This tool allows teachers to take information added to a Google Sheet and convert it into assorted classroom games and tools.
From a TeachersFirst review: Plant a question and watch it grow! This is a very easy to use poll creator that can be linked through class websites, blogs, wikis or any other online application. Simply type in a short question then copy the link to your site. All responses show up in the answer box below the question in a word cloud type of format. AnswerGardens can be customized to allow unlimited responses and a password. Although anyone with the link can answer a question, polls can be edited by the owner if any unwanted content is added. So watch carefully!
Live presentation and slides from the teacher to the students in the classroom. Students can respond to pre-planned or impromptu questions from the teacher. Question types are only limited by your imagination. Draw it out, ask in a multiple choice format, or take it further if you wish. Students can respond anonymously or with their names, in real time in the classroom. Gain reports, map out responses, and show the class their answers. Great interactive fun. Grades: 3-12.
Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Stream to Twitch, YouTube and many other providers or record your own videos.
From Common Sense Media's Educator Review: Popplet is a click-and-drag platform that facilitates easy organization of information, pictures, and drawings. It gives students a quick way to organize information, color-code topics, type in data, and add comments. Images can be added from Flickr, Facebook, or your computer. Kids can also add content from Google maps and videos from YouTube directly. Students can add collaborators via email invitation and share their popplets in a variety of outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, and through embed codes for blogs or websites. A particular strength of this website is its ease of use and intuitive design. Students can easily craft presentations that include color, images, videos, and text. Once they’re finished, clicking on presentation mode allows students to select the order in which the presentation will zoom in to each popplet.
From Common Sense Media's Educator Review: Students can learn basic through advanced video-editing skills here; to create content, they'll gather information, photos, and clips from online sources or from their own work. They'll learn to visualize information and organize their stories -- from personal tales to reports on historical events -- into impressive presentations. WeVideo makes it easy to create professional-looking videos quickly. The themes are really fun to experiment with, and students will enjoy changing their video's tone with the different filters. Users have the option to upload media directly from other websites like Flickr or Dropbox, or from their own computer. There could be a more intuitive way to get help (it's currently located on a separate page that's hard to find), but overall, WeVideo is a solid editing program whose focus on collaboration sets it apart.
Fodey is a web tool that allows the user to input text into a form and convert it into a variety of formats such as newspaper clippings, wizard text and talking owls.
Bloomz is a robust, secure environment for teacher to parent communication (no students allowed!). Teachers invite parents to sign up, and then can communicate news, class photos, alerts, and calendar items, and request and manage volunteer and conference signups. Parents can opt to receive the communications via email, text message, or the special Bloomz app. They can even opt to have communications translated to another language. Teachers can send communications to all parents or to individuals or small groups. And, parents can communicate with each other to set up carpools, etc., but the teacher always controls who is in the class and who else can send communications. Teachers and parents alike will love Bloomz for efficiently involving parents in the education process.
Check out this blog post about The Primary Techie's Whack-a-Word activities. Great for primary grades.
From Common Sense Education's Educator Review: Elements 4D uses augmented reality to help students explore elements and chemical reactions. To use the app, first print special element blocks on standard letter-size paper in your classroom. Cut the shapes out, follow the instructions to fold them into cubes, and glue them together to hold them in place. Once the blocks are ready, you can hold them in front of your device camera so the elements they represent can be viewed in augmented reality. Students can manipulate the cubes to look at 36 different chemical elements and also learn those elements' names, atomic weights, and structure. They can also bring together two different element cubes to see if they react. If they do, students will be able to observe the compound created and the chemical equation that represents the reaction.
From Common Sense Media's Review, "BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF invites students to create a self-portrait by mixing human and animal body parts. Users select their gender and then customize the avatar by choosing from numerous options. Various animal adaptations can be added, including tails, ears, head gear, and faces. Nine skin tone options are available, along with three eye colors. Each choice is rendered in watercolor style and added to the portrait. Animal sounds and animations are sometimes included with the choices, adding to the novelty. Six backgrounds are available, and students can email, print, or download their creation. A "Go Random" button gives students a chance to mix up their portraits. After students finish their work of art, they get a sentence or two about each animal adaptation they've selected and a link to the New York Zoos and Aquarium to explore more."
Adobe Spark defines itself as “a bit of art, a smidge of science,” and that is just what it delivers. With a gigantic collection of professional fonts, thousands of photos, layouts and icons, this powerful tool helps you and your students create beautiful social media graphics, videos, and web stories that can be shared anywhere on the web. The inspiration gallery is a wonderful place to browse for ideas, but to also help students consider message design in engaging media literacy lessons. Appropriate for grades 3-12.
Make your images completely interactive by adding links, videos, text, and more with your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Add your own picture and embed information or pull images from other sites (with permission) and add facts to those. Take a regular digital image and make it come alive! Grades 6-12.
This site allows for the creation of web-based presentations that include animated videos and amazing content. Powtoon is ideal for those seeking a nice alternative to more traditional presentation tools. Simple to use, it makes creating engaging, interesting, and exciting animated videos extremely easy. Users can create and show presentations straight from the Powtoon site, or opt for the export to Youtube option, or even download a MP4 video format for use offline. Grades: K-12
Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Teachers create quizzes that they control through their own device. Students answer by holding up coded grids that the teacher scans to gather quick assessment data.
Seesaw is a digital portfolio tool that helps K-12 students document their learning journey. Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and can be accessed with any device. Student work is easily shared with classmates, parents, or published to a class blog. See Saw also offers support for educators who want one-on-one guidance for setting up a See Saw account or project.
Billed as an easy-to-use infographic maker, Piktochart lives up to its reputation offering a large library of professionally designed templates with incredible visual appeal and plenty of layout choices. Piktochart can also be used to create colorful presentations and posters. Its drag and drop interface makes it a tool appropriate for grades 3-12.
Buncee is a presentation and digital storytelling tool great for creating interactive multimedia presentations. Students and educators can integrate content using a wealth of sources as well as create within the program directly on each slide. An easy to use toolbar within the program provides ease of accessibility and preview without the user ever navigating away from the slide or program. Available via multiple platforms Buncee is appropriate for levels K-12.
This online tool makes it so easy to create narrated explanatory videos. Simply write a short script, choose your images and animations, and My Simpleshow will do the rest. There are voices to do the narration for you or feel free to narrate the video yourself. Use subtitles for better audience accessibility. Appropriate for 4th-12th grade when making videos, appropriate for K-12 in viewing videos.
Tackk is a free, simple way to create beautiful pages and collaborate in the classroom. Teachers can use Tackk for assignments, presentations, blogs, discussions and more. Use like Google sign-in; tagging, built-in media search and app embed without needing tech or design skills. It is also very easy to embed, email and share on various social media networks. Grades: 6-12
Making whiteboard and flipped instruction easy, The Learnia is a free online whiteboard created with educators in mind. Video creation is so simple and easy with a single click process. Add in text, images, slides, or any content you like, then record your board. Created with instruction and collaboration in mind. Appropriate for students grade 6-12 and beyond.
Create your own game-show style boards with FlipQuiz. So much fun and the possibilities are endless for questions, test preparation, quiz or knowledge bowls and much more. Keep students engaged with this game style learning tool. Using FlipQuiz is so easy. Sign up for an account, create new boards on any topic desired, and then present to your class. Grades: 3rd-12th
Create dynamic flyers, presentations, banners, infographics, graphics for social media, and other designs incorporating vibrant stock backgrounds, photos, graphics, and fonts, as well as images you upload. Publish completed projects as PDFs or PNGs, or share to Facebook and Twitter. The site includes helpful short how-to and design tip tutorials. Grades 6-12.
This slideshow, created by CPHS librarian Megan Scott, showcases some innovative uses for Google Draw in the classroom.
A slideshow created by CPHS librarian Megan Scott featuring ways to use Google Slides in non-traditional ways
Formative is an online tool that offers educators the opportunity to create assignments, deliver them to students, receive results, and provide individualized feedback in real-time. Use the platform to create new and original assignments for students, or upload pre-existing documents and turn them into paperless assignments. Appropriate for K-12 settings.
Looking for a way to gather conversation topics and discussion with your students, peers, and community? Then Flipgrid is the site you have been seeking. Using this tool is simple; post a topic and your audience responds via video in 90 seconds, from anywhere, using just about any device. Appropriate for K-12 audiences and beyond, this online tool can used for any learning or professional development scenario to enhance discussion, learning, and collaboration.
Kahoot is a classroom student response system that is completely device agnostic. Whether they are using laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, Google Tablets, various smartphones or more if students can access the internet they can respond to all of the information provided via Kahoot. Using a simple drag and drop feature instructors can create quizzes, discussion, or surveys (which they call Kahoots) all of which can be embedded with images, text, video and more. Grades K-12.