Tools for Communication, Creation, and Organization
Tools for Busy Teachers
4teachers.org - Calendar maker, rubrics, web pages, and many other tools can be created here.
WebQuests have been around since the 1990's but for teachers who are new to developing web-based enhancements to the curriculum, they are still useful. Remember that well-designed webquests give students the opportunity to research a topic in a way that exposes them to real world applications. In addition, the product should require the students to use higher level thinking skills - not just rehash the information from websites into an essay or PowerPoint. Make sure your students take what they've learned from a webquest and design, evaluate, and synthesize!
Webquest Page - Join Quest Garden!
Pre-writing tools when writing webquests
Communication and Collaboration with Other Teachers
Tappedin - online portal for discussion, collaboration, and support
Classroom 2.0 - an online community of tens of thousands of teachers who are interested in all areas of integrating technology, participating in this community includes message boards where teachers can ask questions and get feedback from wonderful educators who value a sense of community
Education World - been around since the onset of the Internet and includes articles, tips and resources on every topic imaginable
Teacher Leader Network - resources for, among other things, collaborative learning environments
Global Schoolhouse - Find a collaborative project
Worksheet and Activity Creators
Personal Eductional Press is a utility that runs right off any browser to create word lists, puzzles, quizzes, and other worksheet type activities for students. It creates pretty "low level" worksheets, but it might be useful for skills practice or differentiated instruction.
DiscoverySchool Puzzlemaker is a tool to create your own crossword and word search puzzles. The tool is free, but you have to finish and print your puzzles in one sitting This is a great tool for students to use as well. I've seen many students create puzzles to help them with class presentations and differentiated learning activities. Also visit DiscoverySchool Worksheets To Go.
ESL Teacher Resources - also will help with differentiated instruction
for online quizzes (create for study guides)
DiscoverySchool Quiz Center
Quizstar - requires a subscription
Rubric Builder - click on sign up
Teacher Created Rubrics - download and adapt
Vimeo - to upload videos and password protect access
SchoolTube - an educational version of YouTube without the risky public content
TeacherTube - an educational version of YouTube without the risky public content
If you are not going to use Google Forms, here are a few web based tools you can use to create a survey or form to collect data from your students, parents, and staff:
Feedback and Forms - create a form and this website generates the html code to copy and paste into your website!
Survey Creator from Profiler Pro