9 Best Digital Organizational Tools for Teachers in 2019
Each year teachers look for new and improved ways to help their classrooms function. We are always trying to improve our own skill sets to engage our students further in classroom material. Technology is a wonderful means to accomplish your goals.
If you have technology and devices in your classroom, you know there are numerous apps that boast aiding the digital classroom. Here are 9 digital organizational tools for teachers that will benefit your classroom, make your life a little easier, and engage your students. Not to mention, all of these tool can be used with Schoology to enhance your digital organization!
If you’ve played Kahoot in your classroom, then Quizizz is a similar tool. The major differences in Quizizz are that it is student-paced and the games can stay open longer. With Quizizz, teachers can assign any number of multiple choice questions. If you don’t have an assignment ready to go, you can always look through their library of quizzes and copy them to your account to use. Students then sign in with a code, and complete the quiz. Quizizz generates automatic feedback after each question with a fun meme to accompany the correct answer. Students earn points based on accuracy and speed of answering.
Within the classroom, you open the quiz for whatever amount of time you choose; it could be a few minutes or even several days. As students log in, they start to answer questions. They can see where they place on a leaderboard. When they are done, they can repeat the quiz and try to improve their score. This is a great way to practice skills or even review for an assessment. When the window closes, students no longer can use that code to access that quiz, but the teacher can see how each student did overall, how many times they played, which questions students struggled with individually and as a class, and how long it took students to answer each question. Quizizz is a great resource for immediate feedback that is student-paced.
EdPuzzle is a web-based resource that incorporates videos with questions. You can upload a video you’ve created or one from YouTube, Khan Academy, or the EdPuzzle library. Then create a series of questions that students must answer during the video before moving on to the next portion of the video.
Find a video based on your content and add questions that fit the video. Students can watch the video by logging into your class. It pauses to ask them a multiple-choice question about what they just watched before moving on to the next portion of the video. You can even set it up so that they can’t skip ahead. When they are done, you can see each student’s score and time it took them to complete the assignment in the gradebook. EdPuzzle is a great way to give an entire lesson with an assessment in a short amount of time.
Nearpod is a digital resource that works very well in classrooms with 1-to-1 technology. It allows teachers to create an interactive presentation that is controlled by the teacher on the students’ devices. You can control the presentation, and also create engaging presentations with which students can interact.
Imagine talking about Ancient Rome or Medieval England. With Nearpod, you can take your students on a virtual field trip to the Coliseum in Rome or the Globe Theatre in England. You can also pause and ask students questions where you can immediately see their responses to questions like circling locations on maps, drawing, or even multiple choice questions. While these lessons would be great for in-class work, they can also be student-paced for students to complete on their own.
Google Drive is a one-stop location to store all your files digitally. Gone are the days of carrying a flash drive to and from school. With Google Drive, you can organize your files the way you prefer, create any number of documents that you might need, and share them with other teachers. You can create the document at home, and Google Drive automatically saves your document. Then, when you get to school, your document is waiting for you! This is also a great resource for using an LMS. Many of them sync up to Google Drive.
If you share the same course with even just one other teacher, Google Drive can be extremely beneficial. There are always homework assignments and assessments to be written. With this resource, you can share one folder that is organized into the units that you both use. You can create a new assessment within a folder, and Google Drive automatically updates and adds it to your colleague’s folder. Google Drive allows for seamless document storage and sharing.
Explain Everything is a digital whiteboard for teachers to create video lessons available on both the internet and as an app. Just like a whiteboard, you can draw and write all over it in numerous colors and even create multiple slides. You can upload files that you’ve already created to write on as well. When you go to create the video, you can pause the video and edit your voice recording separate from what you’ve drawn on the whiteboard.
As you introduce new material, or even want to create a video that could be posted online for students to view at home, Explain Everything gives you creative room to write, draw, and edit your own videos. This is also a great tool for elearning days where you can create and post an instructional video over the day’s topic for students to view and use to help them work on the assignment.
ForAllRubrics is a digital rubric creator and assessment tool. Teachers can create a standards-based rubric on their website or app. Students can then turn in work to the app where the teacher uses their own created rubric or one from the ForAllRubrics database to grade the assignment. Teachers can also create and distribute badges to students for their accomplishments.
As students turn in their first essay to this app, you can quickly use their created rubric to assess student work. The rubric calculates the grade that you can enter into the gradebook. You can then bequeath badges to students based on their accomplishments for that essay. A student may not be a very skilled writer, but they might excel in one area. Maybe he is the Comma King, or she is a Spelling Savant. This digital tool is a great way to assess and celebrate student accomplishments.
Recap is a video response tool that will be available until June 2019. In March 2019, Synth will be launched in its place. Synth is a podcast app for student responses that is absorbing the Recap concept. With Recap, teachers post a question and give the students a certain amount of time to record a video response. Students then can record their answers, and the teacher can view individual responses as well as a montage of the responses.
Synth uses the same idea with a podcast instead of a video response. You can create your class and add students. You can post voicethreads that students can respond to with a voicethread of their own or comment on your podcast. If you post a summary of what students were supposed to have read the night before with a question at the end, students can listen to your podcast, then respond to the question. Synth and Recap are a great way to get formative feedback from students.
Remind is a great communication tool for your classroom. Teachers can communicate with parents and students via a texting app. It is a great way to keep up with texting technology in a safe format instead of sharing your phone number. You just have to create a class and invite parents and students to join.
Remind is a tremendous tool for reminding students and parents of upcoming tests, quizzes, and projects. If you send your class a text via the Remind website or app, parents and students can respond to your message in a text. This allows for quick feedback as well as keeping parents in the loop about what is going on in your classroom.
Socrative has been around since 2011, but it is still a great tool for organization and assessment. Teachers can create quizzes that students have to answer, but they receive immediate feedback. This is a fun tool to use an exit-slip or an exciting review.
Create a room specifically for your class and post your first assessment. Not only do students get immediate feedback, but you can see their answers in real-time. You can also create a quick question that is multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer that students must answer before they leave the room regarding the day’s topic. You can even create an individual or group game called “Space Race” that challenges students to quickly answer questions correctly in order to win.
These are just a few of the digital tools to help you keep your classroom organized and your students engaged.
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