Teachers have one of the most difficult jobs out there. As an educator, you have to manage a classroom of boisterous students, organize heaps of data, stay up–to–date with current events and plan lessons day in and day out. In today’s technologically linked world, the ability to use web applications is at your advantage as an educator, and we are here to tell you the best tools to use. From Early Childhood Education apps to Business Management apps, here is a collection of 100 web and iPhone tools that make the grade for tech–savvy teachers:
1) 37 Signals: (http://37signals.com/) More than three million people use this application for a reason — it’s extremely effective for businesses and educators. 37 Signals makes it easier to collaborate, share, discuss and get work done through its programs — Basecamp (http://basecamphq.com) (a project management system), Highrise (http://www.highrisehq.com) (where you can track your contact with parents and students), Backpack (http://www.backpackhq.com) (where you can organize your life) and Campfire (http://www.campfirehq.com) (an instant messaging system).
2) AVG: (http://free.avg.com/us–en/get–basic–protection) Education in today’s world has become mostly web–based, so it’s important that teacher’s computers are virus–free. AVG is a downloadable application that protects your personal computer against security threats like spam and malware.
3) Book Glutton: (http://www.bookglutton.com/portal/about.html) Book Glutton is a great application for lit–hungry English teachers. It allows users to read books over the web as well as annotate and discuss books in an online community forum.
4) Backboard: (http://www.getbackboard.com)This web application serves as an online docking management system that facilitates real–time communication. The service can automate the process of getting feedback and approval on projects created with just about any file type.
5) BrainHoney: (http://brainhoney.com/about.html) BrainHoney is a free web application that educators can use to author online curriculum, map course standards, personalize lesson plans, access online grade books and interact with parents and students.
6) Broken–Notebook: (http://www.broken–notebook.com/spell_checker/) If there is one faux pas as a teacher, it’s bad spelling. The online application, Broken–Notebook corrects the spelling of online content...similar to a word processor...but online.
7) Chalksite: Chalksite is an uncomplicated web–based application where teachers can streamline grade and assignment tracking. The app can also host a class website and facilitate two–way communication between students and teachers through a chat function.
8) ClassMarker: (http://www.classmarker.com) ClassMarker is an online–based test generator that allows teachers to create quizzes with a blend of multiple choice, true or false, short–answer, fill–in–the–blank or essay questions. Classmarker is the quintessential example of a successful Web 2.0 application, as results are instantly dispersed to students and emailed to professors.
9) Comapping: (http://www.comapping.com/education.html) This tech–savvy web application allows students and teachers to engage in real–time collaboration online. This application requires a minimal learning curve and teachers can easily implement this program into their coursework.
10) CreateDebate.com: (http://www.createdebate.com/index.php/teachers) CreateDebate is a dynamic virtual learning environment created to help students discuss and debate their thoughts online.
11) Curriki:(http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome) This wiki–based online application is used by teachers to share educational ideas and coursework. Great for teachers stumped on ideas for activities, this application has a stock of lesson plans, handouts and study guides.
12) Edmodo: (http://www.edmodo.com/) Edmodo is a secure social platform for teachers and students to micro–blog and share files, events, documents, assignments and grades. The app is formatted to emulate Twitter and is crafted with the classroom in mind. But unlike Twitter, this site blocks the general public from seeing the content, providing a safe haven for students and teachers.
13) Edublogs: (http://edublogs.org/) Edublogs is an academic micro–blogging platform created with WordPress–powered blogs. With Edublogs, teachers can include class publications and newsletters, online discussions, allowing student blogs and adding multimedia. This free application also suggests tips on how educators can integrate blogs into their coursework.
14) Engrade: (http://www.engrade.com/) Engrade is an application that fosters organization and efficiency in education. Teachers can use this tool to manage grade books and attendance books, post assignment due dates and add individualized student reports. One of the most popular applications for teachers, the site has more than 200,000 users per month.
15) DOC Cop: (http://www.doccop.com/index.html?nc=41078331) This tech–savvy web app allows teachers to catch plagiarizing students through software that cross–checks online and offline sources. DOC Cop emails a report indicating how much of the document may have been copied and where the copied lines may have originated.
16) Footnote: (http://www.footnote.com/) Footnote is a history teacher’s dream app, with more than 60 million original historical documents to peruse through. Users of Footnote can use the site to view never–before–seen historic documents from renowned institutions like The National Archives and The Library of Congress.
17) Flickr: The Commons: (http://www.flickr.com/commons/) This application is great for presentations with its vast collection of public photography. Images from The Library of Congress, National Media Museum, Oregon State University, Brooklyn Art Museum and many credible institutions are showcased on this colorful application.
18) GlogsterEDU: (edu.glogster.com) Glogster EDU is a unique academic resource for interactive and visual learning. It allows teachers and their students to make online multimedia documents with text, photos, videos, graphics, music and other multimedia in a secure virtual classroom.
19) Gmail: (http://mail.google.com/mail/) Google is the ruler of email: with the ever–so–popular Gmail application. With 2.5GB, label creators, email search, multi–language support, rick text formatting, contact importing and automatic custom signatures: this app is a teacher’s dream.
20) Google Voice: (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/here–comes–google–voice.html) Google Voice is a fantastic app used to help web users manage their voice communications. Educators can use this system to transcribe important conversations with parents of students.
21) Google Base:(http://googlebase.blogspot.com/) For prospective teachers, Google Base can serve as an untapped resource for job postings.
22) Jalenack's AJAX Periodic Table of the Elements:(http://code.jalenack.com/periodic/) This online periodic table of elements is great for science teachers. When you toggle through the elements, users can essential facts such as atomic number, symbol and weight — plus links to Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com) and ChemiCool (http://www.chemicool.com/).
23) Lesson Planner Advanced: (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/home_learning/lessonplanneradvanced.html) Created by educators, Lesson Planner Advanced helps teachers deliver great lectures with digital resources. Throw away the pencil and paper...This online lesson plan grid serves as an amazing tool for teachers to create lesson plans in one place.
24) Mindomo: (http://www.mindomo.com/) One of the most effective ways to organize information and critically think is to visually draw out your thoughts. Mindmaps does just that — with its web–based mind mapping software.
25) Moodle: (http://moodle.org/) Moodle is a virtual learning environment that is a free for educators — great for creating class websites. In addition, this application offers a haven for education–related events, forums, books, manuals and downloads.
26) MindMeister:(http://www.mindmeister.com/) Another online mind–mapping tool, MindMeister promotes free–flowing thought processes with its interactive map–making.
27) My Studiyo: (http://mystudiyo.com) MyStudiyo is a web app that serves as a portal online tests and quizzes. Users simply have to add content to quiz templates and create a customized quiz for your audience.
28) Nibipedia:(http://www.nibipedia.com/index.html) Nibipedia is a mashup of YouTube’s (http://www.youtube.com) educational videos. The app that relies heavily on community contribution and is built using a wiki–like construct where the web community can comment and share video clips.
29) ObjectGraph Dictionary: (