We live in a connected world. It is often said that our students are “digital natives,” plugged in and turned on all the time. Technology is no longer a gimmick, it is a learning tool that enriches and extends classroom learning. Here are some of the latest tools that educators are using in their classrooms.
Instant Quiz! Assess learning through smart phones, tablets or computers.
- Diigo is a multi-use program. Bookmark and tag sites by category, and use the Diigo toolbar to highlight pages, annotate paragraphs or save a sticky note with your ideas. These annotations will be visible across platforms (computer, phone, tablet).
- Learnist is a tool to create your own pages to share bookmarks with explanations for each site. See the video that explains its use in education.
- Live Binders groups your websites together by topic or theme. They give examples of how you can use this in education. For example, have a binder for substitutes, for parents, and for student projects.
- Pearltrees allows you to bookmark your favorite sites and organize them as a tree, connecting one site to another. Trees can be shared and collaborated on.
- Symbaloo presents bookmarks as tiles that can be rearranged as desired. Click on a tile to open up the website you have saved. See the video of its use in a 7th gr. classroom.
- Review of various file sharing sites
- Box Online file sharing in the “cloud”
- Dropbox Another tool for online file sharing. Both of these are great ways for having students share files that are too large to email, such as projects, and videos.
- We Transfer allows you to share files that are too large for email or Dropbox
- Excellent resources from Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers
- Google Apps for Learning: 9 Best Practices Explore how to use Google Apps for classroom collaboration and to give immediate feedback to students
- GoogleBooks Millions of books have been digitized by Google. Great tool for student and teacher research.
- Google Scholar Search engine for scholarly articles, books and journals.
- Google Custom Search allows you to create a search engine for students to search only the sites you have provided for them.
- Google Search Literacy Lessons Lesson plans for developing search skills
- Thinkb4u Buy Lively site on digital citizenship for students, parents and educators
- Did you know that you can add voice comments to GoogleDocs? Watch a video tutorial to see how.
Infographics are a quick and clever way to share and illustrate information. This School Library Journal video demonstrates how to create infographics.
Some sites for creating infographics include:
Eric Ligman, Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager, has shared more than 130 free eBooks to many of Microsoft’s most popular products. These include: Windows (8, 8.1), Office, OneNote and more.
See also Microsoft’s Education Page for k-12 resources, professional development opportunities and more.
Online tools for visually graphing ideas. Most of these tools are collaborative, since they exist in the cloud.
- Mind Maple download product for Windows or iPad; more of a project management system
- Popplet online tool for mapping and creating presentations. See article atTeachingHistory and this example of a presentation on Napoleon at Popplet
- SpiderScribe See a 2012 review of this product
- Text2MindMap Simple online tool: outline, draw, share, save
- Animoto Create video from still images enhanced by music, voice, and other features.
- Conceptboard Instant white board to brainstorm ideas with others
- Edcanvas Another tool to share information; offers a special school account
- Glogster Students can create online “posters.” Free subscription for teachers
- Jing Great for screencasting and video creation
- MightyBell a social learning place that allows for both private and public spaces. Could be used for group discussions, threaded conversations, and collaborative work.
- Museum Box is a fun and interesting tool for presenting research on a historical event or figure
- Narrable Record voice narration for photos to create narrated slide show which can be uploaded to share
- Padlet previously known as Wallwisher. A simple communication tool in the cloud.
- Prezi Animated presentation software – PowerPoint comes to life
- Realtime Board Cloud based white board, for creating and sharing projects
- Screencast-O-Matic allows you to record narration over a PowerPoint presentation and more
- Voicethread Upload photos, videos, and images to the thread. Students can comment in writing or by voice on each other’s uploads, or on what the teacher has posted.
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Simple Timeline Generators
Programs that Integrate Photos and Video
- Camtasia Studio Video creation tool
- GoAnimate Create animated videos, educator’s discount
- KeepVid Video downloader
- Knomia offers a vast video lesson library and tools to create your own
- Photoshop offers tutorials for using its software to edit photos as well as videos.
- Snagit clip and save screencast and create video
- ThingLink Embed images with text, video and audio to make them interactive
- Vimeo Video School offers lessons and tutorials on making videos
- WeVideo Video editing tool; collaborative, integrates into social media; free for up to 5GB
- Wideo allows you to create an animated video presentation using their templates and editor. You can also import your own images and logos.
- Wistia(learning center videos about making videos)
- YouTube Tutorials: Videos that guide you to making better videos
- Zaption allows you to insert questions into breaks inside videos. Use videos from their library or upload your own.