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Transforming Elementary Education: My Top 3 Educational Tools to Engage Students

In today's ever-evolving educational field, elementary teachers are seeking ways to innovate and engage their students. Technology integration in the classroom is a game-changer and offers new avenues for interactive learning experiences. In this blog post, I will present my top three educational tools and I will discuss the advantages and challenges they bring. Together we will explore how they can engage our learners and provide insights into implementing these tools into our instruction.


  • Enhanced Engagement: Educational tools offer dynamic and interactive content that captures our student's attention and keeps them actively involved in the learning process which leads to improved retention and a deeper understanding of the topic being taught.

  • Personalized Learning: There are many technology tools that are designed to help students learn in a specific way that meets their individual needs. This allows teachers to tailor instruction to each student's learning style and pace.

  • Access: The internet is a wealth of knowledge and educational resources that range from interactive simulations to multimedia content that enriches the learning experience.


  • Connectivity Issues: Not all students have access to internet at home and this can hinder their ability to engage with online educational tools and resources.

  • Curriculum Integration: Seamless technology integration can be challenging for non-tech-savvy teachers. It may require additional training and planning.

  • Costs: The initial cost of technology devices and software licenses could be a hindrance for schools with a limited budget.


My Top 3 Tools

Google Workspace for Education

Google Workspace is my favorite tool because it has the most versatile tools and resources to streamline my daily activities while enhancing classroom engagement.

I create lesson plans using Google Slides. It allows me to create visually appealing presentations that include text, images, and multimedia elements. I organize my slides to match what I am teaching that day. It makes it easy for me to seamlessly flow from one subject the the next making it easy to plan and structure my curriculum for the entire week.

I design interactive lessons in my daily slides that captivate my student's attention. I insert links to the educational websites we use on a daily basis. I insert links to websites and embed videos and interactive games. I create various slide shows for the different subjects that I insert into my daily slides. I am able to create games and interactive elements that make teaching a breeze. I am able to make learning more engaging and I am able to adjust my teaching in real-time based on my students' responses.

I could use collaborative learning through Google Slides in order to allow my students to work together on team projects which would promote teamwork and communication. As a second-grade teacher, my students have limited technology skills so this is not something that I use, but it could be beneficial to other teachers.

Google Slides allows me to add visual aids to support my instruction. I can display charts and diagrams in a visually appealing manner. This helps me to reinforce learning objectives to my students.

Google Suits is particularly useful for remote or hybrid learning. Teachers can easily share their slideshows with students in Google Classroom so that students have access to educational content from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection.


Google Suits is a versatile tool that empowers elementary teachers to streamline their daily activities, create engaging lessons, and foster collaboration among students. It is user-friendly and cloud-based making is easily accessible. It is an invaluable resource for educators who want to enhance the learning experience and effectively manage their classroom, both in person and in a virtual setting when necessary.


Kahoot! is an interactive gamification site that provides elementary teachers a valuable tool to engage and educate their students. Kahoot! add an element of fun and competition into the classroom that makes learning exciting for students. The platform allows teachers to create interactive quizzes, surveys, and discussions and turn them into engaging games. The gamified approach not only captivates students' attention, but it encourages active participation which motivates students to master the content.

Kahoot! also serves as a formative assessment tool. Teachers can gauge student understanding in real-time by posing questions during a lesson or after a lesson is taught, teachers can gain an immediate understanding on what students understand and where they may need additional support. This provides teachers with data that allows them to adapt their instruction to their student's specific learning needs.

Kahoot! allows teachers to customize the assessments and quizzes to their student's individual needs. This is invaluable in today's classrooms where students have diverse learning styles and paces. Teachers are able to use the tools on Kahoot! to create various types of questions to assess the different aspects of a topic which helps to accommodate the various learning preferences of their students.

Kahoot! is accessible on computers and mobile devices which helps it to be a versatile tool for a variety of classroom settings. Kahoot! allows students to participate remotely helping all students be active participants in the learning experience.

Kahoot! empowers elementary teachers to make learning a dynamic and engaging experience. It provides a gamified approach that gives teachers valuable insight into a student's progress and encourages collaboration. Kahoot! is easy to use making it a valuable addition for teachers.


Scratch is a visual programming language that was developed to help elementary teachers create engaging tools that can help enhance a student's learning experience. Scratch enables students to become creators by designing interactive stories, games, and animations. Students are encouraged to think critically and solve problems while learning basic coding skills. Scratch introduces students to basic programming skills through a user-friendly, block coding interface. This makes it ideal for students with no coding experience.

Elementary teachers can use Scratch to promote hands-on, experimental learning that allows students to experiment and make mistakes learning through a trial and error approach. This is highly effective with elementary teachers because it encourages resilience and problem-solving skills which is an essential part of academic and personal growth.

Scratch provides opportunities for cross-curricular integration into various subjects such as math, science, and art which makes Scratch a versatile tool for interdisciplinary learning. Teachers are able to design projects that reinforce key concepts and promote creativity while aligning with their curriculum.

Scratch offers an online community where students can collaborate. This can help students develop a sense of belonging while inspiring them to pursue coding and computer science skills beyond the classroom.

Scratch offers an easy-to-follow drag-and-drop style interface that makes it accessible to a wide variety of learners that includes all students regardless of their diverse learning abilities. It promotes inclusivity and encourages all students to engage in coding activities.

Scratch empowers elementary teachers to nurture creativity and critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a hands-on, interactive way. It is a tool for engaging students. Scratch helps prepare students for life in the digital age.


While technology integration provides challenges, the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. These tools offer teachers engaging ways to interact with their students and assess them in a fun way. It is important to remember that technology is a means to an end. It is a tool and should be treated as such.

Effective teaching is the heart of education.

Technology is a tool that enhances a teacher's ability to engage and inspire their students. Technology can help teachers to foster a love of learning in their students, but it can never replace the influence of a good teacher. Technology is a powerful tool that is ever evolving. As teachers, we must always be evaluating our own teaching practice as we move forward in this digital age.

Khaldi, A., Bouzidi, R., & Nader, F. (2023). Gamification of e-learning in higher education: a systematic literature review. Smart Learning Environments, 10(1), 10.

Smith, M. G., & Schlaack, N. (2021). Teaching during a Pandemic: Elementary Candidates' Experiences with Engagement in Distance Education. IAFOR Journal of Education, 9(4), 7-22.



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