In a world full of technology, who needs yet another tech tool? But how about one for organizing tech tools and apps you already have… tempting? Thought it might be.
In the above 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12 trainer Monica Burns explains step-by-step how to organize your tech tools with Participate Learning.
This is the first time I'd heard of Participate Learning, and it looks like an amazing organizational tool for teachers. Any Pinterest lovers reading right now? You're sure to get this tool right away, as it's somewhat similar.
You create your own resource collections (similar to a Pinterest board) so you have easy access to your favorite tools, apps, resources wherever you need them. The biggest difference, and benefit, I see for teachers using Participate Learning is everything on the site is geared towards educators.
While a tool like Pinterest may have a more fun, visual feel to it, Participate Learning has all the bells and whistles specifically geared with educators in mind. This means more relevant material coming your way, and less recipes and celebrity memes — not that there's anything wrong with enjoying an entertaining meme every now and again.
Another thing I like about Participate Learning is the search functionality. Not only can you do a keyword search, but you can set filters to drill down to specific grade levels or categories. With so many great resources available, this makes it easier to find exactly what you're looking for.
Have you used a tool like Participate Learning before? Let me know how it went on a comment on this article.
About Our “Organizing Tech Tools” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.
About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at email@example.com.