Instructional Websites & Tools

An extensive list of Web 2.0, Writing, Reading, Research, Test Prep, Listening to Reading, and Professional Links! 

Web 2.0 Links

Publishing

  • Glogster — Create educational posters, collages, portfolios, presentations that are very student-friendly!
  • Wordle – Create word clouds from text you provide
  • Wallwisher — (LOVE this!) Create a message board of comments, ideas, notes, announcements, etc.
  • Corkboard.me – Another great message board (similar to Wallwisher, but with cork!)
  • Magnoto – A “magnetic” display where you can post and share text, audio, video, and pictures.
  • Museum Box Tools for students to showcase an event, person, historical period. Great for Social Studies research projects and biographies!
  • Doink – Create flash-style animations to download or embed
  • Prezi – Live presentations on the web
  • BigHugeLabs – Online photo editing (e.g., poster maker, magazine cover maker, trading card maker, etc.)
  • Speaking_Image – Create interactive images and share them with others!
  • Posters4teachers – Web Worksheet Wizard for students and educators. Teachers can assign homework or projects and students can complete assignments and projects using this tool.
  • Sketchcast — A way to express yourself through sketching!
  • Simple Booklet — Create simple digital booklets, brochures, flyers, advertisements, postcards, and banners to publish on the web!
  • SpicyNodes – Way to visualize online information. Once created, visitors browse through information “nodes” for easy information access.
  • Crocodoc – Upload documents for student access & comments.
  • MyFakeWall – Create fake profiles for literary characters & historical figures!
  • Kerpoof – Spell a picture, make a movie, make a card, make a picture, tell a story!
  • MessageHop – Create a linear slide show with animated messages to share!
  • geoGreeting – Create words out of Google map satellite images!
  • Diagramly – Create diagrams & flowcharts!
  • WikiCards – Great digital index card maker (and sorter!) — *Needs Safari, Chrome, or Firefox 4

Digital Storytelling (Fiction)

  • Tikatok – Publish and create stories!
  • Storybird — Short, visual storytelling using peer artwork!
  • Little Bird Tales — Capture your story using your own artwork and voice recordings! (need an account)
  • ZooBurst – Create digital 3-D pop-up books!

Digital Storytelling: Photo Slide Shows

  • DropEvent –Collaborative photo slide shows & galleries
  • Acapela Box — Text-to-speech tool for embedding narration into slide shows
  • Kizoa — Free online slide show maker with each photo upload and creative features!
  • Our Story — Capture your story and save it permanently!
  • Xtranormal – Movie maker
  • Digital Films – Create movies & digital stories
  • Smilebox – Create scrapbooks, slide shows, collages using your own photos!
  • Animoto – Create digital slide shows using photos, video, and sound clips!
  • Bookr — Tool for creating books with photos and turning pages!
  • Capzles – Social storytelling & time line maker using photos, video, documents, etc.
  • JayCut – Video editor & publisher to create your own movies and slide shows!

Publishing Feature Tools

  • piZap – Online photo editor
  • ujam – Produce a professional-sounding , impressive piece of music to just share or embed into blog or video!
  • Myna – (by Aviary) Free audio track mixer (use your own voice and mix it with audio tracks/clips)

Check it Out! Here is a great blog post listing a plethora of Interactive Writing Tools! Great resource that mentions many of the tools above, and a few new ones!

Brainstorming & Mindmapping

Student Collaboration

  • TypeWith.me – Powered by EtherPad (great for small groups and classes up to 25)
  • Scribblar – Interactive online whiteboard, live audio, and text-chat
  • Voice Thread — Great place for discussion and idea sharing!
  • Etherpad — An interactive writing website. Great for peer editing and sharing!
  • Edmodo — Secure social learning network for teachers and students!
  • Stixy — Flexible online creation, collaboration, and sharing!
  • Forums.com – Create discussion forums on any topic! Great for virtual literature circles and book clubs!
  • Twiddla – Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas.

Digital Classrooms & Learning Management Systems

Student Blogging

Micro-Blogging

  • Twitter
  • Edmodo – This social learning environment is described as the “twitter” for students
  • TodaysMeet – Create a meeting room for collaboration and discussions
  • Diipo –Social Network for classrooms and educators
  • Twister – A template that allows students to create fictional “status updates” that can then be printed off for display purposes. A student-friendly Twitter. (Students can even pretend to be historical figures!)

Teacher Blogging

Wikis

  • Wikispaces
  • Wiki Spot
  • Pen.io – Not an actual wiki but very similar! Create pages and upload documents to publish and share!
  • SpringNote – free online notebook based on wiki (personal or collaborative options)

Podcasting

  • Podomatic— A place to listen to and share podcasts!
  • Blubrry – A free hosting website to publish and share your podcasts!
  • ujam – Produce a professional-sounding , impressive piece of music to just share or embed into blog or video!
  • Myna – (by Aviary) Free audio track mixer (use your own voice and mix it with audio tracks/clips)

Video Sharing

  • ViewPure – Watch YouTube videos without comments, suggestions, or ‘other’ things. Paste YouTube URL in space to make the video school-safe!
  • TubeChop – Allows you to clip and share cropped YouTube videos

Web Conferencing

Bookmarking & Sharing

  • Sqworl – A web application that provides a clean and simple way to visually bookmark multiple URLs
  • Fur-ly – Share multiple URLs using this URL shortener. All pages are displayed in one URL as a slideshow you can click through.
  • Montage – create and share a visual album of the web on the topics you care about (pulls information from RSS feeds, Twitter, Bing News, YouTube, etc.)
  • StumbeUpon – Helps you discover and share new websites!
  • Del.icio.us – Social bookmarking web service
  • Diigo — Research tool and knowledge-sharing community (educational Diigo options)
  • Reddit
  • Digg
  • Bit.ly – Shorten, share, track, and analyze your links
  • Readability – Allows you to share “clean,” ad-free websites with students, and send articles and documents to your Kindle (free) or mobile device (member-only) — *Free Add-On toolbar for Firefox

Organization

  • Evernote – Capture and organize Internet tags and notes
  • DoItDoItDone – A simple tool for creating and managing your to-do list
  • Moreganize – A great tool for scheduling meetings and collaborating on to-do lists!
  • RememberTheMilk – A great way to manage your tasks!
  • WhenIsGood – Tool for scheduling meets and finding times when EVERYONE is available!

Search Engines

  • SortFix – The best way to search the Web, makes Google and Yahoo search easy and fun and also improves the results.
  • Twurdy – (LOVE this!) Uses text analysis software to “read” each page before it is displayed in the results. Then Twurdy gives each page a readability level. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a color coded system to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand.
  • SweetSearch – A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.
  • Qwiki – A search engine of sorts- just enter a term (like a place, landmark, person, etc.) and it will pull together images and text into one consolidated article that it will read to you.

Web 2.0 Websites

Teaching Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety:

  • Digizen – Explores digital citizenship and encourages users of technology to be responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
  • 16 Best Internet Safety Websites – Great websites to support internet safety in your classroom and building!
  • Zoodles – Helps your students find the age appropriate games that make learning fun.

Web 2.0 Blogs

Great Posts:

RSS Feed/Readers

Web 2.0 Wikis


Writing Links

Digital Storytelling (Photo Stories & Slide Shows):

  • DropEvent –Collaborative photo slide shows & galleries
  • Acapela Box — Text-to-speech tool for embedding narration into slide shows
  • Kizoa — Free online slideshow maker with each photo upload and creative features!
  • Our Story — Capture your story and save it permanently!
  • Xtranormal – Movie maker
  • Digital Films – Create movies & digital stories
  • Smilebox – Create scrapbooks, slideshows, collages using your own photos!
  • Animoto – Create digital slideshows using photos, video, and sound clips!
  • Capzles – Social storytelling &  timeline maker using photos, video, documents, etc.
  • More at KB…Konnected’s Live Binder

Digital Storytelling (Story Publishing & Book Creation):

  • Tikatok – Publish and create stories!
  • Little Bird Tales — Capture your story using your own artwork and voice recordings! (need an account)
  • Bookr — Tool for creating books with photos and turning pages!
  • Let’s Make Books! — Book templates you can download (.ppt) for making your own book!
  • Storybird — Short, visual storytelling using peer artwork!
  • Story Jumper — Place to create and discover stories!
  • My StoryMaker — Create a story with the easy-to-use story options!

Collaborative Writing:

  • Voice Thread — Great place for discussion and idea sharing!
  • Etherpad — An interactive writing website. Great for peer editing and sharing!
  • Edmodo — Secure social learning network for teachers and students!

Comic Strip Creators:

Animated Writing:

MadLibs

Writing Organizers & Guides

Publishing:


Reading Links

Online Stories & E-Books

Graphic Novels

  • Toon Books – easy-to-read graphic novels for emergent readers

Poetry

Literacy Games & Activities

Phonics & Alphabet

Spelling

Sight Words

  • Word Magnets – Create sentences using phonics & sight words
  • CandoHelper – Practice sight words with flashcards, quizzes, and interactive activities
  • Quiz Tree – Practice sight words

Word Work

Vocabulary

  • Vocabulary Games and Resources – Fun vocabulary games and word work activities!
  • Quizlet – Place to input facts & definitions to study!
  • Learning Vocabulary Fun – Build vocabulary Skills, includes SAT vocabulary
  • Quiz Tree – Call out a word and have students click on it. Grades K-3
  • Word Ahead – High school vocabulary videos, includes SAT vocabulary
  • Vocabulary City – Practice your spelling and vocabulary through Spelling City
  • Definr – Incredibly fast dictionary (w/Firefox toolbar option)
  • VocabGenii — Build your vocabulary with friends!
  • Wordia — Free online dictionary with video examples from comedians, celebrities, sports-stars – and you!
  • VocabSushi — The premier Website for anyone looking to learn vocabulary and have fun doing it.
  • Word Generation – Gives students the sustained exposure to academic language they need for success in school
  • Free Rice – Gives quiz questions where every correct answer donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.
  • Houghton Mifflin Spelling & Vocabulary

Word & Tag Cloud Creators:

  • Tagul – A web service that enables you to create beautiful looking tag clouds and embed it on your web page.
  • Wordle – Tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
  • Tagxedo – Turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning tag cloud.
  • ABCya! – Word Clouds for primary ages

Visual Vocabulary:

Comprehension Practice

Author Websites

Book Reviews & Book Lists

Text-to-Speech Tools

  • Acapela Box – Type (or paste text), listen, and even embed into presentations!

Research Links

Search Engines
  • SweetSearch – A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.
  • Yippy – Breaks your search down into categories for easier researching!

Social Studies

  • Museum Box — Tools for students to showcase an event, person, historical period. Great for Social Studies research projects and biographies!
  • My Hero — Explore people who made a difference in our world!
  • Art Project — Explore museums from around the world
  • SepiaTown — Let’s you view and share thousands of mapped historical images from around the globe
  • Historypin — Explore the Map… Add your Photos… Write a Story!
  • MyFakeWall – Create fake profiles (similar to facebook) for literary characters & historical figures!
  • Newspaper Clipping Generator — Create your own front page article in a newspaper! (Watch out for ads!)
  • Capzles – Social storytelling & timeline maker
  • Wiglington & Wenks – Virtual world of travel. Players will be able to travel to places around the world, through time and space, meet famous historical people, play dozens of fun enriching games, and so much more!

Science


Test Prep Links

  • Study Zone – ELA & Math test prep
  • Quizlet — Place to input facts & definitions to study!
  • Hot Potato – Create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises
  • StudyBoost – Study using text chat, text messaging, and more!
  • Free Rice – Gives quiz questions where every correct answer donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.
  • Headmagnet – Web application that helps you to memorize new facts quickly and maintain what you have learned. It predicts what memories have faded away, and what memories are still inside, allowing you to quickly get things in your head and keep them there.
  • Ediscio – Learn flashcards online – free. Create cards on your own or cooperatively, and prepare for tests systematically.
  • StudyBlue – Students can sign in for a free account and instantly begin making flash cards. (SMARTphone compatible!)

Classroom & Teacher Managed Study Tools

  • QuizRevolution — Teachers can create interactive quiz content for websites or blogs quickly and easily. Simply add your own content to our great-looking quiz templates and create a customized quiz for your audience. After you’ve created your quiz, copy and paste a few lines of HTML into your website and you’re ready to go!
  • QuizStar is a free, online quiz maker for TEACHERS that allows you to manage your classes, assign quizzes, and generate reports of quiz scores and student performance.

Listening to Reading Links

TUMBLEBOOKS – A fun and interactive library of animated, talking storybooks for beginning readers and older bookworms as well.
http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/kids/tumblebooks.html

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG – Listen to stories about Clifford.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/

STARFALL
http://www.starfall.com/

STORYLINE ONLINE – Listen to online stories read by real actors!
http://www.storylineonline.net/

BOOK POP – Listen to more internet stories and books.
http://www.bookpop.com/

AOL KIDS – Click here to read along to stories!
http://kids.aol.com/KOL/1/KOLJrStories

RIF READING PLANET – Click here to read along to stories and songs!
http://www.rif.org/kids/readingplanet/bookzone.htm

SPEAKABOOS – Click here for lots of stories to choose from such as favorite classics, folktales, fables, nursery rhymes and songs.
http://speakaboos.com/

FLORIDA MCGRAW-HILL TREASURES EBOOKS – Click here to listen to the stories in the McGraw-Hill anthology book. You can even listen to these stories at home!
http://www.mhln.com/corsair/isbn/MMH/FL09/pe/treas_g2/treas_g2.html?chapter=null&page=null&anchory=null

MRS. P’S MAGIC LIBRARY – Click here for a treasure chest of audio and video creations!
http://www.mrsp.com/v1/mrsp.html

KIDS & GAMES – Click here for mP3s of stories!
http://www.kids-and-games.com/stories.htm

BBC LITTLE ANIMALS ACTIVITY CENTRE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/story/sbi.shtml

CANDLELIGHT STORIES
http://www.candlelightstories.com/storybooks/

STORIES TO GROW BY – Whootie’s Owl Stories (Choose using menu!)
http://www.storiestogrowby.com/choose.php

STORY NORY – Free audio stories for kids!
http://storynory.com/

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – Free audio stories for kids!
http://www.read.gov/

ACE ONLINE SCHOOLS
http://aceonlineschools.com/25-free-…-books-online/

MEEGENIUS – Read classic kids books and personalize them with new names!
http://www.meegenius.com/

READ PRINT – Free online books library for students and teachers!
http://www.readprint.com/

SMORIES – Original stories for kids, read by kids!
http://smories.com/

PROJECT GUTENBERG – Free eBooks to read on PC or mP3 players!
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Author Read-Aloud Websites:

Audible Books For Purchase:


Professional Links

Research-Based Strategies & Interventions:

Literacy Materials & Resources:

Graphic Novels & Comics

  • Sidekicks – Robin Brenner reviews graphic novels for young kids.
  • Classical Comics – The publisher’s website offers many useful links

Book Reviews

Book Clubs

RtI Resources

  • Intervention Central – Jim Wright’s RtI resource website for interventions and information about RtI!
Common Core Resources

Universal Screening & Assessment Resources (Screening, Progress Monitoring, CBM)

  • OKAPI! – Create your own fluency probes for progress monitoring!
  • BURST – Probes for screening
  • AIMSweb – Universal benchmark screening & progress monitoring for reading & math
  • EasyCBM – Create your own CBM
  • Intervention Central – Many CBM probe creators (right hand side menu)

Leveling Books

  • Scholastic Book Wizard – Type in a book name to find out the level, or do a leveled search for a list of level-appropriate books!
  • Kathy Schrock’s Guide — Fry Readability graph (for finding readability levels for unleveled books)

Teaching Writing

Content Area Instruction

  • TeachingHistory — National History Education Clearinghouse – many resources & materials!
  • MinyanLand – Great interactive virtual world for teaching and learning about Economics!
  • Newseum – Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these newspaper front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors. Teachers, please preview material first!

Virtual Field Trips

Teacher Managed Study Tools

  • QuizRevolution — Teachers can create interactive quiz content for websites or blogs quickly and easily. Simply add your own content to our great-looking quiz templates and create a customized quiz for your audience. After you’ve created your quiz, copy and paste a few lines of HTML into your website and you’re ready to go!
  • QuizStar is a free, online quiz maker for TEACHERS that allows you to manage your classes, assign quizzes, and generate reports of quiz scores and student performance.

Free Educational Videos

  • WatchKnow — Hundreds of thousands of short video clips for teaching educational content and topics.
  • Snag Learning — Teacher videos for students and learning. Watch educational videos and documentary films by grade level and classroom subject.
  • SnagFilms — Watch free documentaries. Share documentary films.
  • Dot Sub: Any Film Any Language.
    Watch videos with subtitles in your language, upload your videos, create your own subtitles!
  • Neo K-12 — Kids science, math, social studies, history, geography and other educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 grade kids

Blogs for Educators

Create Your Own

Forums & Discussion Boards for Educators

  • ProTeacher Community – Variety of discussion boards organized by category (must become a member to share, comment, or download – it’s FREE!)

Wikispaces for Educators

  • Classroom 2.0 (CR2.0) – Wikispace dedicated to building  and sharing professional Web 2.0 resources

Create Your Own

  • Wikispaces – Create your own classroom or professional wikispace!


NOTE: This is a collection of instructional resources, tools, and websites from many different sources! Thank you to all the bloggers, tweeters, and website creators who made this list of links possible!

2 Responses to “Instructional Websites & Tools”

  1. Jen Strange September 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    wow, this is an AMAZING list of resources!!!

    • MsJordanReads September 28, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks, Jen! 🙂 I’m glad you find the resource list helpful!

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