Technology has been a great friend of education recently. Computers, tablets, apps, games and other resources have been making possible to theteacher to transform boring classes into moments of engagement and true learning; or training much more interesting at the workplace.
But the industry has been creating new solutions almost daily, which might me making people feel a bit overwhelmed and not sure about what they should choose and adopt in their own classroom or student/professional life. So here is a selection of sevenawesome educational techs that everybody should know from now on.
# 1 – Wikispaces
Wikispaces is a great tool for those looking for something that will permit the creation of collaborative projects in the classroom. Group assignments will turn much more smoothly with their platform, as it allows you to communicate with other students and distribute and follow tasks much more wisely. For teachers, it will let them know the amount of each student contribution and engagement to the task completely effortlessly.
# 2 – Schoology
Schoology is one of the most powerful tools available when it comes to creating a better-organised environment for students on K-12 and Higher-Education. Teachers will be able to create activities, assignments, and compare their students’ accomplishments through analytics reports. Students will find everything in one place and count on extra resources focused on collaboration and sharing tools.
# 3 – FunBrain
FunBrain claims themselves to be the number one site for educational games for kids of all ages, and they have a reason to be proud. On their platform, you will be able to search games for each grade (from preschool to grade 8), plus through categories: Maths, Reading, Fun Arcade and Playground.
The games are all free of charge, and there are also several books at your disposal, such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Amelia Writes Again. There is also plenty of resources for teachers, such as a curriculum guide and a game finder.
# 4 – Animoto
If you a teacher looking for a tool to turn your edited photos and video clips into video slideshows as easy as possible, then you should go for Animoto. After just a few steps, you will be able to create your video and host it in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere.
All process is customizable, and you will have access to a large music library. You can also download their app and create your presentations from your phone or tablet. It is also possible to share your work on Twitter, Facebook, or by e-mail.
# 5 – Socrative
Socrative is available in two versions: Teacher and Student. Socrative Teacher will let you create your own assessments through quizzes, polls, and fun games with multiple choices or open-ended questions – plus, the results of your students will be displayed to you in real time. On the other hand, Socrative Student is the app where your students will be answering your challenges and get reports with their results, so you can be sure that they are using another system.
# 6 – Diigo
Diigo will help you to keep your online notes and sources organised into a library. You will be able to bookmark and tag the websites you would like to keep for future reference, highlight whatever you want directly on the web page, add comments and reminders to it, and more.
You will also be able to create groups and share your research with other students or teachers. All these features together will increase your educational achievements and make your life much easier.
# 7 –AudioBoom
With AudioBoom, you can listen and upload audios and share with your audience for very little or no money. How can you use it for educational purposes? Well, this is the way that you will make sure that your classes are saved and shared with your students and classmates.
They call to follow your channel, or you can share it on social media through a mobile app. And another great use you can make of it is to encourage your students to create their own podcasts about the topic you are teaching at the moment.
The bottom line
So you have got a list with seven awesome tech tools for you to check which one suits you better. The advantages of them are that they make several processes automatic, efficient, and fun at the same time.This way you can save your mind to develop the content itself and learn more about it instead of wasting hours tweaking with tech and specs. So go ahead and try them all: you are bound to find a tool that will make learning much more interested to you.
About the Author: Janet Anthony is a blogger from Kansas citywho has been writing professionally for five years now. She mostly writes about educational tools, writing tips, self-education, and blogging. Her motto is “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”. Find Janet here: twitter, facebook, LinkedIn.