Edtech Tools: Free Technology Tools Used In The Classroom

After taking a course this summer, I am excited to share some ways that you can bring your classroom to life with these super awesome, easy to use edtech tools! Did you know that using edtech tools in your classroom is one of the most effective ways to increase student engagement as well as their overall performance? What about making life easier for yourself? Make sure you try some of these edtech tools to instantly track and assess student data! Yup that’s right… the days of having to grade all of your students work by hand is coming to an end:) I find that the best edtech tools are user friendly and can be used for all subjects and grade levels. These are the types of tools that I’m going to be sharing with you in this post. Let’s explore a few of my favorite edtech tools that you can use to create lessons and activities for immediate classroom use!

Edtech Tool #1: Nearpod

Nearpod is a tool that allows a teacher to create interactive mobile presentations and then share them in real time with their students. Students interact and submit their responses through any mobile device or PC/MAC. We have a class set of Chromebooks in my district, so this is what I plan on using in September. Teachers can monitor and measure students results on an individual and aggregate basis. I think that this is an awesome way to keep on top of who is understanding the lesson and who needs some extra support. And because it’s all done in real time, you’ll have access to this information instantly! You’ll have all of this data saved in the Nearpod! What a great way to drive instruction. My co-teacher and I plan on using Nearpod with our first graders. We created this lesson on nouns and it only took us about 10 minutes. Definitely a tool that can be used for any subject on any grade level!

Aside from being a n excellent instructional/assessment tool, it’s also great for keeping track of important information. We also created a “Meet the Teacher” presentation using Nearpod and look forward to presenting it to our parents in September. We are going to collect some really important information like parent contact information, if any of our students have allergies, do any of our students attend the before or after care program, are any parents interested in being a class parent, etc. No need to keep a binder with all of this information any more… it will all be stored in the Nearpod!

Edtech Tool #2: Quizlet

Quizlet is one the best edtech tools available that teaches children how to study. Quizlet provides free study tools for learners of all ages that can be used in and out of the classroom. We used Quizlet when ever we were introducing a set of new vocabulary words. Our second graders loved using Quizlet! It was a great activity for them to work on independently while we were instructing small groups. There is an audio component as well as the use of visuals so all of our students were able to use this tool with ease. In fact, we used Quizlet every week with the vocabulary words that went with our story from Journeys. We also used Quizlet quit a bit for science and social studies too. Here is an example of a Quizlet we made after introducing vocabulary words for a unit on Government.

Edtech Tool #3: Formative

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This edtech tool allows you to create online formative assessments quickly. You can monitor your students as they complete it and see responses in real time! Here is an of a lesson that I created to use with my first graders in September. Journeys Lesson 1 Comprehension Assessment

Edtech Tool #4: EdPuzzle

EDpuzzle is an incredible-easy-to-use video platform that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement and improve student learning through video. When showing a video in class, how many of you are spending time creating questions that go along with the video to assess whether or not your students were paying attention during the video? Probably all of you! Well, Edpuzzle is a tool that will save you a tin of time while keeping your students super engaged throughout the entire video. Edpuzzle allows you to create questions that your students can answer while they are watching the video. You decide when and where to place the questions and your students know when a question is coming up so they are more likely to be paying attention. You can choose from thousands of videos from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Khan Academy. Plus, your students responses are tracked for you so you can instantly assess their work! Another super easy tool that can be used for any subject across all curriculums!

Edtech Tool #5: Kahoot

edtechKahoot is an edtech tool that allows you to create a fun learning game in minutes! These games are called “kahoots.” You can make a series of multiple choice questions or try using a new feature called – Jumble. The format and number of questions are entirely up to you. You can also add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement. Kahoots an awesome game for any classroom. Looking for something to do with your students during dismissal… play a Kahoot! Players answer the questions on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson. Besides creating your own kahoots, you can search among millions of existing games.

Sample Kahoot That I made to go along with a story form our first grade Journeys reader