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Looking for some ways to engage the "restless natives" with classroom content? No matter the curricular area or grade level, there's sure to be something for you on my most favorite edu-tech tools list! smiley.gif

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  • Speaking avatar generator
  • Great tool for adding some flair to a Do Now, Exit Ticket and/or assignment directions!
  • Students can utilize this tool in a variety of ways too (i.e. storytelling, depicting a character in a book or story, etc.)
  • Voki for Education – Includes Teacher’s Corner, Tips for Classroom Usage, Lesson Plan Database & Online Community
  • Web site: http://www.voki.com



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Link to United States Constitution art

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  • Combine graphics, photos, videos, music, audio and text to create a great interactive online poster called a "glog"
  • Create a “Virtual Classroom” – complete with 50 student accounts all located in a private and safe web environment that can be monitored directly by the classroom teacher
  • Educational resources, tips and tricks regarding the integration of Glogster into the curriculum: http://edu.glogster.com
  • Country Glogs: http://classroom-21.wikispaces.com/Culture+Glogs
  • Web site: http://edu.glogster.com
  • Glogster Presentation Tool Sample

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  • Create dynamic presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text
  • Excellent tool for digital storytelling projects and/or movie and book trailer activities - My personal favorite! :)
  • Tips for integration into the curriculum: http://animoto.com/education
  • BAMS Middle School Tech Club Examples: http://jf20.wikispaces.com (Scroll to “Tech Kids Projects” on left navigation bar.)
  • Web site: http://animoto.com/education


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Ancient Egypt Example
Sixth Grade Math Example



Water Cycle Example
Food Chain Example

Other materials/resources:



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  • Ancient Greece Mythology Example/Template:


  • Ancient Greece Mythology Student Project:



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  • Imitation Facebook wall/profile page generator
  • Cautions: Advertisements are present. This site is monitored, but some samples may be inappropriate. Please preview information prior to sharing with students.
  • Web site: http://www.myfakewall.com


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  • Private and secure communication tool for the classroom
  • Allows teachers and students to collaborate in real-time
  • Web 2.0 environment provides for discussions and polls as well the ability to upload files and links related to discussion topics
  • Interface similar to social learning network sites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Web site: http://www.edmodo.com

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Magazine Covers

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Trading Cards

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Motivational Posters

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A more extensive list of ideas and examples can be found on my Big Huge Labs page.


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  • Book Reports – 21st Century Style
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Use your favorite mobile app or visit the following web site to access the book report podcasts: http://jf20.podbean.com

QR Code Activity Example:

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Live Binders smiley.gif

  • Virtual 3-ring notebook for the Internet
  • Allows users to collect resourcesweb sites, images, videos PDFs and Word documents – and then organize them into a virtual web binder
  • Binders can be shared from the web site and/or they can be embedded into wikis or blogs
  • Use this tool for digital student portfolios or as a means to keep students organized as they complete research projects. They could actually submit the "Live Binder" as a final project, which could include all web research, notes and final written work associated with the overall project.
  • This application is also a great time saver for the computer lab or when using computers in the classroom especially when multiple resources on the same topic are being utilized throughout a lesson/project. No more delays while students type lengthy URLs!
  • All content can be updated and stored online for easy student access from both school and at home or any place there is an Internet connection.
  • Live Binders Tip & Tricks: http://livebinders.com/play/play/3342
  • Web site: http://livebinders.com




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  • Similar to Live Binders, Symbaloo is another social media tool that both teachers and students can utilize to organize and manage online resources.
  • Integration ideas: e-Portfolios/Personal Learning Environment - Students collect web resources they utilize for learning purposes and save them in one place. The best part is that students still have access to this information beyond the classroom walls and better yet - once the school year has ended... Presentation tool - Teachers and/or students can present a Symbaloo webmix focusing on a favorite topic... Lesson plans - Create interactive lesson plans to share with your class
  • Web site: http://edu.symbaloo.com
  • Check out the "Keyboarding Fun" webmix I will be utilizing with my Computers 5 class:




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  • Web-based slide show generator that can be utilized to develop multimedia presentations at any grade level and in any content area.
  • Create digital stories to introduce, teach and/or review concepts and/or use this tool for a variety of project-based assessments.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to imagine, plan, design, compose and invent - all skills crucial to 21st Century learning - by allowing them the create "peaches" based on their understanding of skills acquired during a lesson or unit.
  • Utilize the quiz function to develop activities that involve a variety of instructional activities: Bell ringers, anticipation guides and exit tickets to name a few. The quizzes can also be utilized for formative assessment purposes.
  • On a simpler note, use Photo Peach to highlight a class project, activity and/or field trip.
  • Web site: http://photopeach.com

Example of a quiz created for an Ancient Egypt Chapter Review activity:




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  • Get straight to the point with this neat utility which allows users to clip a section from any You Tube video and share it with viewers/students via a link, email, Facebook and/or Twitter. The video can also be incorporated into a classroom wiki or blog by embedding the code provided.
  • Utilize this tool to customize You Tube videos to meet your classroom/curricular needs.

Click here to see an example of a Parthenon video before I "chopped" it.

Click here to see an example of a new segment and link that was generated once I "chopped" the original video.


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  • Don't forget about the power of this oldie but goodie!
  • Log in to your account to check out new features and content updated for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Web 20.11 - Learn to teach and talk tech with DE's favorite web tools and online apps for the classroom: http://web2011.discoveryeducation.com
  • A must see! Kathy's Guide for Educators - A categorized list of the best sites on the Internet for teaching and learning: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide


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