Free Edtech Tools for Teachers
Boluo School | 2022-07-12 | 6 min read

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Teaching is hard.  Teaching online is really hard.  Keeping students engaged is a constant challenge to teachers.  We asked experienced educators about their favorite tech tools they use in their classrooms, both physical and online.  We gathered answers and did a ton of research so that we could bring you our favorite 8!


Factile


Factile is an online jeopardy game. Teachers can create their own jeopardy boards with custom questions or choose from a number of existing games in the Factile library.  The Factile library has games on a ton of different topics including elementary math, middle and high school math, vocabulary, literature, history and foreign language. The vast library is the best feature of the free account.  Factile has paid plans that offer additional features that are worth looking into. 


Blooket


Blooket runs live review games that are fun, and I mean FUN for kids of all ages. The games are played using cute cartoon avatars; the most popular one has “blooks” (cartoon animal avatars) working in a factory and they are more productive with every correct answer. Like Factile, Blooket has a library of pre-made review games that are ready to use right away.  It also lets you easily import your own questions from Quizlet or a spreadsheet. 


EdPuzzle


Edpuzzle is a way to make videos interactive for student learners.  In EdPuzzle teachers can embed questions on their own videos or choose an existing video from YouTube, Khan Academy or Crash Course. Teachers can track student answers to the questions as well as see their students’ performance metrics like time spent answering questions, number of times viewed, etc.


SeeSaw


SeeSaw is an app that allows students and teachers to publish work online.  Teachers can post activities for students to complete as well as communicate with students via a SeeSaw inbox that notifies teachers when kids turn in work. One of the coolest features on this app is the built-in translation capabilities that allow you to communicate with students and parents in a variety of languages. 


Glogster


Glogster is so named because it combines blogs with graphics capabilities, thus creating “Glogs.” Glogster comes with a library of hundreds of pre-made interactive posters (or “glogs”) on a variety of topics that students can interact with. Teachers can create their own informative Glogs or students can create their own to demonstrate their learning. 


Sutori


Sutori allows students and teachers to create interactive stories where they can add text, images, and quizzes. There is a collaborate function that allows more than one individual to work on a Sutori story.  Stories can be presented in presentation mode and can also be embedded in a variety of other platforms. 

 

Storybird


Storybird has a lot of the same capabilities as Sutori, but it stand out based on it’s library of resources.  Students can create stories and even books by using their own text and a huge library of free pictures and videos from professional photographers, videographers and illustrators. Students are also able to read a variety of stories that are already in the Storybird library. 


KidBlog


KidBlog is exactly what it sounds like-a blogging platform for kids. What is unique about KidBlog is that it truly allows students to become published authors and digital citizens, but in a safe space controlled by their instructors.  Other students are able to read and comment on published blogs, but only with teacher approval. Kidblog allows students to begin to create content at an early age and build a portfolio of work that can be used later to secure jobs or college admission. 


Please Note: these servies all offer a FREE version, but may cost money to unlock premium features.


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