We hear from readers all the time about how much they rely on Ask a Tech Teacher for tech-in-ed resources. Weekly, we share favorite websites, apps, and pedagogy that make a difference in the classroom.
This year, for the first time, we’ll share which tools had the greatest impact on readers. To award this Best in Category badge, we looked for the uncommon resources (meaning: not the ones everyone knows about, like Khan Academy) most visited by our readers in each category. Then we looked for the following qualities:
- how dependable is it
- how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers
- does it differentiate for the varied needs of students and teacher
- do educators like it (fairly subjective, but there you have it)
Here are the Best-in-Category and Honorable Mentions for the following Categories:
Winners: Please grab your award from this page with the embedded link.
Classroom Management Tool
Honorable Mention: Doodle–simplify scheduling; syncs with Google Calendar
Honorable Mention: Notability–full-featured digital notetaking tool app
Digital Storytelling Tool
Honorable Mention: Sway — quick and easy desktop publishing from MS Office
G Suite Help
Winner: Alice Keeler — so many tips and tricks for Google Apps
Honorable Mention: NA
Honorable Mention: Google Earth
Keyboarding Digital Tool
Winner: Big Brown Bear — great starter keyboarding program
Learning Management System
Honorable Mention: Office Mix — a free add-on for PowerPoint
Honorable Mention: News-o-matic — age-appropriate news stories
Honorable Mention: Cybraryman–a massive collection of resources for students, teachers, and parents
Special Needs Tools:
Honorable Mention: Carol Leynse Harpold–she has something on any OT topic
Tech Ed Tool
Winner: Free Tech for Teachers
Honorable Mention: Class Tech Tips
Video Creation Tools:
Winner: Google Hangouts
Winners: Please grab your image from this page with the embedded link.
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Click for her latest tech thriller, To Hunt a Sub.