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Tool #116: Shine + Write

Type:  Lessons for the interactive white board

Teacher:  Lower Level (Math)

Classroom Use:  Practice math concepts

Shine + Write houses over 40 interactive math lessons for your classroom.  Created with the interactive whiteboard in mind, these lessons bring animation and graphics to enhance everyday math lessons.

shine write 

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

Tool #113: Web2.0 Calc

Type:  Scientific Calculator

Teacher:  Upper Level (Math and Science)

Classroom Use:  All class demo of scientific calculation

Web2.0 Calc is perfect for teachers that have LCD projectors and/or interactive whiteboards.  Display a giant scientific calculator to demonstrate calculations whole class or ask students to practice individually. 

sci calculator

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

Tool #107: Word Magnets

Type:  Graphic Organizers to use with your Digital Projector/Smartboard

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Learn concepts, Visual representations

Word Magnets is a great tool for teachers that have a digital projector and/or Smartboard type technology in their classroom.  Word Magents walks you through creating the interactive:   enter the words to use, choose the type of graphic organizer (the first choice is blank, so click the arrow to see other choices), click and drag the words onto the organizer.  CHECK OUT THE OTHER TOOLS BY TRIPTICO (Click on the Resource Library.  Great Stuff!!)

wordmagnet

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Tool #106: Mingoville

Type:  Learn English Interactive

Teacher:  Lower Level (ESL)

Student Use:  Practice English skills, Learn English vocabulary

Mingoville is a city of animated flamingos that teach students who are learning English through vocabulary practice and games.  Students learn the words for family, colors, clothes, numbers, letters, nature, seasons, body parts, food, animals, furniture, and sports. 

mingoville

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #105: Plagium

Type:  Plagiarism Detector

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Check paraphrasing skills, Ensure essay is not plagiarized (teacher use = check for plagiarism)

Plagium is a simple to use plagiarism checker.  Simply paste the questioned text into the box and click “Track Plagiarisms” to search the net for lifted material.  A list of possible sites is listed along with a chart that shows of how often the text appeared on the web. 

Using a search engine likely yields similar results, but the text box on Plagium allows more text to be entered than a standard searchengine text box (I think … I may have just made that up!  But, it makes sense to me).  🙂

 

June 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #104: Exploratorium

Type:  Activities, Exhibits

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Explore topics, Enhance instruction

Exploratorium was created by San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts and was one of the first websites by a science museum.  There are so many activities here I can’t figure out how to break them down for you.  Categorized by online activites, online exhibits and hands-on activities, your students can build a solar system, explore the science of cooking or make a mummy.  Truly, the list goes on an on. 

exploratorium

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

Tool #103: CurriculumBits

Type:  Online Interactives

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Level (All Curriculum Areas)

Student Use:  Practice concepts, reinforce concepts

CurriculumBits has a comprehensive collection of interactives for a variety of subjects.  … Practice saying the days of the week in German, learn how to use a semi-colon to beef or your writing, review your understanding of the respiratory system … CurriculumBits uses games, quizzes, animations and videos to enhance the lessons.

curriculumbits

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

Tool #102: NeoK12

Type:  Educational Videos

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Explore concepts, reinforce concepts

NeoK12 has sorted hundreds of YouTube and Metacafe videos into educational categories.  Current categories include:  Physical Science, Life Science, Human Body, Earth and Space, Social Studies, Health, Math and English.  Thanks to Richard Byrne for sharing this resource on his site

neok12

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Tool #101: Gilder Lehrman Institute of History

Type:  Online resource for American History

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Level (History, Social Studies)

Student Use:  Explore American history

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of History has a large variety of resources for the history classroom (e.g. online quizzes, historical documents, podcasts).  Information currently spans the Revolutinary War to 9/11.  Has complete teaching modules for over 2 dozen history topics.  Also sponsors essay contests for students. 

gilder

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

Tool #100: Exploring the West

Type:  Online resource

Teacher:  Upper Level (History, Social Studies)

Student Use:  Increase understanding of the western United States

Exploring the West is a project of Stanford University.  Includes 3 thematic units (Urban Growth, Maps, Cowboys), lesson plans and over 100 worksheets. 

exploringwest

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

Tool #99: The Story of Stuff

Type:  Video about Production and Consumption of “Stuff”

Teacher:  All Levels (Science, Social Studies, Environmental Club)

Student Use:   Increase understanding of environmental issues

The Story of Stuff is more than a 20 minute video (though the video is informative and engaging) … The Story of Stuff is a call to action to be conscious of how we get and what we do with “stuff.” 

If your school has an environmental club, this site is worth their investigation.  It promises a school curriculum is on the way. 

storyofstuff 

 

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

Tool #98: Virtual Forest

Type:  Interactive on Environmental Science

Teacher:  Lower/Middle Level (Science)

Student Use:  Learn about impact of choices on environment

In the Virtual Forest, students learn how their choices in school, at home, in a park and in a store can change the environment.  Choices are given for everyday activities (e.g. charging your MP3 player, taking notes in class, cleaning up after an art activity) and the score accumulates for the health of the environment. 

virtualforest

May 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Tool #97: Illuminations

Type:  Interactive Math Simulations and Lessons

Teacher:  All Levels (Mathematics)

Student Use:  Review math concepts, Reinforce math concepts

Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Illuminations houses over 100 standards-based activities for grades K to high school.  Use your digital projector to share the interactives with the entire class. 

illuminations

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

Tool #96: Planet Science

Type:  Interactive Science Activities

Teacher:  Lower/Middle Level (Science, Health)

Student Use:  Review science concepts, Explore science concepts

Planet Science is an extensive resource for students, teachers and parents to enhance scientific understanding.  Games, quizzes, experiments, library … students will not be bored with this site.  Thanks to Richard Bryne and his site, Free Technology for Teachers, for sharing this resource. 

planetscience

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

Tool #94: eField Trips

Type:  Distance learning (virtual) field trips for classrooms

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Participate in virtual field trips

With eField Trips, students can virtually travel to the Naval Historical Center, Carlsbad Caverns, Death Valley, the Everglades … the list goes on and on.  Teachers can download an eField Trip Journal for student assessment.  Flash videos are included and students can connect with experts via an online forum or a web chat.

efieldtrips 

 

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #93: Numeracy Excel

Type:  Downloadable Excel spreadsheets to teach math concepts

Teacher:  Lower/Middle (Mathematics)

Student Use:  Learn math concepts, Practice math concepts

These Numeracy Excel Spreadsheets cover a variety of math concepts (e.g. sequence, place value, estimation, rounding, probability).  Some of the spreadsheets are for student practice, others are for whole-class instruction. 

excelmath

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #91: Reading Quest

Type:  Online Resource of Reading Strategies

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Improve reading comprehension

This list of reading strategies from Reading Quest is very comprehensive (e.g. KWL, Inquiry Chart, Question-Answer Relationships).  It provides instructions for each strategy, and for many it offers a document to print.  Though this site is tailored for social studies, the reading strategies apply across the curriculum.

raft

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

Tool #90: Grammar Worksheets

Type:  Printable Grammar Worksheets

Teacher:  Lower Level (Language Arts)

Student Use:  Practice grammar concepts

These Grammar Worksheets are part of a blog, so there will likely be frequent updates.  Adjectives, antonyms, articles … check here when looking for extra practice for your students. 

grammar worksheets

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

Tool #89: Twiddla

Type:  Online Collaborative Whiteboard

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Area) and Professional Development

Student Use:  Group work, Homework help, Planning

Twiddla is one of many free online collaborative whiteboard spaces.  I like this one because it gives users the opportunity to kick the tires before launching a real session (you are kicking the tires at the same time someone else is kicking the tires … you are collaborating!)  You can write, type, draw, highlight … upload videos, bring in websites … I can imagine this being a great tool for math teachers.  Invite others to your session and collaborate in real time. 

  twiddla

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #87: Villainy, Inc

Type:  Interactive Math Site

Teacher:  Middle Level (Math)

Student Use:  Practice probability, algebra, geometry …

Villainy, Inc follows the animated charcters of Dr. Eugene Wick, ID, and his sidekick Platy (TOO cute).  It is the job of your students to thwart the plans of Dr. Wick and Platy as they try for world domination.  Math skills are put to the test.  Created by Maryland Public Television. 

villianyinc

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #85: VocabGrabber

Type:  Vocabulary Analysis

Teacher:  Upper/Middle Levels (All content areas)

Student Use:  Vocabulary building, Definitions, Synonyms

VocabGrabber is a tool that analyzes your digital text.  You can sort text by occurrence (like Wordle) or familiarity.   Each word can be further analyzed visually, by definition and by use.  A great way to enhance your vocabulary instruction. 

 

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #84: Lightning Bug

Type:  Online Writing Instruction

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Level (Language Arts, Creative Writing)

Student Use:  Practice writing skills, Story development

Lightning Bug takes all the best components of teaching writing and puts it into digital format for you and your students to explore.  Has an area of the site dedicated to teachers, but the site also has links to plot development, voice, character … all the things that must be considered for story writing. 

lightningbug

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Tool #83: Medical Animation Library

Type:  Animated graphics of body function,  processes and disease

Teacher:  All Levels (Science, A&P, Health Careers)

Student Use:  Increase understanding, Contrast and compare functions

The Medical Animation Library is operated by the University of Pennsylvania.  Includes numerous flash animations of body function (e.g. breathing), surgical processes (e.g. open heart surgery), and disease processes (e.g. diabetes).  Definately worth a look-see to supplement your student’s understanding.

medical

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #82: ScribbleMap

Type:  Interactive Mapping/Drawing

Teacher:  All Levels (Geography, Social Studies)

Student Use:  Map study, Geography skills

ScribbleMaps adds an interactive drawing tool to Google Maps.  Great for tablet pcs, but any mouse will do.  You can both draw and type on the maps and share the maps with others. 

scribblemap

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #81: MyAwardMaker

Type:  Certificate Maker

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Award ceremonies, Student recognition

MyAwardMaker lets you create certificates for your students by choosing from several template categories.  A simple download of the template lets you plug in the important stuff.   

myaward

 

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

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. 

 

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. 

what-should 

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. 

pentagon

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 #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.

cool-science

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

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. 

highlighter

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). 

grammar-girl

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. 

amazing-space

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.

grammar-bytes

April 21, 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.

 writingfix

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. 

literactive

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