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Web Tools

  • BiblioNasium
    Do you use Shelfari? Library Thing? Well, Biblionasium is the social network students in grades 4 – 12 can use to set up virtual bookshelves and keep track of what they’ve read, what they like, and what they plan to read. Students will read more consistently when they connect with friends to share and recommend their favorite books. English, ELL, and Reading teachers will appreciate the inclusion of Lexile ranges. Grades 4-12.
  • ClassDojo
    ClassDojo makes it easy to keep students alert and on-task. Improve specific student behaviors and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback. Print or email beautiful behavior reports to easily engage parents and staff. Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click: NO extra data entry required.
  • easel.ly
    Easel.ly allows users to quickly create infographics and share visual ideas online. Easel.ly has an expansive library of elements and visual objects that can be added to personalize infographics of all kinds. Students and teachers can choose from pre-formatted infographics or start fresh and create their own. Easel.ly is intuitive and easy to use, relying on drag-and-drop features and streamlined menus. Grades 6-12.
  • Free Driver's Ed Program for Teens
    This website provides free access to 12 NYS learner permit tests, 8 motorcycle tests, 4 CDL tests, 3 handbooks and an FAQ section. Tests are also available in Spanish.
  • iCivics
    iCivics is a game, activity, and resource filled web site founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Conner to help young people of all ages learn about the branches of government, citizenship, separation of powers, media influences on government, budgets, Constitution, plus the Bill of Rights.
  • inklewriter
    Inklewriter provides the format for writing interactive branched stories. While students focus on writing, Inklewriter handles the story paths that end and those yet to be developed. Students who love the "choose your own ending" stories will enjoy writing, editing, and reading on this dynamic site. Branched stories with the potential for multiple endings will also intrigue those interested in game development. Finished projects can be shared with a limited or global audience at the author's discretion.
  • Make Beliefs Comix
    Assist students in creating their own comic strips with a wide selection of fun characters, speech bubbles, and scenes.
  • OpenEd - Personalized Learning for the Common Core
    OpenEd is a K-12 educational resource catalog with more than a million Common Core videos, games, assessments, and courses by searching by subject, grade and/or keywords! You can search for resources by Common Core and other standards. A great feature that they offer is the ability to organize or save your resources in Playlists. They can be sent to one student or your whole class. Teachers can find, edit, or create entire coursed and OpenEd will even suggest resources to add to your courses! Students can sign in to courses using an assigned class code. Sign up for FREE!
  • PBS Learning Media
    Teachers can access, save, and share: videos, games, audio clips, photos, and lesson plans for free.
  • Poll Everywhere
    Create real-time survey experiences using mobile devices. This is a great way to “hook” your students.
  • QuadBlogging
    Quadblogging connects students in four different schools around the corner or around the world to blog with a purpose. Instead of having students write blog posts "that go in their tray to die" teachers sign up on this site and are linked with three other schools to provide an opportunity for elementary and secondary students to blog with each other.
  • Seriously Amazing
    How 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. Seriously Amazing links the knowledge and resources of the Smithsonian Institution and sparks a spirit of inquiry.
  • Storyboard That
    Storyboard That presents a great opportunity for students to work together. Storyboard That provides an excellent place for students to echo what they have learned and expand on it. Storytelling is fun when creating a story in Storyboard That.
  • Teen NY Facebook page
    The Teen NY Facebook page, provided by the New York State Library, is an offshoot of the program Summer Reading at New York Libraries. This Facebook page will provide year-round resources and support to teens, as well as adults who work with teenagers, in New York State.
  • Voki
    Create speaking avatars and use them as an effective learning tool while engaging students with interactive lessons by introducing technology in a fun way, plus enhancing language skills with over 25 languages. Voki can be great for homework & class projects as well. Voki is a free service and also offers a Voki classroom.
  • WatchKnowLearn – Free Educational Videos
    WatchKnowLearn offers approximately 50,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 5,000 categories. No registration or fees are required! Teachers in the classroom, as well as parents and students at home, can access these videos 24/7. There are video descriptions, age level information, and ratings to help you find appropriate and helpful material. WatchKnowLearn does not host videos but rather serves as a library for links to excellent educational videos that have been selected by educators.

Apps for Education

  • A Novel Idea
    Allows quick bursts of inspiration, which lets users jot down characters, locations, and plot points and link them together. Written scenes can be organized and moved in and out of order. Free and requires iOS 6.0 or later.
  • Algebra Touch
    Algebra Touch breaks equations down into steps and describes them in very basic language.
  • Ankylosaurus Fights Back - Smithsonian’s Prehistoric Pals
    Join Ankylosaurus in this interactive book app as he is so busy eating that he doesn’t notice the huge T-rex that is watching him! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will Ankylosaurus get away from the dangerous predator?
  • Audiobooks
    Listen to 5,533 classic audiobooks totally FREE on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Brainly
    Brainly allows users to ask questions about their homework and find out what’s causing them trouble. Free and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Browse the Earth’s Visual History
    EarthViewer is like a time machine for exploring Earth’s deep history. Based on the latest scientific research, it lets you scroll through the last 4.5 billion years with your fingertips. Follow a favorite landmark, be it Greenland or New York City, as its position shifts through time, or watch a famous fossil like Tiktaalik make an incredible journey from its origin to its current location. Layer your view of shifting continents with data on atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity, to get a more complete view of our dynamic planet.
  • Census PoP Quiz
    Census PoP Quiz is a new and free population challenge about the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the U.S. Census Bureau. It is free and requires iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up.
  • Create a chemical reaction
    Chemical reactions don’t just happen—you have to make them happen. As your strategy guides you through experiments with water, acids, and salts, you’ll create surprising color changes, encounter fire and smoke, release various gases, and shatter equipment as your achievements earn you an impressive set of trophy-room badges. Use the Chem-o-convertor to measure energy released and gain points that unlock new experiments, equipment, and chemicals. Use your new supplies to craft more gases, liquids, and solids.
  • CrowdFlik
    CrowdFlik is the mobile video APP that allows you to share, view and edit mobile video footage captured by the crowd. CrowdFlik automatically synchronizes and organizes multiple video streams and gives you the power to easily create multi-angle, shareable video compilations of your favorite moments at your favorite events
  • Daisy the Dinosaur
    Daisy the Dinosaur has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Students will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops, and events by solving the app’s challenges. Free and requires iOS 3.2 or later.
  • Demibooks Composer
    Demibooks Composer combines images, text, music, animation, and more to create realistic-looking ebooks, ideal for telling complex stories. Users build their stories by creating pages, and then linking them together via navigation at the front of the book. Free and requires iOS 6.0 or later.
  • Dragon Box Algebra 5+
    This innovative game-changer teaches algebra, changes the way kids learn it, and even changes how they feel about it.
  • Drawing Desk
    Drawing Desk is free and bundled with 4 different drawing modes named as Kids Desk, Doodle Desk, Sketch Desk and Photo Desk. It requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Easy Portfolio
    Easy Portfolio allows you to capture learning in an e-portfolio using Easy Portfolio. A variety of artifacts including videos, pictures, audio files, links to external sites, and documents can be saved to a student's portfolio. Free and requires iOS or Android.
  • Edmodo
    Edmodo makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information: send notes, submit assignments, post replies, check messages and upcoming events. Teachers can post last-minute alerts to their students, keep tabs on recent assignment submissions, and grade assignments. Students can view and turn in assignments and check their latest grades. Free and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Eye Contact - Toybox
    Eye Contact - Toybox is a social skill that some children find challenging. This game helps them practice the skill while earning fun rewards. Great for special education students. There is a cost of $2.99 and requires iOS 3.0 or later.
  • Gradeable
    What would you inspire, if you weren’t bogged down in grading and paperwork? Gradeable lets teachers grade better and faster, pinpoint gaps in student learning, and improve achievement.
  • Heart and Lungs Lab
    Heart and Lungs Lab unravels mysteries of your body in a fun, interactive way. It is a new entry in the isygames series of apps about the human body, which also includes D. Bones and The Amazing Digestive Journey.
  • iBooks
    iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night.
  • KidQuest
    KidQuest offers fun activities with dozens of free things to make and build, with step by step illustrated guides. Free and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Kiwaka eBook
    The Kiwaka game and Kiwaka Story eBook display over 120 revolutionary space images from the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other leading scientific organizations to delve deeper into astronomy.
    Best for: Ages 6-11
  • Kiwaka game
    The Kiwaka game and Kiwaka Story eBook display over 120 revolutionary space images from the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other leading scientific organizations to delve deeper into astronomy.
    Best for: Ages 6-11
  • Monster Physics!
    Monster Physics! is a unique building app that lets you play with physics! Build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank and more! Free and requires iOS.
  • Motion Math:Pizza!
    Fantastic math game gives kids a taste of what's needed to run a profitable business.
  • News360
    News360 is a free app that learns what you enjoy and finds stories you’ll like around the web. It requires iOS 6.0 or later.
  • Peekaboo
    Peekaboo contains visual, verbal, and auditory cues and can be setup for special education students, as cue cards to learn animal names in Spanish or English, or with the written names displayed as a cue before the animal is revealed to nurture intrinsic visual reading skills. Free and requires iOS 4.3 or later.
  • Questimate!
    Exposes kids to estimation in fun ways with concrete math explanation.
  • Slice It!
    A fun way for kids to jump into geometry with lessons on shapes, symmetry, and area.
  • Solve the Outbreak
    Solve the Outbreak is a fun app where students get to be the Disease Detective. Get clues and analyze data to solve the outbreak and save lives! Free and requires iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up.
  • Soundingboard
    Soundingboard helps you create custom boards using AbleNet symbols or your own photos. Perfect for children in special education. Free and requires iOS 6.1 or later.
  • Test Precision
    Test Precision is an elegantly designed, personalized e-learning platform for college admission test (SAT & ACT) preparation. The technology platform assesses student's individual strengths and weaknesses to create highly personalized curriculum that actually focuses on improving their scores. Free and requires iOS 6.0 or later.
  • TinyTap
    TinyTap is a DIY app creation platform for making your own interactive games. Free and requires iOS 6.1 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up.
  • U.S. Geography by Discovery Education
    U.S. Geography by Discovery Education allows students K-12 to explore and learn US Geography. The multimedia content covers the seven US regions and different categories such as culture, major cities and news stories connected to the regions. Free and requires iOS.
  • Virtual Nerd Mobile Math
    Pearson is proud to introduce Virtual Nerd Mobile Math. This amazing math app provides on-the-go access to Virtual Nerd's extensive video library. Interactive tutorial videos review fundamental math concepts in middle school and high school.
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World
    This is the first comprehensive and interactive dinosaur encyclopedia, with hours of magical narration by acclaimed actor Stephen Fry. A lite version is now available for FREE.
  • Weird But True
    With a fresh new look and exciting new content, Weird But True has even more mind-benders than ever before—more than 900 kid-friendly facts!
  • World Book - This Day in History for iPad
    This Day in History for iPad is an interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches.

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Websites for Great Teaching Resources

OpenEd - Personalized Learning for the Common Core

OpenEd is a K-12 educational resource catalog with more than a million Common Core videos, games, assessments, and courses by searching by subject, grade and/or keywords!  You can search for resources by Common Core and other standards.  A great feature that they offer is the ability to organize or save your resources in Playlists.  They can be sent to one student or your whole class.  Teachers can find, edit, or create entire courses and OpenEd will even suggest resources to add to your courses!  Students can sign in to courses using an assigned class code.  Sign up for FREE and check out their new assessment tool, search for assessments, or create your own at www.opened.io.

WatchKnowLearn – Free Educational Videos

WatchKnowLearn offers approximately 50,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 5,000 categories.  No registration or fees are required!  Teachers in the classroom, as well as parents and students at home, can access these videos 24/7.  There are video descriptions, age level information, and ratings to help you find appropriate and helpful material.  WatchKnowLearn does not host videos but rather serves as a library for links to excellent educational videos that have been selected by educators. Check it out at www.watchknowlearn.org

Teaching Channel

This site provides great information and articles in relation to teaching today.  The site is free and you must sign up to take advantage of the fantastic articles, videos, and a multitude of teacher resources.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/

 

Newsela

Newsela is a leveled reading program for students in grades three through twelve. The site contains a bank of news articles in eight categories (War & Peace, Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts and Sports). Articles within Newsela provide a Lexile slide bar along the right side of the screen. Newsela rewrites each of the stories at five Lexiled reading levels. Short quizzes are given at the end of some articles to assess student’s comprehension. If they struggle with the quiz, they can read the story at a lower Lexile level or similarly at a higher Lexile level if they score high on the quizzes. The articles can be read on individual computers, displayed on a SMART board, or printed to hand out. Newsela selects news stories that are likely to have some interest or relevance to students and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Because all students are given a chance to absorb the same material, teachers can lead class discussions on the article topics with students regardless of their reading level. Topics chosen are relevant since they are drawn from current news feeds. Likewise, older topics are archived for reference. Newsela is a free online resource; however, for a fee they do include a dashboard of analysis so teachers can track student progress. Creating an account for a teacher is simple and once completed the teacher then provides students a code from that account. With Newsela, there’s no need to spend another minute of your prep time looking for highly engaging news articles at appropriate reading levels for your students. Let Newsela do it for you!

Zombie Educational Resources

Prepare your students for the zombie apocolypse!

Check out these resources to feed the brains of your zombie loving students.

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