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Learning Futures Summit

Used wisely, technology empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning. In Leonardo’s Laptop, Ben Shneiderman provides teachers with a powerful framework, Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (CRCD), for designing student-centered learning opportunities using computers. In particular, Shneiderman’s CRCD framework emphasizes the importance of the social aspects of learning in generating creative work. In CRCD projects, students research information, work collaboratively to create a meaningful product that demonstrates their learning, and contribute that project to a larger learning community. Shneiderman designed the Collect-Relate-Create-Donate framework as a vehicle for preparing young people for a 21st century world where innovation, creativity, and collaboration will be more highly prized than retention and repetition.

In order to help educators integrate technology effectively, we have compiled a list of technology tools focused on learning goals consistent with the CRCD framework. Unlike other lists that promote “cool tools,” yet leave teachers wondering about purposeful educational integration, our list is driven by specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and community-mindedness. We hope you will find our list useful.

What are your Learning Goals?

  1. I want my students to be able to create web based timelines.
  2. I want my students to create web based mind maps / graphic organizers.
  3. I want my students to publish their writing online for others to read.
  4. I want real-time, online discussion with my students.
  5. I want my students to search and evaluate web sites.
  6. I want to create guided research activities for my students.
  7. I want to connect my students to other students around the world.
  8. I want my students to create online portfolios.
  9. I want my students to create books, magazines, posters, or newsletters online.
  10. I want my students to record or edit audio.
  11. I want to use an interactive whiteboard effectively with my students.
  12. I want my students to create and edit maps.
  13. I want my students to draw or create comics on the Internet.
  14. I want to create tests, quizzes, and games online.
  15. I want my students to organize, bookmark and edit their research online.
  16. I want to find or create rubrics for multimedia projects.
  17. I want to connect to other teachers to share ideas and resources.

I want my students to be able to create web based timelines


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Timetoast

Free tool that allows text and images in each timeline entry. Also provides an embed code for each timeline.

Example: Moon Landings

3Easy
Ourstory
Free: Students can create a personal timeline, invite others to collaborate, share & embed the final product. Intended for individual timeline, but students could create one for a historical figure.3Medium
Timeglider

Free & Beta: Great tool, yet still in beta. Images & links for each event, timelines can be embedded. Unique feature: new events can be added to multiple timelines & timelines are printable. Outstanding interface, visually appealing to use.

Example: New York Times

3Medium
ReadWriteThink Timeline

No sign in or account needed. Extremely easy to navigate and enter events. Timelines can be printed when finished & timelines can be edited while working, but work is not saved.

3Easy
Xtimeline

Free & Beta: A permanent URL is created for each timeline. There are three privacy settings and discussion below each timeline. Unique features: events can be tagged and a source url can be provided.

Example: History of Cell Phones

3Medium
Capzles

Visually appealing, image based timeline creator. Unique Feature: Video, images, mp3, word, excel, powerpoint & pdf can be uploaded. Events can be “stacked” on the timeline. Timelines can be edited and shared. The most visually appealing timeline tool.

Example: Battle of Shiloh

4Medium


I want my students to create web based mindmaps/graphic organizer


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Glinker

Free mindmapping tool. Ideas can include expandable details & links to URLs. Ideas can be linked together, edited and final product includes embed code. Unique Feature: select the license type for your mindmap.

Example: Oil Supply Crisis

3Medium
Bubbl.us

Intuative mindmapping tool. Students can start creating right away without creating an account. Maps can be printed & saved with a free account. Embed code, sharing, collaboration included.

Ideas for using Bubbl.us

4Easy
mindmeister

Free account available. Visually appealing interface with extra features. Maps can be shared for collaboration, published, printed/exported as a pdf and embedded.

Example: How to Win Friends

3Medium
Mindomo

Free acount with 7 mindmaps. Maps can be public or private and password protected. Number of features include: multimedia (image, audio, youtube video), formatting & topic relationships editing & unique mindmap URL.

Example: Mindomo Tutorial

4Medium
Text2MindMap

Completely stripped down mindmapping tool with no frills. Begin with a list and then tab in ideas from the list to indicate new nodes & subnodes on the mindmap. Maps can’t be saved using this tool

Example: Months of the Year

4Easy
WiseMapping

Free mindmapping tool that allows for collaborative mindmapping. Finished mindmaps are printable and exportable as pdf or image files. Key Features include:

  • Publish & share a mindmap
  • Insert a link into any map node & view a tiny screenshot of the website.
3Medium
exploratree

Free account provides pre-made, web based "Thinking Guides." Use the categorized templates to organize ideas. All templates can be customized or an original template can be created. Projects can be shared and edited by other users.

Example: Appraisal SWOT

4High


I want my students to publish their writing online


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Google Docs

Free Google account. Create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, form or drawing. Organize into folders, publish to the web and share documents with other users. Supports existing document upload (word & powerpoint).

Example: Interesting Ways to Use an iPod Touch in the Classroom

5Easy
Issuu
Free account allows for document uploads that can be embedded. Embed presentation is in a flipbook style where documents pages can be flipped and read easily.

Example: Emmett Till Lesson Plan

4Easy
YUDU

Free account allows for pdf uploads that can be embedded. Very similar to issuu.

Example: How to do 11 Techy Things in the New School Year

3Easy
Scribd

Free account allows pdf upload. New feature allows Google Documents to be directly uploaded within your scribd account. Scribd files can then be embedded.

Example: 10,000 Hour Rule Lesson

4Easy
Calaméo

Free account. Similar to issuu and scribd, but allows word as well as pdf upload. Embed code provided for uploaded documents.

3Easy
Docstoc

Free account allows pdf, word, spreadsheet and powerpoint uploads. Uploaded documents are given embed code.

4Easy

PiratePad

TypeWith.Me

EtherPad

All of these tools are clones of Etherpad (bought by Google) and offer the same functionality: live, online, collaborative writing. There is no sign up required; simply click to create a new pad, add multiple users through invite or by sharing the pad URL. Pads can then be downloaded as various file formats.

4Easy


I want real-time, online discussion with my students


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
TodaysMeet

Free tool allows chat rooms to be created instantly. Rooms can be: named, given specific time frame, include twitter # discussions. Quick and easy set up, but rooms are public. Try Chatzy if you need privacy

4Easy
Chatzy

Free tool allows chat rooms to be created quickly. Features Include:

  • Quick chat: invite people to join via email
  • Virtual Rooms: password protected
3Medium
Google Moderator

Students can post questions or comments to the moderated discussion. Once comments are posted, students can "vote" for the idea, or comment on a post. Comments can then be sorted based on the number of votes it received, and can be posted anonymously or require a Google account.

Example: What did you do this summer?

4Easy
Google Docs

Google Documents allows synchronous editing by multiple users on one document.

  • By default Google doc is private
  • Change by clicking “Share”
  • Make the document public
  • Allow anyone to edit
  • Distribute the URL

Example: Halloween Story

Tutorial: Google Docs in Plain English

4Easy


I want my students to search and evaluate Web Sites


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Google Advanced Search

Narrow down a search by:

  • Exact words or phrase
  • Including additional terms
  • Excluding terms
  • Choosing the file type (pdf, ppt)
  • Search within a specific domain
  • Choose where search terms are located within a website
  • Other parameters

EdTechTeacher Tutorial: Google Advanced Search

5Medium
Google Timeline
(Located in the left hand column after a Google search has been conducted.)

Search visualized into a timeline based on the dates related to the search term. Timeline is interactive and the search term can be explored down to a specific year. Timeline is great for understanding where a topic fits into a bigger historical picture.

Example: Jackie Robinson Timeline

5Easy
RefSeek

Academic search engine that makes academic information easier to access than typical search engines. Refseek cuts down on the overload of non-academic search results by eliminating sponsored links and commercial search results. 

Features include:
  • Search web
  • Search documents
  • Related search terms provided
  • Search within a site for more detailed search results

Example: Flowers Search (free of advertisements)

5Easy
Sweet Search

Search engine for students that only uses 35,000 sites. Spam sites and sites lacking academic rigor are excluded. Also, older sites that are still relevant will not be buried in the search results.

Key Features:

  • Search terms can be further explored with Yo Link by searching for a specific term within a search. Specific search results can be shared directly to Google docs.
  • Sweet Search 4 Me: search engine designed specifically for younger students.

Example: World War Two

5Easy
Wolfram Alpha

WolframAlpha is a unique, web based computation engine. The results differ in that the search results will be data driven. Whereas a Google search will provide links to endless information, this search engine will provide data. This search tools is an outstanding resource for math and science research. Provides "Examples by Topic" with tips on how to use the search engine across disciplines.

Example: United States vs. Russia - Population

5

Medium
Wayback Machine

A unique search tool that allows students to search the history of the internet. By searching a specific website or URL, students can view the changes over time and how the website has progress and changed. This tool is helpful with identifying the validity of a site in question.

Example: Boston Globe

3

Easy
Kathy Schrock's Critical Evaluation Surveys

Kathy Schrock provides a series of helpful website evaluation questions designed for different grade levels: Elementary School, Middle School, Secondary School. These were last updated in February 2009

Example: Secondary School Level

4Easy
NoodleTools

Noodle Tools provides a range of free and subscription-based web search and annotation tools. The free "Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need" tool helps students define topics, select search tools, and search effectively.

4Easy


I want to create guided research activities for my students


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Google Customized Search Engine (CSE)

Requires a Google account to make a customized search engine. Create a specific and narrowed down search engine and control what websites will be included in the search results. 

Key Features:
  • CSE is saved and can be edited later.
  • CSE generates a link that students can visit to conduct a custome search.
  • CSE generates an embed code for a blog or website.

Example: Expanding Your Horizons

5Medium
QuestGarden

WebQuests are structured Internet research exercises that lead students to create an educational product. They provide a simple structure for student inquiry on the Web, guiding them towards important questions and the most useful Web sites. There are tens of thousands of WebQuests to adapt as well as a template to create your own at QuestGarden.

Note: Check that WebQuest links are not broken.

View EdTechTeacher's Guided Inquiry Activities for more information on WebQuests.

5Easy
TrackStar

Simply collect websites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a "Track." Create your own Track or use one already made by other educators. , the instructions are clear and well illustrated and by all accounts the system is stable, well designed, and easy-to-use. You can search or create Tracks by subject, grade level, standards, etc .

Slideshow: Introduction to TrackStar

4Easy


I want to connect my students to other students around the world


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
ePals

Connect your classroom and students to other students around the world through collaborative projects. ePals allows interaction from class to class, student to student or group to group. Free service.

Unique Feature: Teachers can batch create accounts for students in their class and ePals provides a Parental Consent and Privacy form.

Tip: Join an ongoing ePals project for instant connections

4Medium
iEARN
The International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) allows classrooms to connect on international projects with other students from around the world. There are more than 30,000 schools from 130 countries involved.

Unique Feature: With over 150 projects in action, iEARN Country Coordinators will help in the process of getting your class involved in a project.

Note: Several there are excellent iEARN projects, but the service is not free.

3Medium
The Global Education Collaborative

The Global Education Collaborative (GEC) is a community for teachers interested in global education to share resources, discuss topics around global education, and engage in collaborative projects in their classrooms.

Note: Does not specifically connect classrooms, but provides access to individuals and organizations interested in collaborative projects.

4Easy
TakingITGlobal

TakingitGlobal is a social network for teachers and students that allows them to get involved in or create projects from a range of issues. View projects that are in planning or in progress and get involved.

Unique Feature: Search & create new projects with a worldwide audience.

3Medium
Skype

Download Skype for free and connect your classroom to any other Skype classroom in the world. Skype doesn't provide the connections or projects, but it allows experts in a field, authors, classrooms & students to connect quickly and easily.

Unique Feature: new Skype in the Classroom directory

Education Resources: EdTechTeacher Tutorials & Classroom2.0 Discussion

5Medium


I want my students to create online portfolios


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Wikispaces

The Basic account allows for unliminted users and 2GB storage. The Plus account ($50/yr) allows for great customization, ad-free pages & increased privacy. Teachers can be upgraded to the Plus account for free by certifying that the wiki will be used for educational purposes.

Key Feature: Create student accounts, customize privacy / security & upgrade to Plus account for free.

EdTechTeacher video tutorial: Wikis and Collaborative Learning Part I

5Medium
PBWorks
Free Wiki platform allows for 100 users and 2GB storage.

$99/yr Classroom edition allows for increased editing control.

Educators and students can create collaborative projects, share notes, publish work & portfolios online.

Example: Teaching Thoughtful Learners

4Medium
Blogger

Free blogging platform, part of a Google account. (Potentially becoming part of Google Apps for Education) Create multiple blogs within one account, easily change the layout, choose from a number of widgets and easily change comment settings to moderate reader comments.

Unique Features:

  • New layout tool allows blog layout to be changed without adjusting HTML Code.
  • Blogger in Draft now allows blogs to be made mobile friendly.

EdTechTeacher video tutorial: Getting Started with Blogging

4Medium
edublogs

Edublogs is a free blogging platform designed specifically for schools, teachers and students.

Unique Feature: Upgrade to a Pro account ($3.33 / month) and manage 50 blogs without advertising.

Video Introduction to Edublogs

5Medium
Kidblog

Kidblog is a free blogging platform designed for elementary and middle school students. Teachers can monitor and control all activity within the platform. Student blogs are private and only viewable by the teacher and class.

5Easy
Wordpress

Free blogging platform, not designed specifically for students or teachers, but it provides more options, settings, and custom design options than many other platforms.

Beginner WordPress video tutorial

4Medium


I want my students to create books, magazines, posters, or newsletters online


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Bookr

Create and share your own photobook using images from Flickr. Easily create a cover, add pages, insert images & text. This is a great option for creating online books with a shorter amount of text with image backgrounds.

Example: Snow Creatures

3Easy
Glogster

Create multimedia posters and reports infused with animations, audio, and video. (No more 2D posterboard and coloring pens!) Impressive product with strong educational outreach program. Free Basic and Premium account options. Can set up a class account. There is also a good Glogster Overview on their site to help you get started.

Example: Vertebrates and Reptiles 

5Easy
Letterpop

Free web based tool to create, publish and share newsletters. Choose from multiple templates, import pictures, edit text & click share to publish your newsletter.

Example: Letterpop Examples

4Medium
Mixbook

Create free photobooks online. Create a photobook, upload pictures & invite friends to collaborate online on the project.

Unique Feature: Upload pictures from multiple online image sharing services, add text and zoom & rotate images.

Example: Mixbook Gallery

3Medium
Bookrix

Bookrix is a free combination of social media and web based publishing that allows students to publish and share their work socially. Within Bookrix, authors can create a profile & blog that can be shared with social media websites.

Example: Bookrix Popular Books

4Medium
Penzu

Free web based journal tool. Journals are private by default, pictures can be included in entries, and journal entries can be shared via email.

Unique Feature: Penzu has the closest “feel” of paper available & mobile (iPhone & Droid) phones can access, edit and write to your Penzu journal.

5Easy
Tikatok

Publish a children’s book with Tikatok. Great option for primary grade teachers. Free teacher account allows teachers to create student accounts, create writing prompts & publish student work in traditional paper books.

Unique Feature: Student created storybooks can be saved as a pdf file that can be used on many e-readers.

Example: Tikatok Story Sparks

4Medium
Simplebooklet

No signup required (free account also available to save booklets). Click CREATE and begin to insert text, image, url, upload files, embed codes & music. Add multiple pages to the booklet & click PUBLISH when complete.

Booklets can be shared via URL, twitter or email or be made public or private.

3Medium


I want my students to record or edit audio.


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Audacity

Audacity is a free download for windows or mac that has all of the necessary features to create podcasts. Audio can be recorded live, uploaded, mixed together, cut and remixed easily. Audacity Tutorials

4Medium
GarageBand (Mac Only)

GarageBand, part of Apple iLife suite of programs, is a music studio in your mac, that can be used to make professional, high quality podcast & audio recordings. Use the built in mic to record & choose from the built in GarageBand Apple Loops for background music. This tool is easy to pick up and comes with great built-in help / support.

EdTechTeacher GarageBand Tutorials

EdTechTeacher example: A Day in the Life of a Hobo

4Medium
Vocaroo

A truly unique and quick podcasting option. Audio is recorded live on the website & then available to email or embed in a website or blog. This is a great option for a classroom without any podcasting software. Recordings can also be downloaded for future editing. Unique Feature: Instant embed code is created for any recording.

5Easy
Voicethread

VoiceThread allows students to create narrated slide shows & presentations. Upload images, record (or upload) voice comments, and publish the project online. Voicethread is great for group collaboration that allows students to engage in an ongoing discussion based on the images uploaded to the presentation. Unique Feature: Final products have a number of privacy settings that will fit within most AUP. There are also account options for educators.

Example: Russian Revolution Review

VoiceThread Project Library

5Medium
Google Voice

Google Voice is free with a google account. Create a unique phone number through google that students can call. Calls placed to a google voice account are stored in an email-like inbox that can then be downloaded as an mp3 file, or embedded. Unique Feature: Google Voice allows students to use their cell phones to create audio files.

4Easy
Hi-Q Recording (PC Download)

Download Hi-Q and begin recording podcast. Simple interface & easy to use. Unique Feature: Hi-Q allows you to record streaming audio or video that is playing on your computer.

3Easy
iPod Recorder/ Belkin TuneTalk

Turn an older model iPod into a recording device with any number of ipod recorders. With just a few ipods and recorders, many students can be recording and creating podcasts simultaneously. Once recording is complete, sync the ipod to extract the new voice recording for later use. Tip: Be sure to convert the extracted voice recording to an mp3 file or upload the recording to an editing program (garageband or audacity) to create a polished podcast.

4Medium
Chirbit

Chirbit is a free web based recording option that allows you to quickly share the recordings via facebook, twitter & through short urls. Unique Feature: Text to Chirbit option allows typed comments to be quickly turned into audio that can be shared on the web.

4Easy
Audiopal

AudioPal is a free web based service that can create recordings through phone, mic, upload or text. Unique Feature: When recording is complete, enter your email address to receive the embed code for the recording.

4Easy
Yodio

Use your cell phone to narrate pictures. Create a card (one picture & one recording) or a tour (many pictures & multiple recordings). Create a free account and include your cell phone to quickly call & record a Yodio.

4Easy
MyBrainShark

Brainshark is a free web based tool. Quickly add audio to narrate a Powerpoint or document. Use a phone to narrate the presentation and then grab the embed code for a website or blog.

3Medium
Voxli

Create a free web based, group chat with Voxli. Quickly create an audio chat room & share the url with up to 200 guests. This is a great option for a synchronous meeting, interview or group project.

4Easy
Audioboo

Either through the web, or from a mobile device, quickly create and share audio recordings. The free account allows up to five minutes of audio at a time, and students can include an image as well as their geographic location when the recordings come from a mobile device.

5Medium


I want to use an interactive whiteboard with my students.


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Triptico (Download)

Free download application that with multiple whiteboard specific tools: Word Magnets, Choose 10, Order Resource, Team Scorer & Student Selector. Tools can be manipulated with an interactive whiteboard or mouse.

5Medium
Flockdraw

Free web based tool to collaborate in real time through a unique url. Anyone can begin working on a canvas without registration, and there can be an unlimited number of collaborators on a project. Primarily used for visual arts, although it does include a text feature. Key Features:

  • Embed Code Provided
  • Chat Window
  • Save work
3Easy
Cacoo

Free online whiteboard with a tremendous amount of stock images to use on projects. Whiteboards can be exported, shared with other cacoo users or made viewable publicly. This is a great tool for collaborative design.

Key Features:

  • Board can be kept private
  • Multiple users at once
  • Huge amount of existing image content


4Medium
CoSketch

Free web based platform that allows for multi-user collaboration without an account. Simply share the url and anyone can participate. You can save your sketch image to embed, except when using Google Maps as a background.

Key Feature: Use Google Maps as a background to any workspace.

3Easy
Nota

Free web based platform that also allows for multi-user collaboration. Editors can be added to any project, but new editors do not need a Nota account, simply invite via email. Projects can be public or private. Key Features:

  • YouTube, Wikipedia & Google Maps can be included in a project.
  • Images from Flickr, Picasa and Facebook can be imported into a project.
  • Projects have embed code.
4Medium
Skribl

Quickly create a free online workspace for collaboration. Simply share the url and begin work. Upload images, text or files to work on in real time.

3Easy
Skriblink

Web based, multi-user workspace. Create a new workspace without making an account & invite others via email or URL. Workspaces can be saved (email link will be sent later) or printed when complete.

Key Features:
  • Math type supported & allows for equations to be included.
  • Chat feature included phone conferencing feature.
4Easy
Vyew

Vyew is a web based, collaborative work space. A free account allows for up to 10 collaborators on a workspace. Insert files, urls or images into the workspace.

Key Features:

  • Conference calling (number is auto generated)
  • Webcam
  • Chatroom
4High


I want my students to create and edit maps.


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Google Maps

Google Maps provides editing tools to create and personalize online map. Click the My Maps tab to create a new map. Add placemarks, highlight locations, and more.

Example: map related to the novel My Brother Sam is Dead

Google Maps User Guide

4Medium
UMapper

Quickly create, edit and annotate maps with this web based tool. Mapping services to choose from include: Bing, Google, Yahoo and Openstreet. Maps can be tagged, routes created, and media embedded within the map (audio & image). Once a map is complete it can be shared or embedded.

3Medium
Woices

Create location based audio maps with Woices in three simple steps. Pick a location, name the map and record (or upload) audio. Woices allows students to create an audio layer of information for their community or geographic location of study.

Key Feature: iPhone and Android applications allows for Woices creation on mobile phones.

3Medium
Open Street Map

Similar to Google Maps, but open-source.

3Medium
Quick Maps

Quickmaps allows you to “doodle on Google”. Choose your location, draw lines, scribble, place markers and embed the final product.

3Easy
Scribble Maps

Edit and make notations on Google Maps with this web based mapping tool. Features include: text, image & markers. Final product can be saved and shared with an embed code.

3Easy


I want my students to draw or create comics on the web.


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Sketchast

Record a sketch live as it is being created & narrate the recording. This tool is useful for having students demonstrate their understanding of math equations and concepts. When finished, the audio sketch can be embedded.

Example: Explore Sketcast

3Easy
Sketchfu

Create drawings online & play them back instantly to view the product as it was created. Finished products can be shared online. Unique Feature: Sketchfu captures art as it is being created and allows others to see the process of creating in action.

3Easy
Chogger

Create comics online by creating original art or uploading pictures to your comic strip. Add speech or thought bubbles and quickly publish a finished product.

3Medium
Kerpoof

Create fully animated comics onine with Kerpoof. Choose from a library of scenes and characters, add animation, movement, music and speech bubbles to bring a story idea to life. Extremely intuitive menu bar and helpful video tutorials make this tool quite useful. Key Feature: Teacher Account allows teachers to register students and create classes where students can collaborate on creations.

Example: Kerpoof Classroom Ideas

4Medium
ToonDoo

Free individual account, Premium educator account is based on number of participants and length of use, fees are reasonable. Education account allows for greater privacy and security. Completed projects can be shared or embedded.

Example: ToonDoo Hall of Fame

3Medium
ReadWriteThink - Comic Creator

Extremely easy comic strip tool. The features are at a minimum: import people, text and props. Projects can be printed when complete.

4Easy
Scratch

Scratch is a simplified programming language that allows students to create their own multi-media, interactive stories. There is a great deal of educational support material, including forums, ScratchED online community, videos, reference guide and ideas to get started. Scratch must be downloaded for use.

Example: Featured Projects

4Medium


I want to create tests, quizzes, and games online.


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Quia

Quia provides an online platform specifically for teachers to create quizzes, games and assignments online. The annual educator account is $49. Unique Feature: Students receive instant feedback on their quizzes and assignments. There are over 15 assignment types to choose from and teachers can share and collaborate on created assignments.

Example: Quia Sample Activities

4Medium
Hot Potatoes

This is a program that can be downloaded (Windows and Mac) to create assignments online. Assignment options include: multiple choice, short answer, jumbled sentence, crossword, matching, and gap filled. This is not intended as a test generator, but instead as a language exercise generator.

Example: Example Exercises

3Medium
Easy Test Maker

This tool is a free, onilne test generator that allows you to create: multiple choice, fil in the blank, matching, short answer & true and false questions. Unique Feature: All question types can be included on one creation & alternate versions of test can be created instantly (with the Plus account, $14.95).

4Medium
QuizStar

Free web based testing manager that allows educators to create a class, quizzes, administer quizzes and view results. Unique Feature: Multimedia files can be included in quizzes. There is also a unique student log in page with a tutorial.

4Medium


I want my students to organize, bookmark and edit their research online.


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Evernote

Add notes, images, URL and clips from the web to this online organizational tool. With a free account, students can create folders for specific classes or research projects. Each new note that is added can be placed in a specific folder.

Key Features:

  • Tag notes with specific keywords. Keywords can be searched later to find specific research notes.
  • Pictures taken with cell phone can be text messages or emailed to Evernote account.
  • iPhone & Android application allows for research and note taking away from computer.


4Medium
Springpad

Free online organization tool, similar to Evernote. Create new folders to store an organize notes, bookmarks & URLs.

Key Features:

  • Google Chrome Extension & iPhone application
  • Look up ideas within Springpad that you want to add
  • Tag notes with keywords

3Medium
WebKlipper

Find online content, website or document. Insert the URL into Webklipper and the website can now have notations placed onto the content. The notations made on the URL are saved via a unique URL that can be shared with others. Users can demonstrate how they read a document based on the notations left behind.

4Medium
Diigo

Diigo is a great tool to create, share, and annotate bookmarks. Create or join a group and share bookmarks with colleagues, students, and others. Annotation tools surpass Delicious.

Note: Delicious is a popular alternative, but is no longer supported by Yahoo.

EdTechTeacher video tutorial: Social Bookmarking with Diigo

5Easy


I want to find or create rubrics for multimedia projects.


ToolDescriptionUsefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
Rubistar

Use their pre-made rubrics for various types of projects, or create and customize a rubric to fit your specific needs.

4Medium
Rubric Machine

Type a topic into a search box, and choose from a vast number of rubrics.

3Medium
University of Wisconsin-Stout Rubric Page

Rubrics available for assessment of web and multimedia projects. Topics include:

  • Wikis
  • Web Sites
  • Podcasts
  • Writing
  • Oral Presentations
  • Research
4Easy
Teach-Nology Rubric Tools

This site provides an extensive list of rubrics, rubric generators and collections to choose from.

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I want to connect to other teachers to share ideas and resources.


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Ning

Ning allows anyone to create and customize their own social networking site. Ning enables educators to connect with each other to share materials, ideas, teaching strategies, and more. The most popular educator community Ning is Classroom 2.0. Examples:

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Twitter

Twitter is a free web tool that many educators use to connect to others. Twitter asks the question: “What are you doing?” Members respond in 140 characters or lesst. The power of Twitter is learning from and connecting with people on Twitter.

Tip: Find people with similar interests who you respect and follow them. Tweet regularly so people follow you.

EdTechTeacher Twitter for Teachers video tutorial

List of teachers on Twitter

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