Technology and education are pretty much intertwined. Nearly every school board in the world requires their teachers to implement some sort of technology in their classroom. For some teachers, educational tech tools seem foreign and they thereby feel hesitant and uncertain in using them and tying them to the curriculum they are teaching. Here are 10 Educational Tech Tools you may want to research about and implement in time for first day of school.
An app that provides video chat and voice call services.
Skype can be a great tool for keeping in touch with other educators or even attending meetings
and field trips virtually. Even cooler, it can help teachers to connect with other classrooms, even
those in other countries.
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Invite a guest lecturer to speak to your
students via Skype at a fraction of the cost.
A tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
Wordles can be used in all curricular areas and are great for promoting critical thinking skills in
your students. Specifically, they can be used for studying, summarizing texts, creating student
profiles, highlighting key skills, learning new concepts and much more.
Twitter is a social networking service that enables users to send
and read short 140-character messages.
There are so many ways Twitter can be used in education. Teachers can connect with other
educators, take part in chats, share their ideas, or even use it in the classroom to reach out to
students and parents.
Top 10 Education Chats to Join
#edchat Tuesdays at 12pm ET and 7pm ET
Mondays at 7pm ET#engchat
Thursdays at 8 pm and Mondays at 8:30pm ET
Mondays at 9 pm ET
Tuesdays at 12 pm and 7 pm ET
Mondays at 8 pm ET#Flipclass
#sschat Mondays at 7 pm ET
Thursdays at 8 pm ET
Wednesdays at 7 pm ET
Tuesdays at 6 pm ET#Tededchat
Top 10 Education Experts to Follow
EXPERT’S NAME/TITLE TWITTER HANDLE
Vicki Davis (Co-Founder of Flat Classroom Project)
Fran Simon (Host of #ECETechChat)
Joanne Babalis (Educator) @Joannebabalis
Larry Ferlazzo (Educator)
Sir Ken Robinson (Scholar) @SirKenRobinson
Steven W. Anderson (Co-Creator of #edchat)
Richard Byrne (Speaker, Writer & Teacher)
Sue Beckingham (Education Developer)
4. TED ED
TED's education initiative — makes short video lessons worth
sharing, aimed at educators and students.
TED isn’t just a great place to find inspiration anymore, the site also contains numerous videos
that are organized by subject and can help you to teach everything from how pain relievers work
to Shakespearean insults.
Let’s Take a Look at a Few Good
TED Ed Lessons
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Build wonderful classroom communities with parents and
ClassDojo is a communication platform (Virtual Classroom) that encourages students to learn
and gets parents involved too. Classrooms become positive learning environments - which
means there's no more 'classroom management'.
Watch the following video to
learn more about how to use
6. Google Apps for Education
A suite of free productivity tools for classroom
From Google Drive to Hangouts to Google Docs, these are the tools that let users collaborate,
communicate, and share your knowledge with others. Make your classroom a virtual and
paperless one by encouraging students to do everything on Google Apps.
Some Ways to Use Google Apps for
Create a Google Doc for a lesson plan to be shared with other teachers.
Try translating a document in Google Docs to give to non-English speaking parents.
Invite a guest lecturer into your class through video chat (Google Hangouts).
Create a parent volunteer survey with forms in Google Docs to collect contact and
Set-up a spreadsheet in Google Docs with timing and availability for parents to
sign-up for parent-teacher conferences.
Schedule and invite parents for interviews and collaboration. Google will send you
a reminder in case you forget.
Create a grade level folder in Google Docs that is shared with your team so anyone
can add and utilize your classroom files.
Set-up pen pals with students of another country or city
A presentation tool that can be used as an alternative to traditional
Both teachers and students have become numb to conventional classroom presentations, where
they're confronted with slide after slide containing too much info. Prezis defies conventions and
make presentations all the more interesting to look at.
A tool that brings your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep
your files safe.
Share videos, photos, documents easily. Connect a DropBox account to your iPad and have
images, and video automatically synced between devices. Utilize the website, iOS app, or
Desktop APP to manage files where-ever you are.
5 Great Uses of
Share stored files
Overcome Email Limitations
Turn in Homework
Easy Saves from Popular Apps like Evernote
Declutters your desk.
The child-friendly version of YouTube.
You've heard of YouTube and TeacherTube, now check out SchoolTube, endorsed by leading
education associations. It's a safe, moderated environment where students can post self-produce
videos for classroom use.
A Web 2.0 Based Slide Hosting Service
SlideShare is still the most popular place to find and host out-of-this-world presentations as well
as documents and infographics. Teachers and students alike can spend hours learning from what
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