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The top 10 tools used by educators in 2015

Following a consultation carried out at the end of 2015, the teachers spoke: here are the 10 applications (mobile and / or online) that are winning the favor of many of them. Today, find positions 10 to 6.

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Following a consultation carried out at the end of 2015, the teachers spoke: here are the 10 applications (mobile and / or online) that are winning the favor of many of them. Today, find positions 10 to 6.

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In recent years, technological tools and applications have multiplied at an astounding rate. So much so that it can be difficult, for beginners as well as connoisseurs, to choose which ones to use in order to meet the multiple educational needs in the classroom. What about the choice of educators who regularly use these tools? What were the most popular in 2015? This is what we verified by asking them this question. Here is the report of this consultation carried out at the end of 2015 with 70 teachers from different backgrounds, carried out via the social networks Twitter and Facebook.

What is surprising, in view of the results, is the variety of tools. A total of 168 recommendations from different categories were offered, such as online or tablet apps, websites, and some software. These are intended for different uses, ranging from content creation (writings, videos, presentations, digital books) to classroom organization and management (agendas, portfolios, online storage, management of favorites), in through consultation and annotation of content on the Web and tablets (dictionaries, reference sites), to the necessary communication with students, parents and other classes.

To have an overview of these tools and, surely, to make interesting discoveries, the complete directory of proposals can be viewed here. By clicking on the titles, the tools link will open to know a little more.

Here are the 10 most popular tools among respondents:

#10 Padlet

Padlet is a free tool available online or on a tablet. The idea is simple: create a wall on which to write words, place images, videos, documents or links to websites, simply by double-clicking on it. Configurable in many ways, you can choose several backgrounds and put the wall in public, semi-private (with a password) or private mode. The uses that Padlet allows are very varied, ranging from the pooling of student work to the development of collaborative activities, since the wall can be shared between several users. In the same line, Thinglink, is also very popular with teachers.

 

#9 iDoceo

Many teachers appreciate the versatility of this iPad diary. Getting started is not always easy, however, but the benefits are enormous because it can act as the one and only notebook for the teacher where one will find lists of students and their information, attendance, lesson plans and physical plans for groups as well as planning. See this tutorial series who can help educators tempted by this way of managing their class.

 

#8 Can go

A graphic production tool par excellence, Canva was an interesting discovery for many educators. After opening a free account, users have access to several templates to create posters, presentations, infographics as well as stylized documents, among others. You can add photos of your own and several free elements are available to enhance the productions. The final product can be shared on social media or saved in multiple ways.

#7 Adobe voice

For students and teachers alike, Adobe Voice is a free, easy-to-use iOS video maker app. In a jiffy, it's possible to create and share a very high quality video, choosing a template and adding narration, text, icons and background music. Although the interface has not yet been translated into French, it is easy to navigate during the creation process thanks to the icons.

#6 Seesaw

Apps like Seesaw have been gaining popularity since the arrival of tablets in the classroom. This type of portfolio makes it possible to document productions, digital or not, in the form of photos, videos, drawings, written notes or hyperlinks. Each student's records are shared with parents who have installed the app on their device (iOS or Android), or on the web. The user-friendly aspect and the ease with which even the youngest can add content and comment on it creates an active learning community, in addition to having the possibility to create a class blog since the last update . Note also the popularity of Showbie, in the same vein, which also allows you to create material and assign assignments to students.

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About the Author

Brigitte Léonard
Brigitte Leonard
Brigitte Léonard teaches elementary cycle 1 at Campus Mont-Tremblant, at the CS des Laurentides. Passionate about the world of technology and recognized as an “Apple Distinguished Teacher” (ADE), she shares her discoveries and work on her blog: http://brigitteprof.brigitteleonard.com

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