Super Teacher Tools

Super Teacher ToolsHere is a good site with multiple tools (uses Flash) for the classroom:

Classroom Jeopardy: Create Jeopardy games for the classroom
Speed Match Quiz Maker: Drag and drop answer onto the correct question to clear the board
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Board Game: Allows up to 6 players or teams to race their way to the end of the board.
Seating Chart Maker
Group Maker
Random Name Generator
Split Flap Counter: Quick timer or countdown for classroom
USA Population Counter: up-to-date numbers
Hang Man
Flash Lottery: Probability
Random Fact Desk: Need trivia?
Classroom Update (website making)

Free Interactive Websites for K-2

TaxsonKristy Taxson, “new kid on the block” in our Instructional Technology Department, AKA Promethean guru/expert, has developed a list of a plethora of interactive websites for Kindergarten through Second grade on her blog at http://www.ppsblogs.net/kristytaxson/free-interactive-websites/. If you are in one of my two buildings where Kristy and I team together, feel free to pull her aside for a run through of the sites.

Making Text “POP”

I had a request to help make text in presentations pop out, and found this cool site (FREE!!!!!!) CoolText:Graphics Generator which does a great job in helping you prepare. Pick the style you want, type in your text, save as a .jpg, and import into your media. It’s as simple as that! Imagine putting these in your flip charts, PowerPoints, and other sundry presentations. (the one below actually “burns” in a PowerPoint or flip chart):
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A Web 2.0 PowerHouse Wiki: CoolToolsforSchools

web 2.0 for schoolsMany thanks to my illustrious colleague, Kristy, for pointing out this Wiki, Cooltoolsforschools, which has links to multiple Web 2.0 sites. Topics include:

• Presentation tools
• Collaborative tools
• Research tools
• Video tools
• Slideshow tools
• Audio tools
• Image tools
• Drawing tools
• Writing tools
• Music tools
• Organizing tools
• Converting tools
• Mapping tools
• Quiz and poll tools
• Graphing tools
• Creativity tools
• Widgets
• File storage and Web Pages
• Other helpful sites
• Teacher resources
• Creative commons
• Cool tools index

Enjoy!

Another Fabulous Web 2.0 Find — Web 2.0 for the Classroom Wiki

wiki for the classroomWeb 2.0 applications and sites have plenty of great things for classroom teachers, but at times do you wish you could get some help on how to use the program(s)? Would you like to have an easy-to-use site where they’re separated by categories?

Sherri Miller, neighboring ITRT in Gloucester County, and soon-to-be Virginia Tech graduate (I will get there–SOME day!), has a Wiki Web 2.0 for the Classroom, complete with video how-to’s, examples, and links to multiple applications–some that I have not heard of, and plan to explore this great resource myself. Explanations are simple, straight-forward, and easy to follow. From the comfort of your own home, why not sit down tonight and find something that you can use? If you see something that you like, let me know, and we can plan some lessons together to make your SOL scores “pop” and “sparkle!”

Web 2.0 Finds: Wow, Again!

super-book-243x325Imagine a free booklet with a list of Web 2.0 tools that fellow educators have found…all for downloading!

Silvia Tolisano, blogger extraordinaire, along with others, contributed to Richard Byrne’s, from FreeTech4Teachers, project for compiling a list of effective and useful Web 2.0 tools for you to use. Some examples that I found interesting:

Weblist: Imagine having a list of websites that you want your students to go to, and instead of a list of boring URLs, having a snapshot of the site appear. Compile a list of websites that you want your students to go to, place them in one URL instead, and voila, great classroom management!

LiveBinders: This is set up as a binder where you can “Collect your resources, organize them neatly and easily, and present them with pride.” A video explaining the process is on the home page

European Virtual Museum: Even if you don’t teach an SOL about Europe, it still looks like fun!

National Archive’s Docs Teach: an often hard-to-find-resource SOL are the ones about primary sources. National Archives has a website that gives History a true purpose: there WERE people alive back then! Bring a purpose to your history SOLs and show students what it must have been like “back then.”

Web 2.0 Finds Post #4 (VSTE Conference)

I trust your Christmas break was a good one and a chance for you to recharge your batteries. I read two books and played in the snow with my daughters as well as scarfed food on a regular basis. It’s good to have some energy return!

The Web 2.0 posts continue:

print what you likePrinting Web Pages
Have you found a web site that you like, and print a whole page just to retrieve a small amount of “real estate” which you only wanted in the first place? Printwhatyoulike.com is a site that permits you to print that one specific part/thing that you want. Logon to their site, type in the URL, and follow the directions from there. It’s easy, simple, free, and most of all, is logical! You will need to sign up for an account.

Recording
From Screentoaster’s website:

–>Capture videos of onscreen action in one click
–>Record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more.
–>Share and stream videos online in Flash
–>Embed them on blogs and webpages or send them by email.

Saving Documents for Retrieval Elsewhere
You can file sync programs by saving them to Dropbox and retrieving from another computer. I haven’t tried it myself, but hear it is easy and useful.

Word Processing
OpenOffice.com — An alternative (open source) to MS Office.

[Many thanks to Affordable, Free & Effective Technology Tools for the Classroom: (Wendt @ www.jeremywendt.com and Beach @ www.teachingwithtech.net)]

360 tours360 Virtual Tours (my find):
Teaching U.S. Geography/History? IPIX has some great 360 Virtual Tours. If you can’t take your students there (or you!), why not bring it to you?
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Cool Web 2.0 Finds, VSTE Report #3

newspaperToday while talking with teachers in the hallway, one shared how he has been looking at Web 2.0 sites and is amazed how many are free and useful in his classes. Way to go, Mr. M!

Here are some other goodies to consider looking at over the holidays and see what you can use in your classroom:

Edmodo (Social Networking)
Social Networking, while a scourge for some systems, is being promoted in Portsmouth. Collaboration is a necessary skill for students to have and possess as they enter the work place; imagine setting your room up to promote homework and cooperative learning activities virtually. Portsmouth has a group set up already. If you wish to know more, let me know so we can get activities started!

Edulicious (Visual Presentation Graphics)
From the Let’s Get Visual post: Infographics (commonly also called data visualizations) are visual representations designed to quickly, and often beautifully, explain complex information and data in a manner that makes it easy to digest and understand. They are becoming increasingly common and are being used by journalists, designers, scientists, mathematicians, teachers, and others who need to communicate concepts clearly and succinctly. Infographics can feature combinations of pictures, charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, maps, lists, time lines, flowcharts, and more.

Tiny URL (shorten a URL into a manageable length)
I don’t want to assume all have heard of this website! Imagine setting up a hyperlink that is this long: http://www.google.com/search?q=Tiny+url&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe. Unmanageable, isn’t it? Take that, place in TinyURL, and you get this: http://tinyurl.com/2aupcuq (click and find out what you get). This is great for Web Quests, or any presentation/project where shortness is needed, such as a hyperlink in a Word document, etc..

Fur.ly (shorten multiple URLs into one)
Do you have a LOT of URLs? It’s kind of like TinyURL, but with multiple links.

Bingle (Search Engine)
What could happen if you could search two search engines side-by-side? Bingle does that. Note the disclaimer about phishing on their splash page.

Create Your Own Newspaper Heading This would be great for either a Social Studies Activity or creating graphics for reading tests where students have been studying about titles, headings, and the like.

Web 2.0 Cool Stuff #2: Augmented Reality–>a Definite “WOW!” Factor

zooburstImagine your reading or science lessons going into the 3D world with your students’ eyes popping open wide during a lesson, and they’re EXCITED to be learning!

In a nutshell, if you’ve never heard of augmented reality (note the word is hyperlinked for you to go to a “how it works” site), one needs a web cam, a printer, and a site that supports the service. For example, ZooBurst is such a site that has pop-up books that you can read. Attach your web cam, print the corresponding sheet, hold it in front of the camera, and you have a 3D book to show your class.

An example of what it LOOKS like:

Want to read more?
–>Do you have an iPhone? Go
–>Article about A.Reality in the schools: Augmented Reality Takes Hold in the Classrooms
–>Top Ways to Use A.Reality in Education
and from Slide Share:

Interested? Mrs. C @ JTY and I are already thinking of some great units that we can do with this for Reading!

VSTE* (Tech Conference): Web 2.0 Applications for Your Classroom Report #1

cloughNow that I’m back from VSTE* and debriefing from what I’ve learned, the biggest buzz “on the street” was about the excellent presenters who shared effective strategies for integrating technology in the classroom. Talk is good, but does the integration WORK? Moreover, can a teacher effectively integrate the activity and maintain pacing required by the district? Yes! Due to the great amount of information presented and too much to digest in one post, I’m going to spread the “goodies” over multiple posts.

One of my favorites was by David Clough and Alfonzo Favale, AKA Virginia Trekkers dudes, of web 2.0 applications that they have used in classrooms as ITRTs in Henrico County. David site has his presentation, but two that I want to extract are:

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Students are able to collaborate and work together on a common project. David presented a geometry activity, for example, and as students were on individual computers at the same time collaborating, a projector was set up so students could see their work in real time. We have multiple COWs in the building and could come up with lots of ideas for collaboration activities!

Webbly
Want to create a class website for FREE? Would you like to post activities that we do in your classroom and post for parents to see? Moreover, how about a site where students have to login? Check David’s class webpage here.

Check the link above to see more of the presentation. Also, if you’re a Virginia Trekkers fan, and wish to contact the team, they’re very approachable and friendly–even personable–and are able to answer any questions that you might have for them.