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Top Ten Free Technology Tools For Young Learners
All of the tools in this list are freely available online and useful for working with primary age students. It is VERY difficult to choose only ten tools, so I have tried to choose one tool from each of ten categories. There are also other great tools that are available in each category. I have collected some of the other tools
Blogs allow children to express themselves through writing, images, video and anything that can be embedded. Blogs give students an authentic audience for their work and a portal to the world outside of their classroom.
If you are primary teacher new to blogging,
is a user-friendly place to start.
First and second grade (split class) example
2. Live Voice Communication
to make free calls to any other Skype user anywhere in the world. If you (and the person you are calling) have a web cam, you can also see each other. Skype also allows you to instant message others on your contact list. Check
Skype in the Classroom
for a list of teachers that are interested in using Skype to communicate with other classrooms.
3. Webpage Creation
is a web creation tool that uses images, rather than words, to link to other sites. This makes it ideal for teachers of pre and beginning readers who want to provide links to learning sites for their students. An example is this
Kindergarten E-Book Symbaloo
. (There are instructions for saving an image from your screen
site. It allows children to choose colour, type of brush, stickers, shapes and text. When the drawing is complete, it can be printed or saved.
5. Books to Print
allows users to create a story entirely online. The user can choose characters and the character's goal for the story. The settings and other items for the story are added to the picture by simply clicking on them. The author can also choose emotions, actions and interactions for the characters, which the characters then act out in the picture. As the characters do this, the text of their actions appears below them. This text can be edited and the final story can be printed.
6. Collaborative Writing
If you have a
account, you can set up a google document that is available for anyone to access. Share the link with your students, and they can all write on the document at the same time if desired. Use this option if you want to keep and return to something your students have written. An example of students collecting breakfast food is
is a collaborative drawing tool, but it also allows text options. This is a quick and easy option for collecting information to view together.
is a free program that converts your photos and video clips into a movie complete with music, a title and cool effects. An example is
8. Listening to Books
Actors from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation read books aloud at
. Lots of other great listening sites are available
9. Voice Recording
is a recording tool that saves your voice recording as a "boo" that can be linked to or embedded. Here are links to a
six year old explaining how to make pancakes
and another six year old's
(embedded in his blog).
10. Books to Create and Post Online
provides you with illustrations to inspire you to write and publish your own book. You choose the illustrations from many artists that are available. Choosing, rather than drawing the illustrations, forces the student to focus on making a story out of the illustrations, rather than on the illustrations themselves. Teachers can set up student accounts.
Finished stories can be embedded into a blog. For a fee, they may also be downloaded or purchased in hard or softcover form.
Example of a Storybird embedded into a blog
Created by Kathy Cassidy
My Classroom Blog
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