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CURRICULUM TOOLS
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Audio/Video
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Soundtrapfree/premiumapp, web basedsoundtrap.comcreate podcasts, songs, audio tracks, sound effects, etc. easily and quickly and collaboratively (if desired)
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VideoNot.esfreeweb basedhttp://www.videonot.es/this website allows user to take notes while watching a video and later review the video as it corresponds with the notes; syncs with Google Drive
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Augmented Reality
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Aurasmafree/premiumapp, web basedhttps://www.aurasma.com/create images with scannable areas that display information/resources
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Quiverfree/premiumapp, web basedhttp://quivervision.com/bring illustrations to life with this augmented reality app (students color images, then scanned images show movement)
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Google Add-ons for Curriculum
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Autocratfreeadd onhttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/autocrat/ppgnklghfnlijoafjjkpoakpjjpdkgdj?hl=en-USSHEETS: merge data from sheets into docs or sheets
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Awesome ScreenshotfreeChrome extensionhttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/awesome-screenshot-screen/nlipoenfbbikpbjkfpfillcgkoblgpmj/reviews?utm_source=chrome-ntp-iconCHROME: allows user to screenshot, annotate, highlight, add arrows, and edit then can place this into their screencast
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EquatIOfree/premiumChrome/extchrome web store (equatio)easily insert mathematic expressions into google docs or forms
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Journal, Portfolio, Publishing
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Boomwriterfree/premiumweb basedhttp://boomwriter.com/StoryWritercollaborative, scaffolded narrative writing
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Instructablesfreeweb basedhttp://www.instructables.com/how-to for anything and everything; great for research and brainstorming
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Kidblogpremiumapp/webhttp://kidblog.org/home/easy and intuitive blogging for younger students
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SeeSawfree app/webhttp://web.seesaw.me/students create and share digital portfolios
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Storybirdweb basedhttps://storybird.com/create and read visual storybooks
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Storyboard Thatfree/premiumweb basedstoryboardthat.comcreate visual storyboards easily and dynamically
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Storyjumperfree/premiumweb basedhttps://www.storyjumper.com/create, publish, and order storybooks with dynamics such as photo and audio
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Storywarsfreeweb based w/ Chrome exthttps://www.storywars.net/landingCAUTION: not appropriate for all ages because this is an open domain resource; great tool for leveraging authentic audiences and finding examples
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Writeaboutfree/premiumweb basedhttp://www.writeabout.com/Blog-type format that utilizes pictures to inspire writing, also has a recording feature
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LiteracyLiteracyLiteracyLiteracyLiteracy
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Newselafree/premiumany devicehttps://newsela.com/Read articles & take quizzes on-the-go. Adjust article reading level
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Readable.iofreeweb-basedreadable.iocopy and paste text into form and it will analyze the lexile score
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Reading Gluefree web basedhttps://www.readingglue.com/Reading log/progress tracker for students/classes (they enter/log reading, teachers can monitor progress and info, etc.)
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ReadTheoryfreewebhttp://readtheory.org/assign readings with quick formative tools attached
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Read Worksfreeweb-basedhttps://www.readworks.org/leveled and topical readings for academic use
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Math
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Desmosfreeweb basedhttps://www.desmos.com/digital graphing tool for interactive, visual mathematics
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EquatIOfree/premiumChrome/extchrome web store (equatio)easily insert mathematic expressions into google docs or forms
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Geogebrafreeweb/appwww.geogebra.comgeometry and graphing online
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Mind Mapping Tools
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Cogglefree Web basedhttps://coggle.itbasic mind-mapping tool with limited customizability
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Google DrawingsfreeWeb baseddrawings.google.comcustom design tool that is great for mind mapping because of layering and connecting tools
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Padletfree/premiumany devicehttps://padlet.com/Use to hold a discussion forum in a stream or grid or "mind map" and brainstorm; also seen as a portfolio tool
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Popplet free/premiumiPadhttp://popplet.com/intuitive, dynamic mind-mapping; easier to use for younger students
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PDF Editors:
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Cute PDFfreeweb basedwww.cutepdf.comDelete, crop, and merge pdfs
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Doc Hubfreeapp (Chrome)https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dochub-edit-and-sign-pdf/adgncicbhbjfpijkdmbijninnhnmiblj?hl=en-USedit, fax, and sign PDFs along with additional features like merging multiple documents
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KamifreeChrome extension
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kami-pdf-sign-edit-review/iljojpiodmlhoehoecppliohmplbgeij?hl=en
Annotate on PDFs; download, share, and save; add or delete pages
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Screencasting
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DocerifreeiOS apphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doceri-interactive-whiteboard/id412443803?mt=8iOS app for creating videos of annotated lessons (can insert images, text, shapes, etc.)
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EducreationsfreeiOS app/websitehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educreations-interactive-whiteboard/id478617061?mt=8app and website that allows users to create whiteboard lessons with multiple pages/slides, images, text, drawings, blank or lined backgrounds (including grids), and more
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Explain Everythingfree/premiumiOS app w/ websitehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explain-everything-classic/id431493086?mt=8app and website for creating dynamic video lessons with drawing tools, text tools, inserting media options, etc.
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Nimbusfree/premiumChrome extension, desktop apphttp://nimbus.everhelper.me/screenshot.phpscreen capture or screencast with Nimbus; annotate images, save videos as files or share online
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QuicktimefreeMac softwarehttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201066use quicktime on a Mac to record the screen (saves as a video file on your hard drive)
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Screencast-O-Maticfreeweb based, desktop appwww.screencastomatic.comdesktop application for recording your screen that includes drawing tools to annotate while you record
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ScreencastifyfreeChrome extensionhttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/screencastify-screen-vide/mmeijimgabbpbgpdklnllpncmdofkcpn?hl=enChrome extension for recording the current tab or your entire screen; saves as a sharable web media link in Google Drive or Youtube
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ShowMefreeiOS apphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard/id445066279?mt=8use this app as an interactive whiteboard to record lessons
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ViewedItfree Chrome extensionhttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/viewedit-%E2%80%93-screen-voice-a/jiihcciniecimeajcniapbngjjbonjan?hl=enrecords screen or tab and webcam; notifies when a recipient watches the recording
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ViewPurefreeweb basedhttp://viewpure.com/lets teachers stream YouTube videos without suggested content or comments
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Self-Paced
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Blendspacefree web basedblendspace.comstudent-paced "webquest" kind of tool for delivering and track progress in dynamic lessons
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Symbaloo Learning Pathsfree web basedhttp://learningpaths.symbaloo.com/create student-paced lessons by adding resources, links, or media as well as quick assessment pieces and differentiation
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Video Creation
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Animotofree/premiumweb basedhttps://animoto.com/blend music, photos, and videos into a professional-quality video (all videos on the free trial are watermarked)
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ChatterpixfreeiOShttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chatterpix-kids-by-duck-duck/id734046126?mt=8this iOS app allows users to add a mouth to an image and insert audio (turning the image into a talking/singing image)
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EdPuzzlefreeweb basedhttps://edpuzzle.com/use videos from youtube, khan, etc. (or upload your own) to create a video lesson or video assessment by adding questions, comments, audio notes, etc. (connects seamlessly with Google Classroom)
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iMoviefreeiOS app, Mac apphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8create videos easily and intuitively with the industry-leading movie-making software (iPad or Mac only)
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MoveNotefreeweb-based, Chrome extensionhttp://www.movenote.com/Create video presentations with this creative application. EverNote allows you to add content such as documents, graphs, images, etc. Once added, you then record yourself using a webcam and what you are doing on the screen.
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PlayPositfreeweb-basedhttps://www.playposit.com/break up video and insert questions/quizzes. Monitor student understanding and which students have viewed the video. Tutuorial
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PowToonfree/premiumweb-basedhttps://www.powtoon.com/create dynamic animated videos quickly and easily
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Sock PuppetsfreeiOS apphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sock-puppets/id394504903?mt=8create lip-sync videos by matching animations to audio (easy and entertaining)
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TedEd Videofreeweb basedhttp://ed.ted.com/featured/fdEZMv7t#reviewTedEd allows teachers to create interactive video lessons that have questions, additional information, resources, and reflect on a video topic.
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VideoANTfreeweb-basedhttps://ant.umn.edu/annotate videos from YouTube and share as video lessons
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WeVideofree/premiumChrome apphttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wevideo-video-editor-and/okgjbfikepgflmlelgfgecmgjnmnmnnb?hl=enChrome-based video production tool; add video clips, images, screencasts, and other media to create dynamic videos; free version limited to 5 minutes
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Video Downloading
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Video Downloader ProfessionalFreeChrome Extensionhttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/video-downloader-professi/elicpjhcidhpjomhibiffojpinpmmpilDownload videos from web sites or just collect them in your video list without downloading them. Does not work with YouTube.
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KeepvidFreeWeb basedhttp://keepvid.com/Download or save videos from youtube, etc. (works inconsistently depending on copyright situations)
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Visual Design
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Aviaryfreeweb basedhttps://www.aviary.com/online photo editor
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Build with Chrome (legos)freeweb basedhttps://www.buildwithchrome.comthis site allows users to build Lego structures on Google Maps
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Canvafree/premiumweb basedhttp://canva.com/visual design tool for creating images, icons, infographics, visually dynamic presentations; large stockpile of free CC visuals like graphics, pictures, icons, illustrations, etc.; drag and drop
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Google DrawingsfreeWeb baseddrawings.google.comcustom design tool that is great for mind mapping because of layering and connecting tools
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Piktochartfree/premiumweb basedhttp://piktochart.com/visual design tool for creating images, icons, infographics, visually dynamic presentations; drag and drop
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Voice Recorders
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MicNotefreeweb basedhttps://www.micnote.audio/voice recorded notes; automatically timestamps for easy reference and editing; edit recordings later
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Vocaroofreeweb basedvocaroo.comrecord voice, then share/send link to recording (no download needed)
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Voice Recorderfreeweb-basedwww.online-voice-recorder.comrecord, trim, and share audio clips easily and quickly with this free website
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Website Builders
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New Google Sitesfreeweb based*visit your Google Drive and click "New" OR sites.google.com/newquickly create simple, clean, professional sites with drag and drop tools and Google integration
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Symbaloofreeweb basedsymbaloo.comLIMITED website curator that allows teachers to create a "webside dashboard" that looks like clickable apps
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Weeblyfree/premiumweb basedhttps://www.weebly.com/block-style drag-and-drop website builder; dynamic design features
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Wordpressfree/premiumweb basedhttps://wordpress.com/com-vs-org/?sgmt=gb&utm_source=adwords&utm_campaign=G_Search_Brand_Desktop_US_en_x_x&utm_medium=cpc&keyword=wordpress&creative=184568523111&campaignid=643989766&adgroupid=27733521850&matchtype=e&device=c&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-aen28Ga1QIVwrbACh3JnATEEAAYASAAEgIaVfD_BwEhtml-focused website builder with dynamic plugin functionality
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INSTRUCTION TOOLS
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Learning Management Systems (LMS)
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ClassCraftfree/enterpriseweb basedhttps://www.classcraft.com/Free version is only a behavior management tool; enterprise includes complete LMS | this system gamifies the classroom experience to the max
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Edmodofree/enterpriseweb basedwww.edmodo.comstream/feed-based LMS with many apps to increase function and integrate systems/resources
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Google Classroomfree (w/ Google account)web basedclassroom.google.comstream/feed-based LMS with prevalent Google tool integration and widespread external tool integration
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Schoologyfree/enterpriseweb basedwww.schoology.comcomplete course structure with higher degrees of customization and more complex in-system tools for assignments and assessments; completely integrates with many SIS systems and external apps, as well
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Adaptive Learning/ Content Practice
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DuoLingofree/premiumweb based/apphttps://www.duolingo.com/this site/app allows users to practice foreign languages easily and progressively, delivering steadily more complex lessons and content while reinforcing past concepts
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Front Rowfree/school edition any devicehttps://www.frontrowed.com/Adaptive Math instruction
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GoNoodlefree/premiumany devicehttps://www.gonoodle.com/GoNoodle turns movement into a game and makes it easy to be active, the kid way—silly, energetic, playful, and fun. Just press play on hundreds of custom-created videos
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i-Readyany devicehttp://www.curriculumassociates.com/products/iready/diagnostic-instruction.aspxAdaptive Math and ELA instruction
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IXLfree/premiumany devicehttps://www.ixl.com/immersive, adaptive math/ELA content practice
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Memrisefree/premiumweb based/apphttp://www.memrise.com/Memrise includes “courses” (similar to “sets” in Quizlet) composed of hundreds of meticulously selected words and phrases in the target language.
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MobyMaxfree/premiumany devicehttp://www.mobymax.com/diagnostic and adaptive content practice for k-8 (all subjects)
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