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
www.tricider.com/

- Trello:  Organize Anything, Together

 - Padlet:  Virtual Board with Sticky Notes
http://padlet.com

 - Storyboard That:  Create a Storyboard to Brainstorm Ideas 
http://www.storyboardthat.com

- Bubbl.us
https://bubbl.us/

- Linoit - Virtual Sticky Notes
http://en.linoit.com/

- Answer Garden - Online Brainstorming, Polling, Guestbook, etc.
http://answergarden.ch/

- NoteTaker (Evernote)
http://www.evernote.com/

- LiveBinder
http://livebinders.com/#

- VisuWords
http://www.visuwords.com/

 - Poll Everywhere:  Instant Audience Feedback
http://www.polleverywhere.com

 - The Noun Project: Icons for Every Known Noun
http://thenounproject.com

- Two Tools Teams Can Use for Organizing, Connecting, and Brainstorming Ideas for Research Projects
     http://realtimeboard.com

     https://www.lucidchart.com

 


Become an Expert:  Gather Relevant Information from Multiple Sources

- SAS Curriculum Pathways:  Use the Search Box to Find Incredible Interactives on Your Topic
http://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/

 - WatchKNOWLearn:  Free K-12 Educational Videos
http://www.watchknowlearn.org/default.aspx

- Seriously Amazing:  The Smithsonian
seriouslyamazing.si.edu 

- Digital Public Library of America
http://dp.la

- Flocabulary
http://www.flocabulary.com

 - Backpack Practice:  Pick a Topic and Start Practicing Out LOUD  [Use the Chrome Browser]
https://www.backpackpractice.com/index.html

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

 - 3D Toad:  Zoom and Rotate Educational Images 360 Degrees
http://www.3dtoad.com

- Diigo
http://www.diigo.com/

- Digital Vaults | National Archives | Build Your Own Collections
http://www.digitalvaults.org/#/create/

 - Free Games on EdHeads:  Disgustingly Realistic Surgeries, Car Crashed, and More
http://edheads.org/page/Nanostartup

 - History Engine:  Be a Historian
http://historyengine.richmond.edu

 - Encyclopedia:  Free Research Library Including Medical, Computer, and Science Encyclopedias
http://www.encyclopedia.com

- 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 
www.Wix.com

- Smore: Design Beautiful Online Flyers and Publish INSTANTLY
https://www.smore.com/

- Canva:  Design Social Media Images, Posters, Kindle Covers, A Photo Collage, Postcards, and more
https://www.canva.com

- ThingLink: Make Your Images Interactive
http://www.thinglink.com

 - Inklewriter:  Tools to Help Writers Tell Interactive Tales
http://www.inklestudios.com/inklewriter

- Easel.ly:  Create Infographics
http://www.easel.ly

 - Infogr.am:  Create Interactive Infographics
http://infogr.am

- FlipSnack: Convert PDF Files into an Online Flipping Book
www.flipsnack.com

- Make a Video
http://kidsvid.4teachers.org/

 - PowToon:  Create Animated Videos and Presentations
http://www.powtoon.com

 - Biteslide: Create Online Slidebooks
http://www.biteslide.com/

- Big Huge Labs - You Can Make Anything Here!
http://bighugelabs.com/

- Psykopaint
http://www.psykopaint.com/

 - PicMonkey:  Incredibly FUN Photo Editing
http://www.picmonkey.com

- Aviary - Photo Editing
http://www.aviary.com/

- iPiccy:  Online Photo Editor
http://ipiccy.com

 
- Pixlr Photo Editing
http://pixlr.com/
 

- MusicShake Edu:  Unlimited Copyright-Free Music for Your School - Created by Students
http://edu.musicshake.com

 
 
- Lego Digital Designer
http://ldd.lego.com/
 
 
 
 
 
- Publish Books at Lulu
http://www.LuLu.com
 
- Comic Creator
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/

- Make Beliefs Comix:  Multilingual Comic Strip Creator
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

- Book Cover Creator

 

 

Get Social:  Interact and Collaborate with Others

- Today's Meet:  Set Up Your Online Meeting Room in Seconds
http://todaysmeet.com/ 

- The Learnia:  An Educational Social Learning Network
http://www.thelearnia.com

- Wiggio - Work in Groups
http://wiggio.com/

 - MyHistro:  Geo-Located Interactive Timelines with a Social Twist
http://www.myhistro.com

- Three Tools Teams Can Use for Organizing, Connecting, and Brainstorming Ideas for Research Projects
     http://realtimeboard.com

     http://www.spiderscribe.net

     https://www.lucidchart.com

 - Trello:  Organize Anything, Together
https://trello.com

 - Google Drive
http://www.google.com/drive/about.html?authuser=0

 - Pinterest: Connect, Collaborate, and Share Mutual Interests 
https://pinterest.com

 


 

 

 

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.

Many of these sites may or may not include links to advertisements or other material containing inappropriate content. As leaders and role models in the classroom, it is our responsibility to preview web sites prior to student access and to demonstrate leadership - online and off.

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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