These days technology is a learner’s best friend, as shown through apps like Essay Pro which can help students achieve academic success. In this post we will look at the other side and how technology can help any of our readers who are teachers. Not only do the latest apps and programs help you reach out to your students outside of the classroom, but you’ll get to connect with them through a medium they’re more familiar with. Fortunately for you, there are various teaching tools out there that you can easily use even on the go. The following are five of the best:
You need a means to visualise and assess student learning, and Socrative is most useful in this regard. This app serves as a formative assessment tool, as it helps you prepare exercises and games, which your students can then work on using smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even desktop. Then, for transparency, you can see the results in real time, thereby allowing you to provide immediate feedback. Needless to say, Socrative will be the only platform you’ll need for making assessments.
Teachers are saddled with cumbersome tasks, like sending messages, sharing assignments, monitoring performance, and creating tests on a variety of platforms. Fortunately, you can streamline your work with Edmodo. A feature by HP on distance learning tools for teachers, describes Edmodo as an app that ties together a teacher’s duties. Just as important, Edmodo gives parents their own login, letting them check up on their children’s performance, and address learning gaps at home, if any. It also has a community component where you can take lesson ideas from other teachers around the world and share yours with them, too. You can even use Edmodo in conjunction with other popular apps, like Google Drive and Office 365. In short, it’s an all-in-one platform that’ll help you be at your best.
3. Google Classroom
Google Classroom is much like Edmodo: it’s an easy-to-use, all-in-one teaching platform. It is also free, which is likely why it’s utilised by educators around the world. As with most teaching platforms, Google Classroom lets you invite your students to a private classroom, and simplifies the process of creating, distributing, and assessing schoolwork. It’s paperless, too, as the platform also allows your students to submit their schoolwork to you online, which can streamline both the checking and feedback process. Like Edmondo, you can also integrate it with other widely used Google tools like Gmail and Google Docs.
Zoom isn’t exactly a teaching tool per se, but you can definitely use it as one. In fact, Zoom livestreams are increasingly being used by teachers in these trying times. Available on most devices, Zoom is perfect for holding synchronous class sessions online. Put simply, you invite your students to a pre-scheduled class, and have them log in to a virtual conference that can involve multiple people simultaneously. Importantly, the video and audio quality of these Zoom conferences are exceptional, and this allows you to conduct your lessons flawlessly. You can also share content online via Zoom, and even integrate it with student information and learning management systems, effectively making this platform similar to both Edmodo and Google Classroom.
There are various screen recording apps out there, but TinyTake is one of the best, as it’s free, easy to use, and perfect for teachers. The app allows you to create bite-sized pieces of content, letting you record only up to 5 minutes of video at a time. This time cap serves as a useful reminder that information is best taken in small chunks, and helps students to digest information more easily. Not to mention, the app also lets you save as much as 2 GB of content on the cloud, letting you access it any time, anywhere.
As this article, and our one on the best student apps, shows, learning never needs to stop. Whether you are a student or teacher there is an app that can help you.