Ideas and inspiration often come at you quickly. Evernote allows you to keep photos, recordings, and notes in one place, so it’s especially useful at conferences and lectures. You can record a lot of material and return to it later. It’s also handy when you have a substitute. Keep your lesson plans and worksheets in Evernote, and pass off the appropriate folder to the sub.
Install DropBox on your tablet, smart phone, or laptop, and you will be able to access your files wherever you are. This is also a great tool for students who are working on different computers at school and at home.
Even teachers who have been out of college only a few years might feel as though they have fallen behind. Is the Common Core on its way in or on its way out? How does self-paced learning work? And how does all of this information apply to you and your students? Websites are making it possible to keep up with shifts in education without you having to go back to school. Read the latest research, participate in live chats, and take online workshops. And if these sites don’t quench your thirst for knowledge, then you can head back to school.
Forward-thinking teachers will find a wealth of resources here to support their biggest plans. Browse articles and videos from experts on blended learning, flipped classrooms, differentiated instruction, and more. Check the discussion board for answers to your toughest questions.
Glean some of the insights without the tuition bill. Watch streaming talks and read articles from the leading thinkers in education. The Usable Knowledge section is full of interesting research and is easily searchable.
Hundreds of videos offer teaching tips on topics both large and small. Use the Q&A section to get ideas from your fellow teachers. The blog provides insight on topics such as integrating material from different subjects and maintaining a supportive classroom throughout the year.
Scaffolding works for teachers, too
The sites here make a great base for including more technology in your teaching. New education websites seem to pop up constantly, but once you’ve incorporated a few solid tools, exploring new programs will feel less daunting. And you’ll be able to provide wise guidance to kids who will be leading online lives.
Credits: This article is a revision and combination of several older Edudemic articles, updated and re-analyzed to reflect the latest innovations.