Top 12 Tech Tools

Every Teacher Should Use

What's in your arsenal?

With the implementation of Standard V quickly approaching, teachers need to be familiar with the technology tools available to them for increasing student success. It is very easy to become overwhelmed by all the digital choices, so I've put together my "Top 12". You can begin your path toward seamless integration by choosing just one or two of these resources to add to your instructional arsenal.

Classroom Devices!

The 2011 NEISD bond package provides every instructional environment with iPads, document cameras and the new SMART LightRaise Interactive Projector. Using these new technology tools to their fullest potential can prove to be a challenge for some. However, once you have the basic understanding of how the software/apps that come with the devices work, your students will become more engaged in your content delivery and have more options for student created projects. Atomic Learning provides wonderful video tutorials to help get you started. Login using your full NEISD email address as your username and your EMP # as your password.
SMART LightRaise 60wi interactive projector


As educators, we practice the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy on a daily basis. We all strive to support the highest level of thinking, which is create, but what are the best tools to use? Below are my top three to support creativity and innovation based on ease of use and diversity.

Communicate and Collaborate!

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” Anthony Robbins

Communication and collaboration are important 21st century skills we need to teach our students. How do you teach these skills? I see communication as expressing thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways while also being able to listen effectively. Where collaboration represents the skills to be able to work efficiently in a group and be aware of what everyone brings to the table. Students today need to be aware of social and ethical etiquette as well when communicating and collaborating.~


Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. This will allow you to gather specific resources, lessons and ideas that you can try out in the future, as well as sharing your knowledge and ideas with other teachers.

One Last Thing...

Below is a video of tech tips every person on the planet should know. I must admit, there were a couple new to me!
David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips