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Control Class Chromebooks - Log in with clever, select a class from the tool bar on the left and click activate. Lock a device, mirror a device, send a message to a chromebook.
Classroom Screen - Allows teachers to show noise level, use a traffic light, timers, grouping, drawing tools and more.
ThingLink - is a cool image editor. You can create hot spots, that link to video, text, pictures, or websites. Fun way for students to share their learning. Here is an example of one I created. Embed or share links. A tutorial I created. A set of Step by Step instructions and a link to How to Add Students with a Code
Green Screen by DoInk - Great app for iPads that allow teachers and students to create green screen videos. Students can move across their own illustrations, or photos you upload. Below is a great tutorial. Above is an example from library.
50 of the Best Free Apps for Teachers.
The TeachThought Staff has "taken a wide-lens view of the modern teacher and taken a stab at what might be considered 50 of the best really, truly actually free apps available for iOS. They may have some paid options, but they’re each entirely useful without spending a penny.
Blended Learning - Want to see a classroom utilizing Station Rotation, or Lab Rotation? Real schools, real results. Check it out!
TED Ed Lessons
Use the lessons already created or create your own lessons through this site by the creators of TED Talks. Thousands of lessons available on any number of topics will allow you to flip your classroom. Watch the tour to see how you can create your own lesson.
TesTeach formerly called Blendspace can be used to flip your classroom. Below is a clip to see the basics of how to add videos and pictures in a step-by-step Blendspace for students. The video link above is more in depth if you want more.
Remind, formerly Remind101 is being used by Warwick teachers to text parents and students about classroom events and homework reminders. Safe and easy, Remind allows a teacher to send a mass one way text to parents, without using their own cell number. Info from ULC4ED
Generating QR Codes for free!
QR voice - Record your voice and turn it into a QR code.
QR Stuff - Turn a video, text, or picture into a QR code, add color and embed a message on your website. Check out my message on the home page.
Splash url - turn a long website address into a QR code.
Mrs Castro's Students Love to Read
Choose a book that has been reviewed by myself or our students. Read the latest in children's literature, then allow your students to comment on the blog. Remember to have them choose safe usernames to sign their comments with.
Create a Graph
Create, print and save graphs based on data you input.
Canva - Can be used to create banners, logos, resumes, flyers, etc. I used it to quickly create the "Libraries Rock" bookmark below. Thought this might be a nice makerspace project for students. Have a bookmark creating contest. Use Google as a login.
Socrative - Quick formative assessment tool for quiz, exit ticket, polls, etc. Watch student results in real time. Free for teachers and students. Video on how to use Socrative.
Google Drawings - Who knew you could do so much with Drawings? Check out this article for some great ideas.
Timer from Class Tools - Need help with classroom management, or just want the kids to see how much time is left on a particular project? Use a countdown clock and project it on the board. Want to use an online stopwatch? Here's a site Custom Countdown that lets you set your own custom times and sounds.
GoNoodle - Fun way to get your class moving and help them to focus on their learning. Hundreds of videos to choose from.
My Storybook - Students can easily create their own stories. Simple drag and drop pictures, add text and pages.
Create a game show like quiz, survey or discussion for your students to take on the chrome-books using Kahoot. Free and easy. Below is a tutorial that will help you create your own.
Animoto is a video creator that is very easy to use. Below is a tutorial I created for my students who are using Animoto for book trailers. Get an educator account to create 30 student accounts linked to yours.
Teachers Pay Teachers is a website gaining in popularity. At a recent Create and Collaborate meeting, many testified to the minimal cost or free lesson plans and units available. ULC4ED
No Strings Attached
Looking for ideas on how to integrate technology in your classroom. Here is an excellent source for examples from FL school districts.
Have your students create a poster, but do it online. Add graphics, text, sounds, music...
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Librarians for Technology
A website I use to share information with colleagues. This is a link to a Teacher Resources page on technology.
Free Technology for Teachers
A well written blog by Richard Byrne will help introduce you to new tools and keep you informed of updates on your favorites.
Monitoring Student Work in Google Docs - See video tutorial below.
Create your own Free Survey in under 10 minutes! Create e-mail or website surveys. 100% secure and confidential. No software to install. Easy to use. Live results - collected automatically.
Blendspace by Sarah RIch from Highlander Institute on how Station Rotation looks in the classroom.
Cool Font - Quickly and easily generates fun fonts that can be used to dress up your Google Classroom Posts.
A free graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work. You'll have your own custom image created on the fly.
NoPlag - Free-online Plagiarism Detector for teachers. Copy and paste text, then press start checking.
Created for educators and students. Makes blogging safe, adult content free, and easy to set up.
Create Online Quizzes and Organize Results
Collaborate with teachers from other countries. Connect your students and expand their global awareness.
Read the Words
Upload word processing files, webpages, pdf, or almost anything and choose the reader to suit. Will also read in English, Spanish or French.
Provides you with links and reviews of sites that teachers can use as resources. Subscribe to the free newsletter for weekly updates.
IPads in the Classroom
Looking for apps for your classroom. Try Web 2.0 guru Kathy Schrock's site.
Blabberize allows you to create your own talking picture, basically a moving mouth on a still image. Once done, users can email a link to the Blabberize host page or embed the result.
EdPuzzle - Allows you to upload a video and then pause it to insert your comments or questions - multiple choice, short answer. You can upload to your Google Classrooms and assign the video to the Class. How cool is this? ! I embedded my first example. Quizalize is similar and allows you to assign YouTube videos and embed questions. Use it to differentiate by assigning video to students in need of review or further instruction.
GoFormative - This site makes formative assessment easy. Embed questions in a doc you use with students. Search existing formatives. Free for teachers. Track student progress in real time. Access the video below which shows how to get started.
Kapwing - is a free video and image editor. It is available online and allows log in with Google Account. You can upload and download to Drive, trim video, add words to pic, even stop motion.
KeepVid - If you're getting into video creation, you may sometimes need an online video downloaded into a MP4 format to use within your production. KeepVid allows you to do this with only the URL of the video. Works with YouTube and 30 other sources. Another good one to save video to a format you want is PickVideo. I think it works better than KeepVid.
Adobe Spark Video - Excellent to way to show student work through video. Example of student work above. Tutorial below. Originally made for iPad, but now available online.
RealTime Board - an online whiteboard. Allows you to collaborate with a team with unlimited space. Add notes, images, connecting lines, comments, websites. Share with a link to your board. No emails or signin from students needed. Save your brainstorming - free.
Padlet - Padlet lets you create 3 free digital walls for students to add pictures, videos, or texts to. You can share by link or embed on a website. Great to allow for shared reflections within a class. One new thing I learned today...
Below is a video I created using Powtoon . It's free and not too hard to get used to. They do have educator accounts for a minimal fee, which can include 60 student accounts too. Here's a link to an educational video that helped me figure out the site.
ClassDojo is a behavior management website that can help you reward student behavior. With "ding" sounds and visual icons, award points (or take away) and keep everyone focused. Info from ULC4ED
Interested in creating a webquest for your students, or maybe you'd like to see examples? Check out the Education World website for instruction and ideas.
Online surveys are easy using Survey Monkey. I now use Google Forms to do the same thing.
Connecting technology and education. Keep up-to-date on technology you in your classroom.
Make a 3-d Movie with cartoon characters. Text-to-movie. You write it, they act it. Great for creative writing. Monthly cost.
A free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. My example is on the home page of this website.
Create professional looking newsletters and brochures.
Web Poster Wizard
This FREE tool allows educators to create a lesson, worksheet, or class page and immediately publish it online. Teachers can also set up classes and assign projects to students.
Social networking site (like Facebook) for teachers and students. Accounts are free. Teachers can create a group with a group code to share topics, files, and Internet content. Safe and secure.
Wordle is software for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Great for checking for website bias.