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

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

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

Prezi: Zooming Presentations

WHAT IS PREZI? Prezi is a new, exciting way to present information to students. It allows the user to enter text, pictures, and even video (directly embedded from YouTube, or a link) and then create a presentation that zooms and pans out effortlessly. Since it is created and stored online, it allows the presenter to … Continue reading

JeopardyLabs: Game Builder

WHAT IS JEOPARDYLABS? After covering a large amount of material, using a game like Jeopardy can be a great way to review in class. By splitting students up into teams and having them compete (for bragging rights, extra credit, edible rewards), teachers can get students excited about reviewing their material before an assessment. This resource … Continue reading