About a month ago I posted a short blog showcasing 3 free tech tools for teachers. I loved the response—it seems a lot of you like trying new resources, especially free ones! So, let's keep the conversation going… Below are a few tools you might try as the year and testing (ugh) wind down, and a few ideas to get you started.
1. Make Beautiful Web Pages in Seconds:
Try Pen.io to create a website to communicate with parents in seconds.
- Have students create end-of-year online portfolios*
- Have students use their page to document an independent project or research (a great "when you're done" activity)
- Have students try Pen Zen, Pen.io's "distraction-free writing environment," and instantly publish writing or share it with you (much simpler than Google Docs)
*Make sure to have students use their first names only.
2. Easily Send Reminders to Parents and Students: Remind 101
- Send homework reminders
- Send a reminder the night before a field trip or other special event with key details
3. Collaborate Around and Track IEP Goals - Easily! Try Goalbook.
IEP meeting coming up? Imagine if all of your info on each student was in one easy to access place instead of seperate files...
- Add updates to goals after assessments and share them with the student, their parents, and other teachers who support that student
- Have students track and self-evaluate their own progress
Have you tried any of these in your classroom? Are there any other tools you'd recommend? You can always connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or send us an email to suggest other tools you'd like to share with your fellow teachers!