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Archive: 2017-2018 Cool Tech Tools of the Week

Monday, June 18, 2018

Quizalize is an online platform for classroom polling and assessing that can be accessed by computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Teachers can create quizzes to test students' knowledge in the classroom, then see the results propagated in the Teacher Dashboard through data reports.

Monday, June 11, 2018

A number line helps students visualize number sequences and prove, explain, and check their work on math equations. The Classworks Number Line can be utilized by teachers to develop greater flexibility in mental arithmetic as students actively construct mathematical meaning and number sense, understand the relative magnitude and position of numbers, as well as visualize operations. The Number Line has a variety of tools and is able to display different increments including positive and negative whole numbers, decimals, or fractions and can be utilized by individual students or for small group/whole class instruction.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Explore U.S. history using primary sources from the Library of Congress. Students can discover America's Story, meet amazing Americans, and explore the states. Includes songs, movies, quizzes and short stories about American history.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Classworks Hundreds Grid can be used to support teaching and student discovery of relationships between numbers, exploring and recognizing numerical patterns while developing number sense. The Hundreds Grid can be utilized by individual students or for small group/whole class instruction. Options for the grid include whole numbers (positive and negative) as well as decimals along with a variety of tools. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Coggle is an online tool for creating and sharing mindmaps. Whether you're taking notes, brainstorming, planning, or doing something awesomely creative, it is super simple to visualize your ideas. Coggle gives you a clear way to share and understand complex information. It's a collaborative mind-mapping tool that simplifies complex things. Coggle integrates seamlessly with Google Drive, so you can organize your mindmaps how you like and easily share with your existing Google contacts.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Snote is a fun, unique and creative way to deliver a secret message. Snotes come in all shapes, sizes and colors. You can make your Snote easy to read, or add extra layers of secrecy making it more difficult to decode.

Monday, May 07, 2018

The BioDigital Human is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive web-based platform. It is often referred to as being the "Google Earth for the Human Body."

The BioDigital Human platform lets users explore complex health concepts in 3D and virtually digging deeper into the human anatomy, diseases, and treatments.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Woot Math is an adaptive online curriculum that focuses on fractions, ratios, and decimals. It is a researched-based math supplement designed to build genuine number sense and conceptual understanding of fractions and decimals, and it automatically generates and assesses thousands of standards-aligned problems to meet each student's personal needs. Woot Math helps teachers bring mathematics to life through research-backed tools for adaptive learning and formative assessment.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Knoword is a fast-paced word game that challenges your vocabulary, tests your typing skills, and stimulates your mind. Knoword is sure to give your brain a good workout.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mentimeter allows teachers to create fun, engaging, and interactive presentations for the classroom. It is a polling tool allowing the user to create the questions and let the target audience give their input using a mobile phone or any other device connected to the Internet. Mentimeter shows results live while participants are voting with the web-based mobile polling app directly in their browser, making sure everyone is part of the presentation.

Monday, April 09, 2018

The Mercury Reader extension for Chrome removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site. Users can disable the surrounding webpage noise and clutter with one click, adjust typeface and text size, and toggle between light or dark themes.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Scholastic Teacher Resources offer free teaching resources by grade (PreK-8). These resources include: lesson plans, daily starters, student activities, extension activities, and more.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Math Learning Center offers 10 free virtual manipulative apps designed for teaching elementary school mathematics lessons. All of the apps are available on iPads, Chromebooks, or for use on a web browser of any computer.

Monday, March 19, 2018

CommonLit is a free digital tool that helps students in grades 5-12 make measurable gains in reading and writing. Teachers can go to, create a free account, and access the free library of high-interest, standards-aligned lessons.  Resources are flexible, research-based, aligned to the common core state standards and created by teachers, for teachers. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sugarcane is a free website for learning through educational games. Discover and play games based on data sets others have made, create games of your own, and share them with the world.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Live feedback without leaving Google Slides. Enhance your Google Slides presentation with an interactive poll powered by Poll Everywhere. The Google Slides app fits seamlessly into your presentation. Check for comprehension, collect live input, or host an interactive Q&A with Poll Everywhere.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Using Photos for Class, teachers and students can download properly attributed, Creative Commons photos. When pictures are downloaded, the attribution for the image is automatically added to the picture.

Monday, February 19, 2018 allows users to easily shorten, share, manage, and analyze their favorite links from around the web.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Edulastic is a free formative assessment tool with Open Educational Resources (OERs) and rich technology-enhanced items aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Edulastic's mission is to improve teaching and learning by empowering teachers and students everywhere with effective formative assessments. Teachers can choose from 35+ interactive question types.

Monday, February 05, 2018

LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to on their computers, iPods or other mobile devices, or to burn onto a CD. These are all books from the public domain read by volunteers from around the world.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Smore makes it easy to design beautiful and effective online flyers and newsletters by allowing users to create simple and dynamic online documents with the click of a button. Free, easy to use, and easy to share.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, websites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting. Pictures can be shared via Google Classroom, downloaded, or saved to Google Drive.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Flipgrid is a video discussion platform used by millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, families, and organizations in more than 150 countries! Create a Grid (that's your classroom or group), add Topics to spark the discussion, and your community builds a dialogue as they share short video responses.

Monday, January 08, 2018

DoSomething is a global non-profit organization with the goal of motivating young people to make positive change both online and offline through campaigns that make an impact. is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change with over 5.5 million members tackling social change campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Click the OneTab icon to convert all tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, either restore them individually or all at once. Save up to 95% of memory by reducing the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.

Monday, December 18, 2017

BibMe is a fully automatic citation creator that can find the source from external databases, fill in the information, and then accurately format the citation. It’s the easiest way to generate citations to build a works cited page. BibMe supports MLA, APA, and Chicago formatting. And it’s free.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Flipsnack is a page flip software that enables users to create stylish digital flipbooks from PDF documents or create from scratch by uploading images and adding text and hyperlinks. Share or embed on a website or blog all kinds of documents, from books to newspapers and magazines.

Monday, December 04, 2017

PhotoPeach allows users to create a rich, engaging slideshow in seconds by just uploading their photos. PhotoPeach supports background music, captions, and comments allowing for further elaboration on the story.

Monday, November 27, 2017 has made it possible for anyone to design their own custom infographic in minutes. With's simple design tools, anyone can create infographics like statistics, lesson plans, and posters in order to share concepts in an easy-to-follow visual form. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Weebly is perfect for creating classroom websites, student e-portfolios, and websites for assigned projects. The drag and drop website editor is simple to use and appropriate for use with students of all ages.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Skype in the classroom is a free community that connects teachers with educators and guest speakers from around the world. It is a website where teachers can find and run Skype lessons for their students.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Zearn Math, a groundbreaking curriculum and classroom model that supports differentiation and engagement for all students. Zearn Math is a coherent and rigorous K-5 curriculum delivered in a personalized rotational model.

Monday, October 30, 2017

An ELA, Math, Science & Social Studies Learning platform that is self-paced for students.  Front Row has over 30,000+ math questions and 500+ ELA articles each at 5 different reading levels, covering all K-12 standards. Students start off with a diagnostic, and the algorithms show them problems exactly at their skill level. FREE!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Vocabulist enables users to upload a document and extract words and definitions from it. Each word in the document is matched to a definition. If the definition rendered isn't exactly right, users can modify it within Vocabulist. Once the list of words and definitions is set, users can download the list as a PDF or export the list to Quizlet. ​

Monday, October 16, 2017

The nonprofit ReadWorks provides K-12 teachers with what to teach and how to teach it—online, for free, to be shared broadly. They provide the largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Most importantly, everything ReadWorks does is based on proven cognitive science research. ReadWorks delivers content, curriculum, and training to teachers and students for FREE. 

Monday, October 09, 2017

SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. SweetSearch excludes not only obvious spam sites but also marginal sites that read well but lack academic or journalistic rigor. 


It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that their staff of research experts, librarians, and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on. SweetSearch constantly evaluates the search results and "fine-tunes" them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS, and university websites.

Monday, October 02, 2017

The Concord Consortium is a free resource filled with great tools to support teachers who are redesigning their curriculum with Next Generation Science Standards in mind. Teachers can create their own classes and push out activities to their students. They can also track which assignments students have completed. 


Search through the Concord NGSS Pathfinder to look for tasks specifically aligned to the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

iCivics gives students the necessary tools to learn about and participate in civic life, and teachers the materials and support to achieve this goal. The free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, interactive digital tools, and award-winning games.


iCivics teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly. Through games, the player steps into any role – a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist fighting for local change, even the President of the United States – and does the job they do. The games are rooted in clear learning objectives and integrated with lesson plans and support materials. 


Resources are developed by an experienced and driven team of former educators and vetted by a teacher volunteer circle – the Educator Network. iCivics also partners with education game developers, technology companies, and civic organizations to deliver impactful and high-quality products.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Storybird is a visual storytelling community of readers, writers, and artists of all ages. It lets anyone make gorgeous, art-inspired stories in seconds allowing users to create their very own personalized stories. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Livebinders is a digital 3 ring binder that you can put virtually anything into; webpage, PDF, document, image, or video. Everything is organized by tab and you can even have subtabs within those tabs. With LiveBinder, teachers and students can create a central hub full of resources on a topic of their choice. 

Monday, September 04, 2017

The award-winning, non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. Free Topic Selection Wizard, science fair project ideas, step by step how to do a science fair project, Ask an Expert discussion board, and science fair tips 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Newsela is a data base of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. Use Newsela to differentiate nonfiction reading. Each Newsela text is offered at multiple tiers, for every student, no matter their level. Now students can study the same content and learn at their ability level. Newsela provides teachers, parents, and students with over 1,000 current event articles scaled at five different Lexile reading comprehension levels.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation. Tour Builder uses Google Earth technology and allows you to add a sequence of locations on a map that users can click through like they’re going on a tour. You can upload up to 25 photos and YouTube videos to go along with each stop on the tour. You can also add a description and links to additional resources for each location that you add.

Monday, August 14, 2017

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week. Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Find free Powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes and focus on communicating your ideas in your presentations. These professional designs cover all styles from playful and creative to formal and business presentations. You'll find that all templates are completely customizable and easy-to-edit. Use them freely for your own presentation needs (personal or commercial), use right away as a Google Slides theme or download as a PowerPoint template and continue working on your computer.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The best screen for every classroom! Quickly get a timer, text area, drawing tool, name picker, work symbols and more. Completely free. Project in your classroom on your class board/screen. work symbol, set a timer or show the clock, use the traffic light, pick a random name, do some simple math, draw in-screen or full-screen, generate a QR-code, drag and drop the icons in the right place. 

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