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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.