Lesson Planning and Collaboration
School Uses: Classroom communication - letting students know the schedule, due dates, what they missed, links to resources, etc. Great for students who were absent. Students can also create their own blogs to work on projects and share with others. Classroom collaboration and discussion - post a topic and students discuss it in the comments. Example: http://mrandradesphysics.blogspot.com/
School Uses: Lesson plans, schedule, notes, web clippings, can share notes also. Great way to keep track of your lesson plans, take notes, clip notes and web pages, scan and attach files, search your files, including text in images. You can also share the notes with your students and even collaborate on notes together. Works on Windows, PC, by Internet, and on smart phones.
School Uses: Create a classroom website with links, resources, downloads - great for students who are absent or lost a handout. Students can also create web sites as an assignment.
School Uses: On demand Professional Development and Personal Learning Network, classroom discussions, back-channel discussions and more. (Not always available due to web blocking software, but if you use iGoogle and TwitterGadget you can get around the blocking software.)
URL: [http://voicethread.com/ ]
School Uses: Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
School Uses: Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities.
Smithsonian Museum Panoramas
Now students can explore the world with simulations that are so realistic, they will believe they have left the classroom. Demo five of the best virtual field trips on the web: Virtual Field Trip
Math by Design
School Uses: Provides students the opportunity to learn geometry and measurement concepts in a virtual environment. As junior architects of a community park and environmental center, students are tasked with building a skateboard ramp, planning a picnic area and other fun interactive challenges
Everything you need to know about brainstorming - rules, free training including a random word generator. Creative and lateral thinking problem. Brainstorming and problem solving software, techniques, activities. Brain Storming and Mind Maps / Mind Mapping
National Geographic Kids
Word It Out
School Uses: Creates word clouds using this tool. Copy and paste student essays into WorditOut to highlight frequently used words and ideas. Build literacy skills with it by having students add synonyms and antonyms into the word cloud. Use it for classroom polls to easily demonstrate the outcomes. Copy and paste text from classic literature to compare and contrast the major themes.
Make Beliefs Comix
School Uses: Exciting/important ways to use it in schools: This comic strip generator can be used to create comic strips that comment on local or national politics Students can use the comic characters as surrogates for them to talk about and examine their lives, their problems, their challenges and their anxieties. You can even have students who are learning new foreign languages write their text in languages they are studying.
School Uses: This online notice board maker can be used to gather ideas within your classroom or a broader audience. Use Wallwisher for book reviews, thematic studies, as a suggestion box, or even a K-W-L.
School Uses: Exciting/important ways to use it in schools: This search tool takes a category and creates a starter 'square' of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web. Use it to classify books by genre, research endangered animals, or compare and contrast politicians.
Tell Me a Story: Web Tools for Digital Storytelling
School Uses: ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life.
School Uses: My StoryMaker is another great tool that allows students to create “books” that they can publish online and share with their classmates, teachers, and relatives. Although it may be intended for young users, this is a great scalable Web Tool that can be put to use in any classroom - from Elementary School Science to High School Literature.
School Uses: Museum Box is a site that provides the tools for teachers and students to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life, or a period in history? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
Google Search Stories
Exciting/important ways to use it in schools: Google Search Story Creator allows teachers and students to quickly and easily tell a digital story using a Google Search. The user selects a search term (up to 7 of them) and type of search (Web, Images, Blog, etc.). Then they can select a genre of music and voila - An instant YouTube submission of your Search Story. This can be a very powerful tool for a whole variety of subjects. Fast, fun, free!
Picture Book Maker
School Uses: Picture Book Maker is a simple to use story creation tool that gives you five characters, eight backgrounds, and a whole lot of objects to place in a "picture book" and create a story with. It is not as full featured or robust as My StoryMaker, but perhaps it would be even better suited for older students using this medium to tell a story (recreate a historical event, retell a Shakespearean play, etc.) because it doesn't give you as much guidance. It is also nice tool to work with for language arts skill building.
“Jumping Off” Points for Finding MORE
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators
eduTecher (Adam Bellow)
Thumann Resources (Lisa Thumann)
Educational Technology Guy (David Andrade)
Free Tech 4 Teachers (Richard Byrne)
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