Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership

 

Top 10 for Leaders!

In January 2015, Jean Montano published a post, "Top Ten EdTech Tools to Set Your Class Up For Success" in the Top Hat blog. While Jean's tools were aimed at college professors, her post inspired our TICAL cadre to create these similar lists for administrators and other K-12 school leaders.

 

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Collaborative environments - Tools that help facilitate or initiate collaboration


Resource Name Description
Google Drive
Your personal network on the web. Complete suite of applications that includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and more.
OneDrive
Microsoft's equivalent to Google Drive and very useful leaders who use Microsoft Office or Office 365. Besides storing documents on the web, you can also collaborate on and edit documents using simplified, web-based versions of the Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, etc.)
Padlet
Online board for posting. Great for teamwork in meetings, real time responses, can save information for later reference and planning.
Cisco Jabber
Free app for video conferencing
Visual Ranking Tool
Working in collaborative groups, teams set priorities for any topic that can be represented in a list.
Schoology
Student and staff learning management system. Adaptable, easy interface
Edmodo
Free-online management system
Haiku Learning
Learning management system
Google Hangouts
Free online video app includes screen-sharing and document sharing. Must sign up for Google+
IdeaScale
Gather suggestions in real time from parents, students, faculty or staff and transform those ideas into campus realities.


 

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Organization - Tools that facilitate organization


Resource Name Description
Doodle Meeting organizer that saves time and emails
LiveBinders Organization for Content that needs to be shared and accessed frequently
Evernote Keep notes & files across multiple platforms. Multiple ways to input and share with others.
Pinterest Visual organizer for topics, themes; can also create "private boards" for your department, school, team.
Diigo Social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a web page and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page
Delicious Keep, share, and discover with this social bookmarking service
Symbaloo Visual social bookmarking app.
Bag The Web Resource curation tool. Perfect for up to 10 resources (more than that consider using LiveBinders instead)
SmartSheet Online project management, productivity and team collaboration application. Intuitive and easy to useā€”much easier than typical project management software!
Google Calendar Collaborative calendar


 

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Increased participation/communication without prep time - Speed and ease for user


Resource Name Description
Group Me Private chat room messaging
Remind One-way group communication via text or email
Twitter Social media
Today's Meet Backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers.
Poll Everywhere Excellent tool for group meetings - immediate feedback on questions to get group response - can include short responses.
Kahoot! A classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Also great for adult input in a workshop.
join.me Free, very simple ways to share your screen with one or more people at other locations. Great for doing a demo or for online meetings. Basic account is free.
YouTube Online videos, Can create a channel and share selected videos with your group.
Free Conference Call Free conference call tool also provides a recording of your call.
Scoop.it Discover, curate and publish great content to get visibility online.