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Simple Booklet


Picture 1Simple Booklet is advertised as the “Web’s Simplest Do-it-yourself Digital Booklet”.  Using templates, you can create any type of booklet on the web.  The booklet can be any size, and you can publish it anywhere you want.  It can be emailed, embed it on a website or blog or even store it on and share a short URL directly to it.  Add text, images, web pages, video, music, embeddable widgets and more from your computer or from anywhere on the web.  Items can be drag and dropped, resized or layered on the page.  These booklets can be viewed on the iPad, iPhone and any mobile device with web browser that supports the touch to flip through pages.

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Best of the Web–many web sources from Free Technology for Teachers author


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Open Source Learning Management System–Instructure “Canvas”


Instructure Canvas is a new, open-source learning management system (LMS).  Features like integrated multimedia, ePortfolios, web conferencing, online testing, assignment submission, chat/video, and integrated calendar.
Video below shows a quick start for Canvas.

Great innovative feature of Speed Grader…the interface allows instructors to grade papers right in the LMS.  Students can submit their assignments as uploaded Word documents, in the text-rich environment of Instructure Canvas or even the link from a web page if their assignment was posted online.  All assignments are viewable in the LMS, with easy grading features, rubric setup and tabulation.  Speed Grader allows written comments, feedback, video or audio comments also possible.  One single page for a teacher to see all students–who has submitted assignments and who hasn’t–preview of all submissions, viewable in the web browser irregardless of how it was turned in, easily grade the student, engage in a private conversation with the student about their assignment all from one simple interface.

Lots of “How-To” videos on their YouTube Channel

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Word Clouds–Wordle and Beyond


Five Ways to Make Word Clouds from Text

Wordlings is a new service for creating word clouds from blocks of text. Sign into Wordlings with your Twitter or Facebook account to have it create a word cloud of your posts. You can also copy and paste chunks of text into Wordlings. Wordlings allows you to choose from a large variety of shapes and sizes for displaying your word clouds.

Tagul is a free word cloud generator that offers the option to link every word in your word cloud to a Google search. Click on any word in your word cloud to be taken directly to a Google search results page for that word. Tagul creates a word cloud from text you copy into your Tagul account. Tagul will also generate a word cloud from any url you specify. Just as you can with other word cloud generators, Tagul allows you to specify words to ignore in creating your word clouds. Once your word cloud is created Tagul provides you with an embed code to put your cloud on your blog or website.

Word It Out creates word clouds out of any text that you paste into the word cloud generator. Once the word cloud is created you can customize the size and color scheme of the cloud. You can also customize the font used in your word cloud. The feature of Word It Out that I like the best is that you can choose to have Word It Out ignore any word or words you choose. Ignoring words keeps them out of the word cloud.
Tagxedo makes it very easy to customize the design of your word clouds. You can select from a variety of shapes in which to display words or you can design your shape for your word cloud. You can enter text into the word cloud generator manually or simply enter a url from which Tagxedo will generate a word cloud. As with other word cloud generators you also have options for excluding words from your word clouds.

Amongst educators Wordle is probably the most famous word cloud generator. Wordle provides many options for color, shapes, and fonts for displaying your word clouds. A couple of years ago Tom Barrett started an Interesting Ways presentation about using Wordle in the classroom. That presentation now has 51 ideas. Check it out below.

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HOTTS (Higher Order Thinking/Technology Skills)


Picture 8A revised Bloom’s Taxonomy–comparing digital techniques to traditional standards that Bloom created.  This essay on ways to use free technology in schools to help students reach each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy is a good resource.  A short wiki version of information is posted on Free Technology For Teachers on April 16, 2011 but a more indepth source is Andrew Churches’ website, Educational Origami. Andrew Church has several good resources–Starter Sheets– for  teachers to introduce a tool, technology or activity that can be used in the classroom, as well as 21st Century Learning and 21st Century Teaching.

Google Tools for Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.shrock_blooms

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The Teacher’s Guide for Interactive Sites


The Teacher’s Guide:  Great interactive resource websites for the SMARTboard, PowerPoint, printables, and other interactive links with virtual field trips, whiteboard templates, book activities, songs organized by grade level, themes, or technology items.  Also included teacher-submitted materials all free for use by students or teachers.

The Teacher's Guide

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4 Great Free Interactive Sites–ClassTools, Crossmap, Solar System Scope & PhED


Picture 2 Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds and then post them to your own blog or website. No charge, no signup required. Templates abound in all areas of the curriculum. Students can design multiple interactive games from the same set of questions and answers. Newest template is “Fakebook” (a Facebook template that allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes for book characters, historical people, chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on.)

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Solar System Scope:  Interactive, 3D model of solar system planets and night sky.

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PhET :  Fun, interactive simulations of physical phenomena–physics, chemistry, earth science, physical science and math simulations– from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.  These simulations can run online, download them or even embed them in your website for student use.

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How to Download YouTube Videos


Embedding a YouTube video to your blog is fairly easy but with the blocking filters at our school, many times you can’t access that video link to play it. I find it handy to have the video file (usually mp4) downloaded and then added as media to my blog so students can access it without the worry of it being blocked. Depending on what type of equipment you are showing this video on, PC/Mac, if the mpeg4 version doesn’t work for you, you can always convert it to another format.

I find is very effortless process and I have the video very quickly on my desktop to do with it as I choose.


Add your video web URL,
press download and your choices are available.Picture 2

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6th Graders Shadow Day


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April7 is a new service for clipping and sharing parts of websites. The idea is this; when you want to share just a portion of a webpage with someone you can now highlight the text you want and share it. To do this you can either use the browser extensions offered by or copy a url into Either way allows you to highlight text on the page and generates a new url that features the text you highlighted. Share this new url (via email, Twitter, or Facebook) and the recipient will see the webpage you shared with the highlighted text featured.

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