Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2019

It's the time of year again for my favorite annual sites and apps.  This years list seems to have a wide variety of educational tools w/ no set pattern seen in years past.  As w/ any of my previous annual top lists, all tools listed in previous end of year posts will not be eligible for this years'.

Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2019

  1. Wakelet - Wakelet lets educators easily bookmark any item on the web (i.e. article, blog, tweet, etc.) and then curate them in stunning visual ways to curate w/ others.  This can be used in a wide variety of ways such as for: digital storytelling, professional development, and more.
  2. GooseChase - An innovative site/app (iOS/Google Play) for creating digital scavenger hunts.  Also, there are lots of templates for educators to use to create their own scavenger hunt to implement into any curriculum.
  3. Educandy -  A wonderful site for creating educational games where a teacher just enters the questions and Educandy creates the game.
  4. Walnut - A excellent new site/app for finding educational videos and then taking quizzes to assess learning (think BrainPop).  This is a great way for educators to assess learning and differentiate instruction.
  5. Knoword - A super fun Vocabulary game w/ educational portal where teachers can create their own word lists and track/monitor students.
  6. Mobile Permissions - A fantastic free new tool for educators to virtually send parents permissions slips to their phone or mobile device.  They can then electronically sign and submit payment while educators can track/monitor to it all from their teacher portal.  
  7. DOGOnews - DOGOnews is an excellent site for creating Reading assignments for grades K-8 that can then be integrated into Google Classroom.  This is done through their curated safe (COPA compliant) educational database that provides assessment and language/speech features.
  8. VideoClass - A great site for educators and students to find educational videos on any number of subjects.  Also, teachers can upload their own videos, create a screencast or even charge others to download their videos.
  9. Parlay - Parlay is a very innovative online tool that educators are using to take classroom discussions to the next level.  Teachers can use Parlay in a number of different ways such as: browsing through a robust library of discussion prompts (w/ resources), creating a online roundtable, or by creating a "live" verbal roundtable.
  10. Math Attax - A super-fun highly-addictive free mobile (iOS/Google Play) Math game that helps students w/ their basic Math skills (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc.). 
  11. Loop - An interesting new student response system where educators create an online classroom and then posting questions for students to answer making it easy to assess student learning and differentiate instruction.
  12. while True: learn() -  A innovative new iOS game that educators can use to not only integrate Game Based Learning into their teachings, but introduce STEM skills such as: programming, coding, and logical thinking.
  13. Backchannel Chat - An amazing site/app for creating backchannel chats that educators are using in a wide variety of ways (i.e. brainstorming, assessing learning, etc.).
  14. Fishbowl - A new social network/community for educators looking to post questions, share resources, or collaborate on best teaching practices.
  15. Kolibri - An interesting new site for finding interactive resources, videos, and quizzes.
  16. NowComment - A great learning tool where educators can annotate on any type of document to  facilitate learning.
  17. FUNecole - A wonderful digital learning solution for grades 1st-6th that focuses on topics such as digital literacy and SEL (social emotional learning).
  18. ClassroomQ - An easy-to-use innovative tool that acts as a "digital" hand raising device.
  19. - A new social network for finding educational resources that are curated by common core standards.
  20. OneClass - A fantastic all-in-one solution for students looking for homework help, study guides, tutors, and more.
  21. Codelicious - Codelicious is a wonderful Computer Science curriculum designed to help educators integrate STEM into their classroom or grades 3rd-8th.
  22. AdaptedMind - An excellent online curriculum for Math and Reading grades K-6 that uses game based learning to help reinforce learning.
  23. Education Galaxy - An innovative learning platform for grades K-6 w/ educational portal to help students master their subjects.
  24. boclips - A great place to find educational videos where YouTube is blocked by school filters.
  25. Course Hero - A nice place for students to find online tutors in any number of subjects.

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