Engaging Ways to use Technology in the classroom

Creating lessons that aren’t boring

Here are some useful links or apps that I would like to bear in mind. These are great free tools that can bring fun and engagement to my lessons.

Incorporate Student Input &gather feedback

(Useful apps that allow students to provide live feedback)

•          Polling applications


·         Take it a notch with Socrative

·         Twitter


Gamify It

(These are some useful websites to promote fun in the classroom)

•          https://blog.tophat.com/4-ways-to-gamify-learning-in-your-classroom/

•          http://www.superteachertools.us/jeopardyx/brandnewgame.php

•          http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/how-to-gamify-your-classroom/


Let students create

(websites that can let students create all kinds of awesome digital material)

•          http://www.flippedclassroomworkshop.com/powtoon-powerful-free-tool-for-creating-animated-presentations/

•          http://www.emergingedtech.com/2013/12/11-awesome-mash-up-tools-for-creating-digital-learning-content/

•          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2N2rT7WBwI

•          http://www.emergingedtech.com/2014/07/makerspace-movement-in-education/


Get Interactive

(Interactive tools)

•          http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/11/6-free-online-collaborative-interactive-white-boards-2012-update/

•          http://www.bounceapp.com/

Have the students collaborate

(Getting students to work together as partners, small groups or large classes)

·         Share writing and encourage feedback

·         Collaborative

Project Based Learning http://www.teachthought.com/learning/project-based-learning/13-timeless-project-based-learning-resources/



Bring in a guest

(Video conferences)

I am not familiar with most of them, since many of them are quite new for me, I will need to explore them / play with them before I actually try to include them in my teaching practice. The only apps I am familiar with is Skype and Twitter.

Now I have much more material to go over to, I wish we had had the time to actually explore some of them in class, I am particularly interested in the apps and websites that can make learning more fun, or the ones that can make my classes more interactive even if I only have computer and projector in my classroom.



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