Learning Tools


SocialMedia and Learning

There are several different platforms for creating Facebook projects in the classroom. See below, but make sure it is not blocked by your district:
  • Fakebook: This online app is the best I have seen. It is web based and easy to use. Students fill in the blanks, upload pictures and write status updates for the different people on the wall. I have not yet used this app with students, but I plan on using it this week. Sometimes, when a bunch of students use an app like this, we see how good it really works. I’ll be sure to let you know
  • My Fake Wall: This is a cool template, much like Fakebook. I really like how it is set up. The app is web based and allows students to build as big a page as they like. The one draw back is that it doesn’t seem to work consistently. I have used this with several classes now, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t which creates quite the headache if this is the plan for class on a particular day. That having been said, it is still worth a try because it is so much fun.
  • PowerPoint Template, Facebook Profile Template.pptx this page template opens in PowerPoint, but functions surprisingly as a Facebook page. Adding pictures and status text is quite easy without creating a mess of the page. It gives creativity in a non-web based platform.
  • MS Word Template: This template is a little harder to use and doesn’t look quite as good as the others, but it is another option. It does work in Word which is a plus if that is what students are used to using.
  • Classroom in the Cloud Facebook Project: This blog post has instructions, templates and rubrics for a Facebook project using a template created with Photoshop. This looks like another great option depending on your goals for the project.
  • EXAMPLES from http://edtechsteve.blogspot.com/2010/02/fake-facebook-page-fun.html

Timeline Tools

Helping students understand the relationship of events can be difficult, whether it is events from history or in a story. One way to overcome the difficulty is to have them create a timeline of key happenings.
  • Capzles - with Capzles, teachers and students can add photos, videos, audio, and text to their timeline and make them unique by personalizing them with special colors, backgrounds and music. You can also edit your Capzle sharing options and control who can view it. Then, you can share your capzle via embedding a blog, wiki or other webpage
  • Dipity.com/ - for timelines.
  • Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories. With no training you can quickly create stories about the news, history, travels, life events and stories. Much of what Meograph offers can be accomplished in Google Earth. However, Meograph is browser-based so that students can create stories even if they cannot install Google Earth on their computers.
  • MyHistro functions both as a timeline builder and a map creation tool. Built your personal timeline or a timeline about a theme or event in history. Each event that you place on your timeline can be located using Google Maps.
  • OfficeTimeline - create timelines in Microsoft Office - Download the Office Add On and use in PowerPoint
  • OurStory is a platform for creating rich media timelines. This tool is oriented for personal use in particular. You can create personal or collaborative timelines and incorporate images and video.
  • ReadWriteThink allows students to create and organize events. Saving capability allows them to come back to unfinished work, or they can share their final timeline with friends and family via e-mail.
  • Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.Free account sign up.
  • Timeglider helps you create and publish interactive timelines. With this web tool you can also highlight important events by increasing their size compared to other events. Create your zooming/planning interactive timelines with TimeGlider for free!
  • TimeToast timeline maker
  • Timeline JS is a powerful timeline creator that is both easy to use and filled with features. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet, which is great for making collaborative timelines. Timeline JS can then pull in media to document events in the timeline from a variety of sources and has built-in support for Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, and more. No registration or account is required.
  • TimeRime is very similar to xTimeLine and it allows users to create timelines that include text, images, audio, and video. What is great about TimeRime is the fact that you can have more than one type of media for each event on your timeline. After you’re finished, you can embed the timeline in a blog or share it via email.
  • SoftSchools Timeline Maker easy and quick to use. Can embed into a website.
  • Xtimeline is a free web-based timeline creation tool that is very accessible to high school students. Now you can easily create and share timelines with pictures and videos.


Virtual Manipulative

Learning Management Systems

  • Blackboard - one of the most robust Learning Management Systems (LMS) available it does not come without a price; however, the plethora of tools the system encompasses is simply the best.
  • Canvas, a popular recent cloud-based system. As of 2013, many sites seem to migrate from Blackboard to this. It does have aAuth2 / https / JSON based API. Single teachers can sign up for free.
  • Coggno (LMS) is SCORM compliant course management software for eLearning and Online Training. Free start up plans available. www.coggno.com
  • Collaborize Classrom - is a free tool which allows teachers to extend their classroom discussions to a structured and private online community. Get 100% student participation.Save on monthly printing costs. Reduce grading time by up to 2 hours per week.
  • Connexions Content Mgt -a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports,etc Anyone may view or contribute:
    • authors create and collaborate
    • instructors rapidly build and share custom collections
    • learners find and explore content
  • Course Lab - It's a little bulky and there is a learning curve, but it has great potential as a free resource.·
  • Desire2Learn - their technology supports the shift in delivery from traditional face-to-face learning to online, blended, flipped, mobile, and accessible delivery options that facilitate learning anytime, anywhere.
  • Edmodo - What is Edmodo? - Watch Video Now this "Facebook" type product allows for teacher to assign work, students to upload assignment additionally teachers can continue classroom discussions online, give polls to check for student understanding, and award badges to individual students based on performance or behavior. WEBINARS: http://blog.edmodo.com/category/webinar
  • GoogleClassroom - Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. Introduction to GoogleClassroom.
  • Haiku LMS - Haiku Learning is a full suite of beautiful, cloud-based tools designed to get you up and running with digital learning in minutes. Contains content creation, sharing, assignment, grading, feedback, etc.
  • LRN - according to their website, Learn Research Network, is the world's most widely adopted enterprise-class open source software for supporting e-learning and digital communities. Originally developed at MIT, LRN is used worldwide by over half a million users in higher education, government, non-profit, and K-12
  • Moodle - Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web ...Login to the site - Downloads - Moodle Demonstration Site - Using Moodle
  • MyBigCampus - another online classroom environment that integrates collaboration and interaction with activities, groupings, membership, teacher/student differentiation, school-district connection, etc. This tool is a product of Lightspeed and seems to operate well with their filters. Users have MANY options and resources, including customization of page layouts (think Google sites) and the creation of various levels of groupings, feeds, and notifications. Definitely an option, and a great free alternative to Moodle and Blackboard.
  • **NiceNe**t - Nicenet's Internet Classroom Assistant (ICA) allows virtually any classroom, even those with modest resources, access to powerful tools. Everything in Nicenet is offered free for public use, and Nicenet makes no profits from your participation.
  • Sakai, - “a community source software development effort to design, build and deploy a new Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) for higher education.”
  • WizIQ - is an easy-to-use online teaching and learning solutions are being used by more than 200000 teachers/trainers, 5000 organizations, and 3 million learners.

Additional Learning Tools

Online Texts

Graphic Organizers/Graphics/Mind Mapping/Brainstorming