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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.

http://goo.gl/ZNwMUy

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

 

Trello

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.

 

WordItOut

Similar to Wordle but does not need Flash or Java.

 

Wordsift

A visual picture of words (word cloud)

 

StoryJumper

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


MindMapping Tools

LucidChart

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

 

Popplet

Mind mapping tool, also available as iPad App.


URL Shorteners and QR Codes

Moourl

Cute url shortener this page -->  http://moourl.com/rkkx3

 

Goo.gl

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

 

Scan.me

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

 

QRStuff

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

Converters

ZamZar

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

 

ClipConverter

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

Dropbox

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


Evernote

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

 

Password Management

LastPass

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

1Password

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. 

 

Newsela

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

 

PollEverywhere

Take audience polls using mobile devices or cell phones


VoiceThread

Cloud based audio recording (example)


Remind 101

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


Diigo

An online tool for saving and sharing bookmarks (favorites)


GoAnimate

Create your own animated cartoon (example)


Blabberize

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


Voki (example)

Create speaking avatars to use as an effective learning tool. 

 

Prezi

Infinite canvas presentation tool.

 

John's PARCC Website

Technology Skills and Readiness Resources

 

Tools for Students

Quizlet

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

(example)


TypingClub

Online typing tutor for middle school/ high school

Creating/ Editing Photos and Video

WeVideo

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


Pixlr

Photo Editing website and Chrome App

Online Clicker System/ Websites

Socrative

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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