Thursday, February 23, 2017

Story Maps

Esri Story Maps are a simple yet powerful way to inform, engage, and inspire people with any story you want to tell that involves maps, places, locations, or geography. They make it easy for you to harness the power of maps to tell your story.
Esri Story Maps are web applications that let authors combine beautiful maps with narrative text, striking images, and multimedia, including video. The applications are designed to be attractive and usable by anyone, which makes them great for education and outreach, either to the general public or to a specific audience.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Easelly


 Easelly is a website that makes it easy for students to create infographics. Free to use and loaded with many free templates.

The AASL (American Association of School Librarians) commended Easel.ly for being simple enough that even a child in the 6th grade could successfully navigate the site and design their infographic without adult assistance.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Class Messenger

Class Messenger was created to put Teachers, Parents and Students in sync. Each day millions of pieces of information fall through the cracks between these three groups. The results add up to create a huge drain on the education process. Teachers end up with unprepared students. Parents spend their time interrogating their children instead of supporting them.
By creating a constant stream of private communication specific to the needs of each class, student and parent, Class Messenger makes everyone’s lives a lot more simplified as well as keeping everyone on track in the same direction.
They offer 7 different types of specialized two way messaging critical to the pre-K to 8 classroom:
  1. Messages with pictures and documents (Dropbox & Google Drive integration)
  2. Surveys
  3. Timeslot Meetings (parent-teacher interviews)
  4. Group Meetings
  5. Donations
  6. Volunteer Requests
  7. Order Forms
Unlike chat products, your messages can be SCHEDULED and automatically REPEATED as needed.
Most important, Intelligent Messaging is built into everything so if you send out a Donation request, it will automatically send follow up reminders to Parents who have not answered you yet…but leave everyone else alone. It’s like having your own personal assistant to do your follow up for you.
Also included: STAFFROOM
Teachers and administrators can create a private messaging network just for the Staff of a school along with great tools for organizing Volunteers and Meetings.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides reference articles from more than 4,000 reference books. You can think of it as a search engine for encyclopedia entries. The guest version features the option to read the text aloud, related terms and links to articles, and a citation at the bottom.

This would be a great resource for students to use when they are beginning their research.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kudoboard

Kudoboard is a platform designed to help you create and send digital greetings from a group of people. Similar to padlet it is a blank space where you add digital notes. Kudoboard lets you include pictures and videos in your notes. Just like Padlet you can invite others to write notes on the wall with you. What makes Kudoboard different from using Padlet is that you can specify a time to send your wall of notes to a recipient.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

GameOn World

GameOn World is a free geography game system developed by a teacher and student from Maine.  It is similar to Kahoot. The teacher projects the game questions on a screen and students reply from their phones, tablets, or laptops. One of the convenient features of GameOn World is that you don't have to create an account in order to start playing fun geography and history games with your students.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sqworl



Free bookmarking tool for teachers and students. In Sqworl you can create groups or bundles of bookmarks to share with your students and or colleagues. It provides a convenient way for you or your students to share collections of resources created while researching or browsing the web.

You can add descriptive notes to the individual visual bookmarks within a bundle. 


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Below are two videos showing the various features of Sqworl. 

From: Sqworl.com




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