The second tool I chose was Today's Meet. Class discussions are an important part of reading and understanding literature, and this is a great way to bring technology into it. Using Today's Meet, the discussion is "on paper"-- it makes it easy for me to grade participation, and it benefits the student because 1) they can also see how their participation was graded, and 2) participating in a class discussion online may be less intimidating for my more introverted students. Because Today's Meet can be accessed at home, parents can see exactly what happened in today's class.
I can't wait to use these in my teaching!