There are thousands of resources for teachers out there in the world. Here are some that I’ve found most helpful.
Pinterest. We know it as a time-draining distraction, but it can also be turned into an incredibly useful place to find and store information. There are countless articles related to every aspect of teaching on there–and the best part of Pinterest is that any link found there has previously been found useful by someone else. That means less time sifting through the endless muck of the internet and more time for other teacher things. If you’re looking for a place to start, here’s my Pinterest board for educational technology.
Google Forms are hard to beat for their simplicity of use, both for you and your students. There’s even a new “quiz” feature that lets you set point values for questions and automatically grades answers.
Verso is a good source for formative assessment in particular. Even better: Students may see and respond to each other’s responses, and there’s an option to have the responses be anonymous for them. This can be an incredible tool for social equity in your classroom, by providing all students an opportunity to have their voice heard, regardless of the social dynamics in your classroom or school.
Nearpod takes old-fashioned PowerPoint lectures and kicks them up ten gears. Students can follow along with teacher-guided lessons as the whole class goes through the slides at the same pace. (This feature was a life-saver when my classroom projector broke for a week. I just made a Nearpod and my students saw the slides on their iPads instead of on the projector screen.) It can also be used for allowing students to progress through the content at their own pace. There are several interactive features available, like virtual field trips, image galleries, polls, and quizzes, and Nearpod is continually adding more. Some of the best features are only unlocked if you buy a subscription, but it still works well enough with the free options.
Edpuzzle is an easy way to use videos with your students. They already have an extensive library of educational videos on just about any subject, and if you can’t find what you need there, you can upload your own videos. Plus, you can pause the videos to give further explanation or to ask questions related to what the students watched. Edpuzzle can be remarkably helpful for flipped classrooms, and you could even film your own lectures beforehand or use this for students who miss class to access material.
What resources have you found helpful as a teacher? Share them below in the comments so we can all keep learning together 🙂