Tools/Resources

Other Interesting Resources


Some Favorite Tools

When selecting tools for students, carefully consider the following:
  • Advertising – Be careful that if there are ads, that they are appropriate for your students. 
  • Log-Ins – Can you set up a class login, generic login, or must all students have their own?  Be clear on what is required by the site and have that established before your students try to use it.
  • Save/Share – Is there some feature that allows students to share their work with you and others?
  • COPPA Compliant - Review COPPA regulations on all sites to determine if students under 13 years old should be accessing the site.
Creation Tools       
NamePurposeFree VersionSharingLoginWebiOSAndroid
Animotoslideshow creatorxxemail; Facebookxxx
Bubbl.Usmind mapxxusername; emailx  
Evernotenotetakingxxnonexxx
Fotobabblephoto editingxxusername; Facebookxx 
GoAnimateanimated videoxxemail; Google; Facebookx  
Haiku Deckslideshow creatorxxnonexx 
Little Bird Talesstory buildingxlimitedemailxx 
MeoGraphtimeline toolxxemail; Facebookx  
Notabilitynotetaking xnone x 
Padletblank wall for postsxxemail; Googlex  
Pixorialvideo editingxxemail; Google; Facebookxxx
Powtoonanimated videoxxemail; Google; Facebook; LinkedInx  
Prezislideshow creatorxxemail; Facebookxx 
PsykoPaintphoto editingxlimitedemail; Facebookx  
Quizletflashcardsxxemail; Google; Facebookxxx
SlideRocketslideshow creatorxxemail; Google; Facebookxx 
SpiderScribemind mapxxemailx  
Storybirdstory buildingxxusername (student)x  
Sumopaintphoto editingxlimitednone on free versionxx 
Tagxedoword cloudsxlimitednonex  
Timeline JStimeline toolxxGooglex  
Tools4Studentsgraphic organizers limitednone x 
VoiceThreadstory buildingxxusername (student)xx 
Vuvoxslideshow creatorxxemail; usernamex  
WheninTimetimeline toolxxusername; Google; Facebook; othersx  
Wordleword cloudsxlimitednonex 


Student Curriculum Sites
Web-Based
Digital Public Library - Wealth of resources for research and projects.
DigitWhiz - a foundational math program for students ages 8+ using adaptive games.  Aligned to CCSS, provides reports to parents and teachers.  iPad app now available!
Google Doc Research Feature – Highlight a term in your document and instantly access a web search and citation.
Keyboarding Applications: Qwertytown (lots of positive comments); Typing Web (good practice and tracking); Key Hero (no log in, can save); Dance Mat (all ages and fun); Typing Test (simple to hard); E-Learning for Kids (fun games); Fix the Keyboard (for learning key location); Mrs. Sara Schoepke’s Keyboarding page
Membean - Comprehensive web-based vocabulary program that provides individualized instruction to students.
NoRedInk – Customizable grammar practice site that teachers can manage.  Teacher dashboard monitors progress.
Numberphile - Video collections on numbers, math laws, and other number related concepts. 
ReadWriteThink: Many different interactive student tools to help students learn about language, organize their thoughts, show creativity, practice critical thinking, and much more.
VocabAhead – Great vocabulary resource – web-based and apps (see below).

Apps
DigitWhiz - a foundational math program for students ages 8+ using adaptive games.  Aligned to CCSS, provides reports to parents and teachers. 
Tap To Learn – Very fun grammar practice games for iPad and Android devices.
VocabAhead – Vocabulary practice site for both iOS and Android, with lots of options and quizzes.

Teacher Tools & Resources
Web-Based
Buck Institute - Project-based learning resource, including presentation rubrics
California Learning Resource Center - excellent OER resource
Edcanvas - Organize all your resources for the units you teach.
LearnZillion - A collection of lesson plans aligned to the Common Core.
Mathalicious - Real world math lessons aligned to the common core and 21st century skills.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - 'Compilation' site with categories for Algebra, Measurement, Operations, Geometry, etc., divided by grade. Selecting  a 'category' presents a page with MANY online tools for practice, visuals, and more.
National Science Digital Library – Common Core aligned Math and Science resources. VERY popular site.
Next Generation Science Standards - Just released; in review phase as of 4/2013.
Next Vista for Learning - 1000's of student and teacher created videos, and fun contests.
OER Commons – Common Core resources and much more for all subjects.
Opus – Math practice problem bank that is aligned to the CCSS.  Teachers can search for problems by grade level and subject area.
Scholastic's Tax Basics for Middle Schoolers - Collection of cross-curricular lessons on money management for junior high.
Share My Lesson - OER resource with lessons linked to specific CCSS.
Skype in the Classroom - Hundreds of opportunities to take your students outside of the four walls and engage with the world.
Symbaloo - Use tiles to organize all your online resources, then share with students and colleagues.
Teaching Channel – Many videos on a variety of topics, from classroom lessons on Common Core aligned topics, to professional development, classroom management, etc.

Apps
5 Search Tools for Android Education Apps - Detailed look at five of the best tools to find Android apps.
Board Cam – Document camera alternative for your iPad, with presentation, annotation and recording capabilities.
Mastery Connect – Access the Common Core on your iOS and Android devices.  Can search by grade level and subject area.

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