Teachers – Computers & Technology

General & Misc. Tools

Host of RubiStar and other tools for teachers.
9 Basic Digital Skills for the 21st Century Teacher
Lists nine core digital skills for educators and links to tools which can be used for each one. (Dec. 2019)
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. (October 2018)
Bernie Poole’s Free Office Tutorials
Includes tutorials for Office 2000 through 2016, LibreOffice, and PGP.
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.
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.
Guide to Pinterest for Educators
This handbook provides teachers and administrators with the tools needed to not only navigate Pinterest, but also to use the social platform as a powerful learning tool for both teachers and students.
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.
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.
Making IT Click
Offers short reviews of apps which can be useful in education and discussion of uses of technology in the classroom.
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.
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.
TED: Augmented Reality
A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Augmented reality.
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: Quora Word Cloud Generator (Chrome app) — TagxedoWordArtWordClouds.comWordItOut

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 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 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.)

Distance Learning

7 Guidelines for Setting Up Clear Online Lessons
The way a lesson is laid out online can make all the difference in whether a student can follow along and execute it successfully.
9 Ways Online Teaching Should be Different from Face-to-Face
An interview with a Technology Coordinator discussing ways teaching should be modified for the online environment (and how it should stay the same.) Audio file with transscript.
BT BOCES School Closure Toolkit
To support schools during the current closure, this site will provide recommended resources and tutorials.
Offers free materials to use or adapt. (Sometimes you have to drill down several layers to get to the actual material.)
The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning
Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. While aimed at the post-secondary level, this article should be of interest to any teacher doing online instruction.
Edmodo Distance Learning Toolkit
Resources on distance learning from the free distance learning platform Edmodo.
EdTech with Edsall
Rebecca Edsell writes I have added some pages to my website that have resources on creating a Google Classroom, making a Google Site and using video to instruct. I will be adding to this site as things develop. … My focus and intent is to provide tools teachers can learn quickly and have free access to now, rather than overwhelm with new ideas.
Google Teach from Home
A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. A handy website with all sorts of tips for using Google tools in remote teaching.
Kaizena is a Google Chrome addon for grading and giving feedback digitally. It allows not only text review but also verbal recording of messages, and linking to other sites, as well as a tagging system.
NBC Learn
NBC Learn believes in the power of great stories – historic news reports, original video content, and current events coverage – to engage, inspire, and educate K12 students.
NY Public Library: Remote Resources: Kids and Teens
Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to get your free library card, then click the links for learning materials. Includes Free Online Tutoring and More with Brainfuse. And check out NYPL’s usual Digital Collections while you’re at it.
We take authentic content from the world’s most trusted providers and turn it into learning materials that are classroom-ready. Newsela offers content adapted for various lexile levels and provides quizzes for assessment. Teachers can create binders to gather material for their classes. Inclines Google Classroom integration. Free through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
PBS Learning Media – Interactive Lessons
Browse by subject or grade level. Integrates with Google Classroom.
TeacherTube is a place for teachers to post and share instructional videos.
Teaching with Video
This site was designed as a quick introduction to teaching using video. There are many resources on YouTube teachers can use for instruction. However, many times it is quicker and easier to create your own instructional video rather than trying to find the “perfect video” from someone else. By Jason Clark at OCM BOCES.
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.
This free site offers over 50,000 free educational video links that are organized by subject matter.

Google & Google Apps

Anson Alexander – Latest Google QuickStart Tutorials video
Quick start tutorials for using the different products and services developed by Google. Including Google Apps, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Chrome.
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.
Chromebook App Hub
This site helps you find apps you might want to use – you can filter by app category, age range(s), subject, and language – and then offers information on how to use the apps.
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. (Sept. 2017)
G Suite Learning Center
Get the most out of G Suite in your workplace with training guides, tips, customer examples, and other resources.
GFC Learn: Free Google Apps Tutorials
Free easy to follow tutorials on Google Apps (Drive, Mail, etc.)
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 was a publicly shared Google Doc updated every week with new tips and best practices for using Classroom with your students. Last updated June 2018.
Google Teacher Podcast
Weekly podcast about using Google tools in the classroom. (Formerly called ‘Google Teacher Tribe Podcast’.)
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. From the 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 is a Google Chrome addon for grading and giving feedback digitally. It 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 video
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.
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.
Visual Guide on How to Create A Classroom Website Using Google Sites
This is a step by step guide to help teachers create class websites using the new Google Sites. Teachers will particularly learn how to add pages and content to their website, how to change the background and edit their site, and how to make their newly created site accessible to the world. (2017)

Polls & Quizzes

Tools are free unless otherwise noted.

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. 2018)
EasyTestMaker freemium
Free online tool for making various kinds of quizzes which can be published online and graded automatically.
Formative freemium
Use a ‘formative’ from their library or upload your own. See live responses and track student achievement over time. Integrates with Google Classroom.
Go Soap Box
GoSoapBox is a web-based clicker tool used by educators around the world to keep students engaged and gain real-time insight into student comprehension.
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.
Kahoot! freemium
Create quizzes students can play on their mobile devices, or create games you can play for everyone on a screen.
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 freemium
Single-question polling via SMS. The free version does not identify respondents or allow more than 40 responses.
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 freemium
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 freemium
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 freemium
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.
Create and share free interactive worksheets with your students online. Join the Wizer community, share your work and explore content made by fellow teachers. Check out the How to Make a Wizer Worksheet video to get started.
Testmoz freemium
Online test generator.
Triventy is a game-based learning platform which enables you to author, run and host quizzes and surveys in your classroom. Your students will participate in the quiz using their smartphones – without any prior installation – while you run on a large screen, just like you would run a presentation.

Social Media Tools

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 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.
Comparison of 7 Blogging Services for Teachers
A shared Google Doc created by Richard Byrne to help teachers quickly identify the blogging service that meets their needs.
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 $$, audio
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments. … a secure K-12 network for students and teachers …
‘Fakebook’ allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes. Use ‘Fakebook’ to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on!
Glogster for Educators $$
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.
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.
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 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’.

Video Tools for Teachers

See Video Editors for tools to add annotations and subtitles, extract segments or splice segments together, and remove ads.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Videos
Many of us are making more videos than ever before as a way to deliver instruction and or to simply keep our students updated about school. With time and practice you might become adept at using the editing functions in your favorite video software. You can also improve your videos without having to learn a bunch of editing tricks. Here are some simple things that we can do to improve our videos without having to learn a whole bunch of editing techniques.
Classhook free and pay versions
This freemium service offers clips from popular movies and shows, browsable by topic (and standard, for Premium members).
EdPuzzle | Chrome Web Store: EdPuzzle
Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension.. Free.
FlipGrid allows teachers to pose a question and students to respond in short videos. There are management options for the teacher which allow such things as setting whether the videos are visible to other students and how comments are accepted for.
MoocNote | Chrome Web Store: MoocNote
MoocNote is a website that enables you to collect and organize online videos from different sources into courses and take notes that are synchronised to videos.
PlayPosit $$
Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content… and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students… Includes library of shared projects. (Formerly EduCanon.)
Spiral Clip Chrome extension
Turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. Provide instant feedback and see how the class is performing.
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.
Highlight interesting parts of a video on a timeline with interactive comments, pictures, links, maps, other videos, and more. And share the result with others.
Allows one or multiple persons to take a video and [a]dd timestamped comments, surveys, and multiple-choice questions to your discussion and then share the product with others.
Lets you show a YouTube video with a chatbox open next to the video where viewers can talk or ask questions in text.
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