This week during class my peers and I shared one tool that we found that we liked and reviewed for the rest of the class. All of the technological tools that my classmates presented were interesting and useful, but there were a couple that stood out in particular!
Scratch is a very cool tool online where you can make animations and games. It’s a good introductory tool into computer programming and STEM principles. I like that it is kid friendly and easy to use. Students can have a lot of fun playing around on this while still using problem solving and critical thinking skills. Great tool!
Another great tool is Edmodo’s snapshot. Edmodo created already made quizzes and assessments that align with the common core standards. Since it is very important that we align our assessment with our standard and our objective, I think this is a great tool for any classroom teacher. I love how it will save on time and provide a clean, quick, and easy assessment for students.
Last, but not least, one of my favorite tools is Gonoodle.com. This is a great site that provides free brain breaks and indoor recess activities. It ranges anywhere from appropriate dance music, to yoga, to playing games indoors. It’s a great tool that I know students will love and you don’t have to spend time or energy trying to find appropriate and entertaining music and games for children.
Tools like this are always changing and being challenged by new and better tools. So, how does an educator stay up to date on all the latest technology? My answer, and I think is the most common one, is by becoming a connected educator. By staying in contact with other educators across the United States and around the world, you can see what other educators are using in their classrooms! I like to do this through twitter and blogs. I have been, and plan on continuing to read these blogs weekly to stay up to date on the latest technology being used in the classroom. You can also follow technology blogs and technology buffs on Twitter. This will let you know almost directly from the source when new tools become available!