Google Drive is by far one of my favorite Web 2.0 tools. Over the past ten years, Google has exploded with new software programs and hardware. If you are not familiar with Google Drive, it essentially is a storage are to hold all of your photos, documents, PDF's, spreadsheets, etc. Unlike using a flash drive or saving it to your computer's hard drive, Google Drive is accessible from any Internet device. Do you remember the days when you lost your flash drive and a 10 page paper was saved onto it? Well, with Google Drive, everything remains intact on this online cloud of storage. I can work on lesson plans on my home laptop, and then access the same document at my school computer because it is all online. This past year, I taught my fifth graders how to use Google Drive and save their projects to it, especially when they were a work in progress. Google Drive truly is the future of online storage! If you're interesting in finding out more about this Google feature or even getting access to it, check out the link here!
Another great Web 2.0 tool is Kahoot! Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that is online. This platform allows teachers to formatively assess students' knowledge across subject areas and age-ranges. For instance, a teacher may choose or create his/her own quiz and provide a simple access code to students. From there, students create a username for the quiz game, and then answer each question within an allotted time frame. The most accurate and fastest answer scores the most points.
Class Dojo is by far my favorite classroom management tool. For the past three years, I have been using this online application to monitor students' behavior and communicate with parents. Class Dojo is a behavior management application where you can reward and take away points for specific behaviors. For instance, if a student successfully completes their homework they can earn a positive dojo. On the other hand, if a student is disrespectful you can take away a point. The point system is a great way for tracking behavior throughout the school year. In addition, you can communicate with parents via a blog or messaging system. Class Dojo is truly a valuable tool for educators, students, and parents.
Nearpod is an online platform that consists of interactive lessons across every subject areas and grade levels. Nearpod lessons are controlled by the teacher's computer/Internet device and the students interact with it; in other words a student cannot skip ahead. As a teacher, you need to create an account and then you have access to free lesson or you can create/pay for them.