My Storybook is a simple to use free online story construction tool. Illustrate, write, and publish your own books with your students. Within My Storybook students can actually draw or upload their own images within the tool as well as adding backgrounds and text. Great for elementary level students. Create Art portfolio’s as books or just write & illustrate cool original stories! Wow!
Color Palettes can be created beautifully with online tool Adobe Kuler. Design any variation of color schemes. From monochromatic to complimentary. Adobe Kuler is an awesome tool to allow students to visualize the power of color applications. This site is a must for my painting one students! Simple to use and fun!
Manipulate and enhance your photos online with Polarr, a great new online option that syncs with your Dropbox images as well as files on your hard drive. Polarr includes an assortment of filters and allows more than one image to be manipulated online at a time. Many options are available within Polarr which makes Polarr a wonderfully versatile classroom tool. Especially within the Art Classroom. Sweet!
The National Gallery of Art has an awesome new free iPad App! It contains a multitude of interactive activities that involve Art making, Art history, and the artistic process. I love the digital sketchbook included within the App for freehand work.
Be sure to also visit The National Gallery Kids zone website as well. It’s loaded with exceptional resources, games and interactive digital experiences for your students. Mix colors, draw, learn about Art history, animate and much more! ...........Via …..@atragg on Twitter
Wow! I just found out about MediaFire! It’s an awesome online cloud storage space, offering 10GB of space for free. MediaFire is a great digital storage solution for any types of files, images and media that are taking up all your computer space. Share and organize files within MediaFire easily! Sweet!
Quick visual & audio annotated examples come alive with Clarisketch. Just snap a picture and draw on it while recording your message or example. Make it public or private and share. Clarisketch is quite a useful classroom tool, especially when an annotated visual example is necessary. What I love is that students don’t need to download the App to view the message.
Did you know that you can turn any YouTube video into a Gif? Add “gif” into the URL address right after www and before youtube.com. Then you just have to hit enter! Via.. Techcrunch
10 free essential tech tools that will kick off and jump start your school year off right!
Planboard is a free online planbook that will make lesson planning a breeze. Incorporate standards, video, images, sticky notes and just about any kind of file you can think of. It’s easily set up and has no software to download.
Twitter is an invaluable professional learning network, and it has enriched my teaching and learning in ways that I never thought possible. Art Educators, Librarians, Principals, Science Educators, Museums, Technology Educators and many more are all on Twitter conversing and sharing. It’s been such a rich experience to be a part of. There are multiple educational twitter chats of every possible discipline available every day on Twitter through the use of hashtags. I found that Cybrary Man’s Twitter site is an excellent source to learn and to get started.
Remind, formally (Remind101) is a safe way to text message assignments, attaching documents & images as well as reminders to your classes. Students/parents join Remind by sending a text message using a numeric code. Phone numbers are never seen by the teacher, students or parents. Remind allows each class to have their own numeric code, so a group message can be sent. No programming anyone’s cell phone number into your phone! So Easy! WOW…..set it up on day 1!
What can it do? Everything! Create & share live documents, presentations, quizzes, forms, surveys, images. Get started here.
Make images interactive with Thinglink. Check out this great example of Art History tagged with links using Thinglink. Here is a video tutorial of how to use Thinglink.
Picmonkey is a versatile free online image editing tool.
Padlet is an interactive online learning wall where the user can add images, media, files, pdf’s, and just about anything else they want, to create a unique learning environment for students. Use Padlet with students to look at and discuss benchmark work, invoke discussion, and to brainstorm. A must have interactive online tool.
Weebly for Education:
Create a free classroom website or blog in minutes with Weebly for Education.
Edmodo is a free online collaborative learning space for teachers and students that promotes teaching and learning but is also private and secure. Create a learning space within Edmodo, and within that space or environment you can collaborate, create documents, add many file types, assign and grade class work, give quizzes, and create polls. Find out multiple ways to use Edmodo here. The site is very supportive and easy to use.
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to create online collections of things you like. Organization is easy as well as the ability to follow and share with others. Pinterest is a must have tool that is accessible on all devices!
Open Library is one of the most fabulous resources for books that I have ever come across! Read, borrow and amass books for free at Open Library. There are thousands of free titles to choose from and many searchable ways to find what you’re looking for. Choose by e-book, author, subject and even ISBN.
The registration is a snap and the How-to video’s are quick and easy to understand! Open Library is an abundant, first-rate resource for any classroom.
Invite your students to take a Virtual Tour of the Louvre. Ask them to describe what they saw?
Trouble with skype? Hassling with all the registration and downloads? Try Gruveo and make simple online video calls without signup, registration or downloading anything. Wow! It’s so easy!
Just three easy steps are needed. Pick a code that you both agree on, go to the Gruveo home page, enter the code & click video call. Then just wait for the other person to enter the code. I envision using Gruveo to connect with colleagues, family members that live overseas, and students that might not be able to come to school due to illness or extended absence. Lots of possibilities here.