Resources for Technology in the Alternative School Enviroment
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Randy's Tried an True Resources (such as Google Apps, Evernote, Wunderlist, Twitter, Youtube, Wordle, Livebinder, Polleverywhere, Remind, Prezi,Ted Talks, Khan Academy, Dropbox, Google Earth,Wolfram Alpha, Audacity
The following are what I think are some of the best/newest out there, ones that I find many people do not realize are there or that you may find interesting or helpful broken down into categories
TN- Signifies a Special and not to overlook Tech Nugget
Major Tip Control-F in any browser or any app!
Communicating With your Students
Personal Computing/Management etc.
TN - Google Keep - Easy Note Management (Great for students for easy notes) keep.google.com (once you are logged in)
Lastpass- Great Password manager Free for desktop $12 a year to add mobile - A great Deal
TN - Search Everything - Instantly search for file on your computer
Launchy - (a little geeky)- Quick application launcher
TN - Ninte - A one click super place to download the best software with NO Spyware
TN - Pocket - Great way to keep websites for reading later
TN -Google Save Similar to pocket but saved with your Google Account. (Thumbnailed Bookmarks)
Google Docs now does Dictation
GT#1 - Use your phone to voice dictate while you are in Gmail by going to the draft folder in on your computer)
GT#2 - Type Timer and get a Timer in Google Search
GT#3 - Type in metronome to have Google provide a Metronome
GT#4 - Type What is my IP in Google and it will show you your public IP
GT#4 32 Genius Search Tips
GT#5 You Can create shortcuts to your favorite search engines
GT#6 Put in a mathematical equation to have Google do the math
GT#7 - Need to share something but want to force a copy - Here's How
GT#8- You can change the speed of a Youtube Video by clicking on the setting gear
GT#9 - To have a video start at a certain spot right click on the Time Line select Copy Video URL at current Time
Google Docs Tools
Kaizena - Quickly give feedback to students for free (written or audio) using Google Docs Click here for a Video Tutorial
Working and Interacting with Others
TN - Kahoot - Play has individuals or as a team, Great for BYOD
Quizizz - Great Way to Gamify your Classroom
TN - Big Web Quiz Show - Quiz game that you can use with your browser, chromecast and other devices
Today's Meet - A way to have group discussions while at a presentation
Strawpoll.me - Very Simple polling tool that can be used with any device that is connected to the web
TN - Testmoz - An extremely easy test creator that is perfect for Student created tests (note my example)
SymbalooEDU - A easy way to create bookmarks for you are others to use (think iPhone home screen)
Google Forms- Flubaroo - For those that give tests, this script allows you to create self grading tests. Link goes to easy to follow instructions.
Pear Deck Make your slides more interactive - Free version includes Multiple Choice Number and Text Slides
Exit Ticket - Easily Create Exit Tickets
TN - Plickers - (Paper Clickers) Use the app and sheets of papers for a clicker system. Very Cool.
Narrable - Remember Photostory - this site is like that but on the web
Quizlet- Great to make study Flash Cards and games
TN - CK-12- Once known for free Online Texts Books- Now there are exercises, videos and more
Google Hangouts - Click here to get ideas how you can use Google Hangouts
Google Sites - A Great Resource
Cueprompter - free online teleprompter
Easyprompter - free online teleprompter
TweetDeck - If you use twitter you must use this! Make columns based on users or search terms (hashtags)
TwitterSearch - No account or login needed
Google Gooru Some very useful tutorials and info on using Google Drive
CraftyText - Very Cool Chrome extension that allows you to easily place large text while in front of a class (great for showing URLs, etc)
Goo.gl - Google's Url Shortner
Random Name Selector - A very easy and fun way to pick names at random
Neat and Cool Web Resources (all sites listed have a free component some may have a paid subscription option as well)
Google Cultural Institute (includes Art Project, Historic Moments, World Wonders) One can spend hours using these resources
TN - Geogusser- One of my favorite sites - Be dropped in anyplace in the world and guess where you are- it is a great game for full class instructions or a party at your house
Smarty Pins - Google Trivia game with Google Maps
duolingo - Learn a new language for free (Apps and Web resources)
TN - 360 cities - A great site to use with your Google Carboard or browser that has panoramic places to visit - No passport needed
TN - Storynory - A site that has stories (in text and audio forms) that are great for the younger students. Need something to listen to for a lunch break?
brainrush- An educational game website where teachers can create classes and add games to a playlist for the class to participate in.
Newsla - A site that uses current events stories and allows users to pick up to 5 different reading levels
TN - newsmap- A site that takes current news stories and places them in a grid based on their popularity. The twist is that you can pick different parts of the world and Newsmap will adjust the grid to show what stories are important in that region. Great for language classes as well as any of the history and related classes.
TN - NeoK12- This site is has a wealth of resources for K-12 with Educational Vidoes, Lessons and Games - should be part of every teacher's tool book.
Wikipedia -Link to create a book - Just a little note - did you know you can make a book (or a PDF like a book) from Wikipedia
Interesting Ways - A great site to share with your staff when they are looking for a way to use a certain technology
Virtual Fieldtrips - A resource Page with a link of Virtual Tours.
Google Newspapers - Google has scanned all sorts of Newspapers around the world - Great resource
Desmos- Free online Graphing Calculator (link to guide)
Beyond the Bubble - Developing 21st Century Skills with Library of Congress Documents
LearnZillion - Online open cloud based curriculum created by teachers for teachers
TN - Bouncy Balls - A fun site to watch music or monitor classroom noise (must have a microphone)
Presenting Content (and Getting Content)
TN - Zoomit - Great app for Windows that lets you draw on the desktop and or zoom in.
TN - Youtube Video Editor - An amazing tool right there for you to use with Youtube
Blockposters - Need a big wall poster but only have 8.5x11 paper - this is for you.
Photopin - free photos to use in presentations or websites
More Free Photos - Web resource that lists 30 places to get top quality Free images to use
Free Video Footage - what it says - free stock video- great for student projects
TN - LICEcap - a great utility to capture your sceen but does it in animated gifs so you can place it in any presentation
Canva - Online Desktop Publishing (create flyers, newsletters, business cards, etc)
Links that point to other links (Many great resources)
50 iPad Apps for Education - links to reviewed Apps for education (iOS and Andriod)
Richard Byrne Free Technology for Teachers - Many, many resources for education. Should be one of your Go to sites!
For the Admins
TN - GAM - Google Apps Manager Youtube Video that explains it all
Miscellaneous Resources (neat and for fun)
Youtube Time Machine - Pick a year and a search term and Youtube will take you back in time with that topic- or use the slider to see what they have- Pretty Neat
TubeChop - Great for choping up a youtube video just so the students only see what you want
ClassDojo - help to motivate students to behave better
Thinglink- Make images come alive with audio
Easelly- Create info-graphics