*Survey conducted with 120 educators, mainly from Twitter (March 2011)
What’s been the best use of technology in your classes this school year?
Isn’t it fantastic that “Students” is the most frequent word used and not “Technology”!?
Below are the 120 replies to the question “What’s been the best use of technology in your classes this school year?”:
Our 1:1 laptop program in Year 6, and our use of iPod Touch units across Primary. Students working collaboratively in Google Docs, etc. Been amazing.
Skyping with other classes, authors, and experts.
Blogs (via google apps for education).
My best use of technology has been my document camera and my student response clickers and of course my SMART board.
The classrooms receiving their own iTouches.
We started blogging with Kidblogs this year. The students love writing posts with students around the world providing feedback. I also have a blog which provides home-school connection. This is such a great tool for extra practice. The students have skyped with a few classes this year. It has been a great extension of our social studies curriculum to interact with others in a variety of places. We are also starting to use Edmodo.
“my students (9th graders) are interacting with the technology. They comment on a blog once a week. They created Prezis for an assignment (now ask to do it more frequently, and are doing it in other teachers classes). They created Word Clouds out of essays.
online tutorials from sites like “”Welcome to the Web””, “”Order in the Library”” and ReadWriteThink
Online assignments submitted and marked paperlessly with Moodle
Goodness, lots of movie productions, blogging, using/ learning web-based apps. The focus generally isn’t on the technology…
“New promethean board & using twitter myself formed
And connecting my class to the world using google apps
For education! Reducing my printing costs!”
I had a multiple intelligences project where students could use a range of Web 2 tools to produce. They loved the choice and learning the new tools. It was exciting to see their excitement.
Google Docs for going paperless.
Google Sites to collect scripts, calendars, videos and forms.
It is hard to pick one… students making PSA’s about global health issues using MovieMaker, integrating Google Apps for the school and implementing a new CMS are the best uses so far.
The best use of technology in my classes has been using Voice Thread to retell a story.
Using blogs to connect the students and the classroom learning environment. It has introduced many new ideas to my students which gets them excited about learning.
Students using iMovie, Keynote, Garageband, internet searches to investigate an issue related to our unit of inquiry and creatively presenting their work as a PSA.
Interactive games and programmes which encourage children to use skills they have learnt.
google docs for collaboration in writing, iMovie to create Public Service Announcements about Sustainability, Keynote/PPT to create personal poetry anthologies to share with parents, friends & the rest of the world.
Blogs for students using weebly
Nothing. We have not done any IT integration in class due to lack of support, time and resources
gamestar mechanic~game design enrichment class
Using the projector for modelling new genre in English, being able to give students instant examples of things being discussed in class from websites/Youtube etc., being able to use Brainpop and other websites for enhancing curriculum, having the students research(in pairs) for info. related to topics.
I believe I’ve done better this year then previous in terms of integrating IT projects where possible. Of course, I can always do more there is progress!
I have quite enjoyed the Common Craft. Having a supportive IT staff to show the ropes have made me much more willing to try out new things. “
Introduction of new/old web tools and watching the confidence and creativity of the student grow.
Access. Knowing we had the laptops anytime we need them was awesome. We were able to blog, search, create, whatever, at anytime during the day. Uninhibited learning.
QR codes with lower math students. QR code is put next to math problem. If student struggles or just wants to double check the work, the QR code directs him to a video showing the process.
collaboration, creativity, student centered learning
Use of Facebook Goups for online student discussion about what they are learning in face to face classes.
Loving Bitstrips to allow students to share their learning. Loving using Audacity to take fluency recordings. Wishing we had Google Apps more widely deployed — loving it for collaborating with teachers and I want to share the kool aid with the kids.
Google apps have been invaluable to student portfolios and student collaboration. Moodle is another invaluable tool that keeps course content organized and accessible to student.s
Only part way through first term, but… Using Audacity with my Year 4 students to record themselves speaking Japanese, then using these recordings to create Voki characters (www.Voki.com). We then intend to share a link with our sister-school in Japan, so they can “meet” us.
Digital storytelling with online diaries set in the early 20th century
I would like to say using an interactive white board but as I only have it for half of my IT lessons I tend to make my plans without using it.
Using Doink for students to create an animation for their stories they wrote in English class and it was an idea given to me!”
The six series of workshops I gave to the faculty this last month and a half.
The projector – Use it every day. Websites such as Brainpop and Mathletics have been particularly useful.
Too many to mention! Best maybe outside – iPods on a digital fieldtrip.
Blogging, video and IWB
Skype is great. Many different ways to use, both inside school walls and internationally.
Teachers blogging, students blogging, having an authentic audience.
Student directed project where they choose the tool.
Digital Storytelling in all its forms. I have been amazed by what technology can do to inspire students to learn and to do work. They show more interest in learning and show great skill at working with technology. We often learn together in class, showing them that we are all learners despite our huge differences in age.
Still working on implementing it.
Voxopop.com for practicing EFL (English as a Foreign Language) outside of class.
Word clouds are a close second.
Using video cameras
Children Mac Books and Apple Macs to use Comic Life to copy photos from Iphoto to create documents about their school life, eg swimming lessons, spelling tasks, a week at school, favourite book presentations.
Class starting blogging both class and their own
Google docs and Moodle – in so many ways. Best when used together for students to create and publish.
projector to show images
Using Voki and voice synthesisers for French orals. Using Twiducate to ask studnets questions and to get regular feed back. Getting the students to make videos and multimedia presentations.
Our school is part of a statewide VoiceThread project. We have integrated voicethread in each grade level across content areas and even used it for professional sharing.
K-5 students learn VT quickly and use it to share stories and information. “
I am not teaching any more 😉
Class wiki, iPod touches
Without a doubt Blogging. Teaching students to read blogs, connect with other students and write quality comments and posts.
Also edmodo is fantastic – using it in class in a multitude of ways. At school and students login from home.
Using iPod Touches, blogging, Google Docs
Because I’m a principal, I don’t have many opportunities, but I have participated in back channel discussions with 6th grade students.
Using photoshop for visual language.
using moodle to provide year 8 students with tutorial links so they could teach themselves to use visual basic, scratch and game maker … soon to add screencasting and flash to the list … way more than I could ever teach them in a semester!
Assistitive Technology to allow struggling students to work independently.
Collobarize, a social media platform
New iMacs and google sketchup
Introducing Glogster to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and moving away from the ‘traditional’ poster project/summative assessment.
Using multimedia to construct learning – making films/ posters with digital audio
Using activotes to check instantaneously for understanding. We are also starting class blogs today.
Library databases. Interactive whiteboard in computer lab. Google forms for teacher input of databases, purchases. Teachers integrating VoiceThread & Google Docs for collaborative projects
1. Collaboration with students through our school wiki
2. Students working on the broadcasting team
Seemlessly like any efficient and effective tool.
To show (IWB)
Platform for learning like a virtual classroom (class website)
Communication (email and class website)
Searching (google, bing etc)
Recording (my iPhone, flip cam, Photo Booth, iMovie, scanning)
Record Keeping (efiles of all kinds, video, Number, photos etc)
Photocopier for scanning and mass duplication in B&W
Colour coding for concepts, key ideas (Colour Printer)
Skyping around the world
i got a smartboard in my room yippee. i use it all the time and have also had students prepare presentations in smart notebook and learn how to embed features.
Student blogging. Kidblog.org
Animoto movie maker
Getting a new iMacs in my classroom and integrating tech into each of my Maths lessons… kids love it
Smart board interaction to locate areas that I teach when it comes to earth-space science
iPad pilot project
hardware – iPod touch
software – various math apps (GraphCalc, NumberLine, anything developed by MathTappers)
lesson varies – (1) graphing and solving linear systems with the GraphCalc app engages students, keeps them working, and students seem to walk away from the lesson with a better understanding the purpose of a linear system (2) NumberLine and MathTappers apps are great for reinforcement and practice of concepts that become boring to learn in a traditional classroom. A colleague’s unofficial study over the course of 4 weeks in summer school showed 30% gains in math scores from pre to post tests by using apps like these.”
Using Google Docs and Kidblog with students. They LOVE it! They read and write so much more using these tools.
I taught my Brit Lit students to use QR codes to document their sources and link to Facebook discussion pages, after they decorated a classroom wall to look like CS Lewis’ study. The QR codes were placed next to the appropriate items on the wall.
Students taking a poll using their phones and polleverywhere
Doing a podcasting activity on digital citizenship, conducted almost entirely online.
moving my electives to a blog based model
Have used Voicethread for student eportfolios. Have made Commoncraft videos. Both were highly successful . Also have students contribute to Grade 4 website, created with Google Sites.
As the tech specialist at my school, the best use of technology is any technology that improves a teacher’s lesson and help to increase student achievement.
Our entire 7th grade team is doing digital portfolios via KidBlog this year. It’s been a great success. Kids are blogging regularly, publishing/embedding their Animoto/Glogs, and commenting on each others’ work in productive ways.
Having students create their own wikis on wikispaces.
blogging, podcasting, Daily use of LMS
Recently developed class blogs that seem to be working well. Better than expected.
Assistive writing software so all students can feel comfortable participating in a class blog.
Using Aviary sound editing tools to play with the concepts of euphony and cacophony in poetry.
Not teaching at the moment – but getting #edchatie started on Twitter for Irish educators.
Using Google Voice to record students. They call in on their cellphones, then I download the mp3 – prevents the headaches of trying to record on mp3 players.
web 2.0 tools
Daily uses of wikis and blogs by my classes.
Google Docs for collaboration among students.
Use of Moodle for Maths class
Using ipods and laptops in the classroom
As a librarian, it has been introducing the high school students to tons of stuff they didn’t know about.
SMART Board and clickers
Investigating and then preparing presentations about which National Park to go camping in.
Students used the Ultranet and Internet to collect their info, tables in word to organize it and a variety if software to present their results. (PowerPoint, videos, brochures, posters.)
Free2Learn Fridays — see blog post http://pgrays.edublogs.org/2011/01/19/free2learn-fridays/
Collaborative scratch project with another school.
Use of mobile phone messaging out to students to raise interest and student engagment (attendance is a huge issue)
All I do is teach technology. I think using a new program called Animationish has been really great this year. The kids really see how the progression of animation needs to take place.
I am considered a ‘specialist’ as a teacher-librarian so I don’t have a homeroom. And, as I work with 3-5 year olds, our use of technology looks different than with other people. I think that some of the best web 2.0 that we’ve used with students this year is the online digital story creation sites. Students have been so excited that they’ve gone home, talked with parents, set up accounts, and gone mad writing and illustrating their own stories.
Sadly, I am still working on this. I don’t think things went very smoothly this year. See next comment.
Online surveying, collaboratively blogging in virtual classroom
Promethean Board and ActivInspire
getting my senior business class to use Moodle as an everyday tool for notes, homework, etc. Focussed on developing their writing skills (they have poor literacy skills).
Fantastic Sherston software package 114 pieces all with differentiated sequential content