Sites, apps, and tools are selected because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning.
Using Edcavas as a platform for curation (see below), this year’s Committee described a fabulous array of tools in the categories of:
- Media Sharing
- Digital Storytelling
- Manage & Organize
- Social Networking & Communication
- Content Resources
- Curriculum Collaboration
The team confirmed several of my personal favorites: Pinterest, Smore, Easel.ly, TED Ed, and DPLA, for instance. But I learned about so many truly useful new tools this morning, my mind was racing with plans for both personal use and serious fall implementation.
Here is a list of some of those new-to-me discoveries:
- Workflowy: for planning an organizing
- FlipSnack: for digitally publishing professional looking flip books. I’ll check this out as an alternative to Issuu.
- LitPick: a global network that offers free books to preteen and teen book reviewers in exchange for book reviews
- Socrative: a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
- QuadBlogging: allows four schools to blog together and share student writing
- Biblionasium:, a Goodreads alternative for young readers (look for a full post on this one later this week)
- Marqueed: a collaborative platform for annotating images and PDFs
- Inklewriter: a platform for writing interactive, branching stories (ala choose your own adventures) Stories can be published to Kindle.
- myHistro: allows stories to be created and shared as mashed-up maps
- 19 Pencils: a library/search tool for locating, sharing and using K-6 educational resources
- iCivics: founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the site includes 18 educational video games, teaching materials, and a comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum,
- Wonderopolis: the National Center for Family Literacy celebrates the learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
- Youngzine: child-centered zine by and for kids in grades 8 through 12 where they can learn about current events around and events shaping their world using fun trivia, visuals and videos.
- Seriously Amazing: The Smithsonian presents seven quirky characters who symbolize the questions the Smithsonian asks and answers every day.
- Codeacademy: teaches kids to code interactively in a variety of languages