The Digital Teacher

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Exploring www-based teacher techniques/materials for home and
classroom that could save you time, might create a more engaging classroom, and are just sometimes fun.

Keeping track of all those materials you locate on the web

*Symbaloo – Your bookmarks
*Evernote – Write, Collect, Find, Present
*Diigo – Knowledge Management
*Tumblr - Keep track of blogs – share what you find interesting
*Instapaper – Save anything – Read anywhere

Presentations
Live Binders – Collect your resources, Organize them neatly and easily,Make an impression
Prezi – Presentation software
Haiku Deck – Presentation software
*Jing – a free and simple way to start sharing images and short videos of your computer screen.
Whether for work, home, or play, Jing gives you the ability to add basic visual elements
to your captures and share them fast.
GlogsterEdu -Explore and Create Educational Content Online

Classroom work
*Google Lit Trips – Reading the world
How to covert Lit Trips for Chromebook
*TodaysMeet – Students can join from home or even from other schools to make the classroom community even bigger.
*Get you own QR code  
Edmodo – Connect with students and parents – Edmodo is free for teachers and students

Classroom work or maybe just for fun?
Comic Creator (interesting – meant for younger students, but interesting for older kids too.)
Literary Elements Mapping

Your work on your computer
*Everything Search EngineLocate files and folders on your own computer by name instantly.
This is especially helpful when you have materials on various hard drives connected to your computer
*DownThemAll  – lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage
*Wiki Summarizer – WikiSummarizer is a Web-based application specializing in automatic summarization of Wikipedia articles
*Scrivener – Outline- Edit – Storyboard -Write (A very interesting alternative to Word.  Inexpensive and has neat capacities)
Hellosign  Sign Legally Binding Electronic Documents

e-book management, video transfer and making
*Calibre e-book management, also converts e-books to .pdf files which can be very handy
*Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture
Handbrake – Video transcoder
Windows Movie Maker
Vocaroo – make short vocal recordings
Animoto – Turn photos and music into  video slideshows
Screencast-O-Matic

Just for fun and maybe to liven up your classroom and/or website
Voki – create speaking avators
Blabberize – create silly speaking animals, people, etc.
lino it – sticky note and photo sharing
EdBrowser - find lesson plans on internet safety
Wordle –  a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
Tagxedo – word cloud with styles

Interesting Google Searches
Newspaper Archive – Google stopped scanning in 2011, but lots of older newspapers are here.
Google Books – Search the latest index of the world’s books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free.
Google Scholar – Google Scholar can be an excellent place for high school and college students to find peer-reviewed academic papers, journals, theses, books, and court opinions.
Google Public Data - draws on data sets from the World Bank, the US CDC, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources of public data. For example, it was much quicker to find the 1997 unemployment rate for Maine by searching in the Public Data Explorer than it was to do the same search at Google.com.
Google Advanced Search Page – should be bookmarked on every student’s computer. From this page students can quickly refine searches according to file type, region, language, usage rights, reading level, domain, and or site. The advanced menu is also great for students who have forgotten about things like using quotation marks around search terms, using “or,” and how to exclude words from search results.
FotoForensics - pictures taken with digital cameras often contain a lot of information in the form of metadata. That metadata can tip you off to when and where a picture was taken. That information can then be used as clues to solving a larger search challenge.

Things you probably already know, but here there just in case you don’t
Wix – create your own free website
Free Conference Call
Youtube online converter
Rather than reaching for your mouse to click on the toolbar
100 plus keyboard shortcuts windows

Resources
Skype in the classroom

*100 Ways To Use Twitter in the Classroom
Fifty Ways to Integrate Technology

500 Free eBooks
Education Updates:  Sharing Teaching and Learning Resources from the National Archives
Discovery Education:  9-12 English/Language Arts

Open Source Software
Resources for Teachers
Google Apps for Education
twitter-edudemic
Agility – The teaching toolkit
David Pogue.com
Free Technology for Teachers  Website maintained/written by Richard Byrne
Forgotten Books  – republishes thousands of classic works that are in the public domain
Cybrary Man’s Educational Websites
Note Taking for students/teachers
Google Search Education - you will find beginner, intermediate, and advanced lesson plans for five skill sets.
***321 Free Tools for Teachers – Free Educational Technology – eLearning Industry

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