Work on Your Skills Over Break

I never have time.

As teachers we understandably guard our time. With the winter break approaching, consider working through some of those tools you have put "on the back burner." This newsletter focuses on a few ways to create a class webpage, newsletters, and research.

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Website Builders

A wonderful list of website building tools: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/p/creating-effective-blogs-websites.html.

Weebly: http://www.weebly.com/
Customizing the look, feel, and components of your Weebly website is easily done through a drag and drop editor. All of the pages on your site are automatically indexed for ease of visitor navigation.

Other free website building tools:
Google (just use your Google Account): https://sites.google.com
Yola: https://www.yola.com/
Webs: http://www.webs.com/
SnapPages: http://snappages.com/
Webnode: www.webnode.com
Sauropol: http://www.sauropol.com/
SchoolRack: http://www.schoolrack.com/
JimDo: http://www.jimdo.com

Smore

Smore is a new service for quickly creating great-looking webpages. Smore markets itself as a service for creating online flyers, but it's a little bit more than that. To me "flyer" implies that you're creating a single-use PDF and posting it online. Smore's flyers are dynamic and changeable, they're not single-use PDFs. Your Smore flyers can include many types of media including videos. Deleting or adding elements to your Smore flyer is as simple as dragging and dropping them on or off your page. Watch the one minute video below for an overview of Smore in action.

Information on Smore from Richard Byrne



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Research

The3TechNinjas have a wonderful website with many tools we can utilize as teachers. One area they share is dealing with research. At http://www.the3techninjas.org/#!research/c19av they share many educational sites we can easily utilize.

One site is Qwiki which utilizes "storytelling" with a research search engine. http://www.qwiki.com/
Qwiki is a technology company pioneering a new media format that combines the appeal of video with the interactivity of the web. Each "Qwiki" is easily created through a browser - enabling users to combine pictures, videos, infographics and their own voice into a beautiful, interactive presentation describing anything.