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Tech-tastic: The Eight Essential Apps + Websites You Need Right Now

KIDS LOVE TECHNOLOGY. There is merit in the old methods of reading the textbook aloud and the occasional worksheet but technology is the way of the world and it is an incredible strategy to reach all kinds of learners, foster creativity, and expand the classroom walls. The following eight websites and apps have been life-changing for the way that learning takes place in my classroom. For all you non-techies out there, I know that you CAN teach without technology, but why would you want to?
A Collection By Margot Carmichael
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Tech-tastic: The Eight Essential Apps + Websites You Need Right Now
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This is a video on YouTube of a video about Christopher Columbus made on Lego Movie Maker App. I am in love with it. I think I played it for my students 30+ times this week while we work on Explorer Projects. It is an impressive way for students to showcase what they have learned while having an opportunity to be incredibly creative. If I haven’t convinced you, this video surely will.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    Google slides may sound boring but my students LOVE it. Rather than making the boring old poster or essay paper, we use Google Slides. It is user friendly and because it is on technology, the kids adore it. Every single unit we study, at some point I have them create a Google Slide or Slideshow to check for understanding or as a summative assessment.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    I could write an essay about Nearpod and still not be able to do it justice. Nearpod is like showing students an interactive slideshow where they take quizzes, draw, watch videos, and are fully engaged in their learning. The best part is that I control the slides and the pace at which we move. I sometimes feel like I am deceiving them because they enjoy it so much that they don’t even realize how hard they are working!
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    If you haven’t used Kahoot, you are missing out!! Create or find pre-made quizzes that become interactive with technology! My students beg to play this and don’t seem to realize that I am not only checking for understanding, but also differentiating and assessing at the same time!!
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This is a fairly new resource to me but I am obsessed with it! EdPuzzle allows you to find videos on just about anything from variety of websites and educational resources. Then, you are able to insert questions that pop up throughout the viewing for the student to answer. Many of the videos already have questions inserted or you can add your own. On your teacher page, you can see what your students know and hold them accountable for what they watched! Brilliant!
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    Front Row is not only fun for my students, but it is immensely helpful to me. The kids love working on Front Row practicing their math skills and earning ‘coins’, the program incentive that makes it feel like a game. I love being able to go on and get a detailed report on what skills my kids are working on and how much they comprehend. Plus, based on the data, Front Row will suggest small groups, offer interventions, and generally make my life as a math teacher easier and more effective.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    We use Quizlet to begin science and social studies every single day. The students click on the Quizlet button on Symbaloo and it takes them right to our account, no logging in necessary. Entering in the terms for our unit is quick and easy and the students are given a variety of methods to learn and practice the words, providing instant differentiation! Words like ‘conquistador’ and ‘nomad’ are no longer a mystery. Thank you Quizlet.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    Symbaloo saves my life every single day. Not long ago, I thought I was going to lose my mind if I had to write another website url on the board, or help a student re-type an incorrect web address. And then I met Symbaloo. Every single website that we use, all in one place with just the click of a button. It doesn’t get any easier than this. You need this website and app. It has kept me (relatively) sane.
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