Really Cool Teaching Tools:

I love Class  Their flash games and graphic organizers are my wiki's best friend.

If you have your students doing work or activities, have them create a timeline, fishbone, hamburger, etc. and embed it in their blog or wiki.  Just copy the HTML code and paste it into the wikispaces widget or their blog.

These are so much better than the reproducible graphic organizers because they are interactive, even after being posted.

I also love using the games.  Split up the vocabulary words and have each student build a game.  Then, have them play each game for a set time limit and swap computers.  If you split the vocab wisely, you have a fun game and you're using video games to teach.

How do you use this tool?

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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