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Tool #80: TinyChat

Type:  Chatroom Creator

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Class collaboration, Class discussion, Homework help, Club/Organization connections

TinyChat makes creating a chat room super easy.  Just click “Create your room” and a URL is created for you.  Share this URL with anyone you want to invite to your room … yep, it IS that simple. 

 

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May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #79: What Should I Read Next?

Type:  Book interest analysis

Teacher:  Upper Level (Literature, Language Arts, Library)

Student Use:  Assist in book selection

What Should I Read Next takes the title of a book you enjoyed and compares it to a database of nearly 70,000 other readers and their choices to give you a list of other book titles you might enjoy.  My test revealed a list of 10 books … I had read (and enjoyed) 3 of the books on the list … the remaining titles did sound interesting.  Links to Amazon so you can futher investigate the book. 

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May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Tool #78: LibriVox

Type:  Free Audio Books

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Levels (Literature, Language Arts, Library)

Student Use:  Audio compliment to reading

LibriVox has a goal of housing all public domain books in free audio format.  Currently, over 2000 titles are ready for listening.  Check here before buying your next book on tape. 

May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #77: LoudLit

Type:  Free Audio Books

Teacher:  All Levels (Literature, Language Arts, Library)

Student Use:  Audio compliment to reading

LoudLit has a collection of novels, poetry, children’s stories and short stories available forlistening or mp3 download.  If you use books on tape in your classes, consider looking here before making a new purchase.

May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #76: American History in Video

Type:  Online Videos

Teacher:  All Levels (Social Studies)

Student Use:  Learn and review concepts, Research historical eras

American History in Video currently houses over 400 hours of video covering the discovery of America to the 21st Century.  Documentaries, newsreels, archival footage … this site is an amazing resource.  Videos include a transcripts.  When videos can cost upwards of $50, this site is worth a look-see before you make any purchases. 

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April 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #75: Science & Technology in WWII

Type:  Online Interactive

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Levels (Social Studies)

Student Use:  Explore aspects of WWII, Supplement WWII content, Research WWII

Science and Technology of WWII brings historical science and technology to life.  Students can create, deciper and send coded messages, explore a darkroom of images, AND if your school can hold video conferences you can schedule a virtual tour of of the National WWII Museum.  FREE poster offer, too.   Includes lesson plans to get you started on this special unit. 

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April 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Tool #74: Exam Professor

Type:  Online exam creator

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Drill practice, Practice tests, Midterms

Exam Professor … I try a couple of online exam builders every year and I am anxious to check out this one.  Easy sign up, no fees, lots of student reports … this might be the exam builder that I stick with. 

 

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #73: Tutpup

Type:  Math Interactive

Teacher:  Lower/Middle Level (Math)

Student Use:  Math skill practice

Tutpup is unlike other math interactive sites because if your students register, they can compete in math games with other students across the world.  Covers math basics through introductory algebra. 

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April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #72: Cool Science

Type:  Online Teacher Resource

Teacher:  All Levels (Science)

Student Use:  Review of science concepts, Reinforce learning, Independent Study

Cool Science is operated by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Truly a treasure box for science teachers looking for ways to engage students with their lessons.  In the “For Educators” section, one can search for type (e.g. animation, lab, tutorial) for a particular branch of science and a particular grade level (k-16+).  A site that has it all.

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April 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #71: Fuel the Brain

Type:  Online Math Games

Teacher:  All Levels (Math)

Student Use:  Practice math skills

Fuel the Brain has a collection of games to bring practice and fun to Numbers & Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Probability, Algebra and Problem Solving.  As of now, there seems to be more games for lower levels. 

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Tool #70: Awesome Highlighter

Type:  Digital Highlighter

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Highlight important details, Practice identifying main idea, Practice summarizing skills

With Awesome Highlighter you simply enter the URL of the webpage you want to highlight.  You can select up to 2000 characters to highlight (just like using a highlighting pen) and you can highlight images.  If you want to save and/or share your highlights, Awesome Highlighter creates a short and unique URL with your highlights. 

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #69: Poets.org

Type:  Teacher Resource for Teaching Poetry

Teacher:  All Levels (Communication Arts)

Student Use:  Poetry study

Poets.org should be your first stop when you are looking to beef up your poetry unit.  Beyond a resource of information, Poets.org offers a discussion forum where you can connect with other educators to find how they use poetry in their classroom. 

 

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #68: PBS Video

Type:  PBS Programs Online

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Supplement learning, Listening and viewing skills

Go to PBS Video to share episodes of your favorite PBS progams with your students.  Channels include some of the most famous PBS programming such as Nature, American Experience, NOVA, and Frontline.  (I recently used 2 Frontline programs for my students when we were studying media literacy). 

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #67: Grammar Girl

Type:  Grammar podcasts

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Levels (Language Arts)

Student Use:  Grammar study, Grammar understanding

Grammar Girl is one of my favorite sites to use with students when we get to those sticky grammar situations.  Her podcasts make those “weird English grammar things” easy to understand.  The transcript of the podcast is also available (I like to use my digital projector to display the text while my students listen and follow along). 

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April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #66: Amazing Space

Type:  Online Astronomy Tools

Teacher:  All Levels (Science)

Student Use:  Review of astronomy basics, Galaxy investigation, Star study

Amazing Space houses a variety of resources dedicated to astronomy.  Introduce cosmic wonders to your students through interactives, readings, fun facts and demonstrations.  Also includes information for starting your own education outreach program. 

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April 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #65: Grammar Bytes

Type:  Complete online grammar guide

Teacher:  All Levels (Language/Communication Arts)

Student Use:  Grammar practice, grammar study

Grammar Bytes is an old standby in my classroom.  I use it to give mini-lessons on particular grammar issues.  I also send my students to the interactive game portion for individual grammar practice.  Terms, handouts, exercises, presentations … Grammar Bytes does it all.

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April 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #64: Times Tables Grid

Type:  Interactive multiplication tool

Teacher:  Lower Level (Math)

Student Use:  Multiplication fact practice

Times Tables Grid gives your students practice with multiplcation tables 1 through 10.  Students can play against the clock for added competition and fun. 

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Thanks, Keith Schoch, for sharing!  For more math tools for the classroom, check out his math compilation site.

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #63: Writing Fix

Type:  Interactive writing lessons

Teacher:  All Levels (Language Arts)

Student Use:  Hone writing ideas, improve writing skills

Writing Fix is a huge collection of interactive writing tools and lessons for teachers and students.  There are so many ways this site could be used in the classroom that my only suggestion is to check it out.  Below is an example of the writing prompt tool for younger writers.

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April 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #62: Literactive

Type:  Teaching reading interactive

Teacher:  Lower level (reading)

Student Use:  Beginning basics of literacy

Literactive Road to Reading contains several interactive lessons for students that are at the beginning stages of literacy (e.g. letter identification, sound blending).  Includes lessons, activities and games. 

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April 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #61: Scientific Method

Type:  Step-by-step guide to scientific method

Teacher:  All Levels (Science)

Student Use:  Understand scientific method, follow for own research

The Scientific Method Website is an easy to understand webquest of sorts.  Thorough info is provided for each step of the process.  Videos for each step enhance explanations and student comprehension. 

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April 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #60: ProCon

Type:  Information on controversial topics

Teacher:  Upper Level (Speech, Forensics)

Student Use:  Research on debate topics

ProCon contains information about controversial subjects.  Each subject has a short overview, core questions and facts and figures of support. 

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April 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Tool #59: FlexBook

Type:  E-Textbooks

Teacher:  Upper (Science and Math)

Student Use:  Access textbooks

Attention Administrators!  Flexbook is likely the future of textbooks.  And, as such, a much MUCH cheaper alternative to physical textbooks … think of the money savings, the shelf savings, the damage savings … wow.  Flexbook materials are created by experts in the field (e.g. teachers!)

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April 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Tool #58 Poe Revisited

Type:  Author Study

Teacher:  Middle/Upper (Language Arts)

Student Use:  Author research, literature research, background information

Poe Revisited is a site authored by Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond.  Includes printable pdfs and the option to to have an activity packet mailed to you. 

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April 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Tool #57: ICue

Type:  News Story and Documentary Videos

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Level (Language Arts, History, Environmental Science)

Student Use:  Investigate current events

ICue is a collaborative learning environment built around news stories reported on NBC News.  A point system is incorporated to encourage student participation. 

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April 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Tool #56: Be Funky

Type:  Image (Photo) to Artwork Generator

Teacher:  All Levels (Most content areas – pictures, posters, bulletin boards)

Student Use:  Image creation, Artwork creation, Visual displays

Be Funky is one of the coolest tools I have found so far … upload an image from your computer and then make it into artwork by adding effects like The Warholizer or The Stenciler or The Cartoonizer.  ADD THIS TO BLOCKPOSTERS (described below) and you have a great source for classroom posters or bulletin boards.

In the image below, I uploaded a photograph that I took of my senior students as we toured The University of Kansas.  Look at the results!   I am in awe! 

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April 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #55: Maths Online

Type:  Math Interactives

Teacher:  Lower Level (Math)

Student Use:  Improve number and math skills.

Maths Online houses several interactive math tools that work great with a digital projector … digital number line, coin toss probability, time-distance graphs, etc.   

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April 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #54: Jove

Type:  Science Experiment Videos

Teacher:  Upper Level (Science, Health Careers)

Student Use:  Investigate scientific method, Understand specific experiments

Jove stands for Journal of Visualized Experiments … and that is exactly what you get with Jove … documentary style explanations of scientific experimentation.  Categories include medicine, neuroscience, developmental biology, cellular biology, plant biology, microbiology, immunology and basic protocols.  Includes pdf files to replicate the experiments. 

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April 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #53: Essay Map

Type:  Essay Writing Tool

Teacher:  Lower/Middle Level (any class that requires essay writing)

Student Use:  Essay writing, Topic and detail practice, Prewriting planning

Essay Map walks students through the necessary steps to create an informative essay.  When all fields are complete, students can print their essay map (completed graphic organizer). 

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #52: Wowio

Type:  Free Online Books

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Level (Language Arts … though several non-fiction categories are available)

Student Use:  Reading, Independent Reading, Book Study

Wowio is a large collection of free ebooks (online digital book).  Books can be read online for free or downloaded for a very small fee.  A great opportunity for classrooms as we face budget issues.  Categories include (but are not limited to) classics, law, reference, poetry, history.  A definite site to check before making book purchases for your personal or classroom library.   

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #51: Confusing Words

Type:  Explains Confusing English Words

Teacher:  All Levels (Language Arts)

Student Use:  Usage practice, Editing help

The Confusing Words site does just what you expect … you search the confusing word, the results explains usage and gives examples of correct use. 

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #50: Interactives

Type:  Interactive US Maps

Teacher:  All Levels (Social Studies)

Student Use:  Learn geographical features, Learn settlement patterns

Interactives has background information and teaching games about maps, the states, Native Americans and Colonists.  After reviewing introductory information, students can test themselves with interactive quizzes. 

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #49: When is Good?

Type:  Scheduling meetings

Teacher:  All Levels (Personal Use)

Student Use:  Schedule study sessions, schedules meeting times for clubs & activities

When is Good is an easy to use tool to determine when everyone in your group is available to meet.  You select the times you can meet, send the link to your colleagues, they select when they can meet … visit the results and determine the best meeting time. 

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #48: In Pictures

Type:  Computer software tutorials

Teacher:  All Levels, All Content Area

Student Use:  Learn Microsoft applications, Practice technical reading skills

In Pictures has a variety of picture-based tutorials for many of the Microsoft applications.  Good resource to introduce students to applications and to further your own skills.  Also, good practice for techinical reading skills for your students. 

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Tool #47: Yodio

Type:  Voice to Photos

Teacher:  All Levels (Language Arts, Social Studies, Photography, Science … maybe more)

Student Use:  Tell a story, Reflect on a topic

Yodio allows you to upload your photos and add your voice.  They even add a free service to record by phone.  Easily share the voiced photos or embed them to your site.  Add images to your podcasts … voice post cards …

Here is a tutorial from the creators of Yodio …

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #46: TimeToast

Type:  Timeline Creator

Teacher:  All Levels (Social Studies, Language Arts)

Student Use:  Create historical timelines, plot analysis

TimeToast is quick and easy timeline creation … bullets along the timeline can expand to add important details.  TimeToast is the simplest timeline maker I’ve seen so far.

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #45: Thinkature

Type:  Online collaboration

Teacher:  All Levels, All Content Areas

Student Use:  Collaborate with members in group projects

Thinkature is a digital collaboration area that allows users to IM, voice chat, draw, type, insert graphic, insert images … they thought of it all!

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #44: ShareTabs

Type:   Website sharing tool

Teacher:  All Levels, All Content Areas

Student Use:  Organize Internet research, Webquest-type activities

ShareTabs is a super simple tool that allows you to create one link for all the sites you want to share with others in one short URL.   It displays the sites in tab form and thumbnail form.  Easy way to get topical sites to your students. 

Here is an example of a ShareTab I created of the sites that I author or coauthor.

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #43: Learn.Genetics

Type:  Science Simulations and Learning Modules

Teacher:  Upper Level (Science and Health Careers and Health)

Student Use:  Study and review of genetics, bioscience and health topics

Learn.Genetics is an overly-packed website that houses a multitude of tools to introduce and explore some of the more complex (and ever-emerging) technologies in science.  Includes virtual labs and a section dedicated to teacher lesson plans. 

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April 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #42: Planet Quest

Type:  Multimedia Science Tools

Teacher:  All Levels (Science)

Student Use:  Exploring planetary science

Planet Quest has games, movies, quizzes, simulations and virtual tours for a variety of astronomy activities.  Powered by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory you can bring the universe to your classroom.

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April 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #41: NGA Kids

Type:  Variety of online art tools

Teacher:  All Levels (Art, Communication Arts)

Student Use:  Study and creation of art genres, reflection activities

NGA Kids is an online project of the National Art Gallery.  Nearly a dozen digital tools for student creation of art.  Tools include a collage builder, still life creator, mobile creator and a brush on canvas tool. 

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March 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment