A variety of online tools aid teachers in classroom instruction and day to day tasks. Jay Feliciani, District School Board of Pasco County states, “Digital content meets a wide variety of needs in a quick way and it is accessible to several people at the same time.” Many of the online resources are available from home thus making them accessible to parents and students, as well as teachers.
Atomic Learning is an example of a subscription based online resource. There are many free online resources such as Thinkfinity, PBS Media, and YouTube, that offer lessons, interactives, and of course, video. In addition to this there are productivity tools such as Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs. All add diversity to a teacher’s toolbox.
Atomic Learning is an online subscription based software tutorial web site. QuickTime Movie instructions are available for both Windows and Macintosh applications. Tutorials are available on numerous Adobe Products, Inspiration and Kidspiration, GarageBand, and iWeb. Teachers have found the resource to be extremely helpful when tech support is unavailable. Independent Study sessions have incorporated the use of Atomic Learning and this has added flexibility to a teacher’s busy schedule.
Dropbox is installed on your computer and mobile devices. You are able to share items with others and by placing items in the Dropbox you may access them from any of your devices: anytime, anywhere. Place homework assignment directions in a public Dropbox for your students to access. Place those parent letters you began at work that you couldn’t finish and access them at home.
What online resources help you? Do you encourage your students to use specific tools?