Chogger is a free on-line comic creator students can use to create their own characters, retell what they have read, or demonstrate understanding. There are multiple comic strip layouts. Students can easily add images by uploading, taking pictures, importing from Google Image Search, or drawing. The site walks the students through the process with easy to follow, explicit directions. This would also be a fun addition to classroom newsletters or mini-lesson instruction.
TikaTok is a free resource produced by Pearson where students can write and create their own digital storybooks. This digital storytelling tool can be aligned with Common Core, is a great way to incorporate integration between multiple subjects, and can easily be differentiated for ability level and interest. Students can either chose a blank book to create their own images and text or choose one of the many templates available. Teachers can also create books to share with students.
Looking for a fun new way to send electronic newsletters out to parents? Try LetterPOP. The basic plan allows you to publish and share 10 newsletters for only $4.95 and the teacher plan, allowing 365 newsletters, is $39.00. This easy-to-use program includes templates, drag and drop features for adding text and images, and online. The newsletters are an aesthetically pleasing, impressive, and fun way to share what is happening within your class with parents and other teachers.
exploratree is a free web resource full of mind maps. You can use these already created maps, edit them, or create a brand new one. Teachers can create blanks within maps for students to fill in while reading or listening to a class lecture and use maps as presentation tools or assessments. Students can create mind maps to use as study tools and to organize thoughts, notes, or ideas throughout the inquiry process. This tool is a wonderful resource for both teachers and students with many possibilities for utilization.
Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Users may log in by creating an account or using their Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. After logging in the user is given interest areas from which to choose to create a personalized question and answer feed. Education is one of these choices, along with literature, science, and many others. This site is more appropriate for teacher use than student use because it s anyone can create or answer a question, which would not allow teachers control over students’ online interactions. Teachers can put a question on the feed and learn as others respond, or look through the feed to see what topics are trending within their subject area. It is a great way to find fun, fascinating information or connect with other teachers.
PiratePad is an on-line collaborative writing tool that synchronizes text as multiple students type. While it is similar to Google Docs, this tool does not require a Google account. It allows users to type in multiple languages and its pictorial toolbar and easy to follow instructions are extremely kid-friendly. Teachers can also work with students one on one or in groups, allowing teachers to follow the entire writing process, not just review the finished product. The chat function allows group members to have conversations and gives teachers a space to ask critical thinking questions as student write.
This website is an amazing resource for teachers, parents, and anyone interested helping develop strong young women. The resources range from birth all the way to teens and include books, movies, toys, television, a book club, and even parenting advice. The site is kid-friendly so teachers can send students to the site for book recommendations or suggest that students check it out at home. Everything on the site is well organized, allowing users to find what they want quickly. Women in specific careers, storybooks about untraditional princesses, great music—this site has it all!
The University of Wisconsin Stout has a site that offers rubrics for multimedia projects including, but not limited to, wikis, web sites, podcasts, writing, oral presentations, and research. This is a great place to start when thinking about finding, altering, or creating a rubric for your students’ multimedia projects.
Wix is a free, easy to use site that allows users to create their own websites. There are templates, graphics, tutorials, and a helpline that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For those who feel intimidated by the prospect of creating a website, this is a great place to get started!
Interested in creating podcasts or having students create podcasts as assessments? Vocaroo is a fast, easy, free way to do this without downloading any software. The Vocaroo home page is the record page. You do not need to register or provide any personal information. Once you have recorded your message, click save and choose how you would like to share your recording. Options include Tumblr, Pinterest, Gmail, Email, Blogger, Facebook, and more! This is also a great tool for students with trouble speaking in front of large audiences. They can record their message here and share it with the class.