Technology in the Classroom...Web Tools, PowerPoints & Games, Webcams, Virtual Field Trips....
.If we teach today's students, as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." (John Dewey, educator)
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
Steve Jobs
TECHNOLOGY HUMOR... click here
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what do you want kids to do with technology.jpg...Technology in Education, blog post, July 16
..... interesting photo ...
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Ambassador blog badge ... SIMPLE K12 -- a great online community where you can connect with educators from all around the world and, through FREE webinars, learn how to use technology in your classroom with your students.
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don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png ...examples of teachers & students using technology in the classroom for teaching & learning ... of Jill Thompson, Math/Science Facilitator
AppiDay HD ... best apps gone free every day (app)
AppsGoneFree ... get high-quality, paid apps for free each day (app)
AppShopper ... track apps: free and price changes (app)
Smart Apps for Kids ... free & discounted apps (website)
make your own
BLOGS ... & Teacher / Classroom Websites
look here for some great teaching ideas and materials
animated_new--arrow.gifThe 2015 Honor Roll--50 Must-Read K-12 I.T. Blogs ... EdTech Magazine (April, 2015)
The Honor Roll: 50 Must-Read K-12 Education IT Blogs ...EdTech (June, 2012)
How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing ...Education Week Teacher (11-28-12)
14 Reasons to Have a Blog ... Simple K12

Using Blogs to Engage English Language Learners...edutopia (July 14, 2011)
Shared Blogging in the Primary Classroom (Choice LIteracy)...April, 2014
5 Ideas for Teaching with Comics and 5 Free Online Tools for Creating Them (

Using Digital Tools for Differentiation ... digitally speaking ... (providing structure--STRATEGIES and differentiating learning by student interest)
Differentiating Using 21st Century Tools ... great website providing ideas, resources, & support for differentiating using technology
DIGITAL CAMERAS in the Classroom

Digital Storytelling
Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom (Edutopia, Jan., 2013)
Great examples of students' digital work:

50+ Ideas for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom ... Ed Tech NetworkA document camera is one of the easiest and quickest ways to integrate technology into your classroom.
from Simple K12, Free Technology 4 Teachers, & others
Five Ways to Flip Your Classroom with the New York Times ... The Learning Network: Teaching & Learning with the New York Times (Dec. 8, 2011)

how-to, ideas, resources to make green screen videos with your students
how to do various technology-related stuff
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything--Infographics as a Creative Assessment
INTERACTIVE WEBSITES (for student engagement)
livebinder ... includes subjects plus special ed, flashcards, "too cool", virtual tours and MORE ... (July 2012)
How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students
(Edutopia blog by Mary Beth Hertz, June 4, 2012)
Dance Mat Typing ...several levels & stages within each level
NEWSLETTERS - technology

PDF to Word Online Converter
convert PDF files to Word documents -- FREE & fast
photography using your phone
Dirk Dallas Shares His Favorite Phoneography Apps, Tips & More! ... Photojojo
photo/video release form--Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

...DIGITAL CAMERAS in the Classroom
also "phoneography"--taking photos with your phone (above)

PowerPoint & MORE ... Cue Prompter
Accessing Multimedia Using QR Codes -- Monica Burns (Edutopia) -- July 30, 2014

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School


WEBQUESTS ... free
some fun things to put on your wiki pages, blogs, etc.
.........YEAR-END Voicethread
an example
Voicethread based on __The Important Book__ by Margaret Wise Brown


.....multiple intelligences, learning styles
Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A white one...
Tech support: Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.
Customer: Your left or my left?

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.pngSee some great "Wax Museum" videos from Mrs. Cummins' 5th grade class at Cherokee Elementary School in Clinton Township, Michigan.
(scroll down & over to the darker colored box to see the 3 videos)
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NOTE: You may not be able to see the above 2 widgits at school because of the filters.

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.pngLearn it in 5 ... What is Web 2.0? Learn it in 5 minutes or less...
At Learn it in 5, you'll learn strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom -- all in 5 minutes or less.
Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.

"how-to"...step-by-step tutorials for nearly everything electronic...
See a "site review" of by Education World.
"This is the instructional arm of the CNet technological empire. Here visitors are treated to step-by-step tutorials for nearly everything electronic."
What really sets this site apart from the rest is that it is not limited to one aspect of technology. Users get great instruction on both hardware and software applications. Tips range from the basics of using a device, to little-known secrets on using those devices for unintended purposes.
Bottom Line: Whether you need help hooking up a monitor, or want to know how to turn your mobile phone into a remote control, check out

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The Whiteboard Blog--Supporting Technology in the Classroom
Digital Media--Access YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning ... American Association of School Librarians
media sharing -- digital storytelling -- manage & organize -- social networking & communication -- content resources
Five Technology Skills Every Student Should Learn ... eSchool News...Sept. 4, 2012
The New 3 E's of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered ... Project Tomorrow 2011
30+ Open Wikis Every Educator Should Know About ... edudemic
15 Ideas for Using Tech in Math Class ... Simple K12 ... (Mar. 30, 2012)
80 Online Tools, References, & Resources ... Edutopia ...(updated 11-10-11)
Using Technology in the ESL Classroom-- even if you are teaching in a hill tribe or yak tent! ... Teaching English Games
Lights, Camera...Engagement! Three Great Tools for Classroom Video.... edutopia.....(how to use Animoto, Common Craft-Style Videos, & Choose Your Own Adventure--CYOA-- with students)
How to Make an Interactive Lesson Using Youtube (Choose Your Own Adventure)
Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology ... Grace Rubenstein (Edutopia)
Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for in 2012 ... efrontlearning
......includes Voicethread, Voki, Wallwisher, mindmeister, Storybirds, Screenr, GeoGebra, + more.
iPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones as Assistive Technology in Education ... Tech & Learning
“There are many apps from the iTunes store geared towards English Language Learners (ELL) as well. Apps are available for translation between languages, and ELL students can benefit from apps that offer language-building skills and promote reading and speaking fluency as well. I have seen an emerging English reader use iTalk Lite, a free voice recorder app. in a first grade classroom. The student read into the microphone on the teacher’s iPhone to record his voice. A synchronization program, also free from the developer’s website, allowed the teacher to grab a copy of the recording onto the laptop as well. After his best recorded reading, a CD was burned for the student to take home for further listening and practice. This is also a great way for the student to showcase their successes, or model inflection and fluency to other struggling students. This opens up all kinds of opportunities for teachers to create audio directions, alternative text books, and fluency practice lessons for students that require it.”
Involve, Prepare, Apply, and Develop: iPads in the Classroom ... Tech & Learning
Technology opens doors to learning and builds bridges to learning concepts for kids with special needs.” (& ELLs)
12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012 ... Mind/Shift -- How We Will Learn
Tech Tools for Our Youngest Learners: A Podcast with Kathy Cassidy ... Choice Literacy
Kathy Cassidy does amazing things with technology in her first-grade classroom. She chats with Franki Sibberson about her favorite tech tools in this podcast. You can learn more about Kathy's work at her website:

Interesting Ways to ..... use google tools ... use devices ... use audio/visual ... support subjects & other classwork ... use online tools ... etc.
---from the EdTech blog by Tom Barrett
Embracing Continuous Improvement With EdTech ... Edutopia
...Tips for teachers on managing the challenges of technology integration..."Elementary computer teacher Mary Beth Hertz offers suggestions for educators who may be struggling in their efforts to incorporate technology in the classroom. there are many challenges to be faced on the way to success, and teachers should be candid with students when trying new ideas, learn from failures along the way, and remember to revise and reteach as necessary." (Dec., 2011)
BREAKING NEWS -- (Dec. 14, 2011) -- Educreations Launches New iPad App and Turns Your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard...create & share great video lessons with your iPad or browser...
"Available for the first time ever today, the new iPad app from Educreations will transform teaching. Using this app will turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard, and allow you to plan, create, and share lessons in far less time than before. With this amazing app, the act of recording a video lesson and posting it to the web is significantly easier and less time consuming for teachers, and allows for educators to create beautiful plans in less time, with a product that is fast, fun, and easy to use."
5 Free iPhone Apps for the Classroom ... Simple K12
....from the introduction..."
Here are 5 FREE iPhone apps you won’t want to live without in your classroom. These apps will help you with classroom management and serve as learning tools for your students. Of course, the iPhone is not the only mobile device with apps – so check to see if your device has compatible apps! The following 5 FREE apps can help bring a little 21st century excitement to your classroom." ... read more...
Summer PD -- A Primer on Compiling Digital Resources ... Edutopia
Digital Poetry--Make Words Zoom and Fly Across the Room...Scholastic
7 Technology Tips for Younger Elementary ... Edutopia
Which Technology Tool do I Use? ...Edutopia
Five Funky Flickr Tools for Teachers ... The Whiteboard Blog--Supporting Technology in the Classroom
Triptico--An Essential Interactive Whiteboard Resource for Teachers...The Whiteboard Blog
  • The Tripticoresource application currently contains 20 different interactive resources – all of which are easy to edit, adapt, save and share.
  • You can access them all with one simple download… everything is completely free – and you will receive updates whenever new resources are added!
  • There are some great resources that teachers will find useful for their interactive whiteboard. Each one can be customised and saved – ready to use whenever you need it.

iPADS in Education here for iPad information & resources.
EDUCATION - iPADS ... Pinterest
don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png iPads in the Classroom ... Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything
...This site has an abundance of resources --
    • tutorials
    • apps & related materials
    • app evaluation guide
    • Blooms and ipad links
    • iPad PD activities
    • classroom uses of iPads
    • iBook creation
    • especially for special education
    • other
iPads in Schools -- Livebinder ...
Top Apps for ELLs (English Language Learners) ... Simple K12 webinar by Susan Brooks-Young, Nov. 2012
Top 8 iPad Apps for ESL Students ... Voxxi
don't_miss_this...finger_pointing_sign.jpg Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps ... Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand blog...Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012 ... rubric & checklist for evaluating educational apps
don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png,,,, A Nice Guide to iPad App Evaluation ... The guide walks you through 6 themes of the selection process before concluding with a checklist that you can use when it's time to choose apps for your classroom.
.Click here to download the guide as a PDF.
animated_new--dots.gif...App Evaluation Rubric ... Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Technology Dept....1-24-13
don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.pngNorth Point's iBand -- MUSIC! ... no instruments--just iPads, iPods, iPhones

Corpus Christi Unveils iPad Program ... Palasadian-Post
(This article is about replacing classroom computers with (leased) iPads.)

iPOD Touch in Education
play audio, video, and browse the web ... thousands of apps for education
click here for information & resources

Core Strategy: Technology Integration ... edutopia ... with videos, articles, and a library on technology integration
.50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For ... logo--lifehacker.JPG
Technoloy Tools for Teaching & Learning ... with Technology)
A great article asking, "What are your learning goals?"
Choose from 17 different goals such as:
  • I want my students to publish their writing online for others to read....
  • I want to create guided research activities for my students...
  • I want to connect my students to other students around the world...
  • I want to create online portfolios...
  • + MORE...
For each goal, Ed Tech Teacher suggests several tools with a description, usefulness rating, and ease-of-use rating.

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.pngKatie Christo's Wiki ... She's a middle school technology specialist, but her wiki has LOTS of "how-to" information on LOTS of audacity, podcasts, avatars, animoto, LCD projectors, digital storytelling, blogging, cartoons & comics, ESL resources, interactive websites, movie making, Smartboard, Voicethread, Zamzar, & LOTS, LOTS, LOTS more!

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png logo--actden.png...DIGITAL EDUCATION NETWORK
GREAT PowerPoint 2007 tutorial -- POWERPOINT IN THE CLASSROOM! ...
... other tutorials, also,... Word 2010, PowerPoint 2003, + MORE

EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMSKinderKids' Blog ... see how this teacher uses Animoto, Vimeo, VoiceThread, and Wordle with her students

Simple K12 -- Educational Technology Made Simple ... SimpleK12 has helped more than 500,000 teachers and 2 million students learn and use technology. Our innovative, online learning programs empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to build 21st century classroom experiences.
  • free dowloads
  • popular blog posts
  • free ebooks
  • webinars ...some are free -- "Harness the Power of Twitter Without Being Overwhelmed", "Tag You're It--Free Word Cloud Tools" (wordle, tagul, WordItOut)", "Spark Creativity: Making Information Come to Life with Interactive, Digital Posters (Glogster)", "Accessing and Creating Virtual Field Trips", + MORE!
  • shared resources .... thousands of resources shared and recommended by educators

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.pnglogo--free_technology_for_teachers.JPG resources & lesson plans for teaching with technology

Did You Know?


DIGITAL RESOURCES ... Common Core Curriculum Maps, English Language Arts
"These digital resources and tools for creating, collaborating, researching, and sharing can be found in the Common Core Curriculum Maps. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, as the technologies are constantly evolving. Consider it a beginning!"
Categories: free online resources, open text resources, programs & software, and tools and hardware

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.pngInteractive Graphic Organizers & More! .. Vermilion Parish Schools--Connecting Classrooms & Technology
  • interactive & online technology tools
  • mind mapping free online resources (no need to register)
  • blackline graphic organizer help
  • interactive literacy strategies
  • class powerpoints

100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner ... College at Home ... (learning styles)
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen by You ... edudemic ... Nov. 2, 2011

Covers a variety of Web 2.0 and other Multimedia Tools educators can use to engage, excite, and educate students.
Web 2.0 for teachers...What is it? Why should you use it? Information on social bookmarking (, web-based library cataloging for all your books, Google docs, online photo sharing (& creating with your photos), video sharing (TeacherTube, YouTube, Vimeo), + MORE.
Karen Ditzler's Teacher Resource Wiki ...see the left side menu for lots of Web 2.0 tools from Zooburst.
WebTools4u2use ... Where can you learn more about Web 2.0? See this site for loads of resources including tutorials and webinars.
See this Prezi for LOTS of different web tools --
-- Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and Web 2 Tools ... Adapting existing programs to enhance a digital learning environment
Terrific Tools for Teaching with Bloom's Taxonomy ... click on a Bloom's level on the menu bar & see a page with tools & apps targeting the level plus a description of each.
PDF Creation Software ...FREE...information, tips, & tricks to using PrimoPDF

logo--animoto.png ... create stunning video slideshows...FREE & EASY
Using Animoto--Tips, tricks, tutorials and other resources to help you get the most out of Animoto
The Animoto Blog
make videos on your iPad, too, with a free iPad app

APPS...Five Fun Free iPad Appsf or Elementary School Teachers and Students...
...(10-23-11)...from logo--emerging_ed_tech.JPG

logo--audacity.JPG, open source software for recording and editing sounds

audioboom 2.png-...Audioboom for Education...- ... Give your students a voice
Audio enriches the curriculum, engages the learner, and creates conversations that build community.
Click here to take a look at some amazing ways that Audioboom is reinventing the classroom experience.
See: Brody, the author and reader
See: I Am a Reader

See: Year 2 History

Your students have a lot to say! Capture their thoughts by giving them access to Audioboo - the easiest, simplest way to let your students express themselves and share their voices with you, their peers and their families. Download our free app today and **sign up today for free accounts** - and let your students speak!

... easy to record and share sound files
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Using AudioBoom in the Classroom to Improve Reading Fluency ... by Kayla Delzer (edSurge) Dec. 14, 2014


logo--blabberize.png ... make images talk ... record your own voice or upload an audio file
....find images on "Discovery Education" to use in the classroom...


chart_gizmo.png ... Create FREE online charts; all charts customizable

Chatter Pix Kids ... by Duck Duck Moose .... SO EASY & FUN!!
chatter pix kids.PNG chatter pix kids 2.PNG .... .... click here to see an example
Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk -- pets, friends, doodles, and more.
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.
Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!
chatter Duck Duck Moose
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, or creative cards. And best of all, it’s FREE!
This App allows sharing via email, Facebook, and YouTube and is designed for adults. If you’d like to restrict these options, please download “ChatterPix Kids” – designed for kids with no sharing features.

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CuePrompter is a free teleprompter/autocue service. Your browser works like a teleprompter -no extra software needed.
Free for any use (both commercial and non-commercial)
Write or cut and paste your script to the form below. Press the button to start the prompter.
If text needs editing, just close the prompter window and restart with the new script.

......13 Reasons Teachers Should Use Diigo ... Feb. 20, 2012
......Taking Diigo Beyond the Bookmark ... Know the ... Jan. 5, 2010

discovery_education_logo.png...outstanding database of over 40,000 video clips

50 Ways to Integrate Digital Media Resources -- Discovery Education Streaming ...

...create animations ... simple & easy-to-use

logo--draw_a_stickman.JPG... a fun and creative animated drawing activity ...stickman.JPG

logo--edmodo.JPG ...
Edmodo is transforming the way that teachers and students connect, engage and learn both inside and outside the classroom. Check out our Edmodo In Action videos for examples of how its being used.

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FlipQuiz™​ was created to provide educators with a quick way to create gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom.
With FlipQuiz™​, questions are displayed on-screen and boards are saved for later use.
Combined with a well-designed board, students are more likely to be interested and stay engaged....

Foliji ... Filiji is the easiest way to build your own folios (portfolio, website, webpage) and it provides both the structure and a template for you. It is a web-based software for creating folios in a short time. See examples on the website.

logo--free_summarizer.png ...Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.
Copy & paste your long text into the text box. Choose the number of sentences you want your summary to be. Click "summarize now." The summary shows up in the box below......FAST

Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. We empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS - online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.
GLOGSTER EDU BLOG ... click here

Google: 7 Google Search Techniques You Don't Know Exist ... Simple K12 ....Google search is a powerful tool...sometimes more powerful than you realize! Are you taking advantage of some of the lesser-known Google search techniques?
Using Google's RELATED SEARCH feature to narrow down a topic of study ... digitallyspeaking
google_logo.JPG & logo--google_docs.JPG here...
... see this video: Growth of a Google Doc from the Eyes of a Student ...
How to solve impossible problems: Daniel Russell's awesome Google search techniques ...

GOOGLE FORMS ...Google Forms & Tablets--Collecting Data on the Fly .. lots of resources here from S.J.Brooks-Young

gooru here for review


jing_logo_1.png jing_logo_2.png... This is a GREAT tool!
simple & free ... instant screenshots & screencasts take a picture of make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor share it instantly via your wiki, web, email, IM, Twitter, or your blog save and use in documents & presentations

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png ... REALLY FUN -- STUDENTS LOVE TO PLAY (& LEARN)
Kahoot logo.png ..KAHOOT: Game-Based Learning ..... ....FREE
"Great learning starts by asking great questions"
10 Ways to Electrify Class with Kahoot! ... Ditch That

  • make a movie, card, drawing, picture,
  • tell a story
  • spell a picture
  • + MORE ...
  • very easy and engaging to use
What is ... Take a video tour of this free, online, multimedia toolkit.

little_bird_tales_logo.PNG... draw or use your own photos; record your voice & add text; share
  • Capture children's voices and imagination with this creative story building tool
  • Encourage creativity and expression
  • Reinforce reading and writing
  • Include as part of an electronic portfolio of student work

NOTE: Students can make stories on the computer or iPad. (The iPad app is $2.99 as of 1-30-14.)

livebinders_logo.PNG ... your 3-ring binder for the web

make beliefs comix.jpg ... Make Beliefs Comix

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  • provides you with the tools to showcase descriptions of an event, person, historical period of time, or anything you can imagine into a virtual box! Maybe your class is studying Henry VIII, Solar Systems, Picasso, or even geometry...
  • will allow your students to present their research, their case (for or against), and their opinions about various topics

nuseum logo.PNG ...
Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors. Discretion is advised.

Panoramio_logo.JPG ... Panoramio--Photos of the World
...incorporating maps with photos of the world

pastelink.PNG...Pastelink ... no signups, no ads, no software to install
share files up to 250 MB ... no registration required
share files up to 2 GB ... register for a FREE account
no limit to how many files you can share

PDF Online Converter logo--free.PNG ... PDF to Word Online Coverter ... Free & fast .
... convert PDF files to Word documents

photo_peach_1.JPG photo_peach_2.JPG ...Photo Peach -- Create, Share, Embed
EXPLORE -- see slideshows from the community
....also, Photo Peach for Educators ($)

logo--photo_story_3.JPGPhoto Story 3 helps you create exciting video stories by adding panning and zooming effects to your pictures. Use Photo Story to record narration for your pictures, and add titles and background music to your story. You can also share your story in a variety of ways.
Photo Story 3 tutorial...Teacher Tube
1-minute slideshow tutorial--EASY...K-5 Computer Lab
Photo Story 3...Microsoft...This article walks you through the basics of creating visually compelling and fun stories using your pictures & music.
using PowerPoints and Photo Story, when, and why to use these tools in your classroom..."The biggest advantage to using Photo Story over PowerPoint is that the audio is embedded in a Photo Story, but not in a PowerPoint. ...easier to show the presentation without a lot of hoops to jump through."
digital introduction and tutorials...Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling: tips and resources, tutorials on creating photo collages, Photo Story 3, working with digital audio, plus lots of web 2.0 resources

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.
Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!
Make photo collages of school events...


picmonkey_logo.png ...
PicMonkey is a free online photo editor that takes your images from good to glorious with a heaping load of fun. It’s photo editing for people who have a ton of creativity but no time for learning software. Whether you want to touch up a profile pic, try a new effect, or use our collage maker, we’ve got the photo editing features for you.

Pinky_Dinky_Doo_logo.PNGStudents write stories...
Students make choices to fill-in-the-blanks in different types of stories--mystery, fairy tale, silly story, outer space story, scary story. The computer reads aloud and highlights the words as they're read.

pinterest logo.PNG pinterest_logo.png
Pinterest 101 for Teachers: Getting Started ... Education World
The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest ... Edudemic - Connecting Education & Technology
37 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest in the Classroom ... TeachThought


QuoteStumbler is a fun little tool that will help you discover new quotes. generators
see also

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screen leap logo 2.PNG... free screen sharing tool ... a wonderful free tool that can make learning more interactive for everyone.
ScreenLeap allows you to share your screen instantly to any device with a browser, including laptops, netbooks, computers, smart phones, iPads, Android tablets, and more. There is no software to download or install and no registration required. There is also no limit to the number of devices with which you can share. Your device that is shared must be capable of using Java, but it is not required on the other devices. After clicking to share your screen, processing for about 20 seconds will occur, and then you will be given a unique URL to give to those who need to connect with you.
Easily share your screen with students who have brought their own technology to class.

screencast-o-matic_logo.png...FREE, no installation -- record on Windows or Mac
maximum recording time 15 minutes on FREE account; no max on paid account ($15/yr)
publish to ScreencastOMatic, YouTube, or save to video file
animated_new--arrow.gif How to Screencast in 3 Simple Steps ... by Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher

screenr_logo.png ... FREE, nothing to install or download; record on Mac or PC
publish to YouTube, get a link, or embed in your own site

Shadow Puppets Edu app icon.jpg ... SHADOW PUPPETS EDU
How-To Guide ... Educational Technology Blue Valley Schools

logo--shelfari.png...SHELFARI ... (by Amazon)...create your own bookshelf--choose the style & choose the books

logo--sign_up_genius.png Sign Up Genius...a free online tool for creating and managing group sign-up lists
ideas: field trips, parent-teacher conferences, school parties, classroom 'snack' lists, classroom volunteers, etc.

sketchcast_logo.PNG... a new way to express yourself

Skitch icon.jpg


socrative_logo.png ...
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. here for an video introducing Socrative 2.0 here for Socrative Garden: Growing 21st Century Skills ... support site for Socrative with information, tutorials, user guides, + more here for Socrative 2.0 Use Guide

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png storybird.png... collaborative storytelling; embed stories in blogs & wikis
short art-inspired stories you can make and share on any device -- EASY!
1. choose artwork from Storybird
2. write your story
3. share
Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.

story jumper logo.PNG ... an online tool that makes creative writing fun for kids....
Students have lots of choices for making their own books .. or choosing a book template.

symbaloo_logo.PNG ...
What is Symbaloo? ---- Symbaloo is the easiest start on the internet
    • Discover pages with the best links about a subject
    • Create your own pages with favorites
    • Share your page with the rest of the world

Open a free account now, and get access to all of your webmixes anywhere in the world.
See these examples:

tackk logo.PNG ... click here

tellagami logo.png... Tellagami ... APP
Tellagami -- art of ed.png ... Make a Tellagami avatar for a fun way to present information to students

toobla.png ... Visual bookmarking tool for younger students and nonreaders

Get Visual. Easily collect, enjoy and share your favorite videos, websites,

games and everything else. Toobla helps you do it.

logo--ToonDoo.JPG...World's fastest way to create cartoons!

animated_new--ball.gif The 10 Stages of Twitter ... -- Learning & Digital Strategy
Twitter for First Graders
Top 10 Twitter Hashtags for Educators ... Simple K12
25 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
Again: Relevance, Why Twitter? ... Social Media in Education ... SmartBlog on Education (Nov. 28, 2012)

Vimeo,,, "Video School"...a fun place for anyone to learn how to make better videos

voicethread.JPG here to see a VoiceThread for math ... click here to see a VoiceThread for reading/language arts ... click here to see a year-end VoiceThread from a 5th grade classroom ...
VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that allows students to comment on images, documents, and video through text, video, and audio files. Teachers can set up groups and classes as well as moderate comments, embed to blogs, and export to audio files. It is an easy way to differentiate instruction while providing engaging choices to "show" learning, engage in conversation, and think openly and critically about content. (Edutopia)
guidelines for teaching students about commmenting on voicethread ... digitallyspeaking
planning sheet -- help students plan their participation in digital conversations ... digitallyspeaking

Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
Studies show that using technology in education improves students' achievements. Voki is a unique tool to engage your students in creative expressions. As Albert Einstein once said: "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."


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WIKIs... Wikispaces--Wikis for Everyone -- tutorials

animated_new--ball.gif 3 Ways to Use Wordle for More Than Fluff...Tech Savvy Educator

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....animated movies made easy -- instantly turns your words into 3D animated movies...
Try storytelling with Xtranormal, a simple online movie animator. You get basic actors and sets with the free version; all you have to do is add words. Free registration is required.

Create a "welcome back to school" or teacher introduction video for your new students. Or really show your mastery by crafting a movie about what students will be learning next year to show at parent night.

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INSTRUCTIONS (from this site): Go to YouTube and find a video that you want to download to your hard drive, enter the url (on the site), and click submit. A link will be provided to download an flv of the video.
Convert YouTube Videos for Your iPod with Zamzar ... lifehacker

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logo--zunal.JPG ... The easiest way to create WebQuests in a short time...
browse webquests created by over 173,000 users.

NEWSLETTERS -- technology
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Tech Tools for Teachers is a FREE e-newsletter for primary and secondary teachers. Each fortnight we review a different tech tool and provide step-by-step instructions on how to use it. All this information gets delivered straight to your email inbox for free.
EdTech Tips for Teachers ... from Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community ... FREE to subscribe
Subscribers will get FREE instant access to the eBook, "101 FREE Tech Tools for Teachers", a 40-page technology integrating digital eBook
SmartBrief on EdTech ... Designed specifically for education stakeholders with an interest in the education technology world, SmartBrief on Ed Tech is a FREE, daily e-mail newsletter. It provides you with the tools to navigate this constantly evolving area to make the best possible decisions for your schools. Topics: tech news, insights, and the latest advances in technology relevant to education
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Enter your email address to receive the bi-monthly TechNotes e-newsletter free. TechNotes features timely information for K-16 educators on technology integration, best practices, grants, iPad apps and resources, and amazing websites. It reaches more than 30,000 subscribers. (9-12-12)
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Edudemic Pulse ... FREE -- a digest of content of #edtech grab-and-go content handpicked for K-12+ classroom application. Most of this will be directly sourced from the website, but more precisely focused on quick resources busy teachers can use on-the-go.
Tech Tools for Teachers ... Teaching Generation Now
Tech Tools for Teachers is a FREE e-newsletter for primary and secondary teachers. Each fortnight we review a different tech tool and provide step-by-step instructions on how to use it. All this information gets delivered straight to your email inbox for free. Subscribe now!

Tech Tools for Teachers is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers and we provide practical examples of how the tool or website could be integrated into the curriculum. these examples are based on our own experiences as Kathleen is teaching grade four, matt is teaching grade six and Simon teaches across variou ssecondary levels.

The purpose of Tech Tools for Teachers is to publicize and promote the use of ICT tools and web links to staff who are not regularly sourcing the available information on the net. This in turn, increasing the use of the wonderful education tools available online to support student learning.


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PowerPoint Presentations
Who Wants to be a Winner?game show powerpoint presentation; modify with your own questions for an interactive review related to any subject/skill area

science simulations Discover! Short animated (& interactive) clips from Houghton Mifflin Science, grades K-6

netTrekker ...paid for by the ESL Student Education Dept. for use by ESL students and teachers


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Created by the Discovery Channel...dynamic curricular resources--Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science; lots of teacher tools--images, sounds, lessons, ebooks, songs, full videos & video clips, + LOTS and LOTS MORE!

Futures Channel ... Real World Movies -- Real MATH, Real SCIENCE, Real CAREERS
short videos...See 100,000 Computers a Day (Inside Dell), Dancing with Geometry, An Engineer and Her Robot, In the Chef's Kitchen, An Industrial Designer, First One in the Ballpark, Horses in the Movies, Creating an Ad Campaign, Inventing with Polygons, + LOTS MORE (also sign up for weekly newsletters)
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National Geographic Kids ... Animals! videos, games, really interesting articles
Planet Earth Habitats ... Explore planet Earth's habitats...pole-to-pole, mountains, deep oceans, deserts, ice worlds, shallow seas, great plains, jungles, fresh water, forests, caves...Discovery Channel
sight word videos:
"and" video ... Have Fun Teaching

"the" video ... Have Fun Teaching

"to" video ... Have Fun Teaching

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Virtual Field Trip Resources ... from Simple K-12
e-book: Top 7 Virtual Field Trips + 7 Tips to Getting Started ... FREE from Simple K-12

Tramline virtual field tripsExplore aquifers, baking bread, deserts, dinosaurs, endangered species, hurricanes,natural wonders, oceans, rainforest, salt marsh, temperte forest biome, volcanoes, wildfires, New York City, Christmas, Iditarod, Leonardo da Vinci, My America, Photography, Wonders of the World, + MORE
White House 101facts & fun for all ages
Meet Me at the Cornertakes you to meet fascinating people from all over the world; new educational, kid-friendly episodes are uploaded every two weeks; over 100 different videos
free virtual field trips for kidsa 'homeschooling' resource; discover the Eiffel Tower from top to bottom; take a virtual tour of the Jelly Belly factory, New York underground, step inside the Great Pyramids, Tom's of Maine (learn how tubes of toothpaste are made), Waikiki Aquarium, White House, + MORE
field trip resourcesprintables and tips for planning a successful "virtual" field trip...expose students to locations and ideas they might not otherwise have access to


Shamu Cam from Sea World, San Diego runs from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (PST) camera feed (sometimes you can see baby whales)
Africam A live interactive African wildlife safari; manned live video cameras with stereo sound; recorded video highlights of some of our best animal encounters (NOTE: has commercials before video begins)
EarthCamWhere the world watches the world...explore different places around the U.S. and the world
ZooCamzoom to a U.S. state, a country, or a zoo
AquariumCamA live view of the central circular, 4-story Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, and hundreds of exotic fish swim here. (NOTE: The camera is live Sunday-Thursday 9am-6pm and Friday-Saturday 9am-7pm.)
EarthCams for KidsDesigned for children; kid-friendly, fun, & educational; adventure, animals, nature, space exploration, people, cities, weather, weird-o-rama, + MORE
ANTS -- live webcam of an ant farm ... "Steve's Ant Farm"

simplek12_logo.png ... free webinars
...great presenters ... great free resources ... large community for connecting with other educators
5 Secrets for Creating a 21st Century Classroom (Teacher Learning Community Updates) PLUS e-Book--101 Free Webtools

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