Recently I asked Bon Digital Learning Academy graduates and educators across the UAE what their favorite education technology tools and websites are. See what they had to say below:
1) Maram, Grade 9 English teacher, Nad Al Hamr School, Dubai, UAE
- Reading A-Z: “I like it because it supplies me with a lot of different kinds of leveled books, short stories, vocabulary, grammar, phonics and lesson plans. I let my students read stories related to the themes I teach and I use the worksheets and quizzes supplied on the website.”
2) Kim, Teacher Development Specialist, Shamsa Bint Majid Preparatory and Secondary School, Umm Al Quwain, UAE
- LearnEnglishKids (British Council): “I can easily find stories from this site for middle school students. The stories are of different levels and cater to differentiation, which is really important since all our classes are of mixed abilities. These stories are animated and teachers can pause at any point to allow students to interact through questioning. Moreover, students can read and hear the words being read at the same time. I normally use stories from here as a launching pad to teach new vocabulary items,grammar, LSRW skills and also visual literacy… The story on Eid Al Fitr … has a task where student can write about their favourite day and post their writing online.”
3) Rob, Instructional Leadership Coordinator, Al Deya Middle School, Umm Al Quwain, UAE.
- “My popular choice is, of course TEDtalks–a primo site with amazing material for teachers to listen to and learn from. Much of it is far too difficult for our students (but perhaps the translations might help too.) I also like utilizing YouTube for material to take into class. but we have to be careful, especially here with selection of ‘appropriate’ materials…As Chair of TESOL.org’s Social Responsibility Interest Section, I frequently post websites for my colleagues on our elist. Two recently posted sites include Amazing Women Rock and ePals Team Earth.
4) Asma, Special Education Consultant, Dubai, UAE
- The International Reading Association and Read Write Think: “Both sites are loaded with information on how to promote, support and encourage literacy and reading across age groups. They provide evidence-based practical tools for parents & teachers, lesson plans, and many more resources that are sure to be very helpful at home and in the classroom!”
5) Kevin, Grade 4 Primary Years Teacher/Education Consultant, GEMS World Academy/KDSL
- MyMaths.co.uk: “Mymaths provides educators and students with online mathematics games, tasks, and homework. I have used the variety of online lessons and games during math workshop to engage my learners and as a source of differentiation where students selected mymaths.co.uk for their learning contracts.”
6) Robin, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Zayed University
- TeacherTube: “This site has a variety of features, from lesson plans to videos of classrooms at work. I find the videos particularly helpful in letting student teachers see particular strategies in practice before they try them in their practicum classroom. The sight also includes a variety of podcasts. Teachers can also contribute their own materials to share with educators around the globe.”
What are your favorite education websites? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section of this post! And, thanks to the educators above for sharing their favorite education websites with the Literacy is Priceless/Bon Education community!
Founder, Bon Education (home of the Bon Digital Learning Academy)