With the e-learning industry expanding at an exponential rate, companies have come up with tools and applications to make studying more fun and interactive. Imagine history being explained regarding cartoons and math being taught with games and movies. Listed below are 20 tools that have changed the way we think about education.
An online student response system, Socrative is compatible with smartphones, laptops and tablets making it easier for students to access education. The system enables teachers to engage students in discussions, quizzes, and assessments. The reports provide real-time information and students can view their results as well.
Similar to Socrative, Kahoot! offers game based learning, where teachers can create games and invite students to participate. It works on any system that has an internet connection and is free to use. The games can be displayed on a shared screen while students can provide a one-click answer.
The company, which started in 2008, is relatively new to the K-12 community. However, it has seen massive growth and provided services to parents, teachers, and students. With Edmodo, parents can be reminded of upcoming assignments and other important announcements. Teachers can upload content and create various assessments. Students can access them from any mobile device.
This tool allows teachers to create interactive lessons from PowerPoint slides or PDF’s. It also allows them to use pre-assigned templates. It enables students to participate in activities like quizzes and surveys, which can be monitored and assessed. The tool offers free and paid services, depending on the class strength and storage requirements.
Similar to Nearpod, this tool enables sharing interactive videos. AT&T and Stanford assist in developing this tool. It allows teachers to start the topic with a video from online sources and back it up with interactive questions. It also enables monitoring of students to understand if a topic needs more explanation.
A non-profit organization, started in 2006, Khan Academy provides free learning resources to students. Additionally, they offer courses in various languages, making it easy for students who come from places where English is not the first language. It provides courses in maths, science, humanities and programming. It has also partnered with organizations like NASA and MIT to create professional courses.
Considered to be the biggest player in adaptive learning, Knewton can personalize courses based on students’ requirements. Knewton creates the courses to match the students’ understanding level and multimedia preference. The company was formed in 2008 and has served over 10 million students. It was also named as one of the top ten innovative companies in education.
This tool is used by teachers and students, to engage in subjects using mind maps, cartoons, and movies. The cartoons are used to explain history in a fun way while mind mapping and movie editors can be used for any subjects. This is a paid software, and the pricing depends on the number of students.
Based in California, this company aims to engage students without faltering on the learning objectives. The digital library offers support to readers of all levels and provides a vast array of selected topics. Teachers can create assessments based on individual requirements and assess them using standard methods. It also provides options to write online and get peers to review the same. They have a free trial period after which membership is paid.
With the strong belief that ideas can change the world, TED is one of the largest organizations, hosting a range of conferences, talks, and programs. TedEd is a new initiative by TED, enabling students to learn concepts through educational videos. Students can view them at home or in classrooms, making learning easy and exciting.
This is a powerful tool to monitor the performance of students in real time. By giving them assignments, teachers can view each students’ answers in real time and provide feedback. It eliminates the need for reading through and grading each assignment individually. Students can correct their mistakes since they receive the feedback instantly. This tool is free to use, which makes it even more lucrative and essential.
Similar to Classkick, this tool enables teachers to create assessments and assign them to students. They can monitor the performance of students in real time by viewing their answers on the screen. Students can receive their grades and feedback instantly, eliminating the use of paper altogether.
Using predefined templates, this tool takes infographic design to another level. The company was formed in 2011 by two graphic designers. It enables users to create posters, presentations and infographics by simply dragging and dropping. Users can also change background color and other features to make it look more appealing. Within a span of four years, the company has served over 3 million customers. This is a paid software and pricing depends on the usage.
This is a tool that helps teachers create inquiry-based learning in classes to spark interest in students. It also allows integrating Google Apps for education and provides individual and social learning. It has a free and paid membership depending on the number of students and support.
Prezi enables students and teachers create awesome presentations by enabling the zoom or motion functions. It creates presentations in the form of a storyboard and enables collaboration between team members. The software has a free and paid membership.
This tool enables easy use of online resources for a much better learning experience. It allows users to bookmark and highlight text, add sticky notes, create a personal library and archive web pages. This is a free tool, catering to over 9 million people worldwide.
By enabling students to listen to the books they read, this tool helps them to find reading more interesting. It allows students to choose the tone of the audio and engage in creative writing, informative texts and read literature. They have partnered with Google for education.
This tool helps students who are shy in class to participate in activities by engaging them in an online discussion. It also allows taking notes, providing feedback and various other features. Padlet offers the Backpack service for schools and Briefcase service for businesses. Both these services are paid.
This is an online platform where students can study together and seek help from people around the world. It enables students to meet virtually and communicate with people who are experts in the field. People who are qualified to help would also receive recognition and certificates.
This is a learning management system that helps teachers to collaborate and upload notes from across the world. It caters to education and the corporate world. As a social networking site, it also helps students and teachers to connect after classes and discuss the difficulties.
There are many tools available to keep the students interested and engaged in studying. Teachers should be encouraged to learn more about them and use it in class to create a better impact on the students understanding.