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Project Pals - Miriam Bogler and Uri Bogler

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K to 12
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Project Pals is a platform for organizing and implementing project-based learning in individual and collaborative classrooms. Organize, monitor, and assess projects through your interactive...more
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Project Pals is a platform for organizing and implementing project-based learning in individual and collaborative classrooms. Organize, monitor, and assess projects through your interactive workspace. Create personalized activities or choose from Project Pal's resource bank of Common Core-aligned plans. Use drag and drop features to arrange content in ways that best suit the needs of your students. When complete, publish and share finished work to your school or district library. Free accounts offer tools for managing up to 50 students and 20 projects.

tag(s): assessment (116), collaboration (27), commoncore (89), organizational skills (122), rubrics (30)

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Use Project Pals as part of your implementation of project-based learning in the classroom. If just beginning, be sure to take advantage of the resource bank full of ideas for all grade levels. Ask younger students to reflect on their learning within a digital portfolio using a tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Seesaw offers many options for students to share their learning process through images, video, and written work. Older students may prefer a portfolio tool like Pathbrite, reviewed here.

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Webjets - Webjets Ltd

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K to 12
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Curate, organize and share web content with Webjet. Create your account and begin working with your Webjet desktop. Use links at the bottom of your workspace to add lists, mindmaps,...more
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Curate, organize and share web content with Webjet. Create your account and begin working with your Webjet desktop. Use links at the bottom of your workspace to add lists, mindmaps, folders, and more. Drag and drop content from your computer and add to your workspace. Install the bookmarklet onto your computer browser to automatically push information into your inbox. Webjet operates on a system using "cards." After creating cards, personalize content by changing backgrounds and adding information. Collaborate with other users by sharing cards and allowing them to edit information. Free accounts offer up to 200 cards, 2 collaborators, and 100MB of uploads.

tag(s): digital storytelling (153), microblogging (39), organizational skills (122)

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Use Webjet to organize and curate content for any unit. Share video and website links, upload notes, and create mindmaps for student review. Ask older students to create their own Webjet to organize information for large projects and when collaborating with other students. Webjets is perfect for creating and curating career research information. Include a link to a curated Webjet board as part of a larger multimedia project shared using a digital storytelling tool like Adobe Spark, reviewed here.

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Notion - Ivan Zhao and Nicolae Rusan

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K to 12
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Notion's goal is to be your all-in-one workspace as an alternative to using several different software tools. Use Notion to write, create lists and spreadsheets, collaborate, and more....more
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Notion's goal is to be your all-in-one workspace as an alternative to using several different software tools. Use Notion to write, create lists and spreadsheets, collaborate, and more. Notion uses a concept called blocks to add information. Each block is a single piece of content such as a to-do list or an embedded file. Click the menu on each page to open items or add content. Notion's free plans offer up to 600 blocks on your workspace or unlimited blocks using a mobile device and up to 5MB per file upload.

tag(s): calendars (47), collaboration (27), organizational skills (122), spreadsheets (22)

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Use Notion to organize and plan through one convenient workspace. Collaborate with other teachers using Notion to plan lessons, organize classroom events, or manage student projects. Share with your school's parent/teacher organization to use as a planning tool. Share Notion with older students as a tool for managing homework and after-school activities.

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Empatico - The KIND Foundation

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3 to 4
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Empatico matches classrooms of students aged 8-10 with other similar classrooms around the world with standards-based lessons incorporated through video conferencing. Follow the six...more
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Empatico matches classrooms of students aged 8-10 with other similar classrooms around the world with standards-based lessons incorporated through video conferencing. Follow the six easy steps to enroll your class and match to another classroom interested in similar activities as your class. Choose from Spark (2-3 hour) or Fire (8-12 hour) activities, each spread over multiple visits.

tag(s): climate (94), collaboration (27), commoncore (89), cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (108), family (59), globe (17), maps (294), weather (201)

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Enroll your classroom and collaborate with others. Expand upon the activities included with Empatico to dig further into the topic of your activity. If you typically have students write in paper journals, try an online blog using a simple blogging tool like Easyblog, reviewed here. Enhance your Empatico project with FlipGrid, reviewed here. Create a video question for students in both classrooms in your FlipGrid, then ask students to share their video response with their peers. Instead of a written report at the end of your sessions, have students create an original video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to share information and new perspectives gained through your Empatico activities.

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Kanbanchi Education App - Kanbanchi LTD

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K to 12
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Kanbanchi is a G Suite tool for managing and organizing projects. Additional features allow you to communicate between boards and monitor progress on shared boards. Take advantage of...more
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Kanbanchi is a G Suite tool for managing and organizing projects. Additional features allow you to communicate between boards and monitor progress on shared boards. Take advantage of the site's handy templates and "how-to" guides to learn about the features and use of this tool. Templates provide a starting point for creating newsletters, lesson plans, and classroom work. Customize any template with your information including images, checklists, due dates, and choice of students to complete each assignment.

tag(s): collaboration (27), organizational skills (122)

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Take advantage of the many planning and personalization features provided by Kanbanchi for use with group projects or lesson planning. Begin slowly by using one of the provided templates, then personalizing content for your own use. Once you become familiar with using this tool, use it to organize any large projects. Create lessons with peers, plan and manage student group projects, or create an interactive newsletter. Have older students use Kanbanchi as a storyboard for writing projects or to plan and monitor large projects.

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ReClipped - Anjoy Tech Labs

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K to 12
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ReClipped allows you to annotate, collect, and share portions of online videos using their online site or a Chrome browser extension. Additional features enable adding notes and markers...more
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ReClipped allows you to annotate, collect, and share portions of online videos using their online site or a Chrome browser extension. Additional features enable adding notes and markers to specific areas of videos. Create your account and download the extension following the site's directions. Collect segments of videos into "Snippets" to save onto boards to share publicly or save as private. Add collaborators to create shared boards.

tag(s): conversions (27), movies (71), video (279)

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Use ReClipped to make sharing portions of videos easier by including only the segments needed. Add notes or questions for students to follow. Create a classroom board to share with students highlighting important information for any topic. Ask students to create their own snippets to share information or back up their point of view. Have tech-savvy students create their own videos and make snippets demonstrating how to use different features of ReClipped. After viewing longer videos, ask students to create snippets of what they consider to be the most critical portions and use the annotation feature to explain their choice.

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QuickTopic - Steve Yost

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9 to 12
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QuickTopic is a free collaborative message board designed for ease of use for any user and includes additional options for more advanced users. This site fully integrates with email;...more
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QuickTopic is a free collaborative message board designed for ease of use for any user and includes additional options for more advanced users. This site fully integrates with email; email responses post to the forum automatically. Other options allow the creation of multiple forums for different topics and the ability to archive and delete discussions by the account administrator.

tag(s): collaboration (27), questioning (37)

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Consider using QuickTopic as a resource in your classroom to increase student interaction with materials and each other. Create quick questions or even a short quiz using QuickTopic. Small groups can use QuickTopic during research to share resources. Library/media specialists could use this tool for online book clubs. Teach on a team? Collaborate with other teachers for assignments and more using this site.

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Sketchboard - sketchboard.io

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K to 12
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Sketchboard is an online collaborative whiteboard tool that contains unlimited drawing space. The free plan allows up to 5 users, three private boards, and unlimited public boards....more
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Sketchboard is an online collaborative whiteboard tool that contains unlimited drawing space. The free plan allows up to 5 users, three private boards, and unlimited public boards. View the 3 step tutorial to learn how to add features and use the included features. Easily share your board with other participants using the provided link.

tag(s): drawing (77), iwb (32), painting (67)

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Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing so that another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real-world problem. Use this site with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is read aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use Sketchboard to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations. Give students a problem by typing it on their board.

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NoteBookCast - notebookcast.com

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K to 12
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Create and collaborate with up to 10 others using this online whiteboard, no registration necessary. Optional registration allows users to save whiteboards for later use. Give your...more
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Create and collaborate with up to 10 others using this online whiteboard, no registration necessary. Optional registration allows users to save whiteboards for later use. Give your whiteboard a name and choose your board size to begin. Options allow for customizing the look of the whiteboard, adding a chat box, and uploading images. Share with other users using the provided link or with your personalized code. NoteBookCast is compatible with many devices making it easy for everyone to work together.

tag(s): collaboration (27), drawing (77), iwb (32)

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Most subject area teachers and their students will benefit from the use of this tool. Allow students to create collaborative drawings as responses to literature. They can map out the plot or themes, add labels, create character studies, and more. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing, so another group can use it as a writing prompt. Use a NoteBookCast board as a brainstorming or sketching space as groups (or the class) share ideas for a major project or for solving a real world problem. Use this tool with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) to create a drawing of the setting in a story during a read-aloud. As an assessment idea, have students draw out a simple cartoon with stick figures to explain a more complex process such as how democracy works. If you are lucky enough to teach in a BYOD setting, use this site to demonstrate and illustrate any concept while students use the chat and drawing tools to interact in real time. If you are studying weather, have students diagram the layers of the atmosphere and what happens during a thunderstorm, for example. Introduce this tool to students who are working on group projects. Alternatively, have students use this to work as partners or as a small team to complete complex math problems or equations.

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TED-Ed Clubs - Lessons Worth Sharing - TEDEd

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4 to 12
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TED-Ed Clubs provide a platform for students aged 8-18 across the world to explore ideas, share information, and participate in global conversations. Begin by applying to start a club...more
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TED-Ed Clubs provide a platform for students aged 8-18 across the world to explore ideas, share information, and participate in global conversations. Begin by applying to start a club to discuss thoughts and ideas of interest to your group through the leadership of an adult facilitator. Each club is open to up to 50 members. Clubs provide 13 meetings beginning with three sessions exploring TED Talks, following that, students learn how to frame and share ideas. At the conclusion, participants upload their final talk to the TED-Ed YouTube Channel. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): collaboration (27), creativity (117), critical thinking (119), logic (248), problem solving (297)

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Facilitate a TED-Ed Club to promote problem-solving skills and creative thinking in any subject. Challenge students to pursue ideas of interest to them in the classroom. Create a club as an after-school activity for like-minded students, or as enrichment for gifted learners. TED-Ed Club provides an outlet for some quieter students with interests other than what is offered in the curriculum, encourage these students to share their interests and passions through the guidelines provided in the clubs.

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Boardthing - Dave Gray

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5 to 12
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Boardthing is a web-based visual thinking and collaboration tool. Create your board then share with others. Add cards to your board similar to sticky notes on a whiteboard. Use the...more
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Boardthing is a web-based visual thinking and collaboration tool. Create your board then share with others. Add cards to your board similar to sticky notes on a whiteboard. Use the site's tools to draw lines connecting ideas, change the color of cards, and add images. Share boards via the unique URL or save using different file options.
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tag(s): bulletin boards (17), collaboration (27)

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Create a Boardthing board to collaborate on collecting ideas, brainstorming, and more. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Boardthing does not show which work is attributable to which student, so you may want to require that students initial their contributions to get credit. If allowing all students to post to the board or make comments, you may want to discuss Internet safety and etiquette and establish specific class rules and consequences. Challenge students to create a BoardThing to display pictures and videos of their research project, science fair projects, steps to how they resolved a math equation, etc. Free accounts after the trial period allow users five new boards usable only by the board creator.

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Ganttology - Webalon LTD

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5 to 12
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Ganttology is a web-based service for creating Gantt charts. Gantt charts allow you to track the progress of tasks using horizontal bars representing sub-tasks and milestones. Free...more
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Ganttology is a web-based service for creating Gantt charts. Gantt charts allow you to track the progress of tasks using horizontal bars representing sub-tasks and milestones. Free accounts allow you to create a chart with up to 50 tasks including groups and sub-groups. Other features include color coding of items and the option of assigning tasks to different people.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (199), collaboration (27)

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Use Ganttology to create a task chart for group projects or a long-term overview of a unit. Be sure that all participants have a link to the chart, or print it out and display in a convenient location. Have students map out a chapter, story, or novel from difficult reading material. Use the events charted to discuss cause and effect.

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Answerables - Nexed

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K to 8
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students,...more
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Answerables is a game-based virtual learning world and learning management system. Download and log in as an educator to begin. Within Answerables, users create PODS to enroll students, create events and assignments, and provide feedback. This site features the use of a token system representing web URLs used by students. Be sure to check out the explanatory video demonstrating all features available within Answerables. Free accounts provide access for single users. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): classroom management (155), game based learning (137)

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All subject area teachers can benefit from making Answerables your digital library available from anywhere and anytime for you and your students. Store and organize links to websites, videos, and more for your students. Use PODS on this site to differentiate learning for students. Share student's digital work in this secure environment with parents and peers.

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Book Creator - Red Jumper Limited

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K to 12
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. When finished, publish and share your book...more
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. When finished, publish and share your book using the site's web-based reader for access on any device. Be sure to follow the short tutorial after signing up to learn about the many features for creating, storing, and sharing your books. The free plan offers one activity library with storage of up to 40 books. At the time of this review, Book Creator only works with Google Chrome or the iPad app.

tag(s): collaboration (27), digital storytelling (153), ebooks (41), preK (286), reading comprehension (126), writing (366)

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Create books together as a class as you move through a unit or topic, adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and have each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Students can combine their books later as a class book. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions for all to use. Challenge gifted students to enhance the "standard" class text with additional material they discover by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made e-books for your young readers, perhaps adding audio - your own voice reading the text.

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Mic Note - Treebeard Bros.

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K to 12
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Mic Note is a voice recorder and notepad available for download on most computer systems. Features include timestamps on recordings, editing, transcription, and shareable links. Once...more
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Mic Note is a voice recorder and notepad available for download on most computer systems. Features include timestamps on recordings, editing, transcription, and shareable links. Once logged in, Mic Note syncs notes across platforms making them available from anywhere. Check the download area to choose the correct version for your needs.

tag(s): fluency (24), speech (87)

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Have students practice spelling words orally, record speeches, practice reading fluency, and much more using Mic Note. After recording, allow students to listen to the playback and reflect upon the quality of their work. Do before and after recordings of students to share with parents during conferences to demonstrate reading progress. Have students record weekly summaries for what has happened in your class to share on your class website or blog. Record weekly or daily homework assignments and share as a voice recording on your website. Save file space by replacing old files with new ones. Mic Note would be an excellent resource for recording and sharing more complicated directions for projects and assignments (adding you voice intonation and cues!). Your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students may do better with a combination of written AND auditory directions. Provide the link on your class website for students to use at home for additional practice in spelling, reading, practicing reports, and more. Share this site with parents at Back to School Night. Have students write and record audio book reviews others can play on iPads or iTouches in the school library. If you have gifted students in your classroom, this tool is simple enough for even the youngest to be able to record audio mini-dramas portraying a historic figure or event, poetry readings, and more. Be sure to show them how to NAME and download the files to the local computer! Anything they can say out loud can become a creative project recording. Don't forget about recording musical performances or practices.

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Buttons - Dreamlabs

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K to 12
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Collect, organize, and share your web bookmarks with Buttons. Buttons works across platforms making bookmarks available on all devices. Add notes and sort items into groups to make...more
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Collect, organize, and share your web bookmarks with Buttons. Buttons works across platforms making bookmarks available on all devices. Add notes and sort items into groups to make finding information easier. Buttons free plan limit the number of "webmarks" per button and the number of buttons available per user, be sure to check the plan link for complete information.
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tag(s): bookmarks (67), collaboration (27), organizational skills (122)

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Create a class account to organize and share bookmarks for any unit. Invite students to share bookmarks to include. Have older students set up and share their own curated bookmarks for research projects using Button. Encourage your gifted students to curate collections of media and articles above the level of current curriculum or for individual research on related topics they are interested in. Share these "advanced" collections with all students to spark personal learning.

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Google Forms - Google

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K to 12
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Create forms for virtually any need using Google Forms, part of Google's online suite of document tools. Begin with included templates, or start with a blank form to create polls, ...more
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Create forms for virtually any need using Google Forms, part of Google's online suite of document tools. Begin with included templates, or start with a blank form to create polls, sign-ups, registrations, and much more. Choose from multiple response options including short answer, multiple choice, and check boxes. Options also allow users to incorporate images and YouTube videos directly into any form. You have the ability to make questions required or optional. Once shared, receive responses in real-time within the "Responses" tab or link to a Google Sheets spreadsheet.

tag(s): polls and surveys (55), spreadsheets (22)

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Take advantage of the flexibility of Google Forms to create surveys for parents and students at the beginning of the year to learn about student interests, create parent volunteer lists, and much more. Create sign in and sign out sheets for classroom library materials including books and digital equipment. Use Google Forms to set up and collaborate on lesson plans, include check boxes to standards, materials needed, and covered content. Google Forms is perfect to use for assessment purposes - create online quizzes and exit tickets. Have students use Google Forms to prepare and submit reading logs, brainstorm and collaborate with fellow students, create choose your own adventure stories, or schedule reading and writing conference times. Use Google Forms to set up and share rubrics for any project, have students complete the rubric and turn in with any completed assignment. The uses for Google Forms are as unlimited as your imagination; this is a must-have tool for all classrooms!

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Taskade - John Xie & Stan ChangKhin Boon

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K to 12
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Taskade is an easy to use to-do list creator and manager. Just start typing to create a list, no registration required. As soon as you start the list, a link ...more
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Taskade is an easy to use to-do list creator and manager. Just start typing to create a list, no registration required. As soon as you start the list, a link appears for sharing and collaborating. To save, create a free account with a username, email, and password to find and manage previous items. Change the theme when you click to share a list on Facebook or Twitter (but you don't have to share; just open one of them and go back to your list to change the theme). You can even add Taskade to your Chrome browser for easy access or when you open a new tab your current list will appear as the opening page!

tag(s): note taking (41), organizational skills (122)

In the Classroom

Create checklists of steps in a project. Place all notes in one place, so you do not forget. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. They could use Taskade for assignment information, reminders, and more. Consider setting up a class account that can be used by all students. Spell out the use of the site and what is allowed and not allowed -- and the penalties. Set up separate accounts for student groups who can then share their notebook with other groups.

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eMargin - Birmingham City University

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Collaborate and annotate online using eMargin. Create an account using your email to get started. Begin annotating using text you upload from your computer, enter a URL, or copy and...more
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Collaborate and annotate online using eMargin. Create an account using your email to get started. Begin annotating using text you upload from your computer, enter a URL, or copy and paste text. Once text is available, use the dashboard to highlight with your choice of colors, add notes or tags, or search for specific words or phrases. Create groups to share and collaborate on annotations.

tag(s): note taking (41), questioning (37)

In the Classroom

eMargin is a great tool for you (or your students) to annotate research and information on the Internet or from personal documents. Create teacher annotations or question and answer comments on pages. Ask comprehension questions or guiding questions for places you send students on the web. Ask questions that students can complete as homework to show that they accessed the web resource assigned. This tool would also be a powerful way for students to point out bias on a web page or for art students to comment on images and design elements. Create writing prompts by adding questions or comments to a webpage and sharing it with students.

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Wakelet - Jamil Khalil

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K to 12
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Create, curate, and share web content with Wakelet. Save online links including articles, videos, tweets, and more then organize them into collections called wakes. Share collections...more
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Create, curate, and share web content with Wakelet. Save online links including articles, videos, tweets, and more then organize them into collections called wakes. Share collections with a personalized link or use the embed code to embed anywhere online. Use the keyword search to explore and view wakes created by other Wakelet members. Save information from other wakes to your account for use in your own wakes. To make your wakes more distinctive add a cover image, background, and choose the layout you prefer.

tag(s): bookmarks (67), news (260), social networking (111)

In the Classroom

The possibilities for using Wakelet in the classroom are endless! Create collections with tips for writing in different genres, current events, information about specific countries or cities, math games, and much more. Have students set up their own wakes as part of a research project. Put together a wake scavenger hunt to introduce a new unit or as a review at the end of a unit. Share wakes on your class web page for student use at home to review and practice class content. Having the ability to have a cover image and background for your wakes makes them much more interesting and easily identifiable, especially for the visual students!

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