Edu-Tech Tools

I’ve been playing around with Wakelet my for own use – and boy have I thought of some great ways we could use it for professional development or in our classrooms, Teacher Friends. It is a chrome extension, website, and an app (my favorite trifecta).

With Wakelet, you can create collections from bookmarks (literal bookmarks from your browsers) of content that you would like to collect in specific places. Add comments, text, and display them in presentation mode.

Some ways that I thought students could create collections:
1. For Research Tasks – specifically ones that require multi-media.
2. For Curation Assignments which I am obsessed with if you’re unfamiliar check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s Article on them at Cult of Pedagogy.
3. Published Portfolios. Link to Blogs, Google Docs, and more – and allow for reflections to polish off portfolios.
4. Differentiated Content or Paced Content based on Grouped Collections.
5. Teacher Suggested Sources instead of Free Range Researching! When you’re not teaching kids research skills and they need good content, use a collection to give them access to quality, teacher chosen material.

ClassroomQ:

The website that allows you to create a list of students that need help, and check them off as you go. This is for all of you teachers that are running around saying, “Yep! I’ll be right there Sarah after I talk to Joe and Jen first” like every five minutes. 

If it were me I would project the list in a classroom climate that allows for it – but if you rather conceal it, to each their own. 

Create a standard operating procedure with students where you tell them instead of waiting with your hand up for my help, add your name to the list, and problem solve what you can do until I get there. 

Talk about a time saver. 

Even if you don’t like the site – this opened up my eyes to have a Google Doc list or Form that you could keep up as a teacher to keep track of students!

Equity Maps: 

A teacher I work with recently came to me asking for licenses to Equity Maps. He showed me what he thought it could do and we embarked on the journey together. A few weeks later I now have 5 people in my school using this Harkness method for Class Discussion Apps and we are all so pleased that something like this finally exists.

Track your class discussions and keep an audio recording and statistics on who says what and when.

If you struggle to take notes in a quick-paced class discussion or have always stayed away from them because they were hard to grade – this app helps tremendously!

Can I also Add… I recently reached out to them with a question on pricing for some of my teachers in district. Let me just say – The Creator of the App got right back to me with an answer, and he was fabulous. David Nelson, a teacher himself, is bootstrapping this entire movement and doing a great job bringing his vision to life.

I for one love when people invest this much time and effort into something for educators and receive feedback so thoughtfully.

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Webjets:  (Website) Compatible with any Browser

See the page of my free resources for ways to use this app that is like a virtual corkboard turned interactive! Screen Shot 2019-01-07 at 12.15.19 PM

Microsoft Translator:  

Currently, I work in a district with a large population of ELL learners, specifically those in a private pay Dorm Program from abroad. Our program has grown over the past couple of years and teachers are looking for tools to help these learners in their classrooms.

Microsoft translator was shown to me by a colleague and I have been super impressed with how well it works on an iPad so I can’t imagine it would work any less on a Chromebook, phone, or other tablets.

Translator allows web pages not in PDF format to be completely translated to the language of your choice. Additionally, you can run the app on its own and speak into it to have it translate and also type into it, along with saving keywords and phrases to your favorites notebook.

Everyone I have asked has said that it is very accurate, from my South African friend speaking Afrikaans and Traditional Chinese speaking coworker.

Chatter Pix: 

Hilarious. Engaging. Endless possibilities – Great for all age levels.

Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, or creative cards. And best of all, it’s FREE!

I think it might be easy and different to use in the following ways for your classes, but of course, I’m sure you can think of others too!
 
-Having kids draw out a picture, or problem, and making it talk with them explaining what they did/what it is.
-Taking a picture of something and narrating it (maybe foreign language, a cell, a part of a book that stands out).
-Using pictures of famous historic people, places, or other, and talking as them and providing decorations around it that relate.
-Annotating a text and explaining it by putting a mouth on it and decorating it accordingly.
 
 

Hologo:

This application transitions a lot of learning to the Augmented Reality world by providing content with interactive features including lessons, labels, and voice-overs Hold your device in front of you and witness the Reality of the object through the screen of your device! Journey to the Colosseum or the Great Wall of China, or learn the Surface Area of a Cube in front and more!

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PeerGrade:
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Peergrade is a free online platform to facilitate peer feedback sessions with students. You create an assignment. Students submit their work Student work is distributed. Students give feedback. Students receive feedback. You get the complete overview.

FlipGrid: 
Flipgrid is where social learning happens. Used by millions of PreK to PhD students, educators and families around the world, Flipgrid helps learners of all ages find their voices, share their voices and respect the diverse voices of others.

Flipgrid is simple. Educators spark discussions by posting Topics to a classroom, school, professional learning community, or public Grid. Students record, upload, view, react and respond to each other through short videos. Flipgrid is video the way students use video … social, engaging and fun!

Flipgrid empowers student voice and builds global empathy through shared learning processes, stories, and perspectives.

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Want to see a teacher use FlipGrid? Check out this awesome site that shows how teachers are using technology in their classroom for good.


COLLABORATE & ENGAGE with ENGAGING CONGRESS 
Engaging Congress is a fun, interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges they face in contemporary society

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Fun Fact* - Do you know you can trace through paper with your Apple 
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BookSnaps with Tara Martin: Using Snapchat for Reading and Literacy Engagement in the Classroom. It’s not crazy – it’s revolutionary! Check out her website.  And Consider what it might be like to use Snapchat to engage your students. image.png

METAVERSE

Metaverse is the easiest way to create Augmented Reality experiences. Create mobile games and choose your own adventure interactive stories using the Metaverse Studio and watch them come to life in the Metaverse app browser. Learners can create all kinds of interactive experiences, including games, scavenger hunts, memes, and other educational experiences.

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Quizizz: This is pretty much Kahoot but better – with a more competitive format that you as a teacher can actually grade. The idea behind creating and sharing Quizizzs’ is the same as Kahoots, this just allows you to analyze data, email parents, and align with curriculum goals! Win Win!

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The best thing for review since Kahoot!

Scratch: FUN computer coding/creating in game form for kids, teens, adults, WHOEVER. The things you can do are endless and so fun. Not only does this link have an awesome advertisement for Scratch but it also has a Ted Talk about teaching kids to Code from ALL contents. This type of work elevates our products in other content areas, increases student interests and engagement, and prepares them for an authentic career or future!

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Canva: Because if you are assigning student-made posters, flyers, brochures, or advertisements they should be something professional and authentic to the real world. Easy to use and so fun.

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SDG IN ACTION (GREAT FOR SOCIAL STUDIES, ELA, CIVICS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSES) See my Free Resource Page for a Project & Assessment that aligns with this Application!

In 2015, the United Nations developed its 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the world’s “to-do list” designed to “end poverty, reduce inequalities, and tackle climate change.” This app offers detailed background and current awareness about all the goals–including targets, videos, news, updates and facts and figures and supporting student engagement and action on the goals that speak loudest to them. The app facilitates discovery of local efforts, the ability to connect with others in sustainable actions and events and allow students to create their own actions.

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SWIIPE

Updated with the latest news every day, Swiipe is a news service that knows you fueled by the most popular news outlets from across the globe. Swiipe allows young learners to curate a gallery of news sources. They can choose from among more than 60 sources in a range of categories, including sports, entertainment, or business. Articles may be saved for later reading.

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