Teachers need to use technology wisely in their classrooms. It should not be about bells and whistles; if technology is distracting then it certainly is not helping students to learn or grow. When using technology, we need to make sure it is either Effective, Efficient, or Enhancing our lesson.
Here are three tools that I found to be useful and which "E" they fall under:
I found this lesson plan through the Smithsonian's educational site. It includes descriptions of standards that it meets, subject categories it falls under, additional resources, and how-to's. This is an example of Efficiency through technology. This offers quick access to thorough and in-depth knowledgeable resources.
Bring history to life in the classroom! This offers an idea of how to instill a curiosity about history in students. This is an example of Enhancement, because first students learn in-depth about a certain time period, place, and event, then use role-play to explore life had they been alive at that time.
This easy test maker site allows teachers to Efficiently create tests and quizzes. This saves time on formatting and looks more professional.