The future of meaningful learning is in the use of technology with students in the classroom. Unfortunately, many educators are feeling the effects of school budget crunches and have limited access to school computers or classroom tech tools.
One way to stretch your resources in the classroom is to incorporate the use of BYOD or bring your own device. Then, students with their own tablets or smartphones can participate in the planned activity. Here are five of the best apps and online tools for those situations.
One of the best apps around for educators is Nearpod. Students and teachers can download the app for free and get started right away. It’s also possible to access Nearpod through a regular web browser. Teachers can create an interactive multimedia presentation and invite students to access the material as well. Conveniently, students are not required to register an account to join in. After the lesson, teachers can download informative reports about what type of answers each user submitted.
2. Google Apps for Education
Another invaluable tool for teachers and students is Google Apps for Education. With this innovative classroom tool, teachers can encourage a collaborative digital classroom. Students and teachers can both create documents, share them, and view items electronically. All it requires is an account through Google. Best of all, students are able to log on at home and continue their work when they need more time or computers at the school are not available.
Skitch is also a free tool that educators love. For students with disabilities, Skitch allows teachers to take photographs of worksheets. Then, a student with a writing impairment can use a tablet to type right onto the document. This makes idea formulation much more manageable for some students with special needs. When the document is finished, the student can simply upload it or send it securely back to the teacher. With more computer specialists and cyber security expert graduates moving into the public sector from places like MVU Online, future trends may have the education industry moving further with technological innovation.
For maximizing student engagement, there’s a great app called Socrative. With this app, teachers are able to get real-time visual data that tracks their students’ understanding of a topic, given in the form of questions through the app. This is similar in the way that the field of management information systems in big data works. UAB offers an online bachelors in mis program that goes even further in finding out more about student engagement and understanding.
Educators can also improve their classroom communication with an app called ClassDojo. With this app, they get the capability to communicate with both parents and students at home. The free app has the ability to give parents and teachers a constant line of communication that details things like student successes, issues, and things to work on.
Working in education means you have to do a lot with a small budget. With these free apps and online tools, teachers can start promoting digital literacy within their content area more effectively.