Friday 5: More Cool Tools

Friday 5: More Cool Tools

Hi Everyone –

In February, I had the opportunity to help with the second Google Teacher’s Academy in New York. Along with two other GTA leaders, I participated in a "Cool Tools Duel" in which we presented a couple of our favorite edtech
resources. Everyone present then voted via applause for the overall
favorite. This activity inspired a long list of other cool tools within
the Google Certified Teachers community, and I thought I’d share a few
of my favorites this week. The third Google Teachers Academy
just wrapped this week in Southern California, so welcome to any new
Google Certified Teachers who may have joined the Friday 5!

Enjoy and think summer,

Lucy Gray
elemenous@gmail.com

1) VoiceThread
http://voicethread.com/

This site was recommended recently by my ADE friend, Valerie Becker, and I’m looking forward to exploring it further. At VoiceThread, you upload photos (or directly import them from your Flickr account) and a slide show
is created. You then can add audio and text narration, and have others
comment on the photos in a similar manner. Check out this document for information on how you can set up VoiceThread to for classroom use.

2) Gliffy
http://gliffy.com/

Here’s an online alternative for concept mapping. There are some nice Web 2.0-like features in Gliffy, such as the ability to blog about a drawing as well as to add collaborators to a file. Via Chris Walsh.

3) OurStory.com
http://www.ourstory.com/

Create multimedia, interactive time lines
for free at this web site. This is a nice resource for personal use
because several sets of guiding questions regarding various life
scenarios are presented. For instance, there is a set of travel
questions that will lead you to reflect and document on a trip. Via
Kevin Jarrett.

4) Math Thinking Blocks
http://www.thinkingblocks.com/

This
is an online visualization tool for helping students with math. In the
module I sampled, I was given a story problem in which I had to figure
out the total cost of two items. I was guided through three steps to
solve this problem which included visual guides and feedback. I found
this to be a really unusual as well as useful tool for helping students
with math. You really need to try this one out!  Via Kevin Jarrett.

5) The Generator Blog
http://generatorblog.blogspot.com/

This was suggested in the GCT community by Alix Pleshette.
This blog contains a growing list of web sites in which you can
generate general silliness. For instance, you can add your own picture
to an image of a cereal box, make a banner for a web page, or create
your own customized Hollywood sign. You might want to screen any of the sites listed here first before using with students, though. Some of them do not look appropriate for kids.

To subscribe to the Friday 5 Google Group, visit this page.

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2 responses to “Friday 5: More Cool Tools

  1. Lucy,
    Thank you for your living up to your blog’s tagline “Practicing professional generosity”. I enjoyed everyone of your tool suggestions and bookmarked them to use. Thank you !!!
    How exciting to find such a great resource at 6 am

  2. Thanks for this, I have subscribed and I look forwards to lots of great links 🙂
    Rachel, NZ

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Friday 5: More Cool Tools

Friday 5: More Cool Tools

Hi Everyone –

In February, I had the opportunity to help with the second Google Teacher’s Academy in New York. Along with two other GTA leaders, I participated in a "Cool Tools Duel" in which we presented a couple of our favorite edtech
resources. Everyone present then voted via applause for the overall
favorite. This activity inspired a long list of other cool tools within
the Google Certified Teachers community, and I thought I’d share a few
of my favorites this week. The third Google Teachers Academy
just wrapped this week in Southern California, so welcome to any new
Google Certified Teachers who may have joined the Friday 5!

Enjoy and think summer,

Lucy Gray
elemenous@gmail.com

1) VoiceThread
http://voicethread.com/

This site was recommended recently by my ADE friend, Valerie Becker, and I’m looking forward to exploring it further. At VoiceThread, you upload photos (or directly import them from your Flickr account) and a slide show
is created. You then can add audio and text narration, and have others
comment on the photos in a similar manner. Check out this document for information on how you can set up VoiceThread to for classroom use.

2) Gliffy
http://gliffy.com/

Here’s an online alternative for concept mapping. There are some nice Web 2.0-like features in Gliffy, such as the ability to blog about a drawing as well as to add collaborators to a file. Via Chris Walsh.

3) OurStory.com
http://www.ourstory.com/

Create multimedia, interactive time lines
for free at this web site. This is a nice resource for personal use
because several sets of guiding questions regarding various life
scenarios are presented. For instance, there is a set of travel
questions that will lead you to reflect and document on a trip. Via
Kevin Jarrett.

4) Math Thinking Blocks
http://www.thinkingblocks.com/

This
is an online visualization tool for helping students with math. In the
module I sampled, I was given a story problem in which I had to figure
out the total cost of two items. I was guided through three steps to
solve this problem which included visual guides and feedback. I found
this to be a really unusual as well as useful tool for helping students
with math. You really need to try this one out!  Via Kevin Jarrett.

5) The Generator Blog
http://generatorblog.blogspot.com/

This was suggested in the GCT community by Alix Pleshette.
This blog contains a growing list of web sites in which you can
generate general silliness. For instance, you can add your own picture
to an image of a cereal box, make a banner for a web page, or create
your own customized Hollywood sign. You might want to screen any of the sites listed here first before using with students, though. Some of them do not look appropriate for kids.

To subscribe to the Friday 5 Google Group, visit this page.

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