I'm left handed and have always found it very awkward to write on a marker board. How do I hold the marker... do I write normally or cursive seems to look better but kids cannot read that. So I've always dreaded writing directions for my classroom on the board. This past year I was introduced to a very simple edu tech tool called ClassroomScreen. And it has forever changed how I will manage my classroom.
How It Works
ClassroomScreen is a webpage that you can customize. Add note pads for text information like; today's agenda, a quick write or directions for an activity. There are many other great tools; a stoplight to manage classroom behavior, a volume level chart or a tool that can use your computer's microphone to literally show the noise level in the room. I use the timer a lot myself to display how much time is left for my students to complete the current activity. One very interesting tool I haven't had a chance to test out yet is a QR code generator so you can copy a URL paste it there and then students only have to point their tablet or computer at the screen to travel right to where you are. These are just some of the tools and there are many great backgrounds to choose from including Gifs! There is also the option to upload an image of your own if you want a more personal touch.
I may not ever use all of the tools on ClassroomScreen but it will be a tool that I use for many years to come because it has so many little things all packed into one workspace. I don't need to flip between tabs or change my screen every few seconds to pull up the next "Doc" for the kids it all in one place. The only thing I would love to see added is a profile feature for a teacher to have presents saved.