HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO WEBSITES THAT WE HAVE OR WILL USE IN CLASS. THEY CAN BE VERY HELPFUL AND FUN TO USE.
EDUTYPING - KEYBOARDING SOFTWARE FOR CLASSROOM AND HOME USE - MUST HAVE AN ACCOUNT!
PIXTON - MAKE COMICS TO PRESENT INFORMATION
PIKTOCHART - INFOGRAPHICS CREATOR
SMORE - CREATE FLYERS TO USE IN THE CLASSROOM SETTING AND TO PRESENT INFORMATION ON VARIOUS TOPICS
DIPITY - CREATE INTERACTIVE TIMELINES
AKINATOR - A FUN "WEB GENIE" GAME
SCREENCAST-O-MATIC - ALLOWS YOU TO RECORD YOUR ACTIONS ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN - GREAT FOR PRESENTING "HOW TO" ACTIVITIES ON THE COMPUTER.
MAKE-USE-OF - TONS OF INTERESTING ARTICLES TO USE IN THE CLASSROOM SETTING - CURRENT EVENTS, ETC.
JEOPARDY LABS - ONLINE JEOPARDY GAME TEMPLATE
NEWSELA - NON FICTION LITERACY AND CURRENT EVENTS ONLINE
APP INVENTOR - LEARN TO CREATE MOBILE APPS
KAHOOT - FOR TEACHERS - CREATE ONLINE QUIZ GAMES TO BE PLAYED WITH THE WHOLE CLASS (GREAT FOR REVIEW)
MIT APP INVENTOR - ANOTHER GREAT APP CREATION LEARNING SITE
EASEL.LY - CREATE AND SHARE INFORMATION AND IDEAS THROUGH INFO-GRAPHICS
FODEY - A FUN NEWSPAPER CLIPPING CREATOR
COGGLE - CREATE NOTES IN A DIFFERENT WAY
THINGLINK - ADD INFORMATION TO IMAGES FOR GROUP DISCUSSIONS
TODAYSMEET - A CHAT ROOM FOR YOUR CLASSROOM.
SPORCLE - TRIVIA GAME SITE WHERE YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN
LOUPE COLLAGE MAKER - TURN PHOTOS INTO A WORD OR IMAGE COLLAGE.
REFSEEK - A GUIDE TO 25 OF THE BEST ONLINE RESOURCES FOR LOCATING EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
RECITE.COM - VERY NEAT WAY TO BRING TAKE YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES TO THE NEXT LEVEL
GOANIMATE - MAKE ANIMATED VIDEOS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM
POWTOON - ANOTHER ANIMATED VIDEO CREATOR
NBC LEARN - NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers and lifelong learners.
BRAINPOP - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.
TED.COM - TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages
WORDLE - word cloud creator
PADLET - From your hobby to your career, your class notes to your final exam, your mood board to your runway show, padlets help you organize your life.
TAGXEDO - Tagxedo turns words - famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters - into a visually stunning word cloud.
FREE TYPING GAMES = Includes different games, lessons, and tests to learn typing online.
ZAPTION - Zaption provided free interactive video tools to engage learners.
SCREEN CAST O MATIC - Screencast-O-Matic is a handy tool for recording screenshots and sharing them with friends or colleagues for a number of different purposes.
ZOOM - Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform
TWIDDLA - Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas.
VOKI - Voki is a FREE service that lets you: Create customized avatars. Add voice to your Voki avatars. Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.
SIGN UP GENIUS - A FREE online software tool for volunteer management and event planning. Save time with sign up sheets and schedules for schools, sports leagues, business, etc.
General Business: http://lessonplans.btskinner.com/genbus.html
Free Online Learning: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/
Free Technology for Teachers: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Teaching Tips Index: http://www2.honolulu.hawaii.edu/facdev/guidebk/teachtip/teachtip.htm.
ClipChamp (clipchamp.com) — Video projects can be great learning experiences. (In fact, this post I wrote about video projects is one of my most popular all-time.) Turning in those video projects can be a hassle. If you don’t have an idea established, consider ClipChamp. It lets you upload video quickly and easily to share. Students can upload their video projects, make video files smaller and share them to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or Google Drive.
OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric (Google Docs add-on) — This add-on makes creating rubrics in Google Docs easy and fast. Once you install the add-on in your document, use OrangeSlice to write the rubric (or choose a pre-made one) and then start grading. It also shows student progress from the initial grading.
BoomWriter (boomwriter.com) — BoomWriter makes the writing process visual and engaging. It has three sections: StoryWriter, ProjectWriter and WordWriter. In StoryWriter, students write a story in an illustrated digital book. They can later order real published copies of their books. ProjectWriter is a platform for non-fiction group writing projects. WordWriter makes vocabulary fun and interactive.
Nearpodize this! (Chrome extension) – Presentation slides are good for delivering content, but interactive slides are great! Nearpodize this! lets you make a Google Slides presentation interactive, just like Nearpod makes slides interactive. The teacher controls how quickly to advance through slides, and Nearpod provides interactive elements that students can use on their own devices.
StoryJumper (storyjumper.com) — StoryJumper is a bit like BoomWriter’s StoryWriter tool. StoryJumper is a simple story-writing platform that even the youngest writers can use. Add scenes and photos to your text to make an eye-catching picture book. Books can be shared with others, and published copies can be ordered.
Hemingway App (hemingwayapp.com) — If students do any writing for you, Hemingway App may become your first line of defense against poor grammar. When students write, they can copy and paste the text from their writing into the page at Hemingway App. The site instantly analyzes their writing for wordy sentences, passive voice, complicated words and more. It even shows what grade level the student is writing on!
Storyboard That (storyboardthat.com) — Storytelling can be fun, but creating a story without a plan can be complicating — and confusing for the reader! StoryboardThat lets students create storyboards to organize their stories or their thinking. It taps into Creative Commosn photos and lets students use posable characters. Students drag and drop elements into their layouts.
LEGO Movie Maker (iTunes) — Stop motion animation can be a fun, creative way to express ideas. Students can use this app as well as their LEGOs (or anything else) to create videos easily. Shoot images, edit them in the app, add music and produce your movie. A new feature lets students shoot a new frame of the movie by simply snapping their fingers.
Quizizz (quizizz.com) – I’ve used and loved Kahoot! for a while (and still do), but I like Quizizz’s take on multiplayer gamified assessment. (By the way, have you seen my 10 ways to electrify class with Kahoot!?) Create multiple-choice questions (or choose a set of questions from Quizizz) and give students the game code so they can join. Students work at their own pace through questions and watch themselves move up and down the leaderboard as they answer questions. It’s a lot of fun!
LAW GAMES - http://www.texaslre.org/games/
GOOGLE CLASSROOM - https://classroom.google.com/h
FAKEBOOK - http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page
FAKE TEXT MESSAGE CONVERSATION CREATOR - http://ifaketext.com/
DAILY STARTERS - Establish a morning routine with Scholastic's Daily Starters — fun, fast math and language arts prompts and questions, including Teachable Moments from history and Fun Facts, such as "Before erasers, people used a piece of bread!" Sort by grade (PreK-8), and project them onto your interactive whiteboard or print copies for your students.
GOOGLE EARTH - Zoom over the Sahara desert. Fly past the streets where your students live. Take a tour of the Eiffel Tower. You can do it all with Google Earth, the tool that makes the world feel a little bit smaller with its map-generating capabilities. If you're new to Google Earth, the tutorials offer a great introduction.
SMITHSONIAN EDUCATION - The Smithsonian offers thousands of resources for educators, including lesson plans, virtual tours of their latest exhibits, and the opportunity to connect with experts in the field. In one lesson, "Final Farewells," students can see a school yearbook from the Civil War era up close, and discuss how the political climate may have affected the content.
GLOGSTER - Glogster bills itself as a tool for making interactive posters, or glogs, containing pictures, text, video, links, and animation. A glog on To Kill a Mockingbird might contain a link to the Scottsboro trial, a clip from the Gregory Peck movie, and a drawing of the tree where Boo Radley leaves gifts for Scout. Fun!
TEACHER TUBE - TeacherTube is the best source for instructional videos in a safe environment. We especially love the clips of teachers showing off the catchy rhymes they've made up to teach certain topics — check out the "Mrs. Burk Perimeter Rap" and the "Mr. Duey Fractions Rap."