Integrating Edtech in your lessons can have a wealth of benefits as well as making vast improvement to yourself and your student's wellbeing.
If you've been following our series of blogs, you'll know we already have some Top Tips on Improving Teacher Wellbeing.
From capturing evidence for assignments, to delivering detailed feedback and encouraging student, teacher and parent collaboration, the inclusion of Edtech is something that we highly recommend.
But where do you begin when you wish to use Edtech in your classes?
What are the best apps for teachers available?
Scroll down to view the best Edtech apps that we insist you try with your students!
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Kahoot is a games based learning platform that allows teachers to utilise a whole range of subject related quizzes. Students are rewarded points based upon the selection of the right answer and how fast they were able to click it. Teachers are able to create their own quizzes based upon their own lessons, making it a fantastically fun way to test student's subject knowledge. When using Kahoot to create quizzes, you can even embed images and YouTube videos to improve the retention of student knowledge.
2. Class Dojo
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If you want to reinforce positive behaviour and improve your Classroom Management strategy, we urge you to try Class Dojo. Class Dojo is an app where you can reward and deduct points for positive or negative behaviour exhibited by your students – No more will you have to put checkmarks or tallies on a board!
This highly popular Edtech app comes with its own set of behaviours such as Homework entry, contest winner etc. But, you can create your own depending on your class or whole school policy. In addition to this, other amazingly useful features include; Trendspotter (which enables teachers to see patterns in positive or negative behaviour), and private messaging between parents and teachers without the need for each other's numbers.
3. Book Creator
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Have you ever wanted to create your own online books and resources for your colleagues or students? Now you can with the ever popular app Book Creator. This award winning app enables teachers to easily create their own books and resources with textual, image, and audio elements making this a highly desirable teaching and learning tool for teachers to utilise.
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Padlet is an online and device based application that works in a similar manner to Pinterest where you can pin ideas, videos and documents. Padlet can be utilised by teachers to encourage student research or creating mood boards or uploading evidence in relation to a subject based topic.
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Collecting data for formative assessments is often a rather demanding task which is why we feel that Plickers is an ideal option for time stretched teachers. Plickers collects formative data in real time without the need for any device from your students. This highly praised app assigns students to a barcode which can be printed. Students then raise their cards to answer a question or give feedback whilst the app, which is downloaded on a mobile or table device, scans the room and records the results instantly.
Cost: FREE including the cards!
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Seesaw is one of the best Edtech apps for teachers and students and we cannot recommend it enough. The app is a student driven portfolio where they can directly document what they have learnt in classes using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Teachers can easily give feedback to students and other designated class educators.
In addition to this, parents have their own version of the app where they can see their children's work and leave comments for their children and their teachers to read thus strengthening the relationship between all individuals involved.
Cost: FREE to download but Seesaw offers a variety of bespoke pricing packages for schools depending on the number of student
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Educade is one of the new learning resource apps available however it does already have a significant number of free lesson plans. Teachers are able to make use of this resource by selecting lessons in accordance with student's grades and age as well as being able to upload and create your own resources. Lessons come with their own step by step instructions, a list of resources and reviews from other teachers.
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Students can often find note taking a difficult and sometimes boring task. By using Notability, students are able to easily combine handwriting, photos and typing to easily capture their thoughts and learning processes. One of the bonuses of Notability is that you can easily edit and annotate PDF documents making it ideal for students who are looking to make notes on learning resources.
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If you wish to record tutorials for your class or if you wish to capture evidence of your students learning and understanding, we feel that Screencast-O-Matic is the ideal app for you. This online application records your screen making it easier than ever for yourself to showcase your knowledge to your students. Teachers who have used Screencast-O-Matic have used the tool for delivering student feedback through visual recording or audio as well as encouraging students to showcase their work and discuss their though processes.
10. Google Classroom
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Google classroom is one of the leading multi-device education suites available. Teachers can benefit from a range of highly desirable features such as the option to collaboratively teach courses with other educators, create class assignments at the click of a button, encourage classroom discussion and the ability to offer real time feedback. Another really great advantage of using Google Classroom is that teachers can set differentiated learning activities for individual students.
For further ideas on how you can utilise differentiated learning activities in your classes, do view our guest blog on this topic from Neil Martin.
Cost: FREE for schools using Google Apps for Education.
So, that's all the Edtech apps we have for now. We hope this inspires you to try some of our suggestions in your class so do let us know if you've had any success in doing so by leaving us a comment below!