Technology for Busy Educators
Links to websites that provide interesting and useful sites for teachers and students. Most are able to be used on PC's, Androids, IPads, SmartPhones, etc. So many to see, so little time.
Sites For Richmond Students
BrainPop - paid site / login required
Study Island - paid site / login required
Education City - paid site / login required
1. Bubbl.us - uses bubbles on a board for brainstorming relations in ideas
2. Lino - sticky notes and photo sharing on a board
3. Padlet - gives you the surface, you put things on it to share with others
4. Cacoo - an online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams to share with others
5. Audioboom - share your voice with friends, colleagues and the world.
6. Audacity - use Audacity to:
7. Google Life - Search millions of photographs from the LIFE Magazine photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today
8. WolframAlpha - long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone.
9. If It Were My Home - The gateway to understanding life outside your home using a country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another.
10. Physics Central -
find out how physics is part of your world
11. National Center for
Atmospheric Research (Spark) - Spark engages people in the wonder and relevance of science by focusing on scientific literacy and engagement.
12. Khan Academy - providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
13. Wonderopolis - where wonder and learning are nurtured through the power of discovery.
14. Numberphile -
you can find mathematics videos about numbers and other stuff.
GOORU - a free search engine for learning
Dictionary.com - Use Dictionary.com as a quick reference for words that your students don’t know. Often times it’s a lot faster than whipping out a conventional dictionary because you can simply type the word into the search engine.
BibMe - the easiest way to create a works cited page. You can search for a book, article, website or film and it automatically generates the information for you. You can also enter in the information yourself if you have it on hand.
EasyBib - automatically generate works cited and bibliography information for academic papers using MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Easybib is a student favorite.
Weebly - free websites
Wix - free websites
PBWorks - free wiki for your classroom
Edmodo - free classroom community
QR Codes (Quick Response Codes)
Kaywa - Free / Paid B & W code creator
The QR Code Generator - Free / Paid - B & W / Color
Visualead - Free Color with various paid levels
Unitag - Free and very versatile
QR Code Tutorial Website - good information to get you started!
Interesting Stuff for Teachers
Design Thinking - a project of Stanford University to get people thinking about how design is a part of our lives.
Feedly - browse, read, share and gather all of your information site feeds into one location
TED - Riveting talks by remarkable people to engage your mind and share with the world. Free!
Pandora - an internet radio that you make personal with your own preferences.
Pinterest - pin your ideas and projects, then share them with the world.
Out of Milk - an easy-to-use and intuitive Shopping List, To-Do List and Pantry List app that can be as simple or as detailed as you'd like.
Remind101 - A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents.
Delicious - designed to be the best place to save what you love on the web, whether it’s a video, picture, product, blog post, article or music. We then help you remember and find it later.
Symbaloo - Your personalized internet desktop, linking to your favorite sites.
SymbalooEDU - Linking for your education-related websites from your desktop. Great for teachers and students!
Mastery Connect - MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards. Built-in grading tools save teachers time.
Common Core App for your Website - from Mastery Connect, the Common Core comes to your hand-held or desktop devices.
Google Earth - The earth comes to you in an interactive, fun, and educational way! Geography instantly comes alive.
Three Ring - think of a three-ring binder where you snap a photo of written work, capture video of presentations, or record audio of student discussions. You can also upload digital files from your computer.
Project US - interactive US History events for younger students from PBS.
8 Ways to Use Social Media to Connect and Collaborate with Parents - a blog with several ideas.
TumbleTown Mathletics - math practice games for younger students
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) - you can become a member and interact with others using the ISTE Standards (eMINTS uses these, and so will the Common Core Technology area)
Teachers ENGAGE - an Intel Corp Project to engage teachers interested in transforming the K-12 Classroom
Better Lesson - find quality lesson plans to engage your students, prepared by high quality teachers in most subject areas.
Edudemic - one of the leading education technology sites on the web. With more than 1,000,000 monthly visitors, it’s become a vibrant forum of discussion, discovery, and knowledge. In fact, Edudemic is officially* one of the largest education websites in the world with tons of ideas for your classroom technology needs.
Jeopardy Labs - online Jeopardy games you develop
Wordnik - look up any word / phrase to find definitions, synonyms, rhyming words, phrases and where they are found in literature, etc.
ABCya - free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web.
BrainFlips - create great flashcards and share with your students
Visuwords - an online graphical dictionary / thesaurus
Make Beliefs Comix - Create your own comic strip for free. You can write in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Latin. After you’re done creating, you can print your customized comic or email it to yourself.
Forvo - Forvo is the world’s largest pronunciation dictionary. It’s very valuable for foreign language teachers because you can look up any word and hear it pronounced by an authentic native speaker.
Zamzar - a free online file conversion service. It’s super easy to use and all you have to do is upload your file and enter in an email for the converted file to be sent to.
Creative Commons Search -
Easily find images and files that can be freely used for worksheets, presentations and more with the Creative Commons Search. Every once and a while you’ll come across something that isn’t licensed for use; however, the majority of results can be shared and edited.
SurveyMonkey - Create and publish your own online survey or quiz in minutes. You can make 10-question surveys with 100 respondents for free. It’s super easy to use and you don’t have to download anything.
Cool Tools for Schools - hundreds of Web 2.0 tools that are categorized much better than this page!
EdJudo Web 2.0 Teaching Tools - another compilation of hundreds of tools for Teachers
Web 2.0 Tools 4 Language Teachers - another compilation that many language arts / foreign language (and most other) teachers may find useful
Web 2.0 Teaching Tools - many links and reasons to use the Web 2.0 / Common Core for your classroom with a newsletter
15. Socrative - a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
16. Rubistar - a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics.
17. Edmodo - connected / collaborative classrooms with content sharing, homework access, grades, quizzes developed, notices, bellringers
18. Google - Many applications in the 'more' area for your students to use, collaborate and engage
19. Nearpod - Make your lectures more engaging through interactive multimedia presentation using all types of media devices
20. Posterous - The easiest way to find new and better ways to make sharing simpler, more fun, and just plain awesome. 21. Schoology - a global learning tool that lets you manage your classroom, engage your students, find resources, and connect to other teachers anytime, anywhere.
22. Weebly - easily create your own classroom website for free.
23. Wikispaces - A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of by using a visual editor and a bunch of other tools to make sharing all kinds of content as easy for students as it is for their teachers.
24. Wix - Build your own stunning website with no coding or special design skills needed, for free!
25. Fakebook - "Fakebook" allows teachers and older students (HS) to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes.
26. Sliderocket - new approach to communications designed from the start to help you make great presentations that engage your audience.
27. Kerpoof -
(From Disney) all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Here are just a few ways that you can use Kerpoof:
29. Slideshare - SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. With 60 million monthly visitors, it is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. Besides presentations, SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars.
30. Voki - is a FREE service that lets you:
32. Inklewriter - is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix
computer skills and creative writing.
33. Unitag - QR Code Generator
34. eBook Creators - Here are 3 free ebook creators.
35. Animoto - a beautiful way to share your photos & videos online. Free and pay versions available.
Aviary - a robust, customizable photo editor
TeacherTube - TeacherTube is exactly what it sounds like—YouTube for teachers. The design of the website is getting a little outdated (it’s reminiscent of past versions of YouTube), but there are many educational videos to choose from. Plus, students love it because a) they’re watching videos, and b) it reminds them of where they find clips of ceiling cat.
SchoolTube - a moderated video sharing website for K-12 students and teachers. Find videos on everything from anime to zoology. The design of the website is more modern than TeacherTube, which a lot of students appreciate.
Geocaching.com - the free world-wide game where you use a GPS to find objects or locations, trade them or answer questions. They are everywhere!!!
Share your Reading
Goodreads - Meet your next favorite book and share what you are reading with your friends.
Shelfari - Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books – all for free.
Scholastic: Share What You're Reading - Teachers and students can share what they are reading, find good books, search authors.
Library Thing - claimed to be the world's largest book reading club online
Interesting Projects and Info for your Teaching and Classroom
Online Classroom Projects - Global SchoolNet website helps locate online projects that fit your grade level / curriculum.
The Flat Stanley Project - Teach the 50 States, World Geography, and Cultures using a piece of paper!
ePALS Global Community - join with other students to study various topics.
KidLink Global Project - Join other students from other countries in curricular projects.
Project Based Learning Checklists - PBL lessons from teachers.
Think Quests - Projects for online learning created by teachers for connected classrooms
Center for Innovation is Engineering and Science Education - projects for science teachers to use with students.
Collaborative Science Projects - K-12 projects for your science curriculum that collaborates with other classrooms.
EduScapes Online Collaborative Projects - so many, so little time to collaborate? Try these.
The GLOBE Program - Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment... a huge source of information and collaborative projects sponsored by many governmental agencies.
Webb's Depth of Knowledge Chart - DOK - getting to use higher-order thinking takes some preparation.
Grappling's Technology and Learning Spectrum - a different way to look at how students are using technology. Move them to higher levels of thinking and usage of technology.
Bloom's Taxonomy - levels of thinking explained.
Journey North - a project to study seasonal changes and how it affects wildlife (cool stuff!)
National Math Trail - A resource for teaching & learning math by observing the environment around us!
Weather Watch - an interactive weather project.
The Global Grocery List Project - in it's 16th year to learn how groceries are similar and different throughout the world.
Monster Exchange - a reading / writing project using technology
Ask an Expert - from Library Spot, find answers to your questions.
The Library Spot - a great reference tool online.
Earth Day Grocery Bag Project - the oldest online Earth Day project.
Fuel our Future Now Project - an Automotive X-Prize competition for students
Discovery Education Free Teacher Resources - for your classroom
Global SchoolNet - Linking kids throughout the world in education.
Wildlife Watch - from the National Wildlife Federation a way to document your wildlife sightings.
36. Livebinders - Your 3-ring binder for the web. Collect your resources. Organize them neatly and easily. Make an impression. Free
37. Live Minutes - collaborate, conference, share videos, share and annotate documents, etc.
38. IDroo - Online educational multiuser whiteboard.
39. Skype - communication with others over the internet
40. Voicethread - Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Comment on slides using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload
41. Evernote - Store your notes, homework, documents in the internet 'cloud'
41.a. Evernote Skitch - Get your point across in Evernote with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.
41.b. Evernote Trunk - get many apps for your Evernote to make it a powerful and personal tool
42. Web Whiteboard - touch-friendly online whiteboard app that lets you use your computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches, collaborate with others and share them with the world
43. Popcorn Maker -
makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Use your web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.
44. myHistro - write your personal history, group history, in your own way.
45. Scribd - a thriving community of over 60 million active monthly readers that are: uploading docs, following, readcasting, commenting, embedding, rating and reading on the go.
46. Dropbox - a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Used by millions!
47. Bitstrips - Instant Avatars, Comics and Cards starring YOU and your friends!
48. Storybird - Make, read, and share visual stories. A global community of readers, writers, and artists of all ages
49. Storyjumper - a place to create and discover stories for kids.
50. Treasure Hunt - Get students using their mobile devices to move and to learn by using QR Codes in a Treasure Hunt.
51. Popplet - a place to place ideas and share them with others
52. Dipity - create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
53. Easel.ly - create and share visual ideas online
54. BoomWriter - students use technology to write stories collaboratively.
55. Capzles - write and share your life stories. They are working to create an education version.
56. Stixy - makes it fun and easy for you to collaborate online! Create tasks, appointments, files, photos, notes, and bookmarks on your Stixyboard
57. Dabbleboard - an online whiteboard drawing interface that allows you to collaborate and share your work with an unlimited number of users.
Apps for You