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20 Sites/Apps Every Teacher Should Try for Back to School

Are you thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to integrate new, more, or better technology into your teaching in 2019? With school right around the corner, here are a few outstanding tools to consider: 

*In alphabetical order

  1. 30hands Learning—An excellent Learning Management System as well as a digital storytelling app for the 21st-century learner.
  2. Answer Pad—A fantastic Student Response System that educators can use to assess students seamlessly, differentiate instruction, and turn their classrooms paperless.
  3.  Answerables—An innovative cross between Learning Management System and game-based learning that can be integrated into any curriculum to teach any subject.
  4. Book Creator—The world’s leading ebook creator for education that can be used in a wide variety of ways.
  5. BoomWriter— BoomWriter is a Google for Education Partner that lets teachers conduct fiction, nonfiction, and vocabulary-focused group writing activities. In addition to motivating students with an interactive platform and highly engaging online environment, BoomWriter provides teachers the perfect vehicle to deliver individualized feedback and writing instruction. Teachers can also select from BoomWriter's wide range of offerings from quick and easy to create homework assignments in any subject to class story-writing activities resulting in each student becoming a published author!
  6. Buncee—Buncee is a fantastic learning tool and digital canvas that educators are using in a wide variety of ways (e.g., flipped classroom, project based learning, digital storytelling, etc.). Educators are loving new features such as: Ideas Labs, Boards, and Immersive Reader. Best of all, the educational portal allows teachers to create and manage students and also offers a wide variety of educational resources and templates to help educators integrate Buncee into their curriculum.
  7. Chronicle Cloud—With this cutting-edge all-in-one iOS app, teachers can take notes, assess students, provide feedback, and more.
  8. ClassHook—One of my favorite sites around for finding educational videos and video clips for the classroom.
  9. EDpuzzle—EDpuzzle is a wonderful website that educators around the world are using to “flip” their classroom or lesson. With this tool any user can take a video and make it their own by adding questions or voice to assess their audience’s learning. This makes it easy to differentiate instruction. Also, EDpuzzle has a fantastic online curriculum that makes it easy for educators to find resources to meet their needs.
  10. Education Galaxy—A new site for grades K–6 that uses game-based learning to help students in a wide variety of subjects. Education Galaxy is also great for assessing students’ needs and for integrating self-paced learning.
  11. GooseChase—A wonderful new site that makes it easy to create digital scavenger hunts for the classroom.
  12. I Know It—A fantastic site for interactive math practice for grades K–5. Also, educators can assign lessons, assess students, and differentiate instruction.
  13. Oodlu—An innovative new app/site that lets educators create “arcade” style games for their students.
  14. Otus—An excellent all-in-one mobile learning solution for schools that combines the best features of a Learning Management System and a Database Management System.
  15. Socrates—A great new site where educators can assess students and differentiate instruction through a unique game-based learning system.
  16. Storyboard That—Storyboard That is a popular website that teachers are using to integrate technology in their classrooms. It’s great for project-based learning, graphic organizers, digital storytelling, writing prompts, and much more. Teachers will also find lots of lesson plans, assignments, and templates to choose from.
  17. Super Teacher Worksheets—This is one of my favorite sites for finding educational resources, worksheets, printables, puzzles, and more, in a wide variety of subjects.  
  18. ThinkFluency—ThinkFluency is an innovative new iOS app that lets teachers easily assess students’ reading fluency. Best of all, the scoring is done in real time and ThinkFluency generates detailed reports that can then be shared with others. ThinkFluency helps create individualized instruction plans for students, saves teachers time, and makes assessment super easy.
  19. TypeTastic—An excellent K–12 site for educators integrating keyboarding/typing into the curriculum. Best of all are the wide variety of resources and the ability to track student progress.
  20. YoTeach—YoTeach is one of my favorite new sites for creating a backchannel chat. This is a great way to gauge your student engagement and increase student participation.

David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.