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Learn 360 - Learn 360 has video clips and full length videos for the classroom.  If you are looking for a video or clip to augment your lesson, here's the place to go.  Each HISD teacher as an account with Learn360.  If you have not yet activated your account, please contact your tech facilitator for instructions.
 
Quia Web  - Many of our teachers use Quia Web as a study tool for students.  With Quia, teachers can set up games, quizzes, and activities such as webquests for students to do in class or from home. 
 
Destiny Library Quest - Destiny Library program not only gives you access to a list of all books in our McDowell Library, it also provides a searchable database for students to use when doing research on a particular subject.
 
Project Share - Project Share is a global online learning community where educators collaborate, share resources and showcase accomplishments.
 
Atomic Learning - Atomic learning offers hundreds of video and written tutorials on how to use software programs, technology hardware, etc.  If you would like to become a pro at anything technology related, start your search for tutorials here.  All district teachers have an account.  If you do not know your login, contact your tech facilitator for help.
 
Google Apps Tutorials - Google offers six video tutorials on HOW - TO use Google Apps for Education.  Pick a few courses that you're interested in and become an expert.
 
Promethean Planet - Looking for resources to use with your Promethean Board?  Go to Promethean Planet and search flip charts created by teachers from all over the world.
 
Smart Exchange - Looking for resources to use with your Smart Board? Go to Smart Exchange and search for Notebooks created by teachers all over the world.
 
Prezi -  Are your students tired of creating Power Point presentations to showcase their research?  Give them the option of creating a Prezi.  Prezi's are like power point on steroids.  Very cool way to present information.
 
Wordle - Wordle is more than just a cool way to create a word board.  With Wordle, students can cut and paste speeches from famous officials and instantly recongnize the focus of the speech by how often different "buzz words" are used.
 
Wallwisher - A cool way to brainstorm for the random thinkers in a group project.  Students can create a wall and add ideas using virtual "sticky notes."  Collabortion with group partners is a breeze with Wallwisher.
 
Glogster - Glogster is an innovative on-line tool that allows students to make virtual posters displaying links, pictures, and video of a research topic. 
 
Google Sketch Up - Google Sketch up is a download - so you will need to see your tech facilitator for this one.  The program allows students to build architectural designs in 3-D.  Math teachers can use it to demonstrate area, depth, and volume. 
 
Pics4Learning - Do you or your students need a safe place to search for copyright free photos to use in presentations?  Pics4Learning has thousands of copyright free images.  This is a much better place for students to search than Google Images as you can be certain there is no copyright infringement or risk of pulling up inappropriate pictures.
 
PinDax - If your students don't stay focused during those history or science videos, here's a suggestion.  Give them an opportunity to ask questions, give comments, and make observations by opening up a message board in PinDax.  No membership or e-mail address required.  You create the message board, give your students the URL, and they can post sticky notes on a virtual corkboard during the video.  When the video is over, project the message board for the class and kick off a discussion using THEIR ideas.

Science Netlinks - Lots of great science lesson plans for all age groups.

Jeopardylabs - Create your own jeopardy games, or let your students create them with this easy to use free template.
 

 
 
 
 
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