Tech Tools for Teachers

Below are of some of the Web 2.0 Tools we've come across. Use the "Suggest a Tech Tool" tab to submit your best tools.


Librarians' favorite     Legend: TR = Teacher resource    ST = Student tool    GET THE APP = It is available via a website and/or app   

Critical Thinking
CommonLit — Collection of supplemental texts organized by theme, essential question, and Lexile reading score. TR
TimeToast — Create and share timelines. ST
WebQuests — Use Google Sites to create a web-based task. ST
Online interactives — Online interactives engage students. ST
Examples include:
iCivics — Offers online games, lessons, and interactives. ST TR
Wordle — Create word clouds. 
ST
Myhistro — Geolocated interactive timelines. 
ST
YoungZine — News for young people. 
ST
DocsTeach — Use primary sources and interactive graphic organizers to study history. 
ST TR
ARKive — Films, photos, and recordings of the world's species. 
TR
Newseum Digital Classroom — Videos, lessons, and digital exhibits tied to Common Core. 
TR
Science 360 — Science and engineering news app that includes photos, videos, and text. New content added weekly by scientists, engineers, and the National Science Foundation. GET THE APP! TR
Newsela — Nonfiction texts 
TR

PBS NewsHour — Lessons for teachers and news for students. TR
National Geographic Education — Resources for teachers and lessons. TR
Cartoons for the Classroom — From the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. TR
Spicynodes – Concept map presentation tool. ST
Exploratorium — Offers videos, photos, and lesson plans on a variety of topics such as a dissection of a cow's eye, information from polar scientists, and exploring how people are inspired. TR
Discovery Streaming — Provides videos and sometimes curriculum to accompany video. TR
NY Times: The Learning Network--Lessons plans from the NY Times based on current events. TR
Collaboration
Google Apps — Create presentations and documents with multiple editors. Provide feedback on documents using comments. 
GET THE APP! 
ST
Symbaloo — Access your bookmarks anywhere, share your bookmarks with others. 
ST
Prezi
 — Create interactive presentations. 
GET THE APP! ST

Marqueed — Markup and discuss images online. ST
Popplet — Create and share ideas in a visual way. 
ST
Vine — Read the article linked here to see how it supports Project Based Learning. GET THE APP! ST
iEarn — Join classrooms from all over the world on collaborative projects tied to curriculum! ST TR

Creativity
Make Beliefs Comix — Create your own (short) comic strips. ST
PowToons — Create animated videos. 
ST
FlipSnack — Create a flipbook. ST
My Storymaker--Stories can be printed or saved as PDF files. ST
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard — Create video lessons on your iPad
Animoto — Quick videos. GET THE APP! ST
Flipboard — Create magazines from articles. GET THE APP! ST
Lucid Charts — Access through your Google Apps. Create charts and graphic organizers. ST

Communication
Google Apps — Use e-mail, solicite feedback using Forms, create a website, create portfolios, access a calendar. GET THE APP! ST TR
Kahoot — Excellent, game-based web tool for creating and delivering quizzes and surveys to students.  TR
Voice Thread — Create presentations and stimulate discussions. ST
QR Codes — Provide a link using QR codes, particularly good for QR scavenger hunts. 
TR
Edmodo — Like Facebook, but designed for classrooms. Have students post ideas, take quizzes, use your digital library, access a calendar. GET THE APP! ST
Cover It Live — Online, live blogging; perfect for class debates and Socratic Seminars. See Stephanie Meurer to add your account to the SMS enterprise account. ST
Socrative — Use personally owned devices as clickers. GET THE APP! ST
Padlet — Online bulletin board (formerly WallWisher) ST
SMART Response (Clickers) — Use to facilitate class discussions or for group responses during group reading assignments. Click to see set-up instructions. ST TR
Smore — Create flyers. ST
Brain Pop — Short cartoons on a variety of topics, complete with graphic organizers and online quizzes. (UserName & Password: sierrams6651) GET THE APP! ST TR