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Quick Response Codes and Readers

QR Reader for Mac:

QR Reader for Android:
QR Generators:
Use a QR Generator to create a QR (Quick Reference) code that can contain text, a web site, a URL that links to an audio file, movie file, etc. Use a QR generator to create a code that can be read by an
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iPad, iPod, iPhone, laptop, Android, etc. For vocabulary, a teacher can create a QR code with the correct word and then in a presentation, on flash cards, etc. the teacher could put the definition and students could scan the QR code to check their answers. This has been used on a whiteboard, on a bulletin board, in PowerPoint, etc. One teacher created a jeopardy game with the QR code in the lower right corner of the question that was scanned to reveal the answer.

  • 21st Century Skill: Communication and Creativity
  • Best Practice: Marzano--nonlinguistic representations,
  • Reading Goal: Vocabulary development

Linoit and Wallwisher-- Online, Real-time Feedback
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Description: Linoit was discovered when looking for a substitute for Wall Wisher ( which had become kind of flaky lately. Linoit is FREE but it requires the creator of the canvas/board to register. Depending on the way you set-up the board, users can post notes to the board without registering--which is great for classroom use. Videos, images, links, and text can be added to the canvas and due dates can also be given to tasks. This site is worth a look and some teachers are using it as a combination class web site and homework posting site.

prezi_example.jpgPrezi-- Updated Presentation and Review Tool

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Description:Prezi is an "online" presentation tool that rotates and zooms to give your presentation a very different look and feel. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional Power Point--this is the tool for you. I have found that this is an easy way to introduce and review vocabulary for my students.

Wordsift.jpgWord Sift

Word Sift:
WordSift helps students sift through written text --they simply cut and paste any text into WordSift and a word cloud is created that is clickable. Students can then click aword and view visual images of the word along with a visual thesaurus. Using the workspace, students can create a visual representation of unknown words, assisting invocabulary development.


Today's Meet

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Description: Today's meet does not require an account and can be set-up "on the fly" for class feedback, questions and discussions. The simplicity of this tool is its strength. Great for exit tickets.
  • 21st Century Skill: Communication, Collaboration, Computers (ICT Literacy)
  • Classroom Ideas for Use: Use this tool during class for students to post questions, reflect, provide feedback, etc.
  • Demo Page to try:

Big Huge Labs
Create a "Motivator" Poster of Vocabulary Words at Big Huge Labs:
  • Big Huge Labs allows users to quickly create a poster using images and words. Teachers and students are using this FREE tool to create apicture representation of a vocabulary word that they can display on a word wall with a picture, the word, and a definition. The "professional" look of the final creation is impressive and students as young as 2nd and 3rd grade could use this web site.
  • 21st Century Skill Addressed by This Activity: Communication, Creativity, ICT Literacy
  • Best Practice: Marzano- activities that engage
  • Reading Skill Addressed: Vocabulary development & content knowledge



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Furly condenses multiple URLs into one easy, editable URL. Great for teachers to use for lessons, webquest-type activities, and research projects. Instead of struggling to type in the various URLs they can focus on the content. Simple and very easy to use for ANY teacher.
  • 21st Century Skill: Computers (ICT Literacy)
  • Best Practice: Marzano-- Research and Notetaking

socrative_logo.jpgSocrative- Engage the Class Using ANY Device
model.jpgGet Started with Socrative (Teacher):
Join a Room (Student):
*App Available in both the iTunes App Store and the Android Market for FREE**

How do I know they know it? Socrative is here to help! Socrative is a free online forum for quick responses and increased engagement in the classroom. Once the application is downloaded, the student simply puts in the room number established by the teacher. Easy as 1, 2, 3.The teacher application has several options to choose from: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, exit ticket, and space race. Feedback is automatic and very informative. I recommend this app for ANY teacher looking to increase engagement and use technology in their classroom!

  • 21st Century Skill: Communication
  • Best Practice: Marzano--Cooperative Learning, Cues and Questions
  • Reading Goal: Formative assessments, Feedback and recognition

pixton_cartoon_creator.jpgPixton Cartoon Creator

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Description: Pixton is a FREE cartoon creator that can be used in the classroom. There are others such as Bit Strips, Comiqs, etc. Pixton seems to appeal to the middle school and high school set and Bit Strips & Comiqs seems to appeal to the younger set. Take your pick on this fun and engaging tools.
  • 21st Century Skill Addressed: creativity, communication, collaboration, computers
  • Teaching Ideas & Examples: Language Arts Example at Left