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Fairfield University Student Created Tutorials
Providing Parental Feedback Using Class Dojo by Joshua Giannone
Remind 101 Infographic by Caitlin Diver
Brain Breaks in the Elementary Classroom by Chelsea Vrabel
Socrative: Assessing Student Learning through Mobile Technology by Gregory Lico
Schoolology: Connecting People, Content, and Systems to Fuel Education by Victoria Lowrie
Building Creativity in the Classroom using The Arts and Technology by Jennifer Geaney
TodaysMeet: An Effective Technology to Enhance Student Learning by Molly Zarookian
Class Dojo video tutorial by Stephanie Geehan
How to: Wiggio by Megan Conners
No Red Ink tutorial by Angela Sammarone
Collaboration, Communication, and Information Literacy by Tricia Goulet
Technology for Teachers: Communicating with Parents by Allyson McGrath
Using Google Forms as an Assessment Tool by Cristina Curto
Using Khan Academy to Enhance the Student Learning Experience by Brendan Hamilton
Using Google Expeditions to take students on Virtual Field Trips by Patrick Carstensen
Using Edmodo to Communicate and Learn in a Digital World by Alexis Palazzo
Quizlet: Studying in the 21st Century by Mitch Peterson
How to Use Duolingo: A guide to successful language acquisition by Rose-Anne Vonella
Improving Parent Communication with a Classroom Website by Leslie Boland
Bloomz: Teacher Parent Communications App by Erin Hannagan
Technology in the Classroom by Alexis Pollina
Digital Citizenship and Security by Mattias Mirabile
Top 5 Overlooked Personal Learning Networks by Joy Ross
2EPub: allows teachers and students to convert PDF, doc and other types of documents and books to ePub format, the standard format for ebooks, supported by almost every reading device.
3D Game Labs: It is time for educators to explore this 3D collection of over 20,000 quests. It is possible to venture into a multitude of subjects. Games can also be shared and even remixed. Think of the formative possibilities!
4 Teacher.org: This is a site that works to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms by offering online tools and resources. It is easy to locate online resources such as ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use.
21 Classes: Create a virtual classroom with blogs. 21Classes provides powerful and secure services to get your students safely blogging.
30 Hands Pro: App to create digital stories and presentations, to allow students and teachers to easily explain concepts using principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Animoto: Animoto is geared toward making videos as opposed to traditional slide decks. With that being said, its a great way to combine video and photos into a unique, professional looking presentation. You simply select a style, add your media and text, then produce and share.
Answer Garden: This web based tool allows the teacher to ask a question and get feedback from the group. The feedback appears on the web page allowing for a picture of understanding and thoughts. The collected words and phrases can be sent to a world cloud generator such as Wordle or Tagxedo.
APPEd Review: Discover a site that provides in-depth reviews of 500 apps complete with screen shots. You will discover instructional ideas along with comprehensive rubrics. It is searchable by Operating System, Price (many are free), and Subject/Grade. Discover some amazing formative interactive tools.
Backchan.nl: Tool for involving audiences in presentations by letting them suggest questions and vote on each other’s questions
Backchannel Chat: Another wonderful tool that allows classroom back channels with so important teacher controls. Check out all the features as you encourage formative learning in the back channel.
Blendspace: If you have five minutes and an internet connection this tool might be the resource for you and your students. Create a lesson using multiple of resources or tools on the internets. Provide links to your students or embed the lesson into the district LMS (Learning Management System).
Bloglines: Bloglines was a web-based news aggregator for reading syndicated feeds using the RSS and Atom formats.
Blubbr.tv: Now teachers and students can create their own video based trivia games. Allowing the trivia to be based on content standards can bring a whole new form to learning.
Biography: This is a reference for facts about people, both past and present. It is a great site that offers information for the curious students and for research answers.
Brain Rush: It doesn’t take long to see how this wonderful resource and its adaptive learning games will fit into your formative portfolio. Best of all, anyone can share, build, and try. Here is a chance for student s to become not just game consumers… but game producers.
BrainPop: Animated Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Arts & Music and English movies, quizzes, activity pages and school homework help for K-12 kids
Bundlenut: Web tool that allows teachers and students to create bundles of links, browse through various bundles and share them easily.
Bunkr: Bunkr’s slogan “Present the Whole Web” is spot on. This online tool allows you to embed content from social media, video sites, live code, and more. It is truly incredible how many sources you can pull from, all in real time.
Canva: Canva is more that just a presentation application. It allows users to create twitter banners, blog graphics, infographic, and much more. Some of the design elements are free while others cost a dollar for one time use. The presentation templates are made up of crisp images which you can layer text, icons, banners, etc over top of. Easy to use, endless possibilities.
CelAction: Official website of CelAction – developers of CelAction2D, the most powerful 2D animation software in the world.
Celly: organizes conversations for groups, topics, and places into chatrooms called “cells”. Share your thoughts out loud in public cells about venues.
Chatzy: Encourage the chat in your room. Note how it actually can support the academic areas that are being addressed while providing student voice and choice. There are private and virtual rooms that also can be learned about.
CK-12 FlexBooks: a robust library of textbook style content as well as an engine that allows teachers and students to create their own mashups of textbooks both from content that already exists
Classconnect: Resource that allows teachers to build and share lessons.
ClassTools.net: Think of past analog tools built in a digital way. One example might be a Venn Diagram ready for digital creation and output. What might have George Washington’s Twitter or Facebook account looked like… imagine the followers! Perhaps you just want students to create a museum display. Let your students get formative with these amazing tools.
ClearSlide: A more secure way to conduct your presentations! You can present anywhere there is internet access and you share the access code. You can pitch, sell, and close your deals with ClearSlide and you will rely less on technology and more on the end game. You can answer questions on the fly and ensure security for your clients. Designed more for business customers, but there are some creative education uses.
Creedoo: Designed for presenters looking to interact with their audience. The software allows you to ask questions/polls to your audience and show their responses in real time. The unique aspect on this package is their use of back slides. You can create additional back slides connected to any of the main slides.
Curriki: This has over 40,000 resources and 120,000 teachers in the community.
Delicious: Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service.
Digital Public Library of America: This is a great resource for its wealth of knowledge. It provides access to some great resources like historical exhibits and explorations. The interesting thing about this resource is that many app developers use the database to draw from and provide information for their informational apps. There is a list of these apps on the site also.
Diigo: A bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to use bookmarks and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page
Discovery Education: Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts.
Easel.ly: Create and share infographics
Ed-Helper: Theme Units, Worksheets, Printables Math, Reading, Writing, Languages
Edmodo: Provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices
Edpuzzle: Explore this formative video tool that allows the teacher to track and view student understanding. Use a video from just about any source on just about any device. Allows for important student metacognition during the course of the activity.
Edublogs: Edublogs is the largest education blogging platform on the web
Educannon: Creating a classroom movie is always fun. This tool allows the placement of videos in a formative loop allowing the teacher to check for student understanding as videos are watched.
EducationCity: An award-winning online teaching and learning resource mapped to your state and common core standards. Our interactive educational activities capture the attention of young learners with bright colors, catchy music and a lovable cast of characters – inspiring a lifelong love of learning.
Educreations: Educreations is a global community where anyone can teach what they know and learn what they don’t. We’re on a mission to democratize learning by extending the reach of great teaching.
Edshelf: A directory of tools for educators.
Emaze: The next generation of online presentation software. Simply select any of our professionally designed free presentation templates to easily create an amazing visual experience for your audience.
Enchanted Learning: Free curriculm material for teachers. We do have a couple of paid memberships in district.
Epic! Creations: Offers classroom educators and school librarians free single-subscription access to an ever-growing library of high-quality children’s books. Features a website, as well as IOS and Android based apps.
Explore Learning: World’s largest and most advanced online repository of math and science simulations for grades 3-12.
Flippety: Easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards.
Flickr: is an image hosting and video hosting website
Gapminder: Gapminder is great for filtering and analyzing data. For instance, students can manipulate country data including population, gdp, and life expectancy. They can then add variables or filter out factors. An historical analysis can also be analyzed by reviewing changes in these data sets over the last hundred years or more.
Go Class: Edit and manage digital lessons from anywhere for use on any device. Special Show-Explain-Ask interface allows for easy ability to add pictures, multimedia, teacher notes, and formative assessments into the plan.
GoAnimate: Tell your story out loud with this animated presentation program! With an easy learning curve, low budget orientation, and simple do-it-yourself tools, GoAnimate is ideal for any classroom. The site includes libraries filled with styles, settings, props, and actors to choose from! They even have an auto lip-sync feature.
Go Soap Box: Get feedback from the class as they provide temperatures reads that reflect their understanding. See how this insight can help shape instruction and future student learning possibilities.
GoFormative: Part feedback, part game, part group brainstorming. Students can give feedback on their individual devices…which can then be shared. One of the best features includes the ability to write or draw the feedback. This is a great formative tool to check understanding and decide the next instructional learning move.
Google Docs: It is easy to use Google Docs as a back channel. Not only that, you may already have it deployed in your school. Not only does it have a chat feature to serve any of its apps on Drive, but the documents app can be used as a back channel by itself, allowing for an archive of discussion.
Google Earth Outreach: This is a Google run site that provides ideas for using Google Earth across different disciplines. Many people think of Google Earth as an educational resource limited to geography classes in terms of relevance. However, the overlay feature makes it relevant to several disciplines.
Google Forms: Create surveys and question forms that allow for student feedback, voice, and, choice. Analyze the feedback using a spreadsheet to determine trends and needs. This is also a wonderful tool for students as they collect data for different projects.
Gooru: Create and share collections of free k-12 web resources to personalize learning.
Gradecam: This is a program that can grade scantron tests and enter them into a grade book instantly by having the students scan the forms with a class webcam.
Graphite: The people at Common Sense Media bring a collection of vetted apps that might fit into your formative lesson plans. Search these teacher reviewed possibilities and decide how you just might use them in the classroom. Students could do the same for demonstration of learning. While you are there… check out Graphite’s Common Core Apps along with their Lesson Building App.
Haiku Deck: a completely new kind of presentation software. We make telling your story simple, beautiful, and fun.
Hippocampus: a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge.
Impress: Part of the Open Office Suite, Impress is a free alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint. Its has a similar look and feel, but with a much lower pricetag. You can even take existing PowerPoint files and edit them via Impress.
Infogr.am: Create and publish beautiful visualizations of your data. Interactive, responsive, and engaging.
Jeopardy Labs: This game has always been fun whether it is analog on the television or cardboard as a game. Many teachers have even taken it digital using power point. If you are a fan you may wish to check out this Jeopardy digital site.
Jing: A quick and easy screen capture tool allowing for voice over. Could be used by a teacher to prepare a lesson or by students to demonstrate learning or build content tutorials to help others.
Kahn Academy: With a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 306 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Kahoot: Online assessment tool that can be used with student devices.
Kid Blog: Safe & Simple Blogs for Your Students.
Kidspace: This site is a wonderfully simple search tool and resource for students. It features information about a wide variety of subjects and is organized in a way that many students will be able to navigate with little or no teacher guidance.
Knowledge Vision: An interactive online video experience that captures and distributes your knowledge on large scale. Engage audiences and gain information about who is watching and how they are watching it. Knowledge Vision has solutions in place for explaining, advocating, selling, or teaching with presentations online! This one is more than what the average teacher needs, but it was worth mentioning.
Learning A-Z (subscription based – some free materials)
LiveBinders: Your 3-ring binder for the Web. Collect your resources; Organize them neatly and easily; Make an Impression.
Living Online Lab: a nonprofit dedicated to teaching the digital revolution
MindMup: Free open source mind mapping tool.
Moovly: Do you like the idea of overlaying drawing and animation on real video? This might be the perfect tool to help explain content. Better yet… students can do the explaining and creating as they enjoy using this engaging resource.
Movenote: Create video presentations with this creative application. EverNote allows you to add content such as documents, graphs, images, etc. Once added, you then record yourself using a webcam and what you are doing on the screen. MoveNote is especially great for “How To” videos.
Nearpod: Think of Nearpod as a presentation on multiple devices controlled by the educators. Not only do all students see the same presentation slide at the same time… but can also visit a teacher directed website. It can be an important teaching tool when teachers are trying to ensure each student is immersed in the formative learning process. Imagine students creating and being the presenters!
Newsela: Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–
Padlet: Possibly the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.
PB Works: Wiki creation site
Pear Deck: Pear Deck takes an engaging approach to presentation. When a teacher starts presenting, students join the presentation via a unique code on their own device. Teachers control the slides and students follow along. Pear Deck also allows teachers to embed actionable content into their presentation. Draggable icons, real time drawings and more. Student can then interact with the slides from their own device and teachers receive the data on how they interacted. You really have to see this one!
Piktochart: Create beautiful infographics in less than ten minutes
Pixlr: A free online image editor. Enables to fix, adjust, and filter images in a browser.
Plickers: This tool is all about formative feedback with one computer or phone. Ask a question and students hold up paper with codes… suggesting their answer. Scan the group and get a temperature read on both the entire group and individuals. Data can be saved to help inform future instruction.
Poll Everywhere: Audience response system that uses mobile phones, twitter, and the web. Responses are displayed in real-time on gorgeous charts in PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.
Powtoons: This tool allows for the creation of some wonderful animations that could explain concept ideas. They are engaging and provide lots of possibilities. Students can even create their own Powtoons opening up even more possibilities for formative learning.
Prezi: Presentation program
Prism: An outside the box application that measures the crowd in reference to a particular reading, Students are provided a text on their device and then highlight attributes in color to represent thoughts and understanding. The teacher and students are able to view the entire groups’ thinking process in relationship to the reading.
Quizlet: Create or choose from thousands of ready-made quizzes covering multiple subjects. You can embed quizzes in a website or send students to a link. Collect formative data as students test their knowledge using any device.
Quiziz: One of the newest in game based quiz programs. Bring the whole class into a competitive learning situation. Allow students to reflect on how they answered question while collecting important data that will help decide future instruction.
ReadWriteThink: Known for a wonderful collection of lesson plans, don’t forget to check out their amazing selection of web interactive tools. You will discover Bio-Cube and Trading Cards to name a few. All provide a formative experience and are connected to lessons and standards. Best of all, they can be used in any classroom beyond just Reading and Language Arts.
Remind: This free app allows teachers to text students the homework, etc without exchanging any personal phone numbers
Science 4 Fun: A place for kids to learn science in a fun way.
Screencast-O-Matic: Another great screen capture system with some advanced editing controls. This allows for wonderful possibilities and final video can be shared on You Tube and then integrated with some of the video tools for formative assessment.
Scrumy: It really is hard to find another tool like this! It is a project management module for individuals and/or groups. Scrumy allows all members including the teacher to see progress. It provides those important meta-cognitive moments for self-reflection on progress. Great for a PBL environment!
SlideDog: Aims to clear up the unknowns when making a presentation. Will my video load? Can I open up a web page? With SlideDog, you load all your content into a new SlideDog slide deck and arrange it in the correct order. When you go to present, SlideDog handles all the technical aspects such a loading a video, accessing the web, etc. Everything works as you intended it to, every time. You can also stream your presentation in real time and include live audience chat.
SlideShare: Discover, share, and present presentations and infographics with the world’s largest professional content sharing community.
Sidevibe: A simple way to place useful, formative classroom lessons over any web page.
SimpleK12: Student Technology Assessment: SimpleAssessment is your no-hassle, worry-free solution to measuring and improving your students’ technology proficiency.
Smore: Create a virtual flyer to present information about a topic you are teaching, to introduce yourself at the beginning of a course, or as a study guide.
Socrative: Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.
SpiderScribe: SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online!
Storyboard Generator: You can choose a script and create a storyboard. Try building your own storyboard using background location photographs.
Symbaloo: SymbalooEDU is a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for teachers to visually organize and share the best of the web with students.
Tagxedo: Tagxedo turns words – famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters – into a visually stunning word cloud.
Taking IT Global: empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.
Teacher Tube: The goal of Teacher Tube is to provide an online community for sharing instructional teacher videos.
Ted Talks: Videos that feature talks from speakers around the world on many topics.
Thinglink: Share multi-media resources with viewers by linking videos, audio (podcast, music, etc.), websites, articles, etc. You can use this to cover a particular concept with your students. The possibilities are endless… as long as it as a link!
Thinkfinity: Partnering with the most trusted names in education to bring you teaching and learning materials, as well as a community excited about education, just like you are.
Timetoast: An interactive timeline maker
Today’s Meet: Create a virtual chat room for students to collaborate and learn from each other. Explore ways to even make it private and save the conversations as transcripts that can be a valuable resource to teachers and students later.
Toonz Harlequin and Toonz Bravo: Toonz Harlequin, the software for producing traditional and paperless 2D animation software, and Toonz Bravo, the ideal tool for paperless 2D animation at an affordable price, now support multiple languages for the software interface.
Tumblebooks: Animated picture books online.
Turn It In: Plagiarism checker and writing resource
Utah Education Network: Are you looking for some interesting games and simulations that can fit into almost any subject area? Then check out these wonderful possibilities which are listed by subject category by the Utah Education Network.
Versal: Share your expertise in an entirely new way. With Versal’s powerful yet simple course creator, publish beautiful, interactive courses
Visme: Visme is similar to Canva in the sense that it is more than just a tool for creating presentations. You can create charts, reports, infographics, and much more. The site offers a wide array of templates, all which are fully customizable to meet your needs. The software ties into other sites such as Flikr to offer millions of images, vector graphics, and icons to make your presentation stand out. Visme lives up to its “multi tool” label with its rich feature set and visually appealing design.
VoiceThread: Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
Wonkido: Visual Organizer for Kids
Wordle: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
Zaption: Link videos to this wonderful tool designed to place formative learning with in a video activity. Collect information on student progress as they access from home or school.