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Ten Educational Tech Tools to Try This Year

02.11.2014

A new semester has begun so why not check out some technology tools to use in your classroom this year? Below I have compiled a list of beneficial educational tools that you could integrate into the classroom. As you read considering trying new tools this year or implementing forgotten tools. Whatever the case, take time to check out each tool to learn more information.

 

Mobile Polling 3

  • Poll Everywhere
    • Poll Everywhere allows for live audience participation via texting, web, or Twitter.
    • Features include single, anonymous polls, keynote and powerpoint integration, countdown timer and group polls 
  • Socrative
    • Socrative is a student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
    • Features include full quizzes, student based or anonymous, live results table and emailed excel spreadsheet.

Collaboration

  • Google Drive
    • Access files anywhere, anytime. Share files and folders.
    • Shared files and folders allow for collaborators to update in real time.
    • 15GB of file storage.
  • DropBox
    • Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
    • Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website.
    • 2.5GB of file storage.

Screencasting

  • Camtasia
    • Easily record your on-screen activity or import HD camera video, customize and edit content, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device.
    • Licensed software. (Please contact Kaitlyn Reish for a copy of Camtasia)
  • Screencast-o-matic 
    • One-click screen capture recording.
    • No editing features, but the software is free.
  • Knowmia
    • The Knowmia Teach iPad app is an excellent app for creating your own whiteboard videos.
    • Some of the highlights of Knowmia Teach app include the option to use your iPad’s camera to record yourself while drawing on the whiteboard. You will appear in the corner of the screen so that your students can see you while you’re talking them through the lesson.
    • The app includes the option to import images and graphics from your iPad to your lessons.

Online Bookmarking

  • Diigo
    • Free educator accounts – click HERE
    • Bookmark/archive webpages, annotate with highlights/sticky notes, organize by tags/lists.
    • Share one item or whole collection.

Online Lectures

  • WebEx
    • High Point University licensed online conferencing tool.
    • Click HERE to learn more about WebEx. (Please contact Kaitlyn Reish if you are unable to sign in)
  • GoToMeeting
    • Click HERE to learn more about GoToMeeting.

Customized Browsing 2

  • Google Chrome 
    • Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, history, and other settings to all your computers.
    • Customize Chrome by adding apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store.
    • List of my favorite Chrome Apps and Extensions – click HERE.

Webmix

  • Symbaloo
    • SymbalooEDU available to teachers for their use in the classroom.
    • Share your webmixes with students/colleagues.
    • Educational Benefit: you can store websites needed for class projects on one page (called a webmix) so students do not have to surf the web.

Digital Clipboard

  • eduClipper
    • Digital clipboard very similar to Pinterest.
    • Clips can be liked, reclipped, shared, or viewed.
    • Create presentation portfolios (add Google Docs, Office files, Images, PDFs, videos).

Voice Comments

  • 121Writing
    • The fastest, simplest way to give high quality feedback on writing.
    • In Google Drive, right click on Google doc, open with voice comments, highlight and speak.
    • Take grading papers to another level by using voice comments.

Student Contact

  • Remind101
    • Need to get short updates to students? Try Remind 101.
    • One way texting service that can be pushed to users via website or app, schedule texts, 10 classes with unlimited participants, and easy sign-up process.
    • Click HERE for teacher resources

 

Post by Kaitlyn Reish, Training Specialist at HPU.

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