21 Things 4 The 21st Century Educator


We are going to explore the more popular tools from the 21 Things 4 Teachers site. These tools will help you differentiate learning in the classroom and be more productive and efficient yourself.

First let's create a Delicious or Diigo Account to save our bookmarks as we learn today

Next let's look at Google Docs

1. Basics of Google Docs

2. Google Templates

3. Sharing a Google Doc with others

4. Create a Google form

Next let's look at one of my favorite sites:

Thinkfinity is one stop shopping, It is filled with free lesson plans, interactive and instructional materials, and professional development opportunities for educators and the literacy community. You can also do a search through http://more.mel.org and do a content standards search.

Do a search for a lesson plan that you may want to share with a teacher that you are team teaching with. Look for an interactive that will help a student having difficulty with a problem or project.


Did you know that MDE and MVU provide teachers with a great tool called Michigan LearnPort and part of that is a free teacher subscription to netTrekker? Let's create your free LearnPort account and explore NetTrekker. It is a tool where teachers can find educational websites to use with their students and it has a read-aloud feature that will read aloud the article.

Check out Vozme. Copy and paste some text and listen to it read out loud. Even though it is a robotic voice, students can hear their text read back to them so they can hear grammatical errors or check for understanding. It also good for students who need help reading text.

Web Evaluation

Review the Bogus & Hoax PowerPoint for an introduction to Snopes, Joyce Valenza's BASIC and CARRDSS systems, and the fact vs. fiction phenomenon of web evaluation .

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Many of you may have already created a Wordle. Have you created a word cloud with Tagxedo? You can create different shapes and styles.

Creative Commons- have you copyrighted any material yourself on the web? If you are uploading photos to the webs or have a web site, you should create a Creative Commons license for it.

Are you a photographer who would like to edit your pictures for free? Check out Fotoflexer or Picresize .

Do you have students or teachers who need files converted to a different format. If so, then Zamzar is the tool.

Do you belong to a network? Are you a Tweeter or a participant on the MACULSpace Ning.

Michigan has a wonderful resource called iTunes U. We have many lessons now submitted to the site from Michigan teachers. iTunes is a free download, so if you don't have it on your own computer you will have to download it at the Apple site. iTunes U can be found by clicking on Podcasts, iTunes U and then Michigan. You can search by teacher or subject. Check out the latest ones on Flipping the Classroom or the Connected Educator. .

Let's try screencastomatic together.