Sunday, August 4, 2013

10 Web Tools In Every 21st Century Classroom

10 Web Tools In A 21st Century Class

If you consider yourself a 21st century educator, you should use these digital tools in your classroom in a 24/7 environment. It is important to teach students to connect, collaborate, innovate, share and create. Try these 10 web tools, I really recommend them. Try them, be a risk taker.

1- Google Docs/ Drive

This is a must have tool for every teacher. You can use it to upload, save,create, view, share, collaborate and edit documents using a Google account. It is also useful for group projects where students work together on an assignment.

One of the best things you can do with Evernote is to take notes and render them accessible across different devices including phones, tablets, and computers.

As a teacher you can use Dropbox to upload your files and PDFs and share documents and images with your students. The free storage capacity Dropbox offers for basic users is enough for us in education.

4- Edmodo

Edmodo lets you create your own teacher blog as well as students  blogs. You can share, embed, and upload videos, images, PDFs, files..and many more into this platform and best of all it is safe and secure.

Create a class Twitter account and encourage students to use it to share resources. You can also use it to contact them with questions about  due dates, exams,and  homework,

6- Prezi

This is a wonderful cloud-based presentation tool that teachers can use in the classroom with their students to create awesome slides that can be zoomed in and out

There are in fact several web tools to create and edit videos but my favourite application and the one I recommend the most to teachers and students is YouTube Editor. This is pretty basic and very easy to use and the only problem with it is that some school districts regrettably ban YouTube.

Engrade has a free grade book that allows users to keep track of  homework, messages, calendar, quizzes, and attendance.

ClassDojo is a great tool for teachers who need a little help with behaviour management. Through the site, teachers can offer students real-time feedback on their behaviour and can print out daily reports for students and parents. It could quickly become a popular way for teachers to spend less time on classroom management and more time on actually teaching lessons.

TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your students in realtime.Use it within your classroom to  make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address students needs.

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