CLASSROOM TOOLS

imagesJust because you have a degree and are an educator, it doesn’t mean that you are finished learning! A good teacher is continually tooling his-herself. Technology makes it easy to extend your learning by offering professional development on demand. Professional development will keep your teaching fresh, current, and will remind you of what it is like to learn something new. These are all great places to sharpen your toolkit!

GENERAL

1.  Thinkfinity.org – Contains quality lesson plans, interactives, primary sources, worksheets, assessments, reference materials, and media.  To browse, choose Science under Subject and choose the grade level.

2. Teachers’ Domain – More than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television (e.g. NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience). Resources include video and audio segments, Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and student-oriented activities. Once you register, you can personalize the site using “My Folders” and “My Groups” to save your favorite resources into a folder.

3. Classwork  Timer. Easy way to track time spent on any activities, test etc. 

4.  Wordle –  Free tool converts a block of text or list of words into a visual display “word cloud.” User can modify appearance by changing layout, font, and colors. Generates a hierarchical view of text pasted into the word box—i.e. words used most frequently are displayed most prominently.

5.  Tapped in

6. Teacher Tap

7. Edutopia Instructional Modules- http://www.edutopia.org/instructional-modules

8.  Today’sMeet – TodaysMeet is the premier backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Students join fast, easy to start rooms with no sign up, and can immediately start powerful conversations that augment the traditional classroom.

9. Remind – Remind is a simple way for you to stay informed and up-to-date with what’s happening in your class. By joining your teacher’s class on Remind, you’re choosing to receive class messages via push notifications, SMS, or email. Don’t worry, your phone number will not be shared with the teacher or anyone else in the class.

10. Padlet –  

11. Socrative – 

12. Social Media Resources for Educators – 

13. Atomic Learning -

 

 SCIENCE

1. Science NetLinksFree lesson plans that integrate Internet resources. More than 250 activities organized alphabetically and by grade level. All are print-ready and include clear instructions, links, and follow-up ideas.

 2. Biology CornerContains lesson plans, images, quizzes, worksheets, and graphic organizers.

3. CELLS Alive! Outstanding website with robust section on cell biology. Interactive models of plant and animal cells.

 4. Cavalcade O’ ChemistryFor students, the Helpdesk offers worksheets, tutorials, vocabulary, and FAQs. For teachers, there are free labs and the Worksheet of the Month.

 5. Middle School Science. Worthwhile lessons, labs, worksheets, and interactive Web-based activities for chemistry, physics, earth science, and life science.

 6.  ExploreLearning. Offers interactive simulations (Gizmos) in math and science. Gizmos are fun, easy to use, and flexible enough to support many different teaching styles and contexts.  Gizmos are designed as supplemental curriculum materials. Exploration Guides provide a step-by-step activity for each Gizmo. Sign up for a 30-day free trial.

 7. Physics Applets. More than 40 interactive applets for use in physics, astronomy, and environmental science. Ideal for projection for whole-class or large-group teaching.  With a Smartboard, students can manipulate data and control the interactive examples with their hands on the screen. Can also be used with small groups or individual study.

 8. PhysicsLessons.com. Includes News – daily news; Demos – animated; iPhysics – interactive lab simulations; X-Labs – complete lab experiments; Q-Physics – questions to check understanding; Quiz Zone – quizzes grade themselves automatically; Reference tools; Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experiment

9. Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experiment.  Applets help illustrate principles of matter, electricity and magnetism, energy, and fusion.

10. Project Wild -  The Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat. It is organized in topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework.

 

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