Technology is increasingly affecting the education system as we know it. While there are still many discussions about the pros and cons of technology in the classroom, the change is inevitable. New digital learning systems have brought us many benefits such as encouraging active learning, knowledge construction, inquiry, exploration, accessible remote learning, and many more.

Traditional methods for teaching are going through a change and adapting to the needs of 21st-century students who are raised in a digital world. There are numerous digital tools which enhance the professional practice of teachers and improve learning practices of students. We’ve selected 8 innovative digital tools for the classroom that are changing the face of education by fostering creativity, responsibility, relationships, and respect.

1. Explain Everything

Explain Everything focuses on interaction in a virtual environment. This digital tool allows students and teachers to collaborate, share, and learn without boundaries. This software can also be integrated with Schoolwork, Dropbox, Evernote, GDrive, OneDrive, and other useful apps.

It has drag-and-drop options which make Explain Everything super easy and intuitive to work with. Another exciting element of this platform is that it helps students to learn to create, present, and share their individual work and group projects.

  • Suitable for upper-class students
  • Suitable for educators

 

2. FlipSnack

This interesting tool can help educators to boost the engagement level of their class. The app is useful for creating digital flipbooks. It is used by teachers for educational purposes and by students for presenting projects in class in a really entertaining way.

FlipSnack works with .PDFs and .JPGs. All you have to do is upload your images, write your information, and present it to the world.

  • Suitable for students of all ages
  • Suitable for educators

 

3. Kahoot!

Kahoot! is an educational platform that is based on games and questions. This tool allows teachers to create questionnaires, discussions, or surveys that can be a great add-on to academic lessons. It can be very helpful for teachers who are looking for an engaging way to run checks for understanding

The material is provided in the classroom and questions are answered by students while playing and learning at the same time. Kahoot! encourages game-based learning which increases student engagement and creates a fun and dynamic educational environment.

  • Suitable for students of all ages
  • Suitable for educators

 

4. Prezi

According to Prezi, “creating, giving, and tracking beautiful interactive presentations is as easy as 1,2,3” with their cloud-based presentation software. Harvard researchers even find Prezi more engaging, persuasive, and effective than PowerPoint.

The innovative way in which Prezi helps you make presentations is by zooming in and out and moving side to side across one single, very attractive, and modern canvas, as well as focusing in on images and videos inputted by the user. Prezi has caught the attention of educators very quickly and it has been praised with excellent reviews.

  • Suitable for students of all ages
  • Suitable for educators

 

5. Scratch

Students use this digital tool for creating engaging projects like games, animations, interactive art, stories, and more. Even though Scratch is mostly used by younger students, it can be also fun for older ones as well.

This program is a brilliant start for young students to help them to think in an innovative and creative way. It will assist them to learn how to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations.

  • Primarily suitable for students between 8 and 16 years old

 

6. Google Classroom

This powerful community-based social tool for learning allows students to post questions and receive answers from their teachers and classmates. For example, if the students need some help to find the best paper writing service they can get an instant answer on this platform.

Teachers can also post intriguing questions as well as lesson materials so that students can review them at home.

Google Classroom can be integrated with other Google products such as Google Forms, which can be helpful for getting feedback from students.

  • Suitable for students of all ages
  • Suitable for educators

 

7. Class Dojo

Those educators who look for free classroom communication, community building, and behavior management application can find all that in this app. As they claim on their website it is a “simple way to build an amazing classroom community.”

Class Dojo enables teachers to track students’ behavior and share it with parents. In this way, both teachers and parents can keep up with the student’s progress and if needed intervene and help the student to be better. It can be also used for assigning tasks to students in order to build positive behavioral skills and traits.

  • Suitable for students of all ages
  • Suitable for educators

 

8. SelfCAD

SelfCAD is cloud-based 3D CAD software package for students. It provides an authentic, “real world” 3D design experience and it is incredibly easy to use. Another feature worth mentioning is that SelfCAD has teamed up with MyMiniFactory to provide a database of already completed 3D printable designs, making thousands of 3D objects available for immediate 3D printing.

It is a very effective tool for learning in STEM and numerous schools have already jumped on board and became a part of SelfCAD community.

  • Primarily suitable for 6th-12th graders

 

Some Final Thoughts

The above-mentioned tools have been slowly but effectively changing the face of education. They show teachers how to organize, innovate, and manage their digital classroom in a fun and creative way. In addition, they help students to realize that there is more to learning than just a pen and paper. With these tools, learning can be a memorable and entertaining experience.

Author’s bio.

Daniela McVicker is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor at Ratedbystudents. She graduated from Durham University and has an MA in psychological science. Her passion is traveling and finding ways to enrich students’ learning experience.