Apr 29 / Wriggle Connect Ambassadors

Teachers' Top Time-Saving Tools

by the Wriggle Connect Ambassadors
As educators, we all know that a huge amount of time goes into preparing, assessing and grading student work in order to deliver the best experience for our students. But what if there were tools you could use on a daily basis that would not only save you time but make your lessons and assessments more engaging and interactive?

Our team of experienced teachers and Wriggle Connect Ambassadors share the top tools that save them lots of valuable time.
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My Top Time-Saving Grading Tool  

Conor Maxwell , Sandymount Park Educate Together Secondary School

My favourite classroom tool is Microsoft Teams Assignments. Students can upload their assignment in any format they want e.g PowerPoint, Video, Word document etc. and using a pre-designed rubric, the piece of work can be marked quickly and easily by the teacher. Feedback can then be given and the grades from all assignments are automatically stored centrally. This has completely changed the whole processing of assessing and grading student work for me. It saves me countless hours of my time and gives me a great comprehensive overview of student progression.   

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Check out our Teams Learning Pathway in the Courses section of the Wriggle Connect platform.
My Top Time-Saving Activity Creation Tool  

Dave Mulvaney , Crumlin Youthreach

Nearpod is a very flexible tools which allows the teacher to easily drag and drop stale and outdated powerpoints into Nearpod to create a Nearpod presentation. Once uploaded it is easy to use some of the activities within Nearpod to make the presentation interactive and more engaging for the learners. Presentations can be shared to a learners device in a classroom setting or assigned as homework for learners to complete at their own pace at the click of a button and any engagement the learner has with the lesson is record in the reporting section.   

Want to find out more about using Nearpod in class?
Watch out for our new training course on Nearpod launching over the coming weeks on Wriggle Connect.
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My Top Time-Saving Self-Assessment Tool  

Mark Delahunty, St Mary's National School   

Using Google forms for student self-assessment is both practical and easy. Using the drop down menu within Google forms allows students to assess their understanding of a topic. A spreadsheet is automatically generated that makes it easier to identify any students that need additional support. I find it brilliant for giving students responsibility for their own learning.
My Top Time-Saving Teacher Organisation Tool

Evan Dunne, St Mary's CBS Portlaoise

The shortcuts app on iPad is something I use to save time every single day. By creating and using shortcuts on iPad, I can complete tasks such as marking attendance, viewing eBooks and creating PDF’s in one touch of a button. It is also great practice for entry-level coding!
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My Top Time-Saving Revision Tool  

Julie Anne de Brún, Scoil Mhuire, Maigh Cuilinn

The top tools I use for revision in all subjects are Kahoot and Wordwall to revise basic concepts, grammar and spelling in both English and Irish and for numeracy topics. There are teacher generated tests made on these apps which work on all devices so you can either input your own data into Kahoot for tests/games or use some public quizzes that other teachers may have made which saves a lot of time and really engages students in the revision process. My students love revising with these tools as they feel like they are participating in ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’
My Top Time-Saving Tool for Recording Students’ Work  

Shane Greene, Clooney NS  

I find using the video recording function on iPad a very effective time-saving tool for recording pupils’ work. Pupils use this feature for recording science investigations and results of experiments. These can then easily be shared with me in class via Airdrop for demonstration purposes or uploaded to our school online learning platform.
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My Top Time-Saving Tool for Self-Correcting Assessment  

Eoghan O Neill, Scoil Phádraig BNS


Socrative is an assessment app that allows teachers to ask multiple choice, true or false or open ended questions. Images and other media can easily be incorporated. Once you make an assessment once using the app, it can be shared with other teachers. The best part is that you will never have to physically correct an assessment again. The app produces a visual breakdown of each students performance on each question, allowing you to target weak spots immediately on an individual level from one quick glance.
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About the Authors

Our Wriggle Connect Ambassadors are experienced Irish teachers, Apple Professional learning Specialists, Apple Distinguished Educators and Microsoft Innovative Educators who have extensive experience and expertise in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.


As Wriggle Connect Ambassadors, they have created the Learning Pathways on the new Wriggle Connect Platform and the new Wriggle Connect Family Platform for Student and Parents, launching soon!!!

To learn more about the courses available to teachers on the Wriggle Connect Platform, click on the courses section if you have a Wriggle Connect account, or sign up for a FREE 14 day sample training course on the Wriggle Connect platform today!