Monthly Archives: July 2015

Educational Tools – Coolio Toolios!

I have spent the past three days learning about Google Tools, apps and websites to use with my students in a Tech Leader Training.  Although it is the middle of July, I can’t wait to use the tools with my students when school starts in August.  I discovered an awesome video by two of my district’s instructional technology team members during our training.  They share 10 apps or websites that teachers can use with students to deepen engagement with content and allow for content creation by students.  I would like to share it so that all of my friends in education can get ideas on some amazing web tools.

Here is a pdf that describes the 10 tools:  https://drive.google.com/a/cms.k12.nc.us/file/d/0B6s0t8HsJ8hlV2RBbjFlZ3pzaXc/view

My district also has a great way to assess apps and websites. Here is a link to the rubric that we use to assess educational apps and websites:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fke-DxVuIDVZmw336ywX9iM2LwvETQEewJAtZNL0B-E/view   

I also like an iPad and Android app called Goose Chase!

Teachers sign up for a free account at https://www.goosechase.com/howitworks/organizing/ then they create challenges for students to do.  Students take a picture with their device and submit the picture as they go on a scavenger hunt to find things that the teacher assigns.  There can be up to 10 teams enrolled in a game so students are encouraged to work together.  Some of the examples that you could do in class:

Find your teacher’s website and take a picture.

Take a picture of a new student in the class.

Locate the place in our class where you turn in parent forms and take a picture.

Discover your teacher’s expectations on how to act in class.

There are so many possibilities to use this app with students and with staff at the beginning of the school year.

What are some of your favorite apps and websites for K- 8 students?