This blog will be dedicated to sharing all the great technology tools and teaching strategies that can be used in any classroom. I will share with you the web tools that the AHS Social Media class explores this semester as well as others I find. I am constantly searching for web tools to share with students and staff - so have fun exploring!
Finding, Exploring, Collecting, and Sharing Web Tools!
When designed well, technology can making life easier. Too bad most technology has the opposite effect. Here are a few notable tools that educators say have helped them in some way. Perhaps you will find one useful too.
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The Computer Clubhouse, which Resnick co-founded, works to “help young people from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies,” as he describes. 6- Coder Dojo
Through CoderDojo’s volunteer-led sessions, young people can learn to code, go on tours of tech companies and hear guest speakers. 7- Code School
Code School offers online courses in a wide range of programming languages, design and web tools. 7- Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code, geared specifically toward 13- to 17-year-old girls, pairs instruction and mentorship to “educate, inspire and equip” students to pursue their engineering and tech dreams. 8- Black Girls Code
Through workshops for young girls of color, Black Girls Code aims to help address the “dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions,”
Rewordify is a great web tool that you can use with your students and kids to help them read difficult passages. Rewordify simplifies complex passages and render them reader-friendly. Students can paste in difficult sentences, paragraphs, or whole chapters and then click on "Rewordify text". They will then get a paraphrased version of their text with a simpler and easier vocabulary.The reworded words are highlighted which means that students can click on them to hear and learn the origin harder words. Rewordify also allows you to obtain a simplified version of any web page. Just paste in the URL of the webpage you want to read in the yellow box and hit 'Rewordify'. Watch the video below to learn more about how Rewordify works.
Nearpod – iPad teachers
know that Nearpod is synonymous with engaging, interactive
presentations. In fact, some would say they wrote the book on it.
However, it is no longer just for the iPad because you can use it on
Android, Nooks, Chromebooks and Macs or PCs via the web. Top features
include the ability to add quiz tools, videos, photo slideshows, drawing
tools, a PDF viewer and even a live Twitter stream.
Clay Yourself is a site that lets
users create an claymation style avatar. The site was created by
Hotels.com to allow their customers to create a commercial as part of a
contest and promotion that they were running. However, the site is
still running and is a great and simple way to create an avatar that can
be placed on a Facebook page and can also be downloaded and used on a
classroom blog or website.
SlideRocket is a hosted web app designed to take presentations to the next level with graphical prowess and multimedia integration. It is a great transition for anyone familiar with PowerPoint, but who is tired of dull presentations in over used templates.
Although the content of your presentation is of course the most important part, small visual improvements can have a big effect on audience engagement and participation.
Some of the more impressive features of SlideRocket are enhanced text effects, slick slide transitions, media integration (audio, video, animation) and graphic effects. You can see in the below example just how smooth and beautiful slide transitions are and how much more interactive it looks than a standard PowerPoint.
There are a number of real benefits in using a web based Presentation tool such as SlideRocket. Your presentations are always hosted online so there is no need to backup or save files to disk. Sharing can be done directly through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter or by mailing a direct link to your slides. A final benefit and in our mind the most exciting feature of SlideRocket is it’s ability to measure your slides effectiveness. You can retrieve statistics on who has watched your presentations and see comments left by your audience online.
Infographics are popping up everywhere. They are a great way to get a
message across by visualizing data rather than bombarding a reader with
vast amounts of text. The same principles apply to presenting and this
makes Infographics a fantastic way to convey your data without putting
the room to sleep.
Visual.ly is a site dedicated to Infographics and data
visualizations. They host a huge amount of quality Infographics on a
wide variety of topics. You can choose to embed or re-use pre-made
graphics in your own presentations or in the not too distant future the
site will be offering tools to help you create your own.
Embed an Infographic into your blog or presentation.
The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that they answer.
You can think of Alltop as the “online magazine rack” of the web. They have subscribed to thousands of sources to provide “aggregation without aggravation.” To be clear, Alltop pages are starting points—they are not destinations per se. Ultimately, their goal is to enhance your online reading by displaying stories from sources that you’re already visiting plus helping you discover sources that you didn’t know existed.
Joongelis a simple web application for searching and navigating through the most popular sources on the Internet in different categories. Their search method is based on the geographic location of the user and traffic ranking analysis fromGoogle,Hitwise,Compete,Comscore,Nielsen//Netratings,Quantcastand more.
FindHow, the How-To search engine, focuses on indexing only high-quality How-To's, typically from well-known, recognized brand names or individuals. Many of these sources (often companies, government entities, or educational institutions) have other motives for providing information besides pure profits, and most have trusted, off-line brand name reputations to protect - which encourages them to focus on providing trustworthy and high-quality information.
TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.
TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and they also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, TinEye has indexed 2,090,717,922 images from the web to help you find what you're looking for.
Addictomatic searches the best live sites on the web for the latest news, blog posts, videos and images. It's the perfect tool to keep up with the hottest topics.
After you search, you can personalize your results dashboard by moving around the source boxes. When you're done, bookmark the page and keep coming back to your personalized results dashboard for that search.
Browse the News
Their news pages provide the latest headlines on topics such as entertainment, politics, shopping, sports and more. You get all the feeds from the best sources in each category. And like your search results dashboard, you can personalize the layout of the headline boxes, delete ones you don't like an
Key in a topic and the top stories from several social media sites appear! I keyed in Social Media. Visit Addictomatic!
1. Click website above
2. Click the radio button next to Blogger.
3. Choose the way you want your button to look.
4. Blogger will automatically take you to your layout page and adds the gadget
I am sure that you have seen this icon on various websites that you have visited? What exactly is it? It is the RSS icon. Why do blogs/websites include this icon on their sites?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS allows the computer to bring the contents of a website or a blog to you rather than you going to it. RSS has changes the way one consumes Internet content.
Instead of bookmarking things that you found interesting and return to those resources periodically to check for updates. Going to sites to check for content can be a waste of your time if there’s nothing new to see. Instead, make that content come to you. Whenever you’re on a website, look for indicators that you can subscribe. Do you see the RSS logo pictured above? Do you see links called “Feed,” “Atom,” “RSS,” or “Subscribe”? These are indicators that an RSS feed is present. Some browsers even automatically detect the presence of feeds and turn on an RSS icon for you. A feed is just a compacted, machine-readable version of the content you’re already consuming. If you click on a feed, you may either see a bunch of code, you could see some snippits of the page content, or you could see a gaggle of buttons all with different logos on them. Either way, you’ve found a feed!
Feeds, as I mentioned, are machine-readable. You will need a tool to consume the feed. This is called a reader or an aggregator. Google Reader is a web-based tool that I utilize to keep up to date on recipe and technology blogs - it follows me wherever I go.
Once you have your feed address, find the place to click in your reader to “subscribe.” Yes, “subscribe” usually means “pay,” but in RSS terms it only means “sign me up to receive content from this source in the future.” Once you’ve clicked the subscribe button, paste the feed address into the appropriate box and hit subscribe!
Once your aggregator chews on the new feed for a minute, you should see the content from that source appear in the reader. Voila! You’ve subscribed to a feed. In the future, just load your feed reader (Google Reader for example) up and see what new content has been posted on that site. If you see something you want to see in its original glory, click the title of the posting. That usually opens the original.
Using RSS and a feed reader has given me the ability to consume much more material than I previously could. It gives me the chance to speed through lots of content and then stop when I see something that I care about and spend more time on it. Instead of going to every blog I like. Give RSS a try!
Penpal website! I came across this website today! I would love for my students to communicate/collaborate with other students from around the US or World. I can not wait to explore this tool even more! Pikifriends
Do you ever want to share a website address, but it is too long, long with numbers, etc. There are several websites like tinyurl and bitly that will shorten long addresses, by generating a new url. You can add each as an extension on your tool bar.
Issuu a digital publishing platform which delivers
exceptional reading experiences of magazines, catalogs, and newspapers.
Millions of people have uploaded their best publications to create
beautiful digital editions. There is adult content publications, which can be turned off in your settings. Below I uploaded a pdf file to see you it works! This documents was useless as a 300 page pdf - so time consuming going to each page. Now it is more enjoyable!
is a nice website on which you will find some nice resources for
helping young children learn the alphabet. The main feature of
Alphabetimals is an interactive flipbook featuring animal sounds and the
pronunciations of animal names.
characters can spell out any word that you would like. Just type in the
word and it will be printed for you. You can then print out the
Alphabetimaltized (yes, I just made up that term) version of the word.
Alphabetimals also offers free printable flashcards, an alphabet poster,
and alphabet coloring pages.
is funded by sales of Alphabetimals products like posters and tee
shirts. For every product purchased they donate a book to Books for
Applications for Education Alphabetimals
offers some nice little resources to help you help children learn the
alphabet. For folks like me who are not artistically inclined, the
option to type a word and print it in an alphabetimalized version could
be a nice way to print and display vocabulary words in your elementary
Have you ever wondered how some websites create all those cool fonts, especially the animated ones? I have explored the Internet and found several sites to share with you so that you can create you own. I have created several posts of websites that deal with animating text! I have also included a photo editing website as well - where you can edit photos, make collages, create a cube of pictures, apply animation onto your photos. You not only can use these fonts on websites, but on documents as well!
FlashVortex is another animated text generator. This website has several text templates, such as you can make your words, melt, bounce, scale, flame, sandy, glow, 3D, rotate, and many more! You can also create buttons, banners, clocks, and menus!
Today you are going to be introduced to the Social Networking site
called Edmodo. Edmodo it is a Learning Management System (LMS) for
students and teachers. You will use a code given by Mrs. James to add
that class to their Edmodo account.
Edmodo will be used for you to stay organized! All assignments will be posted here.
provides a safe and easy way for our Social Media class to connect and
collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school
notices. Edmodo's goal is to help educators harness the power of social
to customize the classroom for each and every learner. Edmodo was
developed in 2008. The developers believed that we needed to evolve the
school environment to reflect the connected world in which we live, and
the created a tool that closes the gap between how students live their
lives and how they learn in school.
Edmodo is - Anytime, anyplacelearning.
It allows the teacher to post messages, discuss classroom
topics, assign and grade classwork, share content and materials, and
network and exchange ideas with their peers - among other things!
Edomo allows us to make our Social Media class a community!