Modern Lessons is a free online learning platform designed for teachers and students looking to bolster their existing technology skills (or to get started with technology altogether). Many “basics” classes are offered—such as how to start a Twitter account for your classroom. A section also focuses on resources teachers will find useful, such as a guide to using Google in Education and courses on integrating iPads into your classroom.
Interactive video lesson builder, integration with YouTube, unlimited lesson and question creation, up to six classes, multiple-choice question type, real-time question-by-question monitoring, private/public lesson sharing, and Google single sign-on.
instaGrok is a visual search engine and interactive learning tool collects educational content and displays it in the form of a web of related words. The tool is very appealing because it offers a variety of multimedia features to meet the unique learning needs of students. In addition to the visual map, content is displayed in the form of text, images, video and web links. Better yet, students can use the handy slider tool to self select the level of difficulty of the results displayed which provides them with access usable information.
Everystockphoto.com is a search engine for free stock photos, offering community features to the stock photography community. Free photos are listed under creative commons, public domain and other free licenses.
Snap! is a drag-and-drop programming interface designed to help students learn to program. Snap!uses a visual interface that works in the browser on a laptop as well as on an iPad. To design a program in Snap!, students drag commands into a sequence in the scripts panel. The commands are represented by labeled jigsaw puzzle pieces that snap together to create a program. Students can try to run their program at any time to see how it will be executed. After previewing their program, students can go back and add or delete pieces as they see fit. A comprehensive Reference Manual guides teachers in implementing the program in the classroom. Snap! is presented by the University of California at Berkeley.