Exploring the Technology Tools of a 21st Century Classroom

Check out these sites to begin exploring tools to support various competencies required of 21st century learners.
Please add any additional sites that you find in your research in the categories below or preferably in the table here!


Web2.0

Archived webinars from Classroom 2.0
How About Google Tools
Web 2.0 Tools for Educators
Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher
Educational-Origami
(a favorite with rubrics, Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, tool sheets, more)
Web Tools for You To Use
27 Free Online Collaboration Tools
Pikistrips (a place to create comics)
quietube.com, NOW A YOUTUBE WITHOUT ANYTHING BUT VIDEO!!!


http://www.missiontolearn.com/2009/08/free-online-collaboration/

This is a geat site to explain the basics of wiki's, whether for math or another subject. Somewhere in here is a quick definition: "wiki" is Hawaiian for "fast."
wiki's in math

General

Larry Ferlazzo-Daily Links
Jane Hart's 100 Top Tools for Learning
New Tools Workshop
K12 Online Conference
(Archived Sessions on Tools, Pedagogy and Vision)

All Things PLC(Extensive blog for Professional Learning Communities)

Video:
http://www.mobilelearninginstitute.org/21stcenturyeducation/
“A 21st Century Education” compiles, in short film format, the best ideas around school reform.

Specific Tools


Name
Link to Tool(s)
Description
Review of Tool's Application in Classroom
Examples and Resource Links
What 21st Century Competency(ies) can this tool, along with good pedagogy, help develop?
Wiki
http://wikispaces.com
http://pbwiki.com
http://wetpaint.com
Wikis are dynamic webpages
that can be edited by
the general public, by members
who join, or by organizers
only. Each page on a wiki
has its own history, discussion
forum tab, and notification feed.
  • collaborative note-taking,
  • collaborative essay writing
  • resource/textbook development
  • collaborative research
  • storyboard and project development
  • ability to embed a variety of media
  • lock ind pages to use for resources
(Ask Laura to see archives)
(See tab "Projects")
Collaboration
Connection
Communication
Creativity
Critical Thinking
pikistrips
http://www.pikistrips.com
pikistrips lets you create your own comics using preexisting pictures from your computer or using pictures from flickr.com
*visual interpretation of stories
*poster creation
http://www.pikistrips.com/clicked/32819413
Creativity
Communication
Google Maps
http://maps.google.com
Google Maps allows users to "create" personal or shared maps by adding content and links.
  • collaborative research
  • collaborative inquiry
  • ability to embed media
  • ability to embed your map in other media (blog, wiki, etc.)
  • privacy control
  • ability to RSS updates/changes
  • ability to view in Google Earth
Sadtler's Spanish 2 class:
Sitios naturales del mundo hispano highlights some areas of the hispanic world that are experiencing climate change issues.
Collaboration
Connection
Critical Thinking
Creativity
Communication
quietube
http://quietube.com/
Quietube allows you to filter out all the commentary in youtube videos, making them more classroom friendly.
*filters out unnecessary (and often inappropriate) "noise" (comments) so you can show videos in your classroom without added distractions or inappropriate content
Just go to the site and try it out for yourself. (I can't figure out another way to show you.)
N/A
This is a resource for classroom-appropriate video showing.
Jing
http://www.jingproject.com/
Jing captures video (or just a still image) of what is happening on your computer screen and allows you to record audio simultaneously to accompany the video.
  • collaborating on projects
  • modeling how to use a technology tool on the computer
  • re-teaching and peer teaching
  • capturing a student working a problem or exploring a technology tool
Communication
Collaboration
Wridea
http://wridea.com/
Wridea makes it easy to collaborate and share ideas with colleagues, team members, and fellow learners. This brainstorming tool organizes and categorizes ideas onto different pages, provides unlimited storage, and allows users to comment on topics and ideas.



Writeboard
http://writeboard.com/
Whiteboard is free collaborative writing software. It can be used to write, edit, track changes, and rollback to previous versions.



Twiddla
http://www.twiddla.com/
Twiddla works very well for online meetings or co-browsing. Groups can use it to mark-up and comment on web pages, images, and other content.



Palbee
http://www.palbee.com/index.aspx
Palbee is a free video conferencing tool with multiple capabilities. Users can conduct video meetings with other people or record a video presentation for later viewing.



Google Docs
http://docs.google.com
Part of Google's impressive suite of collaborative tools, it allows multiple users to edit, save, and share documents and spreadsheets
  • Features many formatting tools available in conventional word processing documents
  • collaborative note-taking
  • collaborative research
  • real-time editing
Beginning our country-specific research on Spain, Mexico, and Chile, Sadtler's classes are collaborating on three preliminary research docs (one on each country) that will eventually be used by small groups to do a research project on one of the three countries.

Diigo
http://www.diigo.com
Social Bookmarking, Online Reading Tool (Highlight and Annotation Tools), Collaboration
  • can set up a classroom "group" with ability to read/highlight/annotate articles and see one another's highlights and annotations
  • great way to support critical reading of online text


CoverItLive
http://coveritlive.com
Real Time Blogging with Multiple Participants
  • increase student engagement in class discussion
  • connect with other classrooms to support more voices in a virtual conference


Ning
http://ning.com
Customized online networks (with forums, blogs, groups, individual profile pages, etc similar to Facebook).
  • literature study: assume a character and develop profile/interact with other characters (could be used in history classrooms as well)
  • Deepen/extend classroom discussion with online community
  • encourage more writing and reflection
Classroom 2.0
A forum for teachers interested in exploring Web 2.0 experience.

Camtasia
http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp
From the guys that brought you Jing, Camtasia is a supercharged version of screen video capture software. It's not free.
  • Student reflection (students can complete a task while recording their reflection of the task (i.e., talking through the steps of a math problem)
  • teaching/demonstration tool
Working on it
Critical Thinking
Collaboration
Communication
Creativity
Connections
Geogebra
http://www.geogebra.org/cms/
A free download-able math application, very similar to Geometersketchpad.

Advantages: free for teachers and students (also needs free Javascript download), Geogebra wiki for anyone to post and view work, easy to use with built-in support--could turn students loose

An international base of users and contributors
  • teaching demonstration
  • student exploration of geometry, trig, and calculus
  • collaborative work in the classroom and beyond
  • posting work for a wider audience

Creativity
COllaboration
Communication
Elluminate
https://sas.elluminate.com
A site for interactive collaborative ventures and presentations. Includes audio and video capabilities as well as chat.
Student collaboration across schools. Meeting "location" for PLC's.


Bubbl
https://bubbl.us/beta/
A site to make bubble maps (or mindmaps)
*does not require an account to use
*can be used like "Inspiration"
(but it's free)
*can use for brainstorming
*can use to analyze a character

Communication
Creativity
Critical Thinking