During the past year, we’ve discussed and debated the pros and cons of using technology in the learning journey. Whether we like it or not, kids are growing up in a technological environment, and knowing how to make the best use of good tech is a critical part of preparing them for their future lives. Important 21st century skills such as problem solving, communication and creativity can also be improved with the use of great tech. So it’s time for our end of year round-up of what edtech tools have dramatically supported and improved learning in our teachers’ classrooms around the world.
The question was put to our distinguished Top Global Teacher Bloggers.
“Images allow students to capture their learning and share their stories all from their phone,” writes Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth). “With the plethora of available options,” Shaelynn offers her favorite mostly FREE apps for editing, typography, Gif-making and sharing which include Snapseed, Word Swag, Motion Stills and Snapchat Stories. Read More.
“Whichever device you bring into your classroom, ultimately it is all about the content,” writes Adam Steiner (@adamcsteiner). “The good news is that great new educational VR content is coming out every day.” Adam’s favorite picks for content include Titans of Space, Discovery VR and Anatomyou. Read More.
“Teaching is about the relationship,” writes Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher), “but there are tools that improve that relationship and help us teach better, faster and have more fun as we’re doing it.” Vicki’s top 7 tech tools for improving learning include Power School Learning (LMS), EdPuzzle, and Hemingway and Grammarly. Read More.
Jim Tuscano’s (@jimtuscano) personal criteria in selecting his top tech choices include tech that “supports active, creative, and collaborative learning, as well as critical-thinking, promotes independent and self-directed learning, and provides accessibility to all learners.” So what’s the good, the bad and the best from Jim? Read More.
“Technology has proved its potential to cater to the needs of all types of learners. It is with the advent of new tools; not only students are able to understand a concept but at the same time they are able to expand their knowledge,” writes Rashmi Kathuria (@rashkath), who walks us through her journey from teacher to e-teacher with a passion for improving mathematics learning every step of the way. Read More.
Craig Kemp’s (@mrkempnz) list of the Top 12 EdTech Tools for Teaching and Learning 2017/2018 includes the student driven digital portfolio Seesaw, Cospaces_Edu, Visme and Explain Everything. Read More.
“Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes passion and initiative, and along with the challenges come the exhilarating opportunities,” writes Elisa Guerra Cruz (@ElisaGuerraCruz), who shares the good, the bad, and the best, which include Stop Motion Studio, Weebly and Paths to Math (created by our very own Top Teacher Blogger Maarit Rossi). Read More.
“It’s the time of year to reflect on what we’ve done and where we’re going but the problem with reflections is they’re rarely shared or documented,” writes Richard Wells (@EduWells). Lucky for us, Richard shares his insights on his top two #edtech tools of 2017 – Virtual Reality and Voice Typing. Read More.
Warren Sparrow (@wsparrowsa) writes that not all his edtech recommendations are “new” but that’s because he still thinks they’re great. In addition, he specifically wants to highlight “edtech tools that you do not have to pay for or there is a free version.” His top tips for tech to try include Kahoot, Commonlit and Office Mix. Read More.
Finally, just for fun, we invited Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) to reflect on his “bold predictions” (this is Carl’s 5th year) for edtech winners and losers 2017. Carl admits that while some of his past predictions have hit it out of the park (in 2015 he predicted Pearson would lose its massive testing contract in Texas), others have struck out (in 2013 he predicted a non-Apple tablet would dominate edtech sales). So how many of Carl’s predictions came close to becoming a reality this year? Read More.
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