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33 Online Resources Every Educator Should Try
by Kenneth Waldman
(Especially for American teachers)
These resources are mainly for American English users. For British users check out some of the Productivity, Communication and Collaboration Tools

One of the main obstacles every teacher and educator encounters is getting their students to pay attention. Easier said than done, especially in this day and age, when everything they want to know is served to them in easily digestible, compressed forms. Instead of reading books, they read tweets. Even the films have been replaced by short clips, which are slowly giving way to even shorter Vine clips and GIFs.

However, as an educator, you can use modern technology to your advantage, or to be more precise, to the advantage of your students, because you are there to teach them. With that in mind, we have selected 33 online resources that will help you reach your students and get them to pay attention.

Spelling Tools: (American spellings)
1. Dictionary.com – Home of the most popular dictionary on the internet. Use it to improve your students’ spelling, as well as their vocabulary with synonyms, antonyms, and idioms. Teach them proper pronunciation and origin of each new word.
2. Merriam-Webster – This dictionary offers numerous features, including interactive word games, audio pronunciation, and Word of the Day, among others.
**For British and American spellings, thesaurus and pronunciation use these 3 great online dictionaries: Macmillan Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary, and Oxford Dictionary
3. Spin and Spell – Designed to help children ages 4 to 8 to spell through an interactive and fun flash animation.
4. Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee – Simulate a spelling bee contest for your students with this helpful online tool where words get progressively harder as your students progress.
5. Knoword – Designed as a game to help you students expand their vocabulary, improve spelling, as well as develop their learning abilities and analytical thinking.
6. Fun Brain Spell Check – Improve your student’s spelling by having them identify the word that is spelled wrong.

Productivity Tools:
7. How to Study – Academic success of every student can be improved if you can them help develop a good learning routine, and this useful tool does exactly that.
8. myHomework – Every student needs a planner to remind them of their obligations and myHomework will make sure they are never behind schedule.
9. Shmoop – This website offers tools for both students and teachers. Students can count on getting the best studying strategies and guides on how to prepare for standardized tests.
10. Study Guides and Strategies – In addition to these, it also offers tools to improve your students’ writing, reading, learning, and everything else in between.
11. Evernote – This popular online tool will allow you to write down your ideas for class and organize them, so you can access them later with ease.
12. Study Tips, Study Skills and great writing tips for creating a good state of mind and environment too. Learning how to learn is as important as learning itself.

Writing Tools:
13. Daily Writing Tips – Just like its name indicates, it provides your students with helpful tips on how to improve their writing, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
14. Help.plagtracker – Help your students work on their grammar and spelling with this extraordinarily accurate grammar-checking tool.
15. AutoCrit – AutoCrit Editing Wizard will detect errors in your students’ writing immediately and with great accuracy.
16. Plagiarism Checker – This online resource will help you look for plagiarism in your students’ work by comparing it to the content that is present on the web.
17. Notes.io – Since all of your students probably own portable devices, you can create notes and tasks and share them in a matter of seconds with your class.
18. The Story Starter – Coming up with a unique writing topic for each student individually is almost next to impossible. Not with this tool, though.

Communication Tools:
19. ClassPager – Run surveys and polls among your entire class, provide them with individual tasks and feedback, as well as reminders and updates about their homework.
20. ePals – This social networking platform allows you and your students to join a global classroom that gathers over 500,000 students and educators all across the globe.
21. Facebook – A fairly obvious choice, and a brilliant one at that, because all of your students will be there almost 24/7.
22. FutureMe – As a fun and insightful writing exercise, have your students use this tool to write a letter to their future selves.
23. GroupTweet – With the help of GroupTweet, you can create a joint Twitter account for you and your students which will allow for better communication among you.
24. Remind – Instead of trying to schedule a PTA meeting, you can get in touch with parents, as well as students, by using this simple and easy-to-use tool.
25. LiveMinutes – Connect with your colleagues from all over the world to swap ideas and current trends in education. Conference calls supported via Skype, your browser, or your phone.
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Collaboration Tools:
26.TitanPad – Enables you to provide your students with documents they can collaborate on and work as a team.
27. Google Drive – Use Google Drive to distribute homework and writing assignments among your students, as well as all the necessary literature, documents, and audio and video materials.
28. ResearchGate – At the core of this tool is a social network which allows both you and your students to connect with other students and teachers in order to collaborate and do research on school projects.
29. Collaborize Classroom – This collaborative education tool was made to aid teachers during class, as well as to spark discussions and exchange of ideas among students.
30. Dweeber – Dweeber is a platform that allows students to create study groups, through which they can help each other with homework.
31. FlowVella – Create eye-popping interactive multimedia presentations yourself, or have your students create one as a class project.
32. WizeHive – This online collaboration tool allows students to exchange files, keep track of their progress on projects, and communicate with other students.

Being an educator is an extremely satisfying profession, but also one which carries great responsibility, because you are tasked with shaping the young minds which will be the future of this planet. Let’s make that future a better place for our children by preparing them for it.

Author: Kenneth Waldman is a professional freelance writer and content creator. Get in touch with him on Linkedin.