Secondary Tools




Secondary Tools (General)

Wiffiti - (Check out this example from a Journalism class.)
Put your students' cell phones to use for FREE. Create pages that allow students to send text messages and brainstorm instantly as a group. This is a great check for understanding and informal pre or post-assessment.

4teachers.org
4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.

Aviary
Almost too good to be true. The most powerful online image editor and sound recording software. It runs from your browser and costs nothing to use. Its programs can perform many of the same functions of Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator as well as Garage Band on the Mac. They can run on any computer. Seriously powerful audio and image editing.

360 Cities
  • 360-degree panoramic photo of cities and locations around the world
  • Put cities in context with mapping tools
  • Zoom in, see street views, view full screen, and save pictures
  • Totally immersive images
Newsdots
  • All the day's events as a social network
  • An interactive map that shows how each day's events are connected
  • View news stories related to each topic from sources all around the world
  • Sort by date and importance
  • View the last week worth of dots


Stuff Ya Gotta Try!
This is a well-organized collection of resources for teachers and students everywhere on the World Wide Web. There's even a special category for SmartBoard lessons. This works for students and teachers of K-12 classes.

Timeline Creator

You do have to download this software in order to use it. It is free. The Timeline Creator tool allows instructors, students and researchers without multimedia development skills to develop an interactive timeline for teaching or presentation purposes. The resulting timeline can be published on the World Wide Web or presented directly from a computer. The interface can display up to six simultaneous timelines to compare and contrast various "events" with descriptive text and media such as digital images, audio and video. This would work for upper elementary through high school.


  • Create a website or blog that looks and acts like a magazine - with text, pictures, and video. 
  • Free 


Diigo (Check out an example for a Journalism class)
Don't lose your bookmarks when your machine gets "re-imaged"! Share helpful resources with a whole class with one click! Save paper!
Diigo is a powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community. Students and teachers can keep an annotated bibliography of websites, resources and other tools from any computer and without installing any software. You can categorize your tools and links in a way that makes sense to you. You can also find people with similar interests and search for tags that fit your subject area or research project.

Delicious
• Free
• Keep your bookmarks online
• Allow students to access important classroom bookmarks at home by going to their teacher's page
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.

Issuu - You Publish
Publish your own publication online. Turn PDFs into digital magazines and keep them on your "shelf".

Big Huge Labs - Flickr Toys
Take your photos and make magazine covers, motivational posters, movie posters, pop art posters, puzzles, maps, calendars and more. Have fun with the pictures you take.

Internet4Classrooms - Helping Teachers Use the Internet Effectively
Has many links to resources on various topics (some at grade levels, assessments, etc.
Resources for students, helpful links to teachers, information for parents. This site is broken down into K-8, Secondary, Teachers, and Parents.

Poll Everywhere - Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response
This is a great stand-in for Student Response (clicker) systems. This site allows teachers to have live audience polling in their classroom through the use of cell phones, twitter, or the web. Results of the poll can be posted in a power point or on the web live, visual to the entire class. The teacher has the control to approve messages that are sent. You can use this in the classroom by taking polls of student's answers to a question regarding something they have read or their opinion on a topic.

Alltop, all the top stories
Can look for recent online articles on various topics.  Browsing by topic works well, searching seemed less effective.  Can connect to Facebook and Twitter.
This page pulls all the top news and trending stories from multiple sources and puts it in one spot. Good for looking for research topics, keeping up with current events, and getting more exposure to news from all areas of the spectrum.

Prezi - The zooming presentation editor (See Prezi in Action)
Spice up your presentations and grab attention from students! You can also have students use this tool to create presentations in a new way. Creating a presentation using a path instead of slides. Can add images, texts, and etc.

Google News Timeline
This gives headlines from different newspapers around the country for any given date.  Can click on the link and access the full newspaper/article. Great for current events, research, analyzing trends, and finding news sources.

Create a Graph
  1. Tutorials on how to create graphs
  2. Examples provided
  3. Kid friendly

eTutor Graphing Calculator
  1. Upper level math
  2. Solve a system of equations by graphing
  3. examples provided

OurTimeline
Create a timeline without downloading anything. You can create a time line from 5-140 years in length and designate events into several categories. It's great for profiling the lives of famous or not-so-famous people and breaking down historic events.


Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds (See an example from a blog about news and media)
1. Create for presentation that analyzes the significance of the most common words in a text
2. Small groups create from a passage and present with a focus on main ideas
3. Use in world language (or any vocabulary) to surround word with definition
4. Analyze writing - great for self-evaluation
5. Pick out significant concepts
6. Brainstorm
7. Pinpoint Main ideas
8. Be creative and reach visual learners
9. Discover unexpected connections

With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.

  • Can be used to create diagrams ranging from floor plans to flow charts
  • Easy to use
  • Could also be used to create concept maps or mind maps

HistoGrafica - Old pictures from your town
Find or upload pictures. Archives date from the 1700's to the present.  Pictures are from the U.S. and several European countries.
You could use this to add pictures to a project, power point, etc.
Take virtual tours, find pictures of landmarks or locations in books, find pictures from historic events and locations.

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a consructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.

Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Google Lit Trips
This is set up for K-12 and is divided into elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education. This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place... and so much more! Download lessons from an ever-expanding library of lessons. Create and share your own lessons.

Edmodo
A private microblogging site (like Twitter) made for education.  Quickly share assignments, files, announcements and more. You can do both one and two-way communication. Teachers can create groups that require access codes which makes it more safe than many alternatives. There is a built in calendar, the ability to link documents, as well as the ability to send out alerts to group members. It's a safer, fuller, more classroom-friendly version of Twitter.

Twitter (Check out Twitter in action in this district bhscc, BHSPhysics, MrsKoopman - And check how it revolutionized a University History Class.)
Get announcements out to parents and students from anywhere at any time. Post from a computer or your phone. Get reaction from students. Let students text or post from their computers get the whole class involved. Have your students "Tweet" a chapter summary or a reaction to an assignment.  You can even embed a feed from your Twitter to your Moodle or Google site. See a feed in action on the right-hand side of bhs.cc.

Make Beliefs Comix
What it is: Create your own comic strips with this free interactive web site. Decide how many panels you want  (2, 3, or 4), choose two characters. From there, you can choose the characters' emotions, resize them in the panels, add a talk or thought balloon and start writing.  

How to use: Individuals can make up a 4 panel story dialog between two characters, or partners can collaborate by taking over one of the two characters in each panel. Topics should follow your curriculum - create one story showing someone bullying and another story showing the same situation, but with a better resolution for all. Have the two characters discuss facts that have been researched about an animal, or a person, or an event. Give a book report via the comic strip. Have the two characters discuss how to solve a math problem, or to present a story problem to be solved. Use as an evaluation on a class activity or as an assessment following a science experiment. The sky is the limit! When finished, you can print and/or email the comic to yourself to save.

Tip 1: Prepare a storyboard sheet and let students draw and write, revise and edit BEFORE sitting down at the computer.

Tip 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page for Story Ideas and a link to a Writing Prompt blog

http://www.flickr.com/ - (see this site for some ideas)
  • This tool can be used for almost any application
  • Share and stay in touch with your photos.  Upload and organize, crop, fix, edit, and explore.
  • Beyond managing photos, you can find pictures from anywhere in the world and even at specific times. Find pictures of ANYTHING.
  • Discuss photos and artwork as a class - Check out this example of Flickr in the Art Room.
  • Make a slideshow of pictures (see one in action at bhs.cc)
  • Give students with an interest in photography an outlet and a place to get help from others
  • Create digital stories with images and text. (See one example)


Zoey's Room - A tech know community for girls
An online community for girls in middle school which encourages creativity through science, technology, engineering and math. Multiple links and resources included to engage student interest.  Includes option for students to engage in online chat, but requires a monthly or annual subscription fee.


http://www.yudu.com/
Create, publish, sell or give away an eBook and browse the work of thousands of other authors. Your students can publish their work, you can publish a class anthology, and raise funds online. YUDU is an ePublishing library and marketplace that lets you read, publish, buy, sell and share digital content.

It's a free library of digital content to read and explore. Find eBooks, magazines, and other documents as well as photos, music and podcasts and bookmarks and add them to your own library.

Create your own interest groups and join other people's, to share your passions, experiences and knowledge with like-minded users.


vizu Digital Brand Advertising Measurement. Mar...
• Appears to be free
• Create an account to create create a poll online.
• Save polls to use in the future
• You could use this to determine interest, comprehension, etc.


Free Technology Toolkit for use in ALL classrooms
This is a well-maintained collection of great resources that include tools for;

  1. Collaborative research,
  2. Study Skills,
  3. Literacy,
  4. Multimedia and digital storytelling,
  5. Graphic Organizers,
  6. Math Tools,
  7. Instructional strategies,
  8. and more!

Math

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Long name. Cool site. This is a library of interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives for K-12 Math learning. Based on the NCTM Standards, these virtual applets are sorted by grade groupings and Math topics. Each manipulative page includes Instructions, Standards, Parent/Teacher information, and Activities.  


Lovely Charts
Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, organizational charts, wire frames, and many more for free.


http://www.flickr.com/ - (see this site for some ideas)

  • This tool can be used for almost any application
  • Share and stay in touch with your photos.  Upload and organize, crop, fix, edit, and explore.
  • Beyond managing photos, you can find pictures from anywhere in the world and even at specific times. Find pictures of ANYTHING.
  • Discuss photos and artwork as a class - Check out this example of Flickr in the Art Room.
  • Make a slideshow of pictures (see one in action at bhs.cc)
  • Give students with an interest in photography an outlet and a place to get help from others
  • Create digital stories with images and text. (See one example)


Create a Graph

  1. Tutorials on how to create graphs
  2. Examples provided
  3. Kid friendly

eTutor Graphing Calculator
  1. Upper level math
  2. Solve a system of equations by graphing
  3. examples provided

With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.

  • Can be used to create diagrams ranging from floor plans to flow charts
  • Easy to use
  • Could also be used to create concept maps or mind maps

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.

Poll Everywhere - Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response
This is a great stand-in for Student Response (clicker) systems. This site allows teachers to have live audience polling in their classroom through the use of cell phones, twitter, or the web. Results of the poll can be posted in a power point or on the web live, visual to the entire class. The teacher has the control to approve messages that are sent. You can use this in the classroom by taking polls of student's answers to a question regarding something they have read or their opinion on a topic.

Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.

Science

Aviary
Almost too good to be true. The most powerful online image editor and sound recording software. It runs from your browser and costs nothing to use. Its programs can perform many of the same functions of Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator as well as Garage Band on the Mac. They can run on any computer. Seriously powerful audio and image editing.


Drop.io
Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.


http://www.flickr.com/ - (see this site for some ideas)

  • This tool can be used for almost any application
  • Share and stay in touch with your photos.  Upload and organize, crop, fix, edit, and explore.
  • Beyond managing photos, you can find pictures from anywhere in the world and even at specific times. Find pictures of ANYTHING.
  • Discuss photos and artwork as a class - Check out this example of Flickr in the Art Room.
  • Make a slideshow of pictures (see one in action at bhs.cc)
  • Give students with an interest in photography an outlet and a place to get help from others
  • Create digital stories with images and text. (See one example)


Timeline Creator

You do have to download this software in order to use it. It is free. The Timeline Creator tool allows instructors, students and researchers without multimedia development skills to develop an interactive timeline for teaching or presentation purposes. The resulting timeline can be published on the World Wide Web or presented directly from a computer. The interface can display up to six simultaneous timelines to compare and contrast various "events" with descriptive text and media such as digital images, audio and video. This would work for upper elementary through high school.



OurTimeline
Create a timeline without downloading anything. You can create a time line from 5-140 years in length and designate events into several categories. It's great for profiling the lives of famous or not-so-famous people and breaking down historic events.



Diigo (Check out an example for a Journalism class)
Don't lose your bookmarks when your machine gets "re-imaged"! Share helpful resources with a whole class with one click! Save paper!
Diigo is a powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community. Students and teachers can keep an annotated bibliography of websites, resources and other tools from any computer and without installing any software. You can categorize your tools and links in a way that makes sense to you. You can also find people with similar interests and search for tags that fit your subject area or research project.

Delicious
• Free
• Keep your bookmarks online
• Allow students to access important classroom bookmarks at home by going to their teacher's page
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.


Google News Timeline
This gives headlines from different newspapers around the country for any given date.  Can click on the link and access the full newspaper/article. Great for current events, research, analyzing trends, and finding news sources. 


Create a Graph

  1. Tutorials on how to create graphs
  2. Examples provided
  3. Kid friendly

eTutor Graphing Calculator
  1. Upper level math
  2. Solve a system of equations by graphing
  3. examples provided

With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.

  • Can be used to create diagrams ranging from floor plans to flow charts
  • Easy to use
  • Could also be used to create concept maps or mind maps

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.

Poll Everywhere - Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response
This is a great stand-in for Student Response (clicker) systems. This site allows teachers to have live audience polling in their classroom through the use of cell phones, twitter, or the web. Results of the poll can be posted in a power point or on the web live, visual to the entire class. The teacher has the control to approve messages that are sent. You can use this in the classroom by taking polls of student's answers to a question regarding something they have read or their opinion on a topic.


Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

http://knol.google.com/k
  • Share what you know and write a knol. Several popular knol categories to write under or about.
  • Read the writing of other experts
  • Have your students share their knowledge on the site and illustrate it with media like video and pictures
  • Get basic knowledge about a wide variety of topics
  • Contribute to existing knols.
  • See how easy it is to create a knol.
  • Check out an example of a knol.

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.

English


Lit2Go

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. You can:

  • Download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go,
  • Listen to the Mp3 files on your computer,
  • View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen,
  • Print out the stories and poems to make your own book.

Timeline Creator

You do have to download this software in order to use it. It is free. The Timeline Creator tool allows instructors, students and researchers without multimedia development skills to develop an interactive timeline for teaching or presentation purposes. The resulting timeline can be published on the World Wide Web or presented directly from a computer. The interface can display up to six simultaneous timelines to compare and contrast various "events" with descriptive text and media such as digital images, audio and video. This would work for upper elementary through high school.

360 Cities

  • 360-degree panoramic photo of cities and locations around the world
  • Put cities in context with mapping tools
  • Zoom in, see street views, view full screen, and save pictures
  • Totally immersive images
Newsdots
  • All the day's events as a social network
  • An interactive map that shows how each day's events are connected
  • View news stories related to each topic from sources all around the world
  • Sort by date and importance
  • View the last week worth of dots


OurTimeline
Create a timeline without downloading anything. You can create a time line from 5-140 years in length and designate events into several categories. It's great for profiling the lives of famous or not-so-famous people and breaking down historic events.



http://www.quotesdaddy.com/

This site has access to thousands of different quotes that you can receive for free.  One way that you could use this site is to have a quote of the day built into your morning meetings.  Or you could have students find a quote that they like and have them explain why they choose that quote.  This could be an icebreaker type of activity.


http://www.yudu.com/
Create, publish, sell or give away an eBook and browse the work of thousands of other authors. Your students can publish their work, you can publish a class anthology, and raise funds online. YUDU is an ePublishing library and marketplace that lets you read, publish, buy, sell and share digital content.

It's a free library of digital content to read and explore. Find eBooks, magazines, and other documents as well as photos, music and podcasts and bookmarks and add them to your own library.

Create your own interest groups and join other people's, to share your passions, experiences and knowledge with like-minded users.


Diigo (Check out an example for a Journalism class)
Don't lose your bookmarks when your machine gets "re-imaged"! Share helpful resources with a whole class with one click! Save paper!
Diigo is a powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community. Students and teachers can keep an annotated bibliography of websites, resources and other tools from any computer and without installing any software. You can categorize your tools and links in a way that makes sense to you. You can also find people with similar interests and search for tags that fit your subject area or research project. 


http://www.flickr.com/ - (see this site for some ideas)

  • This tool can be used for almost any application
  • Share and stay in touch with your photos.  Upload and organize, crop, fix, edit, and explore.
  • Beyond managing photos, you can find pictures from anywhere in the world and even at specific times. Find pictures of ANYTHING.
  • Discuss photos and artwork as a class - Check out this example of Flickr in the Art Room.
  • Make a slideshow of pictures (see one in action at bhs.cc)
  • Give students with an interest in photography an outlet and a place to get help from others
  • Create digital stories with images and text. (See one example)



Delicious
• Free
• Keep your bookmarks online
• Allow students to access important classroom bookmarks at home by going to their teacher's page
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.


Alltop, all the top stories
Can look for recent online articles on various topics.  Browsing by topic works well, searching seemed less effective.  Can connect to Facebook and Twitter.
This page pulls all the top news and trending stories from multiple sources and puts it in one spot. Good for looking for research topics, keeping up with current events, and getting more exposure to news from all areas of the spectrum.


Google News Timeline
This gives headlines from different newspapers around the country for any given date.  Can click on the link and access the full newspaper/article. Great for current events, research, analyzing trends, and finding news sources.



Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds (See an example from a blog about news and media)
1. Create for presentation that analyzes the significance of the most common words in a text
2. Small groups create from a passage and present with a focus on main ideas
3. Use in world language (or any vocabulary) to surround word with definition
4. Analyze writing - great for self-evaluation
5. Pick out significant concepts
6. Brainstorm
7. Pinpoint Main ideas
8. Be creative and reach visual learners
9. Discover unexpected connections

HistoGrafica - Old pictures from your town
Find or upload pictures. Archives date from the 1700's to the present.  Pictures are from the U.S. and several European countries.
You could use this to add pictures to a project, power point, etc.
Take virtual tours, find pictures of landmarks or locations in books, find pictures from historic events and locations.

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.

Make Beliefs Comix
What it is: Create your own comic strips with this free interactive web site. Decide how many panels you want  (2, 3, or 4), choose two characters. From there, you can choose the characters' emotions, resize them in the panels, add a talk or thought balloon and start writing.  

How to use: Individuals can make up a 4 panel story dialog between two characters, or partners can collaborate by taking over one of the two characters in each panel. Topics should follow your curriculum - create one story showing someone bullying and another story showing the same situation, but with a better resolution for all. Have the two characters discuss facts that have been researched about an animal, or a person, or an event. Give a book report via the comic strip. Have the two characters discuss how to solve a math problem, or to present a story problem to be solved. Use as an evaluation on a class activity or as an assessment following a science experiment. The sky is the limit! When finished, you can print and/or email the comic to yourself to save.

Tip 1: Prepare a storyboard sheet and let students draw and write, revise and edit BEFORE sitting down at the computer.

Tip 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page for Story Ideas and a link to a Writing Prompt blog


Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Google Lit Trips
This is set up for K-12 and is divided into elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education. This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place... and so much more! Download lessons from an ever-expanding library of lessons. Create and share your own lessons.

Xtranormal - Make 3D videos (one application idea, and another)
* Something this easy shouldn't look this cool.
* Make 3D movies simply and easily.
* You type - it makes a movie.
* Create and share dialogues.
* Make skits.
* Illustrate concepts.
* It's fun for students at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Issuu - You Publish
Publish your own publication online. Turn PDFs into digital magazines and keep them on your "shelf".

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.

Social Studies


Timeline Creator

You do have to download this software in order to use it. It is free. The Timeline Creator tool allows instructors, students and researchers without multimedia development skills to develop an interactive timeline for teaching or presentation purposes. The resulting timeline can be published on the World Wide Web or presented directly from a computer. The interface can display up to six simultaneous timelines to compare and contrast various "events" with descriptive text and media such as digital images, audio and video. This would work for upper elementary through high school.



OurTimeline
Create a timeline without downloading anything. You can create a time line from 5-140 years in length and designate events into several categories. It's great for profiling the lives of famous or not-so-famous people and breaking down historic events.


Diigo (Check out an example for a Journalism class)
Don't lose your bookmarks when your machine gets "re-imaged"! Share helpful resources with a whole class with one click! Save paper!
Diigo is a powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community. Students and teachers can keep an annotated bibliography of websites, resources and other tools from any computer and without installing any software. You can categorize your tools and links in a way that makes sense to you. You can also find people with similar interests and search for tags that fit your subject area or research project.

Delicious
• Free
• Keep your bookmarks online
• Allow students to access important classroom bookmarks at home by going to their teacher's page
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.


Alltop, all the top stories
Can look for recent online articles on various topics.  Browsing by topic works well, searching seemed less effective.  Can connect to Facebook and Twitter.
This page pulls all the top news and trending stories from multiple sources and puts it in one spot. Good for looking for research topics, keeping up with current events, and getting more exposure to news from all areas of the spectrum.


Google News Timeline
This gives headlines from different newspapers around the country for any given date.  Can click on the link and access the full newspaper/article. Great for current events, research, analyzing trends, and finding news sources. 


With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.

  • Can be used to create diagrams ranging from floor plans to flow charts
  • Easy to use
  • Could also be used to create concept maps or mind maps

HistoGrafica - Old pictures from your town
Find or upload pictures. Archives date from the 1700's to the present.  Pictures are from the U.S. and several European countries.
You could use this to add pictures to a project, power point, etc.
Take virtual tours, find pictures of landmarks or locations in books, find pictures from historic events and locations.

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.

Poll Everywhere - Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response
This is a great stand-in for Student Response (clicker) systems. This site allows teachers to have live audience polling in their classroom through the use of cell phones, twitter, or the web. Results of the poll can be posted in a power point or on the web live, visual to the entire class. The teacher has the control to approve messages that are sent. You can use this in the classroom by taking polls of student's answers to a question regarding something they have read or their opinion on a topic.

Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Xtranormal - Make 3D videos (one application idea, and another)
  • Something this easy shouldn't look this cool.
  • Make 3D movies simply and easily.
  • You type - it makes a movie.
  • Create and share dialogues.
  • Make skits.
  • Illustrate concepts.
  • It's fun for students at both the elementary and secondary levels.

360 Cities
  • 360-degree panoramic photo of cities and locations around the world
  • Put cities in context with mapping tools
  • Zoom in, see street views, view full screen, and save pictures
  • Totally immersive images
Newsdots
  • All the day's events as a social network
  • An interactive map that shows how each day's events are connected
  • View news stories related to each topic from sources all around the world
  • Sort by date and importance
  • View the last week worth of dots


Business/Technology

Lovely Charts
Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, organizational charts, wire frames, and many more for free.


Aviary
Almost too good to be true. The most powerful online image editor and sound recording software. It runs from your browser and costs nothing to use. Its programs can perform many of the same functions of Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator as well as Garage Band on the Mac. They can run on any computer. Seriously powerful audio and image editing.

Drop.io
Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.


  • Create a website or blog that looks and acts like a magazine - with text, pictures, and video. 
  • Free 

Diigo (Check out an example for a Journalism class)
Don't lose your bookmarks when your machine gets "re-imaged"! Share helpful resources with a whole class with one click! Save paper!
Diigo is a powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community. Students and teachers can keep an annotated bibliography of websites, resources and other tools from any computer and without installing any software. You can categorize your tools and links in a way that makes sense to you. You can also find people with similar interests and search for tags that fit your subject area or research project.

Delicious
• Free
• Keep your bookmarks online
• Allow students to access important classroom bookmarks at home by going to their teacher's page
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.

Alltop, all the top stories
Can look for recent online articles on various topics.  Browsing by topic works well, searching seemed less effective.  Can connect to Facebook and Twitter.
This page pulls all the top news and trending stories from multiple sources and puts it in one spot. Good for looking for research topics, keeping up with current events, and getting more exposure to news from all areas of the spectrum.

With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.

  • Can be used to create diagrams ranging from floor plans to flow charts
  • Easy to use
  • Could also be used to create concept maps or mind maps


http://www.yudu.com/
Create, publish, sell or give away an eBook and browse the work of thousands of other authors. Your students can publish their work, you can publish a class anthology, and raise funds online. YUDU is an ePublishing library and marketplace that lets you read, publish, buy, sell and share digital content.

It's a free library of digital content to read and explore. Find eBooks, magazines, and other documents as well as photos, music and podcasts and bookmarks and add them to your own library.

Create your own interest groups and join other people's, to share your passions, experiences and knowledge with like-minded users.



Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.

Poll Everywhere - Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response
This is a great stand-in for Student Response (clicker) systems. This site allows teachers to have live audience polling in their classroom through the use of cell phones, twitter, or the web. Results of the poll can be posted in a power point or on the web live, visual to the entire class. The teacher has the control to approve messages that are sent. You can use this in the classroom by taking polls of student's answers to a question regarding something they have read or their opinion on a topic.


Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Issuu - You Publish
Publish your own publication online. Turn PDFs into digital magazines and keep them on your "shelf".

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.


Tech Ed

Aviary
Almost too good to be true. The most powerful online image editor and sound recording software. It runs from your browser and costs nothing to use. Its programs can perform many of the same functions of Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator as well as Garage Band on the Mac. They can run on any computer. Seriously powerful audio and image editing.


Lovely Charts
Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, organizational charts, wire frames, and many more for free.


With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.

  • Can be used to create diagrams ranging from floor plans to flow charts
  • Easy to use
  • Could also be used to create concept maps or mind maps

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.


Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Big Huge Labs - Flickr Toys
Take your photos and make magazine covers, motivational posters, movie posters, pop art posters, puzzles, maps, calendars and more. Have fun with the pictures you take.

Phy Ed/Health

Lovely Charts
Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, organizational charts, wire frames, and many more for free.


Diigo (Check out an example for a Journalism class)
Don't lose your bookmarks when your machine gets "re-imaged"! Share helpful resources with a whole class with one click! Save paper!
Diigo is a powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community. Students and teachers can keep an annotated bibliography of websites, resources and other tools from any computer and without installing any software. You can categorize your tools and links in a way that makes sense to you. You can also find people with similar interests and search for tags that fit your subject area or research project.

Delicious
• Free
• Keep your bookmarks online
• Allow students to access important classroom bookmarks at home by going to their teacher's page
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.


Google News Timeline
This gives headlines from different newspapers around the country for any given date.  Can click on the link and access the full newspaper/article. Great for current events, research, analyzing trends, and finding news sources. 


Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.


Poll Everywhere - Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response
This is a great stand-in for Student Response (clicker) systems. This site allows teachers to have live audience polling in their classroom through the use of cell phones, twitter, or the web. Results of the poll can be posted in a power point or on the web live, visual to the entire class. The teacher has the control to approve messages that are sent. You can use this in the classroom by taking polls of student's answers to a question regarding something they have read or their opinion on a topic.



Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)

  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Xtranormal - Make 3D videos (one application idea, and another)
* Something this easy shouldn't look this cool.
* Make 3D movies simply and easily.
* You type - it makes a movie.
* Create and share dialogues.
* Make skits.
* Illustrate concepts.
* It's fun for students at both the elementary and secondary levels.

http://www.flickr.com/ - (see this site for some ideas)
  • This tool can be used for almost any application
  • Share and stay in touch with your photos.  Upload and organize, crop, fix, edit, and explore.
  • Beyond managing photos, you can find pictures from anywhere in the world and even at specific times. Find pictures of ANYTHING.
  • Discuss photos and artwork as a class - Check out this example of Flickr in the Art Room.
  • Make a slideshow of pictures (see one in action at bhs.cc)
  • Give students with an interest in photography an outlet and a place to get help from others
  • Create digital stories with images and text. (See one example)

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.

FACS

Drop.io
Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.

Lovely Charts
Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, organizational charts, wire frames, and many more for free.

With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

The online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.

  • Can be used to create diagrams ranging from floor plans to flow charts
  • Easy to use
  • Could also be used to create concept maps or mind maps

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.

Poll Everywhere - Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response
This is a great stand-in for Student Response (clicker) systems. This site allows teachers to have live audience polling in their classroom through the use of cell phones, twitter, or the web. Results of the poll can be posted in a power point or on the web live, visual to the entire class. The teacher has the control to approve messages that are sent. You can use this in the classroom by taking polls of student's answers to a question regarding something they have read or their opinion on a topic.


Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Xtranormal - Make 3D videos (one application idea, and another)
* Something this easy shouldn't look this cool.
* Make 3D movies simply and easily.
* You type - it makes a movie.
* Create and share dialogues.
* Make skits.
* Illustrate concepts.
* It's fun for students at both the elementary and secondary levels.

http://www.flickr.com/ - (see this site for some ideas)
  • This tool can be used for almost any application
  • Share and stay in touch with your photos.  Upload and organize, crop, fix, edit, and explore.
  • Beyond managing photos, you can find pictures from anywhere in the world and even at specific times. Find pictures of ANYTHING.
  • Discuss photos and artwork as a class - Check out this example of Flickr in the Art Room.
  • Make a slideshow of pictures (see one in action at bhs.cc)
  • Give students with an interest in photography an outlet and a place to get help from others
  • Create digital stories with images and text. (See one example)

Big Huge Labs - Flickr Toys
Take your photos and make magazine covers, motivational posters, movie posters, pop art posters, puzzles, maps, calendars and more. Have fun with the pictures you take.

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.

Art

Aviary
Almost too good to be true. The most powerful online image editor and sound recording software. It runs from your browser and costs nothing to use. Its programs can perform many of the same functions of Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator as well as Garage Band on the Mac. They can run on any computer. Seriously powerful audio and image editing.

Drop.io
Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.

  • Create a website or blog that looks and acts like a magazine - with text, pictures, and video. 
  • Free 

Diigo (Check out an example for a Journalism class)
Don't lose your bookmarks when your machine gets "re-imaged"! Share helpful resources with a whole class with one click! Save paper!
Diigo is a powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community. Students and teachers can keep an annotated bibliography of websites, resources and other tools from any computer and without installing any software. You can categorize your tools and links in a way that makes sense to you. You can also find people with similar interests and search for tags that fit your subject area or research project.

Delicious
• Free
• Keep your bookmarks online
• Allow students to access important classroom bookmarks at home by going to their teacher's page
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy). A combined view of everyone's bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL "http://delicious.com/tag/wiki" displays all of the most recent links tagged "wiki". Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by similar-minded users.


Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds (See an example from a blog about news and media)
1. Create for presentation that analyzes the significance of the most common words in a text
2. Small groups create from a passage and present with a focus on main ideas
3. Use in world language (or any vocabulary) to surround word with definition
4. Analyze writing - great for self-evaluation
5. Pick out significant concepts
6. Brainstorm
7. Pinpoint Main ideas
8. Be creative and reach visual learners
9. Discover unexpected connections

HistoGrafica - Old pictures from your town
Find or upload pictures. Archives date from the 1700's to the present.  Pictures are from the U.S. and several European countries.
You could use this to add pictures to a project, power point, etc.
Take virtual tours, find pictures of landmarks or locations in books, find pictures from historic events and locations.

Intel Visual Ranking
Making and organizing lists of information. This tool is great for staring deep discussions in a constructivist classroom. It's a wonderful conversation-starter and pre-assessment tool for students to use. It takes a little bit to set up, but it creates a memorable activity that leaves a lasting impression on students of all ages. Check out the examples and even the instructional strategies provided. This can be used in any classroom.


Google Earth (Check out DOZENS of ways teachers have used Google Earth in every possible way at every level)
  • This requires a download but it is SO worth it. We have access to the Pro version for free for any lab or teacher in the district.
  • Free. Powerful. Adaptable.
  • The possibilities for this application are endless.
  • Create a custom map to discuss different social studies topics
  • Create a custom map to tie in with a classroom novel
  • Take a virtual field trip, even inside landmarks
  • Overlay data of all kinds
  • Download lessons from other teachers
  • See the places you talk about in class

Issuu - You Publish
Publish your own publication online. Turn PDFs into digital magazines and keep them on your "shelf".

http://www.flickr.com/ - (see this site for some ideas)
  • This tool can be used for almost any application
  • Share and stay in touch with your photos.  Upload and organize, crop, fix, edit, and explore.
  • Beyond managing photos, you can find pictures from anywhere in the world and even at specific times. Find pictures of ANYTHING.
  • Discuss photos and artwork as a class - Check out this example of Flickr in the Art Room.
  • Make a slideshow of pictures (see one in action at bhs.cc)
  • Give students with an interest in photography an outlet and a place to get help from others
  • Create digital stories with images and text. (See one example)
360 Cities
  • 360-degree panoramic photo of cities and locations around the world
  • Put cities in context with mapping tools
  • Zoom in, see street views, view full screen, and save pictures
  • Totally immersive images



http://www.yudu.com/
Create, publish, sell or give away an eBook and browse the work of thousands of other authors. Your students can publish their work, you can publish a class anthology, and raise funds online. YUDU is an ePublishing library and marketplace that lets you read, publish, buy, sell and share digital content.

It's a free library of digital content to read and explore. Find eBooks, magazines, and other documents as well as photos, music and podcasts and bookmarks and add them to your own library.

Create your own interest groups and join other people's, to share your passions, experiences and knowledge with like-minded users.


Big Huge Labs - Flickr Toys
Take your photos and make magazine covers, motivational posters, movie posters, pop art posters, puzzles, maps, calendars and more. Have fun with the pictures you take.

Interactives
Math, Science, Language, History and Art interactives for K-12 students. These are very detailed lesson plans in a variety of content areas. Get ready-made lessons (many with multimedia) that feature everything from amusement park physics to US History.



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