Just about every teacher uses Microsoft Office in their classroom. It is a necessity! There are many alternatives and they all have their place, but Microsoft Office is the standard in its product category. Most schools provide it on teachers' school computers, but not for their personal computers for use at home. Let's be honest: Most teachers take work home with them to work outside of regular school hours. Microsoft office can be a little pricey, but never fear! There is another free, yet legal option. Click the button below to see if you qualify for a free copy of Microsoft Office as a teacher. No catch. No gimmicks. Just use your school email address. Mine is downloading as I write this.
As education continues to grow with technology, methods of creating projects have also expanded. We can now easily expand into web design in the classroom by using Weebly for Education. Weebly's easy drag and drop user interface. Student sites can be kept private and are 100% free! Free is wonderful in the world of education. Click the button below and check out the Weebly for Education platform for web design.
Schoology is an amazing LMS system that I use in my classes. I presented about it in one of my school's PLC's earlier this year. Check out the iBook that was distributed as a part of my presentation.
I think that it would be fitting that my first blog post should be about the Apple Teacher Program. It is a wonderful professional development tool that teaches educators how to utilize Apple products in the classroom. I completed both the iPad and Mac versions of Apple Teacher. There is also a section for Swift Playgrounds. To earn your Apple Teacher Status, you must complete all of the badges for one of the three sections. The iPad and Mac badges teach you about the operating system as well as Apple Apps that can be used in the classroom both for creativity and productivity. This site is great both for Apple novices as well as experts. It starts with the basics and teaches you how to use the tools while giving ideas of how to implement them. If you are in an Apple 1:1 teaching environment, then this is a place I would definitely recommend starting to find help and ideas.