Online tools that help students cite resources correctly: "Intellectual Property" teaching students to give credit to the author of original work.
Online Collaborative Storytelling with www.storybird.com Students can create and publish their own stories.
Studying for a test just got easier! http://quizlet.com/ Here is a tool that your students can use to study online. The site recommends age 13 and up for individual use. However a teacher can create a flashcard quiz for their class as a study guide.
Transforming Teaching Through Technology- I am participating along with teachers in District 200 in a list serve that looks at technology in the classroom . I have included some links from this group that talk about using technology in the 21st century classroom. Technology use in the classroom can be labeled as Adaptive and Transformational. An example of adaptive use is doing a presentation using PowerPoint instead of a poster. An example of transformational use of technology would be creating a document using a Web 2.0 tool like Google Docs and having students collectively interact on the document. This encourages students to use higher order thinking to compose, analyze, and edit ideas in a collaborative experience.
Smart Exchange - the place for ideas and activities to download for use on the SmartBoard.
PBS KIDS - Interactive whiteboard activities by curriculum area
Eduscapes - Activities and resources for the interactive whiteboard
SmartBoard secondary level - Activities from the Sachem school district in suburban New York. Great resource page.
Google Resources for the Classroom
Google Maps - Tutorial on using this resource in the classroom. Follow link to download PDF document.
Google Forms - This tool found in Google Docs allows you to create surveys. Try using this tool for collecting data in your classroom. Have your students work with the data and use the results to practice those presentation skills.
Google SketchUp - This is a design program that allows students to create in 3D. If you are interested in learning more and want to use this with your students please contact Marj Siuta. The State of Illinois has a licensing agreement with Google.
Web 2.0 Resources