Technology Ideas

Google Search Stories
I read about Google Search Stories in the following  blog Digital Dollar. Some ideas for using Google Search Stories are: make a whole class search story, explain how to solve a math problem, identify vocabulary or sight words, finding main idea within a story, cause and effect, and making inferences.

YouTube and Google made a tool so anyone can create their own search story . It's quick and easy to do. I would use caution when using this tool. There are many things on YouTube and Google images that is not appropriate for students. If students are doing Google Search Stories on their own, it should be monitored by an adult. Here's an example I made:

Tired of carrying around your flash drive or emailing yourself files? Try Dropbox. Dropbox is an online backup, storage, and sharing of files. The free version of Dropbox offers 2GB of storage. You can always upgrade Dropbox for a nominal fee for more storage space. The nice thing about using Dropbox with multiple computers is once you save or update your files in your Dropbox folder, it will automatically synchronize the files on both computers. No need to transfer files because you updated it on one computer but you have the same file on another computer. Sharing files can also be done between Dropbox users. You can also share files with non-Dropbox users by utilizing your public folder.

Lino it
Lino it is “an online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas.”

Ways to use Lino it in the classroom:

Online Collaboration
Research Collection
Main ideas of a unit or concept
Exit Cards (Post lesson/task Assessment – Reflection)
Self and Peer Reflection

To learn more about Lino it, check out this video on how to get started.

lino it basics part 1

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media offers cybersmart curriculum with free lessons for all grade levels. Lesson include: Safety and security online, manners and cybercitizenship, authentic learning and creativity, and research and information fluency.

Glogsters are interactive posters made by users from images, text, music and video. Any poster you can do on paper, can be done better as a glog. Glogster is a free online application. Teachers should register for the EDU version. With the teacher account you can protect the privacy of your students' work, have control over the content being used, and get student logins to see what is being created and edited by students. Go here to register for a teacher account.

You can use Glogster for collaborative projects, biographies, time lines, math formulas, instructional writing, experiment results, spelling rules, and much more.

What is Voki? Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars. What can you use Voki for in the classroom:
  • Students can use Voki to create a class introduction, recording a message and using an avatar that resembles themselves.
  • Students can share with others, by exchanging Voki recordings with other classmates, and with other students in other schools.
  • ELL students can use Voki to speak “in character” for different role-play assignments.
  • Students can orally share their “writing pieces.”
  • Vocabulary review.
  • Teachers can embed Voki into blogs and webpages.

create your own voki at