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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.

BetterLesson

    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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        GradeBook Pro

          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.

            FineTune

              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.

                  Remind

                    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!

                    ThinkCERCA

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                      Last Updated on November 15, 2019

                      How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

                      How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

                      Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

                      However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

                      Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

                      Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

                      Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems, why?

                      What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

                      To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

                      The Biology

                      Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

                      Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

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                      The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

                      A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

                      Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

                      So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

                      Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

                      Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

                      Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

                      Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

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                      The Psychology

                      Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

                      Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

                      Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

                      Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

                      What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

                      Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

                      Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

                      1. Identify Your Habits

                      As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

                      2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

                      Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

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                      It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

                      3. Apply Logic

                      You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

                      Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

                      4. Choose an Alternative

                      As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

                      Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

                      5. Remove Triggers

                      Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

                      Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

                      6. Visualize Change

                      Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

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                      For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

                      7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

                      Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

                      Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

                      Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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