The purpose of this post is to share with you this helpful collection of back to school resources to use with your students in class. I tried to cover as much ground as possible and offer you the best educational technology tools to help you optimize your teaching and enhance students learning throughout the whole new school year.
I arranged these tools into different categories including tools to create class website, tools to manage students noise, teacher-parent communication tools, formative assessment tools, first day of school books, back to school activities and worksheets, and more.
1. Tools to create a class website
Creating a virtual space for your classroom is one of the best pedagogical investment you can do for your students. While you can create a classroom website/ blog any time during the year the ideal time to do so, in my view, is during the first weeks of the school year. In this way, you will be able to simultaneously document your students learning as well as your teaching.
There are various ways to use a classroom website with your students: It can act as a portfolio platform where students share their learning artifacts and upload their work projects. An online class can also provide students with a learning-friendly discussion hub and a collaborative space where they can share ideas, exchange resources, and engage in fruitful conversations.
2. Tools to manage classroom noise
The transition from vacation mode with all its boisterous and exuberant character to a more focused and engrossed mode required for classroom learning usually takes time and effort. The first back-to-school weeks are usually challenging for teachers at many levels especially at the level of classroom management which is where noise meters come in handy.
3. Teacher parent communication tools
4. Formative Assessment tools
Formative assessment is teachers’ friend. It is an assessment for learning and is one of the activities you will be doing repeatedly throughout the whole school year. Formative assessment helps you identify learning gaps, discover what works and what didn’t work with your teaching, and gauge students understanding.
Information collected through formative assessment can be used operationally to inform your teaching methodology and to design remedial and differentiated instructional strategies going forward. There is a wide variety of tools you can use to conduct quick formative assessments in your class some of which include: