Teacher Tech Tools 09-10
The purpose of this page is to provide practical tools teachers can use to incorporate technology into your classroom, engage students in learning and increase student achievement. Each Technology Tech Tool was emailed to the MHS staff weekly by the Teacher Librarian. This page serves as the archive.
How to Create a Weebly Website 05/14/10
Using SlideShare I have uploaded my 5/12/10 after school staff development presentation. You can also find this on the new How-To section of this website (under the Links page)
Create your own Destiny account 05/07/10
Destiny is the online library catalog. Students and staff can set up accounts to search the catalog and enjoy the great features! Not only can you "judge books by their covers" but you can also suggest books to students, review books, see the most popular books are in the past 30 days, and more!
How to Embed a Discovery Streaming Video into PPT 12/11/09
Using the free screencast site Jing, I demonstrate how to do this. There is no audio, I couldn't get a mic to work on my office computer.
Shmoop.com Study Guides and Teacher Resources 12/04/09
Shmoop's mission is to to make learning & writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age. It covers literature, poetry, biographies, bestsellers, U.S. History, civics and music. It provides deep topic analyses, study questions, an essay lab and best-of-the-web links to relevant videos, audio and photos. It's created by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities - primarily Stanford and U.C. Berkeley. Many have taught at the college and high school levels. Take the Educator's Tour to find out how you (and students) can use this great resource.
Flashcard Machine 11/27/09
I know we are on Thanksgiving Break but this might be a fun way to help your kids study for finals. Create your own cards for your students to access or have them create their own. Online flashcards can help students learn terms, concepts, images (art) or audio (foreign language) For more online flashcard websites click here.
ReadWriteThink's Comic Creator 11/20/09
The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). For more comic creator-type websites click here.
Donors Choose is a nonprofit organization that connects public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning. Submit project requests for the specific materials your students need to learn and if funded, the materials will be sent to you. Very organized and easy to use. Many MHS teachers have already used this site with success, you can too!
Google Alerts 11/6/09
Sign up to get email notifications any time a topic you designate shows up in Google search results. This is a great way to stay current with a research project or current event/news story.
RubiStar Rubric Creator 10/30/09
Create rubrics for your project-based learning activities. Choose from pre-made rubrics in various curriculum areas, customize or create your own. You can even teach your students to create their own.
Zamzar File Conversion 10/23/09
Ever find a great video clip on YouTube you want to use in class? Do your students want show a video clip they created and posted on YouTube for a class presentation? This site can help. It allows you to convert all types of files (including YouTube URLs) into files you can access on campus. (Convert to wmv) * For academic use only on campus *
Google Custom Search Engines 10/16/09
Want your kids to research a topic on their own but don't have time to teach them how to evaluate websites to find the best ones? You can create your own custom search engine with Google so kids will always get results from quality websites you've selected. You can do it on your own and provide the students a link to it or contact the TL who can post the search engine on the library website.
Google Mobile SMS 10/2/09
All you need is a cell phone and a text plan to search Google from your phone. No need to download anything. Just text 466653 any of the commands listed in the link above and Google will reply. (Standard text messaging rates apply) Text TIPS to get a full listing on commands sent to you.
Poll Everywhere 9/25/09
Ask your audience a question, have them text their answer or answer on the web and view updated results live in your browser or PowerPoint slide. Use for test prep, check for understanding, or review for a test. (Flash Player Required)