S'Cool Tools of the Week: College Raptor, Zoomita, Samepage, iStopMotion

TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here, as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter. By the way--got a favorite S’Cool Tool you like to use? We would love to hear and share your recommendations! If you’ve got a tool that makes you or your students sing from the proverbial mountaintops, fill out this form to let us know. It might just get featured!

Our tools of the week are:

Free! This year’s high school seniors might finally be logging out of college applications for good, but now, it’s time for juniors to take the torch. Help your students learn about resources ahead of time through site such as College Raptor, which compares the net cost (factoring in merit and need-based aid) for all four-year colleges in the US, and Zoomita, which helps students track and organize application essays.

Free! Big group projects can have students sharing dozens of audio files, photos, folders--you name it. With Samepage, your students--or your team of teachers--can put resources and references in the same place, from schedules and deadlines to tables, photos and comments. Available on browsers and in the App Store.

Free! This is handy: Richard Byrne over at Free Tech for Teachers has put together ten charts comparing popular edtech tools, including e-textbooks creators to teacher blogging sites. Check out his suggestions and let us know what tools you prefer!

$0.99: If you’re looking to encourage budding filmmakers in your classroom, check out iStopMotion. The iPad app enables users to create stop motion animations and time lapse recordings. Use it for a creative project in your classroom, from creating a timelapse of the setting sun to clever historical dramas starring Lego characters and your students’ voices.

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