The education space is witnessing the impact of digital platforms like never before. One of the most powerful ways in which technology has disrupted education is by making it more accessible. In this age of learning, technology is disrupting the processes of teaching and learning for teachers, children and adolescents. Digital tools are believed to be facilitating better and easier communication between teachers and students, among other things. Plethora of digital edu-tools are being developed for ensuring autonomy to students, strengthening the academic processes, encouraging cooperation and enhancing students’ learning experience. Thanks to the advent of digital education, learning is no more limited within classrooms and by blackboards, chalks, dusters and textbooks.
Here are some of the most effective and well accepted edu-tools recommended by students and academia-
Projeqt is a platform that enables users to make multimedia presentations, using dynamic slides that can embed interactive maps, links, online quizzes, Twitter timelines, and videos, among other alternatives. While taking a session, the educators can share the presentations which are visually adapted to different smart devices.
ClassDojo aims at improving student behavior. The educators associated with this platform give students instant feedback so that good and positive outlook is ‘rewarded’ with points helping students develop a more receptive attitude towards the learning process. The digital tool offers real-time notifications to students, such as ‘Well Done Denver!’ and ‘+1’, for working as a team member. The information about student behavior is stored and later shared with parents and administrators digitally.
Edmodo connects teachers and students, and is incorporated into a social network. Here, teachers can form online collaborative groups, administer and provide educational materials, measure student performance, and communicate with parents, among other utilities. The platform has over 34 million users connecting to build a learning process which is more inspiring, custom-made, and associated with the opportunities gifted by tech-innovations.
TED-Ed facilitates the creation of educational lessons by teachers, students, animators. The platform allows complete access to information for all. It also ensures active participation in the learning process of others.
An educational platform based on games and questions, Kahoot! helps educators create questionnaires, discussions or reviews that helps in improving academic lessons. The content is presented in sessions and questions are responded by students through a play and learn module. Kahoot! upholds game-based learning, which augments student engagement and creates a vibrant, social, and fun-filled educational environment.
Socrative is a platform that enables teachers to design exercises or educational games which students can work out on mobile devices including smartphones, laptops, or tablets. The tool developed by a group of entrepreneurs and engineers, helps educators observe the activities and modify the succeeding lessons accordingly to make them more custom-made.
This platform ensures sharing and exploring references and educational material by educators and students. Here, one can collect information from the web and share it with members of existing groups. This helps in managing the online academic content more efficiently, improve research practices and ascertain a digital record of what learners achieved during the course. Besides, teachers can organize virtual classes with students and make a portfolio where all the work carried out is stored.
Animoto is a platform that helps you make high-quality videos in lesser time, from any mobile device. The objective is to encourage students and advance academic lessons. The interface of this digital edu-tool is user-friendly and realistic, helping teachers to develop audiovisual content that suits educational needs.
Storybird has an interesting objective. It aspires to encourage writing and reading skills among students through storytelling. In this platform, teachers can make interactive and artistic texts online through a trouble-free and easy to use interface. The stories created can be made into blogs, sent by email or printed. On Storybird, the educators can also make projects along with students, provide regular feedback and arrange classes and grades.
The aim of cK-12 is to diminish the cost of academic texts for the K12 market. To attain this, the digital tool has built an open source interface which facilitates creating and distributing educational content on the internet. The content can be modified and includes videos, audios, and interactive modules. It is also printable and meets the terms of the essential editorial standards all over the world. The books on the cK-12 platform can be modified to the needs of any teacher or student.