CK-12 is a tool, or digital textbook of sorts, with tons of helpful reference content to use in your classroom, such as in math, social studies and science. This tool allows you to foster a more tailored learning experience, personalized to each student, than a typical website or textbook would. This is because you can customize this content to work for small groups or individual students by creating “classes” and issuing assignments appropriate to each group’s or individual’s learning profiles and preferences.
There are also CK-12 multimedia resources like interactive simulations and videos. And, you’re able to access reports that tell you which practice tasks were completed and answered incorrectly, along with those answers. This information is invaluable in tailoring your future lesson plans to help students where they need it most.
Through the CK-12 teacher dashboard, you can:
- Assign content to your students either via Google Classroom or a link. You can also import your students’ information from Google Classroom.
- Monitor your students’ progress on quizzes.
- Assign activities that change in complexity and difficulty as students provide the right answers.
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3. Pear Deck
Pear Deck is an interactive tool for delivering lessons and presentations that integrates with Google Slides through Google Classroom. You simply invite your students to join your sessions with a code. Then, they can follow along with your presentation on a live classroom screen. If you subscribe to the Premium plan, you can give your students access to decks tailored to their pace and tailor your students’ experience (for instance, by locking presentations from student edits).
Pear Deck lets you:
- Enhance presentations with audio, enable immersive reader (beta), and add closed captioning to accommodate various learning needs and preferences.
- Stop at points throughout the deck where you have different question types (like dragging, text, drawing, multiple choice and numeric).
- Immediately view students’ responses to these questions, either individually or through a grid view, and anonymously share the results for everyone to see on-screen.
- Have students make flash cards, play games, review and respond to daily news articles, and practice digital citizenship in a responsible way.
- Benefit from handy integrations with Merriam-Webster, Gimkit and Newsela.
Pricing: Free (basic plan), $149.99/year (individual premium plan), custom pricing (schools & districts)
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4. Classwork Zoom
If you’ve ever gone through the revision history in Google Docs, you know how cumbersome and time-consuming it can be to find what you need from all of the information and iterations – especially when it comes to each assignment for every single student. To avoid that needle-in-a-haystack overwhelm, you can try the Classwork Zoom extension for Chrome.
The tool takes all of that revision history information and presents them in a neat visualization timeline format, which also includes a hover view of comments, suggestions and pasted text. This makes it so much simpler and quicker to comprehend and use the information to make decisions in planning, content, assignments and other decisions for your classes. The best part is you can use it for an entire set of class documents at once, not just a single student’s.
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5. Explain Everything
Explain Everything is a leading platform that helps teachers engage their students to encourage more effective learning. With this tool, it’s easy to make and digitize your materials for both live presentations and video. You can record tutorials and create interactive assignments and presentations. Through a virtual whiteboard, the tool helps with explaining and illustrating concepts, letting your students’ creativity come alive through various content formats.
Pricing: Free (single user), $34.99 per user/year (teacher plan), $130 per teacher + 30 students/year (class & school)
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Quizizz is a handy tool you can use to automatically assign quizzes through Google Classroom. Your students complete them from their device and you get instant, automatic feedback, making it quick and easy to deliver marks without spending time doing the grading yourself.
The tool makes introducing ideas or concepts and understanding student comprehension easy, and it provides quick insight to your students’ progress and weak points. You’ll know what’s working and what needs improvement right away – whether you’re looking at metrics like students, questions or classes. Plus, you can save and access reports for quick insights at any point.
Pricing: free to join; contact Quizizz for more information
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Fanschool is a private, secure digital platform for students to publish and share their writing with their classmates and parents and offer support and feedback to one another. The tool also supports images and videos, for multimedia experiences. How it works is students connect to several spaces and become “fans” of other Fanschool users (worldwide).
Fanschool is also great for you to share students’ work with their parents throughout the year. And, since it’s a controlled environment, the tool offers a great opportunity to educate your class about online safety and privacy. While you control privacy settings within the broader classroom, your students have control over each of their posts and who they’re connected with on Fanschool.
Pricing: Free to try; contact Fanschool for more information
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8. Actively Learn
Actively Learn is a digital curriculum in science, English language arts and social studies that uses deep learning to encourage student equity and engagement. It helps students connect with one another over reading and gives you helpful clues into how they think. The tool comes with flexible features and resources that empower you as a teacher to take your students’ understanding to the next level.
With the tool, students can annotate, highlight and discuss readings, and you can assign them to individual learners or groups. There are over 3,000 free texts to choose from which are categorized into units, genre, them and news. You can also filter by standard, grade and Lexile level. Even better, you can upload your own texts from online media or your own sources. And the paid subscription gives you access to copyrighted texts, including books.
Pricing: Some functions are free; contact Actively Learn for information on paid subscriptions
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You should now feel ready to tackle your next Google Classroom lesson with a helpful tech tool or two to help. Whether you’re looking for ways to save time on feedback, a tool for new curriculum, a place to share content or nearly anything else, these tools will add value and fun to your classes and create more engagement and connection between you and your students.