Last year’s P.A.E.C.T. Advocate of the Year, this year’s P.A.E.C.T. Southeast Regional Director, and always a DEN (super) STAR, Brandon Lutz is a legend at PETE&C any year. His name is synonymous with 60 in 60, a presentation that packs an overflowing full house eager to cheer him as he achieves the superman impossible: 60 tools in 60 minutes. Hard to find a faster hour, unless it’s his App Attack: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes. Brandon challenges any blogger to keep up with his pace, so his generosity in sharing his work ahead of time makes him one of my favorite perennial presenters. Here’s his Prezi. You can find additional 60 in 60 resources here. His Scribd Cheat Sheet appears at the end of this post.
Brandon began his presentation by noting he has added 50 new since last year because he is always trying to keep his work fresh, timely, and relevant. Billed by Brandon as a wine tasting of web tools, he recognized that there are different times for different tools. Always keeping his audience in mind, he supplied contact information and directed participants to his cheat sheet: the list of 60, linked, open space for note taking. Thoughtful touch. Brandon’s goal: 10 sites you want to check out and share with your community. Following a Wiggins and McTighe precept, knowing the end before you begin, Brandon did it again, beating the clock while making learning meaningful. Each tool is linked after the number. The countdown begins.
- Prezi: Keynote or PowerPoint is Prezi, a whole new concept in presentation media. Brandon’s presentations (past and present) are done in it. Yon don’t need software; just a quick download, then create.
PresentMe: allows you to put yourself next to a PowerPoint presentation so you can talk about it in a split frame screen; a good presentation vehicle when you cannot appear in person. Use the webcam and microphone on your computer to record yourself giving a PowerPoint presentation. Very cool tool.
- Much Enough: an interesting concept and the way education is moving; create a class for free. Can be a tutoring session or an adjunct to your class; set times and book sessions for free open time or office hours online.
- Edmodo: a Facebook type interface within a safe environment, Edmodo requires a code for students to join a class group established by a teacher; can attach almost anything; students submit via Edmoda so a paperless classroom; can send graded work back to students. Excellent for sharing in a closed secure environment.
Pearltrees: (mentioned in App Attack) creates a visual environment for bookmarks, resembling pearls on a tree. This tool enables a drill-down scaffolding of items bookmarked. Must try it; a visual delight. Good-bye Diigo.
- Flubaroo: script that works with Google Forms; set up a form and the top line is the answer key; Flubaroo scores you for it. Brandon noted it is complicated but has great site explanations.
- Gooru Learning: a content grasper; math/science based; click on link and you get interactives based on one topic. This tool gives you a plethora of resources (almost more than you need); you can set up a collection for your students. An overabundant resource.
- Study Ladder: portal for grades 3-8; differentiates instruction based on needs; has interactives with an open whiteboard version.
Kid Zui: kid-friendly web browser known as “the internet for kids”; allows a free safe filtered environment. Kid Zui makes Facebook “safe” because of its Facebook integration; you can see your children’s visits and have them reported via email. Best of all, especially if you’re a Firefox user, you can download the add-on, integrated into your browser.
- Reading Bear: reading website for K-3; has a wide variety of interactive flashcards; great for lower primary students; teaches reading.
- Star Fall: also lower primary; an alphabet learner and an early reading tool with books that you can read to your children/students or they can be read to from Star Fall; K-3 level.
- HippoCampus: brings the content to you, based on math and science; click topic and it delivers interactives to you without searching. Very cool tool!
- Learn Zillion: math lessons; click topic and connect to common core standards by lesson and practice. Taught by teachers in video format; great for LS reinforcement; a cleaner approach than Khan Academy.
- Math Train: students make math videos and podcast to the world; similar to the Khan Academy but with a Common Craft approach–simple but excellent.
- Side Vibe: offers turbocharged web questing, placing the student in online discussion and activities in a direct context; 50 students for free with a charge at 51+. Lets the website and discussions view in a split screen, side by side, answering questions while watching videos in a confined environment, keeping students focused.
School Notes: simplified way to communicate with your classes; a very simplified version of Edmodo.
- Yacapaca: creates quizzes and surveys and modifies content and assessments; shared with fellow users, if you choose and has a popularity rating to help you make decisions on others’ sharings.
- Simple Meet: creates a safe, non-login chat room for students; you get an email of all your students discuss; also good for staff development.
- BlockSite: a Firefox addon that lets you filter any website you want to access that exists in a blocked environment.
- Class Dojo (mentioned App Attack); assigns + or – behaviors to students in a class. Brandon’s favorite app/web tool but, as in the App Attack presentation, he cautions against displaying negative behaviors on a white board.
- Gnowledge: test and quiz generation site with images, text; easy to create and share with students.
- DropBox: file collector; especially good for dropping large files into it; flashdrive free w/24/7 access. You get 2 MG free, but if you go through the tutorial, your free gift is additional space.
- dushare: send large files without a login with ease; up to 100 mgs; an alternative to DropBox.
iBooks Author: in Apple Lion, a free download lets you create your own virtual interactive textbook with ease of use; better than ePub and had 3D interactive images.
- Remind 101: safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents; SMS or email students/staff; students have to come to you to request to join.
- Oh Life: journal site with sent emails; if you respond, the site collects the information and then in a week sends it back to you; a gentler way to engage in journaling with reminders.
- Boom Writer: grades 4 and up; engages students in reading, writing, creating, and competing; stories can be selected as part of the larger theme selected for writing; does not identify students’ names.
Scrible: an easy to share online annotation site with iPad app; highlight text and send link to students; they can continue the highlighting. An interesting way to go digital with reading apprenticeship techniques.
- Paper Rater: helps grade papers with a plagerism checker plus other writing tool correctors; a good proofreading tool for students before submitting work for assessment.
- NBC Learn: brought their educational content into this site and are charging, but some parts of the site are free (science).
- YouTube Teachers: creates a safe channel for your students for asynchronous learning; easier to unblock at schools than the more ubiquitous YouTube.
- Capzles: creates a whole new dimension of learning and sharing. Enjoy this explanatory video made by DEN STAR Jennifer Brinson. If you missed her groundbreaking PETE&C session, Moving Our World One Project at a Time, presented by 3 of her senior economics students, you can read about it by clicking this link.
- Docs Teach: looks at National Archives and combines interactives with archives; shared by teachers, making a bank of materials available without reinventing the wheel.
- UsefulCharts: charge for printed copy but free for whiteboard use; very comprehensive and can be screenshot for other use, but it’s a chart without links.
Desktop QR Code Reader: download and have for your desktop.
- QR Notes: lets you select an image, give it a title, image, and note.
- QR Voice: scan QR code and it will read it back to your on your phone; a text-audio renderer.
- ptable: interactive periodic table.
- Screenr: free screencasting program web-based; select what you want to record and record it; Brandon used screenr to record the periodic table shown in his presentation.
- 1001 Free Fonts: different fonts for graphic style; very cool fonts for posters, handouts, but not typing documents. If you love fonts, this is your new cool tool.
- Jeopardy Labs: online jeopardy game with assessments; the easiest way to build a Jeopardy quiz; great for reviewing; can be downloaded and kept for future use.
Study Blue: flashcard site (mentioned in App Attack); tests students, web-based.
- Cacoo: diagram site for step-by-step organizing; a good graphic organizer.
- spaaze: an infinite virtual cork board; accepts videos, images, text, sites; great brainstorming tool; similar to Wall Wisher but with infinitely more flexibility.
- Free Sound: all kinds of sounds; over 45,000 and copyright free; great for podcasting; Brandon cautions: there are inappropriate sounds, though, so be careful if you let your students use it.
- Vocaroo: simple recording site; it just doesn’t get any easier. I love this site because it gives you options for a link and embeddable code. I used to use this site to create lesson plans for students, then posted to Moodle. This is a great EASY tool to use for differentiated instruction. Love it.
ifttt (if this then that): saves visiting several social networking sites; check this one out; lets sites talk to one another by following the simple if this…then that. Just visit the site. Very cool tool.
- Blabbarize: an oldie but goodie; lets non-talking things talk (remember the talking alpaca).
- fotababble: lets you tell your stories with talking photos and slideshows.
- Jelly Cam: Mark Perlman at his best, doing a demo; has apps for a smart phone; a download with Adobe Air; good for stop motion using a computer.
- VoiceThread: 3 accounts free for teachers and then a paid site; text, audio, video, and drawing responses. An excellent collaborative tool.
- Producteev: a task list website; has an app; lets you create a task group with one other person; emails you pre/post task reminders; interfaces with Google.
- Paper.li: a newspaper-type aggregator. Jennifer Brinson’s students decide what content goes into their paper.li daily, Moving Our World.
- Tweet Chat: can create a chat room with a hash tag or can search by hash tag for academic public content; a filter for Twitter for people who do not want to use Twitter directly.
pen.io: allows you to create a website without a login; is password protected for editing; has all the usual frills and you get a quick and easy site (not elaborate but can be done in a non-block class frame).
- Sumdog: login and play games with other students; builds math skills; a robust site that continues to add content.
- Pattern Cooler: graphic design and web design lets you customize patterns and download as a .png file. This site is really worth investigating; like what it lets you do with customization of a stock image.
- Pinterest: aggregates urls by image but can add text; you can allow people to add content. My favorite new site; has a mobile app, and has made the Top 10 Social Networking sites.
- Mentimeter: quick and easy way to poll students, staff; super simple poll site; can answer with laptop or mobile device; gives you QR code to answer codes.
- Google Forms: an oldie but goodie; Brandon added a QR code for his own survey, which takes GF into the present and ends Brandon’s presentation.
Another amazing presentation, the second of two 60in60 presentations in one day!
- APP ATTACK! 60 Apps in 60 Minutes with Brandon Lutz & Scott Snyder (discoveryeducation.com)
- Join Discovery Education at ASTE 2012! (discoveryeducation.com)