Light Their Fire: EdTech That Fuels Interest-Driven Learning

August 29, 2014
Kira DeVaul Education Content Assistant


Enthusiasm skyrockets when students see the relationship between what interests them outside the classroom and what they’re learning inside the classroom. To faciliate this connection, we've compiled a list of apps and websites that aim to channel this energy directly into your classroom.

Apps like News-O-Matic and websites like Newsela build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. Or, try a collaborative website like Edmodo or Wikispaces to harness their existing excitement for online interaction. For more personalized learning, put students in the driver’s seat and have them research their interests on sites like SweetSearch and Noodle Tools. To showcase their research, encourage students to write about it and use a blogging tool like KidBlog, EduBlogs, or WordPress. Whichever tool they use, your students will feel empowered to explore and make connections between their interests and the lesson at hand. Check out the full list below for even more apps and sites to fuel your students’ interests and get them personally invested in their learning.

Click Here for Our Top Picks to Fuel Interest-Driven Learning.

What are your go-to tools? Add them in the comments below!


Rae Owens
Co-Director UC Merced Writing Project

A student-driven classroom will engage most if not all of students.  My experience is with high schoolers and they want nothing more than to be in control of their lives and being able to be in control of their learning plays right into that.

The apps and ideas presented here are useful in promoting the skills necessary to succeed at College or in a Career.  Thank you for so many wonderful suggestions.