App-etizers & More

Here are some of my favorite apps and sites.  I’ll be updating this list, so check back often: 

 APPS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Writing & Productivity:

Tiny Scan – This little app is worth gold to a teacher.  Scan your homework! 
Evernote – Evernote also contains scanning add-ons and more.  It’s a wonderful writing app.
Google Docs – My favorite because I can ALWAYS access my docs, from anywhere.
Google Forms – A recent obsession…forms, surveys, reflections, feedback made easy.
Google Classroom – …worth petitioning your district for purchasing. Seriously.
Notability  – a writing app that a lot of people are talking about.  
Padlet – It’s an online bulletin board, collaboration tool.  Use the app or the site.
Kaizena – Audio commenting made easy! Students join with a code.
Edublogs – Get a free blog and start blogging with your students.
Book Creator – Lots of people simply love Book Creator for publishing.
Write About This -Create endless visual writing prompts.
Turnitin – Plagiarism checker with many features.  You’ll want this site on your radar.
TCEA Must Have Apps for Grammar & Vocabulary
Grammarly – Great resource
Plagiarismchecker – Easy, Fast, Necessary
School Express – Site for making flash cards and learning aids.
 

Photo Apps & Video:

ADOBE SPARK! — Hands down FAVORITE!

Skitch – Photo app that allows annotation, screencasting and more.
PS Express – My favorite photo editing app for cropping and filtering.
Photofunia – As the name implies, it’s pure photo fun. 
Pic Collage – easy and fast collage app
Pic Stitch – This is one my app staples.  You just need it from time to time.
Phonto – Text on photo
Telestory – a fun writing story writing app
Tellagami – a quick animated video is easy with Tellagami.
 
Chatterpix – Make it talk with Chatterpix.
Quizziz – This is a game site. Use Quizziz to review concepts. It’s FUN!
Batchgeo – Make a map, save and edit it.  Use with Social Studies or map a character’s journey in Language Arts.
QR Codes Create a QR code for any website, from a student-made website to websites that are personally important, significant, or relevant.
Scribble Press – Make your own book, create your own stories or children’s books to learn and practice English skills (like simile, metaphor, allegory, allusion, etc.) or to teach a topic.
 
BOOKS:
Lit2go – audio books and more
23469 Books
Loyal Books
Google Books
 

DIGITAL MUSIC:

Pandora
Amazon
Apple
Spotify
 

VIDEOS & MOVIE MAKERS:

Animoto
Videolicious

CLASSROOM FUN / REVIEW:

Quizziz – This is a game site. Use Quizziz to review concepts. It’s FUN!
Kahoot – Students LOVE Kahoot! 
Quizlet Live – It’s as much fun as Kahoot, and collaborative! 
iFakeText  How about creating a short conversation between 2 historical figures or a conversation between a character in a story and a famous or historical person.  Viewing the learning from another perspective is a great way to encourage higher level thinking.
 
APPS BASED ON PEDAGOGY

RESEARCH TOOLS & INFORMATION:

Wolfram Alpha    – A knowledge engine, not a search engine!

Qwiki, The information experience!

BibMe – Organizational tool and citation builder

Easybib – Bibliography maker

INSTANT CURRICULUM:

Read Write Think

Calendar Activities

New York Times Learning

Adlit – Author interviews, guided discussions, and more!

100 BEST You Tube Videos for Teaching and Learning 

YouTube  is owned by Google. Find tons of  fun (and sometimes educational) videos and/or upload your own videos. You can even set up your own YouTube channel! More educational videos ! To learn more about using YouTube in the classroom, go to: http://www.youtube.com/teachers

YouTube TIme Machine

100 Video Sites EVERY Educator Should Bookmark

Drawzit – Online Drawing Tool.  Drawzit is another way to check understanding, answer questions, or create a response to an activity.

Spelling City –  Enter your spelling words, then let the computer teach and test the students.
Wordle – Create beautiful word clouds from a block of text.

Tagxedo –  Similar to Wordle with but lets you create shapes!

Copy Paste Character – Easy-to-get icons and special text characters –

TubeChop – “Cut” and use a section of a YouTube video.   Whether students create their own video on a topic, or find videos relevant to the learning, TubeChop is an easy editing tool.

Scribble Press – Make your own book, create your own stories or children’s books to learn and practice English skills (like simile, metaphor, allegory, allusion, etc.) or to teach a topic.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING:

Pyonkee

SCRATCH – a fun and free program that teaches students engineering, graphic arts, computer programming, in a way that nurtures creativity.  Students can create games and stories that relate or connect to the learning, or they can simply create….learning engineering and programming skills is embedded in any project where Scratch is used.  Click the link (after downloading Scratch) to view a few student projects.

STUDENT PRODUCTS – SCRATCH

SCRATCH RESOURCES

Presentations:

ADOBE SPARK

GOOGLE SLIDES

TACKK

SMORE

HAIKU DECK

PREZI

PREZI CHEAT SHEET

Thinglink  I use Thinglink to check students’ understanding about a topic.  Find a picture/image, and Thinglink it by adding information, videos and more.

AUDIO TOOLS:

Adobe Voice & Spark Video

Record MP3 – Audio Recorder
Croak.It – Audio Recorder

Vocaroo – Online voice recorder

LANGUAGES

Duolingo – Learn a language FREE!

GOOGLE: More tools than you EVER imagined!

HOW-TO DO SOCIAL MEDIA THINGS:

TWITTER HOW-TO

Beginner’s Guide to PokemonGo – I’m not doing this, yet…it’s on a list, though!

A World of How-To Do:

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