By Jessica Born / November 17, 2017

The Social Network: Let us give you a hand with that!

With all the demands you face as a teacher, every second counts. Efficiency and effectiveness are necessary. Plus, it’s a digital world, so you must stay current. Let us help – here are some popular digital resources to check out. We are all about getting hands on, minds on, and making your classroom life and teacher life better!

Inspiration and Ideas

  • TED-Ed – This youth and education initiative works to inspire and share ideas and lessons from educators and students from around the world. Videos and lessons from a global network are available.
  • Edutopia – This is a comprehensive website with topics, videos, and community spaces that shares general knowledge, strategies, research, and ideas for K-12 education.

Connecting Classroom and World

  • Skype in the Classroom – An online community with thousands of educators, the service provides virtual field trips, lessons, collaborations, mystery Skypes, and guest speakers.
  • Facebook Live – Facebook’s video platform enables live streaming from locations across the globe that have a data or Wi-Fi connection.
  • Smithsonian Education – Explore art and design, science and technology, history and culture, and language arts with field trips, lesson plans, and online events.
  • Google Earth – This free downloadable application allows students to explore every and any place on Earth. You can bring geography to life! Everything from basic navigation to exploring natural or political maps and much more.

News

  • CNN 10 – Formerly CNN Student News, this platform now works to explain news in 10 minutes. It highlights the day’s stories from across the globe.
  • Scholastic News – Scholastic’s online magazine brings grade-level-appropriate, curriculum-connected nonfiction to the classroom.
  • TTribune – TTribune offers daily news for kids, tweens, and teens from the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture, and science.
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Creative Work

  • Pixton – Create digital comics with dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles through this click-and-drag platform.
  • PowToon – This user-friendly animation software allows users to create professional-looking, engaging animated videos.
  • Canva – Canva enables anyone to create graphic designs for web or print at a quick pace with ready-made resources.
  • Spreaker – Listen to popular podcasts or create your own. Hosting, distributing, and connecting broadcasts is made easy.

Videos

  • SciShow and SciShow Kids – These two popular YouTube channels produce and provide educational content under five minutes in length.
  • CrashCourse – This is a YouTube channel that offers many courses in physics, philosophy, games, economics, US government and politics, astronomy, anatomy and physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and US history.
  • ClassHook – Add curated clips from popular TV shows and movies as a starting point for lessons, as reinforcement of a topic, as an example, or for keeping class entertaining!

Engagement

  • Kahoot! – This free game-based learning platform can be used for multiple subjects on any device.
  • Socrative – This is a classroom app that enables you to assess student understanding in a fun way with quizzes, polls, and more.
  • Wikispaces Classroom – This social writing platform enables students to easily work on writing projects as individuals or in groups.
  • Factile – Formerly known as Jeopardy Rocks, this is an online quiz game that enables you to create quizzes to test any subject in a fun and fast way.
  • GoNoodle – A site offering videos that engage students’ bodies and brains. This focus on movement and mindfulness works to boost creativity, assist with behavior issues, and create a community in the classroom.

TOPICS: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Collaborations

Jessica Born

Written by Jessica Born

Well, hey there! I’m the digital marketing manager for Pitsco Education. Marketing and special events have been my jam for about the last decade. I’m an alumna of Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas. I fill my Pitsco days with social media management and supporting video and web projects. My weekends are for time in the kitchen, real estate and home projects, and adventuring with my husband and our Dood, Garth. The best part of my role here is getting to bring creativity and organization to our efforts to connect with YOU!