Improve keyboarding skills:
Write and publish their work for an audience and share, collaborate and comment:
Google sign in and a teacher dashboard.
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Blogger: One-click blogging for teachers or students. One of the free options now that Kidblog is a paid service.
Improve reading skills and interest:
A book recommendation site for older students.
A good resource for teachers with lessons, interactives for students and many activities for reading and writing.
Kid-friendly news source for current events.
Research, create mind maps and diagrams:
Learn languages or improve second language fluency:
Display words in a visual format or word cloud:
Create word clouds with your own images or the ones provided.
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Gather and analyze data, give and get instant feedback, be heard and interact:
Google Forms: create surveys and quizzes. The answers populate a Sheet. Add-ons such as Flubaroo in sheets will grade tests automatically.
Student response tool for quick questions and exit tickets or get more in-depth with quizzes.
Kahoot: A student response system for game-based review.
Create posters, visuals, infographics and websites:
Timeline JS allows you to make a very attractive timeline from a Google Spreadsheet template.
Similar to Publisher, allows you to create magazines, posters, brochures or newsletters.
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Combine audio, video, text and links. The product can still look too busy but is easy to use with a Google sign in and a teacher dashboard.
Great source for free stock images.
Infographic tool with a Google sign-in. Notify parents if you're using with students under 13.
Black Gold Teacher Recommendation.
Create digital stories: Combine audio, video, music, pictures, drawings, maps, cartoons or any combination into a final product:
An interactive whiteboard that allows you to record audio, video and add text or annotations then share or embed. Similar to Explain Everything but free!
Create screencast videos quickly and easily with this Chrome browser extension. Here's an example of how one school uses Screencasts to make life easier.
Similar to Pixiclip but even more simple. Create and post interactive whiteboard videos from the app or browser versions. Animoby is another similar tool.
Students use an amazing selection of art to inspire them to write a picture or long form book or a single page poem.
Create comics, have fun with avatars, create storyboards:
Create or edit video:
A free online video editor that can be used on Chromebooks. Combine audio, video, pictures. Notify parents of use if students are under 13. Here's an example of how one student used Wevideo for social studies.
Use audio recording, text to speech, speech to text:
Kaizena (mini) is now also available in docs add-ons. A great way to give verbal feedback or have students practice fluency.
Docs now has a built-in tool to convert speech to text. Look under the 'tools' menu.
Use photo editing, design, screen capture and home design tools:
Sketchpad is a very neat HTML5 drawing tool that works a lot like a Wacom tablet. Use a stylus or your finger to draw with any touch screen or interactive whiteboard.
Backchannel while watching content, use virtual whiteboards, corkboards and shared spaces, do project planning:
A microblog for backchannel discussions. 81 Dash is another option.
An extremely versatile backchannel room with a lot of great features. Watch Richard Byrne demonstrate it here.
Add annotations and comments to videos:
Use instructional interactives: Games, manipulatives and exercises that increase background knowledge and skills:
The power of Khan Academy is in the teacher dashboard which allows you to track student progress and assign exercises based on the skill and outcomes you are covering in math.
Create virtual flashcards and play a variety of games to help learn the material. Here's an example of how one teacher in Black Gold is using Quizlet.
Spelling and vocabulary lists with accompanying games. Here's an example of how one teacher in Black Gold uses Spelling City.
Basic facts for math. Tracking student progress is easy and only problems that require practice are given. The format is not too exciting, though.
Exercises, videos and interactives on a variety of topics that you can assign to your class.
Connect with other classes, teachers, schools, museums, do virtual field trips:
Facetime can also be used for virtual field trips, connecting, or guest speakers.
Watch instructional media (video):
Learn code and computational thinking, create games:
Free site and host of the Hour of Code with great activities dedicated to teaching computer science.
Use augmented reality, QR codes:
More teacher Tools for communication, planning, classroom management, or workflow:
Streamline your workflow with Google Apps for education and Classroom. Here's an example of how one Black Gold teacher uses Classroom.
Lesson planning tool with Google login that allows you to embed media in your lesson plans.
Attach rubrics to Google Classroom assignments using Doctopus. Here's how one Black Gold teacher uses Doctopus and Goobric with her students.
Need a brain break?
Interactive activities to get students active or to calm them down. Here's an example of how one teacher in Black Gold uses GoNoodle.