It’s that time of year again. As summer closes, teachers head back to their classrooms to prepare for the fresh faces of a new school year. For me, the new school year always brings with it resolutions of new strategies, ideas, books, and activities to try with my students. Technology tools are no exception. Starting the year with technology I plan to use frequently helps students to establish a routine and become familiar with the tools.
Here are the four I recommend to start the new year:
EDU2.0— EDU2.0 is the free online classroom I use. My students have only been in school five days and already they’ve been on EDU2.0 several times. They have taken two pretests, so I know exactly what I need to teach for the year. I have attached my lessons and resources to EDU2.0; my students can use them to study for their first test this week.
Quizlet—Index cards are no longer necessary with online study tool Quizlet. When asked last week what study tools he used, one of my students jokingly said, “The internet.” I surprised him by replying that the internet is an excellent study tool–when using Quizlet. Starting the year with this site is sure to help students improve their study skills.
Socrative—This site is the simplest student response system I have ever used. It takes five minutes of setup by the teacher and no setup by the student. In that first week of school when everything seems to be a large procedure with a lengthy explanation, Socrative is an easy way to get students answering true/false, multiple choice, and written response questions in minutes.
Evernote—A great organization tool, Evernote is an online folder system. It allows students (and teachers) to save and organize text, pictures, videos, and audio online. Evernote is accessible from computers and smart devices. Students can use their phones to start the year off organized with Evernote.
Try something new this year. Start off the school year with one of these technology tools. Get students using these tools and you will be wondering how your students ever got along without them.