2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning
PowToon - Media Sharing. This site allows for the creation of web-based presentations that include animated videos and amazing content. Tip: Create a Powtoon video introducing parents to your school’s library. Grades K-12.
Video Notes - Media Sharing. Allows students to view YouTube, Coursera, Khan Academy, Udacity, edX, and Vimeo videos. Tip: Use this for flipped classroom assignments, having students take notes as they watch, and share the notes with the instructor to demonstrate completion of the assignment. Grades 6-12.
ThingLink - Media Sharing. Make your images completely interactive by adding links, videos, text, and more with your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Tip: Have students create a class museum where they create the art, digitally enhancing each image with information and links using Thinglink. Grades 6-12.
Haiku Deck - Media Sharing. Haiku Deck started as an app and is now a website that makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun. Users have access to over 35 million free images and six free themes. Tip: Use Haiku Deck as a Power Point alternative when creating your next professional development presentation. Grades 4-12.
Canva - Media Sharing. Create dynamic flyers, presentations, banners, infographics, graphics for social media, and other designs incorporating vibrant stock backgrounds, photos, graphics, and fonts, as well as images you upload. Tip: Have students work in pairs creating infographics as assessments. Also, have them create flyers promoting extra-curricular activities or posters promoting a book. Grades 6-12.
Glossi - Digital Storytelling. Glossi is a powerful digital media publishing tool. Add links, images, PDF files, animations, videos and audio files. Tip: Have your class come together to create their own magazine and then share with peers. Grades 6-12.
Recite This - Digital Storytelling. Pick a quote from literature, a movie, a mentor, teacher, or create one of your own. Choose a template and voila, you have created a gorgeous quote with Recite This. Tip: Before exams or end of grade tests, have students create a stress wall, or a lift up your peers wall. Have each student create quotes and post them through Recite This to share with their peers as the year comes to a close. Grades K-12.
Meograph - Digital Storytelling. Meograph, a multimedia storytelling tool, allows users to pull video and photos from the web, from social media, cloud-based storage, the computer's hard drive or webcam. Tip: Consider having students use Meograph to collect and share family histories or cultural stories. Grades K-12.
Metta - Digital Storytelling. Metta is a media storytelling tool for both students and teachers! This tool allows one to create or tell stories using YouTube and other types of videos, creating presentations for teaching and learning. Tip: Poll your students on library introduction information with Metta! Grades 4-12.
Figment - Digital Storytelling. Figment is a community of readers and writers, creators and artists, using the internet to share ideas and stories. Tip: Use Figment with your next summer reading group. Grades 4-12.
Kaizena - Manage and Organize. Kaizena is a quick and easy tool that offers users the ability to embed voice comments, text comments and links to student work. Tip: Have students submit poems for National Poetry Month in April and give librarian, teacher, and peer feedback using Kaizena. Grades 6-12.
DropTask - Manage and Organize. DropTask is a task management tool that provides a colorful visual of the user’s task at hand that resembles a Venn Diagram. Tip: Use Drop Task to manage groups for after school projects. Grades 6-12.
Gibbon - Manage and Organize. Gibbon is a community of people who collect and share information about the web in easy to use playlists for learning. Think Spotify, Pandora or Netflix but with websites, videos, and other links for education. Tip: Create a Gibbon Playlist with all of the AASL Best Websites of 2014 and share with your teachers and administrators. Grades 6-12.
Pearltrees - Social Networking and Communication. Pearltrees is a website and app where users can collaborate and visually share their interests. Tip: Choose and gather favorite digital storytelling tools in Pearltrees and link this curated resource on your school's library webpage for your students and teachers. Grades 6-12.
Kahoot! - Social Networking and Communication. Kahoot is a classroom student response system that can be used on any device that connects to the Internet. Using a simple drag and drop feature, instructors can create quizzes, discussions or surveys, called Kahoots, which can be embedded with images, text, video and more. Tip: Have a library game show where students answer questions about the library as an introduction to the space using their devices to respond. Grades K-12.
TodaysMeet - Social Networking and Communication. TodaysMeet is a back channel for questions, comments, and feedback in any class, presentation, workshop, or convention. Tip: During a language arts class have TodaysMeet going for students to determine characters for class wide story writing projects. Grades 4-12.
Storify - Social Networking and Communication.This site offers the opportunity to take our favorite social media and build stories. Find posts, tweets, links, articles, blogs, and more to create a story all your own. Tip: For social studies class choose an event in history, past or present, and create social stories using Storify. Grades 6-12.
Alchemy - Curriculum Collaboration. Create awesome digital lessons for your flipped, face to face, or online classrooms with Alchemy. This site provides the means for users to create Smart Binders where instructors and librarians can create digital lessons. Tip: Create a library lesson discussing new maker space ideas and creations before students come in to create in your Maker Lab or with the 3D printer. Grades 4-12.
Stoodle - Curriculum Collaboration. Looking for a real time collaborative white board with unlimited pages? Communicate with other teachers and librarians via video conferencing and text chat, use Stoodle Boards for brain storming and come back to the boards later to peruse your ideas. Tip: For math class have a class wide project of how to create a functioning set of tools for a classroom or school tool box, then design and make them on your school's 3D printer. Grades K-12.
Mixedink - Curriculum Collaboration. Mixedink is a collaborative writing platform where students, teachers, administrators, or librarians can work together to put great ideas and language into one text. Mixedink allows for an unlimited number of users to edit, write, and create at once. Tip: Have students create a fantasy story together for language arts class, either in the classroom or outside of class. Grades 4-12.
eduCanon - Curriculum Collaboration. This site supports flipped instruction by allowing teachers to embed multiple-choice questions into YouTube, TeacherTube, or Vimeo videos. Tip: Use this for flipped classroom assignments or independent work during class, having students respond to questions as they watch. Grades 3-12.
Remix - Content Resources. Remix, a joint project of the Hesburgh Libraries, The Kaneb Center, and the Office of Information Technologies at Notre Dame University, guides students in the effective and responsible use of digital media. Tip: Have students check out the examples presented in the “inspire me” link and then create their own Public Service Announcement (PSA) using the tools presented in the Project Gallery. Grades 9-12.
Media History Digital Library - Content Resources. The Media History Digital Library is a collection of resources providing online access to the history of movies, broadcasting, and sound recording. Tip: Have students look at the Year Book "Booking Guides", documenting which films exhibitors selected for their theaters and examining persuasive advertisements from industry suppliers, vendors, producers, stars and directors. Grades 7-12.
The Why Files - Content Resources. Created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the auspices of the National Institute for Science Education, the Why Files web site provides scientific information to explain and expand on current news stories. Tip: This site provides an easy way for social studies and science teachers to collaborate on classroom activities focusing on current events and the science behind the news. Grades 5-12.