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Board 800

Board800 allows users to collaborate via online whiteboards. This is currently a free service that allows the user to generate a code to begin a whiteboard session. The code can be shared with the participants whether they be in the room or across the continent. (middle, high)

Use the site to create shapes, draw freeform, and insert text or pictures. You can even work with multiple boards at once.

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Fotobabble

(no-filtering, elementary, middle, high,
parent-permission-required-under-18)

Fotobabble  allows users to upload a picture from either a web page via URL or from a desktop or laptop, and add audio to the picture. Classroom applications include using the site to present on a person, place, or concept.

Users are required to sign up for a free account before they can make a “fotobabble” but once it is made, users may share the photo on social networks, send a link in an email, or embed the photo.

There is also a free Fotobabble App for iDevices!

Click the photo to view one of my “fotos”:

You may also click here to see an example of a “foto” embedded in teacher web.


Quizlet

Quizlet (13, no-filtering, teacher-use-only, elementary, middle, high, parent-permission-required-under-13,)

Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 7 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It’s the best place to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online.

Quizlet allows users to make and share flash cards. Classroom applications include making flash cards, sharing them, and using them to review and study concepts.

Testimonial:

Quizlet has made my teaching life so much easier! I can now create vocabulary presentations in a few minutes and post my sets to my school blog so that students review the language taught at home. Moreover, my students love playing the games Quizlet automatically generates. They have lots of fun!


Skype

Skype (no-filtering, teacher-use-only, elementary, middle, high, parent-permission-required)


Skype allows users to collaborate via video conferencing. Some classroom applications include mystery calls, presentations, collaboration, and much more. A list of the features is found below:




Scholastic Interactives

Scholastic Interactives (elementary, middle, high)


Scholastic Interactives allows users to access many valuable resources for the classroom setting. There is a section called “Resources and Tools” that contains a lesson plan database, printable worksheets and graphic organizers, and many other tools. Another section called “Strategies and Ideas” offers just that: thoughts on how to teach more effectively. There is a section called “Books and Authors” and a section with interactive tools for students called “Student Activities.”

It is within this section that you will find:

Classroom applications are varied, but with the whiteboard compatibility, you will be sure to keep your students engaged on the topic at hand.

There are no accounts needed, so you can jump right in and use this site with your class today.


Read Write Think

read write think (elementary, middle, high)

The best way I can describe Read Write Think is to say that it is a necessary instructional multi-vitamin! If you’ve not heard of this site or if you have heard of this site, but never visited it, you are missing out. This site offers lesson plans, calendar activities, professional development aids, parent resources, 55 student interactives, and much more. You need to visit this site. Today.

Whether you want to browse a bit and let your creative juices concoct your next lesson, or if you want a lesson “right out of the box” this site is for you. You will not be disappointed with the varied purposes and directions in which this site will lead you. You may run out of time, however, as this site is extensive.

No accounts are necessary. You literally can use the site immediately. Jump in and start looking today!

Click the image below to read about one example of a lesson plan that is available at Read Write Think:

Click on the picture below to learn about one of the 55 student interactives available at Read Write Think:


Prezi

Prezi (no-filtering, teacher-use-only, high, parent-permission-required-under-18)

Prezi allows users to make a presentation that can be accessed online as well as downloaded for offline use. The most obvious instructional application would be to have students compile content, and then create a presentation. Prezi, however, could also be used as a repository for collaborative efforts in the classroom.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Questionable content is searchable
  • You can embed, download, email or print it
  • Prezi is public unless you pay for the right to make it private
  • Tutorials are available on the web site
  • Several types of accounts are available including EDU
Some examples of instructional use:

http://prezi.com/ufcmu_ifyqve/biomass/