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WCS Computers

RESOURCES

Better Lesson: A website that offers teachers Common Core-aligned math, science, ELA, and blended learning lessons. Teachers can provide feedback, download resources, and read Master Teachers’ commentary to aid implementation.

ELA/LITERACY

Education Genius: Close reading for the 21st Century! Education Genius lets students analyze and discuss any text line by line, online, either publicly or on a class page.

Open Culture The best free cultural and educational media on the web.

CommonLit: A collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms, organized by essential question.

NetGalley: Librarians, reviewers, educators (and students with book blogs!) can  browse by category to request advance reader copies of digital books in exchange for book reviews.

TheKidShouldSeeThis Searchable blog of 2,000+ smart and cool “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos curated by a parent, along with her 4-year-old and 7-year-old

Atlas Obscura: Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.

Story Toolz: Resources for authors, including word count meters, readability tools, story idea generators, half title generators, and more.

InkleWriter: Create choose-your-own-adventure-style stories.

Spell Up: Google spelling game

Quill.org: A free open-source tool with interactive writing/grammar lessons for middle school students.

NoRedInk: A freemium grammar instruction website that allows teachers to assign activities and track students by standard as they progress through personalized exercises.

PowToon

Collections:

The Best of Visual Writing Prompts

Self-Directed Learning

Grammar is a Way of Thinking About Language

Videos for Concepts, Questions, and Themes

Warm-ups & Exercises

ELA Common Core - 8th Grade Writing (W.8.1.-W.8.10)

SOCIAL STUDIES & GEOGRAPHY

World Digital Library: The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.

The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults

The Public Domain Review: Curated collections of images, books, audio, and film shining a light on curiosities and wonders from a wide range of online archives.

Wisconsin Media Lab: Amazing resources! Check them out!

Flocabulary: Access via Wisconsin Media Lab to get free weekly current events rap videos.

Geoguessr: Google Earth high score game. Land in 5 random places on Earth and guess where you are. The closer, the better your score! Try to beat 13,000..highest student score!

Pursued: You are kidnapped and dropped off in a random place. Use the clues around you to figure out which city you are in to make a call & be rescued!

History Pin

iCivics

Google Earth

CODING AND GAME DESIGN

Code Combat

Code Avengers

Lightbot

Mozilla Webmaker

Scratch

Kodu

RoboCode

Colobot

Fight Code: Web app to write Java robots & battle against friends.

CODING AND GAME DESIGN - ADVANCED

Hour of Code: 

Khan Academy: Computer Programming

Sploder

Gamestar Mechanic

TYPING

Tux Typing*: Desktop application for typing practice in game format & traditional.

Klavaro: Desktop application for typing practice.

Typing Club

Typing Web

Typing Lessons

Typing Web

Nitrotype

Fun To Type

Word Games

Dancemat

Good Typing

Power Typing

Typing Games

Typing Games for Kids

MATH & SCIENCE

Prodigy

Khan Academy

TenMarks

Xtramath

Wondermind: Mini-games and interactive films for children aged 8-12, designed to illustrate the neuroscience of the growing brain in child development in simple, fun ways.

Radix Endeavor: Massive Multiplayer Online Game created by MIT for STEM-based education. Students interact with a world full of math-based problems that need solving.

Lure of The Labyrinth: a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game.

HoodaMath

Cool Math Games

Mr Parr Videos

MUSIC

Beatlab: Choose from thousands of instruments and create an instrumental with an easy user interface beat creator.

Incredibox: Incredibox is a free musical app in which you can easily create a mix by running a band of beatboxers.

AudioTool: Learn how to use professional soundboards, equalizers, effects, etc. to create your own album, song, or loop.

Noteflight: Free with paid features. Primary functions are available free of charge.

MuseScore*: Desktop application to download and install. Create, play and print beautiful sheet music

Audacity*: Professional Audio Editing software. Desktop application to download and install.

DIG.ccmixter: Free music to use in video creation.

Soundzaboundz: Free resource for all Wisconsin Schools. Thousands of free downloadable music to use for media creation & presentations. Access via Badgerlink.

Historic American Sheet Music: Digitized collection of American sheet music through Duke University’s Digital Archives

VLC Media Player: Opens ANY audio or video file

LANGUAGE LEARNING

Sign Language Video Dictionary: Watch and study sign language using videos created for thousands of words & common phrases.

Duolingo For Schools: Free app for pc & mobile devices. Monitor your students progress from a teacher console & print reports.

Google Translate: Translate anything into a different language! Listen to the pronunciation & read translation in text format.

Live Mocha

Babbel

LESSON TOOLS & PRODUCTIVITY

Libre Office: Open any file format.

Socrative:

Schoology

TodaysMeet

Twitter

Kahoot: Create instant quiz-style games for your class. Must have devices to use.

ScreenFaceCam: Best Free Screencasting Tool Available. Includes webcam, audio, and HD quality! Made by a father for his son to make Minecraft Videos.

GRAPHICS AND VIDEO

GIMP

Pixlr

Inkscape

Bomomo

Videvo

OpenShot

WeVideo

Wordle

TagXedo

Screencast-o-matic

Pic Monkey

Voki: Avatar creator & video creator tool to use with avatars.

DaFont

Slides Carnival Google Slides templates