2019 Round Up: Best Tech Tools for Digital Learning
Did you try out some new edtech tools this year? There are always so many new ones to try and add to our collections of our go-to tools. If you’re still in the market for some new tech, these are some of our favorites.
Teacher’s Choice Edtech Tools
Ideal for classroom discussions, Equity Maps allow the teacher to track conversations within the whole class or small group discussions. Teachers can then analyze how many times each students share in the discussion and even look at the types of answers students give. Equity Maps also keeps track of gender, individual, and group interaction within each discussion that takes place in the classroom.
Very popular among teachers, this whiteboard app is easy to use. It records whatever you write on the screen. Teachers can even record their own voices as they teach a lesson. These are great for eLearning lessons on snow days for students to work through on their own devices. It can also be used for students to create their own presentations to demonstrate knowledge of the curriculum. Lastly, teachers can make videos to post on YouTube or their own websites so students can use them for review. This user-friendly app is a teacher favorite for its versatility.
Looking for the perfect alternative to scantron? Teachers enjoy Zipgrade because they can create any number of bubble answer sheets. Students can be assigned numbers so their quizzes and tests are automatically assigned to each student. Answer keys can be individualized for each test and quiz and can include short answers and essay rubric grading. The answer sheets can be printed on regular paper, sometimes two per page, and can be enlarged if necessary. These save money on scantrons and can be graded using a tablet or smartphone.
Student’s Choice Edtech Tools
Peardeck is a Google extension for Google Slides that turns any presentation into an interactive discussion and formative assessment. Teachers can assign different types of questions to each slide. Once students join the presentation, they can answer each question on their own devices. Teachers and students can see the answers in real time with no names. It allows all students to participate, and by showing the answers to the class, alternate viewpoints can be shared. Teachers can then save the answers to look at later. This is a great way for all students to participate, and they enjoy being able to share their opinions as well as seeing what others have to say.
Flipgrid is where Twitter and Instagram meets education. Teachers can post discussions on the Flipgrid app, and students can share their responses via video and pictures. It gives students a voice to share their own thoughts and opinions in a fun and engaging format. Teachers can also share discussions with family, and parents and guardians can not only see what their children have to say, but they can join the conversation themselves. This app is fun and gives students an opportunity to share their ideas.
Most Popular Edtech Tools
Edpuzzle allows teachers to take any video and turn it into a lesson. Teachers can use videos from YouTube, TedTalks, or Khan Academy to create self-paced lessons for students. Questions can be inserted at strategic points within the videos for students to answer as they watch the video. Students have to answer the questions before moving on in the video, and they can’t move ahead without answering each question. Edpuzzle helps teachers keep students accountable for the work. This tool is great for review and introducing new material to see what students know.
Quizizz is a great digital tool that allows teachers to create quizzes for students to take online. Teachers can allow students to take the quizzes as many times as they want within a certain timeframe. It is a great tool for review before tests and quizzes. It can be assigned as homework where students have as much access as they desire, or it can be assigned as a quiz to take for an assessment.
Canva is a tool that both teachers and students enjoy. Teachers can create handouts that are fun and engaging for students to use. Students can also create posters and other materials to show their knowledge of the curriculum. Teachers can also use it to create other items for their classrooms, like posters, letterhead, email newsletters, and so much more. It is easy to use and contains many templates for creating numerous designs.
Best Edtech Tools for Writing Feedback
Grammarly not only checks student work for plagiarism, but it also checks their normal spelling and mechanics. Students can use it to check their work before turning in a paper. Teachers can add the Google extension to use within Google Docs. It will automatically pick up spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors and make a suggestion for correcting it. When teachers use it to grade, it can save time on grading.
ProWritingAid also helps students and teachers check for plagiarism and grammar errors. It adds another element where students can receive mentoring on their writing that helps them improve it for future writing assignments.
Best Edtech Tools for Communication
Teachers can communicate via an app that sends text messages to all who sign up for the reminders. This means both parents and students can receive messages straight to their phones, which is how most of them prefer to be contacted anyway, about upcoming tests and projects. Students can also respond to the messages and ask questions or clarify assignment details with their teachers.
Bloomz is another great communication app. Teachers can also text their recipients and still include videos and pictures for parents and students. Bloomz does a little more than Remind though. Teachers can share calendars with all the recipients as well as volunteer sign-ups for class events. Both of these apps provide a secure way for parents, teachers, and students to communicate freely and frequently.
Hopefully you found some of these tools interesting. Have you used any of these in your classroom? Do you have a favorite tech tool you’ve used this year? Share with us on Twitter @Schoology