In a traditional classroom, a teacher always stood between the students and knowledge. Students mostly didn’t have an idea about the subjects they were going to learn. Modern teaching systems and teachers are quite different. They use a method called flipped learning. Flipped learning is where a student is introduced to the material beforehand and the classes are mostly spent on deeply understanding and discussing the subject with peers through problem-solving activities.
With Flipped learning being widely adopted by teachers, there is an increased need for tools that keep track of their schedules and enhancing the knowledge in a better way. In this blog, we are going to discuss some of the best online tools that are helpful for modern teachers.
Prezi is a free online tool that lets you make insightful and eye-catching presentations easily. Though it may sound similar to Microsoft Powerpoint, it has a few unique features that make it stand out. All the presentations are made on a large canvas, unlike the traditional slide-based approach.
You work on a giant canvas on which you can zoom in and zoom out to view various parts of your presentation. This generally sparks interest on the viewers when compared to traditional presentations, making you stand out.
Picktime is a free online appointment scheduling platform that helps teachers schedule their classes. All you have to do is add in all of your classes to your free Picktime account. Then add in a class session specifying the number of available slots, date, time and save. All you have to do is to just share an online booking link with your students. Both you and your students will get notified when a class is booked.
It also has other features like resources where you can link your class to a specific room or an equipment. So when a class is booked, the linked resource is also automatically blocked off. One of the main features is that your students can book appointments with you from anywhere at any point in time. There are also many upcoming features like class packs and courses that will truly be helpful to manage your classes.
Evernote is a cloud-based application specifically designed for keeping track of tasks and notes. The beauty of Evernote is that It syncs across all your devices. With Evernote, you can keep track of all the tasks you have assigned to your students. Here is how you can use Evernote.
Create a new note. You can either start writing into it or upload a file or choose from a list of templates. There are many templates you can choose from various categories. Here is a list of some of the interesting templates I have come across – Class notes, project overview and meeting notes. Choose a template, edit it to your requirements and share it with your students.
Screencast o Matic
Screencast o Matic is a simple easy to use video recording and editing software. You can record a screen, webcam or both using this tool. You can either drag and record the part of a screen that you want or choose from preset sizes. You can also narrate simultaneously while recording the video or import an audio file.
After you finish recording the video, you can edit the video, zoom in on the parts you want, add text and images, add music and captions to it. You can either save the file, host it on Screencast o Matic or upload it to youtube. You can also integrate with a lot of other tools like Canva. It is a great app to create student video assignments.
Unicheck is a cloud-based online plagiarism checker that is easy to use and has a wide variety of options. It supports text documents of all formats. You can also integrate it with various LMS.
Formative is an excellent web assessment app that tracks your student’s performance and growth. It allows you to create assignments, collect data from your students and give them proper feedback. You can add various question types like Multiple choice questions, true or false, text answers and also allow the students to draw so that you can access their vision.
All you have to do is add in classes, enroll your students, create assignments, add in your questions and share it via a link or via your website. Once the student takes an assignment you can provide real-time feedback. Once all students finish their test, you can close it and export the data for further reference.