After a quickly passing month, I have found the new love for more effectively teaching students: Nearpod! This BYOD and very device neutral app (it works on Apple, Android, Windows, and Blackberry) allows for teacher led instruction and interactivity; a.k.a. taking powerpoint to the next level! You can take previously created powerpoints and upload them to the program, then add in the free interactive tools (open ended questions, polling, mulitple choice, and drawing). If you don't want to recreate the wheel, the Nearpod Store features lots of free lessons and some paid that you can use to start your journey. Take a look, I think you will love it as much as I do.
When you are always finding great resources but would like to keep them all in one place, then share them with students, parents, or colleagues, Symbaloo is the answer! This tool uses tiles within webmixes to keep your websites, videos, rss feeds, etc. in one place. You can search for topics made by others and 'borrow' them, or make your own. It really has some amazing uses for your classroom and the possibilities are endless - the only catch is that is will only be as good as you make it. So set aside some time to look around, create an account, then get yourself organized. It will pay off in the end. It may be just what you need to get started for the fall!
I work with teachers and students as an education technology specialist for middle school and serve as the TXDLA K-12 Board Member. My goal is to share innovative and useful information for other educators, as well as catalog my personal finds along the way!