Cranial Concoctions: An Outrageously FUN Collection of 100+ Free Online Tools

Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard through the use of group brainstorming tools, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, geo-located interactive timelines, augmented reality platforms, QR code campaigns, photo editors, infographic generators, and more! This fabulous collection of 100 Web tools can help you recode new learning, or change the packaging of information from the one in which it is delivered. It is all about RECODING, not regurgitating facts. This process of recoding helps to consolidate new information into memory.

Harness the power of digital media to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and to engage yourself with 1) multiple means of representation, 2) multiple means of expression, and 3) multiple means of engagement.

Web Tools are organized into four main sections: PLAN AHEAD / BECOME AN EXPERT / CREATE AMAZING PRODUCTS / GET SOCIAL

Plan Ahead:  Brainstorm and Organize Ideas

 - Tricider:  Incredibly EASY Decision Making with Social Voting

- Trello:  Organize Anything, Together

 - Padlet:  Virtual Board with Sticky Notes

 - Storyboard That:  Create a Storyboard to Brainstorm Ideas


- Linoit - Virtual Sticky Notes

- Answer Garden - Online Brainstorming, Polling, Guestbook, etc.

- NoteTaker (Evernote)

- LiveBinder

- VisuWords

 - Poll Everywhere:  Instant Audience Feedback

 - The Noun Project: Icons for Every Known Noun

- Two Tools Teams Can Use for Organizing, Connecting, and Brainstorming Ideas for Research Projects


Become an Expert:  Gather Relevant Information from Multiple Sources

- SAS Curriculum Pathways:  Use the Search Box to Find Incredible Interactives on Your Topic

 - WatchKNOWLearn:  Free K-12 Educational Videos

- Seriously Amazing:  The Smithsonian 

- Digital Public Library of America

- Flocabulary

 - Backpack Practice:  Pick a Topic and Start Practicing Out LOUD  [Use the Chrome Browser]

- North Carolina WiseOwl:  NC passwords may be obtained from school or system-level media and/or technology personnel.

 - 3D Toad:  Zoom and Rotate Educational Images 360 Degrees

- Diigo

- Digital Vaults | National Archives | Build Your Own Collections

 - Free Games on EdHeads:  Disgustingly Realistic Surgeries, Car Crashed, and More

 - History Engine:  Be a Historian

 - Encyclopedia:  Free Research Library Including Medical, Computer, and Science Encyclopedias

- Game Templates and Instructions [Family Feud, Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, etc.]


Create Amazing Products:  Produce and Publish

- WIX:  Create Free Stunning Web Sites

- Smore: Design Beautiful Online Flyers and Publish INSTANTLY

- Canva:  Design Social Media Images, Posters, Kindle Covers, A Photo Collage, Postcards, and more

- ThingLink: Make Your Images Interactive

 - Inklewriter:  Tools to Help Writers Tell Interactive Tales

-  Create Infographics

 -  Create Interactive Infographics

- FlipSnack: Convert PDF Files into an Online Flipping Book

- Make a Video

 - PowToon:  Create Animated Videos and Presentations

 - Biteslide: Create Online Slidebooks

- Big Huge Labs - You Can Make Anything Here!

- Psykopaint

 - PicMonkey:  Incredibly FUN Photo Editing

- Aviary - Photo Editing

- iPiccy:  Online Photo Editor

- Pixlr Photo Editing

- MusicShake Edu:  Unlimited Copyright-Free Music for Your School - Created by Students

- Lego Digital Designer
- Publish Books at Lulu
- Comic Creator

- Make Beliefs Comix:  Multilingual Comic Strip Creator

- Book Cover Creator



Get Social:  Interact and Collaborate with Others

- Today's Meet:  Set Up Your Online Meeting Room in Seconds 

- The Learnia:  An Educational Social Learning Network

- Wiggio - Work in Groups

 - MyHistro:  Geo-Located Interactive Timelines with a Social Twist

- Three Tools Teams Can Use for Organizing, Connecting, and Brainstorming Ideas for Research Projects

 - Trello:  Organize Anything, Together

 - Google Drive

 - Pinterest: Connect, Collaborate, and Share Mutual Interests





Common Core Connections: Research and media skills are blended into the Standards as a whole. To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today's curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.

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We do our best to screen all links and select only those we designate as appropriate. However, we do not operate or control the content found on such third-party sites, so we are not always aware when this content changes. If you discover a link that contains inappropriate information or a link that is broken, please contact us immediately.

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