Collected Web Resources to add technology to the classroom via the internet. Specifically, websites to excite & motivate students and help teachers to teach more dynamically.
Group Members: Jason Hamlin Hal Huber Christina Phillips Jenna Reynolds Erik Runge
Remind 101 is a computer generated texting program that teachers can use that allows them to send text message reminders to their studentsâ€™ cell phones. Teachers can send students text messages to remind them about homework assignments, upcoming tests, and due dates of future assignments. The program allows neither the students nor the teacher to see each otherâ€™s cell phone numbers. There is no cost for the students or the teacher to use this website. https://www.remind101.com/
Teacher Tube is a web site that is very similar to You Tube. The only difference is that Teacher Tube only shows educational videos, unlike You Tube which shows all types of videos. This website was designed to give teachers the ability to share educational resources such as videos, audio clips, documents, photos, and even blogs. Teacher Tube is a great resource that students and teachers can use to find more information about topics they are unfamiliar with or want to learn more about. http://www.teachertube.com/
In Quizlet, a teacher can produce flash cards, make up custom tests, study guides, work sheets, games, etc. … or use the ones to be found already on the site. Certainly, students will enjoy this type of activity, and it is useful for any subject. Using existing relevant material helps a teacher be efficient, which allows a teacher to be less harried and probably better in front of the class. http://quizlet.com/
Newspapermap seems custom-made for language classes. It is a world map with “push pins” where hundreds of newspapers are published. Newspapers can be filtered by language or location, or found by title. If it’s a Spanish class, Newspapermap will allow students to practice reading TODAY’S paper from Madrid, Mexico City, or San Antonio, Texas. If the class is ESL, a student can feel some validation of his first language by being able to see news from wherever in the world he wants. http://newspapermap.com/
Christina Phillips RUBRICS Rubistar provides a variety of straight-forward customizable rubric templates for assessments such as oral presentations, math, writing, art, or science projects. Even without creating an account, you can create, edit, and download your personalized rubric. Export your file into Microsoft Excel for further revision or to add features such as a title and total score column. http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php In addition to printables, lesson plans, tools, and tips, TeAchnology provides sample rubrics for a variety of grade levels from pre-K to secondary education. Although these rubrics do not allow for customization (aside from the heading information and graphics options), this website may provide a starting point for project, presentation, or assessment evaluation. Due to the lack of customization, the level of evaluation, and the cute formatting, these rubrics may be more applicable for elementary or middle-school. http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/ rubrics/ COLLABORATIVE LEARNING SYSTEMS Schoology and Edmodo are both free collaborative learning environments that are designed to connect teachers, students, parents, and networks (teachers with similar disciplines or teaching styles, or entire schools or districts) to access and share relevant and reliable academic information. Both of these formats require a user name or personal profile to access the site’s features, and many of the features are identical or similar (course profile with announcements or alerts, calendar, homework or assignment folders, online gradebook, messaging and discussion between the teacher or the class, and the ability to track student usage and course progress). Unlike Edmodo which is totally free, Schoology also has an paid-upgrade option (“Enterprise”) which offers additional ways to customize your class, school, district, or organization webpage, such as with a custom branding design and domain name instead of the default Schoology formatting. https://www.schoology.com/home.php http://www.edmodo.com/about
The Khan Academy is an online learning center that can be used by anyone to learn or brush up on math, science, and humanities. Students are able to watch hundreds of premade videos, complete innumerable practice problems, and track their own progress. A teacher can create a class account to track the progress of their students individually and as a whole. This can be incorporated into a “flipped classroom” or used less frequently, but will help teachers to see exactly where students are struggling and give them more time to work with students instead of as a lecturing robot. https://www.khanacademy.org/about http://ed.ted.com/lessons/let-s-use-video-to-reinventeducation-salman-khan#watch is a TED Talk by the creator of the Khan Academy. I know it’s long (and incredibly good), but around 6:00 and 11:00 are how it applies to education.
TED now has an component just for education based solely on video. Teachers can use pre-made lessons, complete with multiple choice, short answer, and discussion questions. You can even continue to watch the video while looking through the questions, pausing or rewinding to catch something you missed. Teachers can also create their own “Flips” by finding any YouTube video and using TED Ed to add questions and etc. Progress can be tracked as well. http://ed.ted.com/
Socrative can be a very useful technology because it gives the teacher the ability to give students quizzes either in class or as homework assignments. A great advantage of using Socrative is that it allows you to see instantly which areas students are excelling in and which areas students are struggling in. There is a lot of useful ways a teacher can use this site in a lesson. As a teacher I would use this technology to develop quizzes as a fun way to gather students understanding of the material I am covering. http://socrative.com/ 4Teachers.org sponsors other great resources for teachers such as quiz generators, lesson plan banks, website design tools, and classroom/floor planning. http://4teachers.org/tools/ On their directory webpage, Schoology also provides a link to teaching resources and applications such as quiz generators, interactive study sites for students, and lesson planning or classroom development resources for teachers. http://www.schoology.com/directory