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Educational Web Tools to Start Your New Year

Educational Web Tools to Start Your New Year
Let's start 2014 off with a set of tools to help you and your students make stuff. Create animations, record messages, assemble videos, construct presentations, collect links, and build inventions. This is a great way to make something engaging for your students and to assess their comprehension of a subject. Check out the selection we have compiled for you below: Pivot Animator A free Windows program to create stick figure animations. A free online whiteboard where you can record your voice - or yourself (in a video) - while you draw. Put together an online lesson by adding images, text, quizzes, and discussions to your own videos or any from YouTube and Vimeo. Combine live tweets, blog feeds, interactive maps, audio notes, and streaming video into a real-time presentation for free. Using this free browser extension, collect and organize your favorite websites. Creating A collection of digital tools to create using images, audio and video. A collection of useful apps for creating comics.

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The Best Mind Mapping Tools and Apps for Teachers and Students March 4 , 2014 Creating and using mind maps is a great way to get students brainstorming ideas about a given topic, organize their thought processes and turn these ideas into a neatly written pieces. I have been using several web tools with my students over the past few years. From teaching vocabulary to getting students engaged in the prewriting process, I found the functionalities and ease of use of these web tools a great way to enhance students productivity. Over last weekend, I have been working on a list that features the most important mind mapping tools and apps that teachers can use with their students.

PingPong: Simple, Interactive, Free Q&A App For Teachers I’ve recently met with the creators of PingPong, an app that is aimed at providing a higher level of interaction between teachers and students. It works by simply letting teachers create questions either on the spot (during class), or as a series or prepared questions (exam-style) that students will have to answer, possibly in a limited time. The beauty of the app really resides in its simplicity and the fact that it is free. The user interface may appear a little Spartan, but that’s exactly why it works so well: it is extremely easy to build questions, and answering them is even easier.

FREE App: Stay Organized with Evernote If you are like me, you have tons of different things to keep track of – child’s after school activities, vacation plans, shopping lists, blog ideas, birthdays, work projects, school projects, …. It is so hard not to miss anything and stay updated on everything, till using Evernote. Evernote is a free, cross-platform application that greatly simplifies the process of keeping track of notes, ideas, memos, lists, pictures, web clips, etc., into a single place and keeps them in sync automatically. It is available for almost all the popular devices: Windows PC, Mac, BlackBerry, BlackBerry Tablet, Android, iPhone, iPAD, Windows Phone. Everything you do on your phone and on your computer gets synchronized to your Evernote account on the Web.

The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom July 25, 2014 Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there. 1- Educlipper Educlipper is a wonderful tool for creating video tutorials and guides to share with students. The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You If you’re not an avid follower of #edchat on Twitter, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to learn about some new Web 2.0 tools that are currently being used in classrooms around the world. That’s because @chickensaltash posed a simple question to the PLN and there has been a huge swell of support as hundreds of people have jumped in to answer the question about which 5 Web 2.0 tools teachers are using in classrooms. The Best of the Best You can view the live stream of #edchat here and see what people are saying at the hashtag #chickenweb2tools here.

Tech For Teachers Course Description A hands-on, high-tech workshop for teachers of grades 6-12. High-energy sessions designed for all learning levels. Participate in a hands-on, high-tech exploration of digital tools and resources tailored for the secondary (grades 6-12) educator. Join in a discovery, discussion and demonstration of free web-based applications that work anytime, anywhere, on any device. Collaborate with colleagues as you learn how to use the latest in education technology to maximize parent-teacher-student communication, increase student engagement and enhance learning.

Useful Tools and Apps to Help You Assemble Your Classroom Curriculum July 18, 2014 Here is a list of educational tools you may not have heard of, but may be useful when assembling your classroom curriculum. Project Gutenberg A library of over 45,000 free ebooks in various formats, like EPUB, Kindle, HTML, and plain text. In this reverse image search engine, you submit an image to find where it came from, high resolution versions, and more. Online curriculum centre The IB store offers IB resources that complement those found on the OCC. These include: past Examination and markscheme packs, subject-specific Questionbanks and Taskbanks, the IB Prepared and IB Skills series, student workbooks, printed programme publications, and much more...

Learning Doesn’t Stop At 3 O’Clock – Tools to Maximize Communication Learning Doesn’t Stop At 3 O’Clock: Four Reasons Teachers and Students Need a Class Blog Last March I received an email from my superintendent thanking me for my outstanding work. At first I was a bit confused. It was spring break and class was not in session. I wondered what he was referring to until I saw the forwarded message attached to his email. 15 Excellent Apps for Learning Activities in BYOD Classrooms BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is not only about students bringing their own devices to class and using them for educational purposes. It is much more than just a problem of hardware but is rather a question of what "learningware" students need to install and use with their devices. Most of the discussions on BYOD center around the accessibility and availability of devices together with the fact that students are experts of their own devices. Sounds good but not enough! Students need to be provided powerful educational apps to galvanize the learning gen inside of them. They need to be shown what apps work with which.

Five Ways to Create More Teacher Rockstars in Your School “Rockstar” is a term that is being thrown around among educators lately. A few teachers and administrators who try new instructional practices—many that inevitably involve tech tools—earn that rockstar praise from their connected colleagues online. But, teachers are driven by the same thing at their core: they want to do what is best for kids. If that is true, then they all deserve to feel like rockstars! They all deserve to feel the rush of knowing that they took a risk and it paid off in their classrooms.

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