The time of digitalization is here. The students of this century are no longer depend only on one source of teaching, and nor do educators. But to the contrast, there are few great tools available for digital classrooms which could increase their urge to
learn. It’s hard to find a field that hasn’t been radically changed by technology, and education is no exception. Few classrooms these days operate without digital tools, gadgets, or applications that have made it easier for teachers to track student progress and tailor lessons to student needs and interests.
While the tools of today are great, there are even more great technological teaching tools and practices on the horizon, many of which are just starting to be adopted in the classroom or are just making it out of the developmental stages. These tools offer new and often very promising ways to connect with students and improve the quality of education offered in schools. Read on to learn about just a few of the websites, programs, and amazing technologies of the future teachers and students alike will soon be using.
So here are the review of best tools for digital education.
- ClassConnect is a startup founded by teen entrepreneur Eric Simons (who spent months living on AOL’s campus while he worked on the project).
- Inspired by his own difficulties finding interesting lessons in high school, Simons wanted to create a place where teachers could more easily mix up their instruction. ClassConnect does just that, making it easy for teachers to build, store, and share lessons with colleagues, students, or parents, which may just help teachers grab the interest of bright young minds like Simons.
- The environment over the ClassConnect is very similar to ordinary classrooms.
- The educator takes on the students, from different countries, and teaches them over online. With their high quality sound and video, everything is been simplex and so being one of the best technology tools in education.
- At the end of session, all preframed questions of students are solved and discussed.
- 19Pencils is another great up-and-coming tool for teachers that allows them to easily manage and share class content.
- Through this site, which is still in beta testing, teachers can build a class website to which they can post lessons, links to other class sites, quizzes, and even fun educational content for students.
- It is primarily based on tools for teachers, who find difficulty in exposing the online information to students.
- Augmented Reality Glasses cum Google Glass is a new type of product being developed for education purposes.
- Google glass is an augmented reality wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that overlays the reality of your normal vision with digital information, or graphics, that augments what you see.
- In turn helps students to imagine a virtual and real world in combination with live examples.
- Ever imagined what happens with textbooks start talking to you? Well nevertheless, online learning exchange is presenting the digitalization of Pearson Books.
- Educational publisher Pearson is taking the future of educational content development into their own hands, through amazing resources like the Online Learning Exchange.
- The site is still in its first stages but has already been part of pilot programs in states like Texas, where teachers can use resources offered by Pearson to build, share, and discuss their lesson plans.
- Even better, it’s easy for teachers to enrich lessons with videos, documents, and even games.
- It gives a great access to other teachers to discuss what could make a lesson better.
- Writing coach is another pilot program by Pearson, which is also getting a lot of use in Texas classrooms. With writing being a skill that many students need to hone, the timing couldn’t be better for an educational tool like this to emerge.
- The PHWC is an online curriculum that guides teachers and students through a series of activities and projects designed to bolster writing skills in grades six through 12. It’s flexible, personalizable, and will likely inspire many similar programs in the coming years.
- Three Ring was founded in November 2011 by Michael Lindsay, Stephen Silvius, and Alec Turnbull.
- More and more modern classroom interactions are taking place online, and programs like Three Ring can help to make that process a whole lot more streamlined.
- Through Three Ring, teachers can easily digitize student work, create online portfolios, and even assess student progress. Even better, it can all be done right from a smart phone.
- Recently launched education startup ClassDojo is a really great tool for teachers who need a little help with behavior management.
- Through the site, teachers can offer students real-time feedback on their behavior and can print out daily reports for students and parents.
- It could quickly become a popular way for teachers to spend less time on classroom management and more time on actually teaching lessons.
- Now it is also available as iphone app.
- Class Dojo is used to keep a record of student behavior in 3/4C. Students can earn points for showing respect, responsibility, clever thinking, independence, organizational skills and team work.
- One of the best benefits about future teaching tools is their ability to help students who have learning disabilities.
- Fast ForWord is one example of a new product, designed around neuroscience research on dyslexia that helps students with difficulty reading and writing improve their skills and reach grade-level standards.
- Even better, the new program is designed to mesh with No Child Left Behind mandates, which can make it easier on teachers to incorporate it into the classroom.
- Fast ForWordis a family ofeducational software products intended to enhancecognitiveskills of children, especially focused on developing "phonological awareness".
- While you might think of EEGs as something you only use in a hospital, in the future they might become a more common sight in the classroom as well. EEG is short for electroencephalography, and is a method of recording electrical activity along the scalp to measure brain activity.
- Currently, there are only a few educational companies working with EEGs for educational purposes, like NeuroSky, the company we’ve linked to here. Yet EEG technology offers teachers unprecedented insights into the minds of students, and as neuroscience research exerts greater influence over classroom practices, teachers could find themselves administering their own brain wave analysis to check student learning.
- Blackboard not working for you? Startup program Lore makes it simple to manage your course, using a social media-like format to help students turn in assignments, have discussions, and share ideas. While it could work for any type of class, Lore and other sites like it could be a big help for teachers working in distance learning.
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- GlobalScholar isn’t new, the company has been around since 2006 and is a division of the education giant Scantron.
- But it is part of a growing number of tools designed to help teachers meet district standards, organize records, develop lessons, and even engage in professional development.
- Used in 1,000 school districts nationwide, GlobalScholar’s Pinnacle Suite and other similar software are fast becoming requirements in the modern teacher’s repertoire, which may not be a bad thing as districts tighten belts and demand bigger and better increases in test scores from teachers.
- The platform can also be used by schools and school districts to enable teachers and administrators to more efficiently and effectively create, manage and align content, assessments, curriculum, standards and supplemental learning.
HMH Fuse :
- HMH Fuseis an educational ipad app - the first K-12 core curriculum app developed exclusively for the iPad.
- Pearson isn’t the only educational publisher looking to think outside the usual textbook box. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is also working on their own high-tech educational tools, HMH Fuse.
- Fuse isn’t computer-based, instead operating exclusively on the iPad. The platform offers Common Core lessons in interactive form for Algebra and Geometry, though others may be rolled out in the coming months.
- It’s designed to help keep students motivated and to raise their test scores, boasting in-app homework help for students and tracking capabilities for teachers as well.
- Android apps and iphone apps have become a common tool used for regular education process.
- A pilot program in Arkansas that blends a custom-curriculum with iPad applications is one among many such programs being developed in the United States for use in the K-12 classroom.
- Educational applications are increasingly playing a major role in teaching, and as new programs are developed and refined, few teachers can expect to stay untouched by the growing trend.
- Students in the Arkansas classroom got a chance to read iPad based books, Skype with the author in class, and design and built their own adventure stories, an experience that will undoubtedly become more common in the future.
- While many schools still ban YouTube, LinkedIn , Facebook, and Twitter, the reality is that social media offers so many opportunities for learning that it will be increasingly difficult to justify prohibiting students from using it for educational purposes.
- Already, many students are using sites like Evernote (Free Guide Available Here ), Skitch, Blogger, and YouTube to develop amazing projects, even in early elementary school.
- While many social media tools for learning already exist, there will likely be an explosion of new sites in the coming years and new ways for teachers to use existing sites that will make social media an indispensable tool in the classroom.
- Socrative has fabulous features. It allows user to enter their roll number and accordingly arrange them in next session available.
- These days, it isn’t enough to reach out to students just over a laptop. Tools like Socrative understand that, engaging students through educational games and exercises via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
- Teachers simply choose activities for students that relate to their lessons, students interact with the content, and teachers can then measure how much students are taking away from a lesson. It’s simple and could be a quick and easy way for teachers to gauge student progress.
- Now for those who want to experiment with their chemicals, Rectify changes in physics instruments and hang out with biological idols, Late Nite Labs are available.
- Labs are interactive, so students are free to explore all the different directions an experiment can take.
- For example, If a student adds pure sodium to water by accident, she won’t get an error message. The flask will explode, as it would in real life.
- With school districts around the nation fretting about STEM education, tools like Late Nite Labs could become an ever more important asset in a teacher’s arsenal.
- Schools that cannot afford lab equipment or who just want to give students extra practice can use the program to complete virtual labs, enhancing STEM education in chemistry and biology without substantial increasing school budgets or requiring a large amount of new resources.