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! Note: If we have not appended a privacy flag to a tool’s description, it does not collect personally identifiable information. If a tool collects personal information, parents or educators should create an account for users under 13.
FREEMIUM—Prezi—A Presentation software making use of “zooming” as the primary mode of transition. There are no slide to slide cuts, only zooming in and out on images, text, videos, etc. Users can begin with a big picture and zoom in on details or begin small and zoom out. Designed to be more freeform and changeable than PowerPoint, Prezi gives the sense of entering the presentation’s world rather than the tedium of slide after slide.
Privacy flag: Creating a Prezi account requires personal information, so the tool is not appropriate for students under 13. Students age 13 to 18 must ask permission from parents/guardians to use the tool.
FREE!—Wizer.me—Create worksheets and access those made by other educators on any topic. Teachers can ask a number of different types of questions and embed multimedia materials into the worksheet. Students complete the worksheets online.
Privacy flag: Wizer collects personally identifiable information, which it may share with third parties, when users create an account. Not appropriate for students under 13. Teachers can create accounts and assign worksheets without disclosing students’ personal information.
FREE!—Quick Rubric—Create and print assessment rubrics. Educators can customize point values, definitions of good performance, rows and columns, then print the rubrics for distribution. The site also offers tips for writing a strong rubric.
Privacy flag: Quick Rubric collects personal information from educators who create accounts. Students do not need to create accounts.