Easy Tools to Techify Your Classroom

I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!
I am busy this summer working to improve my classroom game for the coming school year (and to catch up on Netflix). I'm sharing the former here in my summer professional development series.

Last week, I wrote about Infusing Tech One Lesson at a Time. This week, I want to share some simple tools that will help techify your class.

I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!
There is so much out there, and I discussed some in my Spring Tech Tips series. Today, I want to look at a few Google apps, add-ons, and extensions that can techify your classroom while improving your own and your students' productivity.

To offer a quick run-down, apps are basically self-updating programs or websites that are the next generation CDRom (remember those?). Add-ons are tools you can get to add features to Google Docs. Extensions improve the functionality of your web browser. You can grab these tools by visiting the Chrome Web Store.

There are so many apps, add-ons, and extensions out there that it's difficult to know where to begin, so I thought I would just pick my two favorite in each category and explain why they're so fantastic.

Techify Your Class with Apps

The web's the limit here--literally. But two apps that I want to discuss today are Mind Mup and Gooru.

Mind Mup allows your students to create mind maps--visual content organizers--digitally and then publish them to the web or share them with you.
I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

Teachers curate the content of the web into lessons in Gooru. Gooru allows you to create classes and give your students codes to join or to share lessons via links. Search Gooru for a topic that you're teaching and units other teachers have created will pop up.

The units will include lessons comprised of readings, videos, images, interactive activities, and/or questions. The questions can be formatted several different ways (including multiple choice and free response) and are great to use as formative assessment.
I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

Techify Your Class with Add-Ons

Every time I'm working in Docs, Forms, or Sheets, I always think, "I wish there were an add-on that would allow me to do such and such." Then I go to add-ons in the tool bar at the top, do a quick search, and there generally is.

It's difficult to narrow add-ons down to just two, but I would have to say that my favorite for Sheets is Flippity and my favorite for Docs is Easy Bib.

I would cry bitter tears if Flippity ever disappeared. It's a series of templates designed for non-coding geniuses like me to use in Sheets. With Flippity, you can create flash cards with images and film embedded, quiz games, crossword puzzles, bingo, spinners, progress trackers, and much more.

All you do is fill in the template provided with your content, go to file and select "publish to the web," go back to Add-ons, select "Flippity.net," click on the link, and you will be directed to an awesome, interactive activity that you just created on a humble spreadsheet.
I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!
The bane of my existence in grad school was bibliographies (and my students never seem to get them right now). I hated lugging around the MLA or APA handbook and checking and double checking that I got the formatting and punctuation just right. Easy Bib now takes care of that headache for us.

While typing a paper in Docs, students simply open the add-on. Easy Bib comes up in the right hand pane. Students enter the website URL, book ISBN, or Title, etc. Easy Bib formats, alphabetizes, generates, and inserts your bibliography straight into your Doc.
I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

Techify Your Class with Extensions

Extensions can increase your and your students' productivity. I have chosen to feature two that are perfect for conducting research--Liner and Sprint Reader.

Liner enables you to highlight important text in web articles. It then saves the articles and highlights to your account. I love it because you can then organize the articles into folders by topic. When you go to create your Easy Bib, just open up your Liner Account, and grab the links from there.
I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

Sprint Reader is a speed-reading extension. It forces you to fly through the text. This is a huge time-saver if you (or your students) are researching a lot of material. You'll be surprised how much information you retain. Then scroll back through the article, and use Liner highlight important points.
I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!
A word of caution here--if you are teaching ESL and struggling learners, do not use Sprint Reader. It will frustrate them. Select an extension that will read the webpage aloud to them instead, such as Read Aloud. The text can even be read in different languages!

How do you techify your class? What are your favorite apps, add-ons, and extensions? Leave a comment below to let me know. And don't for get to check back in next week to learn how to turn your vacation into a lesson with tech!

Want more? Be sure to check out my blended classroom course!



Get My Notes!

* indicates required
Email Format

12 comments

  1. It has been difficult for me to narrow down add-ons to just two but it is incredible that my favorite is Easy bib too. Thanks fotr the post, looking forwad to the next

    ReplyDelete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I actually love the mindmap thing as a help for understanding. I love it because it's really easy to understand and to remember the info, when you're managing it in the map way. I think this method can work well with every single person and class. Maybe it even can help with writing the best college essays.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It is good and useful post! I see you used during all your university period private writing service https://www.privatewriting.com the best essay writing service all students are satisfied

    ReplyDelete
  5. I would like to say thank you for this article to the author of this blog! And also i would liek to invite everyone to my blog: payforessay

    ReplyDelete
  6. that's amazing blog and i am impressed to share this information, And i also share this on my. Are you looking for History Assignment Writing help in UK? history-assignment-help Providing custom History Assignment writing help online. Contact us today & get Reasonable pricing quotation. Contact us by Email: help@treatassignmenthelp.co.uk and our experts will contact you shortly. Call us at Toll Free Number: +44 203 488 0497 Or Whatsapp at: +44 747 136 3292 ..!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. when you study in college there is so little time for entertainment, but in the service https://draftify.net I do not need to spend more time on essay and homework!

    ReplyDelete
  8. when you study in college there is so little time for entertainment, but in the service https://draftify.net I do not need to spend more time on essay and homework!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  10. когда ты учишься в колледже, так мало времени для развлечений, но в сервисе https://draftify.net мне не нужно тратить больше времени на сочинения и домашние задания!

    ReplyDelete
  11. What is the way out? You can’t change or annul the academic requirements (at this very moment). On the other hand, you can read the article below and find all necessary elements to provide a good essay, even if it is your first one.

    buy essay

    ReplyDelete
  12. I study well at the university and sit at home all the time. A friend advised the service
    now I know for sure that the essay will be performed perfectly and I can have fun with my friends!

    ReplyDelete

Back to Top