StoryboardThat - Digital Storytelling. Storyboard That is a storyboarding tool that offers templates for students to create stories. This site offers scenes, characters, text bubbles, and much more to fill the storyboard frames.Tip: Have students create storyboards for their own stories in other AASL Best Websites winners like Zooburst or Storybird. Grades: K-12.
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Code - Content Resources. Code.Org is a non-profit educational foundation whose goal is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code.Tip: Have your students make a game in the “Play Lab” or create intricate designs in “Artist.” Grades: K-12.
Gooru - Curriculum Collaboration. Gooru is a free, educational search engine for online resources and lesson plans in science, math, social studies and language arts. Teachers and students can search for and curate collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, handouts, games, and quizzes. Tip: You and your students can customize an existing collection or create your own “playlist of learning resources.” Grades: K - 12.
Booktrack - Digital Storytelling. Booktrack Classroom creates an immersive reading experience which allows students to read with a movie-style soundtrack. Students can read booktracks already created or can create and publish their own Booktracks using books preloaded in Booktrack or by adding in their own stories. Tip: Use Booktracks to bring life to a book and engage students into the story. Grades: 3-12
IFTTT - Social Networking and Communication. Put the internet to work for you with IFTTT (If This, Then That). Create recipes that connect two or more apps, websites, or products. TIP: Use IFTTT to create a log of every time the International Space Station passes over your classroom. Or better yet, set it to send you a notification when it's overhead! Grades: 9-12.
Bookopolis - Social Networking and Communication. Bookopolis is a social network and book discovery tool for young children. You can think of this as similar to Shelfari or GoodReads for children. Tip: Use Bookopolis to practice opinion writing that students use to recommend titles to their classmates. Grades: 2-8.
Bio Digital Human - Content Resources. BioDigital moves learning beyond textbook diagrams and the life-sized skeleton in the corner of the science classroom! This tool is an interactive 3D environment providing a stunningly realistic way to examine the human body. Tip: Use BioDigital in Science and Health and Wellness classes to discuss various health conditions related to students’ daily health choices. Grades:7-12.
What was There - Content Resources. This innovative site adds the history to the place. Using Google Maps, this site explores the way places used to look. Students can search and explore their own personal history, that of relatives, or of an important place in class. Tip: Students can explore a historic place featured in literature or a class reading assignment. Grades: K-12.
Engineering is Elementary - Curriculum Collaboration. Engineering is Elementary uses children’s love for building things to engage them in real-world engineering design challenges. The hands-on projects integrate an elementary school science topic with a specific field of engineering. Tip: Display finished engineering projects in the library, along with related books, to promote STEM topics and this great website to students and teachers. Grades: 1-8