Magazine article Technology & Learning

8 Free and Easy Ways to Begin Educating Innovatively

Magazine article Technology & Learning

8 Free and Easy Ways to Begin Educating Innovatively

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The following tools are all free and easy to use. This means there's no cost, nothing to download, no CDs, no manuals, and no training. The best of these also do not require users to have email, registration, or log-ins.

1 STUDENT RESPONSE SYSTEM: POLL EVERYWHERE

Poll Everywhere is free for people who need to collect 30 or fewer responses per poll and for schools that have not made adequate yearly progress. To use Poll Everywhere, the teacher sets up an account at which he or she is assigned a number or URL where participants can send their answers.

2 COLLABORATIVE WRITING: ETHERPAD

Etherpad allows students to write individually, in pairs, or in groups. It tracks by color who wrote what information. It has an area for chat, and a teacher can play back and observe the writing and revision process.

3 WRITING-LEVEL TOOLS: READING-LEVEL CHECK IN WORD AND GOOGLE DOCS

Both Google Docs and Microsoft Word provide three indicators of the reading level of the document you're creating. They each calculate for you the Flesch Reading Ease, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and the Automatic Readability Index.

4 READING-LEVEL TOOLS: FIND A BOOK

This free tool allows users to type in any book and find the reading level of that book, or type in their reading level and interest and build a custom reading list for that subject. …

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