21st Century Teacher (Tech) Tools

This blog will actually showcase someone else’s work…
Michael Zimmer has done a great job of putting together a publication that explains some useful, current tech tools.  I am familiar with many of the tools, but others are  new to me.  I’m REALLY excited about one of them (Dropbox) because I think it may solve a file transfer issue I have.  Hopefully YOU will find a tech tool that will excite you too!

21st Century Teacher Tools

21st Century Teacher Tools

BTW, the purpose behind this post is to ENTICE YOU to go to Mr. Zimmer’s publication to find out more!  I have gone to the trouble of listing all the tools he discusses so that you might come across one that has intrigued or puzzled you, or perhaps one that you think might enrich your own technology!

Here is a brief synopsis of this information you can explore in depth
at “Tools for the 21st Century“.

Twitter is a social networking tool which has allows educators to quickly share very short comments, valuable links, questions, and helpful answers.  It’s how I found THIS useful resource!

Blogging is a great way to share your interests online (eg. Edublogs, Blogger, WordPress).  Classroom Blogs provide an interactive way of communicating between school and home, as well as providing a wider audience for student work.

Once you become interested in reading, or hopefully creating, blogs you need a way to organize your favourite blogs and a way to find out when new information becomes available.  RSS feeds bring the updates to you, instead of you having to go searching yourself.

As I mentioned in my last post, social bookmarking is an important tool to organize and share your favourite links.  “Delicious” was one of the leaders, but “Diigo” offers extra features.

is a “digital poster board”, so you can add images, audio, and video to your creations.  I was inspired when I saw it used  in a teacher website, and my computer club has been trying it out at school, via a “Glogster Education account“.

I’ve heard about Prezi from several different sources, but I really need to do more exploring here!  Mr. Zimmer says it is one of his favourite new tools, so it must be good!  He describes it this way: “The best way to describe Prezi is to think of it as 3D Infinite Canvas for creating a presentation.”

Dropbox offers free online storage for 2GB (think of your flashdrive size).  This is the one I’m going to sign up for right after I finish this blog!!!

Evernote is another way of organizing your information.  It can be information that you find on the internet, but it could also be notes you are taking at a conference or something you would jot down on a post-it, a napkin, or the palm of your hand.  There is a free app for using it with your phone too.   Hmmmm…..  this sounds interesting!!!

Quizlet allows you or your students to create online flash cards.  I just took a peek at it… it looks worth a longer look!!!

Wallwisher is like a virtual bulletin board where you can stick your post-it notes, photos, videos etc.  I had heard of this before, but thought “why would I want to do that?”  Mr. Zimmer provides some good reasons!

TitanPad allows you to collaborate with others in real-time.  Evidently there are several such programs out there, but this is one of the more popular ones.  Each person gets a different colour of type, so you can easily see who is adding information to a document or conversation.

Skype is a hugely popular and  free video conferencing web-based software.  Basically, it allows you to talk to others in real time, just like on the phone, but free!  Lots of people just use it for personal reasons, ie. talking with relatives.

Wordle is a very popular program that allows you to make “word clouds”.  The title page of Mr. Zimmer’s publication is a Wordle.  Basically, it ranks the number of times you use a word in your article (the, and, etc are removed) and then highlights these in larger font.  It’s fun and attractive too!

There are many ways to create your own (free!) website.  Mr. Zimmer lists his favourites:  Google Sites, Weebly, Wix.

Wikispaces is a place to store as well as share information, links, videos, photos, and files.  I have tried out Wikispaces with my grade 5 computer club and want to do more with it.  Mr. Zimmer has created a “Wiki Wednesdays” post to highlight useful wikis he finds.


I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your publication and plan to follow up on several suggested programs.

I hope that this blog will inspire others to do the same!

7 thoughts on “21st Century Teacher (Tech) Tools

  1. Thank you so much for sharing my handbook and the encouraging words. I am glad that you have found some personal uses for the tools mentioned! DropBox is a great tool!! No more flashdrives left at home/school!

  2. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this blog! I’m working my way through the archives starting from the beginning.Thank you for this very interesting list of resource that we can use for our class.

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  4. Great blog post. Although I think one tool that’s missing from the list is Google Docs. There are some excellent form tools teachers can use to create quizes etc… in Google Docs. My wife and I have worked in K-12 education for over 11 years. My wife is an elementary teacher and I manage the I.T. department. While I have seen blogs integrated into teaching curriculum, I have noticed that collaborative technologies for education have been very scattered throughout the Internet. There are curriculum / resource sites, people blogging and tweeting everywhere, but finding others to collaborate with has always been somewhat challenging. I’m hoping to change that with a project I’ve been working on for over a year now called K12Advantage.com. It’s a site that encompasses all areas of K12 (Teaching / Curriculum, Facilities, Finance, Administration, Technology) under one umbrella (with their own sub sections). The site also includes a number of collaborative tools including: Forums, Blogs, One on one and group chats (including text, video and audio) with whiteboard, group document editing and desktop sharing. For convenience, users can subscribe to content through email or RSS. There really are more features than I can post here. I want the site to be driven by people working in K-12 education. Please visit this site as I welcome everyone’s feedback and contributions.

    I should also mention the site is totally free.


  5. I found this post to be very informational and I believe that you posted to so many great resources for teachers and students. I am currently going to school to get my master’s in Instructional Design and I came across your blog while doing an assignment in my second week of the course. I have been able to utilize quite a few of these website as a multimedia teacher so I know how they all can be useful to educators. I think that while you included so many suggested resources that you just touched upon the tip of the iceburgh. There are so many resources that are developed on a daily basis that can continue to be added to that list that you created. I think that it would be fabulous if you continued to add to your list as you discover more and more websites that relate to 21st century learning educators and learners. I have found a plethora of useful, (and some not so useful, but entertaining) sites on stumbleupon.com. I put in my interests and they generate pages that deal with my interest and it is so entertaining to “stumble” between website and discover new and relative resources as an educator.

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