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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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                                          Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                                          Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                                          Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                                          Do you like making mistakes?

                                          I certainly don’t.

                                          Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

                                          Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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                                          Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

                                          Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

                                          • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
                                          • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
                                          • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
                                          • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

                                          We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

                                          If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

                                          Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

                                          Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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                                          When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

                                          Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

                                          We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

                                          It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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                                          Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

                                          Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

                                          Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

                                          1. Point us to something we did not know.
                                          2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
                                          3. Deepen our knowledge.
                                          4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
                                          5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
                                          6. Inform us more about our values.
                                          7. Teach us more about others.
                                          8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
                                          9. Show us when someone else has changed.
                                          10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
                                          11. Remind us of our humanity.
                                          12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
                                          13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
                                          14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
                                          15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
                                          16. Invite us to better choices.
                                          17. Can teach us how to experiment.
                                          18. Can reveal a new insight.
                                          19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
                                          20. Can serve as a warning.
                                          21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
                                          22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
                                          23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
                                          24. Remind us how we are like others.
                                          25. Make us more humble.
                                          26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
                                          27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
                                          28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
                                          29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
                                          30. Expose our true feelings.
                                          31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
                                          32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
                                          33. Point us in a more creative direction.
                                          34. Show us when we are not listening.
                                          35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
                                          36. Can create distance with someone else.
                                          37. Slow us down when we need to.
                                          38. Can hasten change.
                                          39. Reveal our blind spots.
                                          40. Are the invisible made visible.

                                          Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

                                          The secret to handling mistakes is to:

                                          • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
                                          • Have an experimental mindset.
                                          • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

                                          When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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                                          When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

                                          It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

                                          When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

                                          Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

                                          Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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