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Technology runs almost every area of our lives in various forms. We embrace technology not only at home, at work but even in schools. Incorporating new technologies into the classroom is the latest trend in this digital age. Thus, many educators have evolved their practice and now using new teaching style to promote good pedagogy.
These 5 digital teaching tools will add joy of discovery to students and advance their learning experience in the classroom.
1. Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
Google offers not only Gmail services but also Calendar, Drive, Docs and Sites. It allows teachers and students to work from any device on documents and projects. These productivity apps aims to increase the culture of communication and improves collaboration in the classroom. All of these applications are free and safe to use in schools and other educational institutions.
Quia or Quintessential Instructional Archive is a valuable online tool that can be used in variety of ways. It is a platform specifically designed for educators to create quizzes, games and assignments online. With Quia, teachers can make their own educational activities based on their lesson plans. They can also administer online assignments and track their students' test scores on this site.
For a one-stop support system for online research, Noodletools provides numerous interactive resources to aid with students' research. Educators can use this platform in teaching citation, collaborative research and writing. Among of the tools it offers are NoodleQuest, Choose the Best Search, NoodleBib Starter and NoodleLinks.
It is a big challenge for teachers to ignite students' critical and creative thinking. When it comes to academic writing, students have difficulties in expressing their ideas on paper. For a great source of information and inspiration, Rushessay can be your go-to resource. At this site, there are skilled writers and editors who can give you complete writing lessons and manuals that would help you engage students towards flawless and quality writing.
5. Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), a nonprofit education research institute, launched OER Commons Teacher Training Initiative for the purpose of advancing and expanding open educational practices and building opportunities for systemic change in the academe. OER Commons is an accessible online library where teachers can share content, instructional materials and lesson plans freely.
Trying these apps and sites will make learning more interactive, enjoyable and exciting. With these resources, students will become more enthusiastic to learn and it will help them gain more confidence to excel academically.