Day 1: Tech Tool Review

Here’s a fairly comprehensive listing of all the tools I discussed in class on Day 1.  Remember that Day 1 was more or less an overview session, so we didn’t go into any one tool in great detail.  We will flesh out how to use some of these tools as the week goes by – if you have any others in mind that you’re interested in exploring please let me know!


  1. The Internet Archive ( The Internet Archive is a web-based service that allows you to “turn back the clock” and view a web site as it existed at some point in the past, allowing you to see the “digital footprint” that a particular site has left on the Internet throughout its existence.
  2. Code Academy ( A “just in time” learning site that lets users learn the fundamentals of computing programming at their own pace.
  3. Poll Everywhere ( A free “audience response system” that lets you set up polls and quizzes that students can interact with using a mobile app or the Poll Everywhere website.  Results are tabulated in real-time and feedback can be displayed immediately.  Extremely useful in large classes and at conferences.
Mobile Apps
  1. Explain Everything ( An iPad app that is billed as a tool to “explain anything and everything,” this tool allows you to create short explanatory videos based on student work.  In class I showed how you can snap a photo of a student paper and use Explain Everything to provide both visual and audio feedback.  The final product can be exported as a video that can be played on YouTube, sent to a student via e-mail, placed into a course management system or incorporated into a class blog.
  2. Notability ( An iPad app that lets you create “multimedia notebooks” that can contain typed text, handwriting, images, sounds and web clips.  The final product can be exported as a PDF file that can be viewed on a computer or mobile device, placed onto a website or e-mailed to a student, parent or colleague.
  3. The Elements ( An iPad app that lets you fully explore the periodic table using 3D imagery, sound, video and text.
  4. Historic Earth ( “Drawing on the world’s largest online collection of geo-coded historic maps, Historic Earth allows you to virtually travel back through time in many locations. Geo-coding allows the maps to closely overlay a modern map, so that the same locations can be compared in various time periods. Historic Earth allows you to map the history of cities, times, buildings and landmarks. View historic maps showing property owners, see buildings constructed and replaced, and watch the landscape change over time.”
  5. 5-0 Radio: A mobile app that lets you “tap into the largest collection of live police, firefighters, aircraft, railroad, marine, emergency, and ham radios.”  I spoke about a project where a high school journalism classed used this app to listen to live broadcasts and construct “break news” pieces using authentic content.
  6. Assistive Chat and Proloquo2go: Two assistive technology apps that are designed to give non-verbal people with disabilities the ability to vocalize using a mobile device.
  7. Khan Academy ( Also available as a website, the Khan Academy is a “just in time” learning application that has “over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.”  Their stated mission is “to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.”
  8. Project Noah ( “Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.”
  9. Google Translate: An app that lets you translate text between a number of languages.  The app also has a “voice input” feature that lets you speak the words you wish to translate rather than type them into the app, as well as a “speaking” output feature that lets you hear the translation in the desired language.  Also available as a website.
  10. ZooBurst ( A digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create their own 3D pop-up books. Students can create their own stories and “attach” them to physical objects using a technology called “augmented reality”.  Also available as a website.  Disclaimer: this is my site!

Installed Software (non-web based)

  1. iBooks Author ( A free tool for Mac OS users, iBooks author lets you create multi-touch books that can incorporate text, images, video, audio, 3D models, simple assessment units and a range of advanced new media tools.  Books created with iBooks author can be viewed on an iPad or other iOS device.