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: We attach privacy flags to tools that collect personal information. If a tool collects personal information, parents or educators should create an account for users under 13.
Free!—InfoStories—The International Labor Organization (ILO) describes its new tool as “Interactive stories from the world of work.” Educators can take students through the history of labor with text, video, images, graphics and other media, or students can read through the stories on their own. Topics include “Child labor in agriculture,” “Tackling sex discrimination through pay equity” and Can collective bargaining create a fairer economy?”
Freemium—SymbalooEdu—A social bookmarking tool. Educators can collect and distribute various resources—videos, web pages, texts, games, etc—in one cloud-based portal available on mobile and desktop. SymbalooEdu also comes with lesson plans that use shared web resources. The premium version ($35 per classroom or $120 per school) offers customization and district capabilities. Privacy flag: SymbalooEdu collects personal information from registered users.
Free!—JeopardyLabs—Create and play your own Jeopardy games. Devised by biotech researcher, Matt Johnson, when he was an undergrad at Washington State University, this is a simple way to play Jeopardy, sans PowerPoint or fees or even registration. Some games exist, or build your own. And the winning answer, of course, is: “What is fun!”