Universities, colleges and English programs are integrating more digital technology every year, while teachers are gaining the education they need to adopt them. However, you can take a step up and use some of the most common educating tools on the market to better connect with your students and keep yourself organized. Below, are the top 10 digital tools you can use to optimize your classes for the modern age.
Google Apps offers a suite of apps and tools alike to help teachers. Including Google Hangouts and Drive, there are plenty of ways you can communicate, collaborate, and share your knowledge with students. In fact, it’s one of the most popular tools used by schools and teachers across the world.
Evernote is a great note-taking app that’s valued more than the New York Times. However, it’s important for any teacher to keep their variety of classes and schedules organized. Not only for teachers, but it’s also a useful tool for your students as well. It is recommended especially hard time keeping their classwork organized.
Dropbox is similar to Evernote and Google Drive, in which it also helps keep your notes and documents organized. Acting as a cloud-based collection of files and photos, Dropbox also has a “Dropbox Paper” feature, which doubles as a word processor. Nevertheless, it’s the perfect tool for any educator or student to use in the classroom.
YouTube has been a long time industry favorite of educators across the world. If you’re trying to get a free documentary or virtual lesson for your students, YouTube is the easiest way to go. However, it may be blocked in your school. In that case, you can either use a smartphone or tablet on a cellular network with an HDMI cable that can connect to your classroom’s projector.
Twitter is a well-known resource used by millions of educators. Although some may still not feel the necessity to create their own social media profile, Twitter helps teachers reach out to their students and offer a more broad way of communicating.
Skype has been a common educator tool for years and is a proven, effective way to talk to others around the world. Plus, it helps saves schools and teachers money talking to students out of the classroom. Taking advantage of it can help spread the popularity and interest of your classes.
Edmodo makes it easy to create an online classroom. It allows your students to share resources, learn together, have discussions, and view their grades. Edmodo is also simple to use, making it one of the best tools for educators out there.
Class Dojo helps to make learning, even more, fun for students. This platform transforms the classroom into a game, helping students to stay engaged and behaved.
Socrative is a platform that is growing in popularity every day. This engagement platform allows students to raise their hands and participate both physically and digitally.
WordPress Creating a class blog can be an excellent way to keep students and parents informed about what is going on in the classroom. You can use WordPress or any other blogging platform to make this even easier. Post announcements, assignments, and reading materials, too.
With these ten digital resources, you can easily take your classroom into the 21st century. From blogging to online classroom tools, teachers can help their students learn and engage more than ever before.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Connect with her on Google+ and (@LizzieWeakley).