A SMART Board training session I recently attended quickly turned into a great collaborative discussion about classroom tools. Super Teacher Tools was one such promising resource that was mentioned, and it is my pleasure to share it with you today. Super Teacher Tools’ tagline is ‘Teaching is hard. Technology Shouldn’t Be,” and while I do not know if everyone would agree with that first part, I think we can all agree with the second half, so it is just wonderful that resources like this exist.
It is easy to create an account and the site is free to use, but donations are accepted to help fund it. There are three main categories that teachers will find useful: games, tools, and extras. There are four game types, including a Jeopardy-like game and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? First, choose a game type and then either create the content for your students or browse the library to see versions that others have made. Use previously made versions as is or copy and adapt to better suit your needs. The second category, tools, consists of classroom management resources including a group maker, and the third, extras, can help you with timing or sharing activities.
The look and feel of the site seem a little dated to me, but everything I tested functioned properly and there is a help page where you can read the answers to questions that have already been asked or submit a question of your own. Everything seems very straightforward and would work well either projected on a screen or, presumably, on a SMART board. Play around with the site and your in class technology to see what works best. Turn boring practice and review activities into engaging games or fun competitions with this great website.
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