With so many tech tools out there, it’s hard to pick just one, but we convinced a bunch of educators to share their must-haves. Hopefully, their words of praise will help you the next time you’re looking for a new product to check out.
“I’ve been using LanSchool for about four years and I love it. I try not to constantly filter or block my student’s Internet access, but it’s nice to have a program that can keep them focused if they get off task.”—Tom Gilbert, M. Ed., NBCT, business and marketing education/DECA advisor, Apex Friendship High School, N.C.
“Until we found Workbench Programming Canvas, we were struggling with ways to help teachers access lessons that teach coding using Spheros and drones. Now our teachers can easily find these lessons on the Workbench platform, get them out to students, and track student progress.”—Ryan Johnson, former instructional technology coordinator, Enterprise (CA) Elementary School District
“Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready has been a wonderful tool to help us build data-driven classrooms. We now use data from the program to have conversations around how students are doing throughout the year, not just at the end of the year after the summative assessments.”—Amy Boles, director of educational services, Oak Grove (CA) School District
“I believe in student-led formative assessment tools and, to that end, my go-to tech tools are ActivEd Walkabouts and Seesaw. With both of these tools, the students are able to work independently and receive immediate feedback on skills and concepts in order to achieve mastery. With Walkabouts, which are on-demand adventures that bring concepts to life through activity, the students are also able to exercise, which we all know leads to better retention, the connections of neurons, and better health. With Seesaw, the students are able to produce and create a digital portfolio of their learning growth while connecting with their families at the same time.”—Suzannah Evans, 1st-grade blended building leader, St. Vrain Valley (CO) School District