"The team confirmed several of my personal favorites: Pinterest, Smore, Easel.ly, TED Ed, and DPLA, for instance. But I learned about so many truly useful new tools this morning, my mind was racing with plans for both personal use and serious fall implementation.
Here is a list of some of those new-to-me discoveries:
-Workflowy: for planning an organizing
-FlipSnack: for digitally publishing professional looking flip books. I’ll check this out as an alternative to Issuu.
-LitPick: a global network that offers free books to preteen and teen book reviewers in exchange for book reviews
-Socrative: a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
-QuadBlogging: allows four schools to blog together and share student writing
-Biblionasium:, a Goodreads alternative for young readers (look for a full post on this one later this week)
-Marqueed: a collaborative platform for annotating images and PDFs
-Inklewriter: a platform for writing interactive, branching stories (ala choose your own adventures) Stories can be published to Kindle.
-myHistro: allows stories to be created and shared as mashed-up maps
-19 Pencils: a library/search tool for locating, sharing and using K-6 educational resources
-iCivics: founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the site includes 18 educational video games, teaching materials, and a comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum,
-Wonderopolis: the National Center for Family Literacy celebrates the learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
-Youngzine: child-centered zine by and for kids in grades 8 through 12 where they can learn about current events around and events shaping their world using fun trivia, visuals and videos.
-Seriously Amazing: The Smithsonian presents seven quirky characters who symbolize the questions the Smithsonian asks and answers every day.
-Codeacademy: teaches kids to code interactively in a variety of languages
This post was co-authored by Danielle Hartman, English/Literacy Specialist, Technology Integration teacher, Burlington County Institute of Technology, NJ, USA @danielle6849and Miriam Orlando, ESL teacher and teacher trainer, Liceo Celio-Roccati, Rovigo, Italy, EU @miriam2065
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