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:
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:
Popplet (13, filtering, not searchable, middle, high)
Popplet allows users to create interactive graphic organizers and mind maps. Users can import images and YouTube videos (will need to carefully select these), annotate images, and add text. If you share a popplet, you will be given a random url that is public and can not be unshared. While this is fine for teacher use, I would not advise this option for students. Students can embed, export as a jpeg or pdf and print it. (This tool is also a free iPad app: Popplet Lite).
Here is an example highlighting technology tools:
Here are some screenshots of other activities that you can do:
Today’s Meet (teacher-use-only, elementary, middle, high)
Today’s Meet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in real time. Users make a room, and can make comments or ask questions in a live stream.
This site is also iPad compatible.
Follow this link to Lisa Johnson’s Blog and read about some ways to integrate this site with your curriculum.
Answer Garden (Elementary, Middle, High, No filtering, Teacher use only)
AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.
We recommend that only teachers create the answer garden, but students answer them with one or two word answers. . All levels of students can answer.
This makes a great tool for brainstorming in the classroom.
Use it for short answers to check for understanding.
*Teacher moderation is critical.