Day 13: 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.
I do my planning either in my desktop at home or in the classroom. I like the feedback that I get from the big keyboard and I like the big screen for instructional planning. For social media communication and quick notes, I like my iPad 3, which my district provides for all teachers. For my students, I like them to use their iPads minis, which the district provides for them as per their Technology initiatives.
In terms of communication, nothing beats Edmodo, in my opinion. I
definitively take advantage of Edmodo as a learning tool. I am in contact
with my students via Edmodo. I send them reminders for assignments and they can
use the teacher and classmates as resources. The application that I have found
most useful in terms of collaboration, cooperation and extension beyond the
school walls, is Google Aps. Through their iCloud accounts, students can work
on the same document while they are at home. This has been a great tool for
accountability as students are able to connect with each other virtually
anywhere and cannot use the old excuse of not being able to go to someone’s
house to complete a project. This is also very helpful to learners who are unorganized and forgetful. It is helpful for them to be able
to access their calendars, lessons, notes from me when they are not
For vocab practice, I like Quizlet. For presentations I like Prezi, Keynote, Notability and Haiku Deck and Pic Collage.
For interpersonal communication, I use Todaysmeet since our students don't have access to Twitter at school. I also use Skype to connect with students from other parts of the world. This has been a very exciting and positive experience for our students.