Tech Tools

Tech Tools I Love

Social Media for Education

edmodo

  • Online & cross-platform
  • iPad, iPhone, designed from the ground up
  • android.
  • Social networking for education
  • Network, post, embed, quiz, library, poll
  • Very private. Parental access codes.
  • Assignments: do it the day it’s assigned, appears in calendar
  • Can attach docs and work with Google Docs
  • All attachments & links get put into the library
  • Can go totally paperless
  • There is a grade book
  • Exports in an excel spreadsheet
  • Continually being upgraded.
  • free

Note-Taking, Document Sharing

Evernote

  • Online and cross-platform
  • Note taking, sharing, collaborating, planning.
  • iPad, iPhone.
  • android.
  • Powerful!!
  • free, with tiered options
  • School accounts available.

Dropbox

Google Drive

SlideShare

  • Load a power point, share it
  • Many available already to share
  • Visit the slideshare community on Facebook
  • free

Collaborative Tools

diigo

  • Online bookmarking
  • Will bookmark by tags or chronologically
  • Is a toolbar add on
  • Can share easily, by email
  • iPad app
  • Android App
  • free

Dropbox

Evernote

  • Online and cross-platform
  • Note taking, sharing, collaborating, planning.
  • iPad, iPhone.
  • android.
  • Powerful!!
  • free, with tiered options
  • School accounts available.

Glogster

  • Online & cross-platform
  • Digital poster.
  • Attach/embed text, images, photos, videos, audio, power points
  • Embed in blogs or edmodo to share and reflect
  • Collaborate through Glogster site
  • free, with tiered options
  • Site license available

Google Drive

VoiceThread

  • Online audio reflection & collaboration.
  • iPad, iPhone App.
  • Put up a picture and students can comment
  • Students can do reports with this
  • Students can talk and/or write
  • Free, with tiered pay accounts.
  • Site license available.

Padlet

  • Online message board
  • Messages, announcements
  • Comments during videos, presentations
  • Try it as a KWL board
  • free

YouTube

  • Bringing culture into the classroom: restaurant scene, tours (cities, castles, etc)
  • Vocabulary, themes
  • Music, Television (news & fun), movies
  • Podcasts, vodcasts – upload your own class recordings!
  • Students can create, collaborate and reflect on their own videos!
  • Android App.
  • iPad, iPhone App.
  • free

Presentation Tools

Animoto

  • Turn photos, video clips, music into video slideshows
  • Fast, easy to use
  • Share and download
  • free

Blabberize

  • Students can call in from their cell phone to record
  • Choose a picture, the mouth speaks what they record
  • Very fun!
  • free

Flipsnack

  • Turn PDFs into flipbooks
  • Can link or embed these
  • Publish student work!
  • free

Glogster

  • Online & cross-platform
  • Digital poster.
  • Attach/embed text, images, photos, videos, audio, power points
  • Embed in blogs or edmodo to share and reflect
  • Collaborate through Glogster site
  • free, with tiered options
  • Site license available

Google Voice

  • Oral presentations
  • Listen when you want
  • Your own google voice phone number
  • Students can call and text that number
  • It’s easier to do speaking assessments this way
  • Can download speaking assessments called in
  • Can email, embed, edit transcript
  • free

Make Beliefs Comix

  • Intuitive
  • Story retells and creative writing
  • Can be printed
  • free

Piclits

  • Creative writing
  • Contains a set of images – can’t use your own, choose image that best fits your target
  • Use freestyle to write whatever you want below image
  • If signed in, then it’s saved to a gallery
  • Can take screen shots, print those, hang around the room, make a gallery walk
  • free

SlideShare

  • Load a power point, share it
  • Many available already to share
  • Visit the slideshare community on Facebook
  • free

Slideshark

  • Online power point storage.
  • iPad app to view.
  • free

Storybird

  • Collaborate
  • Write and share
  • Short, art inspired stories
  • free

Tag Galaxy

  • Takes/grabs images from flicker
  • Can’t save them or embed
  • Needs to be an on the spot thing/event
  • free

ToonDoo

  • Online cartoon creator
  • Easy to use!
  • Search, create, or print!
  • free

Vocaroo

  • Simple audio recordings
  • Share link or embed
  • Very easy to use!
  • free

VoiceThread

  • Online audio reflection & collaboration.
  • iPad, iPhone App.
  • Put up a picture and students can comment
  • Students can do reports with this
  • Students can talk and/or write
  • Free, with tiered pay accounts.
  • Site license available.

 Voki

  • Fun way for students to create their own avatars
  • Students can log in as you and you can have different avatars for your students at this site
  • Voki for education
  • Voki Facebook Group
  • free, with tiered options
  • School accounts available.

Padlet

  • Online message board
  • Messages, announcements
  • Comments during videos, presentations
  • Try it as a KWL board
  • free

Wordle

  • Word clouds
  • Brainstorm
  • Put thematic units into a wordle = study guides
  • Type a text in, kids can find main ideas and supporting details
  • free

YouTube

  • Bringing culture into the classroom: restaurant scene, tours (cities, castles, etc)
  • Vocabulary, themes
  • Music, Television (news & fun), movies
  • Podcasts, vodcasts – upload your own class recordings!
  • Students can create, collaborate and reflect on their own videos!
  • Android App.
  • iPad, iPhone App.
  • free

xtranormal

  • Create your own movies
  • Try doing your class procedures
  • Animated, variety of voices
  • was free…

Creative Fun

Animoto

  • Turn photos, video clips, music into video slideshows
  • Fast, easy to use
  • Share and download
  • free

Blabberize

  • Students can call in from their cell phone to record
  • Choose a picture, the mouth speaks what they record
  • Very fun!
  • free

Flipsnack

  • Turn PDFs into flipbooks
  • Can link or embed these
  • Publish student work!
  • free

Glogster

  • Online & cross-platform
  • Digital poster.
  • Attach/embed text, images, photos, videos, audio, power points
  • Embed in blogs or edmodo to share and reflect
  • Collaborate through Glogster site
  • free, with tiered options
  • Site license available

Make Beliefs Comix

  • Intuitive
  • Story retells and creative writing
  • Can be printed
  • free

Piclits

  • Creative writing
  • Contains a set of images – can’t use your own, choose image that best fits your target
  • Use freestyle to write whatever you want below image
  • If signed in, then it’s saved to a gallery
  • Can take screen shots, print those, hang around the room, make a gallery walk
  • free

Storybird

  • Collaborate
  • Write and share
  • Short, art inspired stories
  • free

Tag Galaxy

  • Takes/grabs images from flicker
  • Can’t save them or embed
  • Needs to be an on the spot thing/event
  • free

ToonDoo

  • Online cartoon creator
  • Easy to use!
  • Search, create, or print!
  • free

VoiceThread

  • Online audio reflection & collaboration.
  • iPad, iPhone App.
  • Put up a picture and students can comment
  • Students can do reports with this
  • Students can talk and/or write
  • Free, with tiered pay accounts.
  • Site license available.

 Voki

  • Fun way for students to create their own avatars
  • Students can log in as you and you can have different avatars for your students at this site
  • Voki for education
  • Voki Facebook Group
  • free, with tiered options
  • School accounts available.

Padlet

  • Online message board
  • Messages, announcements
  • Comments during videos, presentations
  • Try it as a KWL board
  • free

Wildself

  • Build your own alien avatar
  • free

Wordle

  • Word clouds
  • Brainstorm
  • Put thematic units into a wordle = study guides
  • Type a text in, kids can find main ideas and supporting details
  • free

xtranormal

  • Create your own movies
  • Try doing your class procedures
  • Animated, variety of voices
  • was free…

iPad Apps – general, cross-curricular

Dropbox

Evernote

  • Online and cross-platform
  • Note taking, sharing, collaborating, planning.
  • Mac, iPad, iPhone.
  • PC, android.
  • Powerful!!
  • free, with tiered options
  • School accounts available.

Explain Everything

Flashcardlet

  • Make and search for flash cards .
  • Imports Quizlet card sets.
  • iPad app.
  • Facebook page for questions/discussion.
  • free

Slideshark

  • Online power point storage.
  • iPad app to view.
  • free

Quizlet

StudyBlue

Teacher Assistant

  • iPad app.
  • Student monitoring program: positive, negative, attendance, RtI.
  • Instant parent email possible.
  • $6.99

VoiceThread

  • Online audio reflection & collaboration.
  • iPad, iPhone App.
  • Put up a picture and students can comment
  • Students can do reports with this
  • Students can talk and/or write
  • Free, with tiered pay accounts.
  • Site license available.

Flashcards

Flashcardlet

  • Make and search for flash cards .
  • Imports Quizlet card sets.
  • iPad app.
  • Facebook page for questions/discussion.
  • free

Quizlet

StudyBlue

Screencapture, Annotation Tools

Camtasia

  • Screen capture software
  • Record and annotate images and video
  • varies with tiered options

Explain Everything

Jing

  • Free screen capture software
  • Record videos, up to 2 minutes
  • Free

Showme

Skitch

Snagit

  • Screen capture software
  • Record videos, up to 2 minutes
  • Annotate images
  • Save recordings as MP4 files
  • $49.95

Backchannel Tools

edmodo

  • Online & cross-platform
  • iPad, iPhone, designed from the ground up
  • android.
  • Social networking for education
  • Network, post, embed, quiz, library, poll
  • Very private. Parental access codes.
  • Assignments: do it the day it’s assigned, appears in calendar
  • Can attach docs and work with Google Docs
  • All attachments & links get put into the library
  • Can go totally paperless
  • There is a grade book
  • Exports in an excel spreadsheet
  • Continually being upgraded.
  • free

Today’s Meet

  • Back channel site = a temporary chat room
  • All the thoughts in the background, tapping into that
  • A web page set up where thoughts can be shared
  • Text this in and people can respond to this
  • 21st century note passing
  • Can get to this through cell phone
  • free

Padlet

  • Online message board
  • Messages, announcements
  • Comments during videos, presentations
  • Try it as a KWL board
  • free

wifitti

  • Back channel
  • Talking during a movie, in silence, projected from a different screen
  • Allows all students to participate
  • free

Survey Tools

Doodle

  • Easy scheduling and confirmation
  • Connect with your calendar
  • Free

Poll Everwhere

  • Uses cell phones as clickers to respond
  • Students can share cell phones!
  • Text in answer
  • Can respond via web
  • Free

Quizsnack

  • online surveys and quizzes
  • embed and share
  • real-time results
  • free

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