Evernote A space to empty your brain. Evernote offers an easy way to remember things. The purpose of this tool is to help you store notes, clips, files, images, webpages in one central place. It can be accessed on any device. I like this tool for educational purposes because it gives students opportunity to collaborate and share notes or projects with each other.
SMART Notebook A software that can be used to create interactive lessons that are engaging for students. I have used this tool in my classroom to design math lessons. I used this tool in conjunction with our interactive white board. There is also an app for iPad. You can also use SMART Notebook Express online at no cost.
Easiteach An interactive white board software that has drawing tools, widgets, multi-touch manipulation, multi-language support, and more. I used this tool in my classroom in conjunction with Visible Thinking Routines. They have a free 30 day trail.
Diigo A free bookmarking tool that allows you to collaborate with others. A knowledge management tool to annotate reading, organize information, and build your personal library. You never have to worry about broken links because webpages are archived.
Lino A free bulletin board that can be used for discussion, photo sharing, and collaboration through the use of colorful sticky notes. I used this tool during a collaborative discussion in MAETy1.
Padlet An easy free tool that provides instant collaboration because you can see everyones activity on the wall intstantly . It has privacy settings, which makes it a great tool to use in the classroom. Multimedia can be pasted up to the board and there are several fun layouts. You have the option to embed a wall onto your blog or website.
Todays Meet A way to connect with your audience through a backchannel. This is a free tool and it allows audience members to ask questions and discuss. It is nice to use this in class because it may bring out voice in your more reserved students.
Wordle A tool that allows you to generate your own word cloud. Words that appear bigger are the ones that are used more often in the text. One way to use this tool in the classroom is to create a word cloud of the Pledge of Allegiance to see what the key words are. This can be used to start a discussion and is a great launch to a lesson.
Tagxedo A tool that can create a visually appealing word clouds that highlights frequent words in any given text. I use this tool to make a nice visual including all of the names of my students in my class. We hang this up in the classroom for the year. It acts as our classroom logo.
Tagul A free word cloud generator. Features include a choice of rich fonts, roll over features, and custom colors and shapes. I made one to describe my Taboo word in MAETy1.
Weebly for Education Weebly provides an easy, user friendly way to create a classroom website and blog. It is a nice tool because it gives the teacher the authority to manage and monitor each student’s account. I use Weebly for my classroom website, my digital portfolio, and I had my students create their own websites and blogs.
Hour of Code A website to learn, teach, and promote learning of coding and computer science. Full of tutorials for beginners and resources for learning code beyond one hour. My kindergarten class created a greeting ecard to send to our families for the holidays. A great way to expose children to the new literacy of code.
Google Drive A free place to organize and create documents, presentations, drawings, spreadsheets, and forms. Google Drive is great to use in the classroom because my students were able to create and share their work with me by simply dragging their work into a shared folder. They could also collaborate with each other on different projects.
Go Noodle Everyone needs a little break in their day. Go Noodle lets that happen in the classroom! A free brain break resource that is motivating for students and channels good energy. The more brain breaks you do, the higher the level you get to. It is fun and a great outlet for myself and my students.
Tinker Cad An online tool that students can create a CAD model for a 3D printer. Encourages the Design Think Process and Maker Education. You can use these designs in conjunction with Daqri 4D Studio.
Thingyverse A website where you can explore and create 3D files. You can use these in conjunction with Daqri 4D Studio and Makerbot 3D printers.
Storify This tool lets you collect, publish, and share your own story. It isn’t just a place to dump everything and curate but rather to make sense of what you have gathered. It has social media elements and allows you to conduct searches. Storify helps you make your story go viral.
SymbalooEdu A curation resource where you can access videos and documents without search or typing in the web address. This tools is useful because is visually organizes through a web net. I like this tool because I am a very visual person (like many of my students). The free version is perfect for educational purposes.
SafeShare.tv Want a way to share youtube videos without the potentially inappropriate ads? Use this tool to filter it all and generate safe links to share with your students. This tool is super easy to use. Just a simple copy and paste and voila! You have a safe link to share.
Blendspace This tool can be used to support the blended classroom, flipped classroom, project-based learning, and differentiated instruction. I have used this tool to create a lesson on the Wicked Problem of Failure. This tool allows you to house various links, videos, images, and documents in one common space.