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Tech Tools for History Jeff Astor – Simon Technology HS. Readworks.
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Readworks • Nonprofit ReadWorks catalogues hundreds of lesson plans and CCSS-aligned reading passages--for free! It's constantly updating, too: two weeks ago, ReadWorksadded 76 science passages with associated question sets for K-6 classes.
Modern Lesson • Free! Modern Lesson offers video based courses, teaching "real-world skills." What's great for teachers is that they provide beginners guides to things like iPads in Education, infographics, and Twitter. For those too embarrassed to ask, it's a great way to catch up on how to use new tools. Also, specially for teachers, they offer special courses on specific classroom topics like Launching BYOD In Your Class. Each course is broken up into a series of video lessons lasting 10-20 minutes each. This is a great tool for independently brushing up on technology skills over the summer.
Edweb • Free! Want to brush up on blended learning skills or maybe learn more about what game-based learning is all about? EdWeb provides both free webinars and a social networking platform for teachers. Webinars can be viewed both live, or on demand and enable live chatting with the trainer. Teachers can also create their own professional learning communities or join one of the many PLCs already formed.
LearnZillion • Free! As of 2013, LearnZillion has employed a team of 11 full-time employees and built up a collection of more than 2,000 video lessons created by teachers and organized by Common Core standard. It operates its learning platform – including short video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting – on a freemium model: teachers get free access.
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