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Updated by sarakwiatkowski on Nov 17, 2018
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Top Ten Technology Tools for My Future Classroom

This list includes tools I learned about in my EDU228 class that I find very useful for teachers and students when it comes to education.

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Kahoot

Kahoot

Kahoot is an assessment tool that utilizes a game format to find out where students have mastered a given skill or where they need further instruction. Kahoot is free and engaging. Kahoot is played by the class in real time. Multiple choice questions are projected on the screen while students answer questions with technology. I would use Kahoot in my future classroom after teaching a lesson to evaluate which students need extra help and what I would need to go over again in class.(https://kahoot.com/)

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Class Dojo

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a communication app that connects teachers, students, and parents in order to share photos, videos, and messages. It can be used as a classroom management tool as both good and bad behavior can be updated through the app at the exact time it occurs during the day. Class Dojo can be a quick and effective way for parents to be involved in the classroom and can motivate students to do their best, however it solely depends on teacher and parent use. Class Dojo allows the students to take attendance in a fun and engaging way. Class Dojo also includes a noise alert system to help keep students under a specific noise level throughout the day. (https://www.classdojo.com/)

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Autodraw

Autodraw

Autodraw replaces a bad drawing with a good, artistic drawing. Autodraw is free with no ads and is shareable. Although autodraw encourages creativity, drawings cannot be saved and there is no filter which could allow inappropriate drawings. Autodraw is great in the classroom because there is no need to buy or clean up supplies which helps the teacher a lot. Students will also feel better using autodraw because they will feel like they are wonderful artists and won't feel bad comparing their artwork to their peers. (https://www.autodraw.com/)

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Quizizz

Quizizz

Quizizz is an interactive tool that allows students to engage in a fun way by giving assessments and homework assignments. Assignments and assessments are automatically graded so it is easy to keep track of student progress on specific topics. Students are given up to five minutes to answer a question, depending on how much time the teacher wants the students to take to answer each question. Unlike Kahoot, Quizizz allows students to see the questions on their own screen so each individual student can answer each question at their own pace. Students are able to review each question at the end right away to see what they got right and wrong. (https://quizizz.com/)

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Photomath

Photomath

Photomath is a free app that solves math problems by allowing students to take pictures of math equations using a camera in real time. It gives students the answers, but also provides a step-by-step guide, which essentially teaches students math! This app is awesome because it allows teachers to get less questions on how to do specific math problems because the app can teach it to students all by itself. I would use this app in my classroom by teaching my students first, then give them problems to test what they have learned. If they can't figure out a problem, they can try taking a picture of it with the app and see if their instructions help them better understand. (https://photomath.net/en/)

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Buncee

Buncee

Buncee is a presentation tool that allows both students and teachers to create interactive content. With a wide variety of graphics, students can have fun exploring their creativity. Buncee allows students to demonstrate their understanding of a specific topic by creating a presentation in a fun way while also allowing teachers to create fun and engaging presentations that grasp their student's attention and keep them engaged. Students can create storybook-like presentations that display their creativity and imagination which is great for projects like digital story telling. Buncee also allows students to teach each other and leaves room for collaboration and teamwork skills to be grown and learned. (https://app.edu.buncee.com/)

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Book Creator

Book Creator

Book Creator is a website that allows both teachers and students to create their own ebooks. Book Creator allows the addition of videos, music, photos, or even your own voice and can be used for interactive stories, digital portfolios, research journals, and comic adventures. I would use Book Creator in my classroom to either create educational books that my students could read and learn from that coincide with a specific topic we are going over or as a way for my students to create a book in something related to class. Depending on the grade level, it may be more effective to allow students to create together, increasing collaboration and teamwork skills. Book Creator also makes students more excited and engaged while reading. (https://bookcreator.com/)

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AR Flash Cards

AR Flash Cards

AR Flash Cards are interactive flashcards that are brought to life and make flashcards more entertaining and engaging for students. This allows students to remember information more easily because they learned it in a more interesting and fun way, also causing them to want to study more often. As a teacher, AR Flash Cards can easily be used as a review or studying tool, by including them in a lesson after it was taught to reinforce information which can help students be more successful during assessments. The SAMR level for AR Flash Cards is augmentation because it allows students to use study and memorization skills in a more fun and engaging way by using technology. Students can also collaborate while using AR Flash Cards to learn together and help each other with the topic. (http://arflashcards.com/).

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ABCya!

ABCya!

ABCya is a website that provides educational games and activities for students. The games on the website are organized into grade levels from pre-k to 5th grade and split into categories like letters or numbers. ABCya is free, however there are ads in the free version and there is no assessment or progress tracking. I wouldn't necessarily use this website in my classroom on a day to day basis, but i would definitely recommend it to my student's parents in order to get in some extra practice or use it as an educational alternative to video games. Overall, ABCya gives students the freedom to choose from many safe, free, and educational games that teachers cannot track progress on.(http://www.abcya.com)

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PBS kids

PBS kids

PBS kids is a kid friendly gaming website that allows students to play games that correspond with their favorite TV shows or books. The website also changes with seasons and holidays that make students more excited to learn. The games on this website promote both learning and reading and is much more engaging to students because their favorite characters are the stars of the games. This website also includes a variety of materials, videos, interactive characters, and printable activities. PBS kids has a parent partner website that has more tools for both parents and teachers to use. PBS kids is also very interactive and has content for every subject. I would use PBS kids as an engaging and interactive way to review a book read in class. (https://pbskids.org/halloween/)