20 EdTech Resources for Educators to Use This Term
Are you looking for simple ways to make your lesson planning, classes and homework more enjoyable? Alongside the well-known online tools, there is a range of edtech resources available for educators which many aren’t even aware of. Below is a list of 20 brilliant tools that can help to increase the impact of your teaching.
Skype can be a great tool for classroom educators. For example, if you are teaching a language, Geography, History or pretty much any subject for that matter, you may find it beneficial to dial a partner school and allow the children to interact by discussing their school, town, home, etc… It is much cheaper and simpler than organising a school trip and can be just as exciting for the students.
With Wikispaces, teachers can share lessons, images and other materials online with their students. Or, to encourage collaboration and teamwork, they can assign a task which involves getting them to build their own wiki – it should be educational though mind you!
Did you know that many educators are pinning lesson plans, projects, and a range of other inspirational materials? A little bit if inspiration and thinking out of the box can do wonders for revitalising your lessons and Pinterest is just the place to start.
Schoology is a social site which allows teachers to seamlessly plan and manage lessons. The learning management system promotes connecting people with content and systems that fuel education. With its easy to use platform, educators and their students can look forward to sharing knowledge and learning.
Boom Essays is a professional writing service which covers a wide range of subjects. With numerous talented writers on hand, you could find this site useful in sourcing sample essays and model answers to hand out to your class.
OpenStudy encourages teamwork by offering pupils the chance to get together online and form study groups. With so much emphasis on the Internet and social media, this is a great way of convincing students to make use of the technology available to them for a worthy cause – their education.
Similarly, ePals is an interactive site which makes studying cool. Focussing on students, it helps them to learn languages and teaches them about different cultures by connecting them with pupils from all over the world. As previously mentioned, not all educators are in a position to participate in exchange trip due to funds so this is a brilliant way to encourage pupils to form bonds with international students.
If you want to bring some fun to the classroom, then look no further than FunBrain. It features a fantastic collection of educational games to aid the processing of maths and to improve reading skills. There are so many developmental benefits to being creative in the classroom, but most of all it keeps students fully engaged.
Another writing website, Essayroo caters for students and teachers and beyond. With samples available for free, you could use this tool as a way to clear up the differences between a top and bottom level essay response.
StudySync offers some really useful features including a digital library, a weekly writing practice, online writing and multimedia lessons. If you are stuck in a rut and need some help in the way of educational tools to increase learning in the classroom, then this could be a great help.
MasteryConnect is incredibly valuable when it comes to keeping on top of the performance of your pupils in relation to state and common core standards. With the easy to use online tool, you can track and analyze both and feel confident that you and your class aren’t lagging behind.
Many will already be familiar with Google Docs but teachers may not necessarily know how to use it to their benefit. As an educator, you can create and share documents, lesson plans, presentations, and much more with students and colleagues as well as give feedback on work submitted by your pupils.
Unbelievable as it may sound, YouTube contains a wealth of highly relevant and engaging educational material which is more likely to engage pupils than any other material. Before you plan any lessons around a particular video though, you may have to check with your IT department to check it isn’t a blocked website.
Studydemic is a blog which posts interesting articles about the latest technological trends in education. Not only will you find the tools listed here on the blog, you are sure to find a range of other easily accessible tools and discussions adapted for the educational world.
For more educational videos, you can consult Ted-Ed which holds a collection divided by subjects and categories. Covering a wide array of topics, Ted-Ed can help to revive old lesson plans that are in need of some inspiration.
Dropbox, as its name suggests, is an online storage device whereby you can drop documents for your colleagues and students to open, whether at home or in class. The online tool is free to use and makes it super easy to share information with others. Just an idea, why not trial homework submissions using Dropbox?
Simplegrad offers tips to young learners and is led by a professional editor and online tutor. The blog features daily articles that are relevant to educators and their pupils as well as handy writing tips. Visitors are encouraged to comment, provide feedback and have educational debates on the subjects of the texts.
The use of tablets in the classroom has grown significantly these past few years and one of the best is the Apple iPad. Though expensive, its benefits are that the majority of pupils are already familiar with its OS and it offers a range of easily downloaded apps. However, please note that Apple products do not support Java.
Google Earth is an amazing tool, particularly for those teaching Geography or Geology. The tool is not limited to these subjects though, as you can use it to show students anywhere in the world in an instant. This could also be relevant in language classes, History classes, Food Technology classes and many more.
With SlideShare, you can view and upload presentations, documents, videos and other media so that other pupils and educators can access them. With the ability to access materials shared by other schools, you can be sure that your classes are varied and interesting.
As you can see, with so many technological advancements, there is now a vast selection of genuinely useful tools on offer for the teaching community. Not only can they make your life easier and save you time, they can also assist in providing a richer, more fun and highly engaging teaching environment for your pupils.