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Adobe Spark

Platform: web app, mobile app

Description: *freemium access (primary limitation is watermark on all projects); create visually dynamic graphics, web pages, and videos (all free); includes free images and icons while creating, can also upload your own images, icons, videos, and graphics to the designs

Common Uses: great for dynamic posters, portfolio projects (especially the web page option), promo videos, infographics

Animoto

Platform: web-based

Description: blend music, photos, and videos into a professional-quality video (all videos on the free trial are watermarked)

Aurasma

Platform: web-based, app

Description: create images with scannable areas that display information/resources

Autocrat

Platform: Add-on (Google Sheets)

Description: merge data from sheets into docs or sheets

Common Strategies: collect responses from students/parents via Google Forms, then use Autocrat to pull the data from a sheet into separate, individual Docs to be shared or printed

AWW app

Platform: web app (works on mobile)

Description: (FREE to use, premium available) AWW (A web whiteboard) is a digital collaborative whiteboard app that allows users to share boards and edit together in real time. Users can add multiple pages, change backgrounds, insert images, interact with collaborators in chat and audio/video chat, as well as export as image or PDF files (some features are limited with free version).

Common Uses: brainstorming collaboratively, web notes or sketch notes, annotating PDFs or images

Babbel

Platform: Web-based, app (all platforms)

Description: Practice languages (many available) via dynamic activities. Limited content in free version, but highly rated source.

Common Strategies: use Babbel to provide easy enrichment or intervention for students

Beautiful.ai

Platform: web app

Description: (FREE to use, premium available) This presentation tool integrates a limited artificial intelligence that crafts visuals for you based on the information and data you are inputting. Often used for data presentations or other kinds of objective reporting.

Common Uses: school board presentations, survey or polling presentations, promotional presentation

Blendspace

Platform: web-based

Description: student-paced “webquest” kind of tool for delivering content and track progress in dynamic lessons

Common Strategies: create self-paced lessons or units that include content, checks for understanding, formative assessments, and class discussions (all in one place)

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Blogger

Platform: web-based, app

Description: Google’s first and simplest blogging platform; free for Google users (check with your organization first); Blogger utilizes dynamic templates and various gadgets and plugins to enhance the experience

Common Strategies: create and manage digital portfolios; share classroom experiences and products publicly; publish writing or other activities

Bloomz

Platform: web app, mobile app (all platforms)

Description: (FREE to use, premium available) Bloomz is an all-in-one school-home connection tool. From 2-way messaging with parents to scheduling events with signups and volunteers to sharing student portfolios and behavior, Bloomz is rich with features and easy to use to any degree (not necessary to use all the features available).

Common Uses: scheduling classroom or event volunteers, managing and sharing student behavior, sharing photos of class and activities

Buncee

Platform: web-based, iOS app

Description: A presentation tool with student-friendly and intuitive design; includes unique elements like animations and other design aspects; can add audio (must be a file for free version); integrates with Google Classroom; has searchable database of presentations already created

Common Strategies: students create interesting presentations on topics and add audio explanations of the content

Canva

Platform: web-based, iPad app

Description: visual design tool for creating images, icons, infographics, visually dynamic presentations; large stockpile of free CC visuals like graphics, pictures, icons, illustrations, etc.; easy-to-use intuitive drag and drop

Chatterpix

Platform: iOS app

Description: this iOS app allows users to add a mouth to an image and insert audio (turning the image into a talking/singing image)

Chrome Music Lab

Platform: web-based (Chrome browser)

Description: This website is the home of Google music experiments; anyone can use without an account and do things like mix songs, record and modify audio, create beats and rhythms, etc.

Common Strategies: students create musical elements to accompany projects; some tools on the site will relate directly to content for science, music, or math teachers

Class Dojo

Platform: web-based, iOS app

Description: one of the leading behavior management tools; award students points based on customized badges; group students together; use the parent function to communicate; use the story function to share class activities, photos, and more

Common Strategies: track student behavior efficiently; motivate productivity and engagement during independent or group time; use story feature to allow students to share work

Class Flow

Platform: web-based, app

Description: teach interactive lessons live by allowing students to engage directly with a presentation; polling/checking understanding; managing student behavior with feedback

ClassBadges

Platform: web-based

Description: browse the catalog or create your own badges to award to students; associate badges with classroom, school, or curricular dynamics

Common Strategies: manage student behavior or mastery of standards by awarding various badges

Classcraft

Platform: web-based

Description: Free version is only a behavior management tool; enterprise includes complete LMS | this system gamifies the classroom experience to the max

Common Strategies: use classcraft to track student behavior and incentivise peer support and collaboration as well as other skills and habits

Classhook

Platform: web-based

Description: Simple categorized database of movie/TV show clips that explain/include academic topics; easy to search, and mostly student-friendly (always good to preview the clip first)

Common Strategies: use as anticipatory element in a lesson or as additional resources to clarify concepts

Classkick

Platform: web-based, app

Description: teacher-student interaction, highly recommend, great connectivity, audio button options

Common Strategies: deliver daily tasks like warm-ups or exit tickets quickly with little or no prep (depending on goals/preferences)

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Code Shrew

Platform: website (web app)

Description: This simple (free!) web app allows users to create basic drawing and animations by coding them. Either learn coding basics from canned lessons or experiment by creating your own animations. Users can then share animations publicly for anyone to view.

Common Uses: a good introduction to coding basics for STEM classes or mid-level computers classes (best for mid- to upper-elementary and up)

Coggle

Platform: web-based

Description: basic mind-mapping tool with limited customization

Common Sense Media: EdTech Reviews

Platform: Website (resource page)

Description: Just like this site, Common Sense Media curates lists of edtech resources and tools, as well, complete with ratings and detailed reviews. The downfall is that sites and apps are not categorized intuitively (such as by topic, type of use, etc.).

Conjuguemos

Platform: web-based

Description: Free lessons, resources, and activities to support language teachers (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and a little Latin). No login is required (but possible if desired), and activities can be linked directly to an LMS.

Common Strategies: easy practice for students; link to additional resources; enrich or intervene; use for quick and efficient formative data

CutePDF

Platform: web-based

Description: Delete, crop, and merge PDFs

Democracy 3

Platform: iPad app ($4.99)

Description: This iPad app allows users to create their own governments/economies and play out simulations that mirror a democratic society run by elected officials. As a comprehensive and thorough experience, it creates exceptional opportunity for users to reflect on the democratic process.

Common Strategies: great companion to social studies courses to build hands-on experiences with governments and economies

Desmos

Platform: web-based, app

Description: digital graphing tool for interactive, visual mathematics

 

DocHub

Platform: app (Chrome)

Description: edit, fax, and sign PDFs along with additional features like merging multiple documents (functions within Google Drive)

Doctopus

Platform: add-on (Google Sheets)

Description: (works with Goobric) Use to deliver copies of shared items to students, grade via rubrics, comment on student work, and deliver personalized feedback/emails

Common Strategies: manage major projects via Google Sheet and Doctopus to communicate details, grade via rubrics, and check student progress

Dotstorming

Platform: website

Description: *freemium tool, very simple posting/voting tool; users (no login needed) can add cards, comment, chat, and vote; free version only allows for one board (login required to create a board); chat/commenting can be disabled

Common Uses: group brainstorming or planning, simple resource for choosing an option from a long list

DuoLingo

Platform: web-based, app

Description: this site/app allows users to practice foreign languages easily and progressively, delivering steadily more complex lessons and content while reinforcing past concepts

Edji

Platform: web app

Description: *freemium (free limits how many readings you can assign); create, assign, and track reading tasks that can include formative practice and student discussions; teachers can upload images or PDFs to include with readings; tools include highlighting, text response, and more

Common Uses: formative practice for reading comprehension, teacher-created reading assessments, word problem practice for math

Edmodo

Platform: web-based, app

Description: stream/feed-based LMS with many apps to increase function and integrate systems/resources

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

RESOURCES

EDPUZZLE

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PART 1: Create Interactive Video Activities

  1. Set up a free account on edpuzzle.com
  2. Use the “Content” section to add and create videos
  3. Add interactive elements to videos
  4. Save and share video activities

PART 2: Set Up Classes and Assignments

  1. Use the “My Classes” section to add classes and invite students
  2. Use the “Assign” button when creating videos to add activities to a class


PART 3: Viewing and Grading Student Work

  1. Use the “Gradebook” section to view, grade, and monitor existing assignments
  2. Analyze participation and engagement by viewing class, assignment, and individual data

PART 4: Additional Features

  1. Deliver synchronous video activities with the “Go Live” feature
  2. Integrate Edpuzzle with Learning Management Systems (especially Google Classroom) for easier use

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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EdPuzzle

Platform: web-based

Description: use videos from youtube, khan, etc. (or upload your own) to create a video lesson or video assessment by adding questions, comments, audio notes, etc. (connects seamlessly with Google Classroom)

Common Strategies: create video lessons with built-in accountability, formative assessments, and/or checks for understanding

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Educreations

Platform: web-based, iOS app

Description: app and website that allows users to create whiteboard lessons with multiple pages/slides, images, text, drawings, blank or lined backgrounds (including grids), and more

Common Strategies: teachers use it to create instructional or even mini-lesson content videos; students use it to demonstrate understanding about a concept or show thinking

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Edulastic

Platform: web-based, web app

Description: Fast and powerful formative assessment tool that produces highly intuitive reports and item analyses. Users can select from existing assignments or question banks or create their own. Question types vary widely (beyond most assessment tools).

Common Strategies: use for quick and dynamic formative assessments, use for complex summative assessments, use to share and collaborate with other teachers

EquatIO

Platform: Extension (Chrome)

Description: easily insert mathematics expressions into google docs or forms

Common Strategies: use a Google Doc to voice type or draw complex equations/formulas, then copy/paste image into other locations.

Exploratorium

Platform: website (and physical location in San Francisco)

Description: This website provides resources and experiences for exploring a wide range of topics in a kind of inquiry approach. Users can browse vast libraries of simulations, information, and other interactives. Most resources are oriented around the sciences.

Common Uses: resource for inquiry projects or examples, research tool or resource

Flat.io

Platform: web app, iOS app

Description: (FREE for teachers, premium available) This web/iOS app allows users to create musical scores quickly and easily (free version limits to 15 scores). Various instruments are available to assist with creation and any kind of musical notation needed is included. Flat also integrates with all the more common LMSs (Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo, Canvas, and more).

Common Uses: custom score creation, assigning tasks and practice involving reading scores and identifying notation

RESOURCES

FLIPGRID

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PART 1: Create and Share Grids

  1. Set up a free account at flipgrid.com (select the “Educator Login“)
  2. Create a new grid with “Add New Grid
  3. Share grid privately or publicly and customize features

PART 2: Create and Customize Topics

  1. Use the “Add New Topic” button to set up topics for video sharing
  2. Organize topics and adjust topic access
  3. Organize and interact with student responses in topics

PART 3: Post Dynamic Content in Topics

  1. Use the “Flip Code” link to post as a student
  2. Post dynamic video responses with the green button

PART 4: Additional Features and Options

  1. Enable “Topic Guests” to allow non-users to share and post
  2. Use “MixTapes” to collect favorite video responses
  3. Use “#GridPals” to connect with other educators around the world
  4. Access public Flipgrid topics in the “Disco Library
  5. View Flipgrid activity at-a-glance in the “My Activity” section

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Flipgrid

Platform: web-based, app

Description: Video discussion tool, teachers create rooms/threads and post using video; respondents also use video to reply and comment (free version has some limitations); easy to share via link or embed, require logins or allow guests to post; fully integrated with Google Classroom

Common Strategies: quick exit ticket or warm-up activity; use for student-driven “while you were out” strategy (every day, students create short video explaining what absent students missed)

Flubaroo

Platform: add-on (Sheets, Forms)

Description: automatically grade google form submissions and send feedback/results to students

Common Strategies: use Flubaroo to automatically share feedback from quizzes; quickly generate item analysis in realtime

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time under Google Forms

Formative

Platform: web-based, app

Description: multiple choice, true/false, text, draw (and insert PDFs/images with interactive questions); fully integrated with Google Classroom

Common Strategies: deliver quick, dynamic formative assessments; create dynamic self-paced activities with PDFs, images, and embedded questions

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Freckle Education

Platform: web-based, app

Description: Adaptive and personalized math, ELA, social studies, and science instruction (grade levels vary by subject), free for teachers with premium district-level options

Common Uses: formative practice, progress checks, identifying gaps, remediation and reteaching

GoNoodle

Platform: web-based

Description: GoNoodle turns movement into a game and makes it easy to be active, the kid way—silly, energetic, playful, and fun. Just press play on hundreds of custom-created videos

Goobric

Platform: add-on (Docs, Chrome)

Description: (works with Doctopus) Create rubrics that can be instantly and easily inserted into student docs; use the Student Goobric to allow students to self-assess

RESOURCES

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

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PART 1: Create and populate a course in Google Classroom

  1. Create or join classes at classroom.google.com
  2. Define class details and customize class appearance
  3. Populate the course by sharing the course code or inviting members directly in the “People” tab

PART 2: Post, collect, and grade assignments in Google Classroom

  1. Use the “Stream” section to post announcements or view class activity at a glance
  2. Use the “Classwork” section to create, organize, and view class materials, assignments, and more
  3. Use the “Classwork” section to view your class Google Drive folder and class Calendar


PART 3: Grades and Grading Student Work

  1. Use the “Grades” section to view, edit, and grade existing assignments
  2. (The grades section will only be available once you have students in your class)
  3. Grade items in the “Grades” section or by opening individual assignments (from “Classwork” or in the “Stream” and individual student submissions

PART 4: Additional Settings and Organization

  1. View your class Calendar or Google Drive folder in the “Classwork” section
  2. Use the settings gear icon (upper right) to view and adjust class settings like class settings, commenting and posting permissions, grade settings, and access to Google Meet (built in)
  3. To access, create, or navigate through other classes, select the menu icon on the left

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Google Classroom

Platform: web-based, app

Description: stream/feed-based LMS with prevalent Google tool integration and widespread external tool integration

Pro Tips: use Topics to better organize your Classroom stream; number all posts (ex: #001, #023) to reduce confusion

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Google Drawings

Platform: web-based

Description: custom design tool that is great for mind-mapping because of layering and connecting tools, infographics because of dynamic media options, icon creation because of transparent background features, and more

Common Strategies: have students design visuals to accompany learning, thinking, projects, etc.

RESOURCES

GOOGLE FORMS

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PART 1: Create a Basic Google Form

  1. Create Google Forms at forms.google.com or sign in to your Google Drive and click “New
  2. Title and adjust settings/appearance with the toolbar
  3. Create new questions/sections with the plus button

PART 2: Organize and Structure Forms

  1. Use sections and drag and drop to organize
  2. Use additional settings on questions to conditionally navigate through the form
  3. Use response validation to manage responses

PART 3: Create Quizzes with Forms

  1. Use the settings section to activate quiz features
  2. Establish point values and answer keys for individual questions
  3. Use conditional navigation to create adaptive quizzes

PART 4: Share and Assign Forms/Quizzes

  1. Use the “Send” button to share Forms
  2. Add collaborators to allow others to edit Forms

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Google Forms

Platform: web-based

Description: Open-ended survey/assessment tool (can customize to any degree or use with combination of sheets and add-ons)

Common Strategies: use the quiz feature to deliver quick assessments with instant feedback; collect information from students or parents and organize with Sheets; use “Go to Section” feature to deliver adaptable assessments with opportunity for reteaching via video or other mediums

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

RESOURCES

GOOGLE SITES

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PART 1: Create and Customize a Google Site

  1. Create a new site at sites.google.com OR directly in Google Drive (use the “New” button)
  2. Title and brand your site
  3. Customize the appearance of your site in the “Themes” section
  4. Customize the banner of each page at the top

PART 2: Add and Organize Pages

  1. Use the “Pages” section to create new and organize pages
  2. Add sub-pages and hidden pages to structure site

PART 3: Insert and Customize Content

  1. Use the “Insert” section to add content to your site (you can also double click in any blank space on the site)
  2. Use “Layouts” to quickly format content on your page
  3. Add basic content like text sections, links, and images
  4. Add advanced content like collapsible sections, image carousels, and embedded materials

PART 4: Share and Publish

  1. Remember, to make site changes visible on a published site, you must click “Publish” after changes have been made
  2. Use the “Publish” button to share your site privately or publicly or view your published site
  3. Add collaborators (realtime) with the share button
  4. Adjust settings and site details at the top

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Google Sites

Platform: web-based

Description: (specifically, NEW Google Sites) quickly create simple, clean, professional sites with drag and drop tools and Google integration

Common Strategies: create sites to house resources for courses; use sites for blogging and sharing other classroom dynamics publicly or privately; have students create sites individually or collaboratively for learning journals, project presentations, etc.

Google Slides

Platform: web-based, app

Description: Google’s presentation tool designed around the same concept as powerpoint but with greater degree of customizability; features mirror design functionality as well

Common Strategies: students create “choose your own adventure” projects; reformat slides to create ebooks; share slides collaboratively for interactive projects, discussion forums, feedback loops, etc.

Google Teacher Center

Platform: website

Description: This is Google’s teacher help and training center for all things Google (Classroom, Drive, Slides, Docs, Sheets, etc.). Includes teacher training modules, courses, and tutorials; resource section about new and featured Google products as well as pre-made templates and activities; and community connection resources to interact with other educators and share ideas.

Common Uses: targeted training on Google tools, Google Educator certification, recommendations for using Google products well

Gooru

Platform: web-based

Description: “The Learning Navigator” by Gooru is a self-paced, web-quest instructional tool for assigning activities and assessments and analyzing data and formative feedback; access and manage online classes

Common Strategies: supplement curriculum with ready-made units, courses, or activities; deliver pre-made assessments to quickly collect formative data

Grammarly

Platform: extension (Chrome)

Description: Chrome extension that checks grammar and spelling as you type in websites, documents, etc. on your browser

Hello Talk

Platform: iOS, Android, some web-based

Description: Dubbed a “Language Exchange.” Users interact with other users to help each other learn languages. Speak and message with native speakers to improve language skills in reading/writing and speaking/listening.

Common Strategies: powerful way to make language learning authentic (caution: users interact with other anonymous users)

i-Ready

Platform: web-based

Description: adaptive, diagnostic lessons for math and ELA

iMovie

Platform: iOS app, Mac app

Description: create videos easily and intuitively with the industry-leading movie-making software (iPad or Mac only)

Innovative Language

Platform: web-based, app (all platforms)

Description: Language learning tool with dynamic resources for students and teachers (some free, some premium) as well as school and business enterprise solutions.

Common Strategies: use to supplement classroom instruction or incorporate additional dynamic language practice

Insert Learning

Platform: Chrome extension

Description: This Google Chrome extension allows users to turn entire web pages into interactive lessons. On the existing web page, highlight or annotate items, add comments, insert videos, add questions, etc. Lessons can then be shared in a variety of ways.

Common Strategies: in a blended learning or self-paced format, create lessons from online content with checks for understanding and additional content built in

IXL

Platform: web-based, app

Description: immersive, adaptive math/ELA content practice

JoeZoo Express

Platform: add-on (Chrome)

Description: Google-integrated app that allows teachers to give and receive feedback, track student progress, generate reports and trends, and more (free for teachers)

Kahoot!

Platform: web-based, app

Description: real-time multiple-choice game (can play individually or in teams) with options for assigning activities as independent work

Common Strategies: use for quick formative practice or feedback; use to create interest about a topic or pretest student knowledge

Kaizena

Platform: add-on (Docs)

Description: Docs/Chrome: Highlight and speak instead of typing. Track skills so students know what to improve. Avoid repeating yourself with quick links.

Kami

Platform: Extension (Chrome)

Description: edit PDFs, annotate on PDFs; download, share, and save; add or delete pages

Keepvid

Platform: web-based

Description: Download or save videos from youtube, etc. (works inconsistently depending on copyright situations)

CAUTION: utilizing video downloading tools may risk copyright infringement; always be mindful of copyright laws

Khan Academy

Platform: web-based, app

Description: digital content library; online course resources; pre-made video lesson activities and formative assessments

Common Strategies: supplement curriculum with additional lessons and activities; collect formative data with pre-made assessments; deliver self-paced lessons or courses through Khan Academy or via an LMS (integrates with most major LMSs)

Kidblog

Platform: web-based, app

Cost: free trial, paid ongoing access

Description: easy and intuitive blogging for younger students

Learning Paths

Platform: web-based, mobile apps

Cost: free to use

Description: (by Symbaloo) create student-paced lessons by adding resources, links, or media as well as quick assessment pieces and differentiation

LearnZillion

Platform: web-based

Description: digital content library for Math and ELA; create and share digital lessons; access, search, and deliver digital lessons; tag or find by standard

Common Strategies: supplement curriculum with dynamic lessons or activities; collect formative data with pre-made assessments; use full lessons or merely search instructional videos

RESOURCES

LOOM

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PART 1: Create a Screencast

  1. Visit loom.com to create a free account and download the Chrome extension
  2. Launch the extension to setup microphone and camera access
  3. Record your screen, webcam, or both


PART 2: Edit & Share Videos

  1. Once recorded, edit video details like title, description
  2. Add timestamped comments for more precise details and descriptions
  3. Trim videos, including removing sections in the middle (or at any point)
  4. Share with the link provided or by embedding or downloading
  5. Change privacy settings and password protect

PART 3: Organize & Save Videos

  1. Once recorded, videos can be organized with folders (up to 25 total videos in the free/basic account) – drag and drop videos to move into folders
  2. When the video limit has been reached (free/basic accounts only), older videos will automatically archive
  3. Videos can also be downloaded for long-term saving or storage

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Loom

Platform: ext (Chrome), web-based

Description: Screen video recorder (screencasting) that allows users to record: tab, desktop, webcam; integrates with services such as Gmail and Google Docs; houses video online for quick sharing; provides download to mp4 option; incorporates comments and attachments for continued conversation

Common Strategies: use to create instructional resources; record processes such as grading for higher-level feedback; have students create lessons and content; allow students to provide feedback or record self-evaluations

Mahara

Platform: desktop app, iOS/Android app

Description: Highly dynamic/scalable eportfolio tool; house student portfolios in teacher-facilitated site; integrate with SIS systems; use individually or district-wide

Common Strategies: students add items to teacher-facilitated portfolio, teacher provides feedback and tracks mastery

Markboard by Chalk

Platform: web app, mobile app

Description: (FREE for teachers, premium for districts) This web and mobile app is a formative assessment tool for any level or subject that draws on teacher-created libraries, common standards (CCSS and other state-specific content area standards). Data provided is detailed and dynamic.

Common Uses: formative practice, pretest/post-test

Math Aids

Platform: web-based

Description: resources for teachers for enrichment, to remediation.

Memrise

Platform: web-based, app

Description: foreign language practice; includes “courses” (similar to “sets” in Quizlet) composed of hundreds of meticulously selected words and phrases in the target language

MicNote

Platform: web-based

Description: voice recorded notes; automatically timestamps for easy reference and editing; edit recordings later

MoveNote

Platform: web-based, extension (Chrome)

Description: Create video presentations with this creative application. EverNote allows you to add content such as documents, graphs, images, etc. Once added, you then record yourself using a webcam and what you are doing on the screen.

Mystery Science

Platform: website

Description: (FREE for first year, paid subscription) This resource library provides complete K-5 science lessons devoted to inquiry and student curiosity. Lessons include all resources and tools necessary to explore the topics in a guided format. All material is aligned to NGSS.

Common Uses: replace or supplement K-5 science curriculum, align science lessons to NGSS

Nearpod

Platform: web-based, app

Description: display presentations live on student devices; allow student interaction with content; include feedback/questions

Newsela

Platform: web-based, app, any

Description: Read articles & take quizzes on-the-go. Adjust article reading level.

Newsinslow

Platform: web-based

Description: Excellent current events/news resource that provides beginner-friendly audio and article resources in Spanish, French, Italian, and German. Resource is free and very easy to use.

Common Strategies: students listen and follow along to current events; students share details learned while listening

Nimbus

Platform: extension (Chrome), desktop app

Description: screen capture or screencast with Nimbus; annotate images, save videos as files or share online

NoRedInk

Platform: web-based

Description: Adaptive formative literacy practice online. Very effective for dynamic formative writing practice, and integrates well with Google Classroom. Organized topically so that teacher can assign certain areas or students can browse by topic.

Common Strategies: use for individual, targeted reinforcement to personalize and differentiate writing practice; use for targeted FCAs with writing projects to ensure focused practice

Online Rubric

Platform: add-on (Sheets)

Description: allows users to create and deliver rubrics easily through Google Sheets

Otus

Platform: web-based

Description: limited LMS, assessment management, and data management to collect and organize formative assessment data

RESOURCES

PADLET

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PART 1: Create Padlet Boards

  1. Create a free account at padlet.com (free account limits # of boards, upload size, and other factors)
  2. Make new Padlet boards from template options provided
  3. Add content to Padlet boards

PART 2: Share Padlet Boards

  1. Share publicly or privately with links, QR codes, embed codes, and more
  2. Change permissions and access to visitors and members
  3. Export/save content on existing board

PART 3: Additional Features and Options

  1. Customize appearance and rename/describe Padlet board
  2. Customize feedback and reaction options
  3. Adjust moderation and other security features

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Padlet

Platform: web-based, app

Description: Use to hold a discussion forum in a stream or grid or “mind map” and brainstorm; also seen as a portfolio tool

Paper.li

Platform: web-based

Description: Content curation tool. Create “papers” on any topic that host content from nearly any kind of web source (shared content on social media, websites, blog posts, videos, etc.). Easy to use and convenient to share.

Common Strategies: use this tool to collect resources on a topic and share with students in a convenient and powerful format

PDF.io

Platform: web-based

Description: Essential online PDF tools like splitting pages, merging separate PDFs, compressing, converting to and from Word or Excel or JPG, locking and unlocking, etc. An absolute must for every tech toolbox.

PDFescape

Platform: web-based, Chrome app, extension, desktop app

Description: One of the top-rated PDF editors that allows for creating, modifying, and annotating PDFs online or via a desktop app

PE Central

Platform: website

Description: (FREE to access, PD and online courses may have cost) Physical Education and Health resources, lesson ideas, professional development opportunities and resources, online courses, and more. Comprehensive source for all things physical education and health.

Common Uses: PE teachers would all benefit from the resources and ideas on this site

Pear Deck

Platform: web-based, app, Chrome

Description: Presentation tool that allows you to build in on the fly questions: agree/disagree/ thumbs up/down, multiple choice, text, numeric, true/false, draw on grid/blank, draggable (premium) draw on image (premium)

PhET Interactive Simulations

Platform: web-based

Description: Engage with dynamic science/math simulations intended to allow users to manipulate variables and observe responses to those changes. Large library of simulations mostly running HTML5 or Flash (some Java). *Some functionality will not work as well on mobile devices.

Common Strategies: use in conjunction with a lab or lesson to reinforce or demonstrate concepts (mostly physics, chemistry, earth science)

Piktochart

Platform: web-based

Description: visual design tool for creating images, icons, infographics, visually dynamic presentations; drag and drop; limited options/customizability on free version (various paid plans available)

Pinup

Platform: web-based

Description: Quick, collaborative “post-it” board; no login required; simple settings and basic usage

Common Strategies: post responses to a question, share images or links, use to manage a project/tasks

Planboard by Chalk

Platform: web app, mobile app

Description: (FREE for teachers, premium for districts) This resource is a teacher favorite for organizing lesson plans and sharing the planning with other users. Very visual and user-friendly interface (works well with mobile app). Integrates with Google.

Common Uses: lesson planning and shared lesson planning (other services available by Chalk as well)

PlayPosit

Platform: web-based

Description: break up video and insert questions/quizzes. Monitor student understanding and which students have viewed the video.

Plickers

Platform: iOS app, Android app, web-based

Description: Plickers allows the teacher to ask questions and get immediate feedback. This allows for a quick address of misconceptions. Students do not need devices; teacher should use a mobile device.

Popplet

Platform: web-based, iOS app

Description: intuitive, dynamic mind-mapping; easier to use for younger students

Postermywall

Platform: web app

Description: (FREE to use) This visual design tool focuses specifically on images and promotional materials (the video option advertised is kind of like a live poster). Users can easily and immediately order prints (cost associated) of digital designs within the site.

Common Uses: Depending on the age and context, this could be a good tool for student-created promotional material.

PowToon

Platform: web-based

Description: create dynamic animated videos quickly and easily

Prezi

Platform: web-based, app

Description: zooming presentation tool that creates visually dynamic presentations and allows for adding media items

Prodigy

Platform: web-based, app

Description: adaptive, gamified math practice; collects/tracks data for students

Quicktime

Platform: Mac-based app

Description: use quicktime on a Mac to record the screen (saves as a video file on your hard drive)

Quill

Platform: web-based

Description: Writing and grammar practice with pre-built activities organized by topic and concept for elementary through high school students; integrates with Google Classroom; provides reports on progress and mastery for teacher; free to use

Common Strategies: deliver effective grammar and proofreading practice without creating new curriculum; load roster from Google Classroom and easily assign “packs” to students

Quiver

Platform: web-based, app

Description: bring illustrations to life with this augmented reality app (students color images, then scanned images show movement)

Quizalize

Platform: web-based, (any device)

Description: simple and potent formative assessment builder; create your own quizzes or search the large database of teacher-made assessments; provide feedback with questions; incorporate mastery learning dynamics; integrate with Quizlet; include images and “show-your-work” dynamics

Common Strategies: deliver formative assessments self-paced while requiring students to show work; allow students to create and share quizzes based off Quizlet study decks

RESOURCES

QUIZIZZ

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PART 1: Create a New Activity

  1. Sign up for a free account at quizizz.com
  2. Use the create button to add a new quiz
  3. Use the “Find a Quiz” option to find and replicate existing quizzes
  4. Create different question types and adjust question settings
  5. Use “Teleport” to add questions directly from existing quizzes (search public library)

PART 2: Play or Assign Quizzes

  1. Facilitate a live game with “Play Live
  2. Assign to students with the “Assign HW” button (student accounts required, can integrate with Google)
  3. Play solo (student view/experience) or share practice link with the “Practice” button

PART 3: Organize Classes and View Results

  1. Create a new class (or integrate with Google Classroom) under the “Classes” section
  2. View results under the “Reports” section (or by opening an individual quiz or a class)
  3. Organize quizzes in “Collections
  4. Create “Memes” for correct/incorrect feedback

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Quizlet

Platform: web-based, app

Description: Online flash cards and review games: teachers create “decks” of cards that students review through any number of activities

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Read&Write

Platform: extension (Chrome); add-on (Docs)

Description: plays with docs and other Google products to allow for dynamic tools for interacting with documents

Readable.io

Platform: web-based

Description: copy and paste text into form and it will analyze the lexile score

ReadWorks

Platform: web-based

Description: leveled and topical readings for academic use

Realtimeboard

Platform: web-based, app, iPad

Description: Collaborative whiteboard/mind-mapping and brainstorming on a widely versatile platform with many pre-built templates/layouts and easy setup and sharing; add content as notes or drawings, embed from other sites, upload media/attachments, and more; save as image, PDF, etc. and embed into websites or LMSs

Common Strategies: great for project management (individual or group), use in conjunction with other tools as a great place to post comments and collaborate, hold discussions, easily share knowledge or content or projects

Remind

Platform: web app, mobile app

Description: (FREE for teachers, premium available) Remind is considered one of the leading communication apps for teachers and parents. Messaging groups and individuals is simple, joining a group is quick, app integrations are available.

Common Uses: remind students/parents about upcoming assignments or tasks, use for clubs or sports to keep members informed

Room Sketcher

Platform: web app

Description: (FREE to use, premium available) This 3D design site allows users to create floor plans and room designs. While intended for businesses and real estate agents, features appeal to any classroom situation that involves creating floor plans or 3D designs of rooms or houses or other structures.

Common Uses: geometry applications, home design courses, STEM projects involving 3D renderings of structures

Room Styler 3D Planner

Platform: web app

Description: (100% FREE) This 3D room design tool is basic and lacks the features of a more powerful resources, but it is also completely free and does not require login to jump right in and use. Create floor plan designs and render 3D photos to download or save.

Common Uses: room design for home classes or projects, STEM projects, recreate structures or settings

RESOURCES

SCHOOLOGY

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PART 1: Create and populate a course in Schoology

  1. Create a free account at schoology.com (free account limitations do not inhibit classroom use)
  2. Use the “Courses” section to create, organize, and join classes
  3. (Enterprise/paid users do NOT need to create courses for students but can still do so for testing or sampling features.)
  4. View additional and archived classes with the “My Courses” button
  5. Add members by sharing a course access code (no direct invitation by email available)
  6. *Students must also create a free account to join your class*

PART 2: Post and Share Materials and Assignments

  1. Use the “Materials” section (located on the left) to post content to your course
  2. Select “Add Materials” to view and add items
  3. Add “Folders” to organize and structure course materials
  4. Add “Assignments” to collect and grade student work
  5. Add “Test/Quiz” to issue various assessment types
  6. Add “Discussion” to host student discussion posts/forums
  7. Explore other options to add links, create content pages, and upload files




PART 3: Grades and Grading Student Work

  1. Use the “Gradebook” section to view, edit, and grade existing assignments, discussions, or test/quizzes
  2. Customize grading settings and options in the “Grade Setup” section
  3. View individual assignments, discussions, or test/quizzes to grade items directly

PART 4: Additional Settings and Features

  1. Post and share announcements in the “Updates” section
  2. Customize course settings and details under the “Course Options” menu
  3. Communicate directly with students and parents with the messaging features
  4. View and interact with course calendars under the calendar icon
  5. Add functionality and external app integration under the app center icon
  6. Adjust and customize notifications in the Schoology settings

PART 5: Create and manage Groups

  1. Create and join extra-curricular groups with the “Groups” section
  2. Facilitate communication, discussion, and resources

PART 6: Create and organize Resources

  1. Create, manage, and organize personal, group, and public Schoology resources in the “Resources” section
  2. Add resources to courses
  3. Find and copy public resources
  4. Share resources privately and publicly

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Schoology

Platform: web-based, app

Description: complete course structure with higher degrees of customization and more complex in-system tools for assignments and assessments; completely integrates with many SIS systems and external apps, as well

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

RESOURCES

SCREENCASTIFY

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PART 1: Create a Screencast

  1. Visit screencastify.com to create a free account and download the Chrome extension
  2. Launch the extension to setup microphone and camera access
  3. Record your screen, webcam, or both

PART 2: Additional Tools and Sharing Videos

  1. Enable drawing tools to annotate while recording
  2. Edit video after recording (*additional features available with premium)
  3. Share via link or download video file

PART 3: Collect Student Recordings

  1. *This feature may not be available to all
  2. Request access to Screencastify Submit at screencastify.com (under “Products“) – you will receive email confirmation with instructions
  3. Create Assignments to collect student recordings

Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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Screenleap

Platform: web app, mobile app, all platforms

Description: (*freemium, free for classroom use) This resource is a realtime screen sharing service that anyone can use to broadcast a screen for anyone else to view (can make it public or private). Works on desktop or Chromebook or mobile.

Common Uses: live stream presentation or presentation resources, share screens for troubleshooting or problem solving tasks or tech

RESOURCES

SEESAW

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PART 1: Create and populate a course in Seesaw

  1. Create a free teacher account at app.seesaw.me
  2. Create a new class
  3. Add students to your class

PART 2: Post on the Student Journal

  1. Create content for students to view with the plus button
  2. Create something new
  3. Upload or link existing files or websites
  4. Comment or react on existing student work by clicking the buttons beneath each post

PART 3: Create and Share Activities

  1. Access the Activity Library with the plus button or the “Activities” tab
  2. View and use existing activities in the Community section
  3. Create new activities (click here to view the Seesaw icon shortcuts) in My Library
  4. Assign and monitor activities from the Activities tab

PART 4: Organization, Communication, and Settings

  1. Create and manage folders (labels) with the Folder icon (may need to enable in wrench icon settings) under the “Journal” tab
  2. Filter by student by clicking on an individual student (under the “Journal” tab)
  3. Send messages and announcements with the plus button
  4. View messages and announcements in the “Inbox” tab
  5. Share student work publicly with the “Blog” feature (enable in settings first)
  6. Manage additional settings (moderation, access, etc.) in the wrench icon settings
  7. Switch/manage courses and account settings by clicking on your account


Remember that additional support and resources can be found using the resources linked at the top of this page or by consulting with your Communications by Design coach.


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ShowMe

Platform: iOS app

Description: use this app as an interactive whiteboard to record lessons

Sketchup

Platform: desktop app

Description: 3D design studio (free access for personal/school use!)

Common Strategies: general – design 3D visuals to accompany stories, etc.; topical – use with Geometry design projects (angles, shapes, etc.) or STEM classrooms for 3D design

Slack

Platform: web-based, app, iPad

Description: messaging and discussion tool that allows for creating and sharing channels to discuss specific topics or house open-ended conversations; includes integrations with Google and more; allows for attaching uploads and other media; can notify any/all users; can thread conversations; must create an account or login with Google to access

Common Strategies: host a class backchannel chat for anytime Q&A (secondary); teach appropriate and safe digital communication in controlled environment (elementary); host topical discussions between classes and/or beyond the classroom

Sli.do

Platform: web-based, app

Description: while presenting, this tool allows presenters to host backchannel chats, deliver quick polls/surveys, and share documents (PDF and ppt)

Smore

Platform: web app, mobile app

Description: (FREE to use, premium available) This is a digital newsletter and poster tool known for its user-friendly interface and quality visuals. Features include adding static and dynamic content (such as embedding). Newsletters are shareable publicly or privately (not ideal for printing).

Common Uses: promoting events, weekly newsletters

Sock Puppets

Platform: iOS app

Description: create lip-sync videos by matching animations to audio (easy and entertaining)

Socrative

Platform: web-based, app

Description: multiple choice, true/false, short answer; allows for teaming, competitions, quick exit tickets, quick questions, etc.

*For more, visit cbdconsulting.com/time

Soundtrap

Platform: web-based, app

Description: create podcasts, songs, audio tracks, sound effects, etc. easily and quickly and collaboratively (if desired)

SpeakIt!

Platform: extension (Chrome)

Description: extension allowing users to highlight text and have it read aloud

Squid Notes

Platform: Android app (works on newer touchscreen Chromebooks with Play enabled)

Description: (FREE with in-app purchases) This notes app is a feature-rich and user-friendly handwriting app. Chromebooks and Android devices can download it for free and export notes in various file formats for sharing.

Common Uses: note-taking for those who prefer handwriting on digital devices

Stormboard

Platform: web-based, app, iPad

Description: interactive remote collaboration with easy-to-use interface for project/task management and mind-mapping; use pre-made templates to setup dynamic contexts for posting and assigning tasks; max of 5 simultaneous users per board (free version)

Common Strategies: have groups manage projects collaboratively; use to organize and assign class tasks/jobs

Storyjumper

Platform: web-based

Description: create, publish, and print storybooks with photo and audio dynamics (in digital)

Storywars

Platform: web-based, extension (Chrome)

Description: CAUTION: not appropriate for all ages because this is an open domain resource; great tool for leveraging authentic audiences and finding examples

Sumdog

Platform: web-based, app

Description: immersive, gamified math practice

Sutori

Platform: web app

Description: (FREE to use, premium available) This presentation tool is collaborative (real time), dynamic (can embed media, interactive content – paid feature), and interactive (commenting, sharing). A good presentation alternative Slides or Powerpoint.

Common Uses: live presentations, flipped lessons, student projects

Symbaloo

Platform: web-based

Description: *not a full website builder* limited website curator that allows teachers to create a “website dashboard” that looks like clickable apps

Talk and Comment

Platform: Chrome extension

Description: This Google Chrome extension allows users to record a voice note on any website and generate an immediately shareable link. One of the primary advantages is that when the link is pasted into a Google Doc or Google Slide, the voice note plays within the doc/slide instead of opening an external link. (On most other sites, it will still open an external link.)

Common Strategies: give easy vocal feedback on student work; record audio to narrate a Google Slide show; have students create narrated slide shows or documents

Talk in French

Platform: web-based

Description: Great resource for authentic exposure to the French language (podcast, blog). Listen to French in use via the podcast and other resources.

Common Strategies: consider as a resource to provide for students to extend authentic inputs

TedEd

Platform: web-based

Description: TedEd allows teachers to create interactive video lessons that have questions, additional information, resources, and reflect on a video topic.

Tenmarks

Platform: web-based, app

Description: Includes instruction with lesson practice, standards-based personalization

The Answer Pad

Platform: web-based, app

Description: digital answer sheet: multiple choice, true/false, text, draw, annotate, yes/no, up/down, slider, fill-in

The QRcode Generator

Platform: web-based

Description: quickly and easily create and share QRcodes on this free website (unlike many others, it does not limit how many you can create and even includes options for free text and contact cards)

Tiki-Toki

Platform: web-based

Description: create dynamic timelines with images, videos, and other media; use online or download the desktop app

Common Strategies: allow students to create timelines by capturing content online and organizing digitally

TinkerCad

Platform: web-based

Description: online 3D design studio by Autodesk; great for designing models for 3D printing

Common Strategies: design objects, characters, or scenes related to classwork; use with 3D printing activities in STEM classes or Makerspaces

TinyTap

Platform: web-based, app

Description: dynamic curriculum library of student-ready lessons, units, and videos based on subject-area topics (not necessarily related to standards); free version is limited

Common Strategies: teachers can create lessons or units for students with images and audio; teachers can find and deliver relevant lessons or units

Trello

Platform: web app, mobile app (all platforms)

Description: (FREE to use, premium available) This project management tool allows users (teachers) to create and host “boards” that organize lists and cards based on teacher- or student-added items (free version limits number of boards). Each individual card includes optional descriptions, due dates, attachments (any file kind, Google integration available), discussion threads, labels (color coding), assigning, checklists, and more.

Common Uses: simple uses include discussion boards, classroom role/task organization, and resources sharing; complex uses include dynamic ongoing project management (individual and group roles and tasks, communication tracking, etc.) and student-driven accountability or reporting

Triventy

Platform: web-based

Description: live quiz tool for collecting formative feedback (reminiscent of Kahoot)

Common Strategies: find and deliver pre-made quizzes for quick checks; create pre-test assessments to be delivered in a more exciting medium

Vernier Graphical Analysis

Platform: Chrome app, desktop (PC or Mac) app

Description: Quick and easy tool for plotting and analyzing data; works with Chromebooks or a free downloadable app

Common Strategies: students can input data points from observations or experiments and easily produce graphs and charts

Video Downloader Pro

Platform: extension (Chrome)

Description: Download videos from web sites or just collect them in your video list without downloading them. Does not work with YouTube.

CAUTION: utilizing video downloading tools may risk copyright infringement; always be mindful of copyright laws

VideoAnt

Platform: web-based

Description: annotate videos from YouTube and share as video lessons

VideoNot.es

Platform: web-based

Description: this website allows user to take notes while watching a video and later review the video as it corresponds with the notes; syncs with Google Drive

Vidyard

Platform: extension (Chrome)

Description: records screen or tab and webcam; notifies when a recipient watches the recording

ViewPure

Platform: web-based

Description: lets teachers stream YouTube videos without suggested content or comments

Virtual Nerd

Platform: web-based

Description: another great content library for middle school and high school math teachers; video resources that accompany topically-organized math courses from 6th grade through Algebra II (all FREE with no login required); includes printable notes page with QR code that links back to video

Common Strategies: excellent resource for supplementing instruction or utilizing in a flipped/blended environment; use to accompany remediation or re-teaching

Vocaroo

Platform: web-based

Description: record voice, then share/send link to recording (no download needed)

Weebly

Platform: web-based

Description: block-style drag-and-drop website builder; dynamic design features; intuitive and user-friendly

WeVideo

Platform: web-based, Chrome app

Description: Chrome-based video production tool; add video clips, images, screencasts, and other media to create dynamic videos; free version limited to 5 minutes

Wonderopolis

Platform: website

Description: Free resource for asking and exploring interesting questions. Users can browse all wonders (including a wonder of the day sections) and enter their own questions (wonders) for possible development (wonders are voted on publicly until they reach enough votes for the hosts to take them on)

Common Uses: as on open inquiry project, this is a great resource; support for genius hour; help brainstorming research questions

WordPress

Platform: web-based

Description: html-focused website builder with dynamic plugin functionality; popular blogging platform with dynamic page and blog functionality and templates/layouts

Workbench

Platform: web-based

Description: Project-Based Learning resources and platform; contains student-ready projects tied to standards (NGSS, CCSS); integrates with Google Classroom; free to use

Common Strategies: teachers design projects and deliver them on the Workbench platform; teachers find and assign projects via Google Classroom from the many pre-built options

Writeabout

Platform: web-based

Description: Blog-type format that utilizes pictures to inspire writing, also has a recording feature

Zearn Math

Platform: web app

Description: (FREE for all teachers) This curriculum tool provides comprehensive instructional and assessment materials for math content grades K-8. Content is delivered digitally and on paper (with instructional resources for teachers). Teachers can control levels of pacing, differentiation, and personalization. *EdReports ranks Zearn above nearly all paid math curriculum resources for grades K-8. (Click here for brief overview video.)

Common Uses: comprehensive math curriculum, dynamic additional math practice, remediation, differentiation

 

 

Zearn Math

Platform: web app

Description: (FREE for all teachers) This curriculum tool provides comprehensive instructional and assessment materials for math content grades K-8. Content is delivered digitally and on paper (with instructional resources for teachers). Teachers can control levels of pacing, differentiation, and personalization. *EdReports ranks Zearn above nearly all paid math curriculum resources for grades K-8. (Click here for brief overview video.)

Common Uses: comprehensive math curriculum, dynamic additional math practice, remediation, differentiation

 

 

Zearn Math

Platform: web app

Description: (FREE for all teachers) This curriculum tool provides comprehensive instructional and assessment materials for math content grades K-8. Content is delivered digitally and on paper (with instructional resources for teachers). Teachers can control levels of pacing, differentiation, and personalization. *EdReports ranks Zearn above nearly all paid math curriculum resources for grades K-8. (Click here for brief overview video.)

Common Uses: comprehensive math curriculum, dynamic additional math practice, remediation, differentiation

Ziteboard

Platform: web-based, Chrome app/ext, Android app

Description: A zooming, collaborative whiteboard (FREE); instantly begin without login, or create account (connects to Google) to save boards for later access; save as image or PDF; add images or upload PDFs as backgrounds on the board; includes shape recognizing for cleaner illustrations; to begin immediately, visit app.ziteboard.com

Common Strategies: have students demonstrate thinking (pro tip: record ziteboard sessions with Screencastify or other screencast app); organize ideas and brainstorm collaboratively (small groups, partners, or as a whole class); have student annotate PDFs by importing them and drawing overtop (can export as a PDF or image once done)

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