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Archive: 2016-2017 Cool Tech Tools of the Week

Monday, June 05, 2017

 The Free Online Image Editor lets you edit images ONLINE.
  - Resize or Crop your (animated gif) images
  - Add Text to your animated gif images
  - Make a GIF with our online GIF Maker
  - Add Borders, or Merge and Overlay your picture
  - Put your image in a Picture Frame or add a Mask
  - Edit your photo online
  - Create round corners on your photos
  - Overlay your images with predefined animations
  - Convert, sharpen, reduce size

Monday, May 29, 2017

Recap is a Q&A platform for students to explore their curiosity using a video Journey. Teachers can create the Journey or use one from thousands of other educators. Recap is a completely free assessment resource that lets students respond to the teachers' questions or prompts via video.


Teachers can...

  • create questions that are typed or voice-recorded 

  • add up to 10 questions in a single assignment {give more than one assignment to students at a time}

  • give an assignment to the whole class or only certain students

  • set a max response time to make grading faster and students' answers more precise

  • set a due date for assignments

  • add a poll at the end of an assignment that asks students how well they think they understood the material

  • view individual student information or the entire class's responses as a whole

  • grab the link to an individual video to share with others (e.g. parents, admin, your co-teacher, and/or social media)

  • leave written feedback/commentary on student videos 


Incorporating Recap is a great opportunity to differentiate questions and/or allow students to turn in video responses confidentially. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

The History Project is a visual, unifying, and collaborative documentation tool. Students can use the timeline feature to create impactful, interactive projects. Unify your most important content to tell inspiring stories. Whether about a person, a campaign, a department—your project can give life and insight to undocumented knowledge. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Are your students not allowed to have access to Youtube videos? Check out ClipGrab for an easy way to provide those non-accessible video resources to students. ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3, or other formats in just one easy step. Save the video file to your drive and upload to your classroom site to share with students.

Monday, May 08, 2017

With Recite, create beautiful visual posters as images that can be downloaded and shared. Simply type the text into the box at the top of the page and one of the Recite templates.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Students can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. You can also import directly from most popular apps including Google Drive.


When students add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to teachers from any device. Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers, parents and even other classrooms around the globe, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers control who can view what student content, and can customize which feedback options are available in their class.


Seesaw Blogs are a simple way to share a selection of work from students’ Seesaw portfolios on a public class blog, giving students a broader, global audience for their learning. Teachers can also connect directly to other classrooms through Seesaw Connected Blogs, providing students an opportunity to collaborate with other classrooms around the world and develop digital citizenship skills in a safe, teacher-moderated environment.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Watch, crop and share safe YouTube videos without comments, ads, or other distractions. Videos can be integrated with Google Classroom or downloaded as an .MP4 file.

Monday, April 17, 2017

EquatIO is a math extension that allows you to insert, edit, and interact with digital math in the Google Chrome environment, including Google Docs and Google Forms.

– Easily create math expressions including equations and formulas

– Compatible with Google Docs and Forms (Sheets and Slides coming soon!)

– Input via keyboard, handwriting recognition (via touchscreen or touchpad) and voice dictation

– Guesses what you’re typing or writing – like predictive text on your smartphone

– Hear your math expressions read out loud

– Create interactive digital math quizzes

– Input student responses directly into digital quizzes

– Chemistry formula prediction

Monday, April 10, 2017

A platform for real-time formative assessments + a FREE next-generation student response system. Students can type, show their work with drawings or submit images. Formative runs on any internet connected device and is optimized for any 1:1, BYOD, flipped or blended classroom.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Slick Write is a powerful, free tool that makes it easy to check writing for grammar errors, potential stylistic mistakes, and other features of interest. Whether a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take writing to the next level.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Kevin Costner, Rita Moreno, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.


curriculum developed by a literacy specialist is provided, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. supplementalFor each book,


Monday, March 20, 2017

Dotstorming allows users to create a space for people to post digital sticky notes. Those notes can contain text and or images. What makes Dotstorming different is that once the notes are posted, people can vote for their favorite notes and the creator can restrict the number of votes that each person can cast. After the voting is completed, the notes can be sorted according to the number of votes they received.

Monday, March 13, 2017

PowToon is a user-friendly, intuitive animation software. With PowToon, anyone can create engaging, animated videos with a professional look and feel. 

Monday, March 06, 2017

VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations or comments to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt annotated videos are called “Ants.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Flippity allows users to easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards, MadLibs, game show, and other cool stuff.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Credly is the universal way to recognize, share and celebrate achievement in any setting. Give and earn credit, credentials, or digital badges that matter. With Credly Integration enabled in BadgeOS, badges or achievements you create on your BadgeOS site can automatically be created on your Credly account. Credly badges are fully customizable badges tailored to each achievement.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Actively Learn is an e-reading platform that improves students' reading comprehension and retention by empowering teachers to reach students inside a book. Teachers can customize instruction, provide real-time feedback, allow peers to collaborate, and get analytics on student performance. Actively Learn integrates with Google Classroom.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The MindMup app is a great tool to create, edit, save, share and embed mind maps. Any user can easily make use of this amazing tool that offers a friendly interface and high-level performance. The mind maps are stored in Google's cloud infrastructure, so users can access them from any device and any location. The user interface adjusts automatically to screen sizes and input devices, so it will work great both desktop and mobile devices.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Padlet is a virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.

Monday, January 02, 2017

PixiClip provides a whiteboard space on which you can draw, upload images to mark-up, and type. While adding elements to your PixiClip whiteboard you can talk and or record a video of yourself talking. Recordings can be shared via social media, embedded into blog posts, or you could grab the link and include it on a webpage.

Monday, December 12, 2016

is a free, adaptive math game for grades 1-8 that integrates Common Core math into a role-playing game using a Pokemon-style wizardry theme. Students complete math questions to level up (become more powerful) and ultimately defeat Prodigy Crios, Prodigy’s main antagonist.


Based on the student’s profile and an invisible diagnostic run during the preliminary tutorial, students are placed at a math level. As they play, question difficulty is increased or decreased depending upon their answers and facility with the skills. If a student struggles with a concept, following questions will backfill the necessary skills.


As the student works through the math problems, many lessons (but not all) include virtual manipulatives to help solve the problem: These include a speaker to say the question, a hint button to provide help, detail on the required skill, and a drawing tool to work through the answer. These encourage students to build their own problem solutions in a way that works for them rather than relying on a teacher or parent.


Monday, December 05, 2016

Save time, engage students, and reinforce accountability using EDpuzzle to create track student understanding. EDpuzzle is an easy and effective way to deliver videos in the classroom. Video is no longer a passive experience, with EDpuzzle video comes to life with audio-notes and questions. An interactive and unique experience for students. Make any video a lesson.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Create beautiful designs and professional graphics with Canva. Edit photos, add text, elements, stickers, borders, frames and more. Get started in seconds with hundreds of professional templates and tweak them to suit your need. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Free images and videos you can use anywhere, All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. 

Monday, November 07, 2016

Extensity - Chrome Extension

This is the ultimate tool for lightning fast enabling and disabling all your extensions for Google Chrome. Just enable the extension when you want to use it, and disable when you want to get rid of it for a little while. You can also launch Chrome Apps right from the list.

  • Keep your browser fast - disable extensions that you won't use right away. 

  • Keep your toolbar clean

  • Quick switch between several extensions groups using the Profiles feature.

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