Thursday, December 1, 2016

PlayPosit

Deliver video like you teach! A free tool to embed rich, dynamic questions into online video and track student understanding.

Transform video content you find online (YouTube, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, TeacherTube, Vimeo, etc.) into an interactive learning experience for your students. By presenting questions that students engage with as the video progresses, you keep students accountable to the material and, through our analytics, know who watched the video, where misconceptions arose, and what material needs to be retaught.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

US Census Statistics in Schools

Educate your students about the value and everyday use of statistics. The Statistics in Schools program provides resources for teaching and learning with real life data. Explore the site for standards-aligned, classroom-ready activities.

Activities can be sorted by grade level or by content areas (Social Studies, Geography, Math, Sociology)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Humanizing America



The Futuro Media Group, led by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and her digital editorial team, investigates how the nation’s changing demographics are impacting the 2016 election. Humanizing America is a series of documentary shorts presenting underreported human stories from the American electorate. We incorporate gripping character-driven storytelling, cutting-edge infographics and a strong sense of location and community, with the immersive first-person reporting style of Maria Hinojosa.
Humanizing America was selected by The Pluribus Project as part of the organization's Narrative Collaboratory. 

Each video is only 5 minutes long and discussion guides are available for  use with the videos.


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Toony Tool

ToonyTool.com is a free online cartoon maker and comic creator tool: Create and share your own cartoons, comics and memes online for free. Choose a background or upload your own background. Add your own or our characters en choose from our text clouds. You can also add Meme texts or props. Download, print or email the resulting cartoon or save it online and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Does not require an email address or any kind of site registration in order to create comics.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Living Room Candidate


The Living Room Candidate contains more than 300 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, when Madison Avenue advertising executive Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower that short ads played during such popular TV programs as I Love Lucy would reach more voters than any other form of advertising. This innovation had a permanent effect on the way presidential campaigns are run.


In a media-saturated environment in which news, opinions, and entertainment surround us all day on our television sets, computers, and cell phones, the television commercial remains the one area where presidential candidates have complete control over their images. Television commercials use all the tools of fiction filmmaking, including script, visuals, editing, and performance, to distill a candidate's major campaign themes into a few powerful images. Ads elicit emotional reactions, inspiring support for a candidate or raising doubts about his opponent. While commercials reflect the styles and techniques of the times in which they were made, the fundamental strategies and messages have tended to remain the same over the years.
It also includes a great tool for students called The Living Room Candidate Ad Maker. The Ad Maker can be used by students to remix old advertisements, sound bites, and images to create new campaign commercials. The teachers page on The Living Room Candidate offers nine lesson plans for teaching about the historical context of campaigns, analyzing campaign ads, and creating new campaign ads.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Watch The Debates

Watch the Debates is a PBS NewsHour website that offers videos of the Presidential debate of 1960 and every debate from 1976 forward. The site also includes videos of some debates between candidates for Vice President. 

Watch the Debates lets you find debate videos according to year and or issue. Once you have found a video you can register your reactions to the arguments candidates make in the videos. You register your reaction by using thumbs-up and thumbs-down icons. You can register a reaction as often as every five seconds in a video. When you register your reaction you will be shown graph of how other viewers responded at the same point in the video.


For ideas of how to use this in your classroom visit Free Technology For Teachers.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What Was There

The WhatWasThere project was inspired by the realization that we could leverage technology and the connections it facilitates to provide a new human experience of time and space – a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.

The premise is simple: provide a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: Location and Year. If enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, together we will weave together a photographic history of the world (or at least any place covered by Google Maps). So wherever you are in the world, take a moment to upload a photograph and contribute to history!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Adobe Spark

Create in minutes.  Share effortlessly.  Get inspired.

Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes.

A family of apps depending on what you'd like to create.  

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Spark Posts:  Pick a photo, add text, and apply a design filter.

Spark Page:  Turn words and images into beautiful magazine-style web stories

Spark Video:  Record your voice, add photos or icons, and enhance it with professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion.

Spark Guide for Schools and Teachers

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Symbaloo

Symbaloo is a personal start page that allows you to easily navigate the web and compile your favorite sites all into one visual interface. Save your bookmarks in the cloud and access them from anywhere with any device. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SoundTrap

With Soundtrap you make music online. You can plug in your own instrument, use the software instruments available in Soundtrap or just record a song directly with your computer microphone. It's super-easy!  It allows you to start, edit and collaborate on your recordings wherever you are. Everything is stored in the cloud.

It's also great for making podcasts.  It's easy to add tracks, import music, sound effects or record your own voice.

The free version limits you to 5 projects.  There is a paid EDU version that offers additional features.


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Docs Teach

DocsTeach: The online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives.

The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation's record keeper. We save documents and other materials created in the course of business conducted by the U.S. Federal government that are judged to have continuing value. We hold in trust for the public the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights — but also the records of ordinary citizens — at our locations around the country.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

AZ Screen Recorder



AZ Screen Recorder is an app for creating screencasts on your Android phone or tablet. 

To create a screencast with AZ Screen Recorder on your Android device simply install it then open it and tap the record icon. You will see a three second countdown timer appear on your screen and then you'll be recording. You can talk over your recording to explain what you're showing on your screen. When you're done just tap the stop button and your recording is saved on your device. You can share your recording directly to Google Drive, YouTube, or any other file storage service that is connected to your Android device. 



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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BandLab

BandLab is a free service that enables you to create music in your web browser or through free Androidand iOS apps. In BandLab's you can create soundtracks using any of the virtual instruments that are provided. You can also speak or sing to record a track. Within the BandLab editor you can mix your tracks together to create a song. If you have existing audio files on your computer, you can upload those to incorporate into your BandLab creations.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Save to Google

Saves a webpage to Google.Easily save interesting webpages to Google with the new Save to Google extension. 
One-click save: Click the star to save webpages for later viewing. Easily navigate your saves via an intuitive visual UI.  
One spot for webpages and Images: Your saved webpages and saved images from Google Image Search will live together at google.com/save. Organize your images: Add Tags to organize your saved webpages and images.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ReadWorks

The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students.
ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.
The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most importantly, ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension.
With a free ReadWorks account you can search for lessons and reading passages by grade level, lexile score, reading skill, subject area, and text type (fiction or non-fiction). In your ReadWorks account you can create digital binders of the lesson plans and reading passages that you want to use.
ReadWorks is launching ReadWorks Digital. ReadWorks Digital is a service that will allow you to send reading assignments to students, have them take short quizzes about those reading assignments, and grade the assignments online. This is a departure from how ReadWorks currently works as you currently have to print all assignments or email them as PDF attachments. 
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Monday, May 9, 2016

BrainFlex

The challenge is a free program that students can use to keep their math and science skills sharp through the summer while also learning some new knowledge and gaining new skills. Students register for the program then track their skills review through the CK-12 Brainflex website. The CK-12 Summer Challenge is self-paced and students choose the subjects that they want to review.

Teachers can send invitations to students to participate in the CK-12 Summer Challenge. With those invitations teachers can include suggestions for subjects to review. CK-12 also provides a template for a letter to send home to parents with suggestions on subjects for their children to review over the summer. That letter could be sent to the parents of the students moving on from your classroom this summer or to the parents of the students you're expecting to see in the fall.






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Friday, May 6, 2016

Stackup

Allow students to explore the web and read what interest them, or create guidelines and assign specific categories or websites to read at. Create challenges to encourage students, and see how they are progressing in live time. Allow students to see other students scores, or chose to keep it private.

Stackup securely measures your time learning anywhere on the web. Then it automatically scores and categorizes that time into 60 subject areas – from Aerospace to Zoology Stackup’s smart browser extension captures & scores your engagement anywhere online. Browse the web normally and it knows when you are engaged. TEACHERS & STUDENTS are using Stackup to track independent reading in and out of the classroom.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Category Tabs for Google Keep™


 Tired of wasting time looking look through and re-sorting all of your notes on Google Keep?

With Category Tabs for Google Keep™, you can now sort your new and existing notes by category. Each category represents one color. Adding a note to a category is very easy, just change the color of the note. When you want to view the notes you have sorted by color, simply click on the note color you wish to view. If you would like to view your you entire collection of notes/checklists, there is an “All” option next to the color options (this option is set by default).
Category Tabs for Google Keep™ seamlessly integrates into the page and the options to look at your notes/checklists in list view or gird view is still available. The ability to post a quick note/list/picture is still available as well and is still placed in the same spot as it usually is. This application supports all the colors offered by Google Keep.
You can access the settings by opening the menu in google keep, and hit "Customize Categories"


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kami

Kami is a cloud-based all-in-one document viewer and markup tool. View, annotate, share and collaborate your files on Chrome. Works with Google Drive.

Files Supported:
• PDF (.pdf)
• Documents (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, RTF)
• Powerpoint (Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Slides)
• Sheets (Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets)
• Image Files (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif)
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Key features (free):
• View files in a browser
• Instantly share files with other people
• Highlight text
• Add text
• Underline text
• Strikethrough text
• Add a comment
• Add voice annotation
• Real-time collaboration
• Split and merge files
• Freehand drawing
• OCR for scanned PDF files (detect text on scanned files)
• Use Kami with other browsers (works with Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari)
• Offline support
• In-app Advertising

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Gooru

Gooru provides a free personalized learning solution that enables teachers to find, remix, and share collections of web resources on any K-12 topic. Remix one that already exists or start your own from scratch.  With millions of free multimedia resources, quiz questions, and data analytics, Gooru makes it easy for teachers to address individual students’ needs.  
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Find standards-aligned multimedia learning materials
Remix web and original content to create custom collections
Share collections with students to meet their unique needs
Monitor students’ engagement, comprehension, and progress

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Power Poetry

Power Poetry promotes a love a poetry. Once students register, they can post a poem, comment on another’s work, compete in a poetry contest, enter a poetry slam for a chance to win scholarship money or get advice from an experienced mentor. Note: the site has no restrictions on profanity or mature themes.

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TeenInk

An online literary magazine for students 13 and up allows teens to share their writing and art work and get feedback from peers or offer feedback to others. Students can also use it to get examples of genres, such as poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, photography, and videos, or browse topics to get ideas for their own works. Content is screened by editors and comments are monitored to ensure they are mostly positive and/or constructive. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Write the World

This social media platform for student writers allows teens to set up a profile and connect with peers to share their work. The writing prompt section lets students choose topics to inspire their writing. The prompts include a topic question as well as examples, guiding ideas and other supports to inspire thoughtful responses and critical thinking. 

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PlagTracker

The best FREE plagiarism checker. Check a paper online and detect plagiarism with their software! The most accurate results, easy and usable report.

**Remember, no plagiarism checker is perfect and can at times, return false positives, so don’t rely on them totally! Temper the results with your best judgment.

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Youth Voices


Designed for K-12 teachers, Youth Voices encourages students to write essays and poetry on current events and other topics of interest. Students must register with their school to post, but any student can read and browse. Themes and topics can be controversial and disturbing, so it’s not recommended for kids under 12.


Youth Voices is a site for conversations. They invite youth of all ages to voice their thoughts about their passions, to explain things they understand well, to wonder about things they have just begun to understand, and to share discussion posts with other young people using as many different genres and media as they can imagine!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

fav7

Ever wish you could easily give your students a quick list of websites?  fav7 offers users the ability to create a short page which can hold up to seven website addresses so you only have one link to share with others. 

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In addition they also offer you 
  • a screenshot of the urls you are about to visit 
  • tell you how safe the links are 
  • and whether you should use caution before proceeding

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

VideoAnt


Easily Annotate Videos.  VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. To have others annotate the video with you, send them the VideoANT link. You are the only person that has to have a VideoANT account. Your collaborators do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the annotation process with you.

"How To" blog post and video.



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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

World Cloud Generator

Use this add-on to quickly assess what your emerging theme is, how to best categorize your document, or if it is someone's else's document - find out the theme of the document without reading it. 
The #1 Word Cloud add-on for Google Docs just got tricked out. Loads of new features including control over number of words, prettifying the cloud, dropping words and including a word count table in the document. 
We have completely revamped the code and added several new features. You can: ->Use an Advanced Tab that lets you play with the word cloud->Control the # of words you want to display in the cloud->Let the add-on make the cloud “pretty” automatically ->Drop specific words (with type ahead help)->Insert a word count table in the document

Students can also utilize this add-on by seeing which words they use the most often in writing and switching them out with synonyms. 


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vibby

Vibby is the easiest way to show portions of any YouTube video.  Focus your viewers on the moments that really matter by clipping and sharing a video's best parts! Comment, share and discuss them with anyone!


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Joe Zoo

Google Docs is good, but not great for teachers.

Giving writing feedback, building rubrics and grading docs are all painful for teachers - wasting 18+ hours per class assignment. JoeZoo thinks teacher time is too valuable to waste in Google Docs. So we build better tools for teachers.

JoeZoo Express, our Google Docs add-on, has 3 time-saving marking tools:

+ Writing Feedback
+ Rubric Builder
+ Grading Assignments

Our tools are automated, teacher-designed, preloaded with feedback and requires no student installation - facts that have resulted in our nomination for the Digital Innovation in Learning award (DILA).

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Sortd - Gmail Smart Skin

Effortlessly organize emails & tasks in a single Gmail workspace

Sortd is the first ever smart skin for Gmail.  It enhances your Gmail experience, providing a seamless, intuitive way to plan and prioritize emails & tasks in a single Gmail workspace.

FEATURES
* Works inside Gmail (no need to switch to another app for your priorities)
* Neat multi-list Trello-style layout
* Drag and Drop to prioritize your emails
* Manage ToDo's and emails in the same Workspace
* Rename your lists so Sortd works the way you work
* Don't like the subject of an email? Rename it
* Group multiple conversations together
* With your Sortd follow-up list you'll never drop a ball again

Separate the signal from the noise and focus on the emails and priorities that count.  With Sortd, productivity takes on a whole new meaning.


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Friday, March 25, 2016

Noteflight

Noteflight is an easy to use, full-featured application to write, play back and share musical scores. Write sheet music using their award winning notation editor and become part of the world's best online music composition community. Share your scores to get feedback from other composers and musicians and learn from viewing and listening to their shared scores. Noteflight works with all modern web browsers and on many mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

BeeLine Reader

BeeLine Reader makes reading faster and easier by using a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. WithBeeLine Reader, you can finish your work fast and with less eyestrain.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Smithsonian Open F|S


Online access to the complete digitized collections of the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Freer Study Collection. With more than 40,000 works available for high-resolution download—expanding regularly with new acquisitions—you can explore the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art from anywhere in the world, whenever you like. Images can be used for all non-commercial purposes.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

rowCall

Google Sheets Add-On
rowCall sorts rows from your main sheet by the column you select and creates individual sheets for every unique cell in that column.

rowCall filters rows from your main Google Sheet by whatever column you select and then creates individual sheets for every unique cell in that column. This calls the rows out into their own space. If the automatic setting is enabled, any new entry or alteration to the main sheet, manual or form driven, will be fed to the individual sheets.

It can be used for a variety of purposes, such using a Google Form for assessments or self assessment. For example; each week students complete a self-assessment rubric form, the form is completed by all students in the class sending the results to the form response sheet. A teacher can then use the rowCall Add-on to create a separate sheet for each student and quickly view their individual entries in addition to the whole class summary of results from the form response sheet. Each new form entry will go to the form response sheet as well as each individual sheet if the automatic setting is enabled, thus providing a master sheet of the whole class scores each time a form entry is made and auto updating the individual sheets with their scores.


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