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“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates
As schooling moved online in the year 2020 due to the pandemic, educators got an opportunity to explore and update themselves with ample online tools and skills.
In schools, citizenship was focused on safety, security and legality (protect your passwords, keep your identity secret, and cite sources when using the intellectual property), but later it moved on to empowering students with the applications required for their learning, through these 2 years’ journey students evolved to true digital citizens. They started connecting with their friends through the ZOOM app which they were otherwise unable to. As the time progressed students started exploring and acquired their toolkit to sort any technical glitch during online learning and to their educators’ surprise the students became true problem solvers.
Students explored tools that did not limit their creativity and helped them to paint their imagination. Some of the tools the students used were Canva for creating albums, converting presentations to videos for their virtual assembly, for making reports as part of their concept learning.
Tux Paint was used by students for Poster Making, and storyboards, even the little hands find it easy to transfer their innovative ideas and share them with their community.
Another tool the learners explored is Makebeliefscomix.com which helps them to make comic strips seamlessly.
Guess the wordle using https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/ helps students to guess the words with a limited chance. This site can be used by educators for a brain break.
All of these tools are just a few from a pool of a gazillion edtech and choosing the appropriate tool is in the magical hands of an educator. We are in a day and age where technology cannot be kept away from education, so to empower future minds we need the educators to step up and be in the game. Yes, technology can never replace teachers but technology in the hands of a great teacher can be transformational.