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5 Tech Tools to Try in 2020
posted by: Melissa | January 15, 2020, 04:04 PM   

The world of education software is quickly changing. It seems as though everyday a new website or app launches. After decades of lagging behind business, the education world now finds itself with an array of tools to use. So many that some of the higher quality tools may be overlooked. If you’re struggling to keep up with all the options, here are five tools we think you should look at for the upcoming year.


  1. Adobe Spark. If you’re not using this tool yet, you should be. Spark is a flexible design tool that lets users create images, social media posts, videos, web pages, and more! It has all the strength and flexibility of other Adobe tools, plus it’s free!
  1. Screencastify. Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows you to record what you are doing on your computer. It’s a great tool for flipped lessons, or just providing some extra help with a lesson or tutorial.
  1. Peergrade. Peergrade digitizes the process of having students provide feedback to each other. With Peergrade, students can upload their assignment, which is then randomly assigned to another student to provide feedback. The teacher provides the criteria that students use when giving this feedback.
  1. Insert Learning. Insert Learning takes your average, run-of-the-mill webpage and turns it into top-notch learning. With this program, instructors can add instructional material onto any webpage, including quizzes, videos, and interactive discussion questions.
  1. Parlay. Parlay is a website that will take your classroom discussions to the next level. Using Parlay, a teacher creates a discussion prompt, including in depth materials. Students have time to examine the materials and write a personal response. Then, things get in-depth. Other students in the class can provide feedback, prompting an asynchronous discussion on the topic. This is all in preparation for a live, in-class discussion, where Parlay’s tools provide extensive data on students’ participation.


What tech tools do you use in the classroom?

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