Some useful resources and tips from class…
Some of the tech I encourage you to research include: Booktrack, Trello, MyHistro, Web Whiteboard, Big Blue Button, Google Classroom, and Fotor.
Booktrack- brings the books to life, it adjusts to students reading level, great for audio learners. The site is mostly used for audiobooks which you purchase but you can also create audio for books. This is great to use with students in an English course, I can see myself using this when tackling classical literature. For example I would use an audiobook and play excerpts of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. With old English it may be difficult for students to interpret/understand well but this technology could help. The only issue with it is the compatibility of the site to Google Chrome/Internet Explorer. You would definitely need a plan B for your lesson if their is difficulty. The site also gives you the ability to create classes for the books and to track your readers.
Google Classroom- Gives you the ability to create classes. Is an educational facebook/twitter. You have your profile and students can comment and contribute online. A useful part of this is that you can poll your students, for example over Thanksgiving Break you could post a poll on Sunday asking if they have reviewed for Monday class. Also it is useful as a reminder app without polling the students, you as a teacher can post “statuses” such as “Bible Club let’s meet in room 307 today instead of in room 212 after lunch.” Google Classroom also let’s you have access to each students email to contact them, and the ability to upload assignments. An example of using this is if a student is absent or you weren’t able to hand out the day’s homework, you could post a pdf of the assignment and the students could access it. Google Classroom is very popular with secondary teachers because it is like Canvas, but simplified. The plus to Google Classroom is that it is FREE!
MyHistro- Is a timeline creating website which is free. As a teacher you can create a timeline, especially useful in history classes but I could see it being used in English classes. The site allows you to make quizzes for students… It is much like a ThingLink but allows you to use an accurate map. Here is a link of a timeline of the French Revolution: http://www.myhistro.com/story/the-french-revolution/30635/0/0/0/1#!oath-of-the-tennis-court-59389
Big Blue Button- Is a site where you can hold confrences and meetings this would be useful for tutoring purposes or virtual school.
Fotor- A photo editing site. It allows you to create posters, photos and other media. It is free and compatible with all technology such as Mac and Windows. For example if you were teaching preschool and wanted to create a collage of things that are the color red you could do it on Fotor. This is great to recommend to students to use also. It is basic editing but the closest thing to Photoshop which is free. I would use this in my high school English classes when having my students write personal narratives the first two weeks of school. I would have them write about themselves or their summer vacation and create a collage of photos relating to their essay.
Also I have a blog post for reference to several other resources List of 35 Technology Resources