Getting to Know You

Here we go! The 2019–2020 school year has begun! This week, we are talking about some tech tools that can help you get to know your students a little better. Building community is so important at the start of the year and I was trying to brainstorm a few free tech tools to help you out.

Word Clouds

Our first tech tools can both create student word clouds. and allow students to share creations that describe who they are and what their interests are. It is a fun quick way to get to know each other.


Next up is a site that students can use to create digital vision boards. Students can choose from modern looking templates to create digital posters all about their favorite things. They can also share with peers and find common ground.

Voki is a very fun interactive site. It allows you to create fun avatars that talk. Students can choose from a large variety of characters to express themselves and introduce who they are to the class. You could even turn it into a guessing game to figure out which Voki belongs to each student. Our dog, Aleena, was excited to be our example. 🙂


Also, don’t forget to try Otter does on-demand, automated transcriptions. You get 600 minutes per month, free. That’s 10 hours. That’s a lot of text.


Try a few ideas and let me know how they turn out! Have a great start to the school year! Also, feel free to follow me on twitter @smartinwi or on Facebook at Tech Tools for Teachers where I share information throughout the week.

Transcript not yet available for this episode.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More Posts

The image shows a podcast cover art for the "Tech Tools for Teachers" podcast, featuring episode #179 with the title "SIMPOP Science Simulations". The cover art has a blue background with wavy lines and the podcast logo, and it shows a smiling woman with dark hair wearing a black top.

SimPop Science Simulations

Science and math teachers, this one is for you! As spring arrives, it’s a great time to try out SimPop, an easy to use simulation