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An updated list of more than 50 tools I use and enjoy in my classroom along with screenshots and links.

An updated list of more than 50 tools I use and enjoy in my classroom along with screenshots and links.

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  • And that is what I suggest for you to do today. Your assignment for this webinar today is to come up with your “Big Three” at the end of the webinar. Pick three things – start there!
  • Flattening your classroom is connecting yourself. And the first step is to connect yourselves to others. Your teachers should also connect themselves. Have an RSS reader, join the diigo educators group, listen to the current conversations at edtechtalk – join Twitter and follow at least 50 educators before you make your call on it – watch videos at the free k12 online conference and encourage networking in organizations like the Google teacher Academy, Discovery Educators, Flat Classrooms Ning.
  • Who is the one person I can control in my district? ME!
  • Who is the one person I can control in my district? ME!
  • Who is the one person I can control in my district? ME!
  • We are better with coping with problems than exerting influence to change them. Last January, I was the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life and decided to change. In July, I took up running, now I’m almost 20 pounds lighter. It was a struggle, but what I was doing before was just buying larger clothes, moving my seat back in the car – I was coping – but when I started exerting influence and self control that was when positive change happened.
  • We’re too busy having a pity party to exert the influence to have a victory party.
  • Social MediaSharing classroom and school happenings
  • We’re here to talk about Library 2.0, and yet to understand library 2.0, we must ask ourselves.
  • So, when I came back to Camilla, I started using wikis with my students immediately and sat down in my classroom to begin blogging. I turned to a student and said, “I have to create a blog and I have to name the thing – what should I name it?” The students sitting there said, “Well, Mrs. Vicki, you’re cool and we’re the wildcats, so, why don’t you call it the cool Cat teacher blog

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  • 1. • http://www.todaysmeet.com/TICflapjack • Twitter: #tic13 Bring up the backchannel
  • 2. Fantastic Tools for Schools 50+ ways to rock! Vicki Davis, Teacher
  • 3. • Profession • Teachers • IT Directors • Age of Students • Age 2-7 • Age 8-12 • Age 13+ Who are you?
  • 4. • Devices • PC • Mac • Mobile • Tablet – iPad • Tablet – Droid • Smartphone What do you have?
  • 5. Our Exploration Dashboard Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings 21st century Competencies • eFolios • Collaborative Writing • Cloud Tools for Whole Schools • Multimedia • eBooks • 3D Virtual Worlds Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management IT Management
  • 6. Pick threeThe power of Three!
  • 7. • If we’re talking about something and you have a tool that does that – put it in the chat with the link!!! Backchannel rules
  • 8. http://rubistar.4teachers.org Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 9. www.classtools.net Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 10. http://www.classtools.net/fb/home/page Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 11. Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 12. Brainstorming tool bubbl.us/ Source: http://www.web2teachingtools.com/bubbl_us.html Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 13. http://www.dipity.com/ Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 14. Spelling City www.spellingcity.com Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 15. www.funbrain.com Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 16. Visuwords – www.visuwords.com Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  • 17. Google Forms – A school survey Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 18. Goes into Spreadsheet Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 19. Cool Trick Copy out of spreadsheet into Wordle! Step 1: Convert Everything to lowercase by pasting into MS Word. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 20. www.wordle.net Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 21. What Westwood Students own Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 22. Wikisource: Copy Text from Famous Speech http://en.wikisource.org Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 23. http://www.tagxedo.com/ Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 24. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 25. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 26. Wikis! http://westwood.wikispaces.com Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 27. www.edmodo.com Free, blogging, assignments Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 28. Give assignments and receive responses Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 29. Assignments Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 30. Trello – project management! Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 31. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 32. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 33. www.wiffiti.com Wiffiti Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 34. • http://wiffiti.com/screens/83428 http://wiffiti.com/screens/83428cTop Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 35. “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S. Lewis Build your circle of the wise RSS Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 36. Free interactive whiteboard resources http://www.iboard.co.uk Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 37. www.iear.org Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 38. Pinterest Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 39. • Youtube for education • http://www.youtube.com/teachers • New “channel” subscription feature Youtube Channels Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 40. • Find apps on iPad / iPod to find new tools • App Advice • Apps gone free • For Droid – • See Richard Byrne! • @rmbyrne App Advice Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 41. www.igoogle.com Building your PLN and tracking projects Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 42. Netvibes.com or Pageflakes.com For building Classroom Monitoring Portals (CMP) Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 43. • http://reader.google.com • Mr. Reader (on ipad) A well constructed PLN is the cornerstone of staying well informed and helpful. My “personal” newspaper Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 44. You become like those you are around. • What are you reading? • Kindle • iCatcher – iPhone/ iPad • Subscribe to videos and listen • Have a personal “radio station” for the drive to school Staying Positive Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 45. • RSS Reader - www.igoogle.com • eBook Reader - Kindle • Diigo http://groups.diigo.com/groups/educators • Listen in – http://www.edtechtalk.com • Join Twitter – http://www.twitter.com • K12 online – http://k12onlineconference.org • Networking Organizations • Discovery Educators • Flat Classrooms – http://flatclassrooms.ning.com Connect yourself! Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 46. “95% of what you accomplish is due to your habits” Brian Tracey Have routines to help keep you focused Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 47. “We are better at coping than exerting influence.” Kerry Patterson et al, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, p 8 Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 48. •Couch to 5K App •Weight Watchers App
  • 49. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 50. • When do you exercise? • What do you eat? • When do you laugh? • When do you learn? • When do you love? (your family, friends, mankind) • I have a calendar “routine of excellence” on my google calendar to schedule my routine. Feel great…stay positive Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 51. Change your life Focus on your routines Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  • 52. Sharing the message • Automate Automate Automate! Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  • 53. Setting up to have an easy social media distribution plan Create a blog on blogger.com Use feedburner to create a feed Feedburner email (lets people sign up with a form) Take the feed into Twitterfeed Twitterfeed posts to Twitter Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  • 54. Now one post can! Blog Post Email to subscribers Tweet from the post Facebook fan page update Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  • 55. • Go into blogger settings  Mobile and Email • Make an email – now your secretary or principal can update using email. Make it easier Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  • 56. www.hootsuite.com Schedule updates like lunch menus. Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  • 57. Picasa web album, Google Calendar Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  • 58. • Weebly.com • Wikispaces • Wordpress • Voicethread (for younger students) • Burn DVD Efolios 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 59. www.evernote.com 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 60. Microsoft One Note 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 61. • Shared folders • Color codes Google Docs 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 62. Class rules http://docs.google.com 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 63. Voicethread www.voicethread.com • See these in action on the Eracism Project • http://eracism.flatclassr oomproject.org/Semi+F inals+VoiceThreads 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 64. Google apps for domains (free) http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/edu/ 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 65. Groups with distribution lists of parents. (i.e. I send to Computer Fundamentals and it sends to all the parents) Automatic distribution lists • Classes • teachers Cell phone friendly email (gmail) 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 66. Glitch: Only 3 from one IP address can sign up here in a day. Unless you get the free email service from https://skydrive.live.com 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 67. • Live@edu: Microsoft’s free email, site alternative. http://www.microsoft.com/education/en- us/solutions/Pages/liveedu.aspx 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 68. • How we edit Kindle Kids corner Collaborative editing in Docs 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 69. Monetize the photos your annual staff is taking. I hereby authorize the School to use photographs, videos, writings, artwork, and audio recordings of my child in school media and advertisements. I understand that I must notify the Ravenscroft Communications Office, in writing, to change this authorization. Ravenscroft School www.smugmug.com 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 70. Free painting software http://www.getpaint.net/ ---- ninite 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 71. Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 72. Stellarium http://www.stellarium.org 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 73. Microsoft Worldwide Telescope http://www.worldwidetelescope.org 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 74. Build your own planetarium http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/ExperienceIt/ExperienceIt.aspx?Page=Dome 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 75. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/noocneohefmdhonidldnlhaainpiomkp Cooliris 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 76. http://kids.kindlenationdaily.com/ 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 77. Check out ebooks Kindle Audiobooks With your library card Online! Overdrive and ebook check out systems for libraries 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 78. OpenSim http://opensimulator.org/wiki/OpenSim_Archives OAR Files – Open Sim Archive 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 79. http://openvce.net/vwassets 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 80. Empty Island Download & Unzip “Mars” environment Students interact with Mars and build Scripts, Environment installed 1 2 3 4 Save a copy of the island .oar (file extension) 5 Clear the Island6 Empty Island 1 Download & Unzip “Mayan temple” environment 2 Scripts, Environment installed 3 Students interact with temple and build 4 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  • 81. • Son of Citation Machine • Noodlebib • EasyBib • Citation generator in Microsoft Word Citations
  • 82. Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings Diigo – www.diigo.com
  • 83. Google nGram Viewer http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  • 84. Google nGram Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  • 85. Wolfram Alpha http://www.wolframalpha.com Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  • 86. Diigo www.diigo.com Bookmarking groups; Auto blog posts Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  • 87. Google Calendar Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  • 88. • Timebridge • Doodle Setting appointments Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  • 89. Dropbox www.dropbox.com My key to paperless Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  • 90. www.droptito.me Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  • 91. Skype www.skype.com Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  • 92. File Management Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management Color Code
  • 93. Name your files • Use Belvedere to delete junk drawer
  • 94. Screenleap
  • 95. Livebinders http://livebinders.com/play/present?id=164223
  • 96. http://www.epals.com/
  • 97. www.iearn.org
  • 98. http://flatclassrooms.ning.com
  • 99. http://www.diigo.com /list/coolcatteacher/f antastic-classroom- tools QR Code Generator http://qrcode.kaywa. com/ Diigo www.diigo.com
  • 100. Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher www.flatclassroombook.com http://tinyurl.com/cct-differentiate