Here is a short list of the tools in my productivity collection box.
- Moodle – http://moodle.org (The class launch pad)
- Ck12.org – Open source Science Text Book and much more
- EdPuzzle – a free tool for cropping videos and adding interactive questioning to the video viewing experience for students. This tool also allows teachers to monitor who has viewed an entire video.
- Google Tools and Apps (Google it!)
- Quizlet – flash cards and review games
- Kahoot.it – a gamified student response tool (Caution! kids love this)****
- Nearpod – reach out and control them, oops, I mean share your screen and let them have a personal screen view they can interact with
- Ink2@Go – annotate your screen or keynotes using a graphic tablet or iPad.
- Camtasia – for recording short instructional videos
- CoolText – a site for creating cool banners to jazz up your Moodle
- Smart Notebook – Guided note taking a publishing handwritten notes and scribing
- Create a Graph an easy tool to get students started with graphing
- virtual dice – because sometimes the remote site just can’t seem to find the box of materials you sent
- Random Name Generator – Scoreboard – Stopwatch
- Convert to Metric obvious but useful in science labs
- Actively Learn – I tool for adding interactivity to independent reading assignments.
Open Source Tools for Doing Science in A Distance Learning Class
- Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry Portal (ITSI)– includes customizable sensor and simulation activities with an online interface for lab notebooks and reports.
- PHET Simulations – online simulations and inquiry lesson plans
- Geniverse – an online game that involves meiosis and breeding dragons
- ECO Muve – an immersive virtual environment for learning about ecosystem and causal patterns
- Web Based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) Portal
- Virtual Field Experiences a growing collection of virtual inquiries about the earth and directions for making your own with students.
- ArcGIS Online – powerful mapping software that is available for free to all k-12 schools and getting easier to use, really! Check out the map journals and story maps. (Available free to schools through their state contacts)
- HHMI Biointeractives – virtual labs, lessons and media-
- Simbucket– Science simulations
- The Physics Classroom – Many ideas for teaching physical
- SERC – The Science Education Resource Center from Carleton College. A bottomless wealth of lesson plans and inquiry data activities.
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