5 Powerful Tools to Help Teachers Make The Best of Their Summer Learning

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July 8, 2015
Summer is the time of year when teachers finally get to relax, recharge the batteries and get ready for another schoolyear. It’s also the time when teachers get to engage in deep reflexivity assessing what worked well during the previous school year and what needs improvement. A byproduct of this reflexive process is the need to enhance one’s teaching practices through a sustained professional development plan. One that transcends the immediate teaching demands to encompass a holistic intellectual approach. Teachers are life-long learners by default and luckily technology is there to help them with that. After we have seen some of the potential tools to use for your PD, today we are sharing with you a set of equally important tools for organizing your learning and harnessing the flow of online information. Using these tools will enable you to clip, bookmark, highlight and annotate web content.

1- Padlet

‘Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. It works like a sheet of paper where you can put anything (images, videos, documents, text) anywhere, from any device (pcs, tablets, phones), together with anyone.’

2- Diigo

Diigo is a powerful online research tool and collaborative research platform that integrates several key technologies, including social bookmarking, web annotation, tagging, and group-based collaboration, to enable a whole new process of online knowledge management and participatory learning in the 21st century.Diigo provides several apps/extensions, so you can collect everything or use Diigo for a specific purpose.

3- EduClipper

‘eduClipper is an easy to use social learning platform that allows teachers to create and share dynamic content, leave meaningful feedback on student assignments, and allows learners to capture and track their academic growth and achievement over time in digital learning portfolios.’

4- Symbaloo

‘Symbaloo is an easy to use app and best of all, it’s free. With Symbaloo you have all of your favorite websites at your fingertips, anywhere and always. Choose your favorite websites and within a few clicks you can create your very own homepage. With an account your favorites are available on any iPhone, PC, Mac, iPad and tablet. Wherever you go, you always have access to your favorite websites’

5- Livebinders

LiveBinders allows you to  ‘do with digital information what you do with the papers on your desk - organize them into nice containers, like the 3-ring binders on your shelf. With our online-binders you can also upload your documents and easily combine them with your links into a neat and organized package for sharing or presenting. But even better, you can collaborate with others on your binders, whether they are in your school or across the globe.’