or should at least explore!
Let's face it, inclusion is here to stay. Unlike most teaching trends that are about ease, data, and shiny new boxes, inclusive education is about the rights of an individual and the fabric of the community. It is an important step towards realizing a fair, just and equitable world.
An inclusive classroom is not one that can be described as one-size-fits-all, it cannot be described as boring or predictable, and an inclusive classroom cannot be described as 'traditional'. An inclusive classroom is the opposite! It provides choice in materials & resources, it is accessible to all its members, and an inclusive classroom is as unique as its members. In essence, an inclusive classroom develops as the community within it grows together and individually. An inclusive classroom reflects the individuals as part of a mini-society- when you step back and think about what an inclusive classroom is, it is a pretty powerful image!
Of course, you cannot have 25 different resources that do the same thing. This post explores 9 tech tools that give you, the inclusive classroom teacher, great bang for your buck! I have had success with these resources within a variety of inclusive classroom communities.
9 Tech Tools to Consider Now
There are a lot of teachers who are searching for an instructional support tool that they can use. This is being used by millions of students all over the world- THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!
This will allow teachers to create lesson plans in a digital way. This tool can make planning easier for you. There is no need to write down everything. Edits are fairly straight forward. Students can interact with each other. They can also get immediate feedback so they will know how they are doing. This can be effective for people’s online communication skills as it will allow them to interact not only with their teachers but also their classmates.
2. Go Noodle
This is a type of application that can be used by teachers when they want their students to keep on moving, gain some energy, or shake out their sillies :) The students can set up their own accounts. This allows them to access various videos.
Most students I know are more than happy to follow the instructions on the screen. There is light content available for those who would like to learn basic things. The teacher should be able to find some videos that are related to the things that the students are learning about. This can be effective if teachers would like students to learn routines well.
3. Explain Everything
It can be easy to understand from the name itself what this application can do. This can integrate information from the different sources that are available from some websites and online journals. This can be used not only by students but also by teachers when they want to create tutorials and lessons that their students can view. This can be used to make class discussions easier but this can also be used personally.
There are different files that can be imported into this application. Teachers can place animations, movies, and so much more together with their lessons. The visual aid will help students learn better and faster. Who doesn't love a white board!!!
Sadly, there are some students who feel that reading is boding! Why read a book when you can watch the movie (argh!). Some students prefer to watch the movies instead of reading books because they do not want to “waste” their time. Despite all the encouragement, some students seem to struggle with seeing the importance in reading. This application can be very a helpful tool in encouraging reading!
This is an application that comes with hundreds of stories that can be read by students. There are a lot of reading applications available but this is different because it collaborates with Disney, Parragon, Harper Collins, and other well-known publishers. Students exposed to a variety of books- something will catch their eye a lot more than the, hate to say it but, levelled readers. Teachers will find it easier to assign the right story for the students to read and track their reading. You can use the books on a smart board or screen to support a small group or you can set up students individually. It should be noted that this site targets picture books and encouraging excitement in reading.
Teachers who are looking for the right application to use to make classroom discussions easier should check this application. This can be used during teacher/student conferences to support understanding. As well, there is also a chance for the teacher to send a URL to the whole class so that they can access the board that the teacher has made.
This is also a tool that can be used by students when they are assigned to do group projects. The teacher can use this application to support collaborative learning opportunities. This tool is not only great to use with students, but it can be used among colleagues too.
Like I have already mentioned, here are students who need extra encouragement to read. CommonLIt supports literacy development and encourages students of all levels to participate. This application targets students from 4th grade to 12th grade. However, it offers several tools to support students requiring varying levels of support.
There are teachers who use this in order to make the assigned questions easier. They can choose a theme. Based on the theme, they can choose the right stories to use. The application will then assign different poems, short stories, and even news articles. All types of literary work can be checked through CommonLit. This is one tool that not only benefits the students, but IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER TOO!!!
There are different types of applications that can be used by teachers and students alike. Some of these applications are great while others can be replaced with other applications. Teachers who would like to try something new will not be disappointed with this application.
This tool more or less provide you with a desktop in the cloud. All your stuff (apps, files, folders, pictures) will be stored at one easy URL. With a gmail account, you can use Airhead as your personal 'cloud desktop' today. The best part, all the desktops you create (think choice and variation among students) can be shared super easily. This is a must for organization- teaching it and needing it!
This tool will allow content to be easily accessible for all your students. Newsela has up-to-date and adaptive reads for all students across all the major subjects. All the teacher needs to do is to set up each student with their current reading level, and the program pretty much does the rest.
It is a fabulous introduction to reading for learning. Few students get to explore the world of current events at such an early part of their reading career, using Newsela makes it easy.
This is a type of tool that can be used to help children to become more organized and to remember more details effectively. This is an application that students can work with in order to insert images, words, and so much more. This is a highly recommended and highly used program!!!
Take note that this application is recommended for students who are 13 years old and above. If in case this will be used by a younger child, then the parent or the guardian may help the child create the account that will be used. This can truly provide the assistance that children deserve.
It is best to remember that these tech tools are not replacing your teaching or your support. They are just meant to provide assistance, fun, and review for your students. Please message me at email@example.com with any updates, suggestions, or leads on new tech tools!!!