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Web Tools List for K-12 Classrooms



This page displays a list of web tools organized by type (or category) of web tool - either click on the web tool category in the contents above, or scroll down the page. Click here for a list of web tools organized by grade level.

This page will be updated throughout the year with new tools so check back often!  If you have a favorite tool or online app that should be listed, add a comment below or email Betsy with your recommendation.

Grade level recommendation for each tool means that the web tool, app or website could be appropriate for the teacher to use to support instruction and/or the tool could be used by students to support learning.  Obviously, as the teacher you determine whether or not a tech tool is age-appropriate but target grade levels are suggested for most of the web tools listed below.  Grade levels are in ORANGE.

Communication & Social Networking Tools

Pose a question and have students answer online in real-time with TodaysMeet.  This backchannel tool is a great way to gather immediate feedback and get students involved in the discussion.  You pose a question within your private online room, students log in (no account needed, just your room number) and respond to your question.  Answers immediately populate and form a list responses  - which you can project in your classroom. Grade Level: 4-12  Click here to learn how to set up a TodaysMeet for your class.  

Google Hangout - Expand your teaching well beyond the walls of your classroom!  Use this free internet-based videoconferencing tool to connect your students to experts and professionals, or a classroom, located halfway around the world.  Appropriate for K-12. 

Schoology and Edmodo - both are free and secure learning management systems with great social networking features that offer safe online learning environments for students.  It's a real time platform to share information, create assessments, exchange ideas and generate discussion among students about classroom concepts and ideas.  Both are great tools for managing classroom activities.  View this YouTube video for a quick overview of Edmodo and this YouTube video for a Schoology overview.  Appropriate for 4-12

Collaborize Classroom - Increase student participation with this web-based collaboration and communication tool!  This teacing and learning platform (similar to Schoology and Edmodo) will allow you to create an online learning environment to compliment your classroom teaching - this is great, easy to use,  virtual space to engage students in online discussions and lesson plans.  Appropriate for 4-12

Presentation Tools - audio, video, graphics

Present.me  This is a must-see if you use a lot of presentation slides (e.g. PowerPoints) in your teaching!  Present.me creates a video of you talking about the slides (explaining and presenting the content).  It's simple - upload an existing slide presentation to your Present.me account, use your webcam to record a video of yourself OR your microphone to record yourself talking about those slides (you don't have to be on camera if you don't want to).  If you want to upload a video, that is a Plus account feature but the basic FREE account allows you to upload PowerPoints, Google Presentations or a pdf version of any slideshow. Click here to see what a Present.me video looks like...it's a quick overview. This is a great tool for flipped lessons! Appropriate for 6-12 (could potentially work for younger grades)

Powtoon - Create animated presentation slides by combining text, animated images and pictures with some really cool effects and slide transitions.  Click on the Powtoon video below to see a few of the features.




Glogster - create interactive online posters!  Embed video, audio, images and pictures to tell a story, explain a concept, summarize a lesson. A "glog", is an graphic blog that can be shared online via a URL address or embedded into a website. Appropriate for K-12

Animoto - an online video creation tool, allows for pairing photos and short videos with music.  Videos can then be shared. Appropriate for 5-12

Animoto Tutorial.mp4

Animoto Includes collections of images, music and video clips or you can upload your own.  Click on the video to the left to see a brief tutorial on creating an Animoto video.
    





Szoter is a free web tool for annotating your saved images OR you can use Szoter to capture and annotate screenshots of your computer screen (e.g.web pages or annotations you created on your SMART Board). You upload images from your computer, your web cam, take a screenshot or load from a url,  Then annotate (write, draw, type on, etc.) on the images and then save them to your computer or share them online with others. There is also a desktop version (to be used offline) that you can install. Appropriate for K-12.

WeVideo is a fantastic video editing tool.  It has good editing features, yet not as many as iMovie or MovieMaker.  But WeVideo is intuitive and easy to use. And, videos can be easily saved and accessed through your Google Drive account.  If you are looking for a way to create and edit videos quickly, this is the tool for you.  Appropriate for 4-12

ProConList - Weigh positives and negatives of any question or topic.  Appropriate for 4-12

Simply one of the BEST web tools is Symbaloo!  Symbaloo was created with educators in mind and works great for all grade levels.  It lets you gather all of your favorite websites and online resources into a neat, graphic mix of tiles (a webmix).  This means that a website or resource (like a worksheet, google document, chart, video, etc.) is just one click away for students.  Webmixes can be shared with colleagues and students, made public to be used by educators around the world or embedded into your class site.  Keep all your information for lessons and activities in one place.

Weavly - it's still in beta but this video and music mixing app to "weave" together videos from YouTube and other sites...then add text slides to create a video presentation. Mash up video to serve as an instructional support or have students use it to demonstrate a concept or summarize a process. Click here for a sample Weavly that mashes videos of the Earth with famous quotes.  Appropriate for 8-12

Record your computer screen along with your voice with Screencastomatic and 
Screenr.  Both of these screencasting tools are perfect for creating tutorials (like a Khan academy video) that can be posted on your class site.    Great for homework help or use as part of a flipped lesson - students can view prior to class so you can use class time to answer questions and explore more in-depth content.  Appropriate for K-12 teachers and 8-12 students.

Photovisi is a wonderful collage creator tool.  It offers some neat templates so you can simply drop your photos into the creator and voila, a fun collage is made in an instant.  Appropriate for K-8  Click here to watch a brief tutorial.

A good timeline creator that allows for inserting text, images and video and can be embedded in a website is Dipity.  Below is an example of quick one created about the Renaissance.  

Renasissance on Dipity.



With ThingLink, you can annotate a picture with text, video and images.  See the example below of a ThingLink citing important structures found in the city of Ancient Rome. 

Embed gadget



Mind Mapping/Graphic Organizing Tools

Coggle - This mindmapping/graphic organizing tool is super simple to use...which is why it made this list!  It does not have a bunch of bells and whistles i.e. too many editing tools and features, which means students can focus on the content and not what colors to use.  This tool is perfect for an on-the-fly whole class or group brainstorming activity. Appropriate for 4-8  Click here for a quick overview of Coggle.

Gliffy - a collaborative tool that allows for users to collaboratively create flowcharts and diagrams (Venn, organizational charts, etc.)  Appropriate for 8-12

 
Lead learners through a visually pleasing journey - a creative way to present information - with Spicy Nodes. Create a mind map or graphic organizer by connecting "nodes".  East node holds a piece of information - a fact, a vocab term, a website link, etc - like the example to the right.  It's only limited by your imagination and your plan for presenting information!  Appropriate for 7-12
 




Storytelling Tools

Create a storybook with Storybird Artists provide the artwork that users can place on pages and then add the words to the story.  You and your students can become authors to create stories about the concepts and skills learned in the classroom. Appropriate for grades 3-12.

Glogster - create interactive online posters!  Embed video, audio, images and pictures to tell a story, explain a concept, summarize a lesson. A "glog", is an graphic blog that can be shared online via a URL address or embedded into a website.  Appropriate for 4-12

Stixy - A bit like Glogster but not as flashy, Stixy allows you to create interactive online bulletin boards that can easily be shared via a link or by embedding into your website.  Add documents, photos, notes and events.  A great way to summarize a concept or organize resources for a particular lesson or activity.  You could even spotlight student work by posting assignments or artwork - all on one page, just a click away when you share the URL address! 
Appropriate for 4-12

fotobabble.com - Create talking photos! Upload an image and record up to 1 minute of audio.  Upload a picture from a school field trip and have students record observations and what they learned, or use fotobabble as a unique way to explain an assignment or introduce a lesson. 
Appropriate for grades 2-12

Zooburst is a 3-D pop-up book creator. Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and materials. ZooBurst authors can share books with readers via a hyperlink or embedded in any website or blog, Authors can also maintain a moderated discussion forum for each book, providing a virtual space in which readers can interact with one another.  Appropriate for 4-8

Tikatok - this is Barnes & Noble's storybook creator...also online and shareable.  Appropriate for 3-8.

StoryToolz offers some useful tools for writers. Students can get some help coming up with ideas for fiction stories can use the story starters - Random Conflicts, Half Title Generator, and Story Idea Generator. No account is needed.  Simply select the tool and review the randomly generated idea. If you don't like the ideas provided, run the tool again until you get options that you like.  Appropriate for 8-12
 
Make a picture talk - object, animal or person - with 
Blabberize.  This would be an attention-grabber for introducing a new unit or use for students to create a report about a famous painting, author, scientist or historical figure.  Click for 2nd grade examples or a historical figure blabber.  
Appropriate for K-6

Kerpoof - Lets students create their own pictures, drawings, cards, diagrams, storybooks and movies.  Kerpoof provides scenes, characters and props while students author and direct their creations.  Best for 2nd grade and up, the teacher tool section allows teachers to create lessons.  Students can save their work too.  
Have students outline a historical event, retell a fictional story, diagram the life cycle of a butterfly, summarize key concepts from a lesson...anything is possible with a little creativity! 
Appropriate for K-5


Voki - create speaking avatars.  Create the avatar, add a voice and post it on your website or blog.  Students can write a story and have their avatar read it...a great way for students to check their grammar, spelling and punctuation because they are "hearing" their words and sentences.  Avatars can recite famous speeches, explain a concept, recite characteristics of an animal species, describe a branch of government...Voki can be used for any subject or grade level.  Voki.com includes dozens of lesson plans that demonstrate effective, standards-based uses for Voki.  Appropriate for 5-12

Assessment Tools

Socrative - Use socrative to give quick formative assessments with students.  You can add images to questions as well. Questions are shown to students one at a time and all reports are accessible from any computer.

Testmoz

Google Forms & FlubarooUse Google Forms for a quick poll or survey.  You can add images to your form as well as choose from several types of questions - text, multiple choice, grid, scale and more.  AND you can create self-grading quizzes by adding Flubaroo to your Form!  Appropriate for K-12.  Click here for a quick tutorial on how to create a self-grading form.


Create a simple one question survey with Yarp. To create a survey select "survey" on the homepage, type a question, then select your answer format. Options for answer formats include only simple formats such as  "true or false" or "yes or no." Each Yarp survey is assigned its own unique URL that you can give to those whom you want to complete your survey. 

Flisti is a free and does not require registration. To create a poll using Flisti just enter your question, specify some answer choices, then click "create new poll." Your poll(s) can be embedded into your class website. 



Voicethread - a safe collaborative environment to create audio podcasts - like adding a voice to a image of your choosing.  Have students create radio advertisements, compose a book review, tell a story, conduct an interview or recite a famous historical speech.  Teachers can provide an audio "tutorial" that provides a review of a concept or an explanation of a project or assignment.  Appropriate for 4-12

Websites for Learning Games and Practice Exercises

WatchKnowLearn is a free online video library with tens of thousands of K-12 educational videos.  Categories include history, math, science, the arts and more.  

e-Learning for Kids has excellent free learning games and activities for ages 5-12 (grades K-6).  Math, Life Skills, Computer Skills, Health, the Environment, Science and Language Arts.  Games include both written and audio directions.  This is a non-profit organization with partners around the world who are committed to improving education for kids around the globe.  TickTock Time, Money, Word Recognition, Weather, Planets, Keyboarding, Internet Safety, Global Warming, Digestive System, Bullying and Emotions are just a few of the 100+ mini courses that this site offers. Great way to review a new skill, for whole class lessons or independent work...kids can be activity involved in learning the content, all while gaining experience in using the computer to solve problems and answer questions (practice for those online tests)!  

Funbrain.com - a collection of free K-8 online math and language arts games.  Games do not boast super fancy visuals or effects but the educational content is good.  Games are arranged by grade level and include titles such as Math Baseball, Letter Splash, Shape Stack,  When Pigs Fly and Math Arcade.  

ABC Ya is a free site with some nice flash activities for K-5 students to use to enrich their curriculum. All the educational computer games and activities were created or approved by certified teachers! The activities incorporate content areas such as math and reading while introducing basic computer skills.  


Thinkfinity - is the Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community, providing access to over 60,000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for K-12 — aligned to state standards and the common core. If you want to build your professional learning community, you can connect and collaborate with other educators through themed groups, blogs and discussions, sharing resources and best practices.  Thinkfinity also hosts/posts webinars along with their partner organizations like National Geographic, ReadWriteThink, Smithsonian and Illuminations...offering resources and best practices to support teaching of the Common Core.

StudyLadder is a great resources for K-6 online learning activities!  With thousands of video lessons, interactive games, worksheets and assessments all aligned to the Common Core Standards, you can search by standard, grade, subject or topic/keyword for activities that students can complete online. You can manage student progress by setting up a class, adding tasks and assigning students a login (younger students can use an "easy login" link.  StudyLadder has themed project sheets to use in the classroom too (e.g. Opposites, Triangles, Heavy & Light). There are also printable activities in the Teacher Guide (calendars, How do you Learn poll for students, Word Search, Goal Setting Worksheet and more!)

NeoK12 - a collection of videos, lessons and games for K-12 classrooms.  Most videos are brief enough to easily be embedded into a lesson for an added perspective or a way to help students visualize concepts. 

International Children’s Library: Students can read books online in 19 different languages from dozens of different countries. Children and teachers can search for books by age level, topic, color of cover, length, award winners, and recently added. Books are visually appealing to early elementary students and children can begin reading any story immediately. All text and pictures can be enlarged.  You don't have to register (it's free) but if you do, you can return to the last page you were reading, save favorite books and then access these features from any computer with an internet connection. A great way for K-6 kids to practice reading text online!

Find learning moments in everyday life with Wonderopolis.  This site posts information and exploration ideas for things that K-12 students (and learners of all ages for that matter!) wonder about.  Questions like:  Why do mosquitoes bite? Why do we need trees?  Why do some drinks sweat?  Where is the big dipper?  What goes on inside a cocoon?  Can exercise make you smarter  Questions are answered but there are also ideas and suggestions for further exploration of the topic - a list of associated vocabulary terms, simple experiments to try, and additional resources (videos, websites).  You can even nominate a Wonder of the Day.  

Khan Academy - Houses thousands of videos and tutorials for science, math, astronomy, finance and more...along with lessons and practice tests for students.  Best for grades 6-12

Productivity & Learning Tools

URL Shortners - Create URLs that your students can quickly and accurately type into their browsers. My favorite URL shortening tools are Bitly.com and Goo.gl. Both allow you track how many times a link has been clicked which is useful to see how many times the links has been opened.  Goo.gl generates a QR code (that students can quickly scan with a mobile device) for all of your links and Bitly does not. You can create customized shortened URL with bitly.com but Goo.gl autogenerates the code - so you cannot choose the address of your shortened URL. If having a QR code is important to you, go with Goo.gl but Bitly.com is also super easy to use.

VideoNot.es - take notes while watching an online video.  It's a split screen view, with the video on the left side and the note taking window on the right.  Because it is a Google drive app, the notes are saved directly to your Google Drive for easy access later on.  This means the notes are easy to share too!  Appropriate for grades 2-12 classrooms. 

Classmint is a free online flashcard service.  What makes Classmint different from some other flashcard services is:  Classmint will read your flashcards to you; add images on your flashcard; and you can annotate the images on your flashcards. Learn more about Classmint by clicking here.  With the image and annotation tools, Classmint is probably most appropriate for 9-12.

Flippity flash card creator that works with Google Spreadsheets.  Flippity creates flash cards from a Google Spreadsheet (you have to copy the Flippity template but it's easy to do) so you could quickly enter vocab and definitions into a spreadsheet and then convert the data to flash cards with flippity.  You can continually make changes to your spreadsheet and then just republish in Flippity or you can click an option that will automatically republish when changes are made to the spreadsheet.  It's free, so it does have ads, but's it an easy way to maintain updated flash cards.
 
EasyBib - Helps students learn how to cite in MLA and APA formats.  You can print information, export to Word or PDF or email it with just a click. Grades 5-8

Study Blue - create online flashcards  so you can study anytime...study on the bus, waiting in line for ice cream, or anywhere else with a mobile device and internet connection. Best for grades 4-8

Study Stack is a great way to prep for a quiz or test!  You can search the gallery for flashcards created by other teachers or students, or you can create your own.  StudyStack has more than just flash cards (see a menu of activities below).  It's for all grade levels but the gallery seems to have more for MS and HS.  Below is an example of 6 Study Stack flash cards created and then embedded into this web page. 



Skype an Author Network - Bring authors into your classroom...video chat before, during and/or after reading their books!  Any K-12 classroom could benefit from using this tool!  This program uses Skype to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits. 

Professional Learning Tools

Pinterest is used by thousands of teachers to find and share educational resources for the classroom.  Try it out!

Below are some wonderful educator blogs that offer great technology integration ideas for the classroom.  You can sign up to receive emails for some of these or you can simply bookmark them and visit the sites/blogs daily or weekly.  The ones below are award-winning and touted by teachers.
    Free Technology 4 Teachers - Richard Byrne
    The Innovative Educator - Lisa Nielsen
    Edutech 4 Teachers - Jamie Forshey