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Formative Assessment and Real-Time Feedback Tools

  • AnswerGarden | "A minimal tool for maximum feedback" - request 20 or 40 character responses from audience 
  • Formative | great formative assessment tool for all grade levels. Drawing type question is unique and great for solving math problems or drawing a picture, teacher dashboard shows all student responses in real time, you can even transform documents into quizzes.
  • Google Forms | one of the best features of Google Drive is Google Forms. Google Forms allow you to quickly collect data and analyze responses in graph or spreadsheet form. Great for collecting parent contact or volunteer information, tracking student behavior data, quizzing students, and more. 
  • Kahoot! | fast-paced, highly competitive way to gather feedback from students or review concepts. Teachers go to getkahoot.com to build quizzes and launch activities. Students go to kahoot.it on any device to play. The tool offers reporting features, ways to browse for and duplicate quizzes that have already been made, filter by quizzes made by teachers, and more. 
  • JeopardyLabs | create Jeopardy-style review games for your students quickly and easily, no account required 
  • Plickers | "paper clickers" - great for classrooms that don't have devices for every student. Print out and provide students with a card, ask questions and have students orient their card so the correct answer option is at the top, and use the Plickers app as the teacher to point the camera out into the classroom and scan/check all students' answers at once. 
  • Poll Everywhere | free and simple student response system that lets you poll your audience quickly. Just type in a question, and your audience can respond from a laptop, tablet, or even mobile phones. 
  • Quizizz | similar to Kahoot but student-paced. Fast-paced, highly competitive way to review concepts. There are funny memes after each question to let students know how they're doing. You can search for public Quizizz and copy/paste individual questions that you want to add to yours. Teachers get started at quizizz.com/admin, students go to quizizz.com and join with code.
  • Quizlet | website or app for flashcard practice. Users can create sets, create classes, find study sets made by other teachers, play games for review, or use the standard flashcard view.
  • Socrative | tool that allows teachers to gather instant feedback and see results in real time, create personalized assessments, view class and student reports, and more. Teachers go to socrative.com to build quizzes and launch activities. Students go to m.socrative.com on any device to participate. There are many ways to run your activities - teacher paced where you can have discussions after each question before going on, student paced where students can progress through the quiz at their own pace, and space race which is a great way to put students into groups and review.

Literacy and Grammar 

  • CommonLit | free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades five through twelve
  • Newsela | this website allows students to read and explore news articles and current events. More importantly, every article that is selected can be customized for students' reading levels. An entire class can read the same content, but at a level that's just right for each student. Articles include quizzes that test critical thinking and close reading. 
  • No Red Ink | fun way to learn grammar and practice skills. For each concept or skill there is a planning diagnostic, unit diagnostic, practice activities, and quiz.
  • PaperRater | free tool that checks grammar and spelling of your paper, plagiarism detection, writing suggestions, etc. Great for students to check their papers before turning in or for teachers to help them grade student papers. 
  • Rewordify | copy and paste any text you want to provide your students (paragraphs from an article or enter a URL), and Rewordify will simplify the difficult English for students comprehend more quickly, improve their vocabulary, and improve learning outcomes.
  • ScootPad | personalized learning activities in math & English/Language Arts for your classroom. Teacher accounts are free, you can track progress, analyze data & assessments, and students can access from anywhere. It is the ultimate way to master math and reading skills. Self-paced and personalized practice keeps kids engaged and challenged.
  • Tumblebooks | literacy website Center Grove has purchased. Explore animated picture books, fiction, nonfiction, math stories, read-alongs, chapter books, videos, puzzles, games, and more.

Math

  • ScootPad | personalized learning activities in math & English/Language Arts for your classroom. Teacher accounts are free, you can track progress, analyze data & assessments, and students can access from anywhere. It is the ultimate way to master math and reading skills. Self-paced and personalized practice keeps kids engaged and challenged. 
  • Xtramath | free web program for students, teachers, and parents that helps kids master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts 

Miscellaneous 

  • Khan Academy | free exercises, videos, and personalized learning resources for all ages. Learn math, science, computer programming, history, economics, and more. 
  • Web 2.0 Tools for Educators | Pinterest board by Eric Sheninger featuring many web 2.0 tools for educators 
  • WolframAlpha | one of the smartest, most advanced search engines that exists. Find out how much vitamin C is in a bowl of ice cream. Learn what European country has the fourth largest population of children. Compute solutions to difficult trig and calculus problems. Balance complex chemical equations. Anything you want to calculate or know, it will tell you! 

Presentation and Visual Tools

  • Animoto | create professional-looking videos in seconds; pick a style and song, upload pictures or videos, add text, and Animoto will do the rest. No video editing skills required! 
  • Blabberize | upload an image, highlight the mouth, record your voice, and make the image talk. Great for reports! 
  • Blendspace | website that allows teachers and students to create a collection of files/pictures to share; great for presentations and portfolios, collect resources (documents, webpages, pictures) and bundle them all together into a presentation format, share a lot of resources with colleagues, or give students interactive lesson materials.
  • Canva | quickly and easily create and download beautifully designed images for social media, presentations, posters, blogs, invitations, and more 
  • EDpuzzle | engage students with videos. Enter a YouTube URL or upload your own video, add stopping points for students (quiz questions, audio recording); great tool for formative assessment!
  • emaze | great presentation website that works on all devices. Similar to Prezi, but it's more visual and 3D. (check out the Gallery template for a cool 3D museum scene)
  • Google Slides | Google's version of PowerPoint online, accessed from Google Drive. Create presentations, collaborate with others in real time, embed YouTube videos onto your slide quickly and easily, and more. 
  • Haiku Deck | one of the most simple presentation tools out there, and it makes slides look very clean and simple. It is tightly integrated with Creative Commons photos, so there is no worry about students or teachers breaking copyright. 
  • Infographic creators such as Easel.ly, Visual.ly, Infogr.am, and Piktochart are great to make information and data very visually appealing. 
  • Padlet | collaborative "corkboard" tool 
  • Smore | design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly. 
  • Symbaloo | this is a great tool to save and visually display your favorite websites.
  • ThingLink | "Make Media Come Alive" as you create interactive images and videos. Additional resource: ThingLink in the Classroom - One Image. Tons of Possibilities. Upload an image and add tags that show additional information, links, photos/videos, etc. Great for students to make reports/posters, teachers to introduce or review concepts. 
  • Voki | your students will love creating their own avatar and making it talk. Great for reports! Teachers, this would be a great way to give directions to your class instead of standing at the front of the room speaking. 
  • Word cloud generators such as Tagxedo, Wordle, or WordItOut allow you to input a URL or selection of words/text and make them look visually appealing. Tagxedo allows you to make the word clouds into specific shapes. 

Science

Social Studies & Current Events 

  • Breaking News | read and assign current events articles in seven different reading levels, plus activities, mini-lessons, 5-speed listening, dictation, and more.
  • DOGO News | "Cool websites for young minds" - kids news articles, current events, and more 
  • GeoGuessr and GeoSettr | GeoGuessr is an addictive geography game, and GeoSettr lets you create your own. This article links to both and explains how to get started. Creating and playing GeoGuessr games could be a good way for students to learn about notable landmarks in their towns, counties, states, provinces, and countries. 
  • Google Earth | free software download that lets you explore the world in 3D. You can record paths to take virtual field trips or explore famous monuments up close and personal. 
  • iCivics | "Don't just learn civics - play civics! Run for president. Pass new laws. Argue real cases." Kids role play in politics, tackling various issues that they are passionate about. There are games to immerse them in the writing and passing of bills, laws, and persuading the judge to see their side in the judicial system. They can see what it's like to become a president by campaigning, winning voters based on the decisions they make, etc. 
  • Newsela | this website allows students to read and explore news articles and current events. More importantly, every article that is selected can be customized for students' reading levels. An entire class can read the same content, but at a level that's just right for each student. Articles include quizzes that test critical thinking and close reading.
  • Smithsonian Tween Tribune | free K-12 resource for teachers. AP news articles, Lexile leveled for K-12, self-scoring quizzes, critical thinking questions, student commenting, Espanol AP articles, weekly lesson plans, weekly videos, and weekend "Monday Morning Ready" newsletter as prep for the week ahead.
  • Timetoast | great, simple way to browse and create timelines

Teacher Tools

  • Blendspace | free web tool that allows you to collect resources (documents, webpages, pictures) and bundle them all together into a presentation form. Great to share a lot of resources with colleagues or give students interactive lesson materials. 
  • Evernote | great tool for note-taking that allows you to type, add pictures, add audio notes, organize notes into notebooks, save website articles to your account, and much more. Evernote is cloud-based, so it will work and sync across every device that has internet access. 
  • QR Stuff | quickly and easily create QR codes to share information or websites with your audience. 
  • TodaysMeet | this "backchannel" tool allows you to create a temporary chat room that you can use in your class or presentation to engage your audience. During instruction or video, students can ask questions or add comments without interrupting.