In the 21st century, it would be foolish to ignore the opportunities that technology opens up for teachers and students. The ability to share opinions and assessments via social media can underpin the use of any other online tool. Applications and programs such as GoogleDocs, GoogleCalendar, Wikipedia collaborative editing, using Wixie, and StudySync provide possibilities for interactive and practical learning and teaching. Other valuable tools are Lino notes, Apple’s GarageBand software for creating videos, and EdPuzzle educating videos.
In my work, I use GoogleDocs and GoogleCalendar, which present a comprehensive set of tools for online publishing of school assignments, the ability to upload finished work and ask the teacher questions in real-time. Using GoogleDocs, students can rate each other’s work according to a commonly accepted rubric. GoogleCalendar is very handy for making plans for lessons, in-class work, and homework assignments. If students are working on a joint project, they can also upload parts of the collaborative assignments to the cloud and comment on each other’s work.