Groovy New Tech Tools

Since I started with DPI, I have had the opportunity to explore, use, and tinker with a variety of GREAT tech tools.  Here are a very few of my absolute favorites.




1.  Today’s Meet:   This free resource helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.  Encourage the room/class/faculty/etc. to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.  We have used this resource in Summer Institutes, principals’ meetings, regional meetings, etc.

2. Prezi:  Prezi takes presentation making to a different level.  Present anywhere you have internet access.  Share your prezi with others, collaborate online, and edit together.  For examples of Prezis we have used, go to our wiki:


3.  Poll Everywhere: This web-based response tool replaces expensive automated student-response systems.  Free up to 30 participants, poll everywhere allows you to poll students, teachers, or any other groups of people.  It is easy and inexpensive.  All your participants need is a cell phone, iPad, or computer.


4.  Doodle:  Free of charge and without registration, Doodle allows you to plan meeting times by getting feedback about participant availability.


5.  Wallwisher:  This online notice board maker allows you to gather information, complete formative assessments, and inform your next meeting, class, or conversation.  Again, this resource is free.  Like all of these resources, you can set up a wallwisher in a matter of just a couple of minutes.


6.  Lino:  Take a note right away, wherever you are.  Share an idea with colleagues, students, work groups, friends.  You can put a sticky up, remove a sticky, or revise your sticky.  Another free resource, lino allows yet another opportunity for brainstorming and/or formative assessment.



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2 responses to “Groovy New Tech Tools

  1. Hi Heather,

    Thanks for featuring Poll Everywhere as a groovy tech tool!

    One thing to mention is our educator plans support 40 participants by default, and we also have a special K12 Classroom Size Promise that accommodates teachers with larger class sizes at this level!

    Thanks again for the shout out!


    • Heather Mullins

      Steve, this is great news! I stand corrected on the number of participants. We used the 500+ package this summer as we traveled the state and provide professional development. What a great tool! 🙂

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