The story is familiar. You’re a teacher who loves to make a difference in a student’s life. You’re happy to keep doing what you’ve been doing for many years because it works. But there is a continually growing call to push technology into the classroom. YOUR classroom. While you use a smartphone and are happy to try out an interactive whiteboard, shoving technology into all facets of your class day is downright absurd. It can never replace a teacher (nor should it) and technology can only do so much until it becomes a distraction.
However, that doesn’t mean you should be staying on top of the latest education technology trends and tools. You can do that here on Edudemic as well as on an array of other websites. But what happens when you come across a new piece of technology and think to yourself “hey self, this web tool or app could actually be worth using in my classroom. Or at least it’s worth trying out!”
So you download the web tool or app only to find that it’s hard to figure out and takes up waaay too much of your time. So you delete it in short order and never look back.
If that’s happened to you, and I’m guessing it has, then you should take a moment to check out some of these free online courses. They may very well give you some of the knowledge that helps you figure out that new web tool or app without having to give up on it so quickly. Your students will thank you. Or, at the very least, grunt and not say anything.
These free courses are all designed to help you get that little bit of extra knowledge so you can know what to look for in future apps, be able to quickly decide if it’s right for you, and you’ll simply know more than your students. For a couple minutes, at least. All these courses are from a side-project I’ve been working on called Modern Lessons. It’s a free online school for teachers and other education-lovers. Enjoy!
A Must-Have Guide To Google In Education
Google is a whole lot more than searching and gmail. It has a detailed list of resources perfect for any teacher, student, or administrator looking to enhance their education experience. From grants to videos to lesson plan search, there’s a lot to see here. This course will cover how to find all the nooks and crannies of information on Google In Education.
5 Powerful But Little-Known Ways To Use Your Apple iPad
The folks at EdTechTeacher like to explore the flexibility, versatility, and mobility of iPads that make them a phenomenal learning tool. In this course, they focus on five ways to use these devices to consume, create, and curate.