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Technology Resources Library

The College of Education Technology Resource Library is designed to familiarize you with current education technology tools and resources. It provides information about various education technology tools and offers suggestions on how technology can be integrated iln the classroom. The site has three main sections: Instructional Equipment, Tutorials, and Web Tools. Click on the menu tabs on the left to view each section.

  • Instructional Equipment: Provides examples of technology equipment used in classrooms and includes ideas for classroom application
  • Tutorials: Includes short videos that explain technology concepts, such as blogs, podcasts, and wikis
  • Web Tools: Lists links to web-based educational tools for assessment, lesson planning, collaboration, productivity, presentation, visualization and graphics, and much more

All links to external sites open in a new browser window. To save sites for later use, bookmark the sites in your web browser as you normally would. Clicking Quick Links on the menu tabs on the left takes you to a listing of all the websites referenced in the Technology Resource Library.

The Technology Resource Library is updated frequently with new and innovative resources. We welcome your feedback! Let us know your thoughts on any new or existing resources, and share your experiences with how you have used any of these resources. Please provide your feedback by sending a message to trl.feedback@phoenix.edu.

Instructional Equipment

Many types of instructional technologies are used in today’s classrooms. Some examples included in this section are interactive whiteboards, document cameras, instant-share digital video cameras, LCD projectors, audience response systems, cell phones, and netbooks or laptop computers.

Audience response systems, such as clickers, allow students to participate and interact with the teacher and class as the lesson is taught. Audience response systems are often used in conjunction with interactive whiteboards and classroom projection systems.

Classroom Application

Clickers can be used in multiple ways: to display student responses to multiple-choice or short-answer questions, to poll students’ knowledge on a topic or question, and to review content prior to testing. The main advantage of using clickers is that student responses can be displayed immediately, resulting in high student engagement. Other benefits include data collection and instant student assessment.

Technology Requirements

  • Clickers, SmartPhones, iPod Touches, Tablet Computers, Laptops or Desktop
  • Receiver (computer)
  • Software (many free online programs)
  • Projector

Articles

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Lesson Plans

Audience Response System Lesson Plan (.doc)

Audio amplification systems are used in the classroom to allow all students to hear instruction clearly and intelligibly. This tool removes hearing barriers from the classroom experience.

Classroom Application

Students may miss instruction due to ambient noise, such as air conditioners, or because of their location in the classroom. In a typical audio amplification system, the teacher wears a microphone, and speakers are placed strategically throughout the classroom to amplify the sound of the teacher’s voice or of content being projected from a computer or DVD player. Additionally, students may use microphones to participate in class discussions. Audio amplification systems allow for an even distribution of sound throughout the classroom, resulting in high-quality sound for all students.

Technology Requirements

Typically, all required parts are included in the purchase of a sound amplification system, such as Front Row™. However, professional installation, including wiring and electrical connections, may be required.

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Digital cameras and cell phones with camera capabilities are versatile tools that can be used by teachers and students to quickly take, edit, print, or share photos.

Classroom Application

Images can be processed digitally, added to websites, used in technology projects, and printed for display. Digital cameras and cell phones can be used for technology integration, to teach about photography, and to enhance any topic of study. Photographs can also be taken of notes on the whiteboard or hands-on demonstrations and experiments for students to refer back to later. If using a SmartPhone with a camera, there are many apps that allow for easy editing of photos and instant uploading. Both cameras and SmartPhones take video clips, as well, which can assist in the classroom. Students can take video clips of lectures, experiments, demonstrations or notes as well as making instant videos for group projects and student engagement in the classroom.

Technology Requirements

  • Digital camera or cell phone with camera
  • Memory card
  • Computer with digital photography software

Articles

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Lesson Plans

Digital Camera Lesson Plan (.doc)

Audio amplification systems are used in the classroom to allow all students to hear instruction clearly and intelligibly. This tool removes hearing barriers from the classroom experience.

Classroom Application

Students may miss instruction due to ambient noise, such as air conditioners, or because of their location in the classroom. In a typical audio amplification system, the teacher wears a microphone, and speakers are placed strategically throughout the classroom to amplify the sound of the teacher’s voice or of content being projected from a computer or DVD player. Additionally, students may use microphones to participate in class discussions. Audio amplification systems allow for an even distribution of sound throughout the classroom, resulting in high-quality sound for all students.

Technology Requirements

Typically, all required parts are included in the purchase of a sound amplification system, such as Front Row™. However, professional installation, including wiring and electrical connections, may be required.

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Document cameras can replace or be used with overhead projectors. A digital camera mounted on a flexible arm projects a real-time video image of an item placed beneath the camera onto the screen or whiteboard.

Classroom Application

Document cameras are effective for modeling and guided practice. Teachers can show maps, pictures, reading passages, experiments, dissections, and other dynamic presentations. Newer document cameras can capture images and video to be used later in study guides, resources, tests, and reference materials. When using the camera with an interactive whiteboard, the teacher can notate and manipulate the projected image. Some document cameras can be costly, but there are less expensive alternatives that are also portable, like the ipevo camera.

Technology Requirements

Document camera Projector Laptop (in most cases)

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Lesson Plans

Document Camera Lesson Plan (.doc)

E-readers can be an electronic replacement of a physical book or textbook. E-readers can be used to access e-books, websites, PDF files, and other files.

Classroom Application

E-readers are convenient and portable. They offer a wealth of information in a variety of reading options, and they reduce the need to print documents. E-reader users can manipulate font styles and sizes, highlight or notate portions of texts and share their highlights or notations, or have text read aloud to them.

Technology Requirements

E-reader and account to access e-books Tablet computer and software

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Lesson Plans

E-reader Lesson Plan (.doc)

Instant-share digital video cameras are used by teachers and students to record and share videos almost instantaneously. These cameras are small, compact, durable, and plug directly into a computer without additional software.

Classroom Application

Teachers can use instant-share digital video cameras to record lessons, lectures, and science experiments, and to make movies to enhance instruction. Students can use these cameras to record book talks, interviews, skits, field trips, speeches, and more.

Technology Requirements

Instant-share digital video camera Computer

Articles

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Lesson Plans

Instant-Share Digital Video Camera Lesson Plan (.doc)

Interactive whiteboards, such as SMART™ boards, are digital whiteboards that are sensitive to touch and can be manipulated by a stylus or other interface device. A computer and projector connected to the interactive whiteboard work together to allow the teacher and students to present and manipulate information. Information can be saved and returned to at a later time, printed, or shared via e-mail. There are also alternative technologies that are less expensive and can provide many similar features to an interactive whiteboard, such as iPads and software programs, Mimio and eBeam devices. These technologies do not require a large board, just a white wall or normal whiteboard.

Classroom Application

Teachers can use interactive whiteboards as a screen to present and manipulate information via a computer and projector and to show websites, interact with programs, play games, provide practice exercises, and review content. Notes or drawings written on the whiteboard can be saved and retrieved at a later time, printed, shared via e-mail, or posted to a website, making this an ideal tool for sharing notes with absent students or for review purposes. Teachers may have students answer questions or solve problems on the whiteboard or may present questions and have students respond with clickers, SmartPhones, or iPod touches (see the Audience Response Technologies section).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer
  • Projector
  • Optional interface devices: audience response devices, document cameras, audio amplification system

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Lesson Plans

Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan (.doc)

LCD projectors project images from a computer, DVD or VCR player, or document camera onto a wall, screen, whiteboard, or other surface. They can be built into a classroom or placed on a movable cart.

Classroom Application

When connected to a computer, projectors can be used to show student work, movies, video clips, or multimedia presentations. They can be used to display daily agendas, show timers, project photographs, and much more. Teachers can use an LCD projector with a document camera to show demonstrations, live models, experiments, or step-by-step procedures and can project the image for the entire class to view.

Technology Requirements

  • LCD projector
  • Computer
  • DVD or VCR player, or document camera

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Lesson Plans

LCD Projector Lesson Plan (.doc)

Cell phones, when combined with Internet access and e-mail or messaging capabilities, can be used as a student response mechanism in the classroom.

Classroom Application

One way to use cell phones is with audience response websites and software. Students may also use cell phones to perform Internet searches about class discussion topics. Cooperative learning groups can sync timers on their phones to increase productivity. In addition, students can take, store, and share pictures of projects, the chalkboard, drawings, or notes. As the technology on SmartPhones increase, there are endless possibilities for students to use apps to increase productivity in the classroom. There are apps for dictionary use, voice to text dictation, Google apps and document sharing, student response and assessment and much more!

Technology Requirements

Students generally provide cell phones; classroom use requires a data plan, camera, and texting options.

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Lesson Plans

Cell Phone Lesson Plan (.doc)

Netbook computers are small, light, and portable laptop computers. Tablets are portable computers that are flat and do not fold out like a laptop or netbook. iPod touches are a very small version of a tablet computer. All of these technologies primarily offer access to basic word processing software, e-mail and the Internet. Because they are less expensive than traditional laptop computers, they can be purchased in multiples for classroom use. These lightweight and affordable technologies are becoming very predominant in the classroom.

Classroom Application

One of the major benefits of these technologies is that they offer the capability to do virtually everything a traditional computer can do. They can be utilized whole-class to provide access to the internet, apps and programs that provide audience response and feedback, and collaborative work through shared documents and programs.

Technology Requirements

  • Netbook computer, tablet, or iPod touch
  • Internet connection or wireless router

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Lesson Plans

Netbook Computer Lesson Plan (.doc)

Tablet Computer Lesson Plan (.doc)

Tutorials

This section provides guidance on tutorials related to technology concepts and instructional videos on using technology tools. 

Many quality tutorials related to technology concepts and instructional videos are provided online by doing your own internet search. Technology concepts you may choose to research include:

  • Blogs
  • Cloud Computing
  • Copyright and Creative Commons
  • Digital Literacy
  • Copyright and Creative Commons
  • Digital Literacy
  • Online Photo Sharing
  • Plagiarism
  • Podcasting
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Social Media
  • Social Networking
  • Twitter
  • Twitter Search
  • Web Search Strategies
  • Wikis

Web Tools

This section provides links to web-based educational tools. The web tools are broken down into categories. Click on a category heading in the menu to view the tools within that category. Following the general categories, the tools are further indexed by subject area, including language arts; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); social studies; and other.

Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

Animoto

Animoto for Education allows users to compile customized videos to use in education. It takes music, photos, or video clips the user selects and creates a custom video, leaving users free to choose the content and narrative. Animoto videos are easily shared through e-mail, websites, and SchoolTube, or may be downloaded to a computer.

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Donors Choose

Teachers can post classroom projects which require monetary support. People worldwide can contribute to the fund posted classroom projects though this online charity.

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Edutopia

Edutopia, the vision of the George Lucas Foundation, is an innovative and interactive learning environment of media resources, videos, best practices, classroom tools, and real-world examples that are collected from collaborations with the educational community.

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Khan Academy

The Khan Academy offers resources on a variety of topics. All of the site’s resources are available free of charge. Resources include an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments. New resources are continually being added to the site.

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LearnZillion

LearnZillion is a learning platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Each lesson highlights a Common Core standard, starting with math in grades 3-9.

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Thinkport

Thinkport is an extensive online resource of professional development, multimedia tools, and educational resources. The resource has four experience channels: Think Classroom, Think Career, Think Technology, and Think Family & Community. Thinkport is designed to help users create the resources they need in the least amount of time possible.

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WebQuest.org

Information and resources for teachers on the WebQuest Model.

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Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

Flubaroo

Flubaroo is a free tool that grades Google forms in an instant. It computes grades and provides a detailed spreadsheet that gives item analysis and scores for all students.

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FormReturn

FormReturn allows you to design your own bubble sheet tests and surveys online, print and distribute the forms, scan using an image scanner, and export the data into a spreadsheet.

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GradeCam

GradeCam allows educators to grade multiple-choice assignments using a web or document camera, transfer scores to an electronic gradebook, share assessment results in real-time, give students immediate personal feedback, and more.

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Jeopardy Labs

Create customized jeopardy templates using Jeopardy Labs. The games are easy to create and can be accessed and played online. You can also browse and use Jeopardy templates created by others.

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Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere allows standard web technology to be used as an audience response system. An instructor can easily set up a poll and participants can respond using their computer, tablet, or smart phone. Results of the poll update quickly and can be displayed for everyone to see.

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Rubistar

Rubistar is a free tool for educators that helps them to create high-quality rubrics. Users can create rubrics or use the available rubric templates.

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Socrative

Socrative is a free audience response system (ARS) that allows active engagement between students and the teacher. Students can use computers, iPads, iPod Touches, or Smartphones to participate. The teacher can ask questions, get quick check-ins, give quizzes and collect an exit ticket. All responses are collected and can be emailed in a spreadsheet.

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TestMoz

Testmoz is a free online test generator. The site uses four question types, has automatic grading features, and uses a simple interface that creates detailed reports.

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Quizlet

Quizlet allows users to find or create virtual flashcards for studying. There are different study modes that help students learn content independently or in groups.

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Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

Celly

Celly provides private communication groups that work with any mobile phone or device. Teachers and students can join a group instantly with one text and exchange group messages, polls, reminders, and web alerts.

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Bubbl.Us

BubblUs is an easy to use mind mapping tool. Bubbles with text are created and pinned together to show connections. This tool can be used with any subject area.

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Diigo

Diigo is a web tool that combines social content and community with a collaborative research tool. Users can bookmark sites, highlight portions of a site, and attach digital sticky notes to site content. When users return to the bookmarked page, the highlights and sticky notes remain on the page. Diigo is web based and can be accessed from any computer or smartphone.

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Edmodo

Edmodo is a free, secure social network for teachers, students, and educational administrators. It allows teachers and students to post class materials, share links and multimedia, and post notices, homework assignments, and grades. It is accessible online or through mobile devices, such as cell phones or e-reader devices. Edmodo can be used to create classroom sharing networks or a safe location for students to share posts.

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iEARN

iEARN is a network that encourages teachers and students to be global citizens through online collaboration on projects centered around this question: “How will this project improve the quality of life on this planet?” iEARN is a nonprofit organization that is composed of over 27,000 schools and over 125 countries.

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Lino.It

Lino.It is an interactive brainstorming tool/sticky board. No registration is needed for students to add to a board created by the teacher. It could also be used as a presentation tool by students (they would need to register for this access).

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LiveBinders

LiveBinders allows you to create a virtual three ring binder. It is a great way to collect, organize, and share resources. You can create multiple binders to make your collection a knowledge hub.

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Online-ConVert

Online-ConVert.com is a free tool for converting media formats quickly and easily. For example, the tool can convert audio to MP3, video to PSP format, and video to MP4.

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Open Office

OpenOffice.org is a site that provides users with office software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases, free of charge. The software is available in many languages and saves data in an open format. The site can read and write files from other common office software.

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padlet

Padlet

Padlet allows you to build walls for posting messages from one or more users. The notes can be organized and shared.

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Remind101

Remind101 allows teachers to easily send messages to every student or parent in their entire class without disclosing a phone number. The messages can be received by text or email.

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Sqworl

Sqworl is a web application that provides a clean and simple way to visually bookmark multiple URLs.

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SymbalooEDU

SymbalooEDU helps teachers create a launch page for students to access targeted websites. It can also be used to for students to develop personal learning environments (PLEs).

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Twiducate

Twiducate is a social networking environment that is educationally focused for teachers, schools, and home learners. Only teachers and students may view classroom posts, which helps to create a private network for a safer online learning environment.

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Visual.ly

This Web tool can be used to create visual content including infographics, interactives, and videos.

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Vocaroo

Vocaroo is a free, beta-version site that allows users to record and send voice messages online. Its only requirement is a microphone attached to the computer. Vocaroo is a simple interface for recording and sharing spoken messages.

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VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a multimedia presentation tool that incorporates images, documents, and videos that can be collaborated on, saved, and shared without requiring users to install software. Users can review and collaborate on pages and can leave voice, text, audio file, or video responses to the VoiceThread.

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WordPress

WordPress is a website that hosts blogs created by individuals or groups.

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Zoho

Zoho is a website that contains online applications for businesses. All information contained on this site is available through a web browser, so users can complete business more effectively on the go, with no software purchase.

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Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

Animoto

Animoto is a service that creates high quality movies from digital pictures, video clips, and music. Animoto videos can be created and used in the classroom to enhance learning.

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Masher

Masher is a free web tool that allows users to create compilations of digital pictures, videos, music clips, text, and special effects. Video Mashes can be posted online or e-mailed.

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Mrs. P’s Magic Library

A free interactive digital storytelling website. TV Star, Kathy Kinney, stars as Mrs. P. to bring classic children’s stories to life. The site includes story related activities, games, and teacher resources.

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Powtoon

Powtoon provides animation tools to create animated videos and presentations. Check it Out


Storybird

Storybird is a website that provides the resources to create shareable digital storytelling presentations. Teachers and students can use Storybird to create digital stories.

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Wideo

Wideo is an online video tool which allows you to create animated videos and presentations.

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Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

Educreations

Educreations allows you to upload video lessons that you create and allows you to browse and use video lessons created by other educators.

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Gliffy

Gliffy is a web tool that helps users create diagrams, flowcharts, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. All of these can be created easily with Gliffy and have a professional, quality appearance.

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Mindomo

Mindomo is a fee-based web tool for brainstorming and mind mapping. Mind maps can be created, shared, and collaborated on by multiple users.

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ShareMyLesson

ShareMyLesson allows educators to create and share teaching resources. It has a large collection of lessons on a variety of subjects and covering all aspects of Common Core State Standards.

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TEDEd

TEDEd has a growing library of lessons based on TED videos and other educational videos. The platform also allows lessons to be built around TED and other videos.

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Tes Teach for Blendspace

Tes Teach for Blendspace help teachers use a blended approach that includes sharing and creating digital content. This website also provides tools for assessing student understanding and tracking student progress.

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Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

Glogster EDU

Glogster EDU provides an interactive digital platform for users to create online multimedia posters, called glogs. Users can drag and drop text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data to create glogs. The completed glog can be shared in a variety of educational settings, including blogs, wikis, web pages, or e-mail.

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Piktochart

Piktochart can be used to easily create infographics to present content. No design experience is required to use the tool.

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Popplet

Popplet allows the user to collect graphics and information for inspiration, create galleries, explore ideas, record thoughts, and share and collaborate with others.

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Powtoon

Powtoon provides animation tools to create animated videos and presentations.

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Prezi

Prezi is an online tool for creating effective and engaging online presentations that move beyond slideshows. Prezi enables users to create detailed, interactive, nonlinear presentations and offers the capability to embed external documents, video, animations, or graphics.

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Slideshare

Slideshare is a free web tool for sharing presentations, documents, and videos online.

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Smore

This tool helps you to easily make an online flyer or poster.

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Tagxedo

Tagxedo is a free website that turns a block of text into word clouds, where individual words are tagged and sized depending on the frequency of occurrence within the body of text. The word clouds can be shaped, colored, and shared via web links. Tag clouds are a creative way to share information such as speeches, papers, slogans, or even e-mails or tweets.

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Wideo

Wideo is an online video tool which allows you to create animated videos and presentations.

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Wordle

Wordle is a free site that helps users create word clouds. As users enter text to create the cloud, the words that are used most often become larger to indicate how frequently they are used. Wordles can be private or can be shared with others through the Wordle gallery.

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Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

ReadWorks

ReadWorks provides free reading comprehension resources for teachers including research-based and classroom-proven instructional practices, curriculum, and open-access online technology.

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Read Write Think

The International Reading Association’s K-12 website includes classroom resources, professional development opportunities and parent and afterschool resources.

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Road to Grammar

This site contains grammar quizzes, practice exercises, games, and teacher and student information.

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StoryJumper

StoryJumper is a website that promotes creativity by allowing users to create a children’s story in seven steps. The site guides users through each step, from writing the story to adding graphics. The completed story can be shared digitally for free or can be purchased in print.

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Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a site sponsored by the Screen Actor’s Guild. Professional actors read stories aloud to students through streaming video and there are several lesson plans and activities that accompany each story.

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Visuwords

VisuWords is a graphic form of an online dictionary and thesaurus. Users may enter a word and see different meanings and relationships in a visual mind-map graphic. It is interactive and appeals to visual learners.Check it out

Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.

Common Sense Media

This website offers free digital literacy and citizenship curriculum. The site provides tools and curriculum to teach students about becoming responsible digital citizens. It also includes reviews and advice for parents to help them make informed decisions regarding various media.

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Create a Graph

Create a Graph is a free website that allows users to create bar, line, pie, area, or x–y graphs by inputting specific information. Graphs can be saved or printed.

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Digital Citizenship

Provides free instructional programs for students on issues and rules regarding the ethical use of digital files such as music, movies, software, and other digital content.

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GeoGebra

Free mathematics software for learning and teaching. Site includes interactive graphics, algebra and spreadsheet, and free learning materials for elementary school level to university level.

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National Science Foundation

A diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help locate the resources quickly and use them for lesson planning.

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Scratch

This website was created by MIT and the resources can be downloaded for free. Users can create and share stories, games, music, art, and more, as well as use their critical thinking skills to create digital resources. This website can be used with content from any subject area. Suitable for ages 8-15.

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Quick Links

Note: Some resources might offer free trials that require a fee for use after the trial period. Students should use caution when using free trials for completing assignments, as links may expire prior to assignment submission and final grading.