Today, due to the ubiquity and usefulness of technology in everyday life, the importance of educational technology goes beyond the use of instructional aids. Now more than ever, to adapt to this rapidly digitizing world, there is a need for learners to be able to use technology.
Students must learn how to use technology properly at an early age to make it eloquent in their learning process. Educators and school are at the forefront of teaching this to young learners. Teachers also need to learn how to integrate technology fully into their pedagogy and use it not only as visual aids but also as tools for engaging learners. Technology tools also have a key role to play. Sometimes they can give you energy to try a new approach. They can be the spark your students are engaged in and revolutionize how you approach your content.
From interactive whiteboards to educational applications, here are some ed-tech tools to help and enhance teaching and learning for every teacher and student.
Empatico is a free tool that connects students to the world and it’s simple. It empowers teachers and students to explore the world by combining live video with activities designed to foster meaningful connections among students aged 7-11 through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy.
Hopscotch is used by students with great success as the core computational thinking / coding support application. It is easy to use and easy for any teacher and student to pick up. It’s designed for students aged 8 and up but with students aged 7-15 it is seen as successful. The mission of creating a programming environment that allows children to explore powerful ideas while instantly making real software.
For our primary teachers, students, and parents, it was a game changer. For children 12 & under, it’s the leading digital library. You can’t go wrong with more than 35,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more at your fingertips. If you’re a primary teacher or a child’s parent under the age of 12, it’s a no-brainer and the best part it is free for teachers and librarians.
The list isn’t complete without Twitter being mentioned! The tool is used for connecting, engaging, inspiring and learning on a daily basis. You will learn more in a day from Twitter in like 2-days, and if you haven’t been on Twitter? Give it a shot.
• A go-to resources for connecting, engaging and inspiring students and teachers like the Microsoft Education Portal. They’ve can become part of your daily toolkit and it’s free to get involved and to make the most of it, you don’t have anything to do with Microsoft tools or devices to make the most of it, so learn more.
It is a tool for all social learning. For millions of PreK to Ph.D. educators, students, and families, it is the leading video discussion platform. Use Flipgrid regularly, throughout our grades to connect easily with people and get opinions and answers on learning topics because it is worth it.
• Adobe Spark
You can create social graphics, web pages and videos with Adobe Spark that wow your audience on any device. A perfect fit for a classroom based on creation. This is a new tool that a lot of people are just beginning to explore to find the benefits, but so far there are blown away capabilities.