Learning scientist and head geek. Formally Labster CTO
September 16, 2015
7 amazing education tools for STEM teachers
Teachers rarely have a moment to themselves, let alone time to browse the latest and greatest education tools on the market.
So the Labster team scoured the web for the best new education tools for teachers, hopefully saving you some time and frustration.
Our list includes some established players and rising stars, so check them out and use the ones that fit your style. Remember, you can also sign up for our newsletter to discover even more new ways of teaching.
Are you worried that your students are too shy to ask questions in class? Then Piazza is the education tool for you. With Piazza anyone can ask and answer questions, and students have the option of asking questions anonymously, enabling even the shyest of students to get involved. As students start to answer each other's questions, you can promote good questions and answers to lead the discussion.
Remind is a non-intrusive, real time messaging tool that can be used for schools, groups or just a single person. It keeps unread emails and handouts to the minimum, and on top of that, it's free and ensures important reminders and events won’t get lost and forgotten.
ShowMe makes it easy to create and share small lessons via small screens. On the platform, you can create all sorts of tutorials in fields like math, science, social studies and more. ShowMe is also an excellent tool for flipping the classroom: Students can watch the lessons or tutorials you’ve created at home, giving you the time to work through problem sets or introduce experiential learning in the classroom.
Socrative is a fast-growing app that works to increase classroom engagement. And because of its rising popularity, it seems to be doing just that. Available on laptops, smartphones, and tablets, Socrative enables teachers to create real time questions and education games to keep students immersed in the lesson. The app also has an analytics back-end that provides the teacher with adaptive learning reports on every student.
You can think of Padlet as a digital resource board that teachers can curate for their students. With multiple views and moderation settings, it gives teachers plenty of flexibility in terms of how they want to post and share information. For example, students can encourage students to post resources they find or create and then organize them in a way that fits their needs.
Imagine all the best features of Facebook and Twitter combined into a platform for students and teachers. That’s Edmodo. This education tool allows you to gather materials for your class, connect with other teachers, and organize groups of students for collaborative learning. Students can also ask you, or each other, questions, creating a network of learning.
Desmos is a free online graphing calculator that is also available for iPads and Android products. Students can graph functions, evaluate equations, and plot tables of data on an intuitive interface. Lots of math teachers are already using Desmos in the classroom, and it's being used in many countries around the world.