10 must-have tools for your classes! Back to list

A selection of simple digital tools to help your class run more smoothly.

1. Create suspense

Use this countdown timer to put a time limit on activities, making your students focus and have fun. http://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown/

2. Keep them on their toes

Choose volunteers randomly instead of always calling on the same students. Name chooser: http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/

3. Create a group in seconds

Do you want to create groups quickly and easily without spending valuable preparation time doing something purely mechanical. Use this group maker: http://www.superteachertools.com/instantclassroom/group-maker.php

4. Roll a dice simulator

Playing a group game and need dice? Use the online dice here. You can choose the number of sides: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks1/maths/dice/

5. Score keeper

Use these score keepers when playing a class competition: Downloadable gadget: http://community.prometheanplanet.com/en/user_groups/flash-activities/m/gadgets/16011.aspx Game Score Keeper – score pad and counter – available at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/game-score-keeper-score-pad/id473565153?mt=8

6. Vocabulary revision?

Get your students to revise vocabulary by making their own flashcards or make a group of flashcards and ask them to revise for homework: http://www.braineos.com

7. Create an infographic for a project

Get your students to create their own infographic for a project lesson: http://www.easel.ly

8. Looking for writing prompts?

Check out the photos on 25List – 25 images that simply cannot be explained: http://list25.com/25-images-that-simply-cannot-be-explained/ I warn you, once you go into this site, be prepared to spend a while looking around the weirdest lists ever (from 25 of the world’s most unique bridges to 25 most insane festivals from around the world). Some lists even have a video you can watch, following the written text about each picture.

9. Want to make your own games?

Make your own mazes, vocabulary worksheets, dominoes, word searches, crosswords, etc. An amazing resource with images and suggested vocabulary items included, eg if you choose Easter or Christmas, you get a drop-down menu of suggested vocab items: http://www.toolsforeducators.com

10. Your favourite

Which one is your favourite ‘must-have’? Tell us!

Maria Toth