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20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration

20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration
The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. This doesn’t come as a big surprise since these types of tools are fun and engaging. They also support 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity. You know what else teachers like? Good quality tools that are free! And why not? This week on EmergingEdTech, we’ve put together a listing of 20 top notch free tools that are being used in schools and classrooms to collaborate and interact on assignments, projects, and other active learning efforts. These tools deliver a wide array of functionality, from communication to collaborative document editing, whiteboards, and gaming, to full Learning Management System capabilities. 1. Twiddle provides a really easy to use collaborative online whiteboard. 2. 3. 4. 5. Yammer is a private social network. 6. 7.

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Adolescent Literacy 101 Click the "References" link above to hide these references. ACT (2006). Reading between the lines: What the ACT reveals about college readiness in reading. Ames, IA: Author. 20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now Padlet is a web app that lets users post notes on a digital wall. The uses for this site in the classroom are virtually endless! There’s a good chance you’ve done the “write on a sticky note and put it on the wall” activity — or have seen it happen before. Padlet lets those sticky notes have images, links and videos AND be available with practically any Internet-ready device. It used to be blocked by my school’s Internet filter. This school year, the powers that be have allowed it through on student devices, opening up lots of possibilities in class!

Parapara Animation - Create Stopmotion Animations in Your Browser Parapara Animation is a free animation creation tool developed and hosted by Mozilla. The tool is easy to use and it does not require registration in order to use it. To get started simply visit the Parapara Animation website, select a digital crayon, then start drawing. Click the large "+" icon in the top of the screen to add a new frame to your animation. You can playback your frames at any time in the creation process.

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English Lessons Online: Rainbows Listening level: 5 Audio file: 2:16 min Story length: 306 words Audio Here is the listening file for this lesson. Audio Player A Comprehensive List of Apps and Tools to Flip your Classroom For those of you intent on employing the flipped learning model in their instruction, we have curated a set of important web tools to help you create the appropriate flipped classroom environment for your students. Check them out below and as always let us know what you think of them. Enjoy 1- Explain Everything Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything's flexible and integrated design. 2- Knowmia Knowmia is a great website that offers thousands of video lessons from great teachers around the world.

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