Tech Tools

The TPACK video below gives more general information on thinking about incorporating technology tools in your classroom.

The Framework where technology, pedagogy, and content come together!

Tools are extensions of Technologic Literacy. The following tools are useful for my practice, and could be to yours, too!

Book Creator

Book creator allows students to make and publish an electronic book with text and other media – including scaffolded drawings!

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Pros: user friendly, integrates writing and engaging technology, allows ownership in publishing written pieces, can be used for purposeful free write, can be used in “comic book mode”, has a cool guessing draw feature where you start to draw something and it autofills pre-made clipart images to pick from

Cons: Bells and whistles could be distracting to certain kids, privacy issues when books are actually published online, look of website caters to younger audience

Epic!

Epic provides SO MANY high-interest books for kids to access for free – audio and text!

Pros: great for kids who are more engaged listening to books or have trouble with the decoding piece, FREE books, books in print available as well, can be sorted by reading level, kids earn rewards, whole class earns rewards, easy class code login, audio books could be used for read aloud

Cons: Parents have to purchase a membership in order to use it at home, smaller selection of higher level books, teachers who are against incorporating technology into the reading block

Google Keep

An electronic note-taking tool which allows you to easily import media into your notes.

Pros: notes can be text, images, etc… can be put into Google Docs easily, can share notes to colleagues or peers, reminder feature

Cons: Difficult with longer notes, not many formatting options

Instagram

Picture-sharing social media

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Pros: (Teacher account) to communicate with colleagues outside your physical circle, follow content you’re interested in, exposure to limitless teachers, ability to share content with parents easily, account your students may follow professionally, allows you to be exposed to perspectives you may not be in person or within physical social circles

Cons: Privacy issues, too much content can be distracting, social aspect may interfere with productivity of user

Kahoot

A fun, engaging multiple-choice quick assessment where the students are encouraged to know correct answers quickly and go against their classmates

Pros: Fun and engaging, easy to prep, user-friendly, premade assessments over multiple topics, share with coworkers, quick assessment, competitive,

Cons: focus can be taken away from the content and focused on speed instead, only 1 right answer, discouraging if students get behind, ranks students

Kiddle

Kid-friendly search engine

Pros: websites that come up are kid-friendly, you can look up resources like webpages, images and videos, credible sources, inappropriate content does not show up

Cons: Kids have a lot of free-will searching freely, teachers should use with expectations and trust in their students

KidRex

Kid-friendly search engine

Pros: Similar pros to Kiddle, slightly more broad results

Cons: Results aren’t as filtered as some teachers may prefer, research with anticipated student results, can’t search images or videos

KidzSearch

Kid-friendly search engine

Pros: comprehensive results, more resources on the home page to pick from without researching, great tools in the sidebar, results are filtered for inappropriate searches

Cons: not quite as clean on the homepage, may be confusing or distracting to younger students or those tempted to get off-task

Padlet

A place where multiple mediums of information can be organized.

Pros: great for later access with presentations/professional development, categorises information well, multiple templates to pick from, shareable link, all types of content can be uploaded

Cons: can be difficult to get the swing of, limited formats of organising content to the given themes beforehand

Popplet

Mind-mapping tool that is easy to use

Pros: user-friendly, color-codable, content can be as simple or complex as needed, presents well to a group

Cons: not super editable with content or text, login doesn’t sync with Google, images must be uploaded from computer instead of a search enging

Prodigy

Math game that allows the teacher to pick the standard or skill and students must complete problems correctly in order to move further and win things in the game

Pros: Differentiated based on skills or standards, easy to see class progress, can be accessed at home, prizes make it motivating for kids, can be differentiated to specific students, allows for planning over time

Cons: didn’t align to my specific test-prep, no support for students getting wrong answers continually

Socrative

Assessments that can be places in the front of the room for review afterwards

Pros: Easily accessed by the class with a teacher code, non-distracting screen for students, great opportunity to go over student’s answers as a class and reflect on them, you can include names or take them away

Cons: Seeing an entire class of short answers is not practical in a class of 20 students. This works better with smaller groups or very short responses.

Storyline Online

Read-aloud picture book videos from celebrities!

Pros: Great books read by famous people, quick videos

Cons: readers aren’t necessarily celebrities the students will be familiar with, more adults

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