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Demo of 7 free tools for teachers

Simplifying a Teacher’s Life: Free Technology Tools for Assessment is a video presentation on YouTube by Erica Speaks. This is a very good demo of 7 free tools that most teachers/instructors could use in their classes to enhance learning and save time doing admin/teacher tasks.

Three of the tools, I have already discovered and use regularly: Kahoot!, Socrative and Flubaroo. These three are free, easy to use and work great.

The three of the other tools: Plickers, ForAllRubrics and ClassCharts look very useful and I am exploring how I would use them in my classes. Although some of these are more for K-12 teachers, but I can see how I could use them with my university classes.

The seven tool: MasteryConnect, looks like it would be very useful for K-12 teachers but I don’t see how I could use it.

Check this out. The tools are great, free and Erica does a great job reviewing them.

Video: Prezi 2014 NEW Full Tutorial

Prezi.com has been around for a few years now but if you haven’t tried it for making class presentations or invited your students to make their presentations with it, you may want to view this video. It is almost 24 minutes but it is very comprehensive and does a great job demonstrating the new features that have been added over the year.

I find that Prezi.com has the following advantages for teaching:

  • It is not slideshow based but works on a single large canvas that you zoom and pan on. This is great for timelines, complex illustrations, process charts and idea maps.
  • It is free for teachers and students. Look for the education licenses
  • It is cloud based so your presentations are available from anywhere.