This page includes a list of tools and websites for educators. Please click on the images below to access the links.
Creating Openly Diverse Classrooms
This digital storytelling video talks about creating welcoming classrooms where diversity is celebrated. As educators, we are all going to have classrooms with students from all walks of life with many different backgrounds, so it is so important for us to know how to create classroom environments that make all students feel welcome and safe. Often, when teachers are faced with addressing these difficult issues, we aren't sure what to say or do to make our students feel heard and comfortable. My hope in creating this video was for my viewers to take away some pointers to use in their own classrooms, to help make their students feel comfortable talking about difficult things in their lives.
Google Earth puts a world of possibilities at your fingertips. You can encourage your students to explore new places, learn about geography, or even go on a scavenger hunt across the world.
Teaching Tolerance offers activities and teaching kits on topics ranging from the civil rights movement to the separation of church and state.
The 6 + 1 Traits of Writing
This website includes scoring guides for Ruth Culham's 6 + 1 Traits of Writing for students and educators of all grade levels. It also includes grade leveled guides for different modes of writing.
The Smithsonian offers thousands of resources for educators, including lesson plans, virtual tours of their latest exhibits, and the opportunity to connect with experts in the field.
TED-Ed is a website filled with insanely interesting videos, discussing everything from skin color to gravitational waves.
Kahoot! helps you “make learning awesome” by giving you the superpower to design your own learning games. Students can play on multiple devices, including smartphones, tablets, and desktops.
This screencast is my review of the Social Media tool Tumblr for its use by students and educators.
TUZZit Digital Whiteboard Review
This screencast is my review of the online digital whiteboard TUZZit, which is an excellent alternative to physical interactive whiteboards such as SMARTboards in the classroom.