Technology Professional Development
Instructional Technology Resources
Adobe Slate App (free) and Adobe Slate Website - Turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous story. Your Slate web story gets its own URL and can be shared via text message, email, posted on social media accounts or embedded on blogs or personal websites. Students can upload and use their own images or they can do a Creative Commons image search within in the app. The presentation will include a citation for the images used from the Creative Commons search.
Adobe Slate Information by Learning in Hand
Canva Graphic Design
Canva is not a presentation tool, however, it is very helpful when trying create professional-looking and creative presentations. Canva is an online graphic design tool that is simple to use to create your own logos, banners, etc. to use in your presentations. There are both free and paid images available, but you should be able to find enough free images to create a professional-looking graphic.
Video Production Resources
Animoto for Education is one of the original sites that allow you to create videos from your photos, videos and audio files. Your students will find many creative ways to use this program! Make sure you go to Animoto education because teachers don’t have to pay to use Animoto! (WEB or APP)
Research & Organization Resources
http://www.bing.com/classroom Safe add free searching and lesson plans written by teachers.Earn searching points towards free Microsoft Surface tablets.
https://education.microsoft.com/skypeintheclassroom Mystery skype with another classroom to learn about cultures and geography, bring in a guest speaker, or take a virtual field trip. Skype.com/translatoer-preview - real time language translation - Free!
Oh my goodness organization! We have it on our computers, it’s a free download, and there is an app. Use space in OneDrive (cloud - 15GB free) to store, organize, search, and share files. Scan, upload, type, write, annotate… Use Office Lens to scan whiteboards and documents. You can search all your files at once - even handwriting and text in pictures!
Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable, and saves them to OneNote. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files too. Free!
Where can I find copyright free images?
Creative Commons Search - Find images you can use, edit and share.
Photos for Class - This site from Storyboard That includes age-appropriate images and automatically includes a citation for each image.
Pics-4-Learning - The images on this site are copyright-free for teachers and students to use in an educational setting.
Open Clipart - This site includes free vector clip art.
Unsplash - Every 10 days, 10 new high-resolution photos are added to the site. You are free to use the photos for any purpose.
Pixabay - Thousands of high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics are included on this website.
The Noun Project - This website aggregates and catalogs symbols that have been created and uploaded by graphic designers.
Plixs - Thousands of high quality free photos with Creative Commons License
7 Excellent Resources for Public Domain Pictures Every Teacher Should Know About by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
The New York Library Digital Collections - The New York Public Library recently digitized more than 180,000 high-resolution images, which can download for free. Check out the images from Ellis Island or letters from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
Google Advanced Image Search - This advanced search tool allows you to tailor your search results by image color, size and file type and more. You can also choose block inappropriate pictures and specify usage rights.
Makerbook - This site is a directory of the best free digital resource, including photographs, textures, graphics and more.
New Old Stock includes a collection of vintage photographs from the public archives and they are free of known copyright restrictions.