every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her
job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for
Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the
market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their
scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for
education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most
useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some
that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be
part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own
personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
Social LearningThese tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect.
- Edmodo: Teachers
and students can take advantage of this great tech tool, as it offers a
Facebook-like environment where classes can connect online.
- Grockit: Get your students connected 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 your classroom.
- Skype: Skype
can be a great tool for keeping in touch with other educators or even
attending meetings online. Even cooler, it can help teachers to connect
with other classrooms, even those in other countries.
- Wikispaces: Share
lessons, media, and other materials online with your students, or let
them collaborate to build their own educational wiki on Wikispaces.
- 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.
- Schoology: Through this social site, teachers can manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators.
- Quora: While
Quora is used for a wide range of purposes, it can be a great tool for
educators. It can be used to connect with other professionals or to
engage students in discussion after class.
- Ning: Ning allows anyone to create a personalized social network, which can be great for both teachers and students alike.
- OpenStudy:Encourage your students to work together to learn class material by using a social study site like OpenStudy.
- 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. Read more...