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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The purpose of this activity at the beginning of the school year is to foster Tolerance and Empathy among the students.

We chose the following words: ASSUMPTIONS, STEREOTYPING, DISCRIMINATION as starting point to make students reflect on the misconceptions they might bring to the class and how harmful they can be if we do not address them properly  and in time.


  • Have students do an individual mind map about the three words: ASSUMPTIONS, STEREOTYPING, DISCRIMINATION
  • They share their work in small groups. After that, each group will share their thoughts.


  • Students will answer in small groups the following question: Can you identify and relate those words to the school environment? How?
  • Find some examples.
  • Students will  mention the examples they found during their discussions in small groups and share them with the rest of the group.


  • Teacher ask the students to answer this question: What can you do to avoid, STEREOTYPING, DISCRIMINATION and making ASSUMPTIONS?
  • Have the students discuss in small groups their thoughts about the question
  • All the students share their thoughts and with the help of teacher they create a Word Cloud as conclusion.

(The word cloud above is an example of the work expected from the activity.)


Maribel Guerrero Gonzalez

Fernando Cruz Ortega