Resources

Resources are necessary with any job or task. They help us find information that we can apply to our lives. Often, this information can help us gain a better understanding of key terms or ideas and can improve efficiency through this understanding.

Since the advent of the internet, resources have been abundant and easy to access, but it it is still necessary to sift through and find relevant and reputable resources. Through my searches, I have found a group of great resources that I continue to use on a daily basis. I never stop looking for great websites, online journals, checklists, forms, and documents that I can use in my career or personal life.

 

Educational Apps for Android and Apple

android Blackboard Mobile (free or $1.99, depending on school license) – Receive notifications, check grades, attach Dropbox files, view course content, take mobile-friendly tests, and more.

appleandroid Edmodo (free) – Connect and collaborate, seamlessly integrate and manage e-learning, create secure groups to take learning beyond the classroom, foster online classroom discussion, post and turn in assignments/polls/etc., track progress and performance with a built-in gradebook, upload and share files, photos, and videos.

apple EduCreations (free) – Record lessons, write the problems and solutions, project onto the board, upload the file your site so students can review what happened in class. Great for flipped classrooms.

apple ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard (free, $5 if you want to create a “group” of students) – Record voice-over lessons or tutorials, share them online, use as an interactive whiteboard substitute, publish to YouTube.

apple iMovie ($4.99) – Quickly create movies or trailers and then share on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo.

appleandroid Quizlet (free) – An innovative way to study, has 3 modes (Flashcards, Learn, and Match). Allows you to create flashcards to familiarize you with new vocabulary (with fullscreen images and audio), a “Learn” mode tests what you know and don’t know.

appleandroid TED (free) – Watch talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends.

apple Gaggle (free) – Engage students, share materials, collect student work, comment, grade, and return results to the student. Students have safe YouTube access through Gaggle, can view individual or shared calendars, post to a safe social wall, receive and send dedicated Gaggle email, and share their ideas through blogs and discussion boards.

appleandroid Graphing Calculator (free) – Use when you do not have a handheld graphing calculator available.

appleandroid NASA App (free) –  View the latest images, live streaming, videos, mission information, news, featured stories, tweets, and countdown clocks.

appleandroid Evernote (free) – Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders, sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use, share files.

appleandroid Google Drive (free) – Store all your files in one place, access them from anywhere, share them with others, upload files from your device or computer, create spreadsheets/presentations/documents, collaborate with teachers and students, see changes made to documents in real-time.

apple PBS (free) – View full-length shows like Nova ScienceNOW, Nature, NewsHour segments, and History Detectives.

appleandroid Google Maps (free) – View 360-degree panoramas of cities around the world with Street View, view high-res satellite imagery of locations around the world.

appleandroid Twitter (free) – Gain instant access to real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and more. Communicate and share photos, links, and more with others quickly and easily via tweet.

appleandroid Common Core Standards (free) – View the Common Core State Standards and quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category.

 

Online Resources

Discovery Education Streaming – Locate video and supplemental activities related to specific learning objectives.

Edmodo – Connect and collaborate, seamlessly integrate and manage e-learning, create secure groups to take learning beyond the classroom, foster online classroom discussion, post and turn in assignments/polls/etc., track progress and performance with a built-in gradebook, upload and share files, photos, and videos.

Education World – View professional development opportunities, lesson plans, and technology integration ideas.

Gaggle – Engage students, share materials, collect student work, comment, grade, and return results to the student. Students have safe YouTube access through Gaggle, can view individual or shared calendars, post to a safe social wall, receive and send dedicated Gaggle email, and share their ideas through blogs and discussion boards.

Goo.gl – Shorten links and keep track of the analytics on Google.

Google Docs – Store all your files in one place, access them from anywhere, share them with others, upload files from your device or computer, create spreadsheets/presentations/documents, collaborate with teachers and students, see changes made to documents in real-time.

Google Maps – View 360-degree panoramas of cities around the world with Street View, view high-res satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Google Sites – Quickly create a website that allows you to make posts, add photos, files, videos, and much more.

Inspiration – Search through lesson plans which integrate the visual thinking and learning tools in Inspiration® and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Microsoft Office Templates – Locate templates for professional and personal use.

Online LaTeX Equation Editor – Generate your own LaTeX typesetting to embed in your documents.

Piktochart – Generate your own infographics.

PBS Learning Media – View Learning Media by grade level, subject, standard, and collection.

QR Code Generator – Display links, business cards, info, and much more using a QR code.

Skype – Search through lessons that show you how you can use Skype in the classroom as a learning tool. Skype is a program that allows you to make voice and video calling, send instant messages, and make low-cost local and international calls.

Spelling City – Review vocabulary words with students–great for learning centers.

Starfall – Introduce and review alphabet letters and sounds. Allow students to practice early reading and phonics skills–great for learning centers.

Three-Act Math – View great examples of concept-based learning by Dan Meyer.

Venngage – Generate your own infographics.

Wolfram Alpha – Find solutions to equations and problems using the search feature, view multiple representations, and download visual representations of formulas and solutions.

Wordle – Create word clouds based on word frequency. Great for brainstorming, analyzing writing, and more!

 

Instructional Technology & Design Resources

AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education) – Access and share ideas on research, development, and applications in information technology and education.

Adobe Audition Loopology – Download free sound files to use in projects. *Must have active Adobe Audition license.

Adobe Captivate – Capture on-screen action, such as opening and closing windows, moving the mouse cursor, and clicking icons. Also allows you to import Flash and video into projects, record audio, and insert interactive quizzes/buttons that allow the user to participate as if they had the showcased program or window installed on their computer.

Adobe Kuler – Create a color scheme for a website or graphic document.

Creative Commons Image Search – Find content you can share, use and remix under the CC license.

Cute PDF – Create PDF files by clicking the “Print” button on your computer.

Digital Media in the Content Areas – Understand when you should use digital photography and digital video in the classroom as an assessment or reflective tool for students.

EdITLib – Discover the latest peer-reviewed research and multimedia presentations, organize information, share with colleagues, and use as a classroom resource.

Edudemic – View Edudemic’s list of the best educational technologies around.

GoldWave Audio Editor –  Record, edit, and analyze audio.

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) – Learn about technology in education through webinars, conferences, journals, online courses, and podcasts.

Jing – Capture what you see on your computer screen, record your mouse/cursor actions, and share videos.

Understanding by Design – View a lesson template that breaks down the components of UbD.

 

 

 

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