With so many options out there, finding the edtech tools that will benefit our students the most takes some time. However, there are enough which are easy to get started with and that offer ready-made lessons or activities — a big plus for busy educators.
Here are five tools that offer a lot of possibilities for students to create, to explore, to develop digital citizenship skills, and which promote social-emotional learning (SEL) skills as well. Each of these can be used at any grade level with any content area and provide educators with resources to get started right away.
Buncee is a tool that offers exactly what students need when it comes to choosing what to create for their classes. It can be used for creating multimedia, interactive presentations and gives students more authentic ways to learn and to express themselves. Teachers can explore templates and lesson ideas for additional options to get started quickly in the classroom.
Flipgrid is a great option to have students share ideas, record videos, and connect with classrooms and experts from around the world. It has been referred to as a social learning platform that enables project-based learning (PBL). Students can even experience augmented reality by using Flipgrid AR.
Nearpod enables teachers to create engaging lessons that can include virtual trips and 3D objects and offers thousands of lessons on important topics such as coding, digital citizenship, social-emotional learning, social media use, English learner lessons, and many other subjects related to grade level or content areas.
There are many ways to use it as teachers are sharing ideas often through the #wakeletwave hashtag on Twitter. Some options include creating digital portfolios for students, a scavenger hunt, an asynchronous or blended lesson, videos, and other resources.
CoSpaces EDU is a good option for educators to try virtual reality with students. Students can even work in teams on one project, which is great for building collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking and also SEL skills. Students can simply create a space or push themselves to learn to code using block coding or more advanced coding language.
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