What tech tools are you most grateful for? Why? How have they changed what you do?
This prompt is similar to the prompt we had in the September Blogging Challenge. To save time--a thing for which I'm very grateful--I will repost that blog here. Reflective Teaching, Day 13: Edtech Tools
I'm grateful for all these tech tools because the students I serve are digital natives. These tools help me to connect to my students on a different level. They learn so differently than I did. When I got my new phone, I spent unsuccessful minutes looking for the owner's manual until I realized that I would have to access it via the phone. Kids today don't read owner's manuals in separate booklets; they learn from the device themselves.
I do have an update on one of the tools I mentioned in that post: NoRedInk I've begun using this online grammar website with my students and have seen the students enjoy doing grammar exercises (I know!) and actually practicing toward mastery on their own. I'm using the free version, but I am tempted to upgrade so that I can access even more content. The students go to this site on their own time (or if they finish early) to get better at grammar; that in itself is something I am most thankful for.