Teaching and Learning with Technology

A few 21st Century Technology Tools

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The following link opens a blog containing a list of tools of the 21st Century you can explore: 21st Century Technology Tools.

Explore a few of the tools, return to my blog, and write a post on whether you currently use or plan to use any of those tools. If you currently use a tool, share your assessment about how it enhances the process of teaching and learning.

If you plan to use a tool in the future, share how you envision using it in your classroom.

Written by ngrassini

January 25, 2012 at 4:14 am

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  1. This was a very helpful link! While i have taken a few classes about these tools, it is beneficial to have it all in a book format, online, nonetheless. It is similar to to a dictionary. I bookmarked the site for future reference.


    January 26, 2012 at 12:51 am

  2. Very cool post/link. The blog has some great resources that I absolutely love to use in the classroom. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Diigo over Delicious. I think the extra features that Diigo offer are very appealing to an educator. I even have a Diigo classroom group for my students to bookmark resources to share. They love finding the tools, but they love even more sharing what they found!

    Kelly Boushell

    January 26, 2012 at 1:36 am

  3. Interesting site concept…the ripple effect truly applies here! I’m familiar with some of the tools on this lsite; some are on my futures list. Our district encourages technology use, but the tech advisors are now shared by two schools–almost no individual teacher support because they’re overextended. And our in-services are all focused on the Core Curriculum. For example: Above, Kelly mentioned Diigo–I mentioned it to an English Department group this week, but nobody had heard of it but the librarian, who said it’s on her list of tools to check out.

    Natalie Damico

    January 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

  4. There are a few technologies here with which I am familiar. I have used Diigo in the past as well as Prezi and Evernote. Glogster and WallWisher sound a lot like Pinterest. I love Pinterest but have never considered using it in the classroom. A Pinterest board on character novels is an idea that I am going to bring up with my co-teacher as soon as I finish this post. I am also going to look into Dropbox right away as well. This would have been so helpful to have during my students’ research paper that I am going to look into implementing it for next year.

    Stephanie Daniels

    February 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

  5. I have had experience using some of the tools listed. Many of the tools I have used were in conjunction with classes I have taken. I have used Wiki spaces, Ditgo, DropBox and Evernote in my on line classes. I will never claim to be very good at using them. I used them to complete the requirements of the assignments. I have planned to go back and explore them better, but have not had the time to do so. I helped a student uses Glogster to complete an assignment for a class. I have used Skype to talk to my son in college, but it is used more often to talk to my niece who is a missionary in India. I would like to introduce my students to Wordle. I think they may be able to use this to complete some assignments. I have heard much about Prezi. I have gone to the Prezi webpage and explored, but I have never used it. There are so many tools available to use, it is hard to pick which ones to use.

    Elaine Snyder

    February 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    • Trying this again

      Scott Exaros

      March 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  6. Pretty cool link to some very useful tools! I have used Diigo before both in the classroom as a teacher and as a student. It’s a great site for listing lots of useful resources. Glogster is another one that I used a lot as a 5th grade teacher during my Civil War unit. I also created a research proposal on the effects of teaching with technology vs. a textbook and Glogster was my technological focal point! Both of these tools are great to use in the classroom because it provides students with the opportunity to search for information on their own without a teacher cramming it for them. They have the opportunities to explore a little more freely and make the learning process more meaningful.

    Scott Exaros

    March 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

  7. Many people that have commented so far have mentioned Diigo as a great 21st century technology tool to use in the classroom. I agree. It is user friendly even for people who are considered a digital immigrant. Each class has students with different interests so I like to see the different issues that arise from the same topic discussed in class.

    Lisa Hohenshilt

    March 7, 2016 at 3:20 pm

  8. Wordle & Skype are two of the Technology Tools that are mentioned in that link, and both of these I have had some experience with. I find that Wordle is an awesome summary tool for at the end of a section or unit with course vocabulary. This year in my Algebra courses I put a very high emphasis on content vocabulary, so that students know exactly what the vocabulary words we are using in class really mean. At the end of a unit or chapter I will have them create a wordle at times to simply review all of the words associated with that chapter. They really enjoy it! Skype is another program I have some experience with, as our students who take summer school courses are required two “face time” meetings. This can be accomplished either in person or through using Skype, so in the past I have used Skype to save time and transportation over the summer months. Both have a great place in the world of education and definitely deserve to be on that list!

    -Lauren Shaubach

    Lauren Shaubach

    March 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

  9. Well I am a programming/system analyst and we work with a lot of student data. I can write SQL, SAS code to pull information out of the oracle database but I am not much for this social media stuff . . . I do not have a twitter account, I do have a FaceBook page I manage for my dog . . . but it is just a way to keep in touch with family in Oh. DC. NC. MD. & PA.

    I have had blogs in the past only for classroom assignments and I did also have a “Delicious” account for another class. After a few moves I lost access to a few of these account because I change my e-mails. I do have a family history web page that is on Ancestry but they stopped me from editing this page back in Oct 2014 so I was working on a new. You can visit my old family page here or you can visit the new one I started but it is not yet completed . . . .no time with school visit this web site here.

    At work we do use the Skype for online meetings and for quick chats. I have access to use the Dropbox after I purchased new laptops for both me and my husband but I am not sure I want to store my information out there where I do not know where it is so I have not taken this opportunity to use this Dropbox.

    I have seen other people use this Prezi but I have never used it but I know it is much like a power point and can be used to make presentations and save out in the cloud and access from anywhere you can access the Internet. So overall yes I would like to get better at using some of these Internet technologies and use them while I am teaching class online.


    March 11, 2016 at 2:06 am

  10. In response to 21st Century Technology Tools by Michael Zimmer (reposted by EdTech Ripples on May 30, 2010), it’s good to know that the tips provided six years ago are for the most part still valid and thriving. At the end of the listing, Google Sites is included as a tool for websites. I am familiar with or use many Google tools such as Google Sites (the Western PA/WV professional German teachers’ site is housed here), Shared Google Documents and Folders ( use these to communicate with students), and Google Voice (used to communicate with students and for oral assessments). I find these options to be easy to manage and conducive for collaboration.
    -Peg Meyers

    Peg Meyers

    March 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm

  11. This is a very useful link. I noticed that it has a lot of 21st century tools that I currently use either in my personal or professional life. I have used Diigo, Glogster, Prezi, Quizlet, Skype, Wordle, and Wikispaces. My favorites are definitely Glogster and Diigo. My students have created virtual posters on specific states in Glogster and I use Diigo to keep a central location of my favorite sites. Wordle is also a great tool, but I have found Tagxedo to have more options and to be better suited for my classroom. I am intrigued to learn more about TitanPad. I have never heard of it before, but it looks like a wonderful tool to use for collaboration purposes.

    Chip Carnes

    Chip Carnes

    March 11, 2016 at 7:39 pm

  12. As I previously mentioned in our class discussions, I am already a heavy user of Twitter and an avid reader of numerous blogs. In terms of some of the other tools mentioned in the article, I do use Skype in my personal life, as well as for various statewide committee meetings; however, I don’t typically use it as a classroom tool. I’ve offered video conferences via Skype as an option to some of my online classes in the past, but I never had a student take me up on it – they definitely preferred to either use our LMS’s chat feature or to just email me. Additionally, at one time, I used Google Reader to organize all of the blogs and various news sites I frequently access, but that service no longer exists – obviously, this article is a bit outdated! In its place, I now use feedly to organize everything.

    From all of the options listed in the article, I think that Prezi is definitely the one that has most enhanced my teaching process. I’ve never been a huge fan of PowerPoint presentations (as they tend to look so boring!), but I still used them, as there really wasn’t a better option for disseminating notes during class lectures. Transitioning to Prezi has definitely helped brighten up my presentations – they’re now more visually appealing, which students certainly appreciate (plus, the unfamiliar format helps capture/keep their attention). Beyond the visual aspect, Prezi also offers alternate ways to organize information, which is great for lectures that may be non-linear (as they often are in literature classes). On the downside, while the basic options in Prezi are fairly user-friendly, the advanced features have a bit of a steeper learning curve – you really have to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the interface in order to get to the point in which your presentations really look professional.

    S. Nordgren

    March 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm

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