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top ed tech finds of 2013

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education technology had some interesting new things happening.  you can’t do everything obviously, but here’s a handful of the most promising and most useful things for teachers to me this past year…

  • a very interesting slideshow on how to prepare students for Web 3.0 learning, aka the future of web learning and interactions.
  • 10 Google Search Tips for Students and Teachers
  • Google URL shortener – a total life saver for guided research!
  • check out this list of 157 educational YouTube channels.  they are separated out by subject.  {if that’s too intimidating, here’s a list of about 30 channels that could be used in different classrooms.
  • TED ED – the videos on this site are few but amazing!  the cartoons are super informative and the kids love them.  they’re good for background info and conversation starters.  all videos are less than 10 minutes.  there are also lesson materials/ideas for most of the videos.
  • if you like TED talks, you may want to check out a new iPad app called TED Books.  it is free in the App Store, however the books do cost a bit..  the books are short and produced by speakers at the monthly TED conferences.  there is embedded audio and video in each book.   they range in price from $1.80 to 5.00.
  • Sphere app – this app would be great for social studies teachers.  basically, people around the world take photos of the places where they are.  the photos are pieced together into a full panorama.  you can literally walk around the room and the image changes with each direction you change.  it’s almost like being there!  the kids love it.  they “walked around” the roman colosseum the other day.
  • Tagxedo – an oldie but a goodie!  create word clouds from text.  on Tagxedo, you can also download your image so that you can use it in other programs like Word, PPT, or prezi.
  • Phrase.it – upload a photo.  add speech or thought bubbles.  each photo is given a distinct link or you can download it to use somewhere else.  very easy!!!
  • Educlipper – It has been described as Pinterest for teachers.  you can create a Pinterest-like account for yourself.  you can also create classes.  the program emails you an access code for the students to enter when they register.  their info will then be linked to your profile for viewing.  (it will not replace Pinterest for me, but it could work well with the students.)
  • Record of Rights – a new interactive site from the National Archives that highlights First Amendment rights, Native American rights, workplace rights, equal rights, rights to privacy and sexuality, and more.
  • Map Overlays Comparing Size 
  • After Babylon – an interactive site that addresses the history of language
  • Teach with Movies – it is now a free service.  it used to require a monthly fee.  search by topic and grade level, and it gives you a list of appropriate movies.  it then lists the benefits of the movie, possible problems, discussion questions, and assignment/project ideas.
  • Library of Congress –  (great primary resources for Social studies and ELA)
  • Primary Source Nexus – (funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, this site provides no-cost teacher professional development to help K-12 educators provide high-quality classroom instruction using the millions of digitized primary sources available from Library of Congress. – good for SS)
  • Life Photo Archives hosted by Google – good for all subjects as discussion starters, writing prompts, etc.  (extra hint: add “source:life” to any Google image search to search within the Life photo archives)
  • The Other Malalas – an interactive news site from The Guardian on girl activists
  • Printing Press – this site is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color.   big possibilities for Social studies and ELA classrooms.
  • Quozio.com – you can create a simple image of a quote (or any text) using this site.  Just enter in the text or quote and then choose the format.  right click to save the image so that you can use it else where.
  • Pinwords – create a very attractive image of a quotation.  not quite as easy as Quozio but great online program.
  • Buncee and Haiku Deck – these are both new online multimedia presenters.  i don’t have a ton of experience with them, but the possibilities are exciting.  the look of both of these is similar to Prezi but in a more “slide” format.

any more that i’m missing out on?? leave me a comment with suggestions.

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