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New Web Tools for the Classroom
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 19, 2012, 08:22 PM   

Last week AAE staff had the pleasure of attending "Web 2.0 Free Tools for School," a session at the Florida Charter School Conference in Orlando. Presenter Melissa Borchers, an intensive reading teacher at McKeel Academy of Technology, shared several useful tools for integrating the internet into the classroom.

Classroom tools

Jogtheweb is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of websites. One of the most useful features is the ability it gives students to go to only certain pre-approved websites.
Penzu is an online journal that allows students to have a password and gives the option to share with another student or teacher.
Twiddla is a web-based meeting playground, where students can collaborate online. It is great for tech-savvy students and especially useful for integrating math into the classroom.
Pic-lits combines pictures and words. It is wonderful for poetry units and visual learners.
Flash card machine is a free service for creating web-based study flashcards that can be shared with others. Teachers can create quizzes, upload words or utilize the pre-made storehouse. You can also use pictures for your more visual learners.
Polleverywhere allows you to pose a question, and students can poll in correct answers.
Clusty is an alternative search engine to Google, breaking search results into categories and showing reliable sources by .com, .net, and .org.

Sites allowing students to produce and create

5 min life videopedia lets student create and share 5-minute videos. Students can also find videos on various topics.
MuseumBox is a tool for students to display research. It is useful for Common Core. After creating an account, students can create a museum box, inspired by Thomas Clarkson's museum box, each side of the "box" can hold a different kind of information - documents, pictures, videos, etc.
Storybird allows students to make their own stories, create artwork for them, and “publish” their book online.
Timetoast helps students build their own timelines. Students can google right from the site, so there’s no reason to get on other sites.
Myths and Legends allows students to create and even narrate their own myths.
Zimmer Twins is a great way for students to produce their own cartoons, using SAT words, vocabulary words, or other classroom terms.
Solvr is a group solving tool so that allows students can solve problems step by step, add their ideas, and vote on solutions to the problems.

These resources and other useful tools can be found here.

What web-based tools are helpful in your classroom?

Comment below.

Originally posted by Ruthie at AAE.

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