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Teacher Technology Toolbox

 
*Many of the tools listed in the student technology toolbox would be very useful to teachers as well.  
Classroom Management Tools:
Random Name Generator Randomly call on students using a slot machine and typewriter.  Click here for an example. Just input your class roster and then save the web page it creates as a favorite to visit all semester
Schoology: Our favorite classroom management system that organizes lesson plans, helps create and manage tests and quizzes, and provides online access to students. Join our schoology Tech Tools course for a tutorial (or see the tutorials page of our web site to learn how to use this tool through our videos and handouts)
Signupgenius:  Organize volunteers online for free! (This site will even send out automatic reminders to your volunteers!). This would be great for conferences, food days, clubs and more!
Remind: safely text students homework, project, and test reminders, and stay in touch with parents 
Poll Everywhere: Create a poll easily and gather data using cellphone texting.  
SocrativeSocrative transforms multiple student devices into student response systems for free! Results can be viewed online in a Google spreadsheet or received via email as an Excel file.  It will even grade your multiple choice.
Discovery Education: Lesson plans and resources for teachers and administrators sorted by grade level and subject (get password information from Gilman or Janofsky).  There are new, classroom management features for students on this site. 
ClassDoJo.com-  Improve student behavior by awarding and recording real-time feedback. Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class with just one click.  
Edmodo: Create online class groups to push assignments,  questions, and upcoming dates to students and to solicit online feedback from  them by class.  Very similar to schoology.
ClassJump: Free teacher website maker that allows for class-by-class individualization and electronic submission by students
TheFuturesChannel-  Find interesting and motivating video clips on Math, Science, Business, Music, Art and more. 
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Random, Helpful Tools:
ExitTicketYou will LOVE this student response system built exactly the way you teach. Similar to Poll Everywhere and Socrative, Exit Ticket allows you to gather feedback and data from your students
TubeChop.com- Easily edit YouTube videos to show the best parts. *Quick trick: From your PERSONAL computer (do NOT do this on a school computer), you can type in "pwn" before any YouTube video url to download the video file (Please review copyright laws when using these videos)
SafeShare.TV.: Safely show YouTube videos by using this site which cuts out all the ads, comment and additional "junk"
Teachertube.com: Since YouTube is blocked for students, you can upload your videos here, or try SchoolTube.com
Presentation Tube: Record, upload and share your videos (just like Teacher/Schooltube)
BlendSpace Blend your classroom, and make the most of class time.  With BlendSpace you can collect web resources in one place and share with just one link.  You can measure student understanding with built-in quizzes and monitor student progress and adapt to student needs in real-time.  
WatchKnow.org:  free and easily accessible way to share educational videos with students and staff. Organized for easy searching, you can even search by age, and has the ability for you to download your own videos to share

Super Teacher Tools  Quick and easy tools including review games & classroom management.  This one is probably our favorite free site (and you don't need an account!).  With this web site you can create fake facebooks, fake texts, fake tweets, QR Scavenger Hunts, Priority Charts, Timelines, Venn Diagrams, Arcade Game Generators and much more!
TodaysMeet:  Connect with your audience in realtime by allowing them to use live stream to make comments, ask questions and use that feedback to tailer your presentation, sharpen your point and address your audience's needs
RubiStar: create rubrics without starting from scratch
Evernote: Create notes and idea lists that are accessible anywhere through the cloud 
Classmarker.com  Create and assign tests online securely using public and private option and analyze results instantly. There are online tutorial videos on this site and a tour that highlights all of the neat features. With a free membership you can have up to 100 tests taken per month.

Blubbr: Create and play trivia games using YouTube with your students.  Choose a name for your trivia; search videos on YouTube under a topic of your choice; select a video; use the entire video or crop to a specific section; create at least four multiple choice questions related to the video; and click "I'm Done." Responses are timed and points are tallied based on speed. 
Quizpoo: Create and take quizzes online.  Great for students to use as review games
Arcademic Skills Builder- Engage and motivate students with multiplayer education games that track student performance
Phillip Martin Clip Art- Free clip art, newsletters, or any other publication (See our Free Images Section above)
Duolingo:  Learn a language for free online while also translating the web for others.
Jeopardy Labs:  Online Jeopardy template to create study games
Clipix:   Organize your life, your research and more!  Similar to pinterest, this site allows you to keep track of everything you see online and want to come back to later
LiveBinders:  Collect your resources, organize them neatly and make an impression. 
Dropbox.com:  Store all of your documents in a cloud.  Download this from your home computer in order to use it at school (see directions on our Tutorials Page)

Piktochart: Create easy, fun infographics to convey information visually 
QR Code to Anything!:  Attach a QR code to anything (including text, facebook, youtube, etc).  Easy and fast!
If you have a long web site, then try Google's url shortener to create prettier QR codes. 
Voice to QR codes: A picture is worth 100 characters! Make your QR code talk!
QR Code Scavenger Hunt Generator: Submit a series of questions and answers, get a QR code for each question, put the QR code around the school and watch the students have fun finding and answering the questions.

Puzzlemaker: free puzzle generator for you (or you could even have your students create their own puzzles to share)
BingoBaker: Whip up a batch of bingo cards
GradeCam- Grade multiple choice assignments and score forms using a document camera.  Includes item analysis, printable answer sheets, and an automatic data entry for grades.  Free for 10 questions. 
Zunal: Create free webquests (or have students create their own!).  Here is an example of a webquest made from this site. 

Gamestar Mechanic: Learn to design video games (contains lessons for teachers)
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Flipping for Fun:  Tools for Flipping the Classroom
Want to learn how to grade electronically using Microsoft Word?  Then check out our Tutorials page for step-by-step instructions and other useful tutorials videos and handouts
Screencast-o-matic: Create videos of demonstrations on your computer screen, upload to YouTube and post link to your OnMyCalendar site or other site. 
Sophia Learning: Find free tutorials, test prep courses, free teacher courses, free technology-forward professional development and webinars.  Learn how to flip your classroom and use this tool with your students. Many of our Math teachers use this site to flip their classroom. 
Schoology: Our favorite classroom management system that organizes lesson plans, helps create and manage tests and quizzes, and provides online access to students. You can host your videos here, collect assignments electronically, and more!
BlendSpace Blend your classroom, and make the most of class time.  With BlendSpace you can collect web resources in one place and share with just one link.  You can measure student understanding with built-in quizzes and monitor student progress and adapt to student needs in real-time. 
Flip with Smartboard SoftwareNo- you don't have to physically have a SMARTboard to use the software.  You can still use this software to record your lessons.  Here is another helpful video. 
SafeShare.TV.: Safely show YouTube videos by using this site which cuts out all the ads, comment and "junk"
TEDEdTEDEd allows educators to create and share lessons built around YouTube videos. The embedded lesson creator allows users to 1) FIND video content through an integrated search panel, 2) SELECT a video or lesson to be customized, and 3) FLIP a video by adding questions, notes, and content. 
Teachertube.com: Since YouTube is blocked for students, you can upload your videos here, or try SchoolTube.com
Presentation Tube: Record, upload and share your videos (just like Teacher/Schooltube)
Vialogues: Post a video and then invite participants to answer questions, discuss or comment.  Use this in a private interaction with students. 
Educreations:  Create and share video lessons with your ipad or browser
GCFLearnFree.org take classes for free on subjects such as computers, reading and math. 
Khan Academy:Repository of video lessons, sorted by subject, on topics related to math, the sciences, humanties & test prep

HippoCampus:  Find educational media by subject area (especially math and sciences), create your own playlist, and share with students. This site even has content that aligns with some of our school's textbooks.  Check it out!
Study Ladder: find educational resources across subjects and create a fun learning environment where students are engaged and motivated to learn.  Contains avatars, rewards, certificates and more fun stuff!
Discovery Education: Lesson plans and resources for teachers and administrators sorted by grade level and subject (get password information from Gilman or Janofsky)
Watch Know Learn: Educational videos organized by subject and audience
ShowMe:  Online video lessons organized by subject  

Lingt Language: Get your students speaking in another language. Lingt Language allows students to practice their foreign language skills online by allowing teachers to build assignments online that use voice, video, images, and text with the Lingt online editor. Students can then interact with the assignments and respond.
Flipping the Classroom With a Document Camera:  Use it for writing conferences, skyping and more
Knowmia: Free Video Lessons
The Flipped Class Network: A professional learning network for teachers using screencasting in education 

*Do you have students who don't have internet access at home?  Burn your movies to a DVD using your laptop.  See our Tutorials page for directions on how to do this and a tutorial video. 
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Great Sites to Find COOL videos:
*Please follow our supplemental materials policy when showing any video in class.  

C-SPAN: C-SPAN's entire repository of videos about Congress, Politics, books, and American History 
TED Talks: Videos of talks given at TED conferences on subjects ranging from education to  physics
Khan Academy:Repository of video lessons, sorted by subject, on topics related to math, the sciences, humanties & test prep
HippoCampus:  Find educational media by subject area (especially math and sciences), create your own playlist, and share with students. This site even has content that aligns with some of our school's textbooks.  Check it out!
Discovery Education: Lesson plans and resources for teachers and administrators sorted by grade level and subject (get password information from Gilman or Janofsky)
Watch Know Learn: Educational videos organized by subject and audience
ShowMe:  Online video lessons organized by subject  

Brain Pop: BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students - in school, at home, and on mobile devices. Contains movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, experiments, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. All content is aligned to and searchable by state standards including Common Core. 
The Flipped Class Network: A professional learning network for teachers using screencasting in education 
Science 360- The latest science videos provided by scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers.
YouTube EDU Find short lessons from top teachers around the world, full courses from the world’s leading universities, professional development material from fellow educators, and inspiring videos from global thought leaders. 

LearnItIn5: How-To Videos for the Technology Classroom. Learn about how to use different Web 2.0 Tools in 5 minutes or less. Contains great Web 2.0 lessons. 
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Need Help With Grad School? 

GCPS Professional Databases: GREAT for grad school research!  Start here before you use any internet search engine.  You will need passwords to access these from home (get them from Gilman).  The cool thing about the databases is that many of the databases will generate the Works Cited information for you (all you have to do is copy and paste it in Easybib)
EasyBib: Automatic Works Cited generator. Creates Works Cited pages in APA format (for those of you in grad school), MLA format, etc. This tool will change your life forever!  If you register for an account on a school computer then you will also have access to the note-taking and outline feature which is amazing and will save you a lot of time!   Login from a school computer and you will be granted the premium features of Easybib (notetaking, etc).  See ourtutorials page for directions and a helpful video. 
SweetSearch- Break your Google habits and use this search engine which will only give you credible web sites that have been evaluated by research experts.  Here is a short tutorial video that explains how this web site works and demonstrates some of its neat features (such as uploading results into a google doc and sharing results with others).  
Google ScholarSearch scholarly papers through Google searches in the Google Scholar option
PaperRater.com:  Submit your paper for grading online and then fix your errors!

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GREAT Web Sites:
Mapping Worlds: provides efficient and comprehensive access to statistical data on world issues
Graphite.org  Common Sense Media welcomes you to Graphite, our tool that makes it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
Teachers First: The web site for teachers and by teachers.  Get lessons, units and web resources designed to save you TIME!

NuSkool: Use Pop Culture to enhance learning.  Search by subject and grade to find material.
How to Smile How to Smile is an online community of educators that have vetted over 3,000 engaging hands-on, interactive STEM activities.
K12irc- Your one-stop resource for curriculum materials and professional development

Awesome Library: includes a collection of educational links
ExploratreeCreate "thinking guides" using Exploratree's endless options. You can fill in the guides online or print them out for student use--both options offer the option to save your work for future use.
EdudemicEdudemic is more than just an educational technology website. For students and teachers it's a one-stop-shop for forums, articles, ideas, and resources on everything technology. Edudemic is explorable by topics such as How-To, Tools, or Online Learning. Or browse through the videos collection for amazing examples of teaching and learning.
howsecureismypassword.net If you've ever wondered just how secure your favorite password is, here's a simple web site that will tell you.   As you type, the indicator is updated after every character to tell you, approximately, how long a desktop PC would typically take to crack it.  Microsoft: Partners in Learning:Find free video tutorials, lesson plans and more
ShareMyLesson: Find lessons created by teachers and for teachers. 

Printable Cartoon Lesson Plans: Explore and download cartoon handouts for students 
4Teachers.org: includes a variety of easy-to-use tools for teachers and students
The Learning Network: hosted by The New York Times and Merriam Webster Dictionary and includes useful tools
Read, Write, Think: find tips for helping students think and read critically and write effectively.  Contains lesson plans 
PBS Teachers:  So much to find here!  Also, check out the "Activity Packs" to the right

Learnist: A Pinterest for Educators.  Get great ideas here!
Free Resources for Educational Excellence: presents a wealth of information, animations, primary documents and videos
PowerMyLearning.com- your destination for the best in fun, free online educational activities in many subjects
GCFLearnFree.org take classes for free on subjects such as computers, reading and math. 
Go2Web2.0: find cool tools and applications all on one page 
Copyright Genie: Take the magic out of the copyright laws by consulting the genie to clear up tricky copyright confusion.
 DocsTeach: Educators can “find and create learning activities with primary source documents that promote historical thinking skills.” Use the more than 3000 original documents from the National Archives to create rich, online learning experiences for students
IWitnessOver 1,000 online video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses are housed in this website maintained by the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Institute, established in 1994 by Steven Spielberg. Students can be involved with the videos, teachers will enjoy the educational materials.
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
AASL: Landmark Web Sites of Teaching and Learning: Includes the best sites for content, lesson plans, collaboration, global education and more. 
ExploratoriumDive into a unique exploration of science, art, and human perception in the Exploratorium. Watch, view, experience, learn and play using hundreds of web pages and activities.

Science NetLinksScience NetLinks is a dynamic Website connecting K-12 teachers, students, and families to STEM resources produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science including lesson plans, interactives, and reviewed Internet resources. The lesson plan and tool databases are searchable by grade level, themes, and content area.
Seriously AmazingHow do you spur curiosity? Just ask the six quirky characters of Smithsonian's Seriously Amazing Website. The Wild will share the diversity of the animal kingdom; The Green reflects the wonder of the natural landscape; The New will show how technology and creativity collide; The Masterpiece embodies artistic expression; The Storyteller shares the tales of the people of America; The Discoverer explores the world and universe. 
CubeforTeachers: Built by teachers - for teachers! This powerful database allows teachers to draw from specific curriculum resources, as well as share, form communities, collaborate and discuss.
The National Archives' Digital Classroom: The National Archives’ Digital Classroom offers a multitude of resources for the use of primary sources in the classroom (including access to copies of primary documents).
iCivics: Learn about branches of government, citizenship, separation of powers, media influences on government, the budget, and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Games can be accessed by topic or playing time.
National Science Digital LibraryThe National Science Digital Library includes a variety of educational resources to further STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. 

DocsTeach: Create your own interactive learning activity using primary sources
Digital Public Library of AmericaThe Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an online collection of millions of photographs, maps, sounds, manuscripts, books, and more accessible anytime, anywhere, for anyone. DPLA materials come from museums, archives, and libraries across the United States, and provides primary source examples of our American Heritage and human history. 

Media Literacy Clearinghouse: Find information and resources on various topics 
Digital VaultsPhotos, documents, and popular media from the National Archives provide resources and interactive opportunities for users to access materials on endless U.S. historical topics and themes. The user can then organize the resources in any number of ways to relate to our country's history and tell a story.

ARKiveARKive gathers together films, photographs, and audio recordings of the world’s species to establish a comprehensive multimedia digital collection of profiles of species either rare or threatened with extinction.
EdTechTeacher: Web tools broken down by goals and use
50 Great Collaboration Tools for Education 
100 Best Video Web Sites for Teachers

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Educational Apps
Tinkerbox by Autodesk Inc. If you can imagine it, you can build it with TinkerBox. TinkerBox is a free, fun, educational engineering and physics puzzle game. 
MyCongress by ObjectiveApps, LLC This app provides in depth information about Congress. It allows students to research the latest issues in Congress or follow Congress members through Twitter feeds, news articles and You Tube videos. 
Touchcast It's a TV studio in your hands. Experience both the video and the web with TouchCast: a new medium that looks like video, but feels more like the web.  Create broadcast-quality videos with a built-in teleprompter, green screen, visual filters, sound effects, and titles. 
Tellagami create and share quick animated Gami videos.  You can customize a character, choose a background, record your voice or type a message for your character to say and share your Gami
Spritz.  Check out this upcoming app that lets you read a novel in 90 minutes using speed-reading technology.  GarageBand  This app also allows the user to record a performance and then mix the tracks to create and share songs.    
Puppet Pals PuppetPals allows its users to create their own animated stories in such an easy way that you do not need any extra tech knowledge to do so.
iMindMap  iMindMap is your limitless workspace for brainstorming ideas, note-taking during meetings or lectures, organizing tasks, planning events, creating and delivering presentations and more. 
Science 360 by the National Science Foundation Science 360 is a science and engineering news app designed to engage the user in visual explorations through photos, videos, and text.
Videolicious Create movies instantly on your phone by just talking and tapping.  See the videolicious web site for examples and tutorials: https://videolicious.com/.

APPictic- Great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguished Educators.
1Password Have you ever forgotten a password to the numerous logins required in today's world?  Try the 1Password app available on Anroid, IOS, Windows, and Mac.
Dragon Diction Dictate using Dragon and it types for you!  While SIRI can do this on newer iPads, some may prefer the sharing and composing options available on the Dragon app.
 
ShowMe Turn your device into an interactive whiteboard. Tutorial videos on this app are available on YouTube.  Here is a demonstration  video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Hk2PA8Diw 
Camscanner Say goodbye to frantically trying to find a working scanner!  Did you know you can scan in pictures and documents with your smartphone?  Try downloading the camscanner app from your app store (available on IOS, Android and Blackberry) to see how easy it is to scan a document into a pdf.   See a demonstration video here: http://www.camscanner.net/help/yutube

Socrative app turns devices into student response clickers providing an engaging way for students to participate and interact in the learning experience. 
ZipGrade: Turn your apple device into a grading machine and save you time!  Watch this video to see this app in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZuY22aJZio
Mind Leap- Excellent site with reviews built on a five-star scale. 
Mac App Store- Probably the most comprehensive list of apps around. 
Smart Apps for Kids- Designed by a dad on a journey to find the best iPhone and iPad apps. 
Best Apps for Kids- Wonderful site that does a great breakdown of educational apps
Teachers with Apps- Great site with reviews of apps that include videos and images. 
I Education Apps Review- Designed as a community effort of reviews posted by a variety of users. There are even student reviews to give a unique perspective on the use of an app. 
BONUS- Teach with your iPad- Wonderful wiki that lists a ton of apps by subject, type, and grade level. A must see!
Super Teacher Tools Dedicated to providing technology tools for teachers. They are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your class. In this site, you will find a variety of different review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools for educators for free.
Educreations- Create and share great video lessons with your ipad or browser.
(Tech Tool from 1/21/14) 
Tutorial videos on this app are available on YouTube.  Here is a demonstration video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Hk2PA8Diw 
Camscanner Say goodbye to frantically trying to find a working scanner!  Did you know you can scan in pictures and documents with your smartphone?  Try downloading the camscanner app from your app store (available on IOS, Android and Blackberry) to see how easy it is to scan a document into a pdf.  With CamScanner, you can view, edit and manage your documents on smartphones, tables, PCs and in any browser.  Edits made on one device are instantly synced to others.  See a demonstration video here:http://www.camscanner.net/help/yutube
ZipGrade: Turn your apple device into a grading machine and save you time!  Watch this video to see this app in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZuY22aJZio
Mind Leap- Excellent site with reviews built on a five-star scale. 
Mac App Store- Probably the most comprehensive list of apps around. 
Smart Apps for Kids- Designed by a dad on a journey to find the best iPhone and iPad apps. 
Best Apps for Kids- Wonderful site that does a great breakdown of educational apps
Teachers with Apps- Great site with reviews of apps that include videos and images. 
I Education Apps Review- Designed as a community effort of reviews posted by a variety of users. There are even student reviews to give a unique perspective on the use of an app. 
BONUS- Teach with your iPad- Wonderful wiki that lists a ton of apps by subject, type, and grade level. A must see!
Super Teacher Tools Dedicated to providing technology tools for teachers. They are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your class. In this site, you will find a variety of different review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools for educators for free.
Educreations- Create and share great video lessons with your ipad or browser.
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