The use of technology in the classroom is becoming more and more commonplace. Here are my top five educational applications that not only engage students, but can make the life of a teacher more manageable.
5.) Picasa is a free photo editor and organization program. This powerful program allows teachers to edit and create slideshows for their classrooms.
4.) Evernote keeps you organized. You can use Evernote to store, sync, and retrieve documents. If you find a historic place, you can take a picture of it with your smartphone and post it to your Evernote page so that you can retrieve later.
3.) Google Docs is a free web-based document creation program. The creator of the document can determine if they want other people to edit the document. You can even edit the document together in real-time. Google docs allows you to create written documents, visual presentation programs, and spreadsheets.
2.) Prezi is a non-linear visual presentation program. This program allows you to zoom and rotate around grouped objects. Teachers can use this to draw connections between visual representations of abstract concepts.
1.) Dropbox is a free (2GB) online storage program that synchronizes across multiple computers. You can even share documents across platforms (Mac, Windows, and Linux). Teachers can set this up on their home computer and their teacher computer, and never have to worry about leaving lesson plans or materials at home again.
Affordable, Free & Effective Technology Tools for the Classroom Handout
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