Being a teacher is a tough and often thankless job, but the tech world is catching onto that. While there isn’t much a web developer can do to make parents more patient and understanding, there is a lot they can do to make teachers’ lives a little easier. Just take a look at these five websites as an example. If you’re not already using them, now is the time to start.
Don’t waste time searching for infographics to pique students’ interest and appeal to the visual learners. This site lets you create and share visual data with ease. Their formats and templates are simple and customizable, and they’ve got something that can apply to almost any subject. This is also a great resource to share with your students if you’re looking for ways to help them create more data driven or visually appealing projects and presentations. While there is a fee associated with their premium membership, their free accounts are just as good at creating striking and informative material.
Whether you’re pulling up clips of Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, or Miss Frizzle, chances are that video clips from sites like YouTube or Vimeo. TeacherTube is the same idea, but it is specifically for teachers and built to help you find relevant content from around the world. You can share the videos with your students and parents, too, to help reinforce in class concepts at home and let your parents in on what exactly their kids have been learning in class.
ThingLink has a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, but once you get used to it, it’s fantastic. It allows you to create interactive visuals that bring together images, videos, and content on a single interactive page. It’s a great way to create a study guide or get readings together external to a text book. It’s also an ideal tool for integrating multiple informational sources, like maps and videos. It’s great for breaking down heavier content into a more understandable framework, too. A free account will get you access for one class and 100 students.
Remind is a great tool for keeping in touch with students, parents, or both. It allows you to send out mass texts to students and parents, and you can set them up to be either one way or two way. It provides a sense of security in that the app delivers the message, rather than you doing it straight from your phone. That way, students and parents never see your number (so they can’t bother you on it) and you never see theirs (so they don’t have to worry about any potential individual harassment). It’s an easy way to get in touch with your class and make sure everyone remembers that their project is due tomorrow.
Infuse Learning is a student response system, and it’s something you really should try. You can engage in any sort of response activity with it, from figuring out which subjects your students are most interested in through a poll to creating quizzes and homework assignments. It can be accessed across devices and locations, and allows students to participate in their native language, which is great if you have any ESL students. It’s also packed with analytical tools so that you can see what is reaching kids and what isn’t.