Twelve Techie Gifts
for you and your students.
Let's count down to the holiday break by sharing tech tools!
The First Day
Giving feedback to students in real time is easy with Kaizena. Add voice comments and written comments in Google Documents and Google Presentations. Your students will see your comments when they open their document or presentation. Kaizena will notify students via email as well. Sending personal feedback has never been easier.
Kaizena for Google Docs Getting Started Video
The Second Day
Tackk is a web tool that allows you to create beautiful web pages similar to Smore, Tackk is a free service that works well to show off student projects and class assignments. You do not have to create an account to start using Tackk, and webpages stay up for seven days without creating an account. Once you create an account, webpages stay up indefinitely. Check it out below!
An Introduction to Tackk for Educators
The Third Day
Thinglink makes any image interactive. Add websites, pictures, videos, documents and more to your image with just a click of the mouse. In the example below, click on the holly and play icons to see all the resources added to the image from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Take a moment and check out Thinglink for Education.
Thing Link How-to Video
The Fourth Day
Padlet is a virtual wall that allows users to post any type of information. Need to collaborate on a project? Just go to Padlet and click on the wall to add resources and ideas. You can share the Padlet and invite others to add their ideas. Padlet is one of my all-time favorite tech tools. Enjoy!
How to use Padlet
Add your favorite tech tools to the wall below!
The Fifth Day
Resources for Every Subject!
Illuminations, Read Write Think, Science Net Links, Smithsonian's History Explorer & Edsitement
Illuminations for Math
Algebra Tiles Tutorial
ReadWriteThink ReView: Finding Resources for Your Grade Level at ReadWriteThink.org
Science Net Links
Science Net Links provides lessons for K-12 classrooms with interactive resources and programs your students will love. You can search by grade level and subject. Students can also explore the amazing apps available from Science Net Links.
Check out this cool resource!
Meet Science NetLinks!
National Museum of Natural History - Student Orientation Video
The Sixth Day
What are you wondering about? Wonderopolis allows students to explore their natural curiosity. Everyday a new wonder is posted with an informative video, a detailed explanation and a test your knowledge section. The educator sandbox has teacher resources searchable by grade and subject. You can submit your own wonder of the day and vote for your favorites. Camp Wonderopolis includes interactive lessons for students as well. Check out the wonder below!
Why are school buses yellow?
Liv's First Day of Kindergarten
The Seventh Day
Ed Puzzle is an innovative tech tool that allows you to edit your own video or a pre-existing video by embedding quizzes and adding your voice. Are you thinking of flipping your classroom? Ed Puzzle is the perfect tool! You can even download data that shows quiz results for each student.
Imagine K12 EDpuzzle
Try out Ed Puzzle at the link below!
The Eighth Day
Super Quiz Video Overview (w. Annotations)
The Ninth Day
SoapBox is a student response system. You can create polls, question and answer discussions and determine who needs extra help by using the confusion barometer. Students remain anonymous, and you can download the results into a spreadsheet. SoapBox is similar to Kahoot except the questions do not have to be timed. Try it out!
The Tenth Day
The Eleventh Day
Adobe Voice: Show your story. In minutes.
The Twelfth Day
Photos for Class
Need images that your students can use and not violate copyright? Try Photos for Class! All the images are Creative Commons licensed and come with attributions. What is the best part? They are safe, G-rated images.