We all know that education is more than books, paper, and pencils. To reach today’s students, teachers need to be tech-savvy and keep up on the latest innovations. As we all know, kids will generally learn better when they have fun and engage more of their senses. Some of these online tools help teachers connect with their students, while some are great sites students can use for extra help, learning exercises, or even fun learning games. Check them out and see if they don’t work for you.
TutorClass: This site has all the tools you need to tutor students online from the comfort of your home or office. Use the tools to do your actual teaching and to perform administrative tasks like keeping track of billing and payments.
Khan Academy: Many teachers use this excellent collection of math, science, and finance lectures and quizzes to supplement their classroom materials. This site is not just for school-age children; classes are also suitable for adults. All materials are free of charge. Khan Academy is a nonprofit company dedicated to helping anyone who wants to learn.
Manga High: Manga High offers teachers a range of resources for game-based learning in mathematics. Kids will have fun and improve important math skills at the same time, while you control their focus and track their progress. The games feature cartoons and anime-type characters kids can relate to. Basic, intermediate and advanced math skills are honed on this site.
FunBrain: If you’re looking for a great collection of educational games and reading materials, look no further than FunBrain. On this site, teachers can take advantage of fun tools for math and reading designed for kids from pre-K to 8th grade. Kids can also read entire books here, making it a popular site for librarians as well as teachers.
GroupTweet: This nifty Twitter app turns any Twitter account into a group communication hub. It works especially well for study groups who want to be able to communicate privately via Twitter. Teachers can also set up an account for an entire class so they can stay connected.
Yugma: Yugma offers free web conferencing software for groups. You can use it to share desktops, documents, and ideas with up to 20 people at one time. Yugma is great for small classes or even study groups and group projects. Distance learning students can also benefit from this handy tool.
Diigo: Diigo assists study groups who are conducting research. It can be used to highlight and annotate web pages, share annotated pages with other people, and discuss important points right on an annotated page. This eliminates a lot of duplicated effort and misunderstandings on the scope of a project.
Mikogo: This cross-platform tool makes it a cinch to share your desktop in real-time with up to nine other people simultaneously. Mikogo is also easy to set up — no registration or download is required. Great for visual learners who need to actually see what the teacher is doing.
EduBlogs: EduBlogs offers a safe and secure place to set up blogs for yourself or your classroom. This is great for teaching writing skills, social media interaction, and even journaling.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of online tools and resources available to teachers. Incorporating tools like these into curricula can keep students engaged, helping them to achieve their full potential.