Ten Again

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These are my top ten tools for 2012 collected and described for C4LPT. The tools are listed in reverse alphabetic order – not by order of preference. This list has many repeats from last year. The tools with a star are the new additions for this year.

  • Zondle * – Zondle lets you create or find review games. On the creation side, you can create fill in the black, multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The games that are automatically created with the data set is huge and ever-evolving: Banana Slinger, Designa Pizza, Space Destroyer, Battery Chicken, and so many more. These quick games are perfect for middle school learners. They love and request Zondle activities. There is a Zondle app on iTunes.
  • YouTube – YouTube has millions of opportunities to enrich a lesson by finding authentic content. Sometimes you have to watch many terrible videos to find the gems, but in the end it is worthwhile. Students love the videos and will request that they are posted so they can be viewed outside of class.
  • Weebly – Weebly is a free, easy website creation tool. It produces a professional looking product. The best part, keeping the website updated is easy. My previous website attempts were thwarted by broken links, which is not the case with Weebly. Even better, Weebly automatically creates a mobile version of the website, which is useful since so many students and parents have mobile devices.
  • Voicethread -Voicethread provides writing and speaking opportunities for students. A presentation or series of pictures is uploaded. Students have accounts and can respond in writing or through the microphone to different prompts involving the images. By publishing their work, the students have a chance to share what they have learned with people outside the class. They have pride in their accomplishments. There is a Voicethread app on iTunes.
  • Twitter * – I have found Twitter an incredibly valuable tool for personal development. I do not use it in the classroom, but frequently what is discussed in Twitter chats plays a role in my teaching. The really valuable conversations are not just random comments from strangers, but the conversations or chats that happen around a hashtag. Some of my favorite hashtags are #edchat, #BYOTchat, #langchat and whichever are established for conferences I attend.
  • SymbalooEDU -Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool. I love it for professional and educational reasons. Web mixes can be saved. So our department is able to share our resources. I have a page that I update for students so they can easily find what they need. Because the links are displayed as tiles with a symbol, everyone is able to find what they are looking for. There is a SymbalooEDU app on iTunes.
  • Quizlet – Easy to find or create data sets for review. Quizlet takes the information pairs and creates practice quizzes, a matching game (Scatter), a spelling practice (Speller), and Space Race where they have to type in the correct answer. Speller does exactly what it sounds like – it says a word, and the students type what they hear. This is especially useful in a foreign language. For Spanish, the pronunciation is great, so the practice is highly beneficial. There is now a Quizlet app in iTunes.
  • Educreations * – Educreations functions best as an iPad app. It allows you to create screencasts of multiple pages. The screencasts are uploaded to the website. It works from the learner side as well. Using the website, people can search for topics they need a lesson on.
  • Edmodo – Edmodo has been a game changer. The students are able to ask questions and communicate more openly. Many of the discussions continue outside of the classroom. They help each other succeed. All the online resources that are used are easily linked to and organized for future use. Edmodo can be used from any type of device – there is a website, a mobile website, and an app.
  • Class Tools – Class Tools is exactly what it sounds like. The website provides easily customizable class tools that can be embedded in class or school websites. Some examples of the offerings are timers, random name selectors, graphic organizers, and games.
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About Lisa Butler

Middle school teacher of Social Studies and Spanish, tech trainer, Flocabulary MC, Nearpod PioNear, and Edcamp Hershey Founder. I have embraced the power of blogging and reviewing products. If I am not doing something with ed or tech, I am probably reading, baking, running, or traveling.
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2 Responses to Ten Again

  1. Pingback: Ten Again | Integrating Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it

  2. Vicki says:

    Thanks for the list!

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