Whether you like it or not, part of your classroom is turning digital. The digital component is an essential part of the 21st century classroom and will very soon take the lion share inside it. Our students are heavily dependent on digital media to communicate, collaborate, socialize and share resources. As teachers and educators, we need to help our learners thrive in this new environment and provide them with the digital tools they need to make their learning experience more enjoyable and successful.
In this regard, and from my four years experience in educational blogging, I have curated a list of some necessary web tools every teacher should , if not try them, then at least know about them. I consider them central to today's digital classroom. Check them out below and let us know what you think of this selection:
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.
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,
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
7- YouTube Editor
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