Technology is continuously, and rapidly, evolving and requires ongoing learning.
At each Ignite Center New Teacher Workshop, our P-12 leaders often share and demonstrate technology tips and tools.
We also use technology to share resources with new teachers and St. Cloud State University graduates.
These are a few technology tools available to new teachers.
A Pineapple Chart allows teachers to invite one another into their classrooms for informal observation.
The chart is set up in a location where teachers go on a daily basis: the teacher’s lounge, the copy room or by teacher mailboxes.
On the chart, teachers “advertise” the interesting things they are doing in their classrooms, activities they think others might want to observe, etc.
Interested teachers visit that classroom at the designated time and watch from an out-of-the-way spot. That’s it.
Padlet is a flexible, easy to use virtual wall that allows teachers to communicate, assign work, and share helpful content with their students.
It also allows students to collaborate.
Teachers and students can:
Padlet offers a free trial and teacher and school pricing.
Padlet page example.
GoSoapBox is a web-based tool used by educators for social Q&As, discussions, polls, anonymous student-teacher interactions, and creating spreadsheet reports from class data.
GoSoapBox is free for K-12 students and teachers and university educators to use with small classes (fewer than 30 students).
It features the Confusion Barometer, a helpful in-class tool. It is unique for its compatibility for work on laptops/desktops, phones, tablets and even iPods.
GoSoapBox allows teachers to poll students on a question or topic. The results are displayed graphically and update in real time.
Twitter is a social networking service for sharing news and thoughts and status updates with people who choose to follow you.
It is free and accessible on phones, laptops and just about any new technological device.
Pinterest is similar to web-tool Padlet, but much more casual.
It is a social network to visually share ideas, tips, and news and works well as a teacher-to-teacher tool.
Pinterest requires a free account to access the website or app. You can create a page where you follow other teachers' pages and pin material about your interests.
You can follow Ignite Center's Pinterest page for ideas.
The Nearpod app lets teachers create and share lessons with students.
It acts as a PowerPoint presentation, but is much more interesting for children.
Using Nearpod, teachers can embed and share text, images, audio, videos and PDF documents.
NearPod is free but also offers priced packages to larger classrooms and additional helpful features.
Facebook allows teachers to collaborate with each other and their students in the classroom.
Teachers might consider creating a private Facebook page for professional learning communities, sharing resources, etc.
Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that can be used in your classroom. Simply create a grid, add topics to spark the discussion, and your students can build a dialogue by sharing short video responses.
Flipgrid can be used in multiple ways. Try some of these ideas: reviewing a book, answering a question of the day, sharing current events, or reflecting on a science project.
Want to get started for free? Check out the guides below on creating your very own Flipgrid account.
Flipgrid is free but also offers different packages for individuals and schools.
Our toolkit is chock-full of ideas and help for open house, parent communication, first days and the first week of school, preparing for a substitute teacher, wellness and staying grounded throughout the school year.
Our monthly videos reflect the stages new teachers go through in their first year of teaching. Gregg Hermerding, former media specialist in the Monticello School District, with content assistance from Milissa Walz, a Social Studies teacher in the Holdingford School District, created these monthly videos.