Helpful educational tools and sites for teachers and students

 08 - 21 - 14
Learning News

by Cindy Bates
There are plenty of educational tools and websites on the Internet. Here are some of them that teachers and students may enjoy. The only downside to the number of educational tools and websites is the looming threat of people getting ripped off or conned. At the time of writing tools and websites on this list are all con and virus free. Still, you should be careful using any online tool and website because you do not know who may own them tomorrow, they may be a University or a Middle Eastern team of hackers.

YouTube

Do not spit your coffee out across the screen. It is true that a lot of YouTube is crap or spam that tries to get you to click so the spammers make money. But, there are videos on YouTube that are produced by genuine companies and institutions. For example, you can find many of the TED talks on there, and many of the most famous American Universities have free learning videos on there. There are BBC documentaries you can watch for free, and even the discovery channel offers free videos you can learn from too. A student and a teacher may use videos from YouTube as learning and teaching material.

Remind101.com 

This is a tool a teacher can use to communicate with students and parents without it being creepy or inappropriate. It sends out blanket messages, which means it can send the same message to lots of people. The teacher can send out project reminders to students and tell them about snow days or remind them to bring in field trip money. The students may be signed up but so may the parents so that they know what is going on in the life of their child. It is a clever tool that can be used by teachers for their students or even by business bosses for their staff.

Bestessaytips.com

This website and its associated essay writing service are held in very high esteem by the online community. They mostly write essays for students. High school, college and University students use the service for their own reasons. Some are struggling with their studies and need some help, some have been ill and need to catch up, some are working more than studying and need the help, and some are just lazy.

Whatever their reasons, students get to use this confidential service that produces customized essays that are original (plagiarism free), which means the students may hand in the work as their own. It is especially handy if a deadline is very close and the student is at risk of turning in a late essay (which means automatic points docking in most colleges).

ClassDojo.com

It is actually aimed at helping teachers engage with younger students through games. The premise is that you teach students with games to keep them entertained whilst they learn. The tool may be usurped by teachers that wish to teach older students, but it is limited for older students. A teacher may use it for older students if they need to learn cold-hard facts, such as the periodic table, so as to help make dry and boring lessons a little more fun and interactive.

Spreeder.com

This is a tool in which you enter your text. It then flashes it one word at a time at a rate of 300 words per minute, which is quicker than most people read. If you think you can handle it then you increase the speed so you may read even faster.

Thenounproject.com

This is a tool that allows teachers and students to arrange icons in a manner that helps teachers teach and students revise. It is the sort of thing you need to see in action to fully comprehend. For example, you can create revision notes with icons in place of words.

SignGenerator.org

This is a flashcard creator that has been “sexed” up into a sign creator. Students do not have to use it to create flashcards, but most incarnations of its use are just versions of flashcards. For example, some students sum up the various points in their textbook chapters by creating signs with this tool. As a teacher, you could fill the signs with information that helps students remember concepts. It is not a tool for helping students remember the small details. It helps them remember the principles and the concepts, with which they then summon their knowledge to expand upon. If they cannot expand upon it then that is where they need to concentrate their research and their revision in the future.


Guest Post by Cindy Bates
Cindy Bates is the freelance writer. Now she works on creating her personal writing portfolio and start thinking about blogging career.

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