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Why should you use them?
  • Can be used across curriculums, covering a wide variety of curriculum standards and objectives.
  • Can be used to facilitate a large variety of instructional activities:
(book reports, chapter summaries, character portrayal, number stories, historical events, famous people in time, vocabulary review, topic comprehension assessments, etc.).
  • Is a 21st Century tool that incorporates critical thinking skills of analyzing information, applying knowledge, evaluating information, communication, and student growth (self directed learners).
  • Facilitates differentiated learning...everyone's poster or scrapbook can be different.
  • Covers a majority of Technology Standards

How easy is it to use with my students?

  • Easy to use with minimal learning curve for even the most reluctant technophobes.
  • email addresses are required for most sites. Some sites do allow teachers to create class accounts (one username and password used by all).
  • Web based allowing access from anywhere at anytime.
  • Sharing is a breeze depending on need (via email, embedding on blog, wikis, webpage, etc.), or some allowing printing of inished product.


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http://www.glogster.com/
Glogster is a site that allows you to create what I like to call interactive on-line posters. Users can choose from a loarge library of backgrounds, clipart, and other cool graphics to jazz up their "glog". They can also add media files such as images, audio files, movies, scrolling text boxes and more. This takes the old poster board project to present information to the 21st Century. It's free, easy to set up, and engaging to users
viewers!!

Example Glog created by a student for a French vocabulary unit project (click black full screen button on glog to enlarge).




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http://www.mixbook.com/edu
"Mixbook was started with the idea that friends should be able to create books together. Though Mixbook software makes book creation easy and fun, it also allows groups of people to build books together. Now friends finally have a way to share their memories online! Make completely customizable photo books, yearbooks, cards, and calendars with students and colleagues from any computer with Internet access—for free. With Mixbook, there are no contracts, no commitments, and no fees to create and share a project among students, faculty, and parents online. With a community of over 2 million, Mixbook is the most trusted and secure site of its kind.




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https://www.moovly.com/
If you like PowToons, you will also like Moovly! Easily create animated videos and other mullti-media content.




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https://www.biteslide.com/
Biteslide is a free, online digital scrapbooking site designed for students. No need for student email addresses, as the teacher can set up student accounts.
  • Combine images, videos, text, and more
  • Manage students, classes, and projects
  • Collaborate, share, download & print
  • Astoundingly easy to use



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new label for wiki.pnghttps://www.canva.com
Amazingly simple desktop publication design software!! Drag and drop mechanics make designing impressive, eye catching, professional looking publications a breeze. Great tools for the 4Cs: Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking.



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new label for wiki.pnghttps://www.smore.com/
Easily create beautiful online flyers and newsletters. Check out their Featured Flyers to get inspired by other user's creations! Insert text, images, snazzing headings, links, and more. Here is a great example of one done around the classic novel The Great Gatsby.