Tag Archives: Educational Technology

EdTech Websites by Category

• Here is a collection of over 50 educational technology websites divided into categories
• Over the past 12 years, my students have successfully utilized most of these amazing websites to enhance their learning
• Use this guide as a reference for finding the appropriate tech tool for the job and for introducing EdTech websites to your staff or students

TOPICS

#1. Presentation Software
Prezi, Powtoon, Haiku Deck, Slatebox

#2. Design Software
Glogster, Canva, Piktochart, Autodraw

#3. Comics
Comic Life, Pixton, GoAnimate, Bitmoji

#4. Writing Stories
Storybird, StoryboardThat, WriteReader, MyStorybook

#5. Classroom Management
ClassBadges, ClassDojo, Google Timer, BouncyBalls, Edmodo, Classclimate, CheckItOut

#6. Video Editors
Animoto, WeVideo

#7. Website Builders
Weebly, Wix, Google Sites

#8. Games
Factile, Kahoot, Random Name Game

#9. Interactive Tools
KidBlog, Peergrade, Quizlet, Kami, Lucidchart, Flippity, Padlet, Mural, Popplet, PicMonkey, SurveyMonkey, Letter Generator, Thinglink

#10. Google Tools
Hangouts, Cast For Education, Maps, Groups, Fonts, Calendar, Photos, OpenClipArt

#11. Office and Google
Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Google Classroom

EdTech Resource

 

StoryboardThat.com

StoryboardThat.com – Storyboard Creator

Features include….

• Extensive Image Library (Posable characters and Millions of Photos)
• Flexible Layouts (7 Layout Choices and up to 100 cells)
• Intuitive and Simple drag and drop interface

* Make Your Dream Movie!
* Over 4,000,000 Storyboards Created

This guide utilizes step-by-step instructions and screenshots to show teachers and students how to use StoryboardThat!

Note #1: The program contains many lesson plans and teacher guides. This guide will show you how to access those plans and guides.

Note #2: This is a paid program but it has a 14 day free trial. This guide shows you how to access the free trial. That should be plenty of time for your students to create several projects.

TOPICS

1. Create Free Trial Account
2. Student Log-in
3. My Dashboard
4. Lesson Plans and Teacher Guides
5. Scene Options (Edit, Rotate, Layers, Filters)
6. Characters
7. Textables
8. Shapes
9. Web & Technology
10. Science
11. Storyboard Layout
12. Add or Remove Cells
13. Move Cells/Advanced Tools
14. Undo, Redo and Save

Pixton.com Make Comics

• Everyone can make comics!
• Pixton introduces the world to Click-n-Drag Comics™, a revolutionary new patented technology that gives anyone the power to create amazing comics on the web.
• From fully posable characters to dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, every aspect of a comic can be controlled in an intuitive click-n-drag motion.
• Winning over 10 prestigious awards, Pixton Comics was named a “leading Web 2.0 pioneer” and “one of the 20 companies driving innovation and changing the way we use the Internet” by Backbone Magazine / KPMG

TOPICS

1. Sign Up
2. Create a Group
3. Assign an Activity
4. Activity Options
5. Main Menu
6. Home
7. My Comics
8. Adding Activities
9. Accessing Templates
10. Installing Flash
11. Character Options (Editing expression, looks, proportion and color)
12. Zoom in and out
13. Adding Text
14. Adding Prop
15. Send Back/Bring Forward
16. Save Panel/Add Panel

Note: Pixton has a variety of detailed activities by subject area.

Sharing a Prezi to Google Classroom

Do you use the amazing Google Classroom platform?
Do you have your students use Prezi to create dynamic presentations?

If you answered no to these questions, I would suggest you start using both of these amazing tools.
If you answered yes to the above questions, take advantage of this free guide.

I recently had my classes create a Prezi and share to my Google Classroom.  I put together some step-by-step instructions to guide my students through this sharing process.   I am sharing those instructions below in case you plan to use Prezi this semester with your students.  I plan to have a link to a free download for you soon, so that you will have a copy to keep for future reference.  UPDATE: The link to this free guide has now been added below

  Click on the link below to download this free guide…

Prezi – Share to Google Classroom guide

MyStoryBook – Digital Storytelling Tool

Use MyStoryBook.com to teach digital literacy and storytelling

This lesson includes screenshots and instruction bubbles to make it easy for teachers and students to quickly learn how to use MyStoryBook. It also includes 2 activities for students to perform using the features on this website.

How do we start using it?

If your students have email addresses, they can simply sign up and start using My Storybook right away. When they finish writing their story, students can choose to publish their story and share the link with their class!

If your students don’t all have email addresses, they currently recommend logging in to each computer or tablet with a single email address. You can make as many stories as you’d like and all your students’ stories will show up in your library under “My Books”.

What does it cost?

MyStorybook.com is free to use. You can make unlimited number of stories, upload images, and share your stories for free.

MyStoryBook.com Lesson and Activity

Monitor Classroom Noise – Bouncyballs.org

Use this website as a fun way to monitor classroom noise levels!

Show this website with the use of a projector to your students as they are working.

The balls bounce higher as the volume of the classroom increases, giving students a visual indicator to lower their voices.

I found out about this website from http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

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Click the link below to download a free guide for this website…

Bouncyballs.org Guide

Screenflow Software to create YouTube Tutorial Videos

I spent the weekend researching how to create dynamic How-To YouTube videos using Screenflow. Screenflow is screencasting and video editing software for Macs. I purchased the software this morning for $139.99 through the App Store.

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These two videos were particularly helpful…

Screenflow Tutorial by David A. Cox

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSDa4CqgU0A

How I Create My Videos by DottoTech

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TBazwfahYw

Things I need to make high quality professional style videos…

  1. Screenflow software
  2. Macbook Pro
  3. Logitech C920 webcam
  4. Blue Yeti USB microphone
  5. Lighting – 2 umbrella light Kit
  6. Green screen paper

Things I found out about the importance of Thumbnails and Keywords…

After uploading your video, it is very important to create an engaging thumbnail in order to grab people’s attention.  Canva is a great program for this as it has many logos, interesting graphics and fonts. Create a consistent thumbnail image for your videos in order to create a “brand” for yourself.  If your thumbnails look similar it looks more professional.  Also, when you are watching a video in YouTube there is a list of videos along the right hand side of the website offering similar videos you may be interested to watch. Most people will watch several videos on a topic they are investigating.   Underneath the thumbnail you will write a description for your video. When describing your video put the most important keywords at the beginning. This will help people find your videos by moving you higher in the search results for those keywords.

Here are a list of short-term goals I want to accomplish…

  1. Create a banner for my YouTube Channel
  2. Create an opening for my videos. Fiverr.com is a good site if you want to hire someone for a cheap price to create an opening for you.
  3. Learn to use Screenflow and use it to create my first how-to video
  4. Reach 100 subscribers so that I can change the name of my channel

It is about “Context”

Here is a really important tip that I learned from DottoTech. Most content has already been published. What is important is “context”. This means people are interested in viewing the information reflected through your experience. More specifically, how I use technology to assist myself and my students in the classroom.  I have found that teachers like easy to follow, step-by-step instructions when trying to learn new software or piece of technology.

Kidblog redesigned their website

Kidblog.org

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• Designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog
• Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community
• Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs

Kidblog recently redesigned their website. This lesson has been redesigned (Sept 2016) with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website

Applications for Kidblog.org

• Create classroom discussions
• Learn digital citizenship
• Practice writing skills
• Create an e-portfolio
• Reflect on learning
• Formatively assess writing

Save to Google Drive Chrome Extension

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  • The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension allows you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu
  • Save documents, images, HTML5 audio and video
  • After your content is saved, you can open the file, rename, or view the file in the Google Drive document list
  • From the document list, you can organize and share your new document

Save to Google Drive Chrome Extension

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