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Resources to add to your Teacher Toolbox!!

Here we’ve highlighted some tools we’ve shown before, tools we’ve never shown, and other tools that we think you’ll like! Add some (or all!) of these to your Teacher Toolbox!
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CANVA

Easily create beautiful designs + documents. Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics. Teachers get a FREE PRO account with the district email!!!


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GENIAL.LY

The tool for creating interactive content that makes your audience fall in love. Communicate, educate, and attract by bringing your content to life.


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FLIP

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a video discussion app, free from Microsoft, where curious minds connect in safe, small groups to share videos, build community, and learn together.


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NEARPOD

Nearpod is a cross-platform, device agnostic, and easy to use way to engage your students with interactive activities, connect them through collaborative discussions, and gain instant insight into student learning through formative assessments on Nearpod.


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BOOK CREATOR

Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reins. Combine text, images, audio and video to create Interactive stories and digital portfolios.


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WRITE READER

WriteReader is a unique digital learning platform where children from ages 5–12 can learn to read by writing and publish small digital books.


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REMOVE.BG

Select an image & remove the background – 100% automatically – in 5 seconds – without a single click – for free.


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PIXABAY

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images and videos. All content is released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.


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FAVPNG.COM

Free Transparent PNG Images. Their database contains more than 16 million free transparent PNG files.


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PICS4LEARNING

Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for schools. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting. Photographers from around the world donate images to this collection.


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UNSPLASH

Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project. Better than any royalty free or stock photos!


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Google Images / Bing Images

You can easily find copyright-free images using these search engines.


Google - click Tools / Usage Rights

Bing - click License / All Creative Commons


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GOOGLE FONTS

A library of 991 free licensed font families and an interactive web directory for browsing the library.


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DAFONT.COM

Archive of freely downloadable fonts. You can use the search feature or you can look for a font you like by browsing through the different categories that are available.


*Be sure you scan any downloaded font with Windows Defender


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SLIDESCARNIVAL

SlidesCarnival templates have all the elements you need to effectively communicate your message and impress your audience, and is completely free! You can download your presentation as a PowerPoint template or use it online as a Google Slides theme. You can also export your slides to other formats: PDF, JPG, PNG, etc.


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SLIDESMANIA

Browsing through more than 200 templates, you will surely find one that fits your next project or presentation. Choose between formal, simple or even fun templates, whether you need them for school, work or personal use. As simple as 1, 2, 3! Just click Download PowerPoint Template or Get Google Slides Theme, and that’s all!


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FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE

The Free Music Archive offers free downloads under Creative Commons and other licenses. They also offer a very large repository of free birthday songs you can use in your projects.


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ZAPSPLAT

ZapSplat is one of the fastest growing free sound effects & royalty-free music libraries with thousands of professional free sounds to download instantly in mp3 or original wavfile format and they upload hundreds more every week.


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KAHOOT!

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that brings engagement and fun to 1+ billion players every year at school, at work, and at home. Sign up for free!


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QUIZIZZ

Free gamified quizzes for every subject to play in class and at home. Pick an existing quiz or create your own for review, formative assessment, and more.


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BLOOKET

Blooket is a learning platform that is built in a gamified way. This combines quiz-style questions and answers with fun skill games that students get to play on answering the questions. A selection of game modes is available, with different looking games to play in between the quiz parts of the learning.


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FLIPPITY

Flippity easily turns any Google spreadsheet into flash cards, a badge creator, a spelling quiz, a memory game, a word search, and more. Teachers can use Flippity for a variety of purposes: to present to the class, to assess individual students, or to have students make their own creations.


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MENTIMETER

Interact with your audience using real-time voting. No installations or downloads required - and it's free!


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ANSWER GARDEN

AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real-time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.


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CLASSROOMSCREEN

Classroomscreen is an online tool that includes 19 widgets to create clear expectations for your students, support your time management, collect feedback and much more! Project it on a screen in your classroom. Your browser turns into an interactive board and has the capability to display various tools that you and your students will LOVE.


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BOUNCY BALLS

A free classroom noise level meter, monitor and management tool. Perfect if your school kids are too noisy! Bouncing Balls react to sounds from the microphone.


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ONLINE TIMERS

Add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers. A variety of styles to choose from!!


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RANDOM NAME PICKERS

Random Name Pickers is an online name selector tool to draw names and pick a random winner from a list. FREE, simple and easy to use!
These are some of our favorites:

Name Wheel - ClassTools.net

Wheel of Names

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CLASS DOJO

ClassDojo is a school communication platform where teachers and students build their classroom culture. They choose skills and values – things like creativity or teamwork – and share feedback on progress with each other.


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GO NOODLE

GoNoodle helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day. GoNoodle is designed with K-5 classrooms in mind.


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TOY THEATER

Toy Theater is a collection of interactive educational games for your elementary classroom. They are all free and are designed to work on computers, tablets, and mobile devices. There is also a "Teacher Tools" section with virtual manipulatives and assessment tools to illustrate and assess basic math concepts.


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THE MATH LEARNING CENTER

Free Math apps that you can open in a Web app or can be downloaded on mobile devices.

App Titles:

Number Frames, Number Line, Number Pieces, Number Rack, Fractions, Geoboard, Math Clock, Math Vocabulary Cards, Money Pieces and Pattern Shapes.


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BINGO BAKER

Bingo Baker makes it easy to create bingo cards. You can generate hundreds of random cards and print them using the printer-friendly PDF (with no ads or watermarks). You can also save paper (and waste electricity instead) by playing your bingo game online (it works on the iPad).


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EDUCANDY

With Educandy, you can create interactive learning games in minutes. Enter vocabulary or questions and answers and Educandy turns your content into cool interactive activities. Once you’ve created an activity, a unique code is generated. Simply share that code with your students so they can play the game on their own device. Or you can embed the game into your own website.


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KID'S SEARCH ENGINES

YouTube Hack

Did you know that if you put a dash (-) after the t in the YouTube video address you can remove ads?? When students click on this modified link, they will not only view the content with no prior ads, but also it will be displayed in full screen right.

Example: Dr. Jean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JsfKTNAL50 (with ads)

put a dash (-) after the t. See below.

https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=-JsfKTNAL50 (without ads)


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SafeShare

SafeShare makes it easy to generate a web page that's focused only on a specific YouTube or Vimeo video. The technology reduces advertisements, annotations, or links to other potentially inappropriate videos to a minimum..


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VideoLink

VideoLink makes it possible to watch and share a pure view of YouTube videos with students in a safe way without distractions or offensive ads.


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SYMBALOO

Symbaloo is a cloud-based application that allows users to organize and categorize web links in the form of buttons. Symbaloo works from a web browser and can be configured as a homepage, allowing users to create a personalized virtual desktop accessible from any device with an Internet connection.


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WAKELET

Save, organize and share content from across the web with Wakelet. Save articles, videos, images, Tweets and more, and organize them into stunning collections.


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PDF CANDY

PDF Candy is a free online PDF editor. It offers various tools for working with PDF files. The interface is modern and simple to use. You can convert files from PDF to other supported formats, like Word DOC files, JPG, BMP, or others.


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