Since the first publication of this article, we discovered yet another engaging tool we would like to add to the list.
Canva is a relatively young design startup that already has more than 10 million users worldwide and the number is growing fast. The company put together this free presentation resource that we found to be useful and fun to use. A simple signup process gives you access to 50k+ presentation templates to help you get started. If your project is a collaboration you can add team members. If you are new to Presentation software there is a built-in Design Guide that shows you what to do through animation. There is an extensive library of images that includes illustrations and photos. Many of them are free. Those that have a fee are only $1. You can also upload and use your own images. Text elements are pre-formatted but there are a lot to choose from. Bullet lists are possible and you can either share your presentation online or download it as a PDF.
Tech Tools to Engage Students
While technologies have become a great part of our lives, they still aren’t presented well enough in some important areas (like education, for example). However, this could be easily changed.
Adding more tech tools to the educational process is easy once you decide which tools to pick. Though there are so many of them these days, not all are actually effective enough, so you need to make your choices carefully. But don’t worry – today I’m going to offer you a list of 10 amazing tech tools that could help you engage students and make the whole learning process more effective and productive.
Telegra.ph could be used for presenting students’ essays or other written works. It’s a great platform for publication, which is also very easy to use: all you need is to post a text there, maybe add some images, format text using the simplest tools – and enjoy the result. You don’t even need to register in order to use it.
While not all teachers or students can design a poster on their own, they surely could do so with the help of this tool. You can share the results online or print them at an affordable price.
You can use PosterMyWall as a teacher creating educational posters for students. You can also encourage them to create their own posters as home assignments, for example, to show what did they learn during the course or to express their opinion on a certain topic.
This tool is used for sharing content mostly. It allows working in groups, storing data, sharing it with others, discussing it, and so on. You can use Padlet in so many ways: create a session to discuss something with your class, encourage students to share their portfolios there, etc.
It’s a presentation tool – but much more interesting than the classic PowerPoint. Buncee has a lot of interesting visual elements one could add to make their presentation look even more vivid and impressive. Your students will definitely enjoy testing this tool out – and you can use it as well, for example for presenting new persuasive essay topics for their next writing assignment.
This tool requires previous registration both for you and your students – but it’s totally worth it. With the help of PlayBrighter, you can transform ordinary tests into an interesting game.
When students answer questions on PlayBrighter they earn local on-site currency as a reward and are able to spend it on upgrading their avatars there. You, on the other hand, receive detailed reports about students’ performance and their achievements.
6. White Noise
If your students struggle to concentrate on certain tasks, be it tests or other in-class assignments, this tool could help you. All it does is produces noise and while it might sound too simple, this actually helps students to concentrate – also reducing the noise they make.
Pinterest is one of the best visualization tools out there – and you can use it not only as an inspiration but for education too. Create topic-related boards to illustrate your classes or use it to offer some additional learning materials to your students.
8. Stick Pick
It’s a simple and funny tool that helps you keep students focused during the class. When you call some students to answer your questions, you can follow a certain pattern even if you don’t notice that. This tool, however, makes the whole process completely unpredictable to you and to them. It selects students randomly and so makes the experience more engaging.
9. Class Dojo
This is an interactive version of a class journal, where students lose and gain points for their behavior during the class, attendance, and so on. For students, this could look like an interesting game worth competing in. For teachers, however, it’s one of the effective ways to engage students as well as receive some metrics that could help adjust their teaching methods.
This tool helps you create your own games in the form of quizzes that you can share with the rest of the class. You can add visuals for better engagement and also check the students’ performance effectively: the tool compares their current results with the previous ones.
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As you see, there are plenty of tools you can use to make your classroom experience more interactive and engage students. Some of these tools are based on gamification, while some help you visualize and present the data better. Some are developed for educational purposes solely, while some are tools that could be easily adjusted for that. So pick the ones that seem the most appealing, experiment, analyze the students’ reaction – and you will succeed!