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20 Technology Tools Educators Should Use

20 Technology Tools Educators Should Use

Old-school educators may feel intimidated by the new trends involved in the classroom, but that should only challenge them to make their classes more interesting for the students. There are various online solutions that can really promote the process of education by enabling teachers to organize the classroom activities and inspire students to get more involved. This article will list 20 new apps that promise great potential in terms of education enhancement.

1. Writinghouse.org

whitehouse.com

    Are you looking for an easy way to create your textbooks according to the widely-accepted referencing styles? Citation generator Writinghouse will automatically take care of the citations and bibliographies and format them according to the referencing style you choose (APA, Chicago or MLA).

    2. HowStuffWorks

    how stuff works

      This website is a valuable source of information you can use in the classroom. It explains thousands of topics in an understandable way that your students will find interesting.

      3. HippoCampus

      Hippo Games

        This interesting online project provides multimedia content that can be used for enhancing the quality of general education subjects.

        4. Fun Brain

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        Fun Brain

          It is time to acknowledge the fact that your students are influenced by technology, so you should accept that trend and turn it to your advantage. This website provides games with real educational value for young students.

          5. First In Math

          First In Math

            This online tool can be used to make math skills interesting for young students. It features online games that encourage kids to learn math because they get rewards and stickers from their teachers as they progress.

            6. DoSomething.org

            DoSomething.org

              Every teacher should encourage their students to take part in social campaigns and make an effort to bring positive changes into the society. This website is the perfect source of inspiration that takes students towards real action.

              7. Exploratorium

              Exploratorium

                Did you think that nothing could ever make science fun for your students? Implement this website into the classroom activities and watch how the impossible turns into reality.

                8. Cool Math

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                Cool Math

                  This website features various games that are safe to be used in the classroom and make school subjects interesting for your students. Besides math games, the website is also a source of geography, science, and reading games.

                  9. Edmondo

                  Edmondo

                    This online collaboration hub can inspire your students to use their full learning potential. It makes social media useful by providing customized classrooms that can enhance the learning and teaching experience.

                    10. Collaborize Classroom

                    Collaborize Classroom

                      This is a free collaborative platform that complements your classroom instructions with additional assignments, activities and discussions your students can access after class.

                      11. Weebly

                      Collaborize Classroom

                        This website enables teachers to develop a site or blog for their classroom, which can be used for easy communication with both students and their parents.

                        12. Spelling City

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                        Spelling City

                          This online tool offers games that make the learning experience very easy for young children. They can play writing, vocabulary, and spelling games that will make their education more interesting.

                          13. Starfall

                          Starfall

                            This website can help you teach young children to read through fun online games and interesting interactive storybooks.

                            14. Scratch

                            Scratch

                              Scratch is another website intended to be used by the younger population. However, it teaches them something different than reading and vocabulary–children are invited to create their own stories, animations, and games via this online tool.

                              15. Raz Kids

                              Raz Kids

                                This online source provides an entire curriculum of reading lessons in the form of cute online books. Students from a wide range of ages can use this website to improve their reading skills, and the teacher corner enables the educators to monitor their students’ progress.

                                16. Schoology

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                                Schoology

                                  This is a unique social network and learning management system that can be used by both teachers and students for the development of academic content. The website also allows users to share the content they create.

                                  17. Scholastic Kids Press Corps

                                  Scholastic Kids Press Corps

                                    Your students should be interested in reading news that is appropriate for their age, and this website is the best way to inspire this habit. Teachers are encouraged to incorporate the news they find on this website into their classes.

                                    18. MyBackPack

                                    MyBackPack

                                      Teachers have always been trying to find the most effective way of communication with their students’ parents. This website provides a solution to their problems, by allowing them to share real-time updates on the schedule, grades, and class attendance.

                                      19. iCivics

                                      iCivics

                                        This website will inspire ideas about making positive changes in the community, so educators should definitely present it to their students.

                                        20. Melody Street

                                        Melody Street

                                          Music is already interesting for young students, but learning about notes and different instruments isn’t an easy process. This website makes everything easy because the instruments come to life and teach music lessons in a fun way.

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                                          Published on April 16, 2019

                                          How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

                                          How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

                                          When was the last time you did something for yourself?

                                          Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

                                          Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

                                          However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

                                          And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

                                          So how can you make that happen?

                                          Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

                                          Listen to Yourself

                                          The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

                                          This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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                                          What is your purpose?

                                          Have you ever thought about this question?

                                          Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

                                          In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

                                          Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

                                          All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

                                          If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

                                          But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

                                          For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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                                          If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

                                          How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                                          Seek Out Continuous Education

                                          Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

                                          It’s Super Practical

                                          Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

                                          You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

                                          When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

                                          Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

                                          You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

                                          You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

                                          You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

                                          Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

                                          With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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                                          In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

                                          Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

                                          People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

                                          We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

                                          “Knowledge is choice.”

                                          Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

                                          Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

                                          Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

                                          Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

                                          Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

                                          Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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                                          When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

                                          Habits Make Your Time a Priority

                                          How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

                                          It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

                                          This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

                                          Your Well Being Comes First

                                          We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

                                          If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

                                          The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

                                          Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

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