General Web Tools/Resources

BetterLesson: Launched at the end of 2011, BetterLesson was founded by a group of teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula. The start-up is focused on aggregating and scaling the most innovative content and practices from teachers around the country.

Knewton:
Knewton is a technology company that uses data to continuously personalize online learning content for individual students. According to its website, Knewton analyzes data about the performance of each student alongside that of similar students on the platform, as well as the relevance of the educational content, in order to serve up the best activity for each student at a particular moment in time.

CleverWith the mission of making powerful educational software easy to build and deploy, Clever helps educational institutions develop apps for managing student information by making student data easier to access from student information systems.

LearnSprout: Similar to Clever, LearnSprout is focused on making education data universally accessible yet secure.

Kickboard:   Kickboard helps teachers capture and share the data that matters most to their school. According to its website, the platform records both academic achievement and student behavior so that schools can track whole student performance and ensure consistent school-wide culture, as well as provide an easy way for teachers to turn data into a plan of action.


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Khan Academy: Khan Academy started as a series of YouTube videos intended to help Sal Khan's cousins learn math. Now it is shaping into one of the best (and free) tools for classroom math instruction. Teachers at nearly every level of mathematics could make Khan Academy the centerpiece of their curriculum.

Students follow a series of math steps - starting with 1+1 and going as high as their conceptual understanding will allow. Each time a child demonstrated mastery by getting 10 problems in a row correct, they are prompted to move on to a new concept. If they struggle or need help, they can ask for a hint to see a visualization of the problem broken down step by step, watch a video, contact their coach (teacher) or collaborate with peers. Rewards, energy points and the pride associated with self-paced learning will keep students motivated.

Teachers can follow the students as they self-pace through the curriculum and see where they excel or where they need extra assistance. For those of you who love data, there is ample detail on how each child is performing...down to the amount of time they spend on any given problem.


WeVideo – great online video editor (free!) that is cloud technology. It runs in real-time so no need to wait while a project is rendered. It also has a robust set of editing capabilities.  It runs cross-platform and is FREEJ  This video editor was compared to iMovie and has a some great built-in tools.
Resource videos: 
Creating a Movie with weVideo 
Getting Started with weVideo
How to Incorporate weVideo into Learning Environments
weVideo Basic Editing Tutorial
Importing using weVideo

10X10  is an interactive website that explores pictures/words that define the time.   Every hour, 10x10 collects 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale and presents them in a single image (see screen shot below).  Over the course of days, months and years, this website leaves a trail of hourly events and statements.  This site provides a constantly evolving record of our world, based on prominent world events.  You can use a history button and select year/month/day/hour to see any events from the past.  How To Use

HOW TO USE: 
10x10 is designed to be simple and intuitive, so you should find it easy to use. When you open 10x10, you will see a grid of the top 100 world images that hour, ranked in order of importance, reading left to right, top to bottom. Along the right edge of the screen are listed the corresponding top 100 words, one for each image.

Move your mouse around the images and you'll see which words match which images. Move your mouse up and down the word list, and the corresponding images will light up. Click any word or image to zoom in and see the news headlines behind the word. Click the headline links to read the original news stories. Click the zoomed image a second time to see the image full screen.

To move through adjacent hours, use the "Next Hour" and "Previous Hour" buttons. You can also browse through past hours, days, months, and years. To do so, click the "History" button, and then select the year/month/day/hour you'd like to see. To view the top words for a single day, month, or year, select "Full Day", "Full Month", or "Full Year" from the date list.

YouTube for Teachers  Join the global classroom!  Spend more time teaching and less time searching. This site lists a playlist of topics for education.

Authorstream.com (free):  Best way to share PowerPoint presentations on the web. You can choose to share them publically or privately for free.  Converts PowerPoints to video.

www.freerice.com - Gives students an opportunity to answer educational questions and earn rice that is donated to the United Nationals World Food Program!

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   – This site provides an article to help educators look from a different perspective to better appreciate students and remind educators what an important, interesting and engaging job teaching can be!  It also offers ten ways to encourage students to be more reflective thinkers.

Evernote   Too many things to remember these days?  Evernote will keep track of everything you do! Free!  Capture all your thoughts, ideas and inspirations into a single place.  Access everything whenever you need it from your PC.

Top 5 ways to use  YouTube in the Classroom    

www.blabberize.com: upload a photo, record a message and make your photo talk. Then email it to friends or post it on a blog!

SnipSnip.it – insert a YouTube video to shorten and share just a certain part to your class.

Remind101:  Message your class. A safe way for teachers to text message students and parents. This is FREE!  (there is a video on the garrison site to see how it works)

Online-Convert – this site is a FREE online file converter

Top Ten Educational Websites for Kids

Socrative
Engage the class using any device. Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teacher to engage their classroom through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops and tablets.  It’s FREE! How it works:  Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Apps are super simple and take seconds to log-in. This app runs on tablets, smartphone and laptops.  Teachers login through their devices and select an activity which controls the flow of questions  and games. Student login with their device and interact real time with the content.  Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and short answer.

Embedit.in  This is a tool used to embed pdf, word docs, audio files into a website.  It allows you to control the level of privacy and track analytics. (YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meaMifcgKcQ&feature=player_embedded )

BooksShouldBeFree:  download a free audio book in MP3, iPod or iTunes format for free!

Schoology   combines social networking with learning management to help you easily create and share your academic content. 

Edmodo:   Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications.

Skype :  Skype was launched in 2003. It is a service that allows you to communicate with other Skype users free of charge where you can send and receive text message, talk, and/or have video calls. All you need is a computer connected to the internet!  

www.learninggamesforkids.com Online Learning Games for kids are a great way to build the skills that kids need to succeed in school. These educational games for students make learning fun with math facts, language arts, and more. Children enjoy learning with educational games. Kids can learn with math addition facts, multiplication flash cards, language puzzles, and more to make their learning experience rewarding and fun. This free site offers educational games that make learning fun for preschoolers up to middle school.

There are educational games in the following categories:   Math Facts, Math Games, Language Arts, Science Songs, Animal and Nature Games, Word Games, Art and Music Games, Logic Games, Memory Games, Hand-Eye Coordination Games, Preschool Games, Keyboarding Games and Geography Games. New educational games are added often so check back frequently.

Be Funky:  This site provides quick and easy ways to cartoonize and personalize your photos.  Do amazing things with photos. It’s FREE, no registration and no downloads required.

Edutopia.org: Get tips, videos, blogs, and articles to support and inspire educator leaders.

 

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