Instructional Technology

RESOURCES

Digital Storytelling

Engage your students by making some of your projects digital. For example, you can have a student create their own book, then record themselves reading it and share it online with others. Included in this list are posters, comics, animations, along with video and audio editing tools.

Websites

iPad Apps

  • Pic Collage - Combine photos, videos, fonts, stickers and cutouts to create collages
  • Sock Puppets - Create your own lip-synched videos using puppets
  • DoInk - Create animations & fun green screen effects
  • Book Creator - Easily create your own iBooks with music, narration, and video
  • My Story - One of the simplest interfaces for book making & story telling
  • Adobe Spark - Create social graphics, web stories, and animated videos
  • Toontastic 3DToontastic, & Toontastic Jr. - Create your own cartoons, animate & record your voice
  • StoryKit - Free tool for creating digital storybooks
  • ChatterPix - Take a picture & record your voice to make it talk
  • TeleStory - Write, direct, and star in your own TV show
  • Aurasma - Use augmented reality to bring images to life
  • iMovie - Video editing, tell stories, & pre-made trailer templates

Presenting

For teacher and student, here are some options for mixing it up from the traditional Powerpoint. Example: Student groups create a Prezi to present to the class their portion of a larger unit. Being saved online, the students can work on it at school together or at home individually with no file transferring.

Websites

  • Prezi - Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint
  • Slideshare - Don’t waste your presentation after it’s over, share it with millions
  • Haiku Deck - Make beautiful slideshows in no time
  • Nearpod - Create, engage, assess with interactive lessons
  • Thinglink - Annotate images and videos
  • Glogster - Great way to share posters and images you’ve made with friends
  • Animoto - Make beautiful videos from images in a snap
  • Smore - Beautiful newsletters in minutes
  • Canva - Design presentations & more with thousands of beautiful layouts
  • Buncee - Easily integrate media into lessons to increase interactivity
  • Piktochart - Easy-to-use infographic maker

iPad Apps

  • Haiku Deck - Make beautiful slideshows in no time
  • Nearpod - Create, engage, assess with interactive lessons
  • Thinglink - Annotate images and videos
  • Shadow Puppet - Easily create videos to tell stories & explain ideas
  • Keynote - The most powerful presentation app designed for a mobile device
  • Buncee - Easily integrate media to create content for all classroom purposes
  • Piktochart - Easy-to-use infohraphic maker

Blogging, Wiki & Website Building, Social Media

Digital literacy is a key part in 21st century education. Help students with literacy while using a digital tool at the same time. Students can have their own online learning log (blog) or create their own website or wiki. Example: When learning about the solar system, a class wiki can be created where paired students create their own part of a whole. Each pair can add text, photo, audio, and video content about a planet to the class wiki while being able to access their peers’ planets and info. Social media in the classroom is a way to get students to collaborate and get away from the textbook. There are many educators out there looking to connect their class with others all over the world for authentic learning experiences. For example, Skype can be used to make free video calls through the internet to a classroom in China to discuss an earthquake they just had.

Websites

  • Wikispaces - Crowdsourcing at its finest. Like Wikipedia, Wikispaces is very helpful
  • WordPress - Content publishing system. It’s gone way beyond just blogging.
  • Weebly - Create your own website or blog, very easy to use
  • Edublogs - The largest education blogging platform on the web
  • Skype - Make video calls through the internet
  • Twitter - The micro blogging service that many love or hate.
  • Fakebook - Create imaginary Facebook profiles
  • Twister - Fake tweet generator

iPad Apps

  • Seesaw - Student driven digital portfolios
  • Weebly - Create your own website or blog, very easy to use

Collaboration & Brainstorming

A 21st century skill, and a big part of the Common Core Standards. Collaboration in the classroom can take on a new meaning when combined with some of these tools. Example: Students can research ideas on an open ended question then post articles, images, videos, and text to a class Padlet in support of their answer.

Websites

  • Padlet - An online collaborative bulletin board maker
  • VoiceThread - Record, collaborate, and present
  • Google Apps For Education - The top real-time document creating and editing system
  • Popplet - An easy way to share visual ideas
  • Bubbl.us - Free application to brainstorm online
  • Wordle - Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text
  • Mind Vector - Collaborative mind mapping

iPad Apps

  • Popplet Lite - Quickly jot down your ideas and sort them visually.
  • Mind Vector - Collaborative mind mapping
  • Padlet - Collaborative bulletin board maker

Coding

Coding & programming is quickly becoming the new literacy skill for this generation. Students as young as kindergarden have begun coding in class and educational toys are moving in this direction too, teaching ages 3 and up logical thinking processes. Don't just teach kids to code, work it into the curriculum. Example: kids can use Scratch or Scratch Jr to retell their favorite scene from a story.

Websites

iPad Apps

  • Scratch Jr - Young children can program their own interactive stories & games
  • Hopscotch - Make your own games, art, & more. Tons of in-app tutorials and lesson plans
  • Swift Playgrounds - Teaches how to write Swift code in a fun, interactive way

Digital Assessments

Whether assessing formatively or summatively, assessments enhanced with technology can be extremely engaging, save time for teachers, give instant feedback, and can also help prepare students for state mandated assessments given online.

Websites

  • Plickers - Like classroom clickers, but only 1 device needed! Use for formative assessment, engagement, and fun
  • Kahoot - Create, play, and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free
  • Quizizz - Avatars, leaderboards, themes, music, and memes are all included in these multiplayer classroom quizzes
  • Edcite - Interactive digital practice assignments
  • Socrative - Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding
  • Formative - Give instant feedback, any grade, any subject, any device

Behavior Management, Movement & Excercise

Websites

  • Classcraft - Free online, educational role-playing game that teachers and students play together in the classroom. By using many of the conventions traditionally found in games today, students can level up, work in teams, and earn powers that have real-world consequences. Acting as a gamification layer around any existing curriculum, the game transforms the way a class is experienced throughout the school year.
  • GoNoodle - Turns movement into games and makes it easy to be active. Hundreds of videos to get kids running, jumping, dancing, stretching, and practicing mindfulness.
  • Cosmic Kids - Fun and free yoga & mindfulness videos for kids.
  • Jack Hartmann's Hop 2 It Music - Educational children's music & brain breaks.
  • The Learning Station - Healthy music for a child's heart, body, and mind.

iPad Apps

  • Class Dojo​ - Behavior management tool. Use to keep track of your students' behaviors, get reports and graphs of your class, and easily share with parents via email.

Science

Websites

  • Teach Engineering - Standards aligned engineering lessons and hands-on activities
  • Stem Teaching Tools - Continue mastering NGSS strategies through practice briefs
  • Wayne RESA - NGSS lessons developed by teachers
  • Power My Learning - Online activities, simulations, & learning games
  • Exploratorium - Hands-on short science "snack" activities
  • Spark 101 - Video lessons from science professionals
  • Educade - Empower your classroom with the best games, apps, & maker kits
  • Teachers Try Science - EQUIP Reviewed NGSS lessons
  • Curiosity Machine - Free hands-on science & engineering projects
  • CK12 - Free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards
  • PhET - Free educational simulations in various languages
  • Mystery Science - Open-and-go K-5 lessons that inspire kids to love science
  • GLOBE - Worldwide, hands-on, K-12, Earth Science data collection & lessons
  • Prep Magic - Interactive tools for teachers to create engaging lessons & assessments
  • NASA - Educational resources & learning kits for elementary.
  • Solar 4R Schools - Renewable energy lessons, projects, and opportunities for teachers.
  • National Geographic Society - Brings geography, social studies, and scienc to life. Teaching resources using real-world examples and rich redia.
  • NASA Climate Kids - Videos, activities, and NGSS aligned resources for teaching kids about climate change.

iPad Apps

Social Studies

Websites

  • Fantasy Geopolitics - Like fantasy football, but with world news. Very engaging
  • iCivics - Pretty much everything you could want for teaching civics with technology. Lesson plans, games, and full curiculum units, all free
  • Mission US - A multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.
  • Google Earth - Lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, etc
  • National Geographic Society - Brings geography, social studies, and scienc to life. Teaching resources using real-world examples and rich media.
  • TimeMaps - The most comprehensive World History Atlas in the internet. Easily navigate to any time and place in history.

iPad Apps

  • Google Earth - Lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, etc
  • Frontier Heroes - Educational mini games from the History Channel.
  • iLearn Continents - Simple app to review oceans & continents.
  • iLearn States - Same, but for states
  • Today in History - Can be checked everyday to discuss important events in history.
  • Atlas for iPad - Comprehensive world atlas. Free, but has ads that pop up.
  • My Congress - Current news, bios, twitter feeds for every member of congress, listed alphabetically.

Math

Websites

  • Sumdog - Fun multiplayer games for grades K-8, designed to improve math fact fluency.
  • HappyNumbers - A paid K-2 curriculum designed to help differentiate in the classroom.
  • ABCYa - The leader in educational games for kids grades Pre K-5.
  • Prodigy - Amazing curriculum-aligned math game to get kids in grades 1-8 excited about math.
  • Hooda Math - Over 700 math games for grades K-12.
  • Turtle Diary - Educational games and activities for kids Pre K-5.

iPad Apps

  • SumdogFun multiplayer games for grades K-8, designed to improve math fact fluency.

ELA

Websites

  • CommonLit - High quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students grades 5-12.
  • Spelling City - Build vocabulary, literacy, phonics, & spelling skills.
  • ABCYa - The leader in educational games for kids grades Pre K-5.
  • Scholastic Story Starters - Fun story telling prompts to get kids writing.
  • Storybird - Discover an endless library of free books, picture books, & poetry or use simple tools to create books in minutes.
  • Teach Your Monster To Read - Amazing Pre K-1 reading game to get students excited about reading.
  • Turtle Diary - Educational games and activities for kids Pre K-5.

iPad Apps

  • Spelling City - A fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words by playing engaging games using any word list.

Smartboard

Websites

  • PBS Kids - Collaborative, fun, engaging collection of K-5 interactive whiteboard games based on popular PBS Kids shows.
  • Scholastic - Collection of K-12 interactive whiteboard activities.

Other

Websites

  • Minecraft Education - By using Minecraft as a platform for learning, educators can motive and inspire every student to achieve more, and ignite a passion for learning.
  • EdPuzzle - Crop & add questions to your favorite Youtube, Khan Academy, TED Talks, etc. videos.
  • LiveBinders - Create your own or use others' curated educational resource binders.
  • Dance Mat Typing - A fun way to learn touch typing.
  • Block Posters - Create huge homemade posters from your own images. Fun for teaching coordinates too.

iPad Apps

WORKGROUP

Click here to register for the 2016-2017 Instructional Technology Workgroup.

Click here for the agenda from the 2016-2017 Workgroup.

Instructional Technology Support benefits all students in the Douglas ESD’s 13 district by assisting districts and teachers in a variety of ways. Adding technology to classroom instruction is crucial to helping students prepare for college and careers. Instructional Technology Support provides assistance through on-site and in-service trainings as well as consultation and materials for classroom. Other services include:

  • Providing specialists to show educators how to integrate technology into curriculum
  • Developing and coordinating professional development opportunities
  • Advising teachers and administrators on strategies, products and resources related to technology instruction
  • Planning and carrying out technology strategies with teachers in classrooms
  • Support districts in developing technology plans.

 

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