Tech it Out!

Apps and websites you can use to tech out your classroom


Classroom Websites in Seconds


This website is used to create "flyers" but by linking a smore to a smore you can create your own webpage. The days of posting a flyer around the neighborhood are over. Smore helps you create amazing pages that you'd be proud to share.

Smore Directions


pbWorks is a "wiki" workspace where multiple users can log on and upload/edit documents.


Tackk allows you to customize and edit your message the moment you visit the homepage. Simply click and start typing. There is no login required. It's just like tacking a flyer to a telephone pole. You must create a login if you want your tackk to not disappear after one week.


Tutorial Videos

Khan Academy

Learn almost anything for free.

"With a library of over 3,800 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."


Create and share amazing video lessons with your iPad or Browser. Educreations allows you to create your own tutorial videos (like those used on Khan Academy) and easily share them with students.

Sample warm-up for Educreations.

Screenshot from my Educreations library

Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything's flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad video display (via Airplay/cable). Import Photos, PDF, PPT, XLS, RTF, Pages, Numbers and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Box, WebDAV, Email, iPad photo roll and the iPad camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, PDFs and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration.

-Explain everything is like Educreations but allows more in app customization and export options. It is 2.99 in the app store.


CREATE hand-drawn lessons, presentations and graphics and SHARE them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts - or mirror anything you’ve created to Apple TV via AirPlay.

With built-in remote desktop control you can access and annotate over files resident on your Windows PC or Mac and PRESENT them to your classroom or audience when a projector is connected.

-Doceri has the added capability to remotely control your desktop computer from your iPad.




Takes the place of the "clickers" or classroom response system. Socrative allows students to use their own devices as response recorders. Web based and App based.

Engage the class using any device

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
Example - scan the QR code or go to > student log in > room #998589


Jot Not

JotNot is a free app that turns your iphone, ipad, or itouch into a scanner. You simply take a picture of the document, and it converts the picture into a .pdf file. This is convenient for getting electronic copies of documents onto the computer without having to find a scanner.

click here for more information about JotNot


QR Codes

QR Codes

QR codes (quick response codes) are codes like barcodes that students can scan to get information. QR codes can redirect to websites, text message, etc and they can even be used to tell directions.
To use QR codes, students needs a QR code scanner app. Free QR code scanners are available for all devices - my favorite is i-nigma.

Check out these QR code generators... - 100 words of text into speech - QR Treasure Hunt Generator

Creative uses of QR codes...

Periodic Table of Videos

QR Code Resume

World's Largest QR Code

Largest Human QR Code

Bulk QR Code Creator

More on QR Codes: Click Here


Shortened URL's

Shortened URL's

It is much easier for students to get where they're going on the internet with a shortened URL.

Google URL Shortener

A few other shorteners to check out: - can make custom tinyurl, has preview feature and a tinyurl toolbar add on that will allow you to instantly create a shortened URL for a page when you are browsing. - no CAPTHCA (Completely Automated Public Test to tell Humans and Computers Apart)

Hint: You can turn in shortened URL into a QR (Quick Response Code) in any browser. To do this copy and paste the shortened url you created in to your web browser and add a .qr on to the end and press enter. You now have a QR Code. (This works great with bitly and (Example: add on .qr and press enter)


Polls and Classroom Discussions

Engage with Polls and Classroom Discussions


Ready for More?

Check out these links for more aps, websites, and tips/tricks for amping up the tech factor in your classroom

Google Docs - Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It also was a storage service but has since been replaced by the before-mentioned Google Drive. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Twitter - Twitter is an information network that brings people closer to what’s important to them.

Pinterest - Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

DropBox - Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.


Create InfoGraphics

Infographics Lesson

Animoto - Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!

Sample Assignment for Animoto:


ToonDoo Basics






Wolfram Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine

Inspiration - "kinesthetically pleasing" way to diagram and web thoughts.

Notability - Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way!

Web 2.0 Sites Listed in ABC Order - a great resource with TONS of links to various websites.