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The items below range from incredibly useful to just plain fun...and I like them so much, they are currently residing as individual shortcuts on my desktop. If you have any other free "toys" you think I should add to my
drop me a line
Bring the web to
our PLN will naturally get an upgrade
as the term "home" or "dashboard" page has never been more appropriate
(officially, it's a "customized web portal")
. I'm probably starting to sound like an advertisement for Google so know that there are others like
but I'm logging into my Google account anyway, which has my Google Reader, Google Docs...you get the point, check
RANDOM CLASSROOM SELECTOR
" can be used for calling on students, random questions and so much more! Even more
. Internet down
(or can't find the "mute" button on your computer)
? Use this
instead. Along the same line,
way to create classroom groups.
ONLINE STOPWATCH, ALARM & COUNTDOWN TIMER
to having to answer the students when they ask, "how much
do we have left?!" I like
timer also. And
QUICK TEXT TO VOICE
Never fails to get their attention when they aren't looking...change any text to a
in your classroom!
PICTURES MADE OF WORDS
The power of picture using only words...y
ou have seen "wordles," now make your
! Some ideas for classroom use
CREATE YOUR OWN FAKE ARTICLE CLIPPING
Really...where did that hour of my life just go!? The culprit is
. Really neat
for your students!
ONLINE PHOTO EDITING TOOL
Customize images with
(there's that Google again)
. Picnik, as of
, has announced it is folding...I'm looking for a replacement. If you want some serious audio and video editing power for free, set up an account with
(you can use your Google login when setting up your account)
I could go on (and on, and on, really, I could). However; I promised my "current top 7" wouldn't be more than 7 items.
BUT...if you are hungry for
, see below for some previous favorites
CLASSROOM VOLUME FEEDBACK VISUALS
Almost makes me want to yell in the middle of class...see for yourself
! Then there's always the standard "
SPELL WITH FLICKR
Spell words with real pictures (like my science wiki
)! Start spelling
HOW DOES THAT WORK?
OK, back to work...I'm always a science teacher at heart. Do you even know how your toaster
I 'WARNED/ENCOURAGED' YOU!
Sometimes, a visual is better than "because I
go for it
RECORD AND SHARE YOUR SCREEN
With Screenr, you can create your own narrated screen-captured
for your students. No downloads, up to 5 minutes of recording. Only limited by your creativity. Oh, and not so much for your classroom, but when my mom calls and asks for computer help...this little site is a
one does the same thing as well!
help on how to format text
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