5 Websites That Will Change Your Classroom
This summer I have heard and read about approximately one million tech tools that I’d like to try during upcoming school year. With so many tools available, I think it’s important to have a plan for what I want to fully incorporate. Otherwise, I’ll find myself with an endless list of sites and apps, all of which get dabbled in, but none of which get mastered. Here are the sites I think will become an integral part of my classroom this year.
Infuse Learning – This is your instant exit ticket. No more passing out index cards on copying half sheets of paper. Once you set up your account, you can pose a question and have students use any device to answer. You do not need to prepare the questions in advance. As you think of any question, you can just click over to their website, ask it, and have students respond.
Kahoot - This is another instant response system, but I feel it will be best for pre-made sets of questions, such as a review of content area material. Like Infuse Learning, this site turns any device into an instant responder. The difference here is that the students are awarded points for correct answers, including additional points for the answering speed. I can see kids really getting into this one.
GoNoodle - I’ll confess that we started using this at the end of last year, but it will be a part of this year’s classroom from Day 1. This website is the solution to the question, “How can I give my students a bodily-kinesthetic without it getting out of control?”. These video-based activities are short (3-5 min), diverse, and provide perfect transitions between subjects.
Remind – Super simple parent communication. Remind parents about upcoming events, news, or deadlines from any device. It shoots out a text-message (or email) in one direction, meaning the teacher is not giving out his/her cell phone number.
Symbaloo - This one is for me. Imagine a site that takes your Bookmarks Bar and expands it so you can have dozens of websites within your reach instantly. This is Symbaloo. Just play around with it once and you’ll be hooked.
Hopefully this post helps you find something helpful you can use with your classroom this year. Remember, you don’t have to incorporate everything. Just find something that increases students’ engagement or makes your life easier and give it a try!