Technology continues to play an important role in classrooms across the country, but especially in elementary schools. In some cases the classroom is where elementary students are being first introduced to technology and learning how to effectively use it. This means that the tech you bring into your classroom can have a big impact on your little learners.
While you may not have a lot of control over the district wide technology your school uses, you can pick and choose which free technology makes the most sense in your classroom. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide that contains 17 different free teacher technology tools for you to add to your classroom.
Free Teacher Organization Tools
Trello is a project management tool that uses boards, lists, and cards to help you visually organize and prioritize your tasks. It allows you to create to-do lists, set deadlines, and more to help you organize your work in and out of the classroom.
Trello can be a great lesson planning tool if you like to use both visual and text based planning. You can create a Trello board for each subject and create lists for different units or topics within. Then in each list you can create cards for individual lessons with objectives, materials, and activities.
Notion is an all-in-one workspace that allows you to create notes, databases, task lists, and more. It provides a flexible and customizable platform for organizing various aspects of your teaching.
You can use Notion for general task management or for lesson planning by embedding files, links, and multimedia into lessons and units that you can easily reference and update as necessary.
Planboard is a digital lesson planning tool that allows you to create and organize your lesson plans online. It offers features like drag-and-drop scheduling, curriculum alignment, and the ability to attach resources.
Planboard can help you create individualized lesson plans for students with diverse needs. You can customize lessons by embedding accommodations, modifications, or additional resources to help you facilitate differentiated instruction in your classroom.
Padlet is a digital bulletin board that allows you to collect, curate, and collaborate on ideas, resources, and projects. It provides a visual and interactive platform for sharing and organizing information. You can also use Padlet to create a board to collect and organize online resources for a specific unit or topic.
Free STEM teaching tools
Kodable is an educational game that helps teach Kindergarten through 5th graders the basics of computer science and programming in a fun and engaging way. With interactive games and activities, students learn concepts like sequencing, loops, conditionals, debugging, and more in addition to creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Prodigy is an online math game that combines an immersive role-playing game with math practice. It covers a wide range of math topics and adjusts the difficulty level based on each student's progress and skill level. Prodigy can be used in math centers in your classroom or as a tool for differentiated math practice.
While typically better for older elementary students, Code.org has a wide variety of free resources to help students learn computer science and coding concepts. Code.org’s Hour of Code activities make for a great and engaging way to bring coding fun into your classroom.
Free Reading tools
ReadWorks is a non-profit organization that offers a vast collection of reading comprehension passages, question sets, and other resources. It provides high-quality, leveled texts across various genres and subjects to support reading instruction.
Epic! is a digital library for kids that offers access to thousands of books, both fiction and non-fiction, across different reading levels. It provides an interactive reading experience with features like read-to-me audio, quizzes, and personalized recommendations.
Book Creator is a digital tool that allows students to create their own interactive e-books. It provides a user-friendly platform for students to write, illustrate, and publish their stories or informational texts.
Free Interactive teaching tools
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that allows you to create interactive quizzes, discussions, and surveys. Students participate using their own devices, making learning interactive and fun. You can use Kahoot! to review concepts you’ve covered in class or as a nice review before a quiz or test.
Quizlet is an online learning tool that offers flashcards, quizzes, and study games. It allows you and your students to create their own study sets or access pre-made resources. Practicing vocab with flashcards or reviewing content online are two great ways to incorporate Quizlet in your classroom.
EdPuzzle is an interactive video platform that allows teachers to customize and enhance educational videos. You can add questions, quizzes, and notes to engage students and assess their comprehension.
Looking for more teaching resources? Check out our guide on the best online teaching tools to bring into your classroom.
Did we miss any of your favorite free technology or STEM tools? Send us a note on social media @Kodable to let us know what tools you love using in the classroom!