Saturday, July 22, 2017

Favorite Elementary Websites for the Chromebook


A new school year is around the corner, marking my second year as an Instructional Technology Coach and my 9th year as a teacher. Every year I have the chance to apply and explore new websites along with finding additional ways to engage students with the tried and true applications I've been implementing for years. I picked a few of my favorites websites with a lot of classroom potential. If you haven't integrated these in your classroom, they are definitely worth trying during this school year!




The summer the Book Creator team launched a web-based version of this popular app. Now that Book Creator is on the web, your students can create their very own multimedia eBooks on their Chromebooks. Create up to 40 books for free or purchase a Book Creator license for a minimal cost. 


BrainPOP has been one of my favorite websites to use in the classroom. BrainPOP has an array videos, quizzes, and activities to integrate within your content. This past school year, BrainPOP released a Make-a-Movie feature allowing your students to create their very own BrainPOP films. Don't worry if your school doesn't have a subscription. There are many free movies for your students to enjoy!


EdPuzzle is a game changer when it comes to sharing YouTube content with your students. Share videos, edit the length, create "pause points" for reflection, or embed quizzes into an assigned film. Setting up a class roster allows you to view student analytics, including quiz scores and the number of times students have viewed the assigned videos. 


Expand your classroom library with eBooks... for free! Epic! is free for teachers. Create an Epic! account, allowing your students access to dozens of eBooks, audio books, and videos. Once you create your class rooster, you are able to easily assign content and control what your students are able to view. Although Epic! is free for teachers, parents need to pay a monthly fee in order for students to access Epic! at home.


Want to engage your students in video discussion? Flipgrid is what you've been waiting for! Create a discussion board and empower your students to respond with their own short video clips. Flipgrid includes both paid and free features to explore. 



Need to revitalize your writer's workshop? Kidblog may be just what you need! I started using Kidblog in the classroom a few years ago, and instantly fell in love with how it transformed student writing. Kidblog is a student blogging platform that is moderated by you, the teacher. Students are able to attach video and pictures to their posts, along with a comment feature. Try a 30 day free trial!


Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio, moderated by the teacher. Similar to Facebook, students can post and share media like picture, videos, voice recordings, and digital drawings to classmates or parents (optional). Seesaw has their own built-in creation tools, however, students are able to post content from many other websites, making Seesaw a must have in the classroom! Seesaw includes both free and paid features.


Before using these websites with your students, remember to review the terms and conditions, and your state and local student privacy laws. 

Which websites have you tried with Chromebooks in your classroom? Did I miss any of your favorites? 
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