Digital Tools for Schools
For more information about these tools and their use, please contact your ed-tech team. Though there are many other tools available, these tools are, for the most part, free, available on any device, have an easy sign-in process, and we've used them successfully with students.
Write and publish their work for an audience and share, collaborate and comment:
Google Sites allows very easy site creation. The features of old Google sites should be added this school year.
Seesaw allows students to share their work with their teacher and their parents and is an easy digital portfolio site.
Weebly is another option for classroom website creation.
Lucidpress is a publication app for newsletter or magazine creation.
Sites for reading and writing skills
NewsELA provides leveled news stories for students.
Pobble is a writing prompt site that provides picture prompts and story starters.
Read Theory is a free reading comprehension site with leveled reading passages and questions and allows teachers to track progress.
Smithsonian Tween Tribune is a leveled reading site.
Read Write Think has hundreds of reading and writing lessons.
Mind maps, displaying words in a visual format
Socrative makes exit tickets easy.
Flippity allows you to create flashcards, Jeopardy style games and much more, all through Sheets.
Kahoot is a fun quiz game.
Plickers is a student response tool that uses an iOS or Android app to read paper response sheets. No student devices? No Problem.
Create posters, visuals, and infographics
Google Drawing is a simple but powerful visual creation tool that is very easy to use.
Unsplash is a great source for free stock images.
Pixabay is another great source for free stock images.
Sutori (formerly Hstry) allows you to create a scrolling timeline.
Piktochart: a great infographic tool with a Google sign-in.
Easelly is a simple infographic creator. Not too many options for templates, but it gets the job done.
Adobe Spark is great for making movies but you can also make interactive "pages"
Create digital stories: combine audio, video, music, pictures, drawings, maps, cartoons, or any combination into a final product
Google's My Maps allows you to annotate, add content, calculate distances, and share and save your map.
Twisted Wave allows you to record audio on your Chromebook.
Pixiclip is an interactive whiteboard that allows you to record audio, video and add text or annotations then share or embed. Similar to Explain Everything but free!
Storyboard That creates colourful comic style storyboards.
Screencastify creates screencast videos quickly and easily with this Chrome browser extension.
iMovie is simple, straightforward, and produces good quality movies. iMovie is hard to beat if students have access to iPads.
WeVideo is a free online video editor that can be used on Chromebooks. Combine audio, video, pictures.
ABCya has many tools and this is a simple tool that allows students to create animated Gifs.
Book Creator now works on Chromebooks as well as iPads.
Soundtrap is an online recording environment that allows collaboration and looping and mixing of provided tracks.
Create presentations, share content
Google Slides can be used to create presentations filled with images, text, and video. See the templates page!
Use photo editing, design, screen capture, home design tools
Pixlr Express allows you to add filters, text and other overlays to photos.
Pixlr Editor is an online photo editor much like Photoshop.
Add annotation and comments to video
VideoNot.es is a Google Drive addon which allows students to add in their own time stamped notes and annotations on videos.
EDpuzzle can be used to crop videos and add quizzes and assessments right into the video. Show only what you want to show and check for understanding on fly.
Use instructional interactives: Games, manipulatives and exercises that increase background knowledge and skills:
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Various subjects are available.
Sumdog uses interactive math and reading activities to engage learners and compete with others around the world.
Prodigy is a free adaptive math game which allows users to work through different levels of math outcomes while piloting themselves through a simple role-playing quest.
Sheppard Software is a collection of educational games and learning activities from the ECS to High School levels. No user accounts are needed.
Math Games is a suite of games and apps that links common core standards from the ECS to Grade 8 level.
Vocabulary.com is a site that uses adaptive questions to assist in vocabulary building activities.
XtraMath is a free web-based application that allows students to work on their basic operations. XtraMath can be used in the classroom or at home.
Interactive Sites for Education is a collection of games and activities that covers different topics. Be aware, some Flash sites will not run.
Connect with other classes, teachers, schools, museums, do virtual field trips, create virtual reality:
Google Earth is now on Chromebooks with excellent new Voyager journeys. (email your tech team if it won't run on your PC)
Learn code and computational thinking, create games, create 3D models:
MIT App Inventor allows students to create their own apps and watch them work immediately.