Tag Archives: Educational Technology

Download YouTube Video For Your Classroom

• These instructions shows you how to download YouTube videos for free using www.savefrom.net

Download YouTube Video Guide

• These videos will download in smaller file format sizes but will work fine for most purposes
Note: Savefrom.net does advertise the option to download videos in larger file sizes for a cost of $19.99. I have not purchased this option so I am not recommending that you spend your money on it. Please research this paid option if you feel it is a feature you would like to utilize.

 

EdTech Websites Certificates & Checklist

• This resource contains a checklist collection of over 50 educational technology websites divided into categories and certificates
• Over the past 12 years, my students have successfully utilized most of these amazing websites to enhance their learning
• Use the checklist as a way to find the appropriate tech tool for the job and to keep track of EdTech websites you have utilized in class
• Print or keep the electronic PNG format certificates as a way to demonstrate the tools you have implemented in your classroom
• Include the checklist and certificates in your teaching portfolio to share with a principal/administrator during discussions, evaluations or interviews

CHECKLIST 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, MovieMaker

#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, Trading Card Generator

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

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

Note: You will receive a PowerPoint (editable) and PDF version of this resource.

EDTECH CERTIFICATES

This resource contains Certificates for the following educational technology resources…

1. Animoto
2. AutoDraw
3. Bitmoji
4. BouncyBalls
5. Canva
6. ClassBadges
7. ClassDojo
8. ComicLife
9. Edmodo
10. Factile
11. Flippity
12. Glogster
13. GoAnimate
14. Google Classroom
15. Google Drive
16. Google My Maps
17. Google Sites
18. Google Timer
19. Haiku Deck
20. Kahoot
21. Kami
22. Kidblog
23. Letter Generator
24. Lucidchart
25. Microsoft Office
26. Movie Maker
27. Mural
28. MyStoryBook
29. Padlet
30. Peergrade
31. PicMonkey
32. Piktochart
33. Pixton
34. Popplet
35. PowToon
36. Prezi
37. Quizlet
38. Random name Picker
39. Storybird
40. StoryboardThat
41. SurveyMonkey
42. Trading Card Generator
43. Weebly
44. WeVideo
45. Wix
46. WriteReader

Link to resource…

EdTech Websites & Certificates

Trading Card Creator

Create a Trading Card for a book character, historical person, athlete, celebrity, entrepreneur, singer, musician or actor/actress.
• Creating trading cards for their favorite story characters will challenge students to think more deeply about what they read or even watch in movies or on television.
• By answering a series of questions, students zero in on what’s obvious and not so obvious about a character or person. Not only will they describe the character’s appearance and actions, but also probe for thoughts, feelings, and motivations.
• The cards also offer a chance for students to consider their own impressions: What is likeable or not likeable about a character and what personal connections might students make?

Click on the link below to check it out…

Trading Card Creator

 

New Kahoot Challenge Feature

The new Kahoot Challenge Feature!
• Assign kahoots as homework with the new challenge feature
• Create challenges on your computer or in the app, and students play them on their phones
• Make homework engaging, increase its completion rate and save time on correcting assignments!
Note: Students need to install the Kahoot App on their mobile devices.

Getkahoot.com

• Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system
• Create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys using any device with a web browser
• Motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting

Find out more information about it here…

Kahoot Challenge Feature

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