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A Holiday Gift to Teachers: My Top 10 List of Free Educational Technology Tools - Catapult Learning

A Holiday Gift to Teachers: My Top 10 List of Free Educational Technology Tools - Catapult Learning
Many educators are intrigued by the use of educational technology in their classrooms and with their students. They want to move past the productivity stage to the point of truly enhancing their own teaching and their students’ learning through educational tools. However, there are so many tools available that many teachers feel overwhelmed. Additionally, educational technology tools sometimes require downloads or access to hardware and software licenses that the school may not have. After over a decade of working with teachers to improve their ability to infuse technology into the curriculum, here is my Top 10 list of free educational technology tools for 2014-2015. To make the cut, each tool had to meet the following criteria: Is the tool completely free or have at least a free account that is robust enough to make it worth my while? Let’s take a look at the Top 10. Teacher Tools 1. Nearpod is an exciting way to create interactive lessons. 2. 3. 4. Socrative is similar to Kahoot! 5. 6.

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