It’s Google, but for kids! KidRex is a safe, kid-friendly search engine that allows students to access information without the danger of unintentionally inappropriate material. The site also includes picture galleries and story boards were students can post and share their creations. Perfect for the curious elementary-age student!
Want to engage your students and allow them to unleash their creative forces on the digital world? Show them this site, which offers digital tools for students to utilize in order to write and publish their stories! Important note: They will need a to have a sign-in to join the wikispace.
Shelfster is an online platform that allows writers to take written and verbal notes, as well as gather visual inspiration for further stories. This is a great tool for students and teachers alike.
Storybird is an online platform that allows students and teachers to create simple or complex stories through the use of modern art as inspiration or accompaniment. A great tool for visual learners!
BrainPop is a series of web-based mini-lessons designed to provoke thought, reteach content, or capture the attention of students. Kids and teachers alike will love Tim and his robot friend Moby, who explore a wide variety of content ranging from digital citizenship to geometry and measurement. The site contains videos, lessons, activities, and other educational tools that align with Common Core Standards.
Next Vista works to make learning more engaging, with a focus on helping students start strong with any topic they study. Its central project is a free, online library of teacher/student-generated short videos for learners everywhere. Next Vista believes a strong four-minute video could save students days or weeks of frustration by providing a variety of presentations on the topics that give them trouble.
A free web-based software designed for Windows-based computers, Photo Story helps users create summaries of their work using their own photos and audio files. As it is very similar in its operation to Apple’s Keynote software, Photo Story is quite user-friendly–a great addition to PowerPoint.
Audacity is a multilingual audio recording software which allows the user to convert files to various formats, record live audio, convert tapes and records to digital format, and augment the audio in various ways (pitch, speed, etc.). An excellent resource for updating older forms of media!
Quizlet offers online flashcard on just about any subject you can think of, along with online memorization games. Teachers and students can also create their own flashcards if they wish.
A web-based software that allows the creation of multiple choice and free-response questions for an audience who can then respond using their cell phone or web connected computer or tablet. Real-time data is gathered and rendered into multiple types of displays , i.e. spreadsheet or powerpoint graph. Other features can be added with a paid account.
Prezi is a web-based presentation program that allows educators and students to make dynamic presentations that zoom in or zoom out on content. Because it’s web-based, you can find your presentation anywhere, anytime–a great way to spice up a static presentation!
eSpark was designed to help schools integrate iPads into the classrooms. They offer curriculum ideas and many other tools to help schools adapt to the new technology that is advancing the classrooms.
Educators can quickly find apps for any subject by using this app search engine. Just plug in a phrase and quixey.com gives you a list of apps that are similar to what you are searching for! A very helpful tool.
This is a great way for teachers to organize and save their bookmarks–very helpful if you need to find a site in a flash!
DuckDuckGo is a great resource for students who want a search engine without distractions. The site gets answers fast and without spam or ads, and also offers “goodies” like single-click search refiners to ensure effective, efficient researching. Best of all, the site does not share or collect information–it’s much more private than other search engines.
Scribd. is a fantastic resource for teachers and students alike. Part self-publishing site, part social media network, and part document-sharing network, Scrbid. allows users to upload and share PDFs and other documents with each other. Users can also search for documents and share those as well. This could be effectively used for peer reviewing documents, as well as accessing and sharing a wide variety of material.
The new and improved Lili website is better than ever. Already a great resource for students at all ages, Lili links the databases of all of Idaho’s libraries, giving researchers access to a vast array of books, scholarly articles, journals, and magazines. The new site has incorporated new ways for students to share their findings, including a social media component. Lili gives every Idaho student the opportunity to turn their curiosities into expertise.
YouTube for Schools is a great resource for teachers looking for instructional videos to supplement their lessons. As the site is searchable both by topic and by grade level, teachers will be sure to find helpful videos on everything from grammar conventions to the quadratic equations!
Got a computer and a webcam? Take your classroom global! With Skype in the Classroom, teachers can connect with other teachers using Skype worldwide, collaborate on projects with classrooms across the globe, and get support and new ideas for using Skype in their own classrooms. Communication and collaboration are two vital 21st century skills, and Skype in the Classroom is a great tool for teaching them!
Slidestaxx is a free web-based resource which teachers and students can use to compile social media into a clean, organized slideshows. Users can embed YouTube videos, webpages, and blogs directly into the slideshow, making for a seamless presentation experience. The slideshow can in turn be embedded into a website or blog. This is a great tool for teachers and students looking for an easy, free way to organize their social media.
VoiceThread is one of the best ways to have collaborative online conversations. It’s incredibly user-friendly and, best of all, free! As the official website states, a VoiceThread is a multimedia slideshow that can archive audio, video, and document files. Participants then respond to the show via text, webcam, audio, or voice using a mic or phone. Because VoiceThread offers so many ways to participate in a conversation, it ensures that all students get to benefit and collaborate. This is an excellent tool for teachers trying to bring in new ways to keep classroom conversations going after the bell!
Show Me is a global community where users can post video lessons on pretty much every subject imaginable. Want to figure out some football strategy? Need to brush up on the anatomy of the human eye? There’s lessons for both. The site is free and all content is user-generated, so new videos are available every day. There’s even a free app for the iPad that allows users to create and upload videos right from the tablet. This is a great resource for teachers looking to flip their classrooms, as well as learners of all ages.
Curriki is a free resource for teachers looking to share lesson ideas. Users will find ideas and resources for a wide variety of sources, as well as opportunities to connect with other educators and take free webinars. This is an excellent resource for teachers at any level–check it out today!
One of the coolest ideas we’ve seen in a while–Blubbr allows users to embed quizzes in web-based videos. Create your own “trivs” (their cute name for video quizzes), or browse the library and choose from music, education, movie, or sports trivs. Trivtastic.
Do any brainstorming? Polling? Want to keep track of who’s visiting your class blog or website? AnswerGarden has the… answer. This great webtool combines the power of polling with the awesomeness of world clouds. Transform boring old graphs into interactive word clouds–use it for feedback, tracking, generating ideas, or whatever else tickles your fancy. Great tool for teachers and administrators alike.