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Five Best Educational Tools For Teachers Sep 15, 2016
There are so many tools available to educators right now, but it can be an overwhelming task to weed through them all and determine which are worth your time. Well, I’ve done the work for you! Below is a list of what I believe to be the most useful technological tools available to teachers today. Of course, based on the subject matter you teach, this list may vary a bit, but the core tools listed can be used effectively no matter what you teach.
Canvas-Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that is becoming very popular with college and high school level educational institutions. In my opinion, it is much better than many of the other LMS tools out there. It’s very intuitive and extremely user friendly, which is helpful for both teachers, students, and parents alike. Honestly, it is so “feature rich” that you could use the tools within Canvas and never really need to use any other tools. Some of Canvas’ features include: the ability to create videos, share documents, lead discussions, create, give quizzes and much more. In addition, it has an extensive app store. Most of the tools listed below can be used within Canvas.
Google Docs– Google Docs are still the “go to” tool for classroom collaboration. With Docs, students can easily work on a project with another student in the classroom or from around the world. Docs includes word editor, presentation slides, spreadsheets and more.
Ed Puzzle– I’m a huge fan of creating and/or using existing YouTube videos to “flip the classroom” and demonstrate a concept in a video. Students can watch it at home and go back to it over and over again if needed. Ed Puzzle takes this to the next level with the ability to ask questions within videos and view analytics to judge student engagement. You can use existing videos from many different sites, including YouTube, or you can upload your own.
Jing– This tool goes hand and hand with Ed Puzzle. If you like to create your own videos via screencasting, then Jing is the tool for you. Create your video with Jing and upload it to Ed Puzzle. Jing allows you do more than just create videos. You can also take screenshots and quickly mark them up with comments and graphics. This can be very useful when you are creating documents which explain a concept.
Dropbox– Dropbox is a great tool which serves various purposes. First, it can be used as a back-up system for your important documents. By using Dropbox, you don’t feel as much pressure to back up your computer every week. Second, it allows teachers to easily share resources with students and colleagues. Simply right click on the file and select the “share” or “Copy dropbox link” to share the file. Many use this feature daily. Lastly, if you were lucky enough to get a dropbox account with a “public” folder (not all accounts have this), then you have a web server at your disposal. You can host your own website within your dropbox folder!
I hope you find this list helpful. In the comments below please let me know which tool you would list in your top five.
mildredhanson3963 Wow It is cool! 2017-11-14 09:58:06
mmemmo3855 Great article. I agree, these are some of the best tools available to teachers. 2016-09-17 12:50:49