TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): Ding ding! We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here, as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter! Our fave S'Cool Tools are:
Free: If your desk supplies are as disorganized as ours are, Printable Paper can boost morale. Print out 1,303 different useful paper templates, including budgets and graphing paper. Try out their printable history timelines, storyboards and seating charts for your classroom. We might start using the Battleship Game paper to leave office notes--blank printer paper is so last week.
Free: Looking to build some tech initiatives in your Title I school? We’ve got a powerful toolkit for you, put together by the Consortium for School Networking (or CoSN, which has been helping tech-minded educators connect for over 20 years) and the National Title I Association. The kit is full of thoughtful questions you should be asking about integrating tech into Title I Schools, as well as lessons learned from how several schools went wrong and went right, guides about how to navigate federal funds, to explanations of helpful nonprofits.
Free: We remember procrastinating tedious research projects, especially when they were assigned over the summer. With Wibki, keeping track of information doesn’t have to be boring. By providing a personalized profile and intuitive touch system for bookmarks (ideal for tablets), Wibki enables your students to see a list of bookmarked references visually, and offers customized suggestions for what else would be helpful to check out.
$2.99: Field Day is here just in time for some summertime project-based learning. Using the iPad app, your students can collect data and develop strategies for real-world challenges. Field Day provides questions and data (including videos) with text based on Bloom’s taxonomy, or allows students to create their own PBL experiences.