Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.
- Vernier LabQuest & Probes – These have been one of my favorite tools throughout my career. I was introduced to them while in college, and have used them from day 1 in my classroom. I think the thing I love most about the Vernier equipment is that they help students put observations and qualitative data into quantitative data. They also help students utilize graphic analysis.
- PhET – Specifically for science teachers, these online simulations allow students to personally experience different phenomenon including chemical bonding, physics of motion, and even evolution by natural selection.
- Internet Videos – What student doesn’t want to watch movies in class? I have found a number of wonderful resources online that can be used as introduction, review, or even in a flipped setting. Here are my favorites:
Crash Course – These videos by brother John and Hank Green cover content from chemistry and biology to history and literature. They are entertaining as well as very thorough!
ASAPScience – While these videos are not quite as specific to content as the crash course videos, they ask some really interesting questions.
BrainPop – The videos on brainpop are more geared toward elementary to middle school aged students. However, they can act as a great review of material, or as a basic introduction to a new unit! A subscription is required to view all the videos, but there are some free ones.
TedEd (and Ted Talks) – Shorter videos that cover a variety of topics, the TedEd videos are animated, making them a little more appropriate for younger viewers. Older students may appreciate the Ted Talks more.