21st Century School Teachers
Favorite 21st Century tools for Teachers.
Check out the websites page and tip sheets page that support 21st century teaching strategies. Also see Nicole’s or Donna’s blog, an ongoing resource of new ideas and applications for the classroom, as well as conversation about current events in education.
A Curated Collection of Tech Tools
These tools were collected by using a crowdsourced activity sparked by Peter Kittle during the 2014 Making Learning Connected (Massive Open Online Collaboration) MOOC
Augmented Reality with Aurasma
See and interact with the world in a new way. Teachers can create Auras to add engaging digital information to printed materials in their classrooms. Aurasma is a free mobile app. Unlock Auras for students to experience a new way to learn. Teachers can use the simple tools within the app to create their own Auras for their classrooms.
BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.
cK – 12 is a free, web-based application for adapting open source educational material and creating customized textbooks. FlexBook textbooks are a comprehensive K-12 online curriculum that conforms to curriculum standards. Content includes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) textbooks.
“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” code.org
Expand you knowledge with MOOCS – Masive Open Online Courses.
Build engineering design challenges using household objects, with the help of scientists and engineers.
Discovery Education – Maker Activities
Fun hands-on science activities for kids
The Maker spirit is all about “learning-through-doing”.
Infuse this spirit into your elementary classroom or science fair with fun, hands-on activities designed to encourage scientific exploration and spark curiosity in your K-5 students!
Discovery Education Presents Navy STEM Resources
With STEM-related fields projected to add over one million new jobs by 2020, it is more important than ever to ensure students are properly prepared for the future job market. Watch and share the following video with your students to help promote continued interest in STEM!
Discovery VR (Virtual Reality)
Experience the world online, in 3-D. Download the discovery VR app and use it on iPads and other devices. Students manipulate the mouse on their devices to move the picture around and see things from different perspectives.
eGFI – Dream Up the Future
eGFI is an interactive website with a colorful and inspiring print and digital magazine. There are resources for students, K-12 teachers, parents and guardians, and anyone else with an interest in engineering. GFI provides several integrated components: an interactive eGFI website, an edition of the eGFI magazine, teacher and student e-newsletters and eGFI poster, flash cards and kids’ book. eGFI is sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education . ASEE is committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education.
eGFI – Engineering, Go For It!
This Website is for teachers who want to excite students about Engineering. The site has a variety of tools to boost students’ math and science skills, by providing teachers with engineering projects, lesson plans, class activities and resources.
Engineering Games and Projects
“Any time you build something or take something apart, you are actually doing things that engineers do. You can build with many different materials, from blocks to straws and marshmallows. This process invloves thinking about what you want to build first and then designing a structure that achieves your goals. After you spend some time disigning different things, you might even firure out how to build an elevator that moves up and down!” Nationwide Lifts
Provides interactive web features, activities, projects, lessons and resources for Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Travel the world without leaving your classroom.
“Trek with Google Maps and experience views from around the world.”
Common Sense Media welcomes you to Graphite, a platform we created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
Intel Education STEM Resources
Intel believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges. A solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving are crucial for their success. To help educators foster the next generation of innovators, Intel provides STEM curriculum, competitions, and online resources to encourage students’ interest and participation.
A free tool to create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys using any device with a web browser, including a laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone or PC.
Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and XBox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills. Kodu teaches more than programming: Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling; Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium; Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process – an approach applicable to all academic subjects, business and personal relationships; Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming; Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect; Students learn about cooperation, logic and creativity in addition to programming.
LearnZillion has Math and Literacy digital curriculum that provides teachers with classroom instructional resources. The standards-aligned lessons and materials are easy to access on any device.
Launched in 2010 by KQED and NPR, MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions, covering cultural and technology trends, innovations in education, groundbreaking research, education policy, and more.
NASA for Educators
Resources from NASA for Educators.
NASA’s The Space Place
NASA’s award-winning Space Place website engages upper-elementary-aged children in space and Earth science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and numerous resources for parents and teachers, Space Place has something for everyone.
Create engaging lessons to share with your students. Assess student comprehension as you move through the lesson. Students can interact with the lesson with tools as you present the lesson content. Control devices so everyone is on task. Versions are available for all devices. Basic app is free.
Online Safety Lessons for Elementary Students
PBS Learning Media
Free resources designed to help teachers integrate digital media and technology into their lesson plans. The site also includes Webinars, Videos and Lesson Plans, Tips & How-To Guides, and Professional Development.
PBS Learning Media Personal Site for Teachers
Log-in, create your own lessons using PBS content.
PBS Teachers/STEM Education Resource Center
The PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center is here to introduce you to selected STEM education resources. To find more, search the database of nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering and math resources for grades preK-12.
A free App that helps teachers communicate to Parents and Students.
Scholastic’s 25 Must-see Websites for Teachers
Check out Scholastic’s favorite sites that simplify lesson planning, keep the classroom running smoothly, and engage students.
Free digital portfolios for classrooms
Skype in the Classroom
Collaborate with other classes, no matter where they are. Find guest speakers and invite them into your classroom. Take a virtual field trip anywhere in the world.
STEM Resource Guide for Students
The University of Cincinnati provides 35 websites of STEM resources for students to experience hands-on learning.
The Air Force Collaboratory
“The first collaborative platform dedicated to solving some of our toughest science and technology challenges.”
The Future of Online Learning
Although this article was written several years ago, it still has relevance for today.
TurtleArt lets students make images with a computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. Students specify the sequence by snapping together puzzle-like blocks. The blocks can tell the turtle to draw lines and arcs, draw in different colors, go to a specific place on the screen, etc. There are also blocks that let students repeat or name sequences. Other blocks perform logical operations.
The sequence of blocks as a program that describes an image. This kind of programming is inspired by the LOGO programming language. TurtleArt is focused on making images while allowing students to explore geometry and programming.