The 21st Century has introduced several advancements in technology across various sectors. Teachers and their students are no longer limited by time and space. Students can now study and learn in a more time-efficient manner because of the availability of innovative tools for education.
Here are the 32 most innovative educational tools in 2016 that are changing the way educators teach and students learn. The tools are classified according to their use.
Connecting Students, Educators, and Parents
1. Edmodo is a tool where teachers can send homework to the students’ mobile devices. It also allows students to participate in online discussions with their classmates. Lastly, parents can stay updated on how the kids are doing in school.
2. Clever simplifies the process of logging onto various educational apps. Log on using this tool to access all other apps. The saved logging time can be used for more productive and learning activities.
3. Schoology helps educators create calendars, class rosters, and curricula. It also keeps track of assessment results of students.
4. Kahoot! users can design questionnaires and quizzes, and the audience can answer the questions through their devices. This user-friendly tool has a game-like environment targeted towards classroom students of all ages.
5. Skype Despite being an old app, its ease of use for video calling and the wide range of reach from users all over the world for free make anyone with an Internet connection love Skype as an educational tool.
Making Reading and Editing Easy
6. Kami is a free online document viewer, annotation, and editing tool. Users can view common file types, highlight texts, underline and strikethrough texts, add text, and do some freehand drawing. It works with Google Drive, runs offline, and allows sharing and real-time collaboration.
7. LightSail This educational reading app has a large library of 80,000 books complemented with in-text assessments and quizzes, perfect for students in grades 1-12.
8. Newsela uses news topics and articles to test the reading levels of students. Quizzes are also provided. The goal is to develop the critical reading skills of students.
9. SlugBooks This is perfect for students looking for reasonably priced textbook selections by comparing prices from various online retailers. It is also used as a platform for selling textbooks.
Becoming More Productive
10. Cold Turkey is for those who want to get things done. Stay focused by blocking applications, websites, and even the entire World Wide Web.
11. Focus Booster Keep track of how long you’ve been focused on a task. You will also remember to take a break when the timer sounds.
12. WritingHouse. It is a bibliography-maker for those making academic papers. It supports Harvard, Chicago, MLA, and APA citation styles. It automatically applies the citations to your paper based on the format chosen.
13. RescueTime monitors the time you spend on your computer through reports that analyze how productive you are.
14. Unstuck It is a personal life coach that helps you figure out your situation when you are stuck with a problem.
15. BetterExplained It is best for anyone who are interested in with numbers and technical subjects as it provides explanations using videos and diagrams.
16. Desmos is for anyone who is interested in math. It features an online calculator and can be used on any computer or tablet. Users can add sliders, do regressions, and plot data tables.
17. Khan Academy. It offers free and high-quality videos perfect for online lessons across a variety of subjects.
18. Google Knowledge Graph. This tool answers any query fast by providing concise and accurate answers when you ask a question thru Google Search.
19. Wolfram Alpha. It is an encyclopedia and a calculator at the same time, showing students step-by-step solutions to complex equations and providing information that you want to know on any topic.
20. InstaGrok is for students who are new to conducting research. It generates related videos, articles, terms, and images based on a student’s query.
21. PatrickJMT is for those who are looking for free online math video tutorials. It is for those who are studying early college-level mathematics.
22. Duolingo is your complete guide to learning the nine most commonly used and taught languages in the US.
23. SpanishDict is a Spanish-English dictionary with a built-in community made for Spanish language learners.
24. Pleco is for those who want to learn Chinese. There’s a digital dictionary and a feature that allows one to look up an unknown Chinese character.
Enrolling in Online Courses
25. Coursera is for those who are interested in personal and professional development. Students can learn at their own pace. They receive certificates when the course is completed.
26. Crash Course is a YouTube channel featuring information-packed, deeply researched video courses on topics like astronomy and history.
27. iTunes University is a collection of lectures, videos, books, and other educational materials available to anyone with iTunes. It allows teachers to custom-design their courses using assignments, materials, and study notes.
28. The University of Reddit is an online learning community that allows anyone to teach or take courses.
29. StudyBlue has a massive library of flashcards and study guides perfect for those who are in middle school and high school.
30. Plotly is a user-friendly platform for creating and sharing graphs in a web-based format.
31. Prezi allows users to make presentations and collaborate in real-time projects. It offers versatility in its presentations, by offering methods that are visually appealing and at the same time audience engaging.
32. Quizlet is for those who want to create quizzes, games, flashcards, and other study tools. The tools are easily accessible on computers and mobile devices.
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