Ed Tech Resources

Foundational Skills for Education Technology Integration

  • Schoology article explaining what TPACK is and why it is important for technology integration.
  • TPACK.org – An entire website dedicated to the explanation and application of TPACK.

 

Tools Strategies for Thoughtful EdTech Integration for Teachers

  • NewsELA – Allows teachers to assign the same content articles at different reading levels.
  • Commonlit – Allows teachers to assign texts based on reading level and content.
  • Kami – Kami’s YouTube channel with videos from how to set up a Kami account to how to apply Kami to all content areas.
  • Actively Learn – Provides a scaffolded approach to fiction and non-fiction texts, including novels and short stories.
  • Google Docs
  • Storyboard That
  • Edublogs – Free blogs for educational use. Give students an authentic purpose and audience!
  • Weebly – Free websites for teachers and students.  
  • Storybird – Create picture books, stories, comics, and poetry and publish it for all to see.
  • Book Creator – combine texts, images, audio, and video to create interactive stories, digital portfolios, research journals, poetry books, science reports, comic adventures, and more.
  • Grammarly – Spelling and grammar check.
  • PadletVideo showing how to use Padlet for discussion
  • Flipgrid
  • Parlay – Discussion platform for students to use either online or offline.  
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  • Nearpod
    • Formative Assessment – Draw It, Open-Ended Questions, Quiz, Poll, Collaborate, VR Field Trips, Fill in the Blanks, Matching Pairs, Time to Climb
  • Google Forms
  • Plickers – Teachers put this app on their devices to scan paper bars students hold up to answer questions.
  • Edulastic – Choose questions based on state standards.
  • Kahoot, Quizziz – It is important to be mindful of rigor when using these kinds of assessments.  Most activities using either of these platforms only reach the recall level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Floop – Students send pictures of their work in progress to the teacher, along with questions they need help with. The teacher views the work, types in comments that are anchored to specific locations on the photos, then sends it back to students, starting a feedback loop that allows for iteration and improvement.
  • Insert Learning – With this program teachers can take any website and add instructional content. By adding layers to a web page, they can make online research more engaging and encourage students to interact with the content beyond just reading the text.
  • EdPuzzle –  It allows teachers to take a video from the internet, put it into the platform, add assessments, and get students thinking with it rather than just watching it.
  • Choice Boards
  • Performance Assessments
  • Remind– An app and website used for communication between teachers, parents, and students.
  • ClassDojo – An online behavior management system intended to foster positive student behaviors and classroom culture.
  • GroupMe – A messaging app that specializes in creating group chats in lieu of texting or emailing large numbers of people at a time.
  • Seesaw – A digital portfolio that lets parents see their child’s creations.

Important Topics in Literacy

Tech Tools to Aid Students with Literacy Tasks

All Grades

  • International Reading Association (IRA) – Literacy Now Blog: The Engaging Classroom.  Blog entries focused on effectively teaching reading in all grades.
  • National Center for Family Literacy – A national organization supporting family literacy. Resources for involving families as well as all aspects of literacy learning.
  • Video workshops and classroom resources for teachers provide practical advice for teaching reading- from Anneberg Learner.
  • CommonLit – Free collection of reading passages in all literary and non-fiction genres for grades 3-12. Passages come with text-dependent questions which help you track student progress.
  • Literacy Design Collaborative – LDC is a national community of educators which provides literacy-rich assignments and courses (organized by collection) across content areas. Potential tasks, rubrics, and professional learning are all provided here.
  • Newsela is a database of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level.
  • ReadWriteThink – Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, ReadWriteThink provides educators with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Pre-K – Grade 5

  • Zero To Three: Early Literacy Tips and Tools – A national, nonprofit organization providing information, training, and support for parents and professionals responsible for infants and toddlers.
  • Helping Struggling Readers – Resources and articles focused on strategies to help struggling readers.
  • Education World is a complete online resource for teachers, administrators and school staff to find high-quality and in-depth original content. They offer more than 1,000 free lessons and articles focused on instructional strategies and methods.

Grades 6-12

  • New York Times – Articles and questions, writing prompts and lesson plans that coordinate with The New York Times Learning Network for teens.
  • AdLit.org  – A database of graphic organizers sorted by function.

Tools For Students

  • Read&Write – Useful text-to-speech app and extension reads digital texts aloud.
  • Google Docs
  • Storyboard That
  • Edublogs – Free blogs for educational use. Give students an authentic purpose and audience!
  • Weebly – Free websites for teachers and students.  
  • Storybird – Create picture books, stories, comics, and poetry and publish it for all to see.
  • Book Creator – combine texts, images, audio, and video to create interactive stories, digital portfolios, research journals, poetry books, science reports, comic adventures, and more.
  • Grammarly – Spelling and grammar check.