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Get Smart is a great resource for teachers that have interactive whiteboards. This website provides a vast amount of interactive web-tools that would be great for introducing topics or having students practice on your whiteboard.
Thanks goes to Peggy Demchak for coming across this valuable find. I’m glad she thought of me!
Here is a blog-post by Mark Brumley about this fine webtool called “Jog the Web. For the sake of not stealing his thunder, I will keep this brief because I’m sure he would much rather you visit his blog to find out more information about it.
Jogtheweb.com allows you to create a collection of websites with descriptions. They all are previewed on one page, so the viewer does not have to get lost in a bunch of links. This would be a great tool for webquests.
Here is a video to show you how you can make your own “jogs:”
Markup.io is a free webtool that allows you to annotate the web. You can point out, circle, and highlight any website to your liking all with the easy to install bookmarklet. Any site that you want to annotate can be done with a quick click of the bookmarklet, a new page will then appear with your annotation tools at the top of the website. You can do all of this without even creating an account.
How this could be useful to you as a teacher you ask? You can quickly annotate a website and email it out to your students just by sharing a link. It does not require a lot of extra time, and your students receive your notes right away. You could also place directions on the website so that you are not sending out multiple documents for a task. Students can also respond back with your annotations on the page. You could then view their work when they send their own “Markup” back to you.
There is one unfortunate detail about Markup, and that is the annotations will not appear on an iPad. I know that this website is still in development so they may work out those details in the near future.
To be honest, I wasn’t really sure where to place this post. Keyboarding is really a category all by itself. So I placed it as a teacher tool. If you think it fits better under a different category, don’t be afraid to speak up and let me know.
Typingweb.com is a free resource for keyboarding instruction. You as the teacher can create student accounts to track their keyboarding progress. This web-tool works on the iPad as well as a traditional PC or Mac computer. There are also games available, but only on those traditional machines. Try it out!
I recently had a teacher speak with me about her frustrations with one student in particular that can’t seem to keep his fingers out of the App Store. He also has a tendency to continually delete apps. When you have a frequent offender, this can be an extremely frustrating experience. Even to the point that one may even want to not give the student their device. These frustrations are understandable since you have to take the time to fix whatever mess he/she created.
One solution for these two issues is to set a restriction. However, keep in mind that you will not be able to download any apps with the restriction turned on. That means that every time you want to download an app, you have to turn off the restriction with a passcode. You will want to make sure you only do this for a select few students in your classroom.
Here are the directions:
Digital Citizenship Cartoons
This blogpost contains links to multiple videos that are even categorized to be appropriate for specific grade levels. These links will provide teachers with a great opportunity to introduce and explain difficult digital citizenship topics in a light and fun manner. Try them out for yourself and enjoy!
via Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Time-saving Tech Tips from David Pogue.
Check out these tips! I didn’t know some of them! It is really fun when you learn new tricks that will speed up your work on your computer. 🙂 I’m sure a bunch of you will be opening up a webpage to see if your spacebar actually does scroll the page down after this one.