This year's Favorite Tech Tools focused on a wide variety of free (or low-cost), easy-to-use tools, that work in the classroom, in hybrid/online courses or both.
- First, what can you do to find out if your students are "getting it", while you're still in the classroom? Quiz with Socrative! Make up a quick quiz to check your student's understanding; in class, your students can use their own devices or work in teams to answer the questions.
- As soon as they complete the quiz, you can make all of the student responses anonymous; show the results to the class; and quickly review what is not "sticking" or understood.
- Next, what if you assign videos, but don't know if students are watching them? Whether outside of the classroom or in your online/hybrid class, EDpuzzle can track your student video participation:
- Find a video, add questions or audio/text notes beside important parts of the video, and EDpuzzle tracks your student's answers and time spent watching the video.
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- Do you have a printed document, but lost the Word or PowerPoint file?
- The Office Lens app allows you to capture a printed document, generates a Word or PowerPoint file, that you can edit. Or you can capture a whiteboard, memos or notes...
- Do you need your students to take a tour of a museum or visit a different country? Explore the world with Virtual Reality, a smartphone, and an inexpensive viewer, Google Cardboard.
- What if you have a project, that you want your students to document, over the semester? The 1 Second Everyday app allows students to record a short video or snapshot, each day, or for a number of days, and compiles it into a short movie.
- What if you can't draw, but need to demo something to your students?
- Try out Google's Autodraw-it will try to figure out what you're drawing, you can pick an icon, add colors, and save it as an image.
Durham Tech's Tools for Teaching resources