The question that educators are always trying to answer is: ‘How do we keep students engaged in the classroom?’ With so many things vying for their attention, how do you ensure they get the most out of their learning? More and more educators are finding that tech tools are the way forward. Here are twenty tools that you can use to make learning fun this year.
Looking for a way to teach the subject of phonemes while keeping your students engaged? This site can help. It offers resources for multiple age groups, as well as refresher courses for yourself when you need to brush up on your skills.
Education is different for everyone, and you know when it comes to students, no size fits all. This site allows you to search for all kinds of educational settings and resources, from colleges to independent tutors, in your area.
Quizalize lets you set up quizzes for your class, which allows them to engage in friendly competition with each other and freshen up their subject knowledge. You can monitor their progress, seeing who’s flying through the quiz, and who needs a little extra help.
You may find this rather ironic, but despite the fact that the website is in essence a paper writing service, it gives plentiful opportunities for educators to improve their teaching skills. Personally, I have used their online editing assistance and tutoring to help prepare exciting and new materials for classes, and this is a great way to bring fresh air to an old teaching method. This particular service hires professional tutors and editors, and you can use their skills and knowledge to boost your own teaching practices.
Finding images for your classroom can be a minefield, as you need images that are both creative commons and child friendly. This site gives you both, so you can search for the image you need, knowing that you’ll get something wholly appropriate for the task at hand.
If you want to get reluctant learners engaged with a new topic, this may be the tool for you. You can create educational games within it, put together teams within the class, and encourage them to compete to win challenges. Soon, your students will be learning without even realizing it.
This tool is a fantastic way to communicate with students both in and out of the classroom. Set assignments and deadlines, take in completed work, and mark and send it back, all within the same app. Save on paperwork at a single stroke with this one tool.
This writing company focuses on Australian teaching approaches, rather than American ones, which do differ greatly. Here you can access online editing and writing services not only for students, but also for educators, which can help you improve your own teaching materials and methods. I personally found the knowledge I picked up here helped me to look at new ways to present ideas in the classroom.
Do you have students in your class who are enthusiastic about writing? Encourage that passion with this site. Of course, from an educator’s point of view, this can also be used to be more interactive in the classroom, allowing creativity to flow between students just during the writing class, as well as back to the educator themselves – we never stop learning!
This inexpensive yet highly versatile tool can bring brand new experiences to your students, right in the classroom. Invest in the cardboard VR viewer, and they can check out videos and streams as if they were really there.
Want to create interactive resources that your students can use in the classroom? You could use this tool for a variety of different learning uses, perhaps brainstorming a particular idea, to help promote further ideas in the classroom, or to allow sharing of a particular idea on a subject, and encourage students to discuss further away from the classroom, and bring back to the next lesson.
Need something that can played in the background and help your students concentrate? This app is for you. Combine several sounds together, such as rain, leaves blowing in the wind, and the ocean, to create a weapon against distraction.
The paperless classroom is possible with this tool. Send homework, do in class assignments, and grade everything all within the same program.
This tool allows parents to get involved with their children’s learning, helping them to stay organized with classes and homework schedules, for example. With dedicated bases for teachers, students, and parents, everyone can try it out and get something out of it. On top of this, educators can share ideas and perhaps discover a new way to present a topic in the classroom.
Creating a wiki is a great way for students to get familiar with a topic, especially if they work together in a project to document their information online. This tool offers a dedicated education space that students can use, safely.
This tool allows educators to connect from all over the map and collaborate with each other. Educators who work with K-12 all the way up to college can get involved, creating a more unified educational experience.
Lesson planning can be a huge time sink. As you try and put all your lesson plans together for the next week, it’s easy to get lost. This app helps you keep everything together and see at a glance where you are.
This tool allows your students to get involved in creating their own resources. Do they want to make a podcast, a comic strip, or a video? They can do that and learn through this site.
This is a full literacy curriculum that marries technology with a love of the written word. Students can access hundreds of texts through it, and you can assign work and grade their progress through the same app.
This app helps assess how your students are learning, by understanding what works and what doesn’t. See who’s succeeding and who needs help at a glance, and share resources with other teachers through it. This can be useful when students are moving up to the next grade and their next teacher needs the information.
Try these tools out in the classroom today, and see just how much your students get involved with every day learning. You’ll be surprised at how excited they are to try new tools out and engage with the subject at hand.
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