It never hurts to try new digital learning tools--and summer is a great opportunity to explore potential new additions to the classroom

7 fun digital learning tools to try in the classroom


Top 10 of 2021: It never hurts to try new digital learning tools--and summer is a great opportunity to explore potential new additions to the classroom

Each year, we share our 10 most-read stories. Not surprisingly, many of this year’s Top 10 focused on student engagement and online or hybrid learning strategies related to pandemic teaching. This year’s 5th most-read story focuses on under-the-radar digital learning tools.

During pandemic learning, educators have seen a plethora of digital learning tools and resources, and they’re figuring out what does and doesn’t work for their instructional methods.

There are some well-known and much-loved digital learning tools that are part of every educator’s must-try list, but why not throw some new resources into the mix?

Here’s a small collection of digital learning tools and resources you may not know about. Give them a look during a much-deserved summer break and see if one, two, or more of them fit into your teaching strategy and academic goals for your students.

1. AllSides helps students, well, get all sides of a story or issue to sort fact from fiction and identify bias and misinformation. It offers perspectives from center-, left-, and right-leaning publications to help students compare and contrast.

2. Floop is a web app that saves teachers time and helps students see the value in feedback. Feedback is a huge driver of student learning. Teachers can collect images, PDFs, and Google Docs from students and leave text and audio comments that lead to conversations. Students engage with their feedback while it’s still relevant. Teachers can help students act on feedback through conversations and resubmissions.

Laura Ascione

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