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100 Tools for Learning

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 You might want to go through this presentation quickly the first time, and then pour through it more slowly and jot down some notes of tools to explore.

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011

by Jane Hart on Nov 13, 2011, 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools

Which of these tools do you integrate into your teaching or your own learning? How do you use them? Which tools do you want to learn? Which do you see as best promoting literacy?  


  1. I implement several of the Top 100 Tools for Learning into my teaching, such as Microsoft Office, GMail, Google Docs, and Google Search. We use Office to create word processing documents, desk plates with images which are cut & pasted from Google images. I will often show clips from You Tube if it supports an objective. For example, I recently had my class watching a a classic SchoolHouse Rock video on Pronouns. Does anybody know of any videos that teach possessive nouns? I want to learn more about Skype, Prezi, and Voice Thread. With YouTube you can host and share videos, what a great learning tool! My students love YouTube and are always engaged when I am showing a video.

    1. Thank you for your reply, Michelle. You might try GrammarGirl for a presentation on possessive nouns, but don't think your students will find that as entertaining as SchoolHouse Rock. So your school system does not ban YouTube! That is good to hear. We will be using Skype in our course. We are going to Skype with Alan November, the author of Empowering Students with Technology. I sent out a email about the Skype. You can try a Skype with authors of children's literature, with students at other schools (e.g. global collaboration projects--will have a book title to pass along to you, and show in class about this), or museum folks or scientist who cater to young children. You can join Prezi and search for some existing Prezis to get a feel for what makes a good one. You might also find ones you can use directly in your teaching. Also, why not have your students make a digital story with tools like PhotoStory?

    2. Michelle,
      I enjoy YouTube too, however I think it is more effective with students grades 3 and up. I have tried using it with my first graders and I have run across many unsafe/unsensored videos. I like to use TeacherTube. It is just like YouTube however is set up for teachers to use. It is monitored so that all of the videos and resources are safe and organized by grade!