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General Educator Tools
Dataseam Educators are constantly exploring the use of technology in the classroom, searching for ways to enhance each student’s experience, to connect and speak their language, and extend the classroom walls far beyond brick and mortar. Dataseam works with educators to unleash the power of technology in the classroom. We help them master the use of digital tools to transform classroom instruction and move minds far beyond traditional classroom walls. Join us in our discovery as we share, explore, connect, experiment, question, and LEARN.

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Classroom Website
All grades and subjects can benefit from a Website that has assignments, resources, challenge work, opportunities for ways to extend the classroom. Dataseam K-5 Teachers have Student Blogs, where each child logs into the computer and blogs about their classroom experience or answers a question posed by the teacher. Middle & High School teachers can embed student projects, podcasts, and homework assignments.  You can easily create a site using the iWeb Application right on your desktop. Check out http://wordpress.org/or Sites. Google.com for free websites and Wikis.

Blogging
All teachers should keep a transparent BLOG about classroom activities.  Thinking back embeds the lesson further into student’s memory.
Check out :  www.KidBlog.org, http://edublogs.orghttps://posterous.com, https://www.tumblr.com, and http://wordpress.com.

Edutopia’s Summer Blog Series:
“New Teacher Boot Camp”
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/new-teacher-boot-camp

This blog that offers 5 lessons for teachers on Wordle, VoiceThread, Storybird, Wetoku, and Blogs. The Boot Camp happens virtually through the blogs and help teachers integrate these Web 2.0 tools into their classrooms in creative and engaging ways.

KhanAcademy.org
http://www.khanacademy.org/

This fantastic site provides over 2600 Videos on K-12 math, biology, chemistry, physics, finance, and history. Each video is approximately 10 minutes and purposed for viewing on the computer as an enhancement to current classroom topics. The site offers over 80 Million lessons and practice exercises for students. Teachers can create an account for their students and monitor, track their work.

YouTube
Set-up videos with a purpose for Viewing. Use YouTube to introduce a concept to students, show a real-life example, or view student-made lessons. Use ViewPure.com  http://viewpure.com/

YouTube without the related videos, ads, comments, or distractions. Younger classrooms might use http://youtubeforchildren.com , which provides a safer, filtered environment for elementary research.

Classroom 2.0
Visit their “Mac Classroom Group” for lots of great ideas from teachers just like you: http://www.classroom20.com/group/macclassroom20.  Search by area, subject, or web tool to incorporate web tools into your content.

The Teaching Channel 
Log-in and be inspired by other teachers in English, math, Science and History is K-12: www.teachingchannel.org

EduTechIntegration 
Visit www.edutechintegration.com for exhaustive lists of Web 2.0 Resources, Subject Resources and Articles on integrating technology into your classroom.

Flipping the Classroom!
Create a video for your students of a lesson you would normally teach during class (using Keynote, ShowMe, or ScreenChomp). Have the students WATCH the presentation AS their homework, stopping to take notes, rewinding, pausing to learn at their own speed. During class, use this time as a hands-on workshop, using you Document Camera or LCD Projector, to show student work and show solutions to homework (now CLASSWORK) in real time. Removing the lecture from your classroom allows you to create a workshop atmosphere with hands-on learning.

Langwitches
www.Langwitches.org/Blog This Blog is AWESOME. This teacher maintains a blog rich with resources and ideas.  From digital storytelling, podcasts, and iPad Deployment, to Screencasting, cool Apps, and Skype ideas,  this is a blog that all teachers should bookmark.

Google Earth
“Google Earth across the Curriculum” is a presentation demonstrating ways to incorporate this rich (FREE) tool you’re your classroom:http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1l5al/GoogleEarthAcrossthe/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=  Visit “Google for Educators” atwww.google.com/educators/index.html

Simple K12
Go to SimpleK12 and become a member for free!http://www.simplek12.com/  This website is dedicated to “Changing Education through Technology.” In the 3 weeks that I’ve been a member, I’ve received 101 Free Tech Tools for Teachers, Using Flickr Workbook, Hidden Webtools, and many other great resources.

Spotlight
http://spotlight.macfound.org/ Another great site for resources, blog, and ideas, developed by the MacArthur Foundation.

PBS.org 
www.PBS.org/Teachers  This site has countless resources, ideas, and activities for all educators, K-12 in all subjects.  It allows educators to search by subject, grade, and apply filters to reveal lessons using all types of media, from audio and video, to online games and other interactive activities.

Kerpoof 
www.Kerpoof.com Kerpoof’s multimedia software is elementary and middle school students to create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards and more. The site is meant to be fun, but has a great deal of educational value. Teacher can use Kerpoof in many ways to enhance classroom activities while meeting a range of educational standards. The site has lesson plans, activities, classroom ideas, and standard-based learning.

Visual.ly
http://visual.ly/  “Infographics and data visualizations are shifting the way people find and experience stories, creating a new way of seeing the world of data. They help communicate complex ideas in a clear, compact and beautiful way, taking deep data and presenting it in visual shorthand. We’ve collected the best examples on the web and gathered them for you to reference, share, and enjoy.” Students can quickly and easily create professional quality designs with their own data.

Vocaroo
http://vocaroo.com/ This is a great site that provides a simple recording tool for voice recording .  This is a fun way to engage students in feedback or demonstration of knowledge by allowing them to use their mobile phones. Teachers can link, embed, and download recordings.