Today’s teachers compete with modern devices for their students’ attention. This article enumerates five modern teaching tools that can help teachers effectively engage their students in classroom and learning.
Computer technology has advanced in recent decade and we’ve seen how computers, software, and other devices like mobile phones have changed in the recent years. They are everywhere – home, work, as well as in public and private spaces. But little has been done in to really help schools cope with the kind of changes happening everywhere and this has been the demand of academic institutions, teachers, as well as students.
There are tools that are being developed to help teachers and students manage their academic work. But most of them are still in their testing stage and we are yet to see them how they work and how both teachers and students respond to the new tools.
We have listed some tools below to give you an idea about some of the exciting development in the realm of educational technology. We are excited to see them thrive and flourish and help the academia cope up with the rapidly changing educational landscape. Are you using any of these tools? Tell us by leaving your thoughts below in the comment section.
- Lore. Social media is the new ‘in’ thing for the youth. This interest of the students in this kind of technology is what inspired Lore in finding a way for teachers to easily manage their course even over long distance. Lore offers easier class collaboration, efficient communication, and effortless grading. The program also provides online library, and even calendar and grade book so teachers and students both organize and find the information they need.
- GlobalScholar. GlobalScholar is used in 1,000 school districts in the United States, and is an excellent part of every instructor’s teaching inventory. It offers a number of teacher- and student-friendly software programs such as Pinnacle Student Information System (for grade management, transcripts, and scheduling), Pinnacle Grade (incorporates student information to each student’s profile), and Pinnacle Instruction (access, creation and storage of approved curricula, sharing of online assessments and other information with parents).
- Top Hat Monocle. This program runs on mobile devices that can connect to the internet. With Top Hat Monocle, instructors can carry out many classroom activities through these devices, making in-room learning more fun and exciting for students. Teachers can conduct polls and quizzes and even open-ended and essay-type questions. It can also run interactive demos or be used as a tool for presentation. THM allows students to finish homework and review them at home. Teachers can upload files to be shared to students, as well as have an automatically updated grade book.
- Socrative. Socrative is an app that runs on any devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Teachers are given the opportunity to be in charge of the room by choosing specific exercises (among a number of educational games and activities) for the class. Real time interaction and smooth flow of questions and games make Socrative very engaging for students and instructors. The teacher can also view grades and test results online as a Google Spreadsheet.
- 19Pencils. 19Pencils is still on its beta run, but it promises to make the lives of teachers and students easier. Instructors can easily access thousands of resources by searching from thousands of educational topics. Teachers can also make comparisons with what other teachers in the school or even in the whole district, are using. Creating quizzes is easier, and teachers can give their students easier time in accessing resources by making your own class web page. Educational websites (video tutorials, online PDF file, etc), can be easily added and stored for future reference.
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