CityData: National Statistics at Your Fingertips

WHAT IS CITYDATA? CityData is a website that provides statistics and data on hundreds of cities across the United States. Data includes statistics such as maps, geographical data, crime data, religions, cost of living, restaurant inspection results, mortgage data, water systems, unemployment data, media station data, and much more. HOW WAS CITYDATA RATED? For information about … Continue reading

Tagxedo: Turn Words into Dynamic Visuals

WHAT IS TAGXEDO? Much like Wordle, Tagxedo is a word-cloud generating program. Tagxedo takes texts from documents, from online input, or from websites and turns them into beautiful word-clouds with the click of a button. Users can choose from a variety of shapes to customize their clouds, including hearts, clouds, famous celebrities, stars, animals, and … Continue reading

Periodic Table of Videos: Each Element Explained

WHAT IS PERIODIC TABLE OF VIDEOS? The Periodic Table of Videos is a series of videos created by the University of Nottingham. Featuring all 118 elements, most videos focus on Professor Martyn Poliakoff explaining properties of individual elements, and then conducting experiments on the element. The videos, now quite popular on YouTube, are an attempt to … Continue reading

Visuwords: Online Graphical Dictionary

WHAT IS VISUWORDS? Visuwords is an online graphical dictionary where users can look up words to find their relationships to other words. The website produces diagrams in a mind-map fashion that show associations between words. Each node of the mind-map is a word, which can be clicked on to discover its meaning, additional word associations, … Continue reading

Poll Everywhere: Text & Online Audience Voting

WHAT IS POLL EVERYWHERE? Students today are attached at the hip to their cell-phones, so why fight it? Instead, Poll Everywhere allows teachers to utilize this student connectivity to engage students in the classroom. With Poll Everywhere, teachers can create either multiple choice or open-ended polls and then use them directly through the website or … Continue reading

Splicd: Edit YouTube Videos

WHAT IS SPLICD? In today’s classroom, YouTube is commonplace. However, often YouTube or other video clips are lengthy and bogged down with filler video. Splicd is a great tool for these scenarios; this website creates a new link for YouTube videos based on the section of the video you want it to play. Simply enter … Continue reading

Animoto: Instant Photo Slideshow

WHAT IS ANIMOTO? Animoto is an online video creating application that allows users to edit photos, images, video clips and texts into professional-looking videos. Although the lite (free) version of the application is relatively limiting, teachers can apply for a free Pro version of the tool, which removes the 30-second limit on video length. Students can … Continue reading

Newswordy: Vocabulary in the News

WHAT IS NEWSWORDY? Newswordy is a website that presents vocabulary in the context of media and news. The site focuses on buzzwords or words that are commonly presented in news media but not often used in everyday language. Each day, Newswordy presents, defines, and shows a buzzword in context of a quote, article, Twitter, and … Continue reading

Wordle: Word Cloud Generator

WHAT IS WORDLE? Wordle is an online application that generates word clouds from text entered in a textbox. The clouds arrange the text by size (words that appear more often are larger) and in colorful patterns. Individuals can personalize the clouds by altering fonts, layouts, and color schemes. This application allows students to display texts … Continue reading

PlaySpent: An Engaging Game of Economics

WHAT IS PLAYSPENT? PlaySpent is an online game that involves the player taking on the role of an unemployed, single parent who has to make it through the month on their last $1,000. The player does this by solving real-life problems and making decisions by answering simulation questions. The goal of the game is to … Continue reading