Students are growing up in a digital world now. This means that it is natural for them to use technology. As a result, teachers need to transform traditional methods for the 21st century and adapt to the needs of students, as well as embracing the chance to improve teaching methods.

The use of certain technology allows us to elicit curiosity and improve engagement for better education. Here we take a look at the best 5 teacher tools for the digital classroom that can be used by students and educators.

Prezi

The best presentation digital software. Make your lessons more engaging, interactive and effective with this tool. Suitable for both students and teachers, this allows you to create something that will keep the attention of kids. Their research shows that it has positive effects on:

  • Organization
  • Engagement
  • Effectiveness
  • Persuasion

Take a look at Prezi for Education and try it for free today.

Scratch

Your students might need some instruction on how to use this, but once you have it down, its a great support tool.  It’s aimed at kids ages 8-16 and according to Scratch “helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.” It teaches concepts, check it out today.

Animoto

One of the best ways to capture attention today is through video. Whether you want to make animated videos or slideshows, you can create engaging content without any prior video editing experience.

Socrative

“Your classroom app for fun, effective engagement and on-the-fly assessments” best describes Socrative. From kindergarten to grade 12 and higher ed, it works across the board and you can get a free plan up to 50 students per session. It’s one of our favorites and offers timely and valuable feedback.

Class Dojo

A staple for 95% of US schools, it is used to “engage kids and connect with families”. Free for teachers to use, you can track student behavior, set student tasks to improve and share everything with parents for transparency. Well-behaved students produce better results, science confirms it and we can help.  Class Dojo is a tool you’ll want to use.

Alongside this, we have a program as part Teachworthy called Capturing Kids’ Hearts that trains teachers to build self-managing classrooms.

Bonus tools!

This is not an exhaustive list, far from it. It is the five tools that we, and most of our teachers, use for a digital classroom. Here are another couple that you might want to discover for your teacher toolkit:

  • Quizlet – Free learning cards and tools for students that are proven to improve their results at school.
  • Khan Academy – Learn anything, for free. Supplement teaching and help students with trusted content and personalized learning.