Despite that final term being so surreal and exhausting, hundreds of you still took the time to post resource reviews on EdTech Impact. Thanks so much – it’s fantastic to see that, in the darkest of times, educators take the time to help others find the right EdTech for their schools.
We figure that if a teacher or school leader wants to leave a 5-star review raving about a platform or product while trying to keep so many plates spinning, then we ought to publicly recognise both the reviewer and the reviewee! So here are five EdTech resources that were loved by schools during the final term (in alphabetical order, all with an average score of 4/5 or higher) and the educators who’ve found them useful:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.95/5 from 14 reviews
Educake is an award-winning online homework and revision platform for Maths, English, Science and Geography. Designed for ease-of-use, homework can be set in seconds and the tests are marked for you. You also get to enjoy immediate insights into strengths and weaknesses, and students receive instant feedback.
Pete Clarke, 2nd in Science at Chatsmore Catholic High School, says:
“Educake is really easy to use. Teachers can set up homework in seconds, and students can set themselves tests too. Brilliant for independent learners. It’s really slick too. Very quick to navigate the site. Customer Service is excellent – they’re always looking to improve and really value ideas from teachers. They respond really quickly to questions too. Any issues are dealt with promptly. They’ll even add all your student users and produce login details in grid format so you can easily print these out for your classes. Highly recommended.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.75/5 from 49 reviews
GCSEPod’s engaging format and the key exam content in their Pods makes it easy to learn, understand and – most importantly – to recall. For teachers, they can help you to be better prepared, to speed up your planning and marking, to assess student progress and focus intervention where needed.
Bonnie Griffiths, Head of English at Ludlow Church of England School, says:
“The Pods and the support materials are tailored to specific exam specifications, which saves huge amounts of time trawling through materials to find exactly what’s needed. Everything GCSEPod produces looks professional, so students value it. It’s easy to monitor student usage and GCSE Pod’s impact. Also, the ongoing support from GCSEPod is regular and helpful – our department hasn’t just been abandoned by GCSEPod now they have our custom. We feel valued and supported by them.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 from 11 reviews
Kide Science is a STEAM-learning innovation that provides for kindergarten, preschool and afterschool educators top quality and scalable curriculum materials online to implement early science education in a playful way.
Olli Kamunen, an Early Childhood Education Specialist in Northedu, Finland, says:
“Good designed teacher training which you can complete online, also well-prepared lesson plan with interesting characters makes science FUN to learn.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 from 3 reviews
In a now>press>play experience, every child is given a pair of wireless headphones. Immersed in sound, they become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget.
Donna Shah, Assistant Digital Learning Adviser at Cognita Schools, says:
“I would give Now>Press>Play at Home a score of 11 if I could! All the content in the experiences has been created with the students in mind: their age, vocabulary, even the topics are linked to the curriculum. Added to this is the fact that an experience can be revisited as many times as you like, each time the focus may be tweaked such as linking to social and emotional elements.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 from 11 reviews
Through Wakelet’s integrations with several EdTech platforms – including Flipgrid, Microsoft Teams, Buncee and more – users can add a broad range of content items to engage students, colleagues and parents. It’s not only easy to organise detailed, visually stunning collections, but is also seamless to share with other users.
Rachel Coathup, Lead teacher Technology for learning at Cheam Common Junior Academy, says:
“Wakelet is fantastic for storing ideas, resources, videos, tweets and more. As a teacher I don’t know where I’d be without Wakelet. I used to have a list of about 300 sites bookmarked so whenever I was looking for a resource I could never find. With Wakelet I can have all my tweets, links, videos, add text and more and they can easily be embedded and shared.”
Updated on: 25 August 2020