Sometimes when I look at all the articles and reviews of educational tools I have been posting here for the last three years I really get amazed at the volume of such work. More than 3000 posts and counting and though I do my best to share with you the maximum possible of new educational web tools I uncover in my PLNs, sometimes it feels overwhelming with all the new stuff that is being released each day. This is probably how you are feeling about all this new technology, it is hard to keep up and sift what works for your class and what does not when you have a very busy time schedule teaching. This is why probably lists such as the one below comes in handy. They remind you of the important tools you should try in your teaching career. The collection I have for you today is meant to boost your professional development plans.
These tools can help you to stay connected, organized, and increase the ease of building multimedia lessons and learning tools.
Google offers a number of great edtech resources for teachers, including email and collaborative apps, videos, lesson plan search, professional development, and even educational grants.
Easily store, share, and access any kind of data from anywhere with the easy-to-use and free Dropbox service.
Diigo lets you treat the web like paper-based reading material, making it simple to highlight, bookmark, take notes, or even add sticky notes.
One of the most widely used, though expensive, tech tools being used in today’s classroom is the Apple iPad. With a host of educational apps being developed for the device, it’s become a favorite of teachers and students alike across the nation.
Aviary is a suite of tools that make it easy to edit images, effects, swatches, music, and audio or to create and modify screen captures.
If you’re teaching kids about tech or just about anything else, a great screenshot program is essential. Jing is one great option that allows teachers to take screenshots as images, record up to five minutes or videos then edit and share the results.
You and your students can use Popplet to brainstorm ideas, create mindmaps, share, and collaborate.
From geography projects to learning about geological processes, Google Earth can be an amazing and fast way to show students anywhere in the world.
Need funding for a classroom project? You can get it through this site that hooks up needy teachers with willing donors.
With SlideShare, you can upload your presentations, documents, and videos and share them with students and colleagues. Even better, you can take advantage of materials that other have uploaded as well.
Like a real-life three ring binder, this tech tool allows you to collect and organize resources. Much better than a binder, however, the site also comes with tools to connect and collaborate and a virtual whiteboard.
Through this tool, you can record and share audio for your students or anyone else.
Courtesy of Edudemic