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A list, with descriptions, of some online resources and tools for teachers to consider for use in their classrooms and planning.

A list, with descriptions, of some online resources and tools for teachers to consider for use in their classrooms and planning.

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    • Technology  Tools  For  the   Compiled  and   Shared  by   Classroom   Kurtis  Hewson     Dropbox  is  a  free  online  file  sharing  system  where  you  can  store   files,  documents,  photos  and  videos  which  can  be  shared  with   anyone  you  wish  to  invite.    Larger  storage  capacity  can  be   purchased.    Files  can  be  accessed  anywhere  with  internet  access     www.dropbox.com     and  synced  with  your  desktop,  smartphone  and  tablet.     YouTube  not  only  has  an  incredible  treasury  of  videos  related  to   teacher  professional  development  and  classroom  instruction,  but   also  can  allow  teachers  to  post  screencasts,  webcasts  and  other   videos  for  students.    Teachers  can  create  libraries  of  videos,     created  video  feedback  for  students  and  instructive  screencasts  for   www.youtube.com       learning.     Surveymonkey  is  a  free  online  tool  that  is  can  be  used  to  quickly   develop  surveys  with  multiple  formats  (text  responses,  rating   scales,  multiple  choice,  etc.).    Can  be  distributed  easily  via  email,     posted  on  a  website  or  embedded.    Results  are  collected  and   www.surveymonkey.com       compiled  as  surveys  are  completed.     Polleverywhere  allows  you  to  ask  a  question  and  participants   respond  using  a  text  message,  Twitter  or  an  email.    Questions  can   be  open-­‐ended  or  multiple-­‐choice  and  responses  are  posted  as     they  are  submitted.  Text  responses  can  also  be  compiled  in  a  Word   www.polleverywhere.com       Cloud  to  determine  themes.     Twitter  is  an  outstanding  social  media  tool  for  microblogging  and   building  your  professional  learning  network  (PLN).    A  great  way  to     connect  and  learn  with  educators  worldwide  and  use  as  a   www.twitter.com       formative  response  tool  in  class.     Remind101  is  a  communication  webtool  that  allows  for   communication  from  the  instructor  to  parents,  students  or   colleagues,  determined  by  a  created  list.    Others  can  subscribe  to  a     list  to  receive  either  texts  or  emails,  without  having  to  share   www.remind101.com       personal  information  with  the  instructor.     Wiffitti  allows  instructors  to  use  a  Twitter  hashtag  to  visually   display  tweets  using  that  hashtag.    A  great  formative  tool  to     visually  display  tweets  in  an  attractive  format  in  the  classroom  or   www.wiffitti.com       embedded  in  a  website.     http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com   @hewsonk27    
    • Wordpress  is  a  free  service  (or  available  with  subscription  for   enhanced  features)  for  creating  websites  and  blogs.    Easy  to  track   comments,  posts  and  other  viewing  stats  and  make  revisions  to     websites  and  blogs.    Allows  users  to  create  multiple  websites,  each   www.wordpress.com       with  a  unique  url.     Screencast-­o-­matic  is  a  free  service  that  allows  users  to  create   screencasts  up  to  15  minutes  long  and  publish  in  a  variety  of  ways     (including  YouTube).    The  program  does  require  a  java  script,  that   www.screencast-­‐o-­‐matic.com       is  downloaded  the  first  time  the  program  is  used.     Scoop-­it  allows  teachers  to  create  theme-­‐based  pages  with   collections  of  videos,  pdfs,  websites  and  other  online  resources.       Allows  for  specific  comments,  images  and  order  to  be  manipulated   www.scoop-­‐it       to  create  a  visual  page  of  online  resources  related  to  a  topic.     Tagul  is  a  free  service  that  creates  visual  word  clouds  based  on   text  that  is  copied  and  placed  in  the  program.    Increasing   frequency  of  words  results  in  varying  font  sizes.    Users  are  able  to   manipulate  the  cloud  shape,  appearance  and  other  features.    Can     be  used  in  conjunction  with  other  programs  (such  as   www.tagulcom       polleverywhere.com)     Wallwisher  allows  teachers  to  create  boards  for  students  to  place   digital  “post-­‐it  notes”  without  students  needing  a  username  or   password.    Teacher  can  set  an  option  to  approve  all  notes  prior  to     www.wallwisher.com       being  displayed  on  the  board.     Google  has  a  myriad  of  free  tools  available,  including  Google  Drive   (to  save  and  share  files),  Google  forms  (create  easy  surveys  and     response  forms  –  data  collected  in  a  spreadsheet),  Google  Calendar   (to  coordinate  team  events  and  activities)  and  other  collaborative   www.google.com       tools  that  are  constantly  evolving.     Kidblog  allows  teachers  to  create  student  blogs.    Students  are  able     to  publish  posts  and  participate  in  discussions  within  a  secure   classroom  blogging  community.    Teachers  maintain  complete   control  over  student  blogs,  including  approving  blog  postings,   www.kidblog.com       comments  and  other  features.    No  student  email  addresses  are   required.       A  number  of  other  online  collaborative  tools  (along  with  explanations)  can  be   found  at  Cool  Tools  for  Schools.     http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com   @hewsonk27