Seven EdTech Tools To Watch This Year

| By Yonah Kirschner, Program Manager, DigitalJLearning Network

There is a huge variety of EdTech tools these days, but what these all have in common, is that they’re set to make their mark this year. Take a look at what they can do for your classroom and school!

 

1. The Radix Endeavor
Winner of an EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award, this MMORPG (massively multiplayer online game) integrates STEM into a virtual world. Teachers can use it to supplement math and biology curriculum for middle school and high school students.

 

2. That’s Your Right
The winner of the Best Gameplay Award at Games For Change in April, this game will take your middle school and high school social studies classes to the next level by engaging students in learning the Bill of Rights.


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3. Redbird Advanced Learning
This one isn’t a tool for students; it’s a revolutionary platform for professional development. If your school wants teachers to use blended learning, then this is a PD platform you definitely want to explore. It emphasizes putting theory into practice, and personalizes the entire PD process for each teacher. And on top of all that, it models blended learning, to give teachers experience as blended learners.


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4. Zaption
One of LAUNCHedu’s education startup finalists from the 2015 SXSWedu conference, Zaption allows teachers to layer interactive content over videos, to get students more engaged in online learning, deepen understanding, and track their progress. As a teacher, you can add images, text, and questions to online videos from other sources, such as YouTube. Zaption’s analytics allows teachers to get immediate feedback data on how students use the content, and whether they understand the concepts presented.

 

5. ClassFlow
Awarded Best in Show at ISTE this year by Tech & Learning magazine, ClassFlow is an interactive lesson delivery platform, that enables teachers to deliver engaging multimedia lessons to their students. ClassFlow supports blended learning, and offers dashboard tools, to optimize classroom management, student assessment, and differentiated instruction.

 

6. Buncee
Chosen as a 2015 finalist for EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Awards, Buncee is a web-based tool that enables teachers and students to easily place different kinds of content (photos, videos, drawings, audio, links)  together on one digital canvas. Students can use Buncee for digital storytelling, or research projects.Teachers can use the tool, to design interactive lessons, flip the classroom, and more.

 

7. Snapshot
Winner of an EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award, Snapshot is a micro-assessment tool built into Edmodo, which generates Standards-aligned formative assessments for ELA or Math. It enables teachers to regularly measure student progress, and personalize learning.


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If you want to learn more about how these tools can be used for blended learning, in your classroom, or school this year, email us!