Finding the Right Tool

Looking for a long list of EdTech tools? You've found it!

As educators looking to integrate technology into our classrooms, our first question should be "What do I want my students to understand, know, and be able to do?" After that, we can ask "what tool might help them to show that they understand, know, or can do that?" But how do you know what tools even exist?

Here we have compiled some lists from around the internet, most created by educators, including what they consider to be the "best" tools for the classroom. Remember, the only person who can truly judge if a tool will work for your students is YOU. You know your learners and what they need.

Free Digital Lessons Libraries

Check out TES Teach's Blendspace to find and create digital tools and lessons K-12. Sort by subject, grade level, or keyword.

Looking for SMART Board lessons? Try SMART Exchange. Also sortable by grade, subject, and keyword, this is a great way to get started with the SMART Board's interactive capabilities. Download files and edit to match your curricular goals.

Join the Open Educational Resources movement and find free digital resources and lessons through the OER Commons. Searchable by grade, subject, and Common Core standard.

Best of "the Best of" Lists

Tech Training Opportunities

  • AEA PD Online offers tons of courses for recertification and graduate credit on integrating technology into your classroom. (Choose Technology Integration from the first drop down menu)
  • Grant Wood AEA offers courses in Technology Integration as well, including courses specific to Google Apps.
  • Set up your own learning plan on Atomic Learning, a tech training website provided by the AEA. Login with AEA credentials (3141xxxx).
  • Looking for a specific solution RIGHT NOW?? Try YouTube!

Self-paced courses specific to a 1:1 classroom environment:

Instructional Design Strategists of Innovation

Interested in learning more about something you saw here? Want to find new ways to engage students? Contact your IDS Innovation team!