4 Tech Tools for Kids in the New Year…and some not so new ones!

When school is back in session, parents and kids are all ready to get back into the swing of things. With another half of the school year to go, you may want to try using some tools, whether new or old, to add something different into a curriculum. These tech tools are a great addition to any lesson. With so many uses, you and your children will not stop learning.


Animoto – For children, creativity is something that must always be worked on. Animoto is a great tool that allows them to create videos using photos or other videos. Animoto takes all the footage and creates a professional looking video for you in just minutes. It is such an easy way to grab attention by creating new visual contexts.

Today’s Meet – For times when groups want to collaborate on what they are learning, this tool is sure to help out. Using a backchannel, your children can connect in realtime. You can use the live stream to make comments, ask questions and use feedback in a learning experience. By working together, children can learn from each other and use technology to expand their learning.

Posterous – Blogging is a great platform that lets children get the chance to express themselves with a different platform. Creating blogs are so simple and so effective. You can document projects, assignments or use it for fun activities. This tool makes creating blogs as easy as sending an email. Children are sure to catch on to this latest writing craze.

Poll Everywhere – Instant feedback is something that many look for when presenting or attending presentations. Poll Everywhere is the fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices, another thing kids are very interested in. For kids with cell phones, especially in smaller groups or classrooms, this tool can prove a fun and interactive way of being involved in a lesson or learning experience.

And don’t forget about….

Twitter – Twitter still remains a popular and useful tool. You can use it to ask questions and see what responses you get!

Skype – With the advances everyday, Skype can connect kids from all over the world with the click of a button. You can use it to find people just like you around the world that can help you learn and grow.

SchoolTube – A perfect place to browse the thousands of student-approved videos. Use them to help children get engaged or at home to show informational and educational clips to your kids.

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