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Please share more tools for supporting differentiation of instruction to meet student needs. Include a description. This list benefits all educators and learners. Also please notify me of any broken links. Contact via email or Twitter. This website is: bit.ly/di4allonlinetoolsJoin chat sessions via Twitter: #DI4ALL1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. EST
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Contact: John McCarthyjmccarthyeds@gmail.comhttps://twitter.com/JMcCarthyEdSDifferentiated Resources:http://openingpaths.org/blog/resources/di/
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Recommend new tools to add at:http://bit.ly/di4alltoolsubmissionFrom article at:http://bit.ly/100differentiationtools
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ResourceURLTool TypeAssessmentsContent DifferentiationProcess DifferentiationProduct Differentiation
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Storyline Onlinehttp://www.storylineonline.net/Story ReaderChoose from a variety of storybooks that actors and other famous people read it aloud. It's a way for learners to listen to stories multiple times for comprehension.
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Weeblyhttp://www.weebly.com/BlogsProvide embeded videos, podcasts, and support links for access to different content delivery and for student-directed research. Create centers via different pages based on learner readiness and/or interests.Students journal or post comments in reply to posts links and other content (see "Content Differentiation"). Use revision & reflection activities between students, with support by teacher and experts.Publish student work. Create student portfolios with reflections. Craft digital-based products.
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Bloggerhttps://www.blogger.com/featuresBlogs
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WordPresshttps://wordpress.com/Blogs
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EduBlogshttp://edublogs.org/Blogs
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KidBlog: Especially useful with younger students.http://kidblog.org/home/Blogs
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PBWorkshttp://www.pbworks.com/WikisCan be used for the same purposes as blogs, while providing the customization to operate in similar fashion as online Classrooms.Can be used for the same purposes as blogs, while providing the customization to operate in similar fashion as online Classrooms.Can be used for the same purposes as blogs, while providing the customization to operate in similar fashion as online Classrooms.
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Wikispaceshttps://www.wikispaces.com/Wikis
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Site Builderhttp://sites.google.com/Google Apps
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Edmodohttps://www.edmodo.comOnline ClassroomsOnline Classrooms offer assessment tools. Used for pre-assessments and formative assessments identifies where students need differentiation, and how it should look.Online classrooms provide formal tools and structures for sharing content. The various resources shared for differentiation is the same as with blogs and wikis.Online classrooms provide formal tools and structures for students to process their understanding. This is usually in the form of a discussion board. You may want to include other 3rd party tools that can be linked in the classroom--thus providing more flexibility.Online classrooms provide formal tools and structures for students to upload assignments. You may want to include other 3rd party tools that can be linked in the classroom--thus providing more flexibility and innovation by students on their product work.
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CourseSites by Blackboardhttps://www.coursesites.comOnline Classrooms
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Seesawhttp://web.seesaw.me/Online Classrooms
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Google Classroomhttps://www.google.com/edu/products/productivity-tools/classroom/Online Classrooms
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Schoologyhttps://www.schoology.com/Online Classrooms
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Moodlehttps://moodle.orgOnline Classrooms
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Figmenthttp://figment.com/Online Collaboration GroupsFeedback and Revision is a major need. Here's a site where that can take place in private groups within the class, and with other groups as public sharing of work to an outside audiece for feedback.Understanding and using writer's craft is a process. Feedback and revision is a means to get there. Posting questions, interviewing, and adding to conversations are other ways to develop one's writing skills.In the writers are developing drafts to be submitted for assignments, publication, and feedback. What's shared here can lead to compiling a portfolio of work that learners can review and reflect on to trace their growth as writers.
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Padlethttp://padlet.com/Collaboration Virtual BoardsStudents share ideas and relevant content with each other for use in their ongoing work.Share links to completed products for publication.
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Storm Boardhttps://www.stormboard.comCollaboration Virtual Boards
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Storifyhttps://storify.comCurated ContentCompile content links to resources into categories that enable learners to make sense of information from different media perspectives. Each tool has its own unique approach to providing this.Students create their own resource list using these tools. Storify & paper.li offer contact info to the author/expert of the chosen content for follow-up questions and support.Students create their own resource or message guide using these tools to meet the needs of a targeted audience.
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Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/Curated Content
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Paper Lihttp://paper.liCurated Content, also see Interactive Pages/Posters
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Spundgehttps://www.spundge.comCurated Content
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List.lyhttp://list.lyLinks for SharingSimilar to the Curated Content tools, these are online bookmarks that can be categorized and shared with students, based on their differentiated needs.Similar to the Curated Content tools, students create their own list of links that support their work. They share the list with peers and teachers depending on the need.
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Diigohttps://www.diigo.comLinks for Sharing
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Drivehttps://drive.google.com/Google AppsShare rubrics and other assessments to students when that informaiton is needed.Manage and share content via folders. Include folders where students can submit work.As students work through the Writing Process (CC.WRI.5), they share a link to that work with peers and teachers for on-going feedback, monitoring, and targeted support where needed.
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Docshttps://docs.google.comGoogle AppsProvide links and other media resources for student access. Create centers, thinkdots, RAFTS, and other activities that differentiate based on Readiness, Interests, and Learning Profile.As students work through the Writing Process (CC.WRI.5), they share a link to that work with peers and teachers for on-going feedback, monitoring, and targeted support where needed.Students design products using these various office tools, which best fits the outcome and audience need.
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Sheetshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheetsGoogle Apps
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Slideshttps://docs.google.com/presentationGoogle Apps
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Google Formshttp://www.google.com/forms/about/Google AppsCreate assessments for academic and learning styles. As a result of their score or certain questions answered, the "Completion" page could show link options for students to follow based on their performance.Using the idea shared under assessments, links to different content would be listed for students to choose their learning direction.
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Google+ Communitieshttps://plus.google.com/communitiesGoogle AppsStudent replies to posts made for Content & Process Differentiation are formative assessment data to assess for progress and support needs.Easy way to organize content via different modalities such as video, links, and podcasts for use by students. Posts can be crafted as activities for Centers or Menus.Similar to blogging, student reflections and journalling are opportunities to show understanding. Audio & video recordings and images are alternatives to writing.Studnet work can be linked or attached via these tools.
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Discussion Boardshttps://groups.google.comGoogle Apps
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Sticky Noteshttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/sticky%20notesGoogle AppsHave students complete exit cards on these virtual sticky notes. The teacher can move between screens with a checklist to capture the learning levels of students through this informal informative assessment approach.Students add this app to their Google Chrome browser or Chromebooks. Enables them to create sticky notes of key ideas and resources. They can craft a list of completed tasks as well as reference notes for their work. Work might be varied by the needs of different groups of students.
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Notty Noteshttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/sticky%20notesGoogle Apps
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Google Keephttps://keep.google.com/Google AppsThis virtual tool is great for crafting a shared todo list for tasks. Share the tasks with different student groups based on their needs. The lists can be view only or shared edits with the students. For example, student teams may check off items as they complete them, which informs the teacher of their progress. Students and teacher may post questions for support and to guide learning. This tool is web-based and an app for phones.
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Google Calendarhttps://www.google.com/calendarGoogle AppsOrganizing assignments and reminders is a constant struggle for schools, as shown by the use of paper reminder books that are passed out each year. At best, this annual investment can be a costly tool. At worse, students are not using them enough to justify the monetary investment. Enter digital calendars. Teachers can schedule such callendars. With students and parents subscribed to the calendar, they have instant access to assignments, announcements, and other events. Further more, calendar events can be made that includes specific students for scheduled small group support. In this case, students must respond to an email as to their availability or by accepting the event, acknowledge receipt of the required information. These calendars are used via browsers and phone apps. Lack of access to information is no longer an excuse.
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Sunrise Calendarhttps://www.sunrise.amGoogle Apps
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Chrome Apps Databasehttp://www.shakeuplearning.com/chrome-database/Google AppsThis resource is a treasure trove of Google Apps that is structured in a searchable database. It's not so unusual to include in this list for Differentiation as if you read through the available tools and their usage for Assessments, Content, Process, and Product, you can apply that understanding to this database. Check it out. Let me know what you think and/or ask questions via jmccarthy@openingpaths.org or jmccarthyeds@gmail.com or via Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMcCarthyEdS
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TACKKhttps://tackk.comInteractive Pages/PostersProvide content in diverse ways, or specifically target readiness levels with an interactive page for each skill group. Content can also be provided for heterogenious groupings, such as incorporating various learning profiles.Students create their own pages/posters to make sense of the content for a specific lesson or group of lessons. In this instance, the student work is practice, not a final product to be graded.Students have different ways to demonstrate their understanding by choosing the media and medium to incorporate into these interactive pages/posters. Great opportunity for using multiple intelligences such as by Robert Sternberg.
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Thinglinkhttps://www.thinglink.com/Interactive Pages/PostersAdditional link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tackk/dlijffcapefjlbkkjikpfckjlmamneol?hl=en
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Piktocharthttp://piktochart.com/Interactive Pages/Posters
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Easel.lyhttp://www.easel.ly/Interactive Pages/Posters
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Infogr.amhttps://infogr.am/Interactive Pages/Posters
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Scribblarhttps://scribblar.com/Interactive Pages/PostersCollaborative whiteboard for teachers and students to share ideas such as Math computations. Discuss and review work.Students generate their ideas and understandings of concepts and get feedback from each other and teachers in real time and virtually.Students complete work and then share with teachers, students, and experts for review and conversation.
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Riddlehttp://www.riddle.com/Polls & SurveysCollect data ON students & used by students. Use Social Media to access a wider audience.Post articles for learners to digest and share their understanding based on question prompts and surveys.Student generated surveys helps them check for their understanding of content. Peer review of surveys before using can lead to revision opportunities.
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Survey Monkeyhttps://www.surveymonkey.comPolls & SurveysCollect data ON students & used by students.
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Poll Everywherehttp://www.polleverywhere.comPolls & Surveys
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Survey Anyplacehttps://surveyanyplace.com/quiz-software/Polls & Surveys
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Free Online Surveyshttp://freeonlinesurveys.comPolls & Surveys
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Zoomeranghttp://www.zoomerang.com/Polls & Surveys
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Formsitehttps://www.formsite.com/Polls & Surveys
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Kahootshttps://getkahoot.comPolls & Surveys
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GoVotehttps://www.mentimeter.comPolls & Surveys
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Go Soapboxhttp://www.gosoapbox.com/Polls & SurveysCheck for student understanding before, during, and after a lesson. Allows for anonymous and named responses.Provide the data to students to analyze and deepen their understanding.
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Mentimeterhttps://www.mentimeter.comPolls & SurveysCheck for student understanding before, during, and after a lesson. Allows for anonymous and named responses.
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Socrativehttp://socrative.com/Polls & SurveysCheck for student understanding before, during, and after a lesson. Allows for anonymous and named responses.
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Plickershttps://www.plickers.com/Polls & SurveysQuick easy way to check in with multiple choice questions or true false statements. Students only need one plicker cards printed by teacher. No tech for kids needed. Students can not see others answers.Students answer multiple choice/true false statements.
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Youtube Playlistshttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfxm9kJmkgVqr48n_yznErZl_qjXEtRG7&spfreload=10Independent & Shared LearningThere are a variety of videos by educators and students that address many academic topics in diverese ways. Provide your learners with different approaches to communicating the content.Students can post replies on the videos that they watched, indicating what they understand, agree, and disagree with. They can create their own Playlist for the videos that best helped them understand the content, and share why and how. The playlist is shared with their peers, the teacher, and perhaps posted as a link in one of the other social media tools listed here. They can also storyboard their own video. The storyboard would need to demonstrate the core skills to be assessed.Students shoot their own video that demonstrates the targeted skills. They can also reflect on the playlist they make as to how it effectively addresses the content.
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Khan Academyhttps://www.khanacademy.orgIndependent & Shared LearningCan track student progress based on the skill videos watched followed by the quizzes. Students work targets their readiness needs.Content is offered in a video mode. Look for explanations that use different approaches and/or different methods for solving the work.Have students journal or orally explain how they solved or attempted to solve the work.
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Front Rowhttps://www.frontrowed.comIndependent & Shared LearningAs students work on Math at their Readiness level, teachers receive data on student strengths & needs.Based on provided formative assessment, students work on skills based on their current readiness needs. Provides appropriate challenge for each learner.
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Read Theoryhttp://readtheory.orgIndependent & Shared LearningProvides assessments for reading comprehension. Helps to identify reading levels using a testing format similar to standardized testing.Might be a useful tool where teachers assign assessment practice based on the learner's current reading level. At this time, this approach may be best as supplimentary support.
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Twitterhttps://twitter.comSocial CollaborationTeacher poses questions that students respond to. The answers are gaged for understanding. This formative assessment leads to targeting customized support for groups of students and individuals.Use links and images to share content that students can use and refer back to anywhere and at anytime. These links could be to the other tools on this list for follow-up.Students reply to posts with their understanding, including links of their own to other tools listed here as well as other references. They get feedback and perspective from the others who also are posting their responses.Students and teachers publish work using any tools that best supports students' readiness, interests, and/or learning profile. In many cases these socal collaboration tools are for publishing the products.
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Google+ https://plus.google.comSocial Collaboration
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Instagramhttp://instagram.com/Social Collaboration
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Tagboardhttps://tagboard.com/Social Collaboration
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Today's Meethttps://todaysmeet.com/Socal CollaborationPost or share questions or prompts for students to respond in a stream. Use as a KWL or Need to Know activity to collect learner data on questions that students have about the introduced content. Read this article for the Need to Know strategy: http://openingpaths.org/blog/2015/02/need-to-know-process/Use the tool for whole class Q&A. This is better than the traditional approach as all students have a voice in the dialog, as oppose to it being just between the teacher and a few respondants.Use the tool for individual reflections and checks for understanding and applications. The streamed responses will be data for teacher and other students to support and clarrify each other's understanding.
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Kaizenahttps://kaizena.comSocial CollaborationThis tool is great for students to receive feedback on their work. The author gets formative feedback on their work. Those who give feedback can be assessed for their own understanding of content based on the accuracy of their comments.This tool is great for students to receive feedback on their work. The author gets formative feedback on their work. Those who give feedback can be assessed for their own understanding of content based on the accuracy of their comments.
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Not.lyhttp://note.ly/landing/index.phpSocial CollaborationUse as a KWL or Need to Know activity ( Read this article for the Need to Know strategy: http://openingpaths.org/blog/2015/02/need-to-know-process/) to gather students' questions about the lesson or curriculum to be taught. Students post digital sticky-it notes on a board that is shared by the teacher.Students post sticky notes to share questions, ideas, and resources that help demonstrate what they know and do not know.
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Livebinderhttp://www.livebinders.com/Student Work Displays & ePortfolios, also see Currated ContentStudents take part in the assessment of the work, along side peers, the teacher, and other stakeholders. The key is that the learning outcomes are clearly defined and that the student has flexibility for how they want to construct their portfolio of work.Reflections on products and their thought process behind the work that's included helps students and their teachers to identify strengths and areas for support.Students publish their work in a format and purpose that best suits their needs and that of their targeted audience.
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Pathbritehttp://pathbrite.com/educators/Student Work Displays & ePortfolios
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Portfoliumhttps://portfolium.com/Student Work Displays & ePortfolios
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DoYouBuzzhttp://www.doyoubuzz.com/us/Student Work Displays & ePortfolios
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Flavors Mehttp://flavors.me/Student Work Displays & ePortfolios
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OPResumehttp://www.opresume.com/Student Work Displays & ePortfolios
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Zoomhttps://www.zoom.usVideo ConferenecingRecorded video of conferences and presentations can be used by students to self-assess their understanding. This is similar to what coaches and athletes do with game film.Video conferencing brings students into contact with experts and students globally. The diverse perspective on content can help develop and deepen learning. Experts and peers from other cultures can be a powerful experience.Video conferencing have a recording option that enables students to video blog reflections about their understanding and perspective on topics. Helps identify what they understand well or need support. Additionally, experts and peers from other locations can provide feedback on the work in progress.Use the video conferencing tool to record presentations where students can use a variety of media tools to demonstrate their learning.
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Google Hangouthttp://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/Video Conferenecing
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Skypehttp://www.skype.com/Video Conferenecing
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Screencastifyhttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/screencastify-screen-vide/mmeijimgabbpbgpdklnllpncmdofkcpn?hl=enScreen RecorderRecorded video of student work can be self-assessed for what their understanding. This is simialr to coaches and athletes watching game film.Screencapture software allows for teachers to create presentations, using diverse modalities to show and explain content..Students can record themselves explaining a process or reflecting on their understanding of the skills in context to the work.Studnets can create their own presentations that supports their understanding, an dmeet the needs of their target audience.
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Jinghttp://www.techsmith.com/jing.htmlScreen Recorder
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Techsmith Snagithttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/techsmith-snagit-extensio/annopcfmbiofommjmcmcfmhklhgbhkce?hl=en-USScreen Recorder
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Vocaroohttp://vocaroo.com/Voice RecorderHelps in recoding your own audio track and converting it into an URL that can be further converted into a QR code, or embedded into online assignments.This tool helps to communicate with ELL, learners with low reading levels, and students with IEPs very effectively.Students create their own voice recordigns to add to digital products. Allows them to express themselves with or in place of a written passage.
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Vokihttp://www.voki.com/Voice RecorderTeachers and/or students can create content learning that is based on different levels of Readiness needs.Students create their avatar and record reflections about learning or to explain content for understanding.Students create presentations and recordings of understanding using their avatar.
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Mind Muphttps://www.mindmup.com/Mind MappingStudents use this mindmapping tool to show what they understand and what needs exists as part of a pre-assessment tool.Use this mindmapping tool to create webbed outlines of content. Provide versions of notes with varying levels of completeness.Share copies as models of quality. Provide as a tool for students to craft their own and save copies.Students use this mindmapping tool to think through their understanding of content and ideas. Students share these maps to explain their thinking, what they know, and do not know. Students can map out their ideas for papers, presentations, and other forthcoming major assignments, thus ensuring clarity of organization of ideas.Students complete webbed outlines to present for milestone assessments, or checkpoints, as well as for final unit work. As milestones, this is a good formative assessment.
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Edyncohttp://www.edynco.com/Mind MappingStudents use this mindmapping tool to show what they understand and what needs exists as part of a pre-assessment tool.Use this mindmapping tool to create webbed outlines of content. Provide versions of notes with varying levels of completeness.Share copies as models of quality. Provide as a tool for students to craft their own and save copies.Students use this mindmapping tool to think through their understanding of content and ideas. Students share these maps to explain their thinking, what they know, and do not know. Students can map out their ideas for papers, presentations, and other forthcoming major assignments, thus ensuring clarity of organization of ideas.Students complete webbed outlines to present for milestone assessments, or checkpoints, as well as for final unit work. As milestones, this is a good formative assessment.
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Popplethttps://popplet.com/Mind MappingStudents use this mindmapping tool to show what they understand and what needs exists as part of a pre-assessment tool.Use this mindmapping tool to create webbed outlines of content. Provide versions of notes with varying levels of completeness.Share copies as models of quality. Provide as a tool for students to craft their own and save copies.Students use this mindmapping tool to think through their understanding of content and ideas. Students share these maps to explain their thinking, what they know, and do not know. Students can map out their ideas for papers, presentations, and other forthcoming major assignments, thus ensuring clarity of organization of ideas.Students complete webbed outlines to present for milestone assessments, or checkpoints, as well as for final unit work. As milestones, this is a good formative assessment.
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Moovlyhttps://www.moovly.com/Presentation/Video ToolDisplay content in a variety of ways so that learners see content and links in different perspectives. Provides opportunity to make real world connections on issues in dynamic ways.Students can use the video ability to capture 1-2 min video reflective journals about what they understand and struggle with in the current work. Great add on for student portfolios and student-led conferences.Empower student voice. Learners develop their own display of understanding in a fashion that matches their perspective. Include a variety of tools that tap into multiple resources.
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Record MP3 Onlinehttp://recordmp3online.com/Audio RecorderHave students record themselves as an alternative to written forms of assignments. Or use with students whose initial writing attemp to show understanding fails. Sometimes understanding of content and concepts is blocked by a person's writing skills. This is especially a problem when the assessment is not focused on writing skills.Students create voice recordings that can be added to their digital products such as presentations, videos, and e-portfolios.
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Adobe Sparkhttps://spark.adobe.com/Presentation/Video ToolHave students record and create content that demonstrates what they know or don't know. Possibly use to create their own KWL.Display content in a variety of ways so that learners see content and links in different perspectives.Empower student voice. Learners develop their own display of understanding in a fashion that matches their perspective. Include a variety of tools that tap into multiple resources.
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EMazehttp://www.emaze.com/get-inspired/Presentation ToolDisplay content in a variety of ways so that learners see content and links in different perspectives.Empower student voice. Learners develop their own display of understanding in a fashion that matches their perspective. Include a variety of tools that tap into multiple resources.
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Prezihttps://prezi.com/Presentation ToolDisplay content in a variety of ways so that learners see content and links in different perspectives. Similar to PPT but the frames "pop out' when you click on themEmpower student voice. Learners develop their own display of understanding in a fashion that matches their perspective. Include a variety of tools that tap into multiple resources.
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Powtoonhttp://www.powtoon.com/Presentation ToolDisplay content in a variety of ways so that learners see content and links in different perspectives.Empower student voice. Learners develop their own display of understanding in a fashion that matches their perspective. Include a variety of tools that tap into multiple resources.
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Dipity (currently down)http://www.dipity.com/Timeline MakerUsed to show a visual understanding of periods of history or perspective.Provide students with a varied view of information, as organized visually and via categories.Have students use as one option to map and show their understanding of a period. Could be part of a presentation.
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Aurasmahttp://www.aurasma.com/
QR - Augmented Reality
Create questions and other assessment tasks that students complete using the app, similar to a QR reader.Provide students with a varied view of information, through multimedia. Think Hogwarts from Harry Potter with the animated portrats.Develop a visual e-portfolio of students' reflections on content and process.Have students design their own AR for raising awareness on a variety of issues. For example give a historical tour of the community by posting AR images for the community to use as a walking tour (virtual and physical).
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Nearpodhttp://www.nearpod.comPresenter DisplayAt its core, Nearpod gives students access to the presentation on their individual screen. It is a potential Virtual Centers tool, where the teacher creates the set of station tasks for 2 or more groups. Each group gets a unique access code. Students receive the tasks that are matched their needs. This can be delivery of information, make sense of content (Process), or work through their understanding (Product). Another product option is to have students create their own presentations and share them with teachers and audiences beyond the classroom.
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Bitstripshttps://www.bitstrips.com/Emoji CreatorStudents can design emojis for explaining content or meaning of concepts.Students create stories through emojis.
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Desmoshttps://www.desmos.comGraphing CalculatorDemonstrate various concepts through this visual of graphs.Students can enter data and instantly see the graph. This is a great way for learners to explore formulas in math and trouble shoot ideas from othoer content areas where a graph is required.
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Wabbithttps://wabbit.codeplex.com/Graphing CalculatorDemonstrate various concepts through this visual of graphs (Not as visually appealing as Desmos). Use this tool as a way to teach the functions of the Ti-84 without buying the actual calculator.This is a free downloadable app. Use it for students to work through problems and instantly see the graph.
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