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Friday, August 31, 2012

Lingt Classroom

Lingt Classroom is a new site that is excellent for foreign language teachers.  This site through an educational portal allows teachers to create interactive online voice based assignments (that include, text, images, video) and then track/assess students progress.  These assignments are geared toward using your voice and allows students to listen to teachers and record their own voice.

I highly recommend checking out Lingt Classroom by clicking here!!!

Nanoogo

Nanoogo is a wonderful new (beta) site that I just found out about from Kelly Tenkley's awesome blog.  This is a really innovative site that is ideal for students for creating digital portfolios of projects and different items of what they've learned in the classroom.  What makes Nanoogo so great is that it is free and there is an educational portal which allows teachers to monitor and track all student activity.

I highly recommend checking out Nanoogo by clicking here!!!

For my Web 2.0 Pinterest board click here.

Edshelf

Edshelf is one of my favorite sites to come around in 2012.  This is a great site for finding reviews and information on Ed Tech sites and Apps.  These reviews contain images and even videos.  Also, a registered user can curate their favorite sites into lists and share them w/ others.

I highly recommend checking out Edshelf by clicking here!!!

*Edshelf is a paid subscriber of Technology Tidbits.

SpellingCity

SpellingCity is a wonderful site for educators to help students learn Vocabulary & Spelling.  This is done by creating word lists and integrating them into learning games.  Also, SC has an educational portal and for a paid membership teachers can create student accounts w/out needing a student email address (ideal for CIPA/COPPA compliance).

There is also a free iOS app which integrates flawlessly w/ SC's site, click here.

I highly recommend checking out SpellingCity by clicking here!!

*SpellingCity is a paid subscriber of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

FluencyFinder

FluencyFinder is a iOS app ($6.99) that is excellent for Reading assessment for grades 1-5.  Each grade has 3 passages (fable, narrative, informal) w/ more to come for assessing students reading.  This is all done on a mobile device that tracks and assesses students reading level and ability w/ real-time results.

I highly recommend checking out FluencyFinder by clicking here!!!

WeWantApps!

WeWantApps! is a wonderful free app for the iPhone & iPad.  This app is ideal for finding any iOS app based on category and price.  These apps can be for education, games, books, and more.  Also, a person can bookmark their favorite apps and share w/ others.

I highly recommend checking out WeWantApps! by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on educational iOS apps click here.

9 Slides

9 Slides is a site I've posted about in the past and is just a wonderful way to take your slideshow presentations to the next level.  This site which is iPad compatible is wonderful for uploading presentations and then syncing them to video.  This is ideal for teaching a new unit and especially for those giving staff trainings or professional development.  Also, a user can track usage statistics for instant feedback.

I highly recommend checking out 9 Slides by clicking here!!!

*9 Slides is a paid advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

InSkilled



InSkilled is a nice site for curating the web into online learning materials.  This is done by finding/tagging websites and then learning things at your own pace.  Also, a user can explore what others have done and share these online lessons as well.  There is even a nice Chrome plugin for those that use that browser.


I highly recommend checking out InSkilled by clicking here!!!

*InSkilled is a paid advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, August 27, 2012

myHistro

myHistro is a cool site that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog.  This is a nice site for creating interactive timelines that can be embedded into a site.  These timelines can include all sorts of digital media such as: video, audio, and photos.  Also, it has nice integration of Google Maps.

I recommend checking out myHistro by clicking here!!

For my top 10 sites for creating timelines click here.

AllSides

AllSides is a interesting new (beta) site that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  This site tries to cover all points of view (left, middle, right) on a given subject.  While this is ideal for politics or government, I'm not sure how effective it is with education.

I recommend checking out AllSides by clicking here!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Chokadoc

Chokadoc is a new site for watching free documentaries online.  This is a very user friendly site that people can browse by category/subject.  Also, a user can rate they videos they just watched.  There is an educational section but it is limited w/ only 16 videos.

I recommend checking out Chokadoc by clicking here!!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

20 Web 2.0 Sites that does not Require Sto

This is a post I've been wanting to do for some quite some time but had to do some research to get the information I needed.  A huge factor for schools in dealing w/ students and working online is CIPA/COPPA compliance.  This is to ensure student safety as well as monitor/filter their online behavior.  As Web 2.0 becomes more popular and Educational Technology online sites replace desktop software this has become more of an issue.  A lot of subscription based or Ed Tech sites require a student email address to create an account which can become a BIG issue when dealing w/ CIPA compliance, because a majority of students to not have a school email account.  That being said, there are still a number of Web 2.0 sites that do not require a student email address to create an account.

*This list is in alphabetical order.

20 Web 2.0 Sites not Requiring Student Email


  1. 19 Pencils - A excellent site for finding educational resources, creating online quizzes, and bookmarking sites for students.  Also, teach ers create student accounts for access.
  2. Aviary Education - A great suite of tools such as image and audio editors, where a teacher creates student accounts and class ID for logging in.
  3. BeeClip - A wonderful site for creating digital scrapbooks where teachers create student accounts.
  4. Diigo Educator - A nice site for social bookmarking and annotating sites where teachers create or imports student accounts.
  5. Flocabulary - A neat site where students learn through educational hip-hop videos.  Teachers create one unique username and password for the class.
  6. GlogsterEDU - A innovative site for creating interactive digital posters where teachers create student accounts.
  7. GoAnimatae for Schools - A great site for making animated videos where teachers create student accounts.
  8. Little Bird Tales - A wonderful site for digital storytelling where teacher creates student accounts or imports them.
  9. MentorMob University - An innovative site for creating learning playlists ideal for guided learning.  Also, teachers create students accounts.
  10. MusicShake Edu - A great way for students to create digital music online.  A teacher can create or import student accounts.
  11. PhotoPeach Class Premium - A nice site for creating digital slideshows/presentations where teachers create student accounts.
  12. Pixton for Schools - A terrific site for creating online comics for digital storytelling where teachers create a class code for logging in.
  13. SideVibe - A wonderful site for turning web content into online lessons where teachers create student accounts.
  14. SpellingCity - A great site for teaching/learning Vocabulary & Spelling where teachers can create or import student accounts w/ a premium membership.
  15. Storybird - A nice site for digital storytelling where a parent can create a student account.
  16. StoryJumper - A fantastic site for digital storytelling where teachers create a class and student accounts.
  17. ToonDooSpaces - A nice site for creating online comics for digital storytelling where teachers create student accounts.
  18. VoiceThread - One of the most popular web 2.0 sites for interactive digital storytelling where teachers create student accounts.
  19. Yacapaca - A nice site for teachers for creating online quizzes & lessons where they create an activation code for logging in.
  20.  Zimmer Twins - A cool site for creating animated movies for digital storytelling where teachers create student accounts.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stipple

Stipple is a new site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  Stipple is a cool site for adding/tagging information into an image (kind of making it interactive).  A user can add/tag info such as video, audio, location, etc.  Also, a user can embed their photos and even track usage stats.

I recommend checking out Stipple by clicking here!!

Snip.it

Snip.it is a excellent site for curating the web similar to Pinterest.  This works by "snipping" or clipping a website that you like into a collection.  A user can name these collections and even add text to each "snip".  Once a collection is built it can then be shared w/ others through popular social networks or links.  Also, a user can subscribe to other collections as well as track stats on who's following theirs.

I recommend checking out Snip.it by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest board on website curators click here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Textivate

Textivate is a cool site for getting interactive activities based on text, that I found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  This works by copying and pasting text (up to 500) and then clicking a button.  Then a wide variety of activities such as: fill in the blank, separate the words, tiles, and more can be chosen.

I recommend checking out Textivate by clicking here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mobento

Mobento is a new (beta) site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This is a nice site for finding educational videos on a wide variety of topics.  However, what makes Mobento really shine is the ability to search for "spoken" words inside the video.  The way this works is by typing in what words you are looking for and having Mobento generate a list, a person can then choose what video to view as well as see what time in the video the words are spoken.

I recommend checking out Mobento by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Videos click here.

OuiWrite

OuiWrite is a site I was lucky to find out about through an email.  This is such a wonderful site for students and English/Writing teachers.  OW is a very innovative site that students use to create a paper. While they are typing their paper OQ automatically searches for content they are typing about and find them sources.  These sources can then be cited or added as a bibliography automatically.

Also, OuiWrite has other great features such as a: genius button (w/ a very cool counter point feature), built in dictionary/thesaurus, as well as the ability to check for plagiarism.

Finally, OuiWrite has built in templates for creating different types of papers and bibliographies, as well as saving everything on the web (which makes it accessible by any computer).

I highly recommend checking out OuiWrite by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo video....

Apps in Education

Apps in Education is a new (beta) site for finding educational apps.  This is a great site that has excellent written reviews as well as video reviews too.  Plus, reviews come w/ complete breakdown, screen shots, price, and links to the app.  Also, APE has a nice blog too.

I highly recommend checking out Apps in Education by clicking here!!!

For my top 10 sites for finding educational apps click here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

40 Sites for Educational Games

With the start of school right around the corner, I decided to revisit a post I've done on sites for educational games.  This list I've compiled has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use w/ their students.

*This list is in alphabetical order.

40 Sites for Educational Games

  1. ABCya - A great site for games and mobile apps for elementary students.
  2. Academic Skill Builders - A wonderful site w/ learning through the use of multi-player games.  Also, there is an educational portal which allows for student tracking.
  3. Arcoiris - A nice site for educational games in English and Spanish.
  4. Braineos - Games based on flash card in a wide variety of subjects.
  5. BrainNook - A fun site for students that focuses on English & Math.  Also, there is a teacher portal w/ lots of resources for educators.
  6. Bubbabrain - Lots of game for all grade levels that allows teachers to create games too.
  7. Cackleberries - A virtual world filled w/ educational games for kids 3 - 7 yrs old in a safe environment.
  8. Clever Island - Excellent games for kids 3 - 8 yrs old in a wide variety subjects such as: Math, Reading, Spelling, etc.
  9. Cookie - A great site for educational games and teacher resources.
  10. Creativity Games - Learn through the use of creativity brain training games.
  11. Creating Music - A fun site for learning music through the use of educational games and other online activities.
  12. DimensionU - An innovative site for learning math in a 3D virtual world.
  13. Fish Smarty - Excellent site for online learning through the use of educational games.  There is an educational portal for student tracking as well.
  14. Fuel the Brain - A wonderful site to learn elementary skills such as: Math, Science, and Reading. Lots if educational resources too!
  15. Funbrain - One of the most popular sites for educational games for kids K - 8 yrs old.
  16. Funschool - A wide variety of games, activities, and videos for kids.
  17. Game Classroom - Games for students K - 6th grade in Math and LA w/ lots of resources such as: worksheets, videos, and more.
  18. Gamequarium - A popular site w/ lots of games in a wide variety of subject areas.
  19. GameUp - A innovative site from the creators of BrainPop where the games are based on their interactive animated videos.
  20. Kidz Page - A fun site for educational games PreK - 8th grade.
  21. Learning Games for Kids - A great site for educational games on lots of different subject areas.
  22. Lure of the Labyrinth - An innovative game for Middle school PreAlgebra students.
  23. Magnahigh - Math games for K -12 w/ educational portal.
  24. MinecraftEdu - A unique game based on the popular PC designed specifically for schools.
  25. PhyFun - Physics based games for all grade levels.
  26. Pipo Games - A nice site for educational games for ages 3 - 12 yrs old.  A paid site unlocks all the features.
  27. Play Brighter - A fantastic site filled w/ educational games on a wide variety of subjects, built on their unique anime style interface.
  28. Play Kids Games - A fun site for educational games in subject areas such as: Math, Vocab, and Geography.
  29. Power My Learning - A great all-in-one site for education filled w/ games, videos, resources and more.
  30. Sheppard Software - A nice site w/ lots of games on different subject areas.
  31. Skoolbo - Wonderful educational games for core skills in the primary grade levels.
  32. Spelling Connections - A cool site for Spelling and Vocab games w/ educational portal.
  33. Teaching w/ Portals - A very innovative game based on the Popular console/PC game Portal, w/ lots of lesson plans to be found.
  34. Tucoola - A great site for skill building games for the younger kids w/ student tracking.
  35. Tutpup - A cool site for Math and Spelling where kids compete against each other.
  36. Vedoque - A nice site for educational games PreK - 8th grade.
  37. What2Learn - A excellent site for educational games where teachers can create games and track students w/ a paid account.
  38. Yogome - A great site/company w/ lots of innovative games and mobile apps on recycling and more.
  39. Zondle - Interesting games that support learning and can be embedded into a site.
  40. ZooWhiz - A fun site for kids 5 - 15 yrs to develop Math and Reading skills by creating their own virtual zoo.
For my Pinterest board on educational games click here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print is a new (beta) service from Google that allows a user to print from any device to a printer (cloud ready) w/out cables.  Basically, it works by sending the file to the printer over the web.  This makes it very convenient for teachers to print thing from work to home or vice versa.

I highly recommend checking out Google Cloud Print by clicking here!!

For a more detailed review be sure to check out David Andrade's award nominated blog.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Story

My Story is a wonderful iPad for kids for creating a digital book.  This is done by drawing a picture on the iPad w/ a variety of art tools and then recording your voice.  Also, other pages and text can be added which is a nice feature.  Once a book is completed it can be shared w/ others via email or added to the Books app.

I highly recommend checking out My Story for digital storytelling by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board for Digital Storytelling sites/apps click here.

Knowmia

Knowmia is a great site for HS to find and share video lessons on a wide variety of subjects.  There are over 7000 videos for teachers to search through and can browse by subject.  All these videos are short and easy to understand should be easy to integrate into their teachings.

I highly recommend checking out Knowmia by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Digital Videos for the Classroom click here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Studyhall

Studyhall is a great site for students for studying online.  Students can take notes online, create study groups, work on group projects, collaborate in real time and more.

I highly recommend checking out Studyhall by clicking here!!

Story Map

Story Map is an interesting site by ReadWriteThink that I just found about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This site has 4 maps for students to choose to design templates for them to create stories, these maps include: character map, conflict map, resolution map, and setting map.

I highly recommend checking out Story Map by clicking here!!!

Nerdi

Nerdi is a new (beta) site for online teaching/tutoring.  This is a great place for educators to tutor others on subjects that they are experts on.  An educator sets their own price and uploads any tutorials/materials they have.  Once this is done, others can then sign up to learn these topics and learn at their own pace.

I highly recommend checking out Nerdi by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest board on online teaching click here.

NexEd

NexEd is a new site that is soon to be launched for El Ed and secondary schools.  This site will engage students w/ lesson plans in a 3D environment.

Click here to sign up and be one of the first to know when this innovative site is launched.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

BoomWriter: Celebrity Launch Event

Below is a slideshow I created for BoomWriter's celebrity launch event w/ Pebbles from JAM'N 94.5.  Students can join now and participate in creating a published book started by Pebbles called, America's Next Big Star.

Click here for more info.

Make your own slide show at Animoto.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chegg

Chegg is a wonderful site for college students to rent or sell back textbooks.  Also, this is a nice resources for students for homework help as and finding the right college course.

I recommend checking out Chegg to rent textbooks.

*Chegg is a paid advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, August 6, 2012

FlixMaster

FlixMaster is a new site for online video editing.  This is all done through a very to use drag-n-drop interface, that allows users to upload video, edit, and then publish by embedding into a site.

I recommend checking out FlixMaster by clicking here!!!

Click here for my top 10 sites for video editing (keep in mind JayCut is no longer active).

Appshed

Appshed is a site that reminds me a lot of Conduit Mobile which is for building mobile apps (iPhone/Android) in a few steps.  All a user has to do is select a template, customize a few things, add social media, and then publish.

I recommend checking out Appshed by clicking here!!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

apptrace

apptrace is a excellent new (beta) site for app developers.  This site analyzes all data for apps and gives detailed reports.

I recommend checking out apptrace by clicking here!!

Plentypins

Plentypins is another site for creating an online pin board similar to Pinterest or Pindax.  This is a nice site for pinning information of the web and curating them into boards.  These boards can then be shared w/ others.

I recommend checking out Plentypins by clicking here!!

dosketch

dosketch is another simple site for creating an online drawing and then sharing w/ others.  A person can select a draw tool, adjust the size, and even fill in shapes.

I recommend checking out dosketch by clicking here.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's award nominated blog for the tip.

Click here for my Pinterest board for creating digital art.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Polls.io

Polls.io is a nice simple site for creating a poll and then having users vote on it via a unique URL.

Give Polls.io a try by clicking here.

Thanks to Free Technology 4 Teachers for the tip.

For my Top 10 sites for creating a poll or survey click here.

BoomWriter

BoomWriter is a site that I've been working w/ for a few months now.  I'm excited to report that they are launching a big event Aug 8th w/ a story from a celebrity guest author, Pebbles from JAM'N 94.5.  Along w/ this exciting news comes a website redesign and lots of new story starters and published books to look through.

So, if you've never heard of BW before it is an excellent site for teachers to inspire reading/writing for grades 3-8th.  This is done by having students write a story online and then vote on which chapter should be included.  This is all done in an innovative and fun way where classes signup and login in online.  This educational portal is ideal for education.  Once a book is completed it can then be published online or even ordered as am actual book.



I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter by clicking here!!!

BeeClip

BeeClip is a wonderful site for teachers/students for creating digital scrapbooks.  This is all done through a very user friendly drag-n-drop interface and users can upload videos and photos.  Best of all this is done through a educational portal which allows teachers to view and track student projects in a "safe" environment.

I highly recommend checking out BeeClip by clicking here!!!

*BeeClip is a paid advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Annotary

Annotary is a nice site for bookmarking websites, annotating on them, and then sharing w/ others.  This is all done through a very user friendly interface and allows users to browse other's collections as well.

I recommend checking out Annotary by clicking here!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Nulu

Nulu is a new (beta) site ideal for Foreign Language teachers wanting to teach a new language.  This site has an educational portal which allows for students/classes to sign up and learn a language through choosing a current event news topic to read.  These stories are then translated into a language, annotate words/phrases, and even help w/ pronunciation.  Through an innovative flash card system for studying words students can use self reflection for learning by setting words to: easy, medium, or hard.  Best of all a teacher can track student progress and reading comprehension.

I highly recommend checking out Nulu by clicking here!!!