This week’s Friday Five offers a round-up of five great Web apps to help teachers get creative, stay organized and wow students with interactive projects.
- Get Organized: Evernote. Why we love it: You can store handouts, worksheets and templates in a searchable database that’s accessible online or by phone. Evernote allows you to do things like clip articles online and use tags for research purposes. You can even create a “notebook” for each new project and share it with students. It’s all easily stored and searchable so you can find what you need in seconds. Click here to learn how one teacher used Evernote to streamline his class.
- Manage Your Classroom: Engrade. Why we love it: Over 3 million teachers use Engrade to create online homework assignments, quizzes and course calendars and keep grade books secure. Hold online discussions to quickly answer homework questions or send messages to students or parents. All the online tools are in one place that can be accessed anywhere, so you can work whenever and wherever you want.
- Brainstorm and Collaborate: Bubble.us. Why we love it: This online mind mapper allows for whole-class brainstorming sessions. It sorts ideas into colorful text bubbles and flow charts that can be quickly converted into handouts, notes and presentations. It’s an easy-to-use collaboration tool that makes it fun for students to engage and share their vision for any project.
- Build Interactive Presentations: Glogster. Why we love it: Glogster allows teachers and students to create interactive digital posters, or glogs (we don’t get it, either), with built-in multimedia elements like video, audio and hyperlinks. The free teacher account is easy to set up and lets you share and administer 50 student accounts. The user-friendly drag-and-drop feature makes creating presentations a snap.
- Network with Students and Parents: Edmodo. Why we love it: This social networking app turns a classroom into an online community. Facebook-style tools allow teachers to create groups, post course-related material, enter and manage grades and accept digital assignments. It’s a safe and private way to network with students and parents, and it offers some innovative features like the ability to post podcasts and audio files to spark a running discussion among students. Find cool tips on how to use the app here.
More exciting apps are launched every day, so watch for updates. And be sure to let us know if you find a fantastic tool you think we should feature!
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