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DuoLingo is engaging, interactive, fun, and challenging for anyone who want to learn another language. They currently offer Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, and English, but they are working on adding more. Try this site out and invite your colleagues to join you in broadening your language skills!
This FREE web-based tool is perfect for teachers who want to digitize their instruction and even try out a ‘flipped’ lesson. Build your canvas easily with a variety of elements including images, text, pdfs, PowerPoints, videos, quizzes, and more.
Mozilla Popcorn is a free web-based resource that allows you to integrate the web into video production.
Make your own EduBoard with EduClipper! See how easy it is to curate web content and infographics to share with others on this Pinterest-like site. Try it out and see what creative content teachers are already posting.
Both of these sites have hundreds of interactive math games that would be great with an interactive whiteboard!
Johnnie’s Math Page is for K-5 while Johnnie’s Middle School Math page is for older students.
A fun and free online tool that lets your students make their own storybooks. An iPad app is also available.
ReadWriteThink is a site developed by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to wonderful lesson plans and websites, there are dozens of interactive tools for students of all ages. From ABC match, letter recognition for younger students to the Word Matrix that helps older students understand the concepts of connotation and register.
Did you know you have a digital recorder on your computer? It is a free and easy way to record the words of students as they read the words of others or their own. This program is loaded on all Shelby County machines or it can be downloaded to your computer at home. (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
Posted in Common Core, ELL, fine arts, Foreign Languages, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, grades K-5, Interactives, language arts, teacher tools
Tagged Creativity, Teacher Tools, Tech Literacy
Are you tired of getting to school and realizing you left a file you needed on your home computer? Evernote will let you access notes, documents, images, from your computer, iPad, or smart phone. It is a download for your computer and an app for your iPad or phone. There is an Android app as well. It is searchable to help you find things quickly.
This site showcases student creativity in learning SAT vocabulary. BrainyPics are pictures which illustrate a word while BrainyFlix uses video. Beware that many of the videos are blocked (youtube), but it’s still a great site whether you simply look at what others have done or submit some of your own.
Create infographics using this free site. You can add charts, videos and maps to your poster, then embed it in your blog to share with others.
Xtimeline is a free web-based timeline. Easily create and share timelines with pictures and videos. There are numerous timelines already created that may have the information you need.
This is an easy timeline for young students to make. The only way to save it though is to act like you are going to print it and save it as a PDF.
Teachers often struggle to find just the right questions to get their students to think deeply about a subject and thus become engaged with it. Students will learn if you can engage them with the material. This site can help you figure out just the right questions for your students and subjects. Intel has a nice section on questioning and forming questions.
Intel – Essential Questions
Online diagramming and collaboration; try out the free desktop version.
Tools for teaching the Common Core from ASCD
Free Reading can help you with your reading instruction or as a site to help parents help their children. It contains activities and intervention materials for early literacy skills, beginning with phonological awareness and goes through the steps of learning to read through fluency and writing. It has words to download that can be used as flashcards for student practice. Click on the Audio link to hear songs using vocabulary words. You can play the songs while letting the students see the words using a projector. There are videos showing examples of how to teach certain concepts, games and more.
Google Lit Trips have been around for awhile, but we didn’t realize it wasn’t on Tech Treats. They have trips already created for grades K-12 so look and see if some of the literature you are studying already has a lit trip you can use. You can create your own to go with any book or story. They have a handout that explains how to do this, just scroll down the page and click on it link to download. You may want your students to make one of their “summer vacation” or where they wanted to go.
Google Lit Trips
This site is predominantly printable worksheets, but don’t miss the interactives! They would be especially useful with an interactive whiteboard.