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10 Tools to Use When Teaching with Technology

Feb 11, 2013 01:22PM ● Published by Lisa Drake

Technology trends are here to stay and the classroom is no different. From tablet-based learning to e-books, to virtual and blended classrooms, the landscape of the traditional classroom is evolving very quickly. Not only are there new trends in education as a whole, educator knowledge and exposure to technology is becoming increasingly more popular amongst teachers as well.

Tech trends are not only popular, they are quite useful. Providing efficient, time-saving means to keep students on task, encourage a more in-depth focus on a subject, or simply engage students in alternate medium technology offers educators variety.

Here’s a great list of tools to use when teaching with technology:

Social Learning

Grockit: Students connect with each other in study sessions that take place on this great social site.

EduBlogs: EduBlogs offers a safe and secure place to set up blogs for yourself or the classroom.

ePals: One of the coolest benefits of the Web is being able to connect with anyone, anywhere. ePals does just that, but focuses on students, helping them to learn languages and understand cultures different from their own.

Academics

Khan Academy: Teachers use this excellent collection of math, science, and finance lectures and quizzes to supplement their classroom materials.

StudySync: A digital library, weekly writing practice, online writing, peer reviews, Common Core assignments, and multimedia lessons available, this site is a fully-featured tool for teaching and learning that can be a big help in the classroom.

CarrotSticks: On this site, teachers can take advantage of a wide range of math learning games, giving students practice while they have fun.

Lesson Planning

Teachers Pay Teachers: Great lessons and quality resources. Looking for something to add to your classes? On this site you can do both, selling your own class materials and buying highquality resources from other teachers.

Quizlet: Quizlet makes it easy for teachers to create study tools for students, especially flashcards that can make memorizing important information a snap.

Google Docs: Through Google Docs, teachers can create and share documents, presentations, or spreadsheets with students and colleagues as well as give feedback on student-created projects.

Pinterest: You can pin just about any image you find interesting on this site, but many teachers are using it as a place to collect great lesson plans, projects, and inspirational materials.

These are just a few great tools but this list could go on and on literally! There are so many tools to assist in creating a more productive classroom environment! While finding time to research and engage maybe time consuming the time you will save after incorporation will be priceless.

I will spend some time in the coming months modeling different ways to use these tools in the classroom!

Until next time for tech time! - Tiffany Fulcher, CEO EducationOutsource

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