7 Innovative Educational Tools for Teachers That Can Reinvent the Classroom
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Desiree is a 16-year product of Adventist Christian Education, and a second generation teacher. After completing her bachelor’s degree from Oakwood College, she began her career as a 2nd grade teacher at Ramah Jr. Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. Since that time she has served as a classroom teacher for 18 years; Site-Coordinator and Project Director of a summer Literacy Day Camp program called “Freedom School”; Superintendent of Education for Central States Conference, and Associate Superintendent for Potomac Conference. She’s committed to Adventist Christian Education and believes the words of Isaiah 54:13. “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
oday, more and more educators are going for technology-driven academic classrooms where they can control the teaching and learning activities more productively. Take a look at these 7 popular educational tools that have reinvented the experience in the classroom:
Socrative is a powerful educational app that allows the teachers to engage students with different educational exercises and interactive activities using various devices. All they need to do is create an account where they can create and edit the different quizzes and surveys. It is simple, interactive and innovative.
Go animate is the latest educational tool that allows the students to create animated videos using dialogues and characters. Now teachers can ask students to create stories, write dialogues and develop characters using this interactive tool. Moreover, students can share any video on different social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube). How cool is that!
YouTube Time Machine
YouTube Time Machine (YTTM) is an exclusive video-sharing website for those whose interests are in history, literature and social studies. With this resource, students can explore any topic within a specific period of time. It acts as a facilitator for teachers who can now just give a topic to students for a particular era and they can easily look through with YTTM. They can easily browse through the history using the timeline on the website and watch any video on any given topic.
BetterLesson is a Boston based social media platform that allows educators to create, organize and share their curricula, lesson plans and classroom materials. This educational tool enables the teachers to share knowledge, exchange ideas and get feedback from other educators.
ClassDojo is a class management tool to supervise behavior of students in the classroom. Using this tool, teachers can give performance points to students in a real-time manner. They can send prompts like “Fantastic job David” or “Kim, not appreciated!” to instantly notify students for their behavior in the classroom. With this platform, teachers can even share the performance and behavior of their students with parents and administrators.
Online Resources with NAD Negotiated Pricing
The NADOE works with many vendors to obtain lower pricing for NAD schools who order through the Adventist Education Online Store. These products have been vetted out by our technology team and approved by the union advisory committees. Resources are available for most curriculum areas, as well as computer management products. See the flyer to explore all the resources available at rock bottom prices!
As the name suggests, SMART Board is an interactive white board where you can give lessons, write notes and save your work with just the tip of your finger. So educators have now more choice in terms of time and space. With SMART Board, teachers can save and access any educational or instructional materials at any time during their period if they are engaged with other activities. This really is SMART! (Have a look at these great SmartBoard Resources)