Classroom capabilities are ever-changing and evolving. New technologies are constantly emerging — making our jobs as educators easier and often more fulfilling, and creating a rich learning environment for our students. From the super high-tech to the simplest of innovations, new products can create a world of difference in your classroom. Interested in making some small investments, but not sure where to begin? Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the hottest gadgets for teachers in 2020. Check it out!
Organize anything and everything. With the internet-enabled database, you can just scan the barcode and immediately identify your items. Organize your classroom media collection with one click. Print detailed reports, sort by title, and even comparison shop. A-ma-zing.
This mini projector can display items right from your phone, tablet, or computer. How cool is that? With built-in speakers, your presentations will never be the same.
A VR headset can bring new vision to your students’ learning. Show the devastation of WWII, explore the Wall of China, or track the living creatures in the depths of the ocean. Give your students memorable experiences without leaving the classroom!
No matter what you teach, keep even wandering minds active with this digital wall clock that requires working a math problem to find the time. Proven to improve math skills within four weeks.
Studying just got WAY more fun. These flashcards come with a free app so your students can handwrite their own flashcards for maximum retention and then quiz themselves from their phones.
Students are often full of rambunctious energy and sometimes things break. But instead of tossing them, what if you could fix them and save money for yourself and the school budget? Bondic is a liquid-plastic formula that provides a lasting hold on any surface such as metal, wood, glass, plastic, and more. Fix those toys, furniture, and teaching tools in a snap.
Harmful chemicals and overwhelming perfume smells are unacceptable in the classroom. But let’s face it. Sometimes your classroom gets stinky. StankStix are perfect to help you breathe easier. All-natural, you can stick them to anything and rid that odor permanently. PHEW!
School heaters can be fickle. You know the drill — dressing in countless layers to cope with the varying temperatures. OR you can use the HandyHeater. Warm up in no time and even plan ahead with a nifty timer! Set the thermostat to your temperature preferences and stay warm all winter.
Okay — not really a gadget for your classroom. But you are on your feet every day and you have those great shoes in your closet. Wear the shoes you love without the pain that so often keeps you from wearing them. Teach in style AND comfort.
What’s better than being able to take those notes and put them immediately into the computer? Smartpens take your handwriting from any paper surface and digitize them for sharing and searching in any format you may need. The Livescribe can also record and store your audio notes.
Use this list as inspiration and make yourself a wishlist. Buy a few of the more affordable products or go ahead and splurge on some of the bigger ticket items. You will definitely get your money’s worth with these — and an awesome classroom is priceless.