Hot New Tools

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Core Learning team members have been busy surveying the landscape for the newest and hottest digital tools in educational technology. At the recent CUE conference in Napa, for example, the literacy team came back with an exciting list of free sites, apps and resources to enhance and promote content creation, collaboration, literacy and more.

Not all of these resources are necessarily new, in fact few have been around for a while, but they still hold up to today’s needs and merit a rediscovery, if they are not already part of your techno-diet.

Insert youtube url to view videos without ads, etc.

Tool to quickly edit youtube videos for just the section you want to show.

Tagboard uses hashtags to search for and collect public social media within seconds of being posted to networks like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Robust tools offer the power to select specific posts to feature on websites, etc.

Project management tool using digital post-its to track progress on projects.

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL. Ferlazzo curates a new website every day for use with ELLs.

Padlet is an online, collaborative “cork board” for students.

InfuseLearning is the best formative assessment tool to use with students.

Google Art Project  takes students into the most famous museums in the world, and enables them to zoom in on artwork.  Students can search by medium, event, place, person, and time period.

TubeChop  enables teachers to “chop” sections from a YouTube video, and then share it.

QuietTube  is a toolbar button; when installed, teachers do not have to worry about YouTube videos displaying comments.

TouchCast  enables teachers to create interactive videos that include (scrollable) websites, documents, photos, and polls.

EdTedThis website enables teachers to build a lesson around any Ted-Ed Original, TED Talk, or YouTube video.

InstagrokSearching a word in Instagrok produces an interactive concept map.  (This is an especially useful tool with ELLs.)

Socrative is a formative assessment tool similar to InfuseLearning.

Poll EverywhereThis is another formative assessment tool for quick class polls.

EasyBib helps students create citations.

Diigo is an online annotation tool.  Students can highlight and add stickies to any website.

Buck Institute for EducationBIE provides crucial resources for teachers who wish to create project-based learning experiences for their students.

Google DriveStudents are using Google Drive across the country to collaborate on documents and presentations, fill out formative assessments (through Google Forms), and use Google Apps for Education (GAFE).

Doceri is a presentation tool that promotes student annotation.

Evernote is a powerful task managing tool.

Paper is an iPad app for drawing, creating mind maps, etc.

Pinterest is a website wherein users “pin” photos that are linked to information; it is rife with teacher tools and inspirational ideas for your classroom.

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