As I prepare to start my ninth year of teaching, I find myself reflecting on the tools and resources I value most. What new techniques will I try this semester, which ones served me best in years prior? At the Maury County School District in Columbia, Tennessee, I teach fourth-graders, a group who are always excited to learn and anxious to interact with the lesson at hand.

My passion is creating innovative lessons that engage students’ attention. I enjoy learning, searching, collaborating, and sharing ideas that prepare kids for their future. Sometimes that means bringing in new technology. Tech tools are essential to today’s classrooms. They allow kids to create, communicate, and think for themselves.

Here are a few tech tools that I prefer to use with my students, to help empower their learning and get them thinking outside the box.

A Fourth-Grade Teacher’s Tech Essentials

1) Seesaw: Seesaw has been a game-changer for me. My students use Seesaw to create, reflect, collaborate, and share their learning. They do this by posting videos, pictures, documents, links, and other digital pieces of work that they produce to our very own class feed. Students can view each other’s work, as well as comment on it.

I love watching my students take ownership of their learning and reflect on their learning throughout the school year. My favorite reason for using Seesaw is that it encourages students to do their absolute best by giving them an audience for their work. 

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