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Many teachers have used Edmodo to help put materials and reminders online so everyone including absence students can stay in the know. It is a social network for teachers and students where teachers can post questions and assignments.
Place items into a fictional box to tell a story about an event, person, or historical period. I haven't tried this, but it seems like it might be useful for a demographics/target market project in marketing.
Padlet.com (Formally Wall Wisher)
This is a great web tool to get all students involved. It is a virtual white board where anyone in class can contribute their ideas. It can be used for bell work, closures, collaboration, discussions, and more.
Use this program to create PDF files of your documents, merge documents, and save into other formats such as JPEG, PNG, & TIF. Just a reminder that MS Word documents can now be saved as PDF files through MS Word itself.
I was just recently introduced to this great program. Wow. Really cool way to stay in touch with your students. You create an account that proves you with a phone number and a code for your students to text. Your students are then added to your text messaging group. You can now text your students all at once and they can text you without ever having to provide them your personal information. This is great for classroom reminders and for field trips to keep everyone informed.
"Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets." -Socratic.com
Three Ring is an excellent tool for one-to-one schools to help digitize student work in an online portfolio format. Excellent to help keep track of work and being able to retrieve it on a later date.
Use Animoto to turn your pictures into a short and creative video. Easy to use and makes your videos look great. Excellent for students to use for presentations and for student organizations such as DECA to make create a memory.
Glogster is a great tool for students and yourself to create digital posters that may include pictures and text, but also videos. This makes Glogster a more modern day version of the poster project presentation.
This looks to be an awesome tool for presenting videos and content while still showing the creator and their expressions through body language. The website has a great video to describe this program more.
Similar to PowerPoint, but on the cloud and many interactive features that help give your presentations an extra boost.
Create stories using social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and more.
About.com- Learn about various topics
eHow- Learn about various topics. Videos are sometimes included.
Howcast- Learn about various topics. Videos are sometimes included.
How Stuff Works- Articles on various topics and...how stuff works!
GCF Learn Free- How to for various computer technologies. Great for Microsoft Office.
Open Source Tools
These are typically free programs and applications that can be used for free. They are great quality programs that can hold its own against their paid equivalents.
Gimp- Equivalent to Photoshop CS5
Audacity- Audio editing software
Inkscape- Equivalent to Illustrator
PDFcreator- Equivalent to Adobe Acrobat X Standard