What are you thankful for this year?
From a teacher’s perspective, I’m thankful for…
· Students…for having the opportunity to teach them and to learn from them.
· Technology…Enhancing curriculum and keeping students engaged.
· Tools such as these…
T Timeglider http://timeglider.com/
TimeGlider is a free web-based timeline application. Used by thousands of teachers and students it represents an entirely new, yet completely intuitive, way of visualizing information. An axis of time runs across the screen, around which you create or import events. A collection of events becomes a timeline. Students can work individually or in groups, either way they find TimeGlider a compelling and easy to grasp experience.
H Hot Potatoes http://hotpot.uvic.ca/index.php
The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source.
Allows you to publish and share your PowerPoint presentations. It also allows you to download published presentations as videos.
Allows you to create your own public or, importantly for education, private social networks. Use it to communicate and share resources with your colleagues and students
K KerPoof http://www.kerpoof.com/
Allows children to draw, tell stories and create cartoons and animations. Very popular website, now part of the Disney family of companies. http://www.kerpoof.com/edu/Kerpoof_Educator_Flyer.pdf
S slatebox http://www.slatebox.com/Index
Allows you to create collaborative mind-map style idea visualizations. Perfect for embedding into a website or view on the interactive whiteboard.
G gliffy http://www.gliffy.com/
An online application with which you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans and technical drawings.
A free and powerful didactical tool for teachers. It lets you view and control other computers in your network in several ways: overview, remote control, lock down stations, send messages to students etc (available only for Linux and Windows 2000/XP operating systems).
V VOXOPOP http://www.voxopop.com/
A message board/forum system that uses voice recordings instead of text. You can set up a private talkgroup that will be hidden from the public – ideal for classrooms!
I Instapaper http://www.instapaper.com/
Allows you to easily save web pages for reading later, when you have time, so you don’t just forget about them or skim through them. Very good research tool.
N netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/#General
Netvibes is a free web service that brings together your favorite media sources and online services. Everything that matters to you — blogs, news, weather, videos, photos, social networks, email and much more — is automatically updated every time you visit your page.
G GlassGiant http://www.glassgiant.com
A website that allows you to make fun, custom pictures.