Teachers – Computers & Technology


General & Misc. Tools

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)
32 Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom
App developers are building AR apps for fun, educational, and commercial uses. Below is a collection of AR apps that you can use with your students. (May 2020)
Bernie Poole’s Free Office Tutorials
Includes tutorials for Office 2000 through 2016, LibreOffice, and PGP.
BFTP: 10 things teachers can do to protect student data
Educators, each year an increasing amount of information about your students is being communicated and stored – especially in electronic formats. Here are 10 simple things you can do to protect your data and your students’.
Castle Learning News
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.
Cool Cat Teacher
Teacher Vicki Davis has a blog and YouTube Channel with all sorts of tips for teachers using technology.
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.
The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy
This guide is meant to help teachers utilize technology in the classroom while protecting their students’ privacy. (From ConnectSafely)
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.
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.
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.
Stopwatch
Need to time a lab, a contest, or other event? Try this or one of the other timing tools here. (Or just type “stopwatch” into Google for their tool.)
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.
Tech Trumps
[T]his curated list of Tech Trumps® summarise the affordance of free apps in the context of six dimensions of teaching and learning. Which one is right for you?
TED: Augmented Reality
A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Augmented reality.
Tools to Improve the Accessibility of Documents, Slides, Videos, and Websites
We all have different needs and preferences when it comes to consuming the media in our lives. … Some need webpages read aloud, some need different color schemes or fonts, and others need captions enabled on videos. … Here are some tools that you and your students can use to improve the accessibility of media used in your classroom.
Virtual Field Trip Airport
This site lists dozens of virtual field trip opportunities around the U.S. and the world. Types of trips include Art galleries, Historical views, and Science trips, and vary from simple videos to sites with multiple materials; some including lesson plans or other materials for the teacher./dd>
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: Chome Store: Word Cloud GeneratorTagxedoWordArtWordClouds.comWordItOut

Digital and Information Literacy

5 Myths About Teaching Technology Skills to 21st Century Students
That said, this familiarity does not preclude them from needing instruction focused on honing their technology skills. To examine why, let’s myth-bust common misconceptions about the tech-savvy 21st century students. (March 2019)
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
From the News Literacy Project, Checkology’s lessons and other resources show you how to navigate today’s challenging information landscape. You will learn how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods.
Civic Online Reasoning
Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. Free from Stanford.
Common Sense Media
Tips, articles, and research materials on Digital Citizenship and related topics for parents and teachers.
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.
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.
Empire State Information Fluency Continuum
This ESIFC reflects several new aspects that will enable librarians and classroom teachers to integrate the teaching of information fluency skills across the curriculum and across all grade levels as they empower students to develop confidence and agency to pursue their own paths to personal and academic success.
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.
How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong
Describes a simple method of checking ‘upstream’ and lateral sources to determine trustworthiness of news articles rather than focusing on trying to analyze a site or article in isolation, as some methods rely on.
How to Teach Digital Literacy Skills
In this post, you’ll find tips and resources to help you teach digital literacy in your classroom. You’ll also discover how to use digital curriculum to easily teach these skills as part of your overall course. (April 2020)
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 course
Features five courses that cover computer basics; using the internet and productivity programs; security and privacy; and digital lifestyles.
New York State Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards
As required by a 2018 law, NYSED engaged with workgroups of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, parents, and business/industry professionals to develop computer science standards that will prepare all NYS students to live and work in our dynamic, technology-driven 21st-century world.
Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment
Northstar Digital Literacy tests your computer skills. You can build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges
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 archive
Here you will find the content from the TRAILS information literacy website formerly available at trails-9.org. That now-discontinued site from Kent State University Libraries provided a freely available, web-based system for measuring students’ information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards.
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
This … practical guide … supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly. Instead of checklists, this guide emphasizes four moves – strategies which can be used with any source.

Distance Learning

4 Ways to Craft Choice Menus in Distance Learning Classes
Students can feel overwhelmed when things are too loose. … For this reason, it can help to create structures for student choice. One option is through the design of a choice menu. Article and podcast.
5 Models for Making the Most Out of Hybrid Learning
The following are five different models for structuring hybrid learning. Every model has its own strengths and weaknesses… Podcast with article, chart, and links to referenced videos.
6 Free Resources for Virtual Field Trips
Teachers can use panoramic photos and videos of locations all around the world to make lessons more engaging. (Jan. 2021)
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.
7 High-Impact, Evidence-Based Tips for Online Teaching
What do highly effective teachers do in online classrooms? We combed through dozens of studies to find the best research-backed ideas.
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.
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. (Formerly ‘TES Teach with BlendSpace’)
BT BOCES Instructional Technology Toolkit
Tutorials and links relating to technology in education. This set of pages is an update to BT BOCES School Closure Toolkit published in the spring of 2020, though some of the latter may still prove useful.
Curriki
Offers free materials to use or adapt. (Sometimes you have to drill down several layers to get to the actual material.)
Ed Tech with Edsall: Teaching from a Distance
Links to online tools plus information on creating a Google Classroom, making a Google Site and using video to instruct.
Edmodo Distance Learning Toolkit
Resources on distance learning from the free distance learning platform Edmodo.
An Educator’s Resource for Distance Learning, Remote Learning, and eLearning
Templates, tutorials, links to tools, and even a few free ebooks are available from the Ditch That Textbook site.
Four Engaging Structures That Work in Hybrid A/B Learning Classrooms
[T]he question I’ve been working with teachers on over the summer in PD and training has been: How do I structure the learning experience so kids at home and in-class are both learning? Below I share four different models that I have seen work and that teachers are using around the country (and world) in Hybrid A/B learning.
How do I ensure students are engaged with each other and the content in a hybrid and/or remote learning environment?
Student engagement has become a key challenge as educators and school systems work to get students to attend, participate, and demonstrate mastery within hybrid and remote learning environments. This guide offers a set of concrete, common practices and related strategies captured from educators working in classrooms from across the country.
Google Meet for Distance Learning: Document Camera Fix
This video explains how to fix the reverse text issue in Google Meet by using IPEVO VIsualizer. (April 2020)
Google Teach from Anywhere
This is a handy website with all sorts of tips for using Google tools in remote teaching and learning.
Kaizena
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.
NY Public Library: Remote Resources
Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to get your free library card, then click the links for learning materials. And check out NYPL’s usual Digital Collections while you’re at it.
Newsela
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.
The Power of Visible Thinking in Virtual Learning
When students process information visually and make their thinking visible, they improve in their metacognition and the learning tends to stick. In this article, we explore how to make this happen in virtual learning. (Jan. 2021)
Some Practical Tips on How to Use Google Docs in Your Distance Education
This article discussese co-editing documents, sharing instantaneous feedback, suggesting edits, and the ability for up to a hundred users to share and collaborat on the same file. (Oct. 2020)
Support for Teachers During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The resources in this packet are designed to help teachers approach online learning with a focus on sustaining community, supporting students, and creating engaging, meaningful learning experiences.
TeacherTube
TeacherTube is a place for teachers to post and share instructional videos.
Teaching with Video
Jason Clark at OCM BOCES covers teaching with video and how to create your own videos and screencasts.
WatchKnowLearn
This free site offers over 50,000 free educational video links that are organized by subject matter.

Google & Google Apps

9 Chromebook and G Suite for Education features to make learning more accessible
Reviews some features that may help students with special needs, and some (such as live captioning in Google Meet) that may be generally useful.
30 apps that work with Google Classroom
Lists and offers ideas for use of both internal (Google) and external apps that work with Google Classroom.
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)
Google Workspace Learning Center
Get the most out of Google Workspace in your workplace with training guides, tips, customer examples, and other resources.
GFC Global: Free Google 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’.)
Helpful Google Meet Resources for Teachers and Students
Resources to help you learn more about what you can do on Google Meet and how you can do it.
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
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. (March 2020)

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.
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 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.
Wizer.me
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
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

50 Best Facebook Groups for Teachers to Join
Joining a Facebook group may be just the professional development you need to transform your teaching and enjoy encouragement this school year. Find the best groups for your educational needs, request membership, and watch the collaboration unfold!
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.
A Comparison of Blogging Services for Teachers and Students
A shared Google Doc created by Richard Byrne to help teachers quickly identify the blogging service that meets their needs.
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 Free/$$
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.
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.
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
Here are some simple things that we can do to improve our videos without having to learn a whole bunch of editing techniques.
The Educator’s Guide To Using Video In Teaching And Learning
In an era of remote teaching and learning due to the global pandemic, teachers and students are relying on video more than ever before. … But what tools and equipment should you use to create videos, screencasts, or live conferences? Where can you find high-quality videos that others have made? And what’s the best way to share videos you’ve made with others? This guide will help.
Resources to Help You Make The Best of YouTube in Your Distance Teaching
Offers tips on getting started, finding videos, subscribing, managing your playlist, and more.

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
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.
IPEVO VIsualizer
Free document camera tool. Can fix the reversed text issue sometimes seen in Google Meet.
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.
PBS Learning Media
Easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Includes the Ken Burns in the Classroom collection.
Spiral
Spiral Clip Chrome extension
Tools for formative assessment. Spiral Clip lets you 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.
Timeline.ly
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.
Vialogue
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.
Vynchronize
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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