20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration– check out this website for a wealth of apps and sites to foster collaboration!

Diving into technology can be intimidating and time-consuming.  My advice?  Don’t get overwhelmed by creating an account for every website and downloading every app you think you might want to try.  Choose a few websites and/or apps that are versatile and can fit many needs (for example, which ones can you use to both collaborate and present?).

A few of my favorites are:

  • Educreations
  • Google apps (Drive and Photos in particular- if you download Photos on all iPads and create a universal Gmail account, students can screenshot their work on their iPad and automatically it is shared with all other iPads!)
  • Socrative
  • Farmyard (You’d be surprised the uses you can come up with for creating farm pictures!  I use this in math to model addition/subtraction/multiplication problems as well as fractions in a group.  They can screenshot the final image, import it into Educreations, and make a presentation!)
  • Twitter (Nothing is more motivating than knowing your work could be shared with the world.  Check out my class twitter page: @2ndGradeWarrior)

Good luck!