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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

    1. 1. Cool Tools for Teachers<br />Oh, did I mention that they’re FREE?<br />
    2. 2. Why bother?<br />
    3. 3. 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.<br />~ Fifth grade teacher<br /><br />
    4. 4. Students in technology-rich environments experienced positive effects on achievement in all subject areas.<br />~ Sivin-Kachala, 1998<br /><br />
    5. 5. "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."<br />~ Means, Blando, Olson, Middleton, Morocco, Remz, and Zorfass (1993)(p.43)<br /><br />
    6. 6. Where do I start?<br />
    7. 7.<br />
    8. 8. SlideRocket or 280 Slides<br />
    9. 9. Go! Animate<br />
    10. 10. Aviary Suite<br />
    11. 11. HP’s MagCloud<br />
    12. 12. JayCut<br />
    13. 13. Diigo<br />
    14. 14. What about communication?<br />
    15. 15. Mail Chimp<br />
    16. 16. Absent students?Try …<br />
    17. 17. Google Calendar<br />
    18. 18. Where do I put it?<br />
    19. 19. WikiSpaces<br />
    20. 20. WordPress<br />
    21. 21. One of my websites.<br />
    22. 22. Need inspiration?<br />
    23. 23.<br />
    24. 24. No money for software?<br />
    25. 25. Gizmo’s Freeware<br />
    26. 26. Want More?<br />Email: <br /><br />