This week we reach our 50th Newsletter!
For ourÂ fiftiethÂ Tech Tools for Teachers Newsletter we thought it was timely to reflect back on fifty great tools to use in the classroom.
1-30: Our first 30 Newsletters were created before the launch of our website and can be found in the 2010 Archive here. Â Have a look through this list as they are all great tools to enhance your teaching and learning in the classroom. Â It is also Â timely to have a look at Newsletter #29 which is full of christmas sites.
1-30: Our first 30 Newsletters were created before the launch of our website
31: Google Tools - A look back at the google tools discussed in 2010 and how they can be used in the classroom.
32: PhotoPeach – PhotoPeach is a tool that allows you to turn photos into a slideshow with music and captions.
Completed PhotoPeaches can be embedded on your blog or shared via email, Facebook, Twitter etc.
33: Diigo - Diigo is a tool that allows you to collect, organise and share all of your favourite web pages from any computer,Â iPad, iPhone or Android product.
34: Glogster - Glogster is a fun and engaging 21st century education tool used by teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom
35:Â TodaysMeet - TodaysMeet is a free online tool that allows you to backchannel.What is a backchannel I hear you ask? Backchanneling is having real time online conversations alongside live presentations. A backchannel lets participants ask questions, discuss what is being presented, share links and reflect on their learning. Backchanneling could be describe as â€œvirtual whispering or note passingâ€ during lessons, presentation or activities.
36:Â Google Search ‘hot tips’ - Everybody knows Google. The term has been added to the dictionary as both noun and verb. It is a phrase now commonly said to solve problems or prove an argument: â€˜Google it!â€ Can be heard with fierce determination as one holds their breath to prove a point.Â We all know how to searchâ€¦ but we can always save time and do it better!
37: bitly - There are many websites and tools used toÂ shorten website URLs. These tools make our lives easier when sharing links and direct web pages as it simplifies those long URL links.
38: Skype Screen Sharing – A handy free feature in Skype that allows you toshare what is on your computer screen with the person you are skyping.
39: Cyber(smart:) - Like any new subject, theme or concept: structure and organisation are paramount in the success when planning to make your students cybersmart.Â Cybersmart by ACMA is a great place to begin a plan that is best suited to your school and your students.
41: SchoolTube - SchoolTube is a video sharing website for primary and secondary schools. All videos on SchoolTube are moderated by teachers or SchoolTube employees.
42: Diigo Groups – Diigo focus on how it can be used Â for PLTs (a Victorian acronym for Professional Learning Teams).
43: Voki – This weekâ€™s tool has been around for a while, an oldy but a goody. Â Voki is online avatar, animation creator. Â It is used as an effective learning tool and claims to motivate student participation, improve message comprehension, introduce technology in a fun way and can be used as an effective language tool.
44: Google Custom Search - If we want our students to use these pages effectively and efficiently we can begin by doing some of the heavy lifting ourselves. Google CSE allows you to build a search engine that only searches the sites you put in it.
45: Sqworl - Sqworl is a web application that provides a clean and simple way to visually bookmark multiple URLs with one link.
46: YouTube Teachers – TheÂ purpose of this post is to discover the new YouTube Teacherâ€™s channel, launched on the 21st of September in 2011. YouTube Teacher is not a separate additive to YouTube.Â It is a resource for teachers, by teachers; that HELPS teachers understand how they can use YouTube as a powerful resource in their studentâ€™s learning.
47: Evernote - Evernote is a free note taking application that can be downloaded and synced between different devices.
48: Storybird – Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.
49: Google Sites – Google offerÂ Education domains for free. Using your own domain enablesÂ your school to have full control. TheÂ privacy is tight and any student of any age at your school can have an account.
50: For our 50th newsletter and too continue with the theme of listing the best educational tools online here are some more lists:
- Top Tools 2011 (Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011.Â This, the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools, was finalised on 13 November 2011.Â This yearâ€™s list was compiled from theÂ Top 10 Tools listsÂ of 531 learning professionals worldwide â€“ from education, training and workplace learning.)
- The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools (Each resource is written in big bold letters, followed by the description offered by the person who submitted the resource.)
- Cool tools for schools (a collection of online tools sorted into categories)
How many of these tools have you used? Â Choose one to try in the next week.
Good luck and look out for the next edition of Tech Tools for Teachers in two weeks.
Simon, Kathleen and Matt