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Web Tools Recommendations from Other Educators

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Great sources for information about great tech tools



Must Have Accounts For The Read-Write Web is a wiki with links to a variety of tools for kids and teachers.


Check out this wiki from an educator in New Zealand for web 2.0 tools, stand-alone tools, and more. Check out the Zombie writing under "text generators".


Find the 100 best webtools recommended by educators (as of September 2007) here.  Click on the name of the tool to read comments from educators.


100+ Tools for Teaching Without Textbooks is a great list of web 2.0 resources to support teaching.



Curriculum Resources


Wow:  Look at all of these websites on various curricular topics, organized by grade level.


Flash Card Generator


Make simple on-line  flash cards for review and practice at this website.


Primary Grades


Great examples of substantive learning with tech with K-2 students can be  found here.


Project Based Learning


Engage kids in higher-order, problem based learning using a variety of technology tools to support collaboration and creativity.


Some Projects offers excellent ideas for projects across teh curriculum, from a project to prove that people never walked on the moon to the creation of a children's book on the Incas.


Google For Educators

Google has a really interesting package of tools that are free for classroom use.  These tools support collaborative writing, amazing mapping (link photos and videos to maps on google earth), build 3-D models, and on and on.

 Google for Educators



Integrated Curriculum


 K-8  Collaborations



The Technospud runs a number of on-line collaborative projects involving teachers and students around the world.  Examples include book groups and math projects involving common objects (pumpkin seeds in October...).  There is also a Ning social network of teachers discussing how they use the Technospuds projects here.


E-Pals  faciltates collaborations between classroom around the world.  You can search for projects or post ideas for collaborations that you'd like to establish for your students.


You can join collaborative global projects at Global School Net  and also submit your own projects to seek potential collaborators. 


Flickr is sponsoring a project:  Photo A Day 4Schools in which students around the world post pictures of their daily life (sometimes thematically: One day it was photos of lunch at their schools). There is good discussion among participating teachers going on in the "discussion" forum behind this project.


 Collaborative Brainstorming/Mind Mapping



Check out Mindmeister  as a tool to  support collaborative brainstorming and project planning.




Early grades


Use  Storymaker  to help reluctant writers choose settings, characters, story details as the software creates a story.


Use IPhoto on the Mac to create Books with images and writing that kids produce.  You can have the books bound professionally, or save them as a PDF to print yourself. 


Upper-Elementary/Middle School


On this site from the Northern Nevada Writing Project, you'll find many interactive writing prompts and story starters.





Check out Kerpoof a website that enables children to build complex storylines with animation, cartooning, and the creation of their own avatar. Check out the teacher links for lesson plans.



At SpellingCity.com  you can add lists of spelling words and generate exercises to play, to teach, and to test on the words. You can save words for later use. 



Social Studies 


Footnote.com archives primary source historical documents and images.  An wonderful feature on this site is "story pages", on which students can write timelines, historical accounts, or other interpretations of the images and documents found here.

 ELL Teaching


Larry Ferlazzo writes this blog post on his top fourteen Web 2.0 applications for teaching ELL kids.



On--Line Stop Watch


For all of us who need help pacing ourself through our lessons: the on-line stop watch.


Flash Templates


Make diagrams, flashcard, charts, and other flash tools to embed in a blog or wiki at this site.




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