Monday, December 21, 2015

What is your favorite #EdTech Resource?

A recent post by Simon Helton in the ISTE Commons proposed an "Ed tech virtual gift exchange: share your favorite tool or resource." After a bit of reflection, I realized that I don't know that I have a single favorite resource. I use a variety of resources and I love trying something different with my students whenever I get a chance to experiment.
I decided to share my current favorites in 6 categories we use to do most of our coaching. If you ask me the same question next week, I might have a completely different set of choices . . . Stay tuned.  (Many of these tools can be applied across multiple categories, so take the labels with a bit of skepticism.)

    • Collaboration: Google Drive 
      (Suite of resources to collaboratively create Documents, Presentations, Drawings, and much more.)
    • Communication: Remind 
      (Remind (formerly Remind101) is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.)
    • Creativity: Thinglink 
      (Annotate image and video content with notes and rich media links.)
    • Critical Thinking: TEDEd 
      (Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video.)
    • Curiosity: Wonderopolis 
      (Check out a wonder of the day.)
    • Assessment: Formative 
      (Formative runs on any internet connected device and is optimized for an 1:1, BYOD, flipped or blended classroom.)
If you want a few more here is our full resource site built with the help of my PLN: Recharge Learning
Last year we stopped sending out emails with weekly tips and instead asked interested staff to subscribe to this collaborative blog: Teaching and Learning
Recently we've also started sharing a Chrome Extension of the week with staff on our Instructional Tech Page. Bitmoji was quite a hit during finals week. 
What are your favorite instructional technology tools or resources? 
Please share your favorite #EdTech Tool or Resource in the comments below!

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