - Defining Literacy in a Digital World - with an embedded interactive ready to go.
A fantastic resource that showcases both Educational Technology and Information Literacy is A More Perfect Union. Remember - these resources don't explain Information Literacy or teach the concept of Information Literacy - they provide excellent opportunities for teachers to focus on the skills needed to achieve Information Literacy:
Another example of a lesson plan to demonstrate in trainings is Reading Between the Lines. It isn't interactive, but it requires online work that showcases how the lessons found in Thinkfinity are classroom ready. Also, I recommend the lesson Introducing Each Other that has a good embedded interactive - the Printing Press.