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Ed Tech Tools Every Teacher Should Know #1

Aside from some much needed rest and relaxation, I did some reading over my school's spring break. While catching up on the numerous magazines, blogs, and mailers I subscribe to, there were several articles relating to "things all teachers should know in edtech." Here is one such example below.

http://ictevangelist.com/eight-things-teachers-learn-about-edtech/


The list contained in this example article is, more or less, about tools that teachers should know about. This has inspired me to create an ultimate list of tools that most educators can use in their classroom.

I am going to present this of list of tools that many EdTech specialists have cited as tools every teacher should know in a series of articles over a period of weeks.

#1) Google's Apps for Education (GAFE)


These apps include everything that Google has launched to help students and teachers such as:



  • Docs
  • Slides
  • Sheets
  • Forms
  • Classroom
  • Drawing
  • Drive
  • Hangouts
  • Google+
  • YouTube
  • Gmail
  • Calendar
  • and More!

GAFE offers educators and students the ability to collaborate in creative ways simultaneously or asynchronously. I constantly use Google's tools. It always seems like, once I feel like I have everything figured out with Google, something new is presented to me. 

For more information on What is GAFE? http://edtechteacher.org/gafe/

How to Learn? - Get Google Certified



If you have some free time (over spring break or summer), I would recommend getting yourself "Google Certified".

This can be done by navigating to https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/training and starting with the Level 1 Educator Fundamentals training coursework. All coursework is accessible for free and at your own pace. When you complete the course, you can pay the fee for taking the certification exam.

There are also many helpful tutorials on using Google's tools on YouTube. Check out this helpful YouTube search for Google tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=google+tutorial



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