Web Tools / Collaboration
PhotoShop and you want to take a larger image and split it into smaller, equal sized files. Resize, crop, split and convert images all without installing any software.This is perfect for someone who has access to a large printer and wants to make posters.
Scrible is an amazingly powerful tool to help you annotate webpages, save and tag articles and share resources with your students. Scrible is free to use and includes a helpful browser plug in so you can quickly highlight text on a web page, add sticky notes and tag articles. You can easily search and share using Scrible.com
Many people are familiar with this polling software. In many ways Survey Monkey is more powerful than GoogleForms. A great way to gain valuable input from your audience.
Perhaps the best way to collaborate with others on shared documents and spreadsheets, create forms, and store and share your files.
Make collaboration easy and simple with Padlet. Teachers can add any content (text, images, video) and have students submit their comments and feedback much like a giagntic whiteboard, only interactive and digital.
Create class wikis, track participation and generate class discussions with Wiki-spaces. Wikispaces allows teachers to create and manage their own wiki projects. It makes it easy for teachers to set up their own projects and easily track student involvement.
Poll Everywhere is a great way to get instant student feedback. Learners can participate in class just by using their cell phones. This is a great tool for formative assessments.
Web Tools / Graphic Organizers
Wordle lets you create "word clouds" from your text. The more frequently the word appears, the greater the prominence. You can custom them in many different ways and then share them with others.
Education Place is a free website from Houghton Mifflin that has over 30 different graphic organizers in pdf format ready for download.
Jean Piaget was on the forefront of childhood cognitive development. His model of four stages of development is still popular today.
Gagne's 9 Steps of Instruction is used by Instructional Designers the world over when building curriculum. It starts with grabbing the learner's attention and ends with the learner being able to transfer their knowledge to other concepts. If you're building curriculum, this is a great place to start.
Jing is a great free tool to capture images and recordings from your computer. Very easy to use and the free version is excellent.
Screencast-o-Matic is an easy way to create screen recordings for students to view. You can create tutorial videos or record Slide Shows all for free and without the need to install new software. You can record, edit, and add audio/images to your recording.
SlideShare is a free website where you can host your Power Point Presentations. It is straight forward and easy to use. Slide Share also makes it easy to share the link to your presentation, or you can even copy the html code and embed it into your website or blog. The link goes directly to my page.
Mac Tips & Tricks
Need to cut a video clip to just have the part you want your students to see? This free program allows you to easily and quickly cut and encode video.
My blog contains several articles on mac tips and tricks. Take a few minutes to read them and increase your productivity.
These 50 tips teach you some of the ins and outs of the Mac OS Yosemite. These tips can save you time and make your life a lot easier.
"iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials."
There are a thousand uses for Google Earth. Students can use this program to explore geographic features, learn about distant places, or even map out their own neighborhood. Certain locations also include photographs and 3D models. For more information on why you should think about teaching with Google Earth, click here.
This resource is a list of short, upbeat lectures on the Social Studies. There are more than 200 videos on all types of Social Studies related topics.
Professional Development and Organizations
The U.S. Department of Educations provides leadership for maximizing technology's contribution to improving education at all levels.
ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education. They are a professional organization encouraging the integration of technology into (and outside of) the classroom.
MACUL stands for the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning. They host a yearly conference and have great information for teachers using technology in their lessons.
Free Lesson Plans
K - 8
Saylor Academy is my new favorite lesson plan resource. Explore hundreds of well organized, self paced lessons on a wide variety of topics. These free, open courses are truly making knowledge accessible to everyone.
Free 1, 2 & 3 minute videos on a wide range of topics. Get students interested in any topic with these attention grabbing videos.
TEDEd has nearly 200,000 free lesson plans, or create your own using any YouTube video. Share a video with your students, have them answer questions, participate in discussion or dive deeper into any topic.
Study Tools for Students
Schooltraq is an academic planner for students. Think of it as a dashboard for all tasks. This free program also works with students mobile phones to make sure they never miss a deadline again.
Many Elementary students are already familiar with Abcya. This site is full of fun activities for kids. Some of the more popular activities teach typing skills, math and spelling.
Storyline is geared towards Elementary students. There are several books read by famous celebrtities. This website is entirely free and each story contains a pdf of activities that go along with the book.
A ton of lesson plans with a focus on the Social Studies. Mr. Donn is a wealth of Social Studies lessons plans, links and power points geared mostly towards Middle School age students.
MobyMax is a free K-8 Curriculum that is entirely online. Teachers set up their student accounts and then can create math, reading and writing lessons that adjust to the students level and track their progress. This website is definitely work checking out.