EdTech Tools

Ready to learn about some great digital tools? From our EdTech Quick Takes, which stack two tools against each other, to videos that dive into different ways to use tools, you'll walk away with new ideas for your class.

Get Students to Self-Assess After a Quiz With Kahoot!

Check out this super simple formative assessment tip that'll help you make the most of Kahoot. All too often students just take a quiz and move on, leaving teachers doing all the reflecting. This video explores how Kahoot's polling and surveying features can get students reflecting, self-assessing, and figuring out next steps for their learning. 

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EdTech Quick Take: Poll Everywhere vs. Geddit vs. Kahoot

Got two and a half minutes? Here's a quick, side-by-side look at three popular student-response tools: Poll Everywhere, Geddit, and Kahoot. Which one is best for your classroom?
For more information, check out our What's the Best Student Response Tool? blog post. 

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EdTech Showdown: Bookcreator vs. Shadow Puppet EDU

Book Creator or Shadow Puppet EDU? Which digital-creation tool is better for elementary school-age students? Here's a quick side-by-side comparison of these two popular apps. Which one works better in your classroom?
Let us know by commenting on our Book Creator vs. Shadow Puppet Edu blog post. 

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EdTech Showdown: Evernote vs. Notability

Evernote or Notability? Which note-taking tool is better for education? Here's a quick, side-by-side comparison of these two popular platforms. Which one is better for your classroom? Let us know by commenting on our Evernote vs. Notability blog post. 

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EdTech Showdown: Educreations vs. Explain Everything

When it comes to interactive whiteboard and screencasting apps, there are a lot of options for teachers and students. Here's a quick, side-by-side comparison of two popular options: Educreations and Explain Everything. Which one is best for your classroom? Tell us what you think by commenting on our Educreations vs. Explain Everything blog post. 

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EdTech Showdown: Dragon Box Elements vs. Land of Venn

Want to help your students learn conceptual geometry skills in a game-like setting? Here's a quick, side-by-side comparison of two popular geometry apps: The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense and DragonBox Elements. Which one is best for your classroom? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment on our The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense vs. DragonBox Elements blog post. 

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EdTech Showdown: Seesaw vs. Freshgrade

Here's a quick, side-by-side comparison of two popular digital portfolio options: Seesaw and FreshGrade. Leave your own review, or tell us what you think by commenting on our blog post, Seesaw vs. FreshGrade

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EdTech Showdown: Zaption vs. EdPuzzle

Want to keep students engaged while you show videos during your lessons? Both Zaption and EDpuzzle let you annotate videos with interactive elements to encourage active viewing. Which tool is the best fit for your classroom? Tell us what you think by commenting on our Zaption vs. EDpuzzle blog post. 

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EdTech Showdown: Kahoot vs. Formative

When it comes to formative assessment, there are some great edtech tools out there that are both engaging for students and offer great feedback for teachers. Here's a quick, side-by-side comparison of two popular options: Kahoot and Formative. Which one is best for your classroom? 

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How to Support Close Reading with Actively Learn

Actively Learn is an interactive e-reading platform where students can highlight and annotate text as they read. Learn how Actively Learn can support close reading and critical thinking in your students. Learn more about Actively Learn and get ideas for lesson plans.

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How to Promote Student Collaboration with Padlet

Padlet is a collaborative digital bulletin board where students can share ideas. Learn some different ways you can incorporate Padlet into your lessons. Learn more about Padlet and get ideas for lesson plans. 

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How to Encourage Active Viewing with Popplet

Popplet is a student-collaboration and mind-mapping tool that's great for blended learning and BYOD classrooms. In this video, learn how you can use Popplet to support active viewing when students watch videos. Learn more about Popplet and get ideas for lesson plans.

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How to Create Videos with Powtoon

Powtoon is an easy-to-use, animated video-creation tool. Learn how your students can create polished-looking videos in no time. Learn more about Powtoon and get ideas for lesson plans.

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How to Customize Videos with EdPuzzle

EDpuzzle is a simple, easy-to-use video-annotation tool. Learn how you can add questions and quizzes within videos to help your students be active viewers. Learn more about EDpuzzle and get ideas for lesson plans.

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Best Middle and High School Games for NGSS

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEM, and STEAM's focus on experimentation is tailor-made for game-based learning. But which games are good for classrooms? Look no further than The Radix Endeavor, Possible Worlds, and SimCityEDU. Best practices and practical examples for using all three tools are shared (presented by Jeremy Nielsen from Common Sense Education). Visit our NGSS Explorer to search for tools that support the standards. 

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A+ EdTech Tools for K–5 Common Core Reading Comprehension

Looking for great edtech tools to support instruction for K-5 reading comprehension? Learn how to help your students boost their reading skills with StudySync, LightSail, and ReadWorks. (Presented by Jennifer Ehehalt from Common Sense Education.)
 

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Best Critical-Reading EdTech Tools for ELA Middle/High School

Looking to support your students' close reading skills? Learn how to use the features in Newsela, ThinkCERCA, and Actively Learn to empower students with the critical-reading and -thinking skills they'll need to thrive as 21st-century citizens (presented by Michelle Norman, Common Sense Education Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor). 

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CCSS-Aligned Middle/High School Math EdTech Tools

Looking for effective math tools that boost 21st-century skills? See how you can use Get the Math and Mathalicious to encourage critical thinking through real-life problem-solving, and see how CueThink can make math collaborative and social (presented by Jason Jackson from Common Sense Education). 

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Awesome EdTech Tools for K–8 Common Core Math

Looking for great tools to support K–8 Common Core math instruction? Learn how to bring wacky fun to geometry lessons with The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense, how to personalize math practice and assessment with Front Row, and how to offer adaptive learning opportunities with Think Through Math (presented by Brian Dino from Common Sense Education). 

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Best EdTech Tools to Spark Scientific Inquiry with NGSS for Elementary School

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEM, and STEAM offer exciting opportunities for teachers to push students' curiosity and critical thinking. Learn about three edtech tools for elementary schoolers: Curiosity Machine, Classify It!, and Smithsonian Quests (presented by Merve Lapus at Common Sense Education). 

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Games to Teach Digital Citizenship

Engage students with games to teach digital citizenship: Digital Passport (grades 3–5), Digital Compass (grades 6–8), and Digital Bytes (grades 6–12). See the unique features of these interactives, and learn how you can combine them with Common Sense Education's free Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum for a blended learning approach (presented by Darri Stephens from Common Sense Education).

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Help Students Generate Further Questions With Formative

Check out this really simple way to get more out of a quiz with Formative. After a quiz, get students to take ownership of their learning by using Formative to send out exit tickets prompting students to document what questions they still have that they want to explore. 

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Create a Feedback Loop for Students' Work With FreshGrade

Check out this simple way to turn homework into a legit feedback loop with FreshGrade. Whether your classroom is completely paperless, or if you’re just moving in that direction, FreshGrade’s dashboard makes it easy to manage students’ work and offer great feedback.

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Make It Easy for Students and Parents to Sign up With Seesaw

Here’s a super simple way to get students and parents signed up with Seesaw. It’s best to get parents signed up right off the bat, at the beginning of the year, and luckily Seesaw makes this easy. With this tip you can make Seesaw -- and/or any other platform you use -- parents’ go-to place for class updates. You'll be able to document students’ work and share feedback all year long, keeping parents in-the-know and involved.

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Backchanneling Video and Film Screenings With TodaysMeet

Use a backchannel to facilitate student discussion during screenings. For more tips like this, visit our Use Video in the Classroom to Stimulate Critical Thinking page.

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