Classroom Power Tools
This is an ever changing list of my favorite tech tools for the classroom. I love using technology in my classroom and believe that when used correctly, it is a gamechanger for everyone involved. Please feel free to check out some of following websites and/or apps to find out how they can be used in your classroom.
Remind - www.remind.com - Great tool for communicating with parents, students, or staff members. This is a MUST HAVE for educators!
Edmodo - www.edmodo.com - Great online platform for any classroom
Skype - www.skype.com - Great way to connect your students with other classes, experts, teachers all over the world. Mystery Skypes are awesome!
Plickers - www.plickers.com - Paper Clickers! Very cool way to give a quick informal assessment. Check them out...you will be glad that you did!
Moxtra - www.moxtra.com - A wonderful mobile collaboration app...perfect for group projects, class discussions, or sharing information.
Twitter - www.twitter.com - Twitter can play so many roles in education.
Popplet - www.popplet.com - Very user friendly and functional mind mapping tool
Padlet - www.padlet.com - Great way for students to respond in real time using a sticky note format
Wordle - www.wordle.net - Another fun way to create word clouds, better for older students
ABCya! Word Clouds - www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm - Great way for primary students to create and design word clouds
DIY - www.diy.org - A great place for students to learn how to become makers, creators, and innovators
Literacy Shed - www.literacyshed.com - Wonderful website for creative writing prompts...always preview first to determine appropriateness for your grade level/classroom.
DogoNews - www.dogonews.com - Current event stories for students to read and discuss.
Wonderopolis - www.wonderopolis.org - Wonders are shared each day along with a video and quiz.
TedEd - www.ed.ted.com - If you like TED talks, you will love this website.Wonderful for flipped classrooms.
OSMO - www.playosmo.com - Great tool to encourage collaboration and critical thinking. iPad apps that work along with manipulatives to create a meaningful learning experience for students and adults.
Aurasma - www.aurasma.com - Very easy to use and great for classroom augmented reality experiences.
Daqri 4D Studio for Education - Augmented reality tool...possibilities are endless with Daqri!
Newsela - www.newsela.com - Current events that can be given to students based on Lexile levels
Storybird - www.storybird.com - A place for students to read, create, and write visual stories.
Scratch - scratch.mit.edu - This is a website that introduces programming to students
Class Dojo -www.classdojo.com - Student behavior management system...great for primary grades
Go Noodle - www.gonoodle.com - Indoor recess? No problem...check out Go Noodle!
Trello - www.trello.com - Trello is a great way for students to organize project progress...wonderful for Genius Hour
Weebly - www.weebly.com - Great place for students to create websites. Teachers can create student accounts.
KidBlog - www.kidblog.org - This is a wonderful tool for students to use to reflect on their progress, learning experiences, and results as they work on Genius Hour projects.
Classroom Power Apps
Toontastic - Great for storytelling and creativity
Kodable - Coding for kids
Hopscotch - Coding for kids
Book Creator ($) - Students can write digital books and share them
DoInk Green Screen - Perfect app for creating with a green screen
Aurasma - Augmented reality app
I-Nigma QR Code Reader - Great for scanning QR codes
Chatterpix - Make anything come to life by adding a mouth and dialogue.
Remind - A must have for communication with parents and students
Khan Academy - Videos lessons for students
Nearpod - A must have for iPad classrooms
Explain Everything ($) - A wonderful whiteboard app
Write About This ($) - Picture prompts for students to write about
Tell About This ($)- Picture prompts for students to tell about
EdPuzzle - Add questions, dialogue, and other features to video
Stick Around ($) - Create puzzles to share with your students
Are there apps or power tools that you think I should add to my ever growing list? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to offer suggestions or share your classroom power tools.