Top Ed Tech Tools to Try In 2019

FlipGrid

What exactly is FlipGrid, and why would I want to use it??


It’s an app where someone, usually a teacher, poses a question or prompt, and students respond to it with short videos. Once they’ve finished their video, they can leave responses to other students’ videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-pbE9qXD4&feature=youtu.be

Symbaloo

Symbaloo brings the right content to the right person!

  • Save, organize and share all your digital resources in a personalized and safe online environment.
  • Make your online life easier by keeping all your favorite websites organized in a visually-appealing, personalized environment.
  • Save your links in tiles that you can customize with different colors, icons or images. Organize all of your favorite websites, videos, documents, articles and more - all in one place!
https://youtu.be/VBgTb16gbTk

InsertLearning

With this tool, you can basically take any page on the Internet and turn it into a lesson.

InsertLearning, formerly called DocentEDU, is an extension you add to your Chrome browser or Firefox. Once it’s there, turning any web page into a lesson can be done in minutes. You start with a web page of any kind, then highlight text, add notes, and embed your own questions—either multiple-choice or open-ended—that students answer right on the page. You can also embed other content like YouTube videos, ThingLink images, flashcards from Quizlet, mind maps from Coggle, even videos you record straight from your webcam.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF7uT9NnnoU&feature=youtu.be

AutoDraw

AutoDraw is a such a fun, cool tool that uses artificial intelligence to guess what you’re trying to draw. You start with a blank screen, begin sketching something, and AutoDraw gives you a strip of professionally illustrated images to choose from, based on what the tool thinks you’re trying to draw.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwRbvVrUXTc&feature=youtu.be

Newseum

Produced by Newseum, a news museum located in Washington, D.C., NewseumED houses an incredible online collection of primary sources, news artifacts, and lessons that help teachers teach media literacy, civics, and all aspects of the First Amendment, giving you and your students an up-close look at history.


The site gives you several ways to search for content—by state, century, theme, topics, type of resource, and so on. Once you find something you’d like your students to use—a map, a newspaper, a quiz—you can share it with them using a URL that lasts for two weeks but can be renewed an unlimited number of times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN8BbN1PTq4&feature=youtu.be

Lino

Lino is an online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas.


You can access lino from your home, office, or even on the road and post a sticky note online whenever you need!

https://youtu.be/L2zoKCbBvAw

Wakelet

Wakelet is the newest entry into this market. It offers a clean and easy-to-use user interface. On Wakelet you can create what they call collections. A collection is a set notes that you create. Your notes can include text, videos, links, and pictures. The options for adding pictures are linking to an online image, uploading an image, or using Wakelet's Unsplash integration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5vm_Zs3dI4

Dotstorming

Dotstorming was built for people to share ideas in the form of digital sticky notes and then vote for their favorite ideas. It works well for that purpose. Students do not need to have email addresses in order to vote on notes posted on Dotstorming. A free account allows you to have three topic boards at a time. The paid account ($5/month) gives you unlimited access. There is also a school-wide pricing plan.
https://youtu.be/eTDbzdIC0BM

Scratch

Scratch is a simple, fun, and engaging introduction to programming, designed specifically for 8 to 16-year-olds. Users can combine music, graphics, and photos to create interactive games, animations, and slideshows. All of their creations are shareable with others in a student’s online community. It’s important to note that Scratch will really only teach programming concepts, not so much real, authentic programming.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SjuiawRMU4

Adobe Spark Video

Spark Video is part of the Adobe Spark suite. The application enables students to produce short, animated, narrated explainer videos. Students can easily add photos, video clips, icons, and voice, as well as professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion to their video creations. Video and vlog making is a great way to engage students creatively, and an ‘out of the box’ approach to class projects or reviewing learning materials.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWEVOghjkaw

Khan Academy

With Khan Academy you can literally learn anything; all for free. Lessons are presented by way of videos, interactive activities, and challenges. Learners also earn badges in line with their achievements and can save their progress to their own profile. Khan Academy is a great way to supplement your teaching, provide extra work to your gifted and talented students or help those who are struggling with certain content.

SelfCAD

SelfCAD is a free, cloud-based 3D CAD software package for students. It is incredibly easy to use, yet provides an authentic, ‘real world’ 3D design experience. Another notable feature— SelfCAD has teamed up with MyMiniFactory, to provide a database of already completed 3D printable designs, making thousands of 3D objects available for immediate 3D printing. All round, it is a very powerful and effective tool for learning in STEM, and a number of schools are getting on board.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA3JiR0oCNQ