Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.
I’m altering this blog topic because I have already addressed which applications I consistently use in the classroom and in preparation for lessons. You can read about them here. Instead, I am going to be sharing my five favorite websites that I use almost every single week when tweaking and planning my lessons. P.S. – They are not ranked; I’m changing all the rules #Anarchy
My mind is literally boggled when I begin to attempt to fathom how useful and convenient this website is. I first found it when I was searching for resources for introducing The Canterbury Tales and its themes. A search result appeared and I innocently began to search through the content of the website, completely unaware of the treasure trove that I had uncovered. BetterLesson.com is filled with lesson plans and resource materials that are searchable by content area, grade level, and Common Core standard. The Common Core-aligned lessons are prepared by Master Teachers who have included their procedures and rationale for each lesson. The best part is, it’s free.
Words do not begin to express the amount of hours that I spend searching and pinning on Pinterest. I am far from the first or last person to admit to a slight PinAddiction. If you’d like to see what has caught my eye, check out my Pinterest page here.
Just a sampling:
EasyTestMaker has been my go-to resource for creating all of my tests and quizzes for the past four years. I enjoy the simplicity of the interface, but also the plethora of options as far as question formatting and assessment version creation. This website has a Free and Pro version. I opted for the nominal fee to upgrade to be able to make multiple versions of tests.
4. Slide Share
SlideShare allows for its users to upload and download PowerPoint presentations on thousands of topics. I have found myself lacking in information or proper formatting for certain presentation topics, and SlideShare provides multiple options to either use directly or pull inspiration from. Again, my favorite word appears: FREE
I have found myself returning to Web English Teacher for almost all of my unit plan developing needs. When I am searching for background information for either author or historical context, this web resources has come in handy. Additionally, it provides many resource links and assignments/projects. It’s FREE status makes this another invaluable resources for English teachers.