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10 Tools To Help Teachers Save Time

10 Tools To Help Teachers Save Time

Technology has rapidly advanced in recent years. After all, it is a huge part of our lives and can have huge educational benefits for both teachers and students. Check out 10 useful technology tools for teachers to help you to save time while enhancing your teaching.

1. BetterLesson

BetterLesson is a time-efficient way to help teachers make their lessons as useful as possible. BetterLesson has lesson plans for both English and Math provided by over 100 master teachers.

The lessons come with notes on how to use them and video summaries from the master teachers. This is one of the most useful technology tools available for teachers, with a simple layout and plenty of information and data.

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    2. GoConqr

    GoConqr is a personal learning environment that allows students and teachers to share learning resources. Teachers can create interesting and engaging lessons using the Mindmap, in addition to Note-taking, Flashcard, and Quiz making tools.

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    GoConqr also comes with a crowd-sourced library with over 2 million learning resources from around the globe. Nifty!

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      3. BloomBoard

      BloomBoard provides schools with feedback and training for their teachers. It can be very expensive providing teacher development and support, but this technology tool makes it much more simple, offering classroom observations and real-time chats with some of the most effective educators available.

      BloomBoard

        4. GradeBook Pro

        GradeBook Pro is one of the best apps available to help teachers to manage their classes. One of the main features of the app is teachers can use it to monitor student attendance.

        The most useful part of the app is that teachers can make individual notes on each student’s progression throughout the year – making it a great ally for your memory!

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          5. Edmodo

          Edmodo is already a very popular app used by teachers and students alike. It has recently expanded and now comes with even more benefits, including a new library of Common Core based content, so teachers can check if their students are hitting various standards!

          Edmodo

            6. FineTune

            FineTune is a useful tool to help teachers to evaluate their students’ writing assignments in a timely manner. Teachers can rate sample essays and give feedback, as well as see other ratings from experienced teachers.

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            Writing is a very important skill, and one of the best parts of this app is that the assignment doesn’t have to be for English class – it also includes non-traditional subjects, such as History and Science.

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              7. TooNoisy

              Too Noisy is the ideal app for teachers who dislike a loud classroom. This app allows teachers to decide how loud the background noise can get in their classrooms, and if it gets any louder, an alarm will go off! This is a great way to keep a class quiet without requiring any extra work from the teacher.

              TooNoisy

                8. LightSail

                LightSail is a really useful tool for homework and assignments. It is an e-reader app with around 80,000 texts available.

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                Teachers can set challenges and assignments for their students on LightSail, but one of the best features of the app is that teachers can see who hasn’t done enough reading. They can even compare their class to others in the same school.

                LightSail

                  9. Remind101

                  Teachers can use Remind101 to send announcements and notices to both parents and students. While this in itself may not seem impressive, the real benefit of the free app is that teachers do not need to reveal their phone number to any parents or students, and vice versa.

                  This app is great to help teachers connect with their students without risking their privacy.

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                    10. ThinkCERCA

                    ThinkCERCA is a useful tech tool that helps teachers to create reading assignments to further their students’ critical thinking skills. You can choose a topical subject and then assign different texts so that every student gets a text appropriate for their reading level. You can even mark their work and give them feedback using the tool!

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                      What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                      What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                      If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

                      So, what to do in free time?

                      Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

                      Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

                      1. Reading Files

                      Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

                      Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

                      2. Clear out Inbox

                      Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

                      If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

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                      3. Phone Calls

                      Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

                      Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

                      4. Make Money

                      This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

                      If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

                      5. File

                      No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

                      But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

                      Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

                      6. Network

                      Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

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                      7. Clear out Feeds

                      If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

                      8. Goal Time

                      Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

                      If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

                      Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

                      9. Update Finances

                      Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

                      Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

                      10. Brainstorm Ideas

                      Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

                      11. Clear off Desk

                      Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

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                      Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

                      12. Exercise

                      Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

                      13. Take a Walk

                      This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

                      It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

                      14. Follow up

                      Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

                      When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

                      15. Meditate

                      You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

                      Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

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                      16. Research

                      This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

                      If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

                      17. Outline

                      Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

                      18. Get Prepped

                      Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

                      You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

                      19. Be Early

                      Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

                      Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

                      20. Log

                      If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

                      Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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