After publishing My Top 10 EdTech Tools for 2019 list in January I had some excellent feedback from Secondary teachers, sharing their favorite tools that I may have missed. As I explained to them, I shared MY favorite tools that I use the most and it was not my intention to leave Secondary ones specifically off the list. So with that in mind, I spoke to Frank Samuels, a Principal in South Africa and Toronto of both elementary and secondary schools, about his recommendations for what should be on the list from a Secondary perspective. The below list is a combination of what Frank recommends, along with many of you that share additional tools with me on Twitter (thank you)!
- Penzu is a great journaling tool which is a great habit to get students into early on. Penzu is a private online diary-hosting website. Users can create written entries similar to a standard personal journal and can also upload photos from their devices. Perfect for your secondary students.
- Remind is an incredibly powerful (and FREE) tool to communicate. Do you get tired of hearing that your students “didn’t know” or “forgot” about homework or an upcoming test? Remind is an easy fix. It’s a safe and secure way to send quick reminders to any device, including student cell phones. You can schedule reminders in advance and translate them into over 70 languages. You can also get parents to sign up, so they’ll see the same reminders and announcements as your students. I use remind to send scheduled reminders of my weekly #whatisschool chats to over 600 people.
- Schmoop is a digital publishing company with “a point of view.” They seek to empower and broaden the range and depth of choices students have in life. They give a basic breakdown of most literary texts out there and it is perfect for High School students.
- Wakelet is a tool to help students save, organize and share content from across the web. It is a safe and secure place to encourage Secondary students to save content from the web, turn them into collections and then share them with the world as appropriate. Wakelet can be used for anything – Save content to use later, build a portfolio, gather research, promote people or events, create a campaign or fan page and more…
- EdPuzzle allows you to make any video your lesson, which is a perfect way to engage older students in learning. Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension. As a teacher using EdPuzzle, you can check if students are watching your videos, how many times they’re watching each section, and if they’re understanding the content. The best part about EdPuzzle is that it is FREE for Teachers and Students!
- Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform used by Secondary and College Students and Teachers all over the world. What I love the most is getting corrections from Grammarly while I write on Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all of my other favorite sites. The free Chrome add-on is my life saver.
- Canva is a graphic-design tool website. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics. We use it at my school with students from Grade 5 with GREAT success.
- PearDeck is a web-based application for K-12 schools and teachers built by educators. The best highlight is that it is built to work with G-Suite and Google Tools! Transform presentations into classroom conversations with an array of interactive and formative assessment questions. With Pear Deck, every learner engages with the interactive activity on his or her own screen and knows their response will be seen by the teacher, but anonymous to the rest of the class.
- CoSpaces is an intuitive educational technology enabling students and teachers to easily build their own 3D creations, animate them with code and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality. Designed for schools that want to empower their students to become creators and prepare them for the future, CoSpaces Edu improves digital literacy skills, enhances creativity and fosters collaboration in the classroom.
- Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are two of my favorites for Secondary students and teachers alike. Adobe Illustrator is an industry-standard vector graphics software that lets you create logos, icons, drawings, typography, and illustrations for print, web, video, and mobile like a professional. Adobe Photoshop is the world’s best imaging and graphic design software. Create and enhance photographs, illustrations, and 3D artwork. Design websites and mobile apps. Edit videos simulate real-life paintings and more. It’s everything you need to make any idea real.
I hope you enjoyed this list! I would love to hear from you below what you love and what you loathe. Why not share your favorites as well, specifically for Secondary 🙂