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(Almost) 50 Tools Every Teacher Should Know About
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Teachers and students can take advantage of this great tool, as it offers a Facebook-like environment where classes can connect online.
Get your students connected with each other in study sessions that take place on this great social site.
In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Watch a video on creating a blog
EduBlogs offers a safe and secure place to set up blogs for yourself or your classroom.
Skype can be a great tool for keeping in touch with other educators or even attending meetings online. Even cooler, it can help teachers to connect with other classrooms, even those in other countries.
Share lessons, media, and other materials online with your students, or let them collaborate to build their own educational wiki on Wikispaces. (A personal favorite for collaborative work with teachers/students)
You can pin just about any image you find interesting on this site, but many teachers are using it as a place to collect great lesson plans, projects, and inspirational materials. (Great for school and personal life-great way to share recipes and ideas)
Through this social site, teachers can manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators.
Quora is your best source of knowledge. Ask any question, get real answers from people with first hand experience, and blog about what you know.
While Quora is used for a wide range of purposes, it can be a great tool for educators. It can be used to connect with other professionals or to engage students in discussion after class.
Encourage your students to work together to learn class material by using a social study site like OpenStudy.
: Easy-to-use online learning platform. Launch a free site in less than 5 minutes. Start great conversations online with your students or professional development for teachers.
:Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. (DOWNLOAD APP) - another resource for programming -
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Many teachers use this excellent collection of math, science, and finance lectures and quizzes to supplement their classroom materials.
MangaHigh offers teachers a wealth of resources for game-based learning in mathematics.
Educreations is an amazing online tool for the iPad that lets teachers (or students) create videos that teach a given topic. Perfect for studying or getting students to show off their knowledge.
Animoto makes it simple to create video-based lessons or presentations for the classroom and to share them with students or anyone else.
Available for computers, mobile devices, and tablets, this student response system engages students through games and exercises on any device they have on hand. Even better, teachers can easily assess student progress and track grades.
:K12 free polling - replace expensive response systems. Students can respond using computer, tablets, cell phones.
On this site, teachers can take advantage of a wide range of math learning games, giving students practice while they have fun.
: Conversations in the cloud
Free account allows for document uploads that can be embedded. Embed presentation is in a flipbook style where documents pages can be flipped and read easily.
Teacher Teaching and Planning Tools
Teachers Pay Teachers
Have great lessons to share? Looking for something to add to your classes? On this site you can do both, selling your own class materials and buying high-quality resources from other teachers.
Make sure your lessons are organized and that your day runs smoothly with the help of this amazing online tool designed just for teachers.
Timetoast is a pretty cool for student projects, allowing them to build sleek, interactive timelines in minutes.
Want to build presentations that will wow your students? Make use of this online tool that makes it simple to do all kinds of cool things with your lessons, even allowing collaboration between teachers.
Create stunning word clouds using Wordle, a great complement to language lessons of any kind. (Personal favorite)
QR codes (or quick response codes) are showing up with greater frequency in education. If you’d like to get in on the trend, you’ll need a tool to create and manage the codes like
and one to read codes, like any of those
listed on this site
. (Personal favorite -
Quizlet makes it easy for teachers to create study tools for students, especially flashcards that can make memorizing important information a snap.
How are your students performing with regard to state and common core standards? MasterConnect makes it simple to track and analyze both, as well as other elements of student performance.
Through Google Docs, teachers can create and share documents, presentations, or spreadsheets with students and colleagues as well as give feedback on student-created projects.
Not all schools allow YouTube, but they are missing out as the site contains a wealth of great learning materials for the classroom. There’s even a special
just for teachers and students.
TED isn’t just a great place to find inspiration anymore, the site also contains numerous videos that are organized by subject and can help you to teach everything from how pain relievers work to Shakespearean insults.
Glogster is a social site that lets users mash up music, photos, videos, and pretty much anything else you’d like. It’s a great way to create learning materials and a handy tool for creative student projects.
Want to bring your student projects into the 21st century? Creaza can make that possible, offering tools to brainstorm, create cartoons, and edit audio and video.
On Mentor Mob, you or your students can create a learning playlist, which is essentially a collection of high-quality materials that can be used to study a specific concept.
ResumUp is a service which shows you who and what you need to know to achieve all your career goals.
Other Useful Tools
Capture great ideas, photos, recordings, or just about anything else on your Evernote account, access it anywhere, and keep it organized. A must-have tool for lesson planning.
There are so many ways Twitter can be used in education. Teachers can connect with other educators, take part in chats, share their ideas, or even use it in the classroom to reach out to students.
Google offers a number of great edtech resources for teachers, including email and collaborative apps, videos, lesson plan search, professional development, and even educational grants.
Easily store, share, and access any kind of data from anywhere with the easy-to-use and free Dropbox service.
Diigo lets you treat the web like paper-based reading material, making it simple to highlight, bookmark, take notes, or even add sticky notes.
Aviary is a suite of tools that make it easy to edit images, effects, swatches, music, and audio or to create and modify screen captures.
If you’re teaching kids about tech or just about anything else, a great screenshot program is essential. Jing is one great option that allows teachers to take screenshots as images, record up to five minutes or videos then edit and share the results.
You and your students can use Popplet to brainstorm ideas, create mindmaps, share, and collaborate.
From geography projects to learning about geological processes, Google Earth can be an amazing and fast way to show students anywhere in the world.
is web-based and takes less bandwidth and hard drive space.
Need funding for a classroom project? You can get it through this site that hooks up needy teachers with willing donors.
With SlideShare, you can upload your presentations, documents, and videos and share them with students and colleagues. Even better, you can take advantage of materials that other have uploaded as well.
Like a real-life three ring binder, this tech tool allows you to collect and organize resources. Much better than a binder, however, the site also comes with tools to connect and collaborate and a virtual whiteboard.
Great example of a LiveBinder!
Through this tool, you can record and share audio for your students or anyone else.
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