December 19, 2014

Cool Tools Column by Richard Byrne

Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests

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Video, audio, and images can help students gain deeper understanding of a question. Previously, struggling readers might have had assessment questions read aloud to him or her. Now, multimedia tools allow these students to take tests independently.

Summer Project? Six Tools to Upgrade Your School Website

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School’s out—and time to enjoy some serious lounging. Summer is also a time to consider your Web presence. If your website could use an upgrade, consider these tools to give it a boost for back-to-school—and save you time this fall.

Mobile Apps Make Student Assessment Easy and Interactive | Cool Tools

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Regardless of what curriculum areas we teach, observing and assessing our students is something that we all do every day. Thanks to mobile devices like iPads and Android tablets, recording our informal observations and formal assessments has never been easier.

Free Web Tools Make Classroom Management Fun

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Web applications that make it easy to create records in appealing formats for sharing, selected by Richard Byrne, School Library Journal’s Cool Tools columnist.

Cool Tools: The Best Free Web Applications for Reaching Out to Parents

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From maintaining a blog to texting updates from the classroom, free web apps can help educators foster those important school-home connections.

Making the Most of Video in the Classroom

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From Vialogues and SynchTube to TED-Ed, free tools for hosting conversation around videos.

Summertime and the Reading Is Easy: Kick back with a good ebook app or two

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Handy tools for reading and ebook discovery that you can enjoy using yourself and perhaps put them to use with students in the classroom or library.

The Best Sites for Collaborative Online Studying

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These tools enable students to connect, share notes, and work through difficult problems together.

Master the Web with Browser Add-ons

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Handy extensions and add-ons will help you perform multi-step tasks with ease.

Ebook toolkit: Easy-to-Use Applications for Creating Your Own

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These ebook creation tools offer a range of capabilities, from adding a few page-turning effects to PDFs to creating full-blown interactive ebooks with multimedia elements.