TeachersFirst Edge

New web 2.0 tools appear each day. Many of these tools were not originally intended for classroom use, but they can be powerful learning tools for today's techno-savvy students and their more adventurous teachers. These sites appear (and frequently disappear) very quickly, launched by creative techno-geeks out there in the world.

Many of these tools require a higher-than-average set of teacher tech skills or some extra monitoring to assure student "safety." TeachersFirst Edge reviews these "tools on the Edge" carefully, and with specific ideas for using them safely and effectively in teaching and learning. Reviews point out any safety or policy concerns for the tool and offer links to management tips for each concern.

Especially popular is this subset of the Edge: BYOD Dream Tools: Free tools that work on any device. Look for the device agnostic tool tag in any review.

This is the world your students already know. Try teaching in their vernacular. A little adventurousness makes for powerful learning.

See General Tips for using Edge Tools - a must for first-time users

Browse the full listing of detailed safety/school policy tips or save time by reading them as needed from each tool review.

Learn about school web filtering, a critical issue with many "Edge" tools

If you try one of these tools and find it especially useful, be sure to leave a comment on it to share your students' successes with other teachers. If you know of another tool that teachers would find beneficial, please suggest it via our webmaster account, as a "suggested resource."

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Cloudschool - Wyzed

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K to 12
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Teachers can create and deliver classroom content online with this free, easy-to-use web application. As a teacher, staying organized can be a challenge. Keep all of your units and...more
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Teachers can create and deliver classroom content online with this free, easy-to-use web application. As a teacher, staying organized can be a challenge. Keep all of your units and lesson plans in one place with Cloudschool. Students can access course content at any time via URL on any device without logging in. After creating an account, design courses with individual lessons using content you select and upload based on school standards. Add lessons, homework, assignments, even embed Google Docs and other content; then "publish" some, or all of the content. Your account is a personal education website called a Teaching Space whose URL you share with others. After logging in, use the Dashboard to navigate and easily manage all your Courses and Lessons. Mark courses with a tag so they will come up for anybody who visits your Teaching Space, or password protect your Lessons. Share with other teachers or students by sending Lessons and Courses via email. Download lessons as Word docs. Students can only interact via class discussions you set up and monitor in the lessons. As a simple learning management system, Cloudschool facilitates delivery of curricular content, and keeps you organized with your lessons and units. Find them easily next year! While free for individuals, there is a charge for institutions.

tag(s): classroom management (127), teaching strategies (25)

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Watch the short videos on the landing page to see how Cloudschool works; once signed up, you will have access to the very complete Help section. Within each course, create and distribute text-based or multimedia lessons containing a variety of formats which may be embedded, including audio, video, PDFs, and worksheets. Add discussion questions to all Lessons for students to reply to within your course environment. Use toolbars at the top as main controls for each page for easy navigation and creation. The left-side navigation menu links to Courses, Lessons, Curriculum Lists, and Files. Helpful tips appear by hovering over buttons. Click into a Course to add a new Lesson, then choose a Template, or use the Create New Lesson button. A Plus button at the top center of the page adds text, images, audio, and video to your lesson. Include homework, student discussion, assignments, and assessments which students submit outside of the Cloudschool environment. Notifications are available. After creating lessons, use your Teaching Space to give large or small group in-class presentations. Consider putting a bookmark on classroom computers to the lesson the students are to work on. You could also share the lessons on your class website. Share lesson plans with colleagues and administrators. Cloudschool is useful for any teacher to organize content and deliver it easily to individual students in class or at home as part of blended or flipped classroom environments. No classroom management tools are available since students do not register.

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Classroom Heroes - Classroom Heroes

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K to 12
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Manage and reward classroom behaviors with Classroom Heroes. Students choose their superhero avatar and receive gold stars for positive behaviors. Instantly send messages to individual...more
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Manage and reward classroom behaviors with Classroom Heroes. Students choose their superhero avatar and receive gold stars for positive behaviors. Instantly send messages to individual or groups of parents including images. Classroom Heroes' online portal offers parents access to their child's behavior, schedule, and attendance. This tool will become active in September 2016; get on their email list NOW for notification when it becomes active. Please be aware that Classroom Heroes falls under the FERPA laws for "directory information" and "educational records." Any school getting funds from the Department of Education (public schools) is required to disclose to parents and get written consent to use Classroom Heroes with their child.

tag(s): behavior (46), classroom management (127), DAT device agnostic tool (187), gamification (62), parents (54)

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Consider using this program to reward a group of the week. Award points for positive behaviors such as participation, helping others, creativity, hard work, or create categories yourself. Use Classroom Heroes for identifying behaviors and providing immediate feedback to students. Use this tool to help your unfocused students stay on task. Share this site with students on the first day of school as you go over class expectations and your behavior plan for your classroom. Use Classroom Heroes to offer positive feedback to parents and students.

Are you a regular education teacher with special education students mainstreamed into your classroom? Use Classroom Heroes to keep track of student behaviors privately, and send a report to special education teachers or parents. This tool could be invaluable to life skills, autistic support, gifted, or emotional support teachers who need to track the behavior of each of the students as part of an IEP/GIEP. Alternative ed programs may find this tool very useful, as well, even up through high school.

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Knowledge Maps - Pavneet Tiwana & Arjun Tuli

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K to 12
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Knowledge Maps provides a resource for community problem solving. Sign up using Gmail or FaceBook. First-time members are asked to choose a map. An introduction wizard will then come...more
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Knowledge Maps provides a resource for community problem solving. Sign up using Gmail or FaceBook. First-time members are asked to choose a map. An introduction wizard will then come up and walk you through how to use Knowledge Maps, or you can decide to skip the intro. Then, start a map by posing a question or problem and invite friends and other community members to recommend resources. After receiving and reviewing resources, share with others as part of the Knowledge Maps community.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), social networking (114)

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Knowledge Maps is an excellent way to narrow down resources for class projects and research taking away the overwhelming nature of Google searches. Create a Knowledge Map for students to share their favorite website for interpreting literature, finding solutions to math problems, or locating pictures for use in multimedia projects. Ask students to create a Knowledge Map that includes resources used on class projects. Create a Knowledge Map to embed on your class website with suggested books for reading. Use this site professionally to curate and share resources with coworkers. The ideas for using this tool are endless!

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ePubEditor - ePubEditor.it

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K to 12
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Create multimedia and interactive ebooks that work on tablets and computers for free with ePubEditor. Create your account to begin, then follow prompts to upload images and text with...more
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Create multimedia and interactive ebooks that work on tablets and computers for free with ePubEditor. Create your account to begin, then follow prompts to upload images and text with optional image, video, or audio. Other options allow you to create quizzes with different responses such as multiple choice, matching, or drag and drop response. Allow others to edit and add to your book using the share editing option. When complete, publish and share your book using the created URL or download in different formatting options including epub and PDF.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (131), ebooks (40)

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Create books together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and have each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions for all to use. Challenge your gifted students to enhance the "standard" class text with additional material they discover by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made ebooks for your young readers, perhaps adding audio of your own voice reading the text.

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Votesy - Tyler Cruz

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K to 12
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Votesy is a crowdsourcing voting platform. Quickly create a poll by text, video, or image to receive votes or comments. Create private or public polls or limit questions to certain...more
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Votesy is a crowdsourcing voting platform. Quickly create a poll by text, video, or image to receive votes or comments. Create private or public polls or limit questions to certain demographics such as location or gender. Register for a free account and follow the simple prompts to create a survey. Choose from many options to personalize the poll such as allowing voters to change their mind, setting a deadline, or allowing others to add answer choices. Once finished, share your poll with social media links, URL, or embed into your website.

tag(s): polls and surveys (47), quiz (83), quizzes (94)

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Share polls on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start a new unit, asking questions about the material. Discuss in groups why students would choose a particular answer to uncover misconceptions. Use for daily quiz questions to check student understanding as a means of formative assessment. Use a class account to have student groups alternate to create a new poll for the next day. Place a survey on your teacher web page as a homework inspiration or to ask questions to increase parent involvement. Older students may want to include polls on their student blogs to increase reader involvement. Have students create polls to use at the start of project presentations. Use surveys to generate data for math class (graphing), during elections, or for critical thinking activities dealing with the interpretation of statistics. Use "real" data to engage students on issues and current events that matter to them.

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Quizzy - quizzy.rocks

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2 to 12
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Quizzy is an extremely easy to use online quiz creator. Create your account, add a title, and begin adding multiple choice questions and answers. Click the checkmark next to the ...more
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Quizzy is an extremely easy to use online quiz creator. Create your account, add a title, and begin adding multiple choice questions and answers. Click the checkmark next to the correct answer, and continue adding until the quiz is complete. Settings allow quizzes to be public or private. Share your quiz using the unique URL created. Quizzy also offers a quick look at your dashboard, shows the number of times the quiz was taken, and the percentage of correct answers.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (187), quiz (83), quizzes (94)

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Create a quiz as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day using Quizzy. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like. Students could also create a quiz to present to his/her peers after giving a class presentation.

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Symbaloo Lesson Plans - Symbaloo

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K to 12
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Symbaloo, reviewed here, has taken its popular bookmarking tool and enhanced features to provide a platform for creating virtual interactive lesson...more
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Symbaloo, reviewed here, has taken its popular bookmarking tool and enhanced features to provide a platform for creating virtual interactive lesson plans. Log in to your Symbaloo account and browse the Marketplace for already created lessons, or begin creating your own. Add websites, PDF's, videos, and more onto tiles and create a game board and learning path. Follow prompts to add items to the lesson and publish when complete. Symbaloo Lesson Plans also provides analytics after assigning lessons to view student progress and a calendar option to make lessons available during a chosen time frame.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), DAT device agnostic tool (187), game based learning (97), gamification (62)

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You will want to use Symbaloo Lesson Plans for many different types of classroom instruction! Create lesson plans to differentiate learning and assign based on student needs and interests. Embed a lesson on your class website for students to complete at home. Using this site allows you to create a clear and concise learning path for any lesson. Share it on an interactive whiteboard with students as you follow through any learning path. Be sure also to include a link to the lesson on your class website for students to use throughout the unit and as a review. Use Symbaloo Lesson Plans as enrichment for independent learning for advanced students, or for remediation with students needing additional help. This site is perfect for use with ESL/ELL students - include links and activities to resources in their native language or add tools for practicing English. There are too many uses for Symbaloo Lesson Plans to include here, be sure to take the time to learn how to create and use this wonderful tool with your students!

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Stackup - StackUp LLC

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Stackup is an extension for Chrome browsers that tracks time spent reading and learning online. Also, Stackup scores and categorizes the time into over 60 different categories. Create...more
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Stackup is an extension for Chrome browsers that tracks time spent reading and learning online. Also, Stackup scores and categorizes the time into over 60 different categories. Create classroom reading challenges, set a time and date, invite participants, then view student progress in live time.

tag(s): classroom management (127), organizational skills (118)

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Use Stack up to monitor the time students spend on specifically assigned websites. You can also track reading around the web by pre-defined guidelines allowing flexibility of student choice. Use of privacy settings allows competition with reading times or use settings that allow complete privacy. Upon the completion of reading requirements, have students use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free), reviewed here, to present information learned.

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Microsoft Pulse - Classroom - Microsoft

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6 to 12
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Microsoft Pulse is a student response system that includes built-in monitoring and real-time data analysis. Create your Pulse from one of two options - live viewing or a video pulse....more
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Microsoft Pulse is a student response system that includes built-in monitoring and real-time data analysis. Create your Pulse from one of two options - live viewing or a video pulse. Follow prompts to add content and members. Choose from different themes to customize the student view and maintain student engagement. Divide students into groups if desired, or choose individual responses. Add classroom chat rooms and encourage students to share and discuss ideas before, during, and after lessons. Creating an account is easy using your email, Microsoft account, or LinkedIn account. Be to view the set-up videos in the FAQ section.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (187), polls and surveys (47), video (252)

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Create your account and verify to begin using Pulse. Be sure to take some time to learn how to set up and use Microsoft Pulse in your classroom. Invite students to participate by giving them the URL - no sign-in or account required. Use in a 1:1 classroom, then have students provide feedback in real time to demonstrate understanding. Use as an exit slip, to identify material that needs to be retaught, or to locate specific students that need remediation. Pulse is perfect for use in Flipped classrooms to share videos and ask questions before students come to class. Create a pulse to save just in case you need an extra lesson on short notice or use as an at-home lesson for snow days.

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TypeDrummer - Kyle Stetz

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K to 12
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Turn your typing into cool rhythmic beats with TypeDrummer. Listen to your creation as you continue typing into the box. For a change of pace, switch from the drumbeat to ...more
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Turn your typing into cool rhythmic beats with TypeDrummer. Listen to your creation as you continue typing into the box. For a change of pace, switch from the drumbeat to the song "Fool" by Moon Bounce. Click on "load new samples" only. Warning: Clicking on "Fool" will take you out of the TypeDrummer tool. After finishing your creation, use the link to share with others at the URL created for you.

tag(s): back to school (55), DAT device agnostic tool (187), musical instruments (47), rhythm (20), sound (100)

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Catch your students' attention and type a short message to students on TypeDrummer to read as they enter the class. Create and share TypeDrummer messages on your class web page - suggestions might be reminders of due dates of upcoming tests, tips on completing homework assignments, or the daily school lunch menu. Allow students to create a TypeDrummer message as part of a presentation including the title and a summary of the presentation content. Create a list of instructions to share with students. Use TypeDrummer as part of your Back to School activities, have each student type their name and a sentence about themselves. Spice up lessons and have students type their answers using TypeDrummer.

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Self-Destructable Text Notes - Coldbeans

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4 to 12
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Self-Destructable Text Notes offer a quick and easy way to share information and files without registration. Type text and upload a file if desired. You can even add a password. ...more
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Self-Destructable Text Notes offer a quick and easy way to share information and files without registration. Type text and upload a file if desired. You can even add a password. When finished, share using the provided URL or links for sending to Twitter, Facebook, or email. Once the link is opened and viewed, all information is deleted.
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tag(s): chat (53), classroom management (127)

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Use these text notes to attach and send a picture of class events or field trips to parents. Files open in a new tab and save like other attachments. Have students write a short response to lessons and send to you as an exit ticket when leaving class. Use this tool to send quick reminders of upcoming assignments and due dates. The uses are endless, just remember, once these notes are read and closed they are no longer available!

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Printing Press - ReadWriteThink

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4 to 12
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Create attractive newspapers, brochures, and posters with the interactive tool, Printing Press. No log-in is required. Just choose which format you want, one of five templates, and...more
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Create attractive newspapers, brochures, and posters with the interactive tool, Printing Press. No log-in is required. Just choose which format you want, one of five templates, and upload images. Choose text features and type or paste the text. Edit your work, if needed, before printing, downloading it as a PDF, or share through email. Save your draft to your computer to continue at a later date. Find a basic planning sheet, here, in the overview, to help students gather ideas. Turn the sound off or on at the top right.

tag(s): book reports (36), creative writing (167), newspapers (93), posters (35)

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Students can use Printing Press to demonstrate learning of any kind across grade levels and content areas. Instead of writing a boring research report, have your students create a professional looking newspaper or brochure! Math and science students can create posters explaining concepts they learned. Students can photograph experiments and write up labs. Use Printing Press for students to "report" out the important events in a book they read, or make a poster advertising it as a movie. Teachers can use this tool as a jump page to guide a lesson or upload images and write up examples of exemplary work to share with students to set expectations for completed products before beginning any project. The uses for this tool are wide open!

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21things4students - Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan.

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This free interactive site is an extensive digital literacy curriculum that improves technology proficiency, builds information literacy and digital citizenship skill, and provides...more
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This free interactive site is an extensive digital literacy curriculum that improves technology proficiency, builds information literacy and digital citizenship skill, and provides 21st century and project-based resources online. The 21 Things are 'big ideas' in technology and learning such as Visual Learning, Collaboration, Cloud Initiation, Digital Footprint, and much more. The student activities use free web resources designed to address the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The non-sequential Things, delivered as project-based Quests, provide links, resources, and activities for students to earn badges and awards. Registration for teachers is required and gives access to teacher resources and a downloadable Moodle version of the site; Moodle is not required to use this site. To access certain external activities and tools, students may need to register with an e-mail. Each Thing contains a Teacher Lesson Guide, Student Checklist, Learning Objectives, and links to various web resources and apps. Things and Quests have roadmap documents for students to use for tracking progress. A Quest includes an introduction (frequently as a short animated video), vocabulary, directions, tutorials, standards, apps, and a student checklist. Extensive teacher resources and support are provided. Assessments are through multiple-choice quizzes at ProProf with a provided password.

tag(s): careers (126), computers (79), consumers (20), cyberbullying (43), DAT device agnostic tool (187), digital citizenship (53), digital storytelling (131), game based learning (97), internet safety (119), media literacy (52), organizational skills (118), social media (13), social networking (114), thinking skills (17), webquests (29)

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Use the complete curriculum or selected Quests. Assign students individual Things to complete in school or at home as part of blended learning or flipped classrooms. Have students begin with the Basics and progress through selected skills. Use parts of the site to teach a particular skill to the whole class. Have students complete their work through an electronic portfolio Open School ePortfolio, reviewed here, but not included on the site. There are links to some ideas and samples on the Student Showcase page. Extensive teacher resources and support provided.

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Kifi - Eishay Smith

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K to 12
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Kifi is a collaborative bookmarking and web sharing tool. Save content from anywhere on the Internet, share items and chat with others while viewing, and highlight areas on the page...more
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Kifi is a collaborative bookmarking and web sharing tool. Save content from anywhere on the Internet, share items and chat with others while viewing, and highlight areas on the page to draw attention to specific material when sharing. After creating a Kifi account, add the URL of any page to your stream. Create teams using email addresses to share and discuss content. Look at the Get Started link supplied when signing up for Kifi for full information on how to use this site.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), DAT device agnostic tool (187), organizational skills (118)

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Assign students a research topic and allow them to use Kifi collaboratively to collect and share resources. Share teacher-selected options (complete with comments or directions) easily using Kifi. The research and conversations created through highlighting and annotating what students read can significantly enhance both their research skills and their online interaction skills on an academic level. Or use Kifi to post discussion assignments on specific articles or even parts of articles using the highlighting tool. Find a relevant article for your subject, highlight the part that you want students to read (if students are younger, keep it short to reduce the intimidating reality of too much information for kids). Have students comment on a link in a "class discussion" as a homework assignment. If you are fortunate enough to have all students with computer access in your class and at home, such as in 1:1 laptop or tablet program schools, you can organize many assignments using Kifi. Use this site to help all students stay organized. Share this resource with (not-so-organized) gifted students to help them manage projects and not "lose" the information they "found somewhere." Post readings, interactive online labs, and more. When assigning gifted students projects beyond the regular curriculum, consider having them curate and annotate a collection of resources on a higher level topic. For example, extend your study of World War II by having them collect web-based primary sources showing the propaganda leading up to the war, political cartoons during the war, and advertisements from the time. Have them annotate the collection explaining each artifact and how it reflects the sentiments and biases of particular groups. That same collection could provide other students in the class an opportunity to interact with "objects" from the time. If you have contact with other teachers of gifted students, they could collaborate across different schools or classrooms.

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Open Badges - Mozilla

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K to 12
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Earn, issue, collect, and display digital badges with Open Badges. Set up a Mozilla Backpack to earn your first badge. Once registered, follow to create and issue your badges with ...more
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Earn, issue, collect, and display digital badges with Open Badges. Set up a Mozilla Backpack to earn your first badge. Once registered, follow to create and issue your badges with documentation features. Share with those seeking to earn the badge; they upload evidence of accomplishment. Once achieved, awarded badges are displayed on an individual's profile and can easily be shared online.

tag(s): behavior (46), classroom management (127), game based learning (97), gamification (62), organizational skills (118)

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Badges are the "stickers' of today and much more. Use Open Badges to keep track of student progress with big assignments, rewarding badges for each completed step. Present awards using badges such as Student of the Month, Math Hero, Perfect Attendance, and more. Share this site the first week of school as you set up your classroom expectations. Autistic support and behavior support teachers will find this tool useful and easy to use for reinforcement and tracking. Gamify your class using badges as reward levels. Challenge students to progress through different achievement levels by providing badges along the way. Share student login information with parents so they can track progress and accomplishments at home. Be sure to keep the login information yourself, just in case students misplace it. Keep track of mastery of various topics or skills, much like a sticker chart! Students can embed their class badges in other sites, such as personal blogs, using the embed code.

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Talkify - ABCya

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K to 8
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Talkify lets you create a talking picture from your own images or one of their colorful creatures. Follow prompts to choose your image, select and size a mouth, and add ...more
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Talkify lets you create a talking picture from your own images or one of their colorful creatures. Follow prompts to choose your image, select and size a mouth, and add a recording. After the image processes, download to your computer. No registration required.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (73), speaking (24)

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Introduce and share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this free site to record a greeting for students when they land on the start page of your blog, wiki, or website. Record online assignment information, share homework assignments, a message from you, and more. Use Talkify to record two different opinions or viewpoints and create a poll of students to view reactions. Use Talkify in Math by posing possible solutions to problems and create a class discussion or poll to determine which one is the actual answer. As students are working on projects, create a Talkify image that provides hints and tips for students. Allow students to use Talkify to provide peer assessment to others. Consider using Talkify in conjunction with other assignments such as "What I did this summer vacation..." or "Here is information about me..." Use in any language class to record narratives or translations. Students can create a variety of Talkify recordings over time, which can show their learning of a language over time. The possibilities for this tool are endless. The quick and engaging nature of this tool offers unlimited uses.
 
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Triventy Collaborative Quizzes - Triventy

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4 to 12
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Create and play interactive quizzes in three easy steps with Triventy. Set up a game, or choose from the public games available, to begin. Customize public games to your specifications....more
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Create and play interactive quizzes in three easy steps with Triventy. Set up a game, or choose from the public games available, to begin. Customize public games to your specifications. When ready to play, invite others to play by sharing a link to the game and the access code, or a QR code. Once all players are logged in, select start to play the game. Options for creating games include the length of time to respond, the choice of many different languages, and sharing via Google Classroom.

tag(s): assessment (95), DAT device agnostic tool (187), gamification (62), quiz (83), quizzes (94), test prep (94)

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Create a Triventy quiz as a tool for checking prior knowledge or making a quick assessment. Have students answer exit questions or see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. ESL/ELL and world language teachers could use this for vocabulary practice and take advantage of the many different language options. Have students create quizzes with characteristics of story characters for classmates to see which character they are most like.

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Wattpad - Allen Lau & Ivan Yuen

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10 to 12
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Wattpad is storytelling redefined through an online story sharing community. Become part of the story experience by sharing your thoughts and comments as you read. Create your account...more
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Wattpad is storytelling redefined through an online story sharing community. Become part of the story experience by sharing your thoughts and comments as you read. Create your account to find recommended stories and view most shared by other Wattpad users. Choose a story and add it to your library to easily begin reading where you left off on any device. Add comments at the bottom of each page, or view comments left by other users. If you feel creative, add your own stories and enter writing contests offered in several different categories. Note: some material is labeled mature and should be monitored before sharing with students.

tag(s): creative writing (167), DAT device agnostic tool (187), ebooks (40), independent reading (125)

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Share Wattpad with students as a resource for free, online reading material. Caution is necessary with this site because it is completely open to the public. Be aware of what your district's restrictions are regarding this kind of activity. Depending on your circumstances and school district policies, this site might best be used under a teacher login. You can put models up on your interactive whiteboard for students to respond to either individually or as a class. You might have reactions to some of the stories or have students write their own critiques of the spotlighted work before sharing what others on the site have posted. Using Wattpad in class might also encourage students to seek out writing on their own and may encourage them to bring in their writing for their classmate's comments. This site might also be a good venue for students who work together on a high school literary magazine or for high school gifted students seeking writing mentors outside of the school community (with parent permission, of course).

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Bee A Coder - Honey Nut Cheerios/Nickelodeon

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2 to 8
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Learn how to write code and then create a game at Bee A Coder. Start by clicking Beginner to learn the basics and to participate in three lessons teaching how ...more
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Learn how to write code and then create a game at Bee A Coder. Start by clicking Beginner to learn the basics and to participate in three lessons teaching how to write code in three different formats - HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. View videos and follow prompts to complete activities for each lesson. Activities track progress as you move through each segment of the learning activity.
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tag(s): coding (25), computers (79), engineering (114), gamification (62), STEM (116)

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Use this tool to learn basic coding skills. Students will quickly catch on to this program when allowed to "tinker" and see what they can do. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy or snowy day recesses. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Encourage students to learn from each other; as students master skills, allow them to be the teacher for other students. Pair weaker readers with stronger readers, as there is lots of reading while learning and coding.
 

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Sedja - Sedja

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K to 12
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Sedja is a tool for working with PDF documents without having to register for an account. Use Sedja to split, rotate, merge, convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format, and ...more
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Sedja is a tool for working with PDF documents without having to register for an account. Use Sedja to split, rotate, merge, convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format, and more. Select the task you desire, upload your PDF document, and follow directions. When complete, download the new document with changes. Documents delete automatically from Sedja's servers after three hours.
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tag(s): conversions (22), worksheets (58)

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Use this site to work with PDF files in many ways. If you need just a page or two from a large PDF file, perhaps a worksheet to send home to an absentee student, easily extract it to send. Combine class projects received as individual PDFs to create a complete class book by merging all files. Combine several lessons into one whole unit by merging files. Make combined PDFs available as downloads from your class web page so students "get it all together." Teachers at all grades can use this tool, and older students may find it handy for their own use.

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