Put text in the box and create cool word art! It’s free, and it has options like different fonts, colors, directions, etc. The more you use a word, the bigger it gets. Nice for poetry word pools, concept maps, and more.
Want an alternative to PowerPoint that you can display online? Try one of these sites.
Get your students creating short animated films! Great for plot summaries, predicting, short stories, and more! Featured on major news networks, too!
Can’t afford Photoshop or Illustrator? Aviary to the rescue! This site has multiple tools for your graphic needs!
Create student-made magazines using a program (like MS Publisher)! It’s not ENTIRELY free. You pay if you want printed copies… Fundraiser?
This online video editor is one of the best out there. It can be a bit finicky, though. But, it’s free… so, I can’t complain too much!
Create collections of links, highlight right on the page, let students add to your collection, and more! Plus, they’ve got an educator account!
Perfect for emailing parents on a weekly basis. Looks good and includes easy add/remove service
Yes, Google is taking over the world with its sinister plots and monopolies, but I haven’t found a calendar I like better. I embed it on my website or wiki, attach documents, and send my students to it!
Wikis are an easy way to get info out to students. Plus, Wikispaces has a teacher account that gives lots of options for free. Or upgrade for more options.
The greatest and easiest way to create a website (if you want your own web address and not a freebie). Get hosting, install, do awesome stuff!
This is the most amazing site! There are hundred of speeches made at TED conferences about a HUGE variety of topics. Interesting, too!
By far the best (LEGAL) collection of free programs that can take the place of pay-programs! Plus, they review them, so you know what you’re getting!
Cool Tools for Teachers Oh, did I mention that they’re FREE?
Technology is the ultimate carrot for students. It's something they want to master. Learning to use it enhances their self-esteem and makes them excited about coming to school. ~ Fifth grade teacher http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/EdTech/effectsstudents.html
Students in technology-rich environments experienced positive effects on achievement in all subject areas. ~ Sivin-Kachala, 1998 http://www.mff.org/pubs/ME161.pdf
"Teachers can draw on technology applications to simulate real-world environments and create actual environments for experimentation, so that students can carry out authentic tasks as real workers would, explore new terrains, meet people of different cultures, and use a variety of tools to gather information and solve problems." ~ Means, Blando, Olson, Middleton, Morocco, Remz, and Zorfass (1993)(p.43) http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/students/atrisk/at400.htm