Hey Smoke, I was going to mention LiveBinders but you read my mind! For those teachers fortunate enough to have iPod Touches, iPads, or even an iPhone should follow http://www.appolicious.com/ Great site for lists of apps for education.
No teacher website list is complete without two of the most comprehensive education sites out there!
My own honorable mention is Visuwords (www.visuwords.com) an online graphical dictionary and thesaurus. Just insert the word you are looking at and bubbles start popping up around it with definitions and alternate word choices and the uses for those words. Very cool and very interactive!
Here's one I just found out about via Plurk...
Links to help find paid iphone apps for free!
Everyone needs this one, but especially teachers with limited budget!!!
I used Visual Thesaurus before but had not played with Visual Words. I am very excited because the FIRST term from my core that I entered in Visual Words brought up excellent examples relating to our subject. Unlike Visual Thesaurus, it appears that Visual Words is a free tool. Thanks to you, I now have a new tool for students to use!
I have downloaded and installed the app: AppConnect2. This app includes changes in app pricing - for example "Sale." If an app becomes free, it shows up on the "Sale" side. One day last summer, I got about $50.00 of free Astronomy apps thanks to this program. I check the app about once a day - wondering what's free that I can or might use.
Has someone use a different app for finding apps that are now "free" but were cost before?
This is a great tool to use if you are wanting to make a tutorial for someone of your desktop. It's very easy to use. You can then post it to YouTube or export it.
I had not played with Screencast-o-Matic before. I can see ideas on how students could create a screencast of content they are studying. Gotta think about how/when I could use it in the classroom. From the quick trial I just did, it appears you do not need an account to use Screencast-o-Matic.
I don't mind the watermark version to have it free for students.
Has anyone used this program with students? What challenges have you faced? How did you implement it in your core? Inquiring minds want to know .
Word cloud creators are numerous and a wonderful aid. Here's a few resources and attached is the pdf of the Pecha Kucha presentation I gave at Camp Plug and Play in Tucson a couple of weeks ago.
How do you use Word Clouds to promote learning in the classroom?
Word Cloud Creators:
Ideas for use:
Oblinger, D. G., & Oblinger, J. L. (2005). Educating the Net Generation http://bit.ly/cloudsPP4
Colors and Learning: How the Color of a Classroom Can Affect Students http://bit.ly/cloudsPP3
Word Clouds in the Differentiated Classroom: Special Education & ELL Teaching Strategies http://bit.ly/cloudsPP6
http://www.empressr.com/Default.aspx Empressr is a nice presentation tool that teachers and students can use instead of powerpoint. It is also easy to update your old powerpoint presentations by uploading old ones and give them a fun new look with little effort on your part. The site is super easy to use- much easier than Prezi- and fun. Definitely worth taking a look at.
Christy- you are correct- this was easy- I really liked the play on words - like you are going to be "empressed" I think that middle school kids would get it and although corny they would be all over it. Do you uses these presentations for your students or do you have your students create presentations using this tool?
My students love it as well as the other teachers in my school that I have shared it with...it is easy and impresses all who use it. You might notice that your presentation will be different each time you show it. Just one more thing that I like about Empressr.
I like how Empressr allows you to embed your presentation. I also am thrilled that presentations may be made private and need a password to view. I think it is also interesting how you can track the length of time a user spends on each page of a presentation. I see some definite uses in classroom settings for this.
What challenges do you expect teachers may face when Empressr changes out of Beta?
Having all these resources tied to one single post is a great idea! I see lots already mentioned that came to mind, and several new ones to check out and share with the teachers I support. Thanks for the discussion starter. Here are a couple that I don't believe have been mentioned. They are both useful tools for general information gathering directly relevant to educators...not really tools for use with kids, but I've found many links through them over the years.
Teachers First: This is a great project and I really value the email newsletters that review sites and send updates about contests and grants, etc.
Education World: Been around forever, but still one of my favorite resources for finding out about new stuff. Sign up for the email newsletters.
Also, I think this was mentioned a bit, but I can't emphasize enough how much I've grown simply by starting to use a feed reader to follow several blogs. I think every teacher should take the time to learn to use one (I use Google Reader, but I know there are many other options), find a few valuable blogs to gather RSS feeds from, and see how much you can be energized by skimming other's great ideas. I try to "schedule" 15 minutes a day on my calendar to skim the feeds and it really isn't overwhelming. I open my delicious.com account before I start skimming and I bookmark and tag as I go so I can make use of the links later when I'm asked to provide support.
Thanks for sharing this tool. I played around with it yesterday and really like it. I think students will find it as easy to use as I did, and be able to create some really nice presentations with it. I can see their imaginations working overtime now! I myself created a screencast for our teachers covering some of the new things that they can find on my instructional coach Moodle page at school. I also had fun creating review lessons for math using my Interwrite tablet. I can see how useful it could be to link these screencasts to my classroom calendar for those students who may have been absent. Students will be able to not only see my slides, but hear me talk about what I am doing as well. I can also see the use for creating screencasts ahead of time for a sub (when I know I am going to be gone), who might not be comfortable teaching some of the more difficult math topics that are covered in my classroom.
I am going to add to your list of technology sites that teachers might want to consider checking into for projects in the classroom focusing on publication/presentation tools. Students can create ebooks and much more at the following sites. All of them are super easy to use so teachers and students alike can use the sites easily leaving more time for creating and taking up less time figuring out how to use the technology.
epubbud (This site has free ebooks to download as well.)
kerpoof (geared for elementary age kids I think)
The following two sites are great presentation tools that have not been mentioned yet. Animoto is a favorite of many people, but to get a video longer than 30 seconds you need to have a subscription. Flixtime is very similar to Animoto, but one is able to create a video presentation with no time limit completely free. Slideroll is another easy to use presentation tool that my students have had great success using in the classroom.