For 2013 I have updated my teacher resource page to
Tales of a Tech Coach
On this page you will find links to my blog, presentations and the new and improved Tech Tools I have put together for you! These tools are organized by topic and I am always adding new items here as I find them. Definitely check out this page to find some tools to integrate technology into your classroom.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
3DToad.com – Crazy name, I know!
But this website is definitely worth checking out. They have a variety of real life images that you can rotate 360 degrees. There are some great real-life, non-clip art science pictures (including dissections) and physical education images.
I came across this website this week and absolutely loved it! Learn It In 5 is a site that hosts a variety of 5 minute videos to learn about new web 2.0 tools and other resources for your classroom. Here is how the website describes itself.
Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today’s 21st century’s digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.
No more navigating instructional handouts or searching You Tube for instructional videos. I have bookmarked this page as a quick go to for help for myself and my students!
This week Jessica B. sent me a site that was introduced to her by Tom S. The site is free online rhyming dictionary. It is a great tool to help them when they are stumped on rhyming words. Jessica used it when she had her World Literature students write their own Canterbury Tales using couplets which can be pretty difficult for students. Tom used it when students were struggling writing poetry on elements in Chemistry.
Another great word site is Wordnik when you type in a word you will get the definition (from multiple sources), examples, photos, thesaurus, etymology, pronunciation, some statistics about the word, and phrases containing the word. They have other features like the word of the day and random words as well.
Popplet is a website that combines the best of online sticky note services like Wallwisher with collaborative mind mapping functions. Popplet allows you to create a wall of multimedia sticky notes that you can share with others. Your stickies can include videos and images that you pull from other online services. You can also upload media from your desktop to your sticky notes.
Qwiki is hands down my new FAVORITE site! I love it and if you stopped in my room this afternoon as I was exploring it you have already checked it out. Ok, maybe I forced you into checking it out… On this website you enter the term, idea, or person you are searching for and the website loads pictures, shows texts, and reads the information about the topic to you. I think kids and teacher will love this as much as I do. Check out the Qwiki search I did on Mishicot – I think this will definitely change the way we are search and gather information.
Try it, comment on here, and let us know what you think.
Edmodo is a secure, interactive, education-based, social networking website that provides an online component to the classroom. Teachers have the opportunity to seek online communication and collaboration opportunities with students and other educators have another free resource at their disposal.
Teachers and students can post classroom materials, share links and videos. Students can comment and post assignments on the site as well. I definitely think it is one worth checking out!
Thanks to Kate D for wanting to share the news about Tagxedo!
Tagxedo is a website where you can create a word cloud (similar to wordle) but the great thing about Tagxedo is that you can customize the shape of your word cloud. The website also gives the user a few more options in terms of where you get your text from. My favorite part is that you can download and save you Tagxedo as a jpg and have a picture of it. Check out my word cloud below.
Crocodoc is a cool website where you can upload documents (Word, PDF, and others) and then mark up and comment on the document. The best part of the site in my opinion is that after comments are made you can download the document with the comments. Peer review all done digitally!
You can also use Crocodoc to mark up and review webpages. Simply paste the URL on the Crocodoc website and it creates an image of the page to mark up. Along the right hand side of the page is a page history of each persons comments.