Technology Tools

January 2015


instaGrok is an interactive search engine for learners. It displays the context of any topic as a dynamic, visual web of important concepts and relationships. Students navigate this web based on their particular interests and adjust difficulty level based on their knowledge level. They start with key facts, and then dive deeper into quality educational websites, videos, and images. Students can search with no account, but you can set up a classroom account for a 90 day free trial and gain access to auto-generated quizzes, built-in journals to develop research and synthesis skills, an assignment tool, and tools to track student progress.


Padlet is a free web-based application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where educators can put content anywhere on the page, and they can make their wall posts interactive, by dragging and dropping different media and uploading files to them.