Here are a few highlights which were either suggested to me or that I stumbled upon as I was rollin' around the web:
- Two new and interesting mind-mapping tools. One is Text 2 Mind Map and the other Mindomo. (Screen shots for each are below. Click to embiggen.) I think that Mindomo has many more great features and classroom applications. I like that you can link the map to other areas on the web, notations, etc. And you can download maps onto your classroom website. Text 2 Mind Map, however, is really simple to use and has an easy interface for moving between an outline and graphic form. Speaking of graphic organizers, check out this great page with 100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner. There are amazing ideas for differentiation using technology here.
- Privnote is truly just for fun. In Mission Impossible form, you can send e-mail that will self-destruct after it is read. I can imagine what a kick it would be to send students reminders about deadlines or tests or other events using this tool. It would be great for communicating with peers about meetings, too.
- In terms of meeting up, have you ever struggled to find a time and date which works for everyone? Next time you're trying to set up something, why not give When Is Good? a try? You click the times on a grid which work best for you and then send the link to others so that they can do the same. This saves a ton of e-mail time and hassle with coordination. Let this site save you from an aching head.
- Have a look at all of these game templates. While I can easily imagine using some of these with student and teacher groups, I can also see where it would be great to have students build their own representations of learning. Kids can also develop their own study aids over at the Flash Card Maker.
- iRubric will help you build and integrate scoring guides for your classroom while PageOnce can act as your personal assistant on the web to "remember" all kinds of information for you while you cruise.