Teacher Technology Toolbox

Teacher Technology Toolbox - June 3 at Tivy HS in D110

Reference: Tammy's Favorite Tech Tips, Tricks, and Tools by Tammy Worcester

Student information online and safety


Delicious - Store your favorite/bookmarks using Social Bookmarking
Joel's bookmarks



Diigo - online bookmark, tag and annotation
Example Diigo - Miguel Guhlin



BibMe - Create a Works Cited page

Cover it Live - Liveblogging - cover an event in a live streaming text account. Get instant feedback and manage a timeline of events for replay later.
Classroom Use:
1. Online discussion and note-taking tool.
2. Teachers and students can post questions during a lecture or presentation.
3. Instant-information sharing via Google Alerts or research.
4. Students can enter thoughts and opinions on a given topic.
5. Students share collaborative resources.
6. Communicate with a homebound student.


Fur.ly - creates a one-tab window for sharing multiple websites.
Classroom Use:
1. For younger students this is great to save time from having to enter URLs and saves time of setting bookmarks.
2. Teacher can pre-select sites for student research.
3. Students can make their own groups of related site groups.

Imagination Cubed - online interactive whiteboard that records what is drawn.
Classroom Use:
1. Draw and label parts of a flower or insect.
2. Practice writing their name or practice spelling.
3. Solve a math problem and review.
4. Draw a character from a setting of a story.

Lou Anne's LinksLou Anne's Links

Google Tools: Blogger, Alerts, Calendars, Documents, Maps, Books, etc.
Classroom Use:

Create a Graph

Animoto - create visually stunning presentations
Characteristics of Living Things
Energy Forms

YackPack - Video showing how to use
Classroom Use:
1. Virtual discussions in audio form.

Glogster - Make posters come alive!

JamStudio - create your own music - great for multimedia presentations and breaking away from copyright restrictions. Free to create and save to the site but to download as MP3 requires a paid account.

Jing - Create your own screencasts.
Classroom Use:
1. Create a quick tutorial or review concepts to show at beginning or end of class.
2. Screen record a tutorial to send to parents to help them tutor at home.
3. Allow students to create end of unit/semester reviews on concepts.

My Avatar Editor - Create your own avatar or representation of yourself.
Classroom Use:
1. Use an avatar with online logins to add a photo representation of students to keep identity protection.
2. Create an avatar and make their own story about them (ie: Flat Stanley)
3. Create avatars to express emotion.
4. Create avatars to represent what they think a character in a book or story would look like.
5. Biology study - what would the offspring of two avatars look like?
6. Add avatars to Powerpoint presentations to help tell a story.

OdoSketch - on-screen drawing tool using virtual colored pencils.
Classroom Use:
1. Look at the art created by others.
2. Watch the creation of the art from start to finish.
3. Draw sketches to illustrate original stories.
4. Be creative while enhancing artistic skills.
5. Use a projector to show a sketch slideshow as students transition between classes or activities.

Online Stopwatch - Use as a stop-watch or countdown clock as a fun way to track time in the classroom.
1. Time how long it takes for students to complete tasks.

Poll Everywhere - use a computer or cell phone to respond to a poll.
Classroom Use:
1. Use student cell phones instead of purchasing expensive clicker-solutions.
2. Easily gather data from a group of students or participants.
3. Allow students to create polls to gather data.
4. Give simple multiple-choice or short answer quizzes.
5. Use the free text poll to collect questions during a lecture, while viewing a video, or while listening to guest speakers.

Random Name Picker - Inexpensive way to do $20,000 Pyramid game - Fruit Picker device on screen.
Classroom Use:
1. Enter a list of keywords and have a student sit with back to screen. Other student attempts to get student to say word by providing only the definition.
2. Enter student names and let the system randomly select students to be called on.
3. Enter a list of vocabulary words, phrases, places, or people. Randomly select a choice and students must become a "2-minute expert" on the topic. They can use online tools to find information in 2 minutes to make a report on the topic.
4. Twenty Questions - Enter a list of words associated with a particular unit of study (ie: 50 States). Student with back to screen can ask up to 20 yes or no questions of the rest of the class to get close to the answer.
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Spelling City - Easy way to learn and study spelling words.
1. Test Me - computer says words aloud and student types them.
2. Teach Me - Computer says word aloud, spells it, and shows it letter by letter to the student.
3. Play a Game - Student can choose a variety of spelling games.

Today's Meet - free chat room without logins or registration for backchannel discussions
Classroom Use:
1. Quiet discussion while watching a movie or video.
2. Teachers and students can post questions during a lecture or presentation.
3. Instant-information sharing via Google Alerts or research.
4. Students can enter thoughts and opinions on a given topic.
5. Students share collaborative resources.
6. Communicate with a homebound student.

Vocaroo - online recording tool
Classroom Use:
1. Record an audio welcome message.
2. Practice oral reading skills.
3. Record a student reviewing "what we did today" to share on a blog.
4. Students in language acquisition classes can record and then email recordings to their teachers.
5. Have a sub for a day? Record a message for your students to be on their best behavior!

Vozme - Turn text into speech.
1. Copy and paste text into box to read to students.
2. ESL - seeing and hearing new words
3. Hear mistakes in writing that aren't normally seen.

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