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Common Core - Digital Resources
Resources for Common Core - http://www.edutopia.org/common-core-state-standards-resources
ELA Exemplars Online - http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/common-core-tools/exemplar/ela.pdf
GREAT WEB RESOURCES:
Teachers Easy Guide to the Most Important Web Tools in Education
Primary Pad - very cool live collaboration too. No login required! Wonderful way to brainstorm with students or collaborate with peers.
Wolfram Alpha: Get an answer for any question... including math problems.
Top Math Content - Recommened by Edmodo users
~ Lessonopoly: Search and browse hundreds of math lessons plans and share them with others.
~ Algebra 1 for Teachers Put symbols and equations (almost) anywhere... Learn how to create equations in virtually any program with this collection of tips.
http://www.mangahigh.com/ Great Math resource page for elementary teachers. Set up a class (for free) and monitor your students progress. :)
Diagraming Sentences Online: A teacher from Lovinggood MS shared this site with me. Another way to make diagraming sentences interesting for students.
Grammaropolis The site includes character descriptions for nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. In addition to the great descriptions, each character includes a song, videos, book, games and, soon, quizzes. Not all of this content is free, but there is enough free content to be useful in every classroom no matter the budget. All of the content associated with the Noun character is free. Every other character includes the character description and book for free. The music, videos, quizzes and games are “extras” that are available by subscription. (Credit: iLearn Technology)
http://www.wegivebooks.org/ is a fantastic initiative from Pearson. Here, you will find award winning digital picture books for students through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and non-fiction, a variety of authors, and a balance of read-aloud books and independent readers. New books are added every month along with special, seasonal books. (SOURCE: iLearn Technology)
http://dynamo.dictionary.com/ Great site for learning vocabulary in many subjects even foreign language and art.
http://storylineonline.net/ Great site for famous actors reading books and stories. Sometimes it is nice to hear another person read a story in your classroom.
Time Maps - lets students look at every nation, empire, and civilizations as one story through maps.
iCivics is a great way for students to learn about civics in the United States. The site features 16 educational video games that help students understand our government. In addition to the great games, iCivics has great standards-aligned civics curriculum available for free to teachers! Games include topics like: Citizenship and Participation, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, Budgeting, Foreign Policy and National Defense, Separation of Powers, the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch. The games are fantastic, and put students right in the middle of the action and story.
How to Do Research - Great visual tool for students to follow when they are conducting research for a school/life assignment.
10 Ways to make Learning Mobile (Thanks Cathleen Richardson, Apple) Download 10 Ways make learning mobile
WatchKnowLearn - Free educational videos for your lessons.
ClassConnect: one-stop-shop for collaborating, storing, organizing, and sharing your lessons and resources
11 Technology Skills That Every Student Should Know
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivitySearch.aspx Excellent resource for teaching Math.
http://techtracey.wikispaces.com/ Tracey Borup, Area 1 CCSD TTIS, hosts a wiki that posts all her favorite links. Great list for elementary resources
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ This site does not focus on instructional technology, but it is GOLD mine for teachers. Great ideas... plus teachers support other teachers and teachers can get paid for sharing their great ideas. Thanks Cissi Kale from Kemp for sharing this with me.
http://www.smartboards.typepad.com/ Great place to find new ideas and SMART resources.
http://sites.fcps.org/trt/content/holiday-activities-motor-skills Fun Holiday sites for elementary students to practice their fine motor skills with a mouse or use with an interactive white board.
Khan Academy Search over 3,000+ instructional videos.... Instead of giving students a handout or a page in a book to read/amswer to complete for homework.... Ask them to watch a video to prepare for the next day's lesson. If students can preview a topic, it will make them feel more comfortable with learning a new concept. Teachers can use their classtime to dive deeper into a topic/concept/standard instead of spending precious classtime on knowledge base teaching.
http://files.simplek12.com/workbooks/32TipsForTechnophobicTeachers.pdf Here is a brochure to encourage teachers who are apprehensive with using technology in their classroom. The pressure is off.... Use Atomic Learning..... Put the tools into the student's hands... Teachers are NOT expected to know EVERYTHING about technology. Pick one tool today... and play!
Wunderlist Portable "To Do" list.... Great for personal and professional life.... COuld be a good checklist for students completing a Project-Based Learning assignment or project.
Evernote Awesome for your phone, iPad, and computer. 1 place to keep all your notes, docs, pictures, sound files, videos.... It is my 'portable brain'.
Dropbox My virtual flash drive..... I save the major of 'my stuff' here and in my Google Drive. I do not have to worry about finding my flash drive anymore.
Reminder 101 A messaging system for quick communication for students and parents from the teacher.
Go2Web2.0 - great listing of Web 2.0 resources
Wordle - Beautiful word clouds.... great for vocabulary... book elements.... science concepts... history concepts....
Tagxedo - Word clouds with great shapes.... can even upload a students picture and the words will fill in the picture. A MUST Try!
You are Words! would be a great getting-to-know-you activity. It would give students a neat way to share who they are with the class. At the beginning of the year, a You Are Your Wordsbulletin board or classroom display would be a fun way for everyone to get to know each other. This site could lead to really interesting discussions about the power that our words have, what they reveal about us, and how they impact people’s perception of us.
Creaza - http://www.creazaeducation.com Online web tools for mind mapping, comic strips, audio and more. Free online tools. Can pay for more options.
PowToon Students can use PowToon to share their ideas or to “prototype” an idea. Students can create videos to show math processes, explanations of complex concepts, review new learning, teach others, explain processes, tell stories, or present research. The possibilities are really endless and students will come up with hundreds of other creative uses.
Teachers can use PowToon to create animations for students. This is a great way to present new information or ideas for discussion.
Tips: The PowToon Interactive Tour and How to Create series are very helpful to watch prior to creating your first animations.
Technology Integration Blogs:
Think Share Teach
Instructional Technology Topics
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Tammy Worcester's Tech Tips
Use with an Interactive White Board
http://www.abcya.com/ Lots of hands on elementary activities to use with students.
Outlook Support for CCSD
ASD Tech Tips Video Library