5 Free Edtech Programs to get your students engaged


Edtech is becoming an increasingly important part of a modern education.  It is a great way to both engage students using the technologies and devices they love while preparing them for the ever changing technology landscape they will see throughout their future careers.  Alyssa Nucaro at The Huffington Post believes that these 5 free programs will help teach your students important common core skills while keeping them engaged in their learning.

1.  Kahoot

This online gaming program gets students to compete in teams to answer multiple-choice questions.  The lively and interactive app keep students interested and engaged in their learning. Teachers can personalize the app by creating their own quizzes and tests.  Nucaro recommends using the program as a fun way to help students study and review test materials.

2.  Commonlit.org

Common Lit provides grade-appropriate reading materials that students can read and debate about on the site.  Teachers can assign readings that relate to what the students are doing in class and have them answer questions that utilize common core standards to get them thinking deeper about what they read.

3.  Practutor.com

This software encourages students to read with a critical mind.  PracTutor provides reading materials and then has students answer common core questions about that reading.  The questions are designed to help students find the most important information in the reading, and eliminate multiple-choice answers that don’t make sense, improving their test-taking skills.

4.  IXL.com

The free version of this program allows students to answer up to 20 questions a day to review subjects they are learning about in the classroom.  IXL.com helps students practice common core skills that they may be struggling with, boosting their test-taking confidence.

5.  Nitrotype.com

Fast and accurate typing is a valuable skill that students will carry with them throughout their lives.  This fun racing game teaches students important typing skills while keeping them engaged in a fun car race.  The faster you type, the faster the car drives. Nucaro found that students enjoyed playing this game as a reward, and since her school did not offer a keyboarding class, they were able to improve upon skills they may have otherwise neglected.

Story via Huffington Post

Ingrid Schmidt