Teachers – Computers & Technology


General & Miscellaneous Tools

4Teachers
Host of NoteStar, RubiStar, and other tools for teachers.
7 Great TED Talks on the Educational Potential of Augmented Reality
In today’s post, we are sharing with you this excellent collection of TED talks tackling the topic of augmented reality from different perspectives. These include the use of AR to revolutionize the teaching of science in schools, how AR is changing the future of journalism, the use of AR in the study of biology, how AR is revolutionizing the world of music and art and many more.
The 10 Best AR Apps for Classrooms Using Apple’s New ARKit
Here, I’ve made my list of top 10 recommended ARKit apps (as of today) that can drastically transform our lessons and the interactions with content. A nice list for those using Apple products.
The 20 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have
Not just a list, but links to articles about how to use the tools or skills mentioned. (March 2015)
20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom
Formative assessment is such an essential part of the learning process and student success, and many digital tools can help support this process. (November 2018)
Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Students in Your Class
… we have prepared for you this updated collection of some of the best AR apps to use in your instruction. You may want to go through them and see which ones work for you.
Bernie Poole’s Educator Resources
Includes tutorials for Office 2000 through 2016, LibreOffice, PGP, and the 2011 edition of his book, Education for an Information Age.
Castle Learning Blogs
Keep informed with current news and updates from Castle Learning.
Common Sense Education: Top Picks
Top Picks are editorially curated lists of the best edtech tools reviewed on Graphite. Check the editors’ favorite lists, or browse by grade, subject, and/or skill.
EdPuzzle
For teachers, a way to pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students’ understanding.
edshelf
A socially-curated discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning. You can search or browse through categories, choose filters to narrow your search, and create your own shareable shelf of your top resources.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Blog and free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education.
eduTeacher.net
eduTecher offers links to hundreds of web tools and sites and provides concise information on how the tools may be useful in the classroom setting.
ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE – Standards
The ISTE Standards (formerly the NETS) are the definitive framework for successfully implementing digital strategies to positively impact learning, teaching and leading in our technology-powered world. ISTE offers a host of information and resources to support understanding and implementation of the standards at a variety of levels.
LiveBinders
A handy resource for organizing and sharing links in sets of virtual subject-organized ‘binders’. Also includes a public gallery with thousands of education-related Live Binders to browse as well.
NoteStar
An Internet utility to assist in the preparation of research papers. Teachers and students can set up research projects with topics and sub-topics. Students may then take advantage of NoteStar’s many features to collect and organize their notes and prepare their bibliography page.
OER Commons
OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.
Online Stopwatch from Online Clock
Online Stopwatch from Time and Date
Need to time a lab, a contest, or other event? Try one of these tools, or just type “stopwatch” into Google for their tool.
Power My Learning
Find and use thousands of FREE games, videos, and interactives in all major K-12 subjects and aligned to the Common Core.
Spiral
Free collaborative tools for 1:1 classrooms Spiral integrates with Google Classroom and has a Chrome extension as well. Joyce Valenza’s article Spiral: Four Apps in One! offers a nice review of how it can be used.
Technology for Teachers and Students (videos)
The videos on this channel will help you learn how to use a wide range of educational websites and other technology tools in the classroom. This is a great set of videos relating to tools many teachers use.
Making IT Click
Site with short reviews of apps which can be useful in education and discussion of uses of technology in the classroom.
Web Tools for Teachers, by Type
This LiveBinder is dedicated to helping teachers find the right web tool for the task at hand. Feel free to copy it, share it, leave comments, and if you feel so moved, mark it as ‘useful’.
Word Clouds
some sites: ABCyaQuora Word Cloud Generator (Chrome app) — TagxedoWordArtWordClouds.comWordle

Digital and Information Literacy

5 Myths of Digital Literacy
The relevance of technology in our day-to-day lives has grown exponentially in the past few decades and will only continue to increase in the future. Let’s go through some of the myths surrounding digital literacy. (Sept. 2017)
5 Takeaways from News Literacy EdCamp
The best way to help combat fake news is to teach our students what it is, what it looks like, how to spot it, and how to prevent it. … Here are the five biggest takeaways from the day. Keep these in mind when teaching your students about fake news… (Oct. 2017)
Checkology Free and Paid versions
Can your students tell the difference between fact and fiction? NLP’s checkology® virtual classroom can help.
Common Sense Media
Tips, articles, and research materials on Digital Citizenship and related topics for parents and teachers.
Cornell University Digital Literacy Resources
While intended for Cornell students, these FAQs and short articles are available to all.
Developing Digital Literacy Skills
To be digitally literate you need to be able to navigate, evaluate and create using all forms of digital technologies, for example, smartphones, laptops and computers. In this series, we will look at the 8 key components of digital literacy and give you 8 short guides on how to teach your students these important skills.
Digital Citizenship
Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. … These resources can be used by any anyone who is interested in helping students or others better understand appropriate technology use.
Digital Literacy.gov
An online portal that makes it easy to find resources and tools that teach computer and online skills.
EDUCAUSE
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Also publishes EduCause Review.
Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News
A January 2017 article from the New York Times with ideas and lessons for teachers wanting to help students learn to distinguish fake news from real news, opinion from propaganda.
Information Fluency
Resources to help educators and students improve their ability to locate, evaluate and use digital information more effectively, efficiently and ethically.
ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education
A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.
Microsoft Digital Literacy
Features five courses that cover computer basics; using the internet and productivity programs; security and privacy; and digital lifestyles.
Teaching Tolerance – Digital Literacy
The Teaching Tolerance Digital Literacy Framework offers seven key areas in which students need support developing digital and civic literacy skills. Includes lesson plans for a range of grade levels from K to 12.
TRAILS
TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. (Free tool.)

Google & Google Apps

Anson Alexander – Latest Google QuickStart Tutorials
Short helpful video tutorials.
Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers
The database includes 160+ Apps and Extensions and is searchable and filterable. I do not recommend every app and extension for every teacher. Rather, use this as a guide to find what works for you, your classroom and your students. There is something in here for everyone. From the Shake Up Learning blog.
Chrome Story
Chrome Story is a … blog dedicated to everything Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast. We cover news, tips, apps, extensions and themes for Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast.
Control Alt Achieve
Blog, webinars, and extensive resources from educator Eric Curts cover both Google tools and general edtech tools for educators. This is a great resource.
Gmail Survival Guide for Busy Teachers
If your inbox owns you, it drags you back in time after time without feeling like you’ve accomplished much of anything when you’re done. But if you can tame your email and have it work for you, you have more time for the things that matter most — professionally and personally.
Free Google Apps Tutorials at GCFLearnFree
Free easy to follow tutorials on Google Apps (Drive, Mail, etc.)
G Suite Learning Center
Get the most out of G Suite in your workplace with training guides, tips, customer examples, and other resources.
GoogleAppsPD (text and video)
This online course provides professional development for Google Apps in an on demand, as needed, ongoing basis. Online training is delivered via the Internet with instructional videos and texts…. Use this website to learn what you need to know.
Google for Education: Teacher Center
Training on Google apps especially for teachers. Includes Google Classroom materials and Google Educator Certification training.
Google in the Classroom
This is a publicly shared Google Doc updated every week with new tips and best practices for using Classroom with your students. Not updated since June 2018, but archives are still available.
G Suite: Learning Center
Get the most out of G Suite in your workplace with training guides, tips, customer examples, and other resources.
Google Teacher Tribe Podcast
Weekly podcast about using Google tools in the classroom.
How Google Took Over the Classroom
The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting. New York Times, May 2017
How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom
By creating a class template inside Google Classroom, you can easily create the ideal set up for your class, including topics and assignments, and copy these into a new class each year, each semester, and release assignments as you need.
How to organize your Google Drive as a teacher
Post focusing on organizing your Google Drive for use in Google Classroom or with other learning management systems.
Kaizena
Google Chrome addon for grading and giving feedback digitally. Allows not only text review but also verbal recording of messages, and linking to other sites, as well as a tagging system.
Richard Byrne YouTube Channel – Google Tutorials
Over 250 tutorials on Google, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and all sorts of Google tools from Richard Byrne of the ‘Free Technology for Teachers’ blog.
Shake Up Learning
Website and blog with all sorts of tools and tips for teachers using Google applications.
SPARCC Recorded Trainings and Meetings
Recorded webinars with links to some great information and tools, mostly related to Google.
Tammy’s Technology Tips for Teachers: Google Stuff
Templates teachers can use, instructions and activities for students, and handy tips and tricks.
Teacher’s Tech – Conquer Google Apps video
Playlist with videos ranging from 5 minutes to a half hour long on various Google apps, including Drive, Docs, Keep, Sites, Classroom, and more.

iPads in Education

Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind
Edublogger Silvia Tolisano describes the need for being able to evaluate iPad resources for educational use, and supplies an evaluation tool for doing just that. (May 2012)
iPad Apps in Education
A Pinterest board highlighting over a hundred apps useful for teachers and students.
I-Pads for Schools
This site is meant to keep you updated and current on iPads in the classroom with annotated links to resources organized by grade level and subject area.
iPad Recommended Educational App Lists
This is a collection of lists of sites that provide recommended lists/reviews of educational apps.
iPads in Schools
A LiveBinder with an incredible number of links for educators at all levels.
iPads in the Classrooms
A Scoop.It page from a teacher/librarian gathering together various resources on iPads in schools.
iTunes Education
Educational podcasts and classes available free from iTunesEdu.
Kathy Schrock’s iPads in the Classroom
From Kathy Schrock, a support site for my presentations about iPad use for teaching and learning and … links to other iPad information pages.

Polls & Quizzes

35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students
A set of links to online tools for creating polls and quizzes. (Dec. 2015)
Celly
Free group SMS and polls. Organized around ‘cells’ of user groups.
EasyTestMaker
Free online tool for making various kinds of quizzes which can be published online and graded automatically.
eQuizzer
eQuizzer allows you to create custom quizzes that can be taken online. eQuizzer allows you to manage your quizzes and monitor your students’ scores.
Google Forms
A part of Google Drive (aka Google Docs) which allows the creation of polls and quizzes. For more info on how to use Google Forms, see Google Forms for Everything.
Plickers
Response system where only the teacher needs to have a device; students respond by means of holding up coded cards. Since the cards are individualized, students cannot look and see which answer their classmates chose.
Poll Everywhere
Single-question polling via SMS. The free version does not allow more than 40 responses or identify respondents.
Quiz Star
Use QuizStar to create online quizzes for your students, disseminate quizzes to students, automatically grade quizzes and view the quiz results online.
Quizlet
Site which allows teachers to set up classes and study sets for their students. Note: automatically signs you up for newsletters; can be disabled in settings. Advanced features, including searching other teachers’ materials, available in paid version.
Socrative
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
SurveyMonkey
Popular quiz site which allows you to collect data via weblink, email, Facebook, or embed on your site or blog. The free version offers up to 10 questions per survey with up to 100 respondants.
Wizer
Create interactive worksheets and quizzes, or use or adapt worksheets others have shared. Allows use of images and video as well as text. Check out the How to Make a Wizer Worksheet video to get started.
Testmoz
Free online test generator.

Social Media

40 Facebook Groups for Educators
If you are on Facebook, there are hundreds of groups for just about any educational topic that interests you. It’s a fantastic way to connect and collaborate with teachers across the globe.
CAPspace
CAPspace is a social networking tool for educational videoconferencing. Login to find colleagues and schools interested in collaborative videoconference projects. Create and advertise your own collaborative videoconference projects to educators around the world.
Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
The place to find out about social media for working, learning and marketing. Includes a number of free resources and guides.
Chirbit audio
Chirbit is a useful and fun tool that enables you to record,upload and share your voice or audio files easily.
Edmodo
A social media site specifically for educators and students, with many extras beyond posts and comments, including quizzes, polls, event planner, file uploads, and more.
Ed.VoiceThread $$, audio
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments. … a secure K-12 network for students and teachers …
Fakebook
‘Fakebook’ allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes. Use ‘Fakebook’ to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on!
Glogster for Educators $$
A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a ‘poster or web page’ containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data.
LiveBinders
A handy resource for organizing and sharing links in sets of virtual subject-organized ‘binders’. Site includes a public gallery with thousands of education-related Live Binders to browse as well.
Participate
Clip, cite, and share links in a visual Pinterest-like interface. Offers mobile app as well as regular browser access. (Formerly ‘EduClipper’.)
Schoology $$
A Learning Management System which offers a Facebook-like interface, allows the creation of classes, calendar, quizzes, word banks, documents, links to other websites, and more.
Skype an Author Network
The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits.
Social Media In Education: Benefits, Drawbacks and Things to Avoid
Lesson plans involving social media require safeguarding both student privacy and productivity. … Read on and discover more points to consider as you fine-tune your approach to social media — in your classroom and from your living room.
Social Media in the Classroom: Opportunities, Challenges & Recommendations
Read on for to learn about opportunities and challenges with social media in the classroom as well as recommendations … for incorporating the use of social media in academic work.
TES Teach with Blendspace
Online posters and presentation tool which allows sharing of images, videos, documents, and webpages in a clean visual format. Includes quizzes and progress tracking.
Twiducate
Twiducate offers a free site where only teachers and students may view classroom posts, thus creating a private network for you and your students and a safer online learning environment.
Twitter for Teachers
Tons of links and information from ‘Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything’.
Vocaroo audio
Basic free service for recording voice messages and sending them via the internet or email.
Want to Use Social Media in Your Classroom? Follow These 7 Rules
Wherever teachers are in the process of adopting social media for classroom use, here are seven tips for maintaining the privacy of students while posting.
Web Tools for Teachers, by Type
This LiveBinder is dedicated to helping teachers find the right web tool for the task at hand. Feel free to copy it, share it, leave comments, and if you feel so moved, mark it as ‘useful’.
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