Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers

Technology Evolves Quickly!

When I started teaching in 2004, I used any/all available technology. I had an overhead projector and a CD player. Then I scored an InFocus machine and a laptop because no one else in the social studies department had use for it.  Afterwards, I graduated to a SmartBoard and “hoarder of laptop carts.” Even when I was a floater, without my own room for several years,  I would wheel my own teaching cart and two laptop carts to all three of my classes.  Without missing a beat. The only real issue was how loud I was coming down the hallway. The laptop carts squeaked and the wheels always sounded like the shopping carts that needed repair.

New teachers have wonderful tech tools to choose from these days. I am positively jealous that many of the tools below did not exist even three years ago when I left the classroom. As the E Learning Coordinator of my division, I get to review and train others on the latest tech tools, which I have to admit, is pretty fun!

All of the tech tools featured in this post are free, user friendly, and (likely)will be available on your school’s network. These tools are best for students in grades 6-12 but the teacher creation tools can be used for any grade/subject level.


10 Digital Tools Every Teacher Should Learn How to Use Over the Summer

10 digital tools for teaching

You’ve reached the time of year that EVERY teacher dreams of from the first day of school: summer break. Now, as you pack your bags and head for that beach vacation and some quality “you” time…

 Don’t forget that another school year is quickly approaching. Yes, you should take some time off, but you should also prepare for the new year by learning some new tools.

Trust me, you’ll have plenty of time to finish that pina colada in your hand…

Each of these tools can help you in some way in the classroom, whether it’s just getting organized or making assessments easier and data more relevant.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #1 – Google Drive

I know, I know. I keep beating this one over your head. But you need to know how to use the set of tools that make up Google Drive. Docs, Sheets, and Slides in particular have so many uses inside the classroom and out. You don’t need to be an expert, by any means, but you should know how to use these tools. Google Forms can be the answer to so many questions about assessments and data if you just take a few minutes and learn how to use the app and the add-ons available (Flubaroo, anyone?)

Spend some time this summer getting to know Google Drive and I promise your teaching life will get just a little bit easier.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #2 – Evernote

As much as I love Google Drive for document creation, I love Evernote as the keeper of all things and my digital brain. I use it to upload student work (thanks Scannable), save project and lesson ideas I find on the Internet with the Web Clipper, organize my conference notes, keep track of PD certificates, share conference notes, share project notes, share entire notebooks with other teachers, keep my car insurance cards handy, the list goes on and on.

I get how many people don’t know what to do with Evernote when they first start using it because it’s such a powerful tool and is completely customizable to each person that uses it. How you use Evernote is different from how I use it, which is why it’s such a great tool. Spend some time this summer getting to know Evernote. If you need some ideas, here’s a few to get you started.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #3 – Kahoot!

Of all the different tools I’ve used in the classroom, NONE of them have been a bigger hit with my students than Kahoot!. A simple assessment tool, Kahoot! adds a fun twist to the standard clicker interaction with a game show style. With the ability to add your own images and even videos, Kahoot! is a great way to engage your students in what might otherwise be a really boring activity.

Did I mention that you get tons of data for each quiz you run as well? Yep, that’s pretty cool, as well. You can see how each student did and how the class did as a whole and learn what concepts they are locked in on and what concepts you might need to go back and review or reteach. Good stuff.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #4 – Canva

If you ever create any sort of images for your classroom or have students that do so, Canva is the tool you need. Even if you are just wanting to make some really AWESOME looking slides for a presentation or a lesson, Canva makes graphics that you would normally need a very expensive software program to make.

Heck, they even offer lesson plans written by teachers that show you and your students how to use Canva to add some flair and pizazz to projects (all while learning some valuable skills that might come in handy later in life) that are free for you to use.

I’ve been using Canva since they launched (have you noticed the graphics on this blog?) and honestly don’t know what I’d do without it at this point.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #5 – Voxer

Voxer is a digital walkie talkie app that not only lets you communicate in real time, but also stores all the messages you send and receive. There are 2 reasons you need to know how to use this tool. Reason #1 is that there are a number of “Voxer chats” that have sprung up around the teaching community that you can join and actually TALK to people, which is nice. You can also set up chats with teachers in your school and/or district, so it’s a great way to extend PD beyond school walls.

Secondly, you can use Voxer as a tool for students to communicate with you when they need help outside of school. No more sitting around, frustrated about a math problem or that darn thesis statement for a paper. Now, a student can simply send you a question and you can answer at your leisure, or immediately if you’re able.

Voxer is a great tool that you should add to your digital arsenal.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #6 – Socrative

Yes, I know that I’m throwing a lot of assessment tools at you. I believe that teachers need to assess and they need to assess more often, and I’m not talking about giving more quizzes and tests. I want to know what my students know just about every day and I need tools that will help me do just that.

Socrative is a great tool that not only allows you to create quizzes in advance, but to ask questions on the fly. You can use the “Quick Question” option or the “Exit Ticket” option to gather responses from your students quickly, even if you didn’t know the question you wanted to ask before you walked into school that day.

Plus, the Socrative Garden is a place where you can find assessments other teachers have made that you might find useful, many of which are aligned to Common Core standards.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #7 – Plickers

Another assessment tool, but this one isn’t quite as digital as some of the others, but it’s still pretty stinking cool and works REALLY well. With Plickers, your students use a card with a code printed on it. They can respond with one of four answers. You scan the answers with an app on your phone and BOOM! instant formative assessment.

And, Plickers often works better than other tools due to it’s simplicity. You only need one device (yours) and you can come up with questions on the fly. You keep your students engaged and you are assessing constantly.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #8 – ZipGrade

I’ve tried several different digital grading tools and I have to say, ZipGrade is KING. First, they have several different forms that you can use from 20 questions up to 100 (I used it for a final exam in Algebra 1 and LOVED it). And they offer the forms in not only a PDF format but a PNG format so you can embed the forms in another document if you wanted.

Again, this tool is more about the data it collects than anything else. You get reports of each student, class averages, and a question by question breakdown, all invaluable information if you’re trying to figure out what your kids know and don’t know.

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #9 – Twitter

Twitter is the digital PD tool of choice for every connected educator. If you’re not on the Twitter bus by now, you really should be. From following the best and brightest minds in education to connecting with other leaders in your own state and region, Twitter is the place for teachers to be at to share ideas.

Find a chat in your local area (Here’s a list of all the chats we know about) and join in!

Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #10 – Flipboard

Another great tool that teachers can use to collect ideas and share them is Flipboard. Now available on the web, iOS, and Android, Flipboard lets you curate articles, images, and more from around the web. You can follow magazines from others and create your own magazines.

Heck, you could even create your own digital textbooks as a magazine and share them with your students!

I know I’ve thrown a lot at you in this post, but if you can take just one of these tools and fully implement it in your teaching over the next year, you’ll be amazed at how your life will change.

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44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work

by TeachThought Staff

Educators are often admonished to design work that “leaves the classroom.”

This is partly a push for authenticity. Work that is “real world” will naturally be more engaging to students because it has more chance to have credibility in their eyes, and usefulness in their daily lives. This kind of work has value beyond the current grading period and culminating report card.

But work that is made public has other benefits as well. If someone besides the teacher is actually going to read it, students may be more willing to engage their hearts and minds in their work. This kind of work is also often iterative–done in stages, with drafts, revisions, collaboration, and rethinking. It’s design work, and as design work, it gives students a chance to show what they know. This is one of the gifts of digital and social media, and an idea we’ve approached before with 7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know.

Tony Vincent from revisited that idea with the following graphic that clarifies another talent of education technology–shared thinking.

Publishing Student Work vs Assessment

In lieu of its perceived art and science, assessment is a murky practice.

Anything a student “does” can be used as a kind of assessment. What the say, write, draw, diagram, create, or otherwise manifest that is then shared with someone else is evidence of thinking. This can be taken as a snapshot–create a video that clarifies the cause-effect relationship of pollution and the water cycle–or something more project-based and done over time, such as a storyboarding, creating, drawing, and publishing a comic book character over a 8 part series that explores the issue of bullying over social media. Either way, because the work is mobile and digital and easily shared, its ripe for both assessment and sharing with authentic audiences in the real world.

When students publish their thinking with their right audience or collaborators at the right time, the tone and purpose of the work are able to shift dramatically. The following tools either allow you to publish student work online (e.g., YouTube, Prezi, wevideo), or create something digital that can then be published in relevant contexts (e.g., Story Me, Book Creator, Puppet Pals HD).

The tools to publish student work are separated into 11 varied categories that run the spectrum of digital publishing, a list that’s nearly as useful as the graphic itself. You can find the list, graphic, and tools below.

11 Categories Of Digital Tools To Publish Student Work

  1. Audio Recordings
  2. Collages
  3. Comic Books
  4. Posters
  5. Slide Presentations
  6. Digital Books
  7. Narrated Slideshows
  8. Movies
  9. Animations
  10. Screencasts
  11. Study Aids

44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work 

10 Excellent New Educational Web Tools For Teachers

March 20, 2015
Here are some very useful educational web tools we have curated over the last few weeks. These are EdTech tools we came across through posts from other edubloggers. As is the case with previous posts in New EdTech Web Tools for Teachers, we only feature the recent trending tools which we think would be a valued addition to teachers technology toolkit. Check out the ones we have for you today and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list:

1- iClicker

iClicker is a powerful formative assessment tool and intuitive student response system that allows for dynamic student-teacher interaction. Here is how it works: Instructors ask questions through any presentation application; students answer questions with a remote or smart device; instructors display results in real-time and
record responses.

2- ThinkBinder 

ThinkBinder is an excellent web tool for creating study and discussion groups. It allows students to collaborate on their homework, ask questions and interact in realtime, upload videos and share notes and files all in a secured group. The tool also supports text and video chat and provides a collaborative whiteboard to help students work on their problems.

3- EverySlide

EverySlide is a web tool that allows you to create interaction around your presentations. You create a presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote, upload it to EverySlide and share the generated link with your students. using the link, students can join your slideshow from any device. You can then start asking questions, or running polls while students are going through the slides. After the presentation, you can review participants’ interactions online or download their contact details and answers as a spreadsheet.

4- RabbleBrowser

«RabbleBrowser is a curated, collaborative Web browsing and file sharing tool to help with learning and sharing in a group setting. RabbleBrowser allows a leader or facilitator to lead a group browsing experience. This browser is the perfect tool for a classroom, lecture hall, discussion group, boardroom or any meeting room.»

5- Flocabulary

«Flocabulary is an online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12. Over 20,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage and inspire students. Its team of artists and educators is not only committed to raising test scores, but also to fostering a love of learning in every child.»

6- Tricider

«Collect ideas, discuss and vote. That’s how tricider works. Your team will make decisions faster without meetings or calls. Innovative solutions arise because everyone can contribute ideas and vote. Whether with friends or clients: taking advantage of all the opinions and ideas to find the best solution has never been easier.»

7- MasterMath

Master math is a great website that provides all kinds of math resources for middle school students. Resources include: free video lessons, practice worksheets, self-grading quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and many more.

8- Google Blockly

«Blockly is a visual editor that allows users to write programs by plugging blocks together. Developers can integrate the Blockly editor into their own web applications to create a great UI for novice users.»

«Propagate is a Harvard-based educational technology company that builds tools for personalized literacy instruction in K-12. It uses some really incredible technology to personalize vocabulary learning and embed it into anything a student is reading digitally.»
10- GoClass

«GoClass is a cloud-based teaching and learning application designed to enable teachers to transform their instruction time into a hands-on, participatory learning experience using mobile devices, PCs, and projection screens to connect students and learning content in more meaningful ways.»