Trends in K-12 Education: Tech Tools to Give Your Lesson Plans a New Look

The most successful teachers have the ability to take information and transform it in to an engaging lesson plan for students of all skill levels. A simple history lesson becomes a trip back in time to the days of George Washington that students not only enjoy, but also remember. Lesson planning is clearly an art form, but the introduction of technology to the classroom has brought its own set of challenges when it comes to utilizing new technology and engaging a generation of students who use it on a daily basis.

With this in mind, we took to the internet to search for useful tools for educators looking to bridge the gap between the tech-savvy teenager and veteran teacher. We found useful sites for lesson plans, creative projects, videos and even note taking.  Use these resources to supplement your lesson plan portfolio, infuse a bit of technology in to your next class, or simply take mental notes. The resources available are almost endless, but here are a few favorites.

Networking for Teachers

If you’re having trouble thinking of a new and creative way to present required material, try using ShareMyLesson to connect with teachers across the country. The site serves as a catalog of lesson plans for nearly every subject and grade level – search to find the one you need, or share your own tried-and-true lessons with others. What’s the best thing about it?  It’s free!

Creative Homework

Looking for new creative outlets for your classroom? Give students the opportunity to catch the acting bug with WeVideo. Students collaborate to bring their assignments to life through the creation and editing of video. Teachers can monitor progress, make notes and assign group work via the video platform. There’s even a way to use those darn cell phones to your advantage – it works via mobile app, too!

Innovative Note Taking

If you’re lucky enough to have computers in the classroom, take advantage of TodaysMeet. Create a room for your lesson, invite your students, and encourage them to interact (appropriately!) while recording their notes for your review later. You’ll uncover questions you didn’t know they had, weaknesses in your lesson plan, and you might even learn a thing or two about your students!

Comments

I'm so glad I found this post---I had no idea about ShareMyLesson.com! And I LOVE it!

I'm a little old school, and I get a little intimidated by technology and incorporating it into lesson plans. But the more I use technology in my classroom, the more I can't believe how helpful it is. One of our student teachers set up a dropbox for the kids to share pictures of the leaves changing colors, and the kids LOVE it. At first, I was like, "Dropbox how now?" but now I plan to use it for a ton of different projects.

Thank you again!