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50 Ways to Integrate Technology
Using Free Websites as Learning & Teaching Tools
1. Have students use Spelling City to learn their spelling words, vocabulary words, or site words through games, practice, and quizzes. Spelling City is a free resource for teachers.
2. Use Brain POP to show short, animated videos as a lesson opener. Brain POP is available in its original version (appropriate for grades 3-8), Brain POP Jr. (appropriate for grades K-3), Brain POP Español, and Brain POP ESL. There is a 30-day free trial available.
3. Use Dove Whisper as a computer center in your classroom. This site contains Internet games for all subjects.
4. Create flashcards for math facts, science vocabulary words, and more. Plus, you are able to find flashcards created by others.
5. Create a game show for your students to participate in as a review for an upcoming assessment. This site offers free templates.
6. Students can track visitors to their blog, wiki, or website through Clustrmap. This tool can be used for an ongoing geography lesson.
7. Have students create a daily or weekly live broadcast on Ustream about school news, new concepts or original ideas.
8. Enhance your predictions and inferencing lessons by having students create sequels/prequels to movies and books on Fanfiction. This may be more appropriate for secondary students.
9. Let students add free, copyright-free music to their presentations and movies through ccMixter.
10. Create custom game boards, customized dice, and many other printables to use in a variety of lessons.
11. Create videos that bring your lessons to life!
Share your ideas for integration on Animoto.
12. Have students create a comic strip using Make Beliefs Comix. Students can use this tool to show main idea, sequencing, predictions, and more!
13. Introduce a new unit in reading with a vocabulary word cloud. Have the students guess what the unit/story will be about. Set a purpose for learning.
14. Find out what your students know before a unit or how much they've learned after a unit through an online survey. Surveys give students a way to give feedback quickly.
15. Have students create a time line to have a visual representation.
16. User KerPoof to allow your students to illustrate their writing, create a movie, and more!
17. Use Class Tools to randomly generate names, to show a countdown timer, to find graphic organizers, to create timelines, play puzzles and access other neat tools.
18. Have students create their "Wild Self". Use their creations for an intro into animal adaptations and habitats in science, or use them as a creative writing prompt.
19. Have an advanced student who is always done early? Let him or her get on Free Rice and practice challenging vocabulary!
20. Students can create animated videos at Flux Time Studio. They are able to save their videos and share them with others!
Using Free Websites for Management
21. Have students create a mii. Use their avatars in various ways, such as decorations, "all about me" assignments, and goal setting and tracking.
22. You and your students can increase productivity while conserving valuable computer memory and/or money used on flash drives or other storage devices by using Dropbox. Files can be accessed from anywhere!
23. Help student projects to remain paperless with Evernote! Students can capture pictures, snapshots, webpages, and more and save them in an organized list on this site.
24. Create seating charts, groups, and randomly pick names within seconds! To maximize your use of this tool, take a couple minutes to create a class list that will be saved online.
25. Bookmark a list of educational websites for your students to access at home, in the school computer lab, in the classroom, or anywhere else they have Internet access!
26. Create motivational posters for print or to put up on the projector.
27. Create a rubric quickly with this site. Also, you can browse and edit pre-made rubrics.
28. Use Fur.ly to enter in multiple URL addresses. It will then convert the addresses into 1 short, simple URL. This would be great for student projects and more!
29. Use Jing to capture videos with narration of your computer screen. You can create tech tutorials for your students, or have them create videos for their peers!
30. Create multimedia quizzes in minutes! You can attach them to your blog or class website.
Using Web 2.0 Tools for Projects & More
31. Start a class blog on Kidblog, or let your students each have their own teacher-moderated blog. Students can discuss concepts, pose questions, and interact with each other. Settings allow for a safe web experience.
32. Use ePals to connect to another classroom in the state, country, or even world! Students can do various projects with their long-distance peers or simply communicate to each other like pen pals.
33. Students can collaborate with each other or with other students from different schools through Diigo. The site allows students to bookmark sites, create tags, make notes, and save discussions.
34. Have students create podcasts about science vocabulary words, math formulas, upcoming events, test strategies and more.
audacity.sourceforge.net (a free audio editor)
35. Have students publish information through wikis. Wikis can be used for all subjects and provide a flexible media for students to post text, pictures, videos, audio files, music, and more.
Using a Digital Camera in the Classroom
36. Create photo vocabulary cards for your ESL and SPED students.
37. Zoom in on an object until you are unable to tell what it is. Have students guess the mystery object as a lesson introduction or a creative writing prompt.
38. Tape a student's photo next to their name on their desk, so that other students and substitutes learn names.
39. Take your photo to send to the students before school starts as a "Welcome to ___ grade!" postcard.
40. Use a digital camera to create digital copies of student work when a scanner is not available.
41. Send students in small groups around the school on a scavenger hunt. For example, kindergartners may take pictures of objects that begin with a "B", or fourth graders may take pictures of objects that make acute, right and obtuse angles.
42. Use a series of pictures to give steps and visual instructions. This is a great tool for primary and special needs students.
Using Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
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43. Have students create a digital story to tell about different story elements in a reading, show you geometric shapes they have learned, or report on important historical events or figures.
44. Load pictures from a story out of order, and then save the file as a project (.wp3). Have students rearrange the pictures to assess them for their understanding of sequencing.
45. Load pictures of a concept being studied, such as characters in a story or types of clouds. Allow students to open the project file (.wp3) and label the pictures. Also, they can add narration and give more information, such as definitions.
46. Have students create digital books by scanning/photographing their illustrations and adding narration.
Using a Slideshows in the Classroom
48. Create a template for students to fill in using "Master Slide". With this feature, the structure of the project cannot be changed.
Using a Google Tools in the Classroom
49. Have students use Google Docs to collaborate on projects.
50. Allow students to travel all over the Earth, into the stars, and undersea with Google Earth!
50 MORE Ways to Integrate Technology
1. Study Jams
Use study jams to open a lesson or to review before a test.
Neo K12 can help your students see math in a different way. Also, it could inspire your students to pick up the FLIP Camera and make their own instructional video!
3. Reading is Fundamental
Use Reading Planet (1st grade and up) or Leading to Reading (Early childhood through 1st grade) as a center in your classroom.
Let students add vivid words to their writing with this visual thesaurus.
5. Mr. Nussbaum
Students will love participating in these games to learn different concepts. It makes for a great center, reward, or even extra work for home.
Teachers and/or students can create digital flashcards. BrainFlips has 3 levels to help students learn the words, facts, etc.
Like BrainFlips, Braineos allows you to create digital flashcards, but it also let's students challenge each other. Set up a competition with a homework pass as a reward, and you'll have students studying without being told!
8. Wolfram Alpha
Teach students different ways to search information. They can enter in their birthdays, learn about their special day, and create a "About the Day I was Born" presentation. This is an alternative to other get to know you activities.
This site is great for your primary grades, special education, or ESL students. Picture books come alive with great illustrations and real along text.
This digital encyclopedia allows students to research in a new way. Students have access to educational videos, fantastic pictures and facts all in one location.
11. Google Art Project
One of Google's newest educational tools allows students to wander famous art museums and see artistic pieces. This compliments many social studies and reading units, so use it as part of a culminating project or extension activity.
This creative commons allows users to get pictures, resize and copy code to embed the pictures into websites. Use these pictures to enhance your class websites and/or blogs.
Weebly for Education is a free resource that allows you to create professional looking websites and blogs. Also, it allows you to set up student accounts, so that they can do the same. Have students create a Weebly site as an end-of-unit project to show what they know.
Doodle will help you organize an event, such as a training session to share The 50. Or your students can use it as a collaboration tool between students outside of their classroom to make decisions about projects.
Use Wondersay to add some pizazz to a presentation, website or blog by animating text. Input your text, and you have the embeddable code!
Upload your documents and create PDFs instantly! Plus, TxtBear allows you to share your documents, or you can just save them to your computer. Now, you can upload important documents to your website/blog.
17. Fill Any PDF
Turn any PDF document into a form with Fill Any PDF. Upload, fill in, alter, save. Easy.
18. Free Reading
High-quality reading intervention plan for teachers K-6. Teachers have access to lesson plans, word lists, word cards and MUCH more.
19. Bembo Zoo
Instill creativity in your students with Bembo Zoo. They (and you) will love exploring how letters come to life to create an animal that begins with that letter. After enjoying the site, have students use letters of the alphabet to make an alpha-picture book using their science words, math vocabulary, or more.
20. Learn Something New Everyday!
Use these slides as a daily journal prompt.
21. McGraw Hill Virtual Manipulatives
Great digital manipulatives for math that are fast and easy to use. You can give question sets to students and allow them to use the virtual manipulatives to solve their problems.
Use tagxedo to culminate a project. Students can come up with a list of words to describe a book, a unit of study, et cetera. Then, they have to decide which words are the most important and portray that through their word cloud.
Voki allows students to create avatars and add their voice to make the avatars talk. Kids who aren't allowed to be filmed love this site because they are still participating. Use Voki for Education to let students create a character that will tell their story.
Glogster allows students to create digital, interactive posters with text, animation, and media. Have students create Glogs about science concepts, book reviews, themselves, how to solve certain types of math problems, or even about historical events. Once you Glog, you can't stop.
25. Scribble Maps
Scribble Maps let students write, add pictures, find distances and more on Google Maps. When they finish, they can save the image and embed it into websites, blogs, and/or presentations. After reading a book about a character's travels, they can map the character's journey.
Let students create a Prezi for their next project. It's an easy, web-based presentation tool that helps bring slide shows to life.
Create mind maps, audio files, cartoons, and movies with Creaza. Possibilities are endless with this site. Have students create a cartoon to show the summary of a story read.
EASY to use bubble maps. Use Bubbl.us to review information learned before to connect to new information. Students can create their own Bubbl.us to make connections between vocabulary and concepts.
29. Museum Box
Museum Box allows students to create a description of an event, person, or place using text files, movies, or pictures.
Students can add vocabulary words to pictures to show their meanings. Younger students can practice labeling things. PicLits could also add some excitement to grammar and writing lessons!
31. Create A Graph
Easy graph maker allows students to create bar, line and pie graphs. Students can use this tool to create graphs for their science projects.
Create an interactive timeline to show the progression of technology or the life of a historical figure.
Create a video in minutes! Like Animoto, Flixtime allows you to add pictures, videos and text to create a fun, professional looking video. Students can show what they know with this quick and easy tool.
Students can create digital pop up books with Zooburst.
35. Grabba Beast
Students can create their own beast. Then, their creation can be the subject of their next story. Use their beasts to develop descriptive writing, dialogue and more.
Students can use fotobabble to add an audio caption to their photographs.
37. Flipbook Deluxe
Students can create quick and easy flip books to illustrate a procedure.
38. Google Sites
Create class sites and/or webquests using Goggle Sites.
Create easy drag and drop flash websites with Wix.
Have your students collaborate and share ideas about a science concept.
Set up student accounts and let them go! Storybird allows students (and adults) to use the illustrations on their site, that are updated often, to create pictures books. You choose the pictures, you write the text, and you share it with the world...or the classroom.
All the tools you need for successful collaboration! Polls, IM, email, conferencing, file sharing, and more! Allow your students to work with students from other schools in the district or state or nation!
Had a student try to "friend" you on Facebook? Well, here is your solution. Edmodo is social networking for classrooms and/or schools. Teachers can start accounts, set up message boards and more.
44. Answer Garden
A different kind of poll! Have students answer a question with Answer Garden.
SUPER simple embeddable poll with no account necessary.
Share important websites with your students in an easy format. SymbalooEDU allows you to create an "app style" collection of sites.
Show students books you think they would be interested in with a Shelfari on your website/blog.
48. Let's Crate
Transfer and share files without having to clog up email boxes.
49. Let Me Google That For You
Not reeeeallly education, but it is SUPER fun. Ever had someone ask you a question that they could have easily Googled themselves. Well, use LMGTFY.com to show them how easy it is to Google. ;o)
50. Our First 50
Our first 50 ideas are still great to use in the classroom. If you have or haven't seen them before, give them a look. Something may pop out at you.