I recently heard about this fun little site called “Spell with Flickr.” Take a look at the image I created as a demo:
While I must admit, it is more fun than educational, I am certain that many of our creative students and teachers could come up with many ways to connect this tool to learning. Check out the tutorial below to see how it works. Endless possibilities!
Smore is a fantastic site to create digital flyers and newsletters. If you are looking for a way to share information about your classroom, this is a very easy tool to use. With a simple drag-and-drop, fill-in-the-blank template, you can create a digital flyer or newsletter in no time. You can even embed the flyer right into a website, share it through social media or send it as an email.
We have had teachers all over the district revamping their newsletter with the help of Smore. Watch the quick video tutorial below to learn how to get started!
I recently stumbled upon a fantastic web tool called SoundTrap. Years ago, I used a free software program called Audacity to create podcasts with students. While I still adore Audacity, I have been looking for a web-based tool to take its place for quite awhile. Because SoundTrap is hosted on the web, users have the ability to work collaboratively on an audio project and there is even a special version just for kids. The site has fantastic tutorials to help you figure out how to get started on creating original music tracks or podcasts. Check out my podcast demo below. Although my audio sounds a tad echo-y, I was still able to put my podcast together in about 5 minutes!
Whether you need to flip a coin to settle who goes first, choose a name from a list of many, or pick some numbers for your Powerball ticket, we all encounter situations where a website or app would come in quite handy.
Enter Random.org. This website, iOS and Android app have dozens of ways to help you make a random number or word selection. Using atmospheric noise, Random.org has a method of generating a truly random response every single time.
I love this site and the app is a great addition to my smartphone. Check out the quick tutorial below!
If you have never checked out the website, Canva, you should definitely take a look. Canva gives you the ability to create beautifully designed web content to engage audiences. Canva is meant for sharing, so it is the perfect place to create graphics with a quote or information that you want shared with others. Check out the quick tutorial below!
Scheduling time to meet with colleagues, administrators, parents and students can be time-consuming in and of itself. Did you know that there is a way to schedule appointments right inside Google Calendar? Watch the video tutorial below to learn how you can quickly add appointments onto your Google Calendar so that your time can be scheduled and documented right onto your calendar.
Permanent Clipboard is a fantastic Chrome extension that saves you precious time. This little extension stores large amounts of text coded with a short description so that you can easily paste the same text over and over again without retyping. Think about every time you type the same words for student feedback, the same nightly homework reminders, or the same response to commonly received emails. Permanent Clipboard will give you seconds of your life back each time you use it. You’re going to wonder how you lived without it!
Have you always wondered about Skyping with students but just did not know where to start? Wonder no more! Skype in the Classroom is an amazing resource of classrooms, experts, and digital field trips all waiting for you to connect with. Imagine how relevant learning would be if students were Skyping with real experts, real authors, real scientists! Break down your classroom walls and let the world in with Skype!