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Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Posted by on January 7, 2019

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs.

But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time.

Starting last year, I sought out your opinions:

  • how dependable is it
  • how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers
  • does it differentiate for the varied needs of students and teacher
  • do you like it (subjective, but there you have it)
  • how did it work when exposed to your students
  • was it easy to use and intuitive to learn
  • did it fulfill promises and expectations
  • has it become a beloved tool in your classes or a failed experiment

I’ve categorized the tech ed tools I reviewed and narrowed the list down to the four-five I thought most relevant, that presented a fresh approach to topics. Now I need your help.

Please vote for your favorite. You can vote for up to two per category. Winners will get the Best-in-Class award; runners-up with get an Honorable Mention. If a tool isn’t familiar, no worries. Just ignore it and move on. This isn’t a competition based on volume of users where Kahoot! will win because it’s become systemic in classrooms. Rather, this is a nod toward great less-loud tools that teachers recommend.

Voting closes January 31st. I’ll have the results as quickly after that as I can.

Here are the categories:

Thanks for the help!


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 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, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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