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Tool #20: Footprints

Type:  Animated PowerPoint slides

Teacher:  All levels (Health, Health Careers and Science)

Student Use:  Learn, study, review scientific processes

Footprints Science houses animated scientific processes (e.g. lung function, ionic bonding) in easy-to-understand diagrams perfect for your interactive white board.  Several are offered free on the site. 

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Tool #19: Yack Pack

Type:  Collaboration, Voice Sharing

Teacher:  All Levels (but amazing tool for foreign langauge teachers, any teacher that requires student collaboration)

Student Use:  Teacher gives feedback, students share opinions, topic discussion, collaboration

I haven’t used Yack Pack (and I don’t know why).  Create a Yack Pack for your class and everyone has a voice.  Voices can be recorded and saved for later, or you can talk in real time.   What a neat way for students to respond to a prompt or continue classroom discussion (or discuss with a classroom across the country).

Here is a foreign language teacher talking about using Yack Pack with her students:

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Tool #18: GCast

Type:  Podcast Hosting

Teacher:  All Levels (Any teacher looking for an additional audience to student writing and reading)

Student Use:  Sharing writing, collaboration

GCast will host your podcasts and house them in the order you make additions.  By sharing the URL, you can share the podcasts with anyone.  Last year, my students created podcasts of an essay they wrote (in the theme of NPR’s This I Believe essay).  Click here to listen (the podcast begins automatically and the first one is a test cast … then, the student podcasts begin.  If you want to listen to others, scroll down [you have to pause the one that is playing before clicking the green arrow to listen to another]). 

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You will need a microphone (mine cost less than $30 at Best Buy).  You will need to download Audacity (a VERY cool audio recording program … and, it’s free).  If you get stuck, check with your band teacher (or any student that plays in a garage band). 

Here’s a tutorial (I just use the red, green and yellow button) and then export as .wav to GCast).

 

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Tool #17: Simulations

Type:  Science simulations

Teacher:  All Levels, but may be more useful for middle and upper level (Science and Math)

Student Use:  Variety of demonstrations for all areas of science

Interactive Science Simulations provides demos of all kinds of scientific phenomena in physics, biology, earth science and chemistry.  Some math simulations are included, too.

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Tool #16: Arkive

Type:  Multi-media tools for zoology

Teacher:  All Levels (Science)

Student Use:  Learning, study and review of animal species

Arkive is a collection of 1000s of videos, illustrations, audio files and facts about the species of our earth.  Arkive Education has modules and games tailored for the classroom. 

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Tool #15: Mind42

Type:  Mindmapping (has collaborative function, too)

Teacher:  All Levels

Student Use:  Pre-writing, Planning, Outlining, Collaboration

Mind42 is one of many mind-mapping tools.  I like this one because of the ease of collaboration.  It allows you to use text or images, embed links and attach documents to the “nodes” you create.  A little clunky in the beginning, but once you get the hang of the tools, it is very easy. 

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OTHER MINDMAPPING TOOLS:

Mindomo

Mindmeister

 

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Tool #14: Glogster

Type:  Image/Sign creation

Teacher:  All Levels

Student Use:  Variety of creation and reflection activities

Glogster makes poster creation easy.  You can use images from the Glogster library, or you can upload your images.  Animations, video and music can be added, too, if you want to keep the poster in digital format.

Cool for signs and posters specific for your classroom. 

I spent less than 5 minutes and created the image below. 

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Tool #13: VoiceThread

Type:  Collaboration, Images + Voice

Teacher:  All Levels (any teacher that requires student collaboration)

Student Use:  A variety of creation or reflection activities

VoiceThread is a super-cool tool that allows you to upload images and record your voice (comments about the images).  Plus, you can share the voicethread and other viewers can add their comments, too.  To see how an elementary teacher uses Voicethread with her students, click here (Thanks for sharing!)

And, here’s a tutorial:

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Tool #12: Visible Body

Type:  Interactive human anatomy

Teacher:  All Levels (Health, Health Careers, Science)

Student Use:  Study and review of body systems

The Visible Body site is amazing.  It includes 3D models of almost 2,000  anatomical structures to enhance your students understanding of organs and body systems. 

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Tool #11: NASA Online

Type:  Math and science learning modules

Teacher:  All Levels (Math and Science)

Student Use:  Enhance a variety of math and science activities

NASA Online houses teaching videos and simulations for math, science and technology lessons for grades K-college.   Topics include, but not limited to, ratio, graphing, electricity and sound. 

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Tool #10: Interactivate

Type:  Math simulations

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Levels (Math)

Student Use:  A variety of simulations tailored to math standards

Interactivate houses over 100 interactive math simulation activities and tools for geometry, algebra, statistics, etc.  Okay, I’m a Language Arts teacher, so hopefully a math teacher can comment and give you more info.  🙂

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Tool #9: Animoto

Type:  Video, Slideshow Production

Teacher:  All Levels (any teacher that requires student presentations)

Student Use:  Visuals for presentations, Reflection activities

Animoto creates stylish slideshow videos with minimal work from you.  You upload your images, you pick your song (from their library or your computer) and Animoto does the rest.  30 second shorts are free after creating an account. 

My students have created Animotos for symbols in The Great Gatsby and as reflection on Night.  I’ve used Animoto for anticipatory sets. 

The example below is one I made for fun (my first try with Animoto) using images of my dogs.  All of the effects are done by Animoto during rendering (takes about 5 minutes). 

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Tool #8: Word Ahead

Type:  Vocabulary building

Teacher:  Upper

Student Use:  ACT and SAT prep

I can’t wait to use this in my classroom!  Word Ahead is a huge collection of vocabulary videos to prepare students for the ACT or SAT.  Short (30 to 60 second) videos give a definition and several uses of the word.  The Study Room allows students to review videos or flashcards of the words.   

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Tool #7: WriteWith

Type:  Writing Collaboration

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Levels

Student Use:  Writing activities, peer editing, group activities

WriteWith is a writing collaboration tool that allows users to upload docs, share with others, and track editing changes. 

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Tool #6: Egg Timer

Type:  Timer

Teacher:  All Levels

Student Use:  Any timed activity in the classroom

Egg Timer – Just like an egg timer used in the kitchen, you enter a time and it counts down in an easy-to-see format.  It beeps when it hits zero.  Connect to your digital projector and every student in the classroom knows how much time remains. 

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