Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Teacher Techy Tools

Teacher Techy Tool #1 -
QR Codes
(a Common Craft video explaining QR Codes)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3lrcOhmp9g (a Rocket Boom video explaining, and demonstrating  how to use and how to create
QR codes)

Teacher Techy Tool #2 - Word Cloud Generators - Tagxedo and Wordle
http://www.tagxedo.com/ (Tagxedo - a word cloud generator)

http://www.wordle.net/ (Wordle- a word cloud generator)

Teacher Techy Tool #3 – Audience Response Tools – Poll Everywhere
http://www.polleverywhere.com/how-it-works (Poll Everywhere explained)

http://www.polleverywhere.com (set up an account with Poll Everywhere)

Teacher Techy Tool #4 – Educational Videos -

  http://www.khanacademy.org/ (Khan Academy – 100’s of free Math and Social Studies videos for teachers and their students - This
  website was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the “Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning.”)

  http://www.commoncraft.com/ (This site requires a paid membership; however, there are many great sample videos available on the
  homepage that are free. You can also find many Common Craft videos on YouTube. Just log in to YouTube and search “Common Craft”

  http://www.teachertube.com/ (This is a free site. Warning: there are ads, and the videos vary in terms of quality).

  http://viewpure.com/ (Use View Pure to watch YouTube videos “without comments, suggestions, or the "other things.’” Just drag the
  button they provide to your bookmarks bar. The next time you show a video that needs “purifying,” simply click the button when you are
  in YouTube.)

Teacher Techy Tool #5 – John and Hank Green -

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBpOYnP72RU (a preview of the Crash Course Channel and the SciShow)

Teacher Techy Tool #6 – Bubbl.Us -

  https://bubbl.us/ (This is a user friendly tool (free) for creating mind maps, bubble charts, flow charts, etc.)

Teacher Techy Tool #7 - This is an awesome tool - a digital Bloom’s Taxonomy. Created at the University of Southern Indiana by Samantha Penney, this digital diagram suggests Web 2.0 tools that will work at each level of the taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. A few of the tools that I have already sent out (like bubbl.us) and that Jim has sent out (like Evernote) are included on this diagram. Note that the diagram provides direct links to all of these awesome tools!


Social Studies teachers, check out: 10x10  great for current events discussions!   http://www.tenbyten.org/

Science teachers, check out: The Periodic Table of Videos http://www.periodicvideos.com/#

Math teachers, check out:  Wolframalpha for all kinds of calculations http://www.wolframalpha.com/

PLC Groups, check out: Rubistar and iRubric for creating rubrics   http://rubistar.4teachers.org/

ILA Teachers, check out: Protagonize for aspiring writers  http://www.protagonize.com/

All Teachers, check out: JeopardyLabs  for creating Jeopardy questions for review http://jeopardylabs.com/ Creately for creating diagrams http://creately.com/

Teacher Techy Tool #8 - Web 2.0 Study Tools

1.   Snappy Words – http://www.snappywords.com/
This is a free visual online dictionary (no registration, no limit on the number of searches). This could be an excellent tool for
vocabulary word study. Teachers could project the site and use it to introduce or review new vocabulary words, their connection
to other words, and their parts of speech.
2.   Quizlet - http://quizlet.com/
This is a free site that allows users (teachers or students) to create flashcards, or find flashcards that others have created (for
all grade levels and for all subjects – everything from medical terminology to elements of literature to music theory to cell
structure – also includes AP tests of all sorts). It includes four modes: flashcard mode, speller mode, learn mode, or test mode.
Study games are also available. It even has mobile apps so that students can study “on the go.” It would be useful for
developing both pre-instruction activities and post-instruction activities.
3.   Studyblue - http://www.studyblue.com
This is another free study tool, similar to Quizlet, designed primarily for students (though there is a teacher section). It does,
however, require registration. Again, users can make and share online flashcards, quizzes, and notes. Mobile apps are also
available for “on the go” studying.

Teacher Techy Tool #9 - Dabbleboard

Dabbleboard is a free online whiteboard. It allows you to draw, imbed images, save your creations, collaborate with others, and share your work. A sign-in is required to use some of these functions. Dabbleboard is ranked as one of the top Web 2.0 tools for teachers and is seen as superior to any other online whiteboard types of tools. All you need is a computer, a projector, and a screen! Here is a link to the homepage: http://www.dabbleboard.com/

Teacher Techy Tool #10 - Presentational Tool for DECADES Projects

This is a fun presentational tool that might be useful for students creating DECADES types of projects that they want to organize as a timeline. Students need to create an account, but the tool is free. Dipity allows an individual to create an interactive digital timeline – he or she can integrate text, images, video, audio, and even source citations into his or her timeline. Note the sample Steve Jobs Timeline on the HOME page. Other timeline samples are provided. http://www.dipity.com/