If you are a person who thinks they are "technically challenged" or want to use tech in the classroom but aren't sure how to start, I think I have your first solution.
Nearpod is a website that allows you to find or create interactive lessons that will engage your students. Here's a quick "how-it-works":
A veteran teacher I have used it today with her students. She told me she edited a lesson that was free and was able to add PDFs and questions with no problem. Her response to how it went, "It was one of the most engaging lessons I have ever taught." How could you NOT want to use this??
Students love being a part of the lesson with the tools available. I like that you can push a question out in the middle of a lesson if you feel students need something new. It is SO easy to insert something into the presentation, maybe a website link or a question to assess their learning.
I feel this is one of the easiest ways to infuse your teaching if you are uncomfortable at all with technology. This is a tool that would be very useful to you!
And their 360 cities lessons are amazing virtual tour lessons. I did these with some kids, and it was amazing! Students were squealing over the fact that they were able to go to Mars. Yes, Mars!
*They also send out a lot of coupons and specials for their lessons. Some of the packs are pretty pricey, but you do get a lot of content. Oh, and you sign up with your Google account, even better!
During a meeting on our work day before 2nd semester started, the website Educanon came up in the discussion. I had explored this site before, but many had not. So I thought this was an appropriate time to create an Under 5 installment to inform those of the awesomeness that is Educanon.
If you love using videos in class or want to create a flipped or blended classroom, this site is going to be the best thing to happen to you right now! Educanon is a site (and can be found in the Chrome App Store) that allows the user to insert questions throughout a given video. You can even create your own video, save it to your Google Drive, and do this process! I love it! It is also super easy to incorporate with your Google Classroom with the sync feature they have. Check out more about it in my Under 5 video!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom