Tools for classroom use
Lots of new tools featured on this Libguide I created for our school community

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

Edited by Richard Byrne, blogger who writes Free Technology for Teachers

Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small, using your computer, phone, and the web. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. Evernote will keep it all safe. Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable. If you like, you can add tags or organize notes into different notebooks.It's a cloud based application. You create an account, and can access it from any computer or smartphone, anywhere.

10 Evernote tips for school - Education series

Over 50.000 teachers and students all over the world are using SymbalooEDU as a Personal Learning Environment tool.

Soundcloud Very easy audio creation tool. Sign up, record your track and embed into blogs, wikis, nings etc.
Audio Recording on Monday night by jennyluca

Slideshare You can use Slideshare to upload PowerPoint presentations. I often search Slideshare to find presentations about the latest technology offerings. You can learn a lot from the Slideshare community. An advantage of uploading a presentation to Slideshare is that you can track viewing statistics.
Take a look at this Slideshare presentation - hats off to Jesse for initiative. A teachable moment for our students, don't you think?
The World's Greatest Opportunity
View more presentations from @JESSEDEE.


LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the Web

  • Collect your resources
  • Organize them neatly and easily
  • Present them with pride

"Edmodo is a free participatory learning environment that brings safe and secure collaboration between teachers and students. The platform creates a vehicle for students and teachers to engage in a virtual classroom experience where topics for any subject may be presented, discussed, discovered, analyzed, and/or assessed by students and teachers. While students can interact within our system, the teachers and administrators have total control and visibility."

Capzles Create rich multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents.

Use Wallwisher to get feedback about student understanding of concepts, to aggregate information, to share thinking transparently.

Collaborative storytelling. Easy for junior students to use.
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.

Storybird Quick Tour from Storybird on Vimeo.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.
Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

Using Voicethread for digital conversations - Bill Ferriter's handy tips.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy
Khan Academy

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"The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

We are complementing Salman's ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World."
Take a look at Salman Khan's resources. Does this challenge our current education system, or compliment it?Bill Gates talks about the Khan Academy on the Gates Notes.
One Word
"simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following screen.
you have sixty seconds to write about it.
click ‘go’ and the page will load with the cursor in place.
don’t think. just write."
A very simple site to use. I used to begin English lessons using this.

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