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Instructional Tools

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Answer Garden – AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. Or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook.

Clever: Student Badges – Create QR badges for your students to log in to Clever.

Clever: Teacher Page – Edit your classroom page title and add resources to your page.

Code Studio – is a fun and exciting way to learn about computer coding. Individuals are taught computer coding skills by completing differentiated levels based on abilities in a gaming atmosphere.

Digital Breakout Box – Digital breakout boxes are a great alternative to the physical breakout box. You can create a digital breakout box using Google Sites and Google Forms or just using Google Forms.

Flipped Level 1 – Learn how to use videos and podcasts as instructional tools to increase student engagement and support. Flipping the classroom is designed to make the best use of face-to-face time with students provide opportunities to revisit important concepts.

Flipped Level 2 – Flipping your classroom requires a shift in traditional thinking about your role as a teacher and the design of your lessons. One of the major shifts in thinking is the growing importance of student-to-student interaction, while the teacher becomes more of a guide or facilitator in the learning process.

Flipped Level 3 – In this tutorial, you will learn the three ways that a Flipped Classroom can be differentiated for your students: lesson delivery, learning activities, and assessment modalities.

Flipped Level 4 – Learn how to create an effective Flipped Classroom lesson using technology. This tutorial demonstrates many different types of technology useful in creating your lessons.

Flipped Level 5 – Upload your certificate so that you can get your Master Badge!

Front Row (formerly Freckle) – Personalized math and reading comprehension practice your K-8 students will love.

GoGuardian – GoGuardian is a program that enables the teacher to monitor and control student browsing on Chromebooks. This training will help you get started and get the most out of the program.

Going QR-AZY – Go beyond just creating a QR code.  Show how you are using QR codes in your classroom.  Send a picture or video showing what you are doing.

Google Docs Word Sort – You can use various Google tools to make certain curriculum routines more effective and efficient! One routine we can change is move from cutting out all our word cards for word sorts.

Google Forms Quiz – Use the quiz feature in Google Forms to grades responses automatically and give students instant feedback.

Google Tour Builder – Tour Builder is a way to show people the places you’ve visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth.

Google Trends – Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Google Voice – Google Voice can turn your laptop or tablet into a phone.  You will be assigned a phone number that you can give to your students for assignments.

GoNoodle – GoNoodle helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day. GoNoodle is designed with K-5 classrooms in mind.

Hour of Code – Did you know that coding is being called the “new literacy” for students? Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies.

Infographics – Infographics are visual presentations of information that use the elements of design to display content.

Kahoot! – Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!

Khan Academy – Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

LearnZillion – LearnZillion equips educators with a powerful learning platform, including expertly-crafted Math and ELA lessons for grades K-12 that can be easily distributed to students.

MoveNote – MoveNote is an extension available in the chrome store that allows teachers to make powerpoints with voiceover on the slides.

Nearpod – Nearpod is a classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons & assessments that students can access on any device.

Pear Deck – Pear Deck aims to help teachers efficiently understand individual students’ progress in the classroom. Teachers create a presentation, or “Pear Deck,” in their Google Drive; students interact individually with questions within the Pear Deck while teachers monitor both individual and class progress.

Periscope – Periscope is an app that allows you to broadcast live and view the broadcasts of others.

Prezi – Prezi is a presentation tool that can be used as an alternative to traditional slide making programs such as PowerPoint. Instead of slides, Prezi makes use of one large canvas that allows you to pan and zoom to various parts of the canvas and emphasize the ideas presented there.

Prodigy Math – Prodigy Game is a free game-based math tool that allows you to make math assessments/practice fun and engaging. Students login and play a game that is set up like a video game where they must answer math problems based on the standards you assign.

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Puzzlemaker – Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students, and parents.  Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more using your own word lists.

QR Codes – Use a QR Generator to make your own QR Codes.

Quizizz – Quizziz is a free game-based tool that allows you to create fun, multi-player quiz games that can be used both in the classroom as a quick formative assessment and out of the classroom for homework.

Quizlet – Quizlet is a free learning website where teachers can create lists to help students with vocabulary.  The teacher can create lists of vocabulary and their definitions, pictures and words, etc. for their students to study.

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Screencasting – A popular software category for flipped learning is screencasting tools. These allow the teacher to record whatever is on their screen while simultaneously recording their audio, and in come cases, their webcam.

Sporcle – Sporcle is a trivia quiz website on which users have a set amount of time to complete their responses. Sporcle can be utilized as a study tool that covers a multitude of subjects. Teachers can create timed assessments for student-use.

Sutori Class – Formerly known as HSTRY, Sutori is the easiest way to create and share your story. Create, engage and explore timelines using Sutori. Sutori allows you to teach about historical events and people using already created timelines.  It also allows your students to create their own timelines, showing you, the teacher, what they have learned.

Teach Your Monster to Read – Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games that’s helped over half a million children learn to read.

TED-ED – TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world.

ThingLink – ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic.

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Virtual Field Trip – Virtual Field Trips connects cultural institutions like museums, zoos and aquariums with schools and non-profits around the country via Google+ Hangouts On Air and Skype in the Classroom. These field trips allow institutions to share universal access to unique cultural and educational experiences regardless of geographical and financial restrictions.

Vocabulary Jam – Compete head-to-head in real-time to see which team can answer the most questions correctly.  Start a jam and invite your friends and classmates to join!

Waterford Badges – Create student badges that will automatically sign them in to Waterford.

Waterford Reports – Use reports in Waterford to gain additional insights into student progress.

Word Cloud – Word clouds are fun ways to get students thinking creatively about any topic.