Top software that will make every teacher’s life easier

4. Image editing programs

Image editing is fast becoming a required skill for teachers with the need for scanned and drawn illustrations as well as posters, webpage photos and slide show images. Thankfully, you don’t need to be an artist to create eye-catching and smart images with these helpful software aids.

GIMP is a free, downloadable image editing program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It is easy to use and easy to install and can be used for basic and advanced image editing.

This is a free and powerful image editing software which takes up very little space on your computer. It is considered a mini Photoshop and allows users to make a variety of image edits with over 50 special effects. It also provides a wide variety of useful and powerful tools such as clip art, cropping, retouching and red-eye removal.

5. Test authoring tools

Teachers and schools give students tests for very important reasons – to see if students are learning, to track progress, assign grades and also to create motivation. Being able to automate the process of creating and distributing educational tests can be a handy tool for any teacher. With these softwares, you can create paper and online tests, worksheets, tutorials and study guides.

With Question Writer, teachers can create customized professional tests and assessments with 20 different available templates. You can put your quiz on a disc or on the web and results can be viewed online or downloaded to Excel. A 30 day free trial is available.

With a few mouse clicks you can create e-tests for students with EduIQ’s “Advanced eLearning Builder” authoring tool. It allows teachers to generate e-learning materials such as tests, tutorials and quizzes. The tests created with the builder are then graded and supplied with a customizable commentary.

Claire Morgan graduated from Sussex University, U.K. with a BA in Media Studies in 2005. In 2006, she moved to London and started her 5 year term with a well-renowned non-profit music licensing organization in London and was promoted to Business Support in 2010.

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