Triton Digital Makerspace
Welcome to Our Digital Makerspace!
This site is for students who are creative and want to build, invent, and take command of their own learning. Tools provided here are free and require little instruction. These tools are not tutorials; they are tools that kids can use to create products and games, explore coding, foster entrepreneurship, and develop design thinking projects. If you know of a fun tool that should be on here or other collaborative suggestions, please let me know! We're all in this together.
Multilingual editing and collage website. Free to use, mimics many services of higher editing software. Online posting and commenting is optional, but not monitored.
iMotion lets you make time-lapse or stop-motion movies. It has many features and tools to make it appear professionally done and to allow for maximum creativity.
Design app that lets you harvest photographic elements such as colors, shapes, or patterns, and add to a library to use in other creative platforms. Free app on Android, iPad, iPhone has in app purchases.
Launched in 1998, NASA Space Place's mission is to inspire and enrich students learning of space and Earth science online through fun games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos.
The Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago explores Hands-On science for all ages, informative videos, and science-based games. Keep learning in place and at your pace with science activities and topics you can access anytime.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has activities and resources for science and STEM experiments--hands-on activities that you can do from the comfort of your home. Have fun and share your successes and failures with us on Facebook or Instagram @fleetscience
Includes topics such as: physics, math, body & brain, technology, engineering, nature, evolution, space & flight, military, ancient worlds, and planet earth.
National Geographic Kids provides games, activities, resources, videos, books, animals, science, space, and Explorer Academy.
Free 3-D Modeling Software. SketchUp Free is the simplest free 3D modeling software on the web — no strings attached. Bring your 3D design online, and have your SketchUp projects with you wherever you go. You don’t need thousands of bells and whistles to draw in 3D. All you need is your idea, and room to draw!
Code Studio lets you write basic computer codes. It provides a lot of tutorials, so you’ll learn as you go along.
App Inventor lets students create Android apps by moving objects around the screen, similar to block-based programming.
A free, open source platform that supports a progression path into real-world programming. Hardware purchase often required.
Starting with simple boxes and colors and rapidly progressing into exciting experiments, it teaches important programming concepts like variables, loops, conditionals, expressions, and functions.
Create personal or collaboriative projects -- everything from storytelling apps to zines -- using dev tools on the Glitch platform (formerly Mozilla Thimble). Free but need to sign up for account.
Build a working iOS or android app; brings design thinking, multimedia, and computational thinking together. Free but need to sign up for account.
BBC Bitesize Maths include learning resources, games, and fun videos for children, parents, and teachers organised by various topics.
A physics and math resource that provides students a graphing program.
A math resource that provides students a free trigonometry calculator.
Welcome to FluidMath! FluidMath provides a fluid user interface to mathematics. It brings computations and interactive visualizations to your math writing surface. FluidMath's features currently include: recognition of handwritten math, fluid user interface, computer algebra system (CAS), graphing, and sliders
Learn geometry through practice with this dynamic geometry application for Mac, iPad and Android tablets. It’s your personal teaching assistant that makes learning geometry more engaging and fun. Geometry Pad allows you create fundamental geometric shapes, explore and change their properties and calculate metrics. The shapes are displayed on a scrollable and zoomable workbook with a rectangular coordinate system. This application is a valuable tool for everyone who want to develop and improve geometry skills.
Photomath is the #1 app for math learning. It can read and solve problems ranging from arithmetic to calculus instantly by using the camera on your mobile device. With Photomath, learn how to approach math problems through animated steps and detailed instructions or check your homework for any printed or handwritten problem.
CK-12 is committed to providing free access to open-source content and technology tools that empower students as well as teachers to enhance and experiment with different learning styles, resources, levels of competence, and circumstances. CK-12 will provide open-source content and technology tools to help teachers provide learning for students in a global world. Free access to high-quality, customizable educational content in multiple modalities suited to multiple student learning styles, levels, resources and use content acceptance will allow teachers, students and others to innovate and experiment with new models and modalities of learning. CK-12 help students and teachers alike by enabling rapid customization and experimentation of teaching and learning styles.
Social Studies & History
Best of History Web Sites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories and has been designed to benefit history teachers and their students. With links to over 1,200 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness, the site also includes links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.
Through our immersive storytelling and curricula, we explore the deeper issues facing humanity. Use our award-winning films, photo essays, and essays to learn about social, cultural, and environmental issues from people and communities worldwide. For grades 3-12, our stories and lessons encourage students to broaden their perspectives and worldviews while fostering inquiry, empathy, resilience, and a sacred relationship to our planet. We aim to bring universal values into the lives of educators and students.
We’re committed to providing educators accessible, high-quality teaching tools. Read for some ideas on how you can use our Beyond the Bubble assessments to help students learn the historical thinking skills of sourcing and contextualization. Peruse a list of our history lessons and assessments that ask students to evaluate pieces of visual art. Lists of interactive projects and free publications to help students gain new insight into History and Social Studies.
Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. History Explorer's resources focus on learning history by "reading" objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. Learning activities feature artifacts selected from over 3 million items in the Museum's collections, and draw on the expertise of the Museum's renowned curatorial staff.
Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. You'll find every chapter full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning. Big History examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future. It's a story about us.
Explore the history of the Cotswolds, England, from it's prehistoric landscape to today.
Reading & Writing
The experiment we call Hello Poetry Started in 2009, the site now serves over a million readers a month and is a home to hundreds of thousands sharing their poetry. Look around the site to find other poems and writers that you like. Write a nice comment, like a poem or two and find some people to follow.
Everything on 826 Digital is available with a free account! You’ll be able to browse, enjoy, and apply a wide variety of teaching tools and student writing examples. You can access these materials directly on the site, and to save it via Pinterest, Google Drive, and direct download.
Creative Book Builder lets you make e-books. It is simple to use and the books can be saved. It can also be made into an audiobook or podcast. You also have the ability to add photos, videos, and music files.
TTribune consists of daily news sites prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. TTribune includes opportunities for the registered users to communicate with other participants. Each week TeenTribune we'll add a new video from Ask Smithsonian. You ask the questions — a Smithsonian expert answers!
Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.
The only reading assessment that listens to your students. Your students read aloud and answer questions on almost any device―iPad, Chromebook, laptop, etc. Within 24 hours, you get a running record with scores for accuracy, fluency and comprehension.
Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can: intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension, effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary, help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons, and help improve learning outcomes.
Accelerating reading comprehension and writing skills has never been easier... or more authentic. Open-ended reading practice question. Automatically-scored student writing. In-the-moment writing feedback. Strength & weakness reports. Virtual bookshelf with peer ratings & reviews. Customizable owl avatars for motivation. Students get personalized feedback.
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge every November: draft and entire novel in just one month. For 30 wild, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create! The Young Writers Program supports under-18 writers and K-12 educators.
The NGAkids Art Zone app contains eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, plus a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art created with the program. Share artistic creations made with our app on social media, please be sure to include the hashtag #ngakids
The Google Arts & Culture Lab provides a variety of gaming experiments and puzzles.
Google provides a virtual jigsaw puzzle of art pieces you can play with your friends and family.
Origami Club is an interactive craft exploration of all things origami with video tutorials and step-by-step instructions on hundreds of origami creations for inspiration for all ages.
500,000 drawings are posted on YouDraw's Draw Pad and published in a book specially designed for the YouDraw / Humanity at Human Proportions drawing exhibition. View thousands of pictures and click on any drawing in the recent drawing page to interact with the artist. Vote for your favorite art piece or link messages to any drawing.
The Louvre, the world’s largest and most-visited museum, draws nearly 10 million people each year. Explore the virtual tours available.
Tour The Art Institute of Chicago's collection of art from around the world right from yur computer.
Explore the virtual MMCA, Seoul. and their global contemporary art. MMCA encourages communication and cross-pollination of contemporary art with other various disciplines of art, science, and humanities.
The National Museums Liverpool offers a variety of virtual displays to explore, including the huge collections from Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania.
Virtually explore the Musee d'Orsay, a former railway station in the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens. Wander among collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. Virtually explore all the floors in the museum.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, offers a virtual tour of their museum. The Museum collects across all art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
The MASP offers a virtual tour of Brazil’s first modern museum. MASP’s collection contains more than 8.000 works, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, and costumes from a wide range of periods, encompassing art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Take a virtual tour of The Getty collection. It includes European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photographs.
The Gallery is one of the most famous museums in the world for its extraordinary collections of ancient sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages to the modern. View the works in augmented reality using Art Projector and see how artworks look in real size in front of you.
Duolingo personalizes learning. Students earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up.
MemRise uses a natural approach to learning a language with thousands of video clips of native speakers speaking in their native language, in their hometown.
Parlay's free basic program creates a discussion forum for students to digitally practice communication skills. Sentence frames help guide responses and interactions.
PenPal Schools connects students from 150 countries to make friends and discover the world.
Poll Everywhere allows the user to host interactive remote meetings, anywhere. It captures powerful feedback instantly during virtual meetings, classes, events, and more.
Whether you're starting an online business from scratch or taking your in-person business online, with Weebly, entrepreneurs can build websites that customers love to visit and shop. Our powerful tools make it easy to build a professional, mobile-optimized site and grow your business with integrated marketing and advanced analytics.
Explain Everything lets you import documents, videos and photos into a presentation. You can record your voice to combine with the presentation. Multiple videos can be shown on one screen. You can edit and upload your presentation.
Model Diplomacy is a free simulation program that invites students, educators, and professionals from a variety of backgrounds to step into the roles of decision-makers on the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) or UN Security Council. Used in all fifty states and over one hundred countries by high schools, colleges and universities, military academies, international organizations, and the U.S. and foreign governments, Model Diplomacy delivers compelling interactive materials to meet a range of curricular goals.
Welcome to Facing Today, a Facing History interactive blog. Facing History and Ourselves combats racism and antisemitism by using history to teach tolerance in classrooms around the globe.
FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization. It is a set of open-source software designed to record and promote Indigenous oral culture and revitalize the linguistic history of their people. Member groups represent over 50 Indigenous nations, bands and other non-profit organizations. The unique 'community sites' they create promote diversity of Indigenous language and culture in British Columbia. Importantly, members retain ownership of content created by them for use on their community site.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. Our program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Our Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.
YES! Media is a nonprofit, independent publisher of solutions journalism. Through rigorous reporting on the positive ways communities are responding to social problems and insightful commentary that sparks constructive discourse, YES! Media inspires people to build a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world.
The Maker Faire Community
The Virtual Makerspace Philosophy
Criteria for Inclusion
The apps we chose to list on our site encourage the user to: Create Construct Tinker Experiment Invent Design Explore
The apps listed on our site are not connected to an assignment or a tutorial that would teach and then test. We believe that directed learning apps belong in other spaces rather than the virtual makerspace, where creativity and tinkering are the prevailing emphasis. The perfect app to include is one where a kid can create something, save the creation, share it if desired, and use it in a portfolio. We also prefer free apps due to equity concerns across the economic spectrum of our communities.
Fee or Free
We prefer free apps where owners sponsor great making opportunities for anyone with a device. We also recognize that there is a need to keep an app running and to support those individuals trying to make a living from their innovation. For apps requiring a fee, we recommend that the school, the school district, a regional service center, or a state library/dept of education license apps that would have a wide audience among their user population. Most libraries already license databases for information use, and we see the same principle applying to apps. When apps have a narrow audience or usage potential, certain computers or devices located in the library learning commons could have licenses for a group of devices without having to obtain a whole-school license. The staff of the learning commons should shop around for the best apps for their users at the best prices. By connecting with other professionals via social media, the best of the best can be shared with everyone.
Downloading and Logging in
In our suggested webmixes, we have included some login and download apps because there were no alternative methods of accessing the full features of the apps. For login apps, we suggest librarians/teachers work with students to create app accounts with their school login information. If students use their school login information to access their apps, they only have to remember one set of credentials.
Classroom teachers and students will know about better, newer, and cooler tools and apps. Our philosophical approach is that if they help build it, they will use it—this applies to all staff, students, and families within the community.
Created by Dr. David Loertscher and MLIS Graduate Students, San Jose State University
COVID-19 Sidenote: Do not lick wallpaper. Although licking wallpaper is not on the California State Department of Public Health list of restrictions (see https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#:~:text=As%20of%20November), it certainly should be. Also, avoid touching your own face and the faces belonging to others, even if they are acting like a brat.