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Welcome to Cool Tools for Teachers. This site is the companion site to the scheduled training session taught by NWOCA Instructional Services.

Quick And Easy

PDF Creator

Windows based PDF Creator (Mac users can use print >> save as PDF)


Google Translate

Enter some text and it will translate it into whatever language you choose.


Organizing Thoughts

Padlet (Wallwisher) 

Online bulletin board where you put post-it notes.Pictures/Files links, etc



More than just a to-do list or a task manager, a lesson planner, a community bulletin, a repository for inspiration. 


Writing Tools

Wordle (Requires Java)

Make word clouds from pasted text or a website URL.

Inaugural Words

The inaugural addresses of all the US Presidents as word clouds.


Tagxedo (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)

Makes cool word clouds in interesting shapes.



Similar to Wordle but does not need Flash or Java.



A visual picture of words (word cloud)



A place to create and discover stories for kids. Teach children to write a story in just 7 steps.

MindMapping Tools


Make flow charts, wireframes, mind maps, and org charts



Mind mapping tool, also available as iPad App.

URL Shorteners and QR Codes


Cute url shortener this page -->

Google's URL shortener and QR creator. Already have a google account? This one is built right in.

QR code/URL Shortener site linked to popular Scan QR app. Make nice colorful QR codes to share.



Site for creating QR codes with many different types of items including creating colored QR codes



Got a file you cannot open and need to convert it- upload to ZamZar and they convert it and send you a link.



This free and fast converter allows you to watch your favorite YouTube videos on your cell phone, PSP, iPhone or nearly any other device.

Cloud Based Storage


Creates a folder on your computer that syncs with and with all your other devices. App installed on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.


Create notes on mobile devices or your PC or Mac and sync them to everywhere via App installed on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.


Password Management


A secure online password manager that installs as a browser plugin that can auto fill your passwords when you visit websites.


An application for Mac, Windows and IOS that uses dropbox to sync and store securely all your passwords.

Tools for Teachers

Today's Meet 

Creates an easy backchannel (chat room) where anyone with the link can post questions and comments during a presentation, and to use as a resource later. 



Current events/ articles seachable by topics for students and teachers. Teachers can create classrooms and assign reading work.  

Ted Ed

Search the lesson library or use youtube along with Ted resources to build your own lessons



Take audience polls using mobile devices or cell phones


Cloud based audio recording (example)

Remind 101

Create classes to send text messages/ reminders out to the students/ parents of those classes.  


An online tool for saving and sharing bookmarks (favorites)


Create your own animated cartoon (example)


Create a speaking picture to use for learning or giving directions. 

Voki (example)

Create speaking avatars to use as an effective learning tool. 



Infinite canvas presentation tool.


John's PARCC Website

Technology Skills and Readiness Resources


Tools for Students


Online flashcards with several games to help students to learn vocabulary.



Online typing tutor for middle school/ high school

Creating/ Editing Photos and Video


Online video projects are a great way to encourage student creativity and storytelling.


Photo Editing website and Chrome App

Online Clicker System/ Websites


Online clicker system for teachers and students that gives assessments and keeps track of results


Kahoot - Teacher site

Kahoot - Student site

Online clicker gaming system for teachers and students that gives assessments and keeps track of results


For more ideas go to the Cool Tools for Schools site


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