Moodle (elementary, middle, high)
Our district has 2 Moodle sites: a Student side as well as a Teacher side.
Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The focus of the Moodle project is always on giving educators the best tools to manage and promote learning, but there are many ways to use Moodle:
- Moodle has features that allow it to scale to very large deployments and hundreds of thousands of students, yet it can also be used for a primary school or an education hobbyist.
- Many institutions use it as their platform to conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning).
- Many of our users love to use the activity modules (such as forums, databases and wikis) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition), while others prefer to use Moodle as a way to deliver content to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and assess learning using assignments or quizzes.
In our district there are many teachers who use Moodle to facilitate their classes and use it in a variety of ways for student use. In addition, our teachers attend classes on the staff side to learn and collaborate with their colleagues as well.
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:
LiveBinders (13+, no-filtering, elementary, middle, high)
LiveBinders is a repository of sites and/or information which can be organized as if it were a real 3 ring binder. Upload documents, pictures, pdfs, bookmark webpages then organize your information into tabs or subtabs within a binder or create a new binder. Binders may be set as private or public. In both cases, user may share the binder with others. Some classroom applications include presentations, classwork, projects, and research, among others.
Example of public livebinders:
An account must be created to use LiveBinders. Educators can search LiveBinders by subject and grade level. Site says, “Please do not enter personal email addresses for children under 13 as we are not allowed to collect this data. Please use school generated or teacher generated email addresses.”
Study Boost (13, no-filtering, elementary, middle, high, parent-permission-required-under-13)
Study Boost allows teachers to set up a set (or multiple sets) of study questions for their students. Students can then use one of several messaging programs, including Yahoo Messenger and Facebook messaging to receive and answer the study questions on their own time. Study Boost can be set up to give them feedback on incorrect answers or simply ask them to try again. The study question set is available on computers and mobile devices, wherever the students use messaging.
Wallwisher (13, under-13, no-filtering, elementary, middle, high)
Wallwisher allows users to Add virtual sticky notes to a collaborative bulletin board. It is easy to use and no login is required. It can be used for collaboration in any subject area, and in addition to text, photos and videos can be added to walls.
Kerpoof (teacher-use-only, elementary, middle, parent-permission-required, parent-permission-required-under-13)
Kerpoof is an online graphics studio to make movies, cards, drawings, and stories. It is intended for elementary and middle school students, but that should not stop you high school teachers from taking advantage of the fun. Without an account students cannot save work. Kerpoof has a lot of online support for teachers as well:
Lesson Plans – Looking for a fresh way to approach sequencing? Art history? The life cycle of a butterfly? Download free lesson plans for a variety of disciplines, from math and science to social studies and foreign languages.
Teacher Accounts – Kerpoof offers educators the ability to register students and arrange them into classes. Students may chat with each other, post creations on a class message board (moderated by you), and collaborate on a project in real-time from different computers.
Classroom Ideas – Visit this page for broad Kerpoof brainstorms that you can mold into your own lesson plans.
Educational Standards – We’ve cross-referenced Kerpoof activities with the state and national standards they can be used to meet.
Newsletter – Kerpoof publishes a free electronic newsletter that highlights new features, lesson plans, and ideas for using Kerpoof in the classroom.
For a sample lesson plan click here.
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.