Digital Tools for the Classroom

A Middle School Teacher's Playground

Technology as a Tool

“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” You see, technology is merely a tool much like a pencil and paper. However, like that pencil and paper, technology can become larger than life itself when it is taught to be used most efficiently. In this vein, it becomes less about the technology but about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. Being somewhat of a "tool collector" I've decided to share out in hopes to spark a curiosity of how these tools can enhance your practice and sharpen your students skills.

More is NOT Better

Below you will find a few resources that I use in my classroom. Do not, I repeat DO NOT try to take on too much at one time. Take things for a "test drive" and choose a few to introduce your students to at a time. But most importantly HAVE FUN!
Edmodo

At the top of my charts for years! Constant site improvements and ongoing colleague collaboration. A recent update includes Snapshot, a free micro-assessment tool built into Edmodo that provides data. Just when I think it can't get better- IT DOES!

Notability

Fall in love with note taking...ok, well maybe not. But you can get rid of those paper worksheets and have students complete them electronically and submit them on Edmodo (did I mention that Edmodo was my favorite). They work perfectly together!

Got resources???

Teachers are the smartest people in the world! Many of you may have a few resource "gems" that you love and couldn't live without. If you have something like that and it wasn't mentioned here please let me know so that we can all benefit. Sharing is caring, right? And if you use any of the mentioned digital tools in ways other than mentioned please share that as well. I would love to hear from you!