All Teacher Tools! K-12, Higher Ed

This page has been created for teacher candidates in the School of Education at William Jessup University. However, any K-12 teacher will benefit from the information here. Feel free to share with your friends!

Want to figure out which new technology to use? As stated by Benjamin Levy, CGP Grey gives these tips:  The technology should…

  1. Be inexpensive
  2. Hold the potential for personalization and differentiation
  3. Have high quality instruction

Annotation Tools

Favorite Apps

Blogging Tools

Creating a Presentation

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  • SlideShark
    • Present your PowerPoint using your iPhone or iPhone to a projection system. Read your notes without your audience seeing the note view!
  • SlideIdea
    • Present presentations, swipe to a whiteboard, swipe back into the presentation
  • Haiku Deck
    • Visual, minimal, easy!
  • Prezi
    • Non-linear presentation, collaborative
  • PowToon
    • Engaging, cartoon and animation
  • Explain Everything
    • Record and explain! Great annotation tools.
  • TouchCast
    • Embed content, videos, web pages, Instagram
  • SlideShare
    • Easily share your slides with others
  • Google Presentation/Slides
    • Free and collaborative with built in research features
  • Doceri
    • Whiteboard, remote control, and annotator!
  • Emaze
    • “emazing” templates!

Student Response Systems

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  • Poll Everywhere
    • Ask your audience a question and allow them to respond using a web browser, Twitter, or mobile phone. This flexibility of choice is nice! Poll Everywhere is free and easy to use. There are advanced features, that have an additional fee, such as grading, attendance, and response moderation.
  • Socrative
    • Socrative is another web-based student response system. Run quick questions, quizzes, and even games. Socrative Videos is a great source for learning more about all the features. Students may respond using laptops, smartphones, or tablets. Get instant feedback AND reports.
  • GoSoapBox
    • Students simply indicate whether they “get it” or not. Create real-time polls and quizzes and like the other tools, download the reports.
  • Kahoot!
    • Response system, web-based, in game format. Fun!
  • Zondle
    • Great tool to review learning through gaming. Can be used whole class or 1:1 environments. GamePlay mode works with teacher computer projected to class as teams. Students can also practice content through games on their own. The teacher inputs the core content/questions and Zondle will turn it into a fun tool. Try it out! Free!
  • Mentimetor
    • Mentimeter offers several graphical representations of the input from your audience, which enables insights, powerful discussion and the ability to do distinct analysis in real-time.
  • LectureTools
    • LectureTools provides all users with an interactive presentation tool that includes an innovative student response system, a two-way student inquiry channel, and convenient study tools.  FEE based.

Creativity Tools

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  • Adobe Voice
    • “Voice helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming — just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact.”
  • Scratch
    • “With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.”
  • Wordle
    • Generate word clouds and tweek with fonts, layouts, and colors.
  • WeVideo
    • Easily share your digital story using WeVideo. Add text, music, audio, pictures. Be creative!
  • Glogster
    • Create interactive “blog posters”
  • ThingLink
    • Add links to pictures and videos
  • Paper 53
    • Draw and write – beautifully.
  • Tellagami
    • Create and share a quick animated video.
  • iFontMaker
    • Have students create their own font! I used as an incentive tool. They loved it.
  • Voki
    • Create speaking avatars.
  • Animoto
    • Create video slide shows with pictures and songs
  • Screencast
    • Have students create something, upload the picture or document, then use screencast to explain it.
  • Bitstrips
    • Create a comic version of yourself!
  • Quozio
    • Create beautiful quotes.
  • Trading Card Creator
    • That’s right! Create a trading card … how about a famous person?

Collaboration Tools

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  • Collaborize Classroom
    • Streamline conversations and drive to specific learning outcomes with structured topic types. Take a poll, hold a debate, post a practice test or let your students support their arguments. Launch student-driven projects and challenge-based learning
  • Wikispaces
    • Have students create a collaborative web page called a wiki.
  • Google Apps
    • Students can collaborate in real time or using the comment feature. Docs, spreadsheet, and slides all show change history. They love the built in chat feature!
  • Prezi
    • Collaborative presentation tool.
  • VoiceThread
    • Tell a story and collaborate through voice or print!
  • EverNote
    • Share notes and folders. Easy for content curation and collaboration.
  • Trello
    • Organize yourself with a team!
  • Mind42
    • Collaborative mind-mapping tool
  • Bounceapp
    • Share ideas about a web site by grabbing a snippet, writing a note, and sharing with a friend.
  • HackPad
    • Collaborative note-taking
  • Skype
    • Collaborate with others around the globe…classes, guest speakers, etc.
  • ThinkBinder
    • Solve problems, use a whiteboard, create study groups
  • LiveBinders
    • Create an online binder of information together!

Infographic Tools

Classroom Management / Teacher Tools / Lesson Planning

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  • Class Dojo
    • Great classroom management tool that utilizes positive reinforcement.
  • Stick Pick
    • Pick a child by random by drawing a stick. Stick Pick will also suggest a question for you!
  • Online Stopwatch
    • Just as the name suggests! Display using your projector.
  • LearnBoost
    • Gradebook, lesson planning, and share student progress.
  • Schoolbinder
    • Create a class web site, track assignments, share files
  • Quizlet
    • Create quizzes and study guides
  • StudyBlue
    • Find and share online flashcards
  • Quizworks
    • Create online quizzes
  • Engrade
    • Grading, attendance, and more!
  • JumpRope
    • Standards-based grading
  • Mastery Connect
    • Keep track of CCSS with a simple traffic light system. Visual, easy!
  • Too Noisy
    • “Too Noisy” displays graphically the background noise level in a room in a fun and engaging way.
  • ScreenTime
    • Screen Time is a simple app that allows you to set limits on the amount of time children use an iPhone or iPad.
  • Traffic Light
    • Each color represents an action
  • Smart Seat
    • Classroom seating chart creator
  • Digital Sand Timer
  • TeacherKit
    • Log attendance, write behavior notes, record grades, email parents, seating charts, etc.!
  • PlanBook
    • View, create, and print plans. Attach files/links.
  • CommonCurriculum
    • Real-time, collaborative lesson planning…free!
  • Lesson Plan Templates on Pinterest

 

Professional Development – Stay Informed!

EL/Special Needs

  • Apple and Special Education
    • Learn about the features of Apple products that adjust for special needs.
  • Proloquo4text
    • Text based app that gives a voice to those who cannot speak.
  • Typ-O-HD
    • Not just word prediction! Typ-O knows how you misspell words. This is how it finds the right words for even your worst typos.
  • My DPS
    • My DPS is a customizable application that enables children to select a feeling and a coping strategy to calm themselves
  • Feel Electric
    • “Feel Electric!” empowers children to explore their emotions by building expressive vocabulary skills.
  • Touch and Learn Emotions
    • This app focused on helping kids read body language and understand emotions by looking at gorgeous pictures and figuring out which person is expressing a given emotion.
  • Dyslexia Quest
    • “Climb the mountain and play the yeti games. Each game will test memory and learning skills. The Yeti Master will explain signs of dyslexia.”
  • Dexteria
    • “Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) to improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.”
  • Marlee Signs
    • “This app will teach you the fundamentals of ASL – from the signed alphabet and basic vocabulary through to common expressions in everyday life.”
  • Word Wit
    • “Word Wit makes it fun and easy to learn — and remember — the difference between life’s most vexing word choices. The goal: Never mix up those confusing words again! And when it comes to your writing, you’ll have new confidence.”
  • IEP Goals and Objectives
    • “This application allows you to easily build a list of students, and for each one, choose & build a list of IEP Annual Goals, Short Term Objectives, and Behavioral Objectives that include Common Core State Standards (CCSS). For each objective, you are provided with the option to add a Mastery Level.”
  • Autism Tracker
    • Track what matters to your child and family.
  • Using English.com
    • Resources for English as a second language
  • Teaching English Learners
  • TESOL
  • Kids Vocab – Mindsnacks
    • 9 unique games including one designed to teach proper word usage
      — Curriculum based on Common Core Standards and designed to teach context, spelling, categorization and more
  • English First High Flyers
    • “The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 free education app in over 50 countries has arrived! Kids will master 1000 essential English words through hours of fun, engaging activities.”
  • Flashcardlet
    • Create flashcards to practice vocabulary
  • Futaba
    • It’s perfect for children 4-8 and is ideal for supporting class room activities of all types (or just as fun to play at home!). Futaba is a great way to learn a 2nd language learner or you could even use it in your history class.
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