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Collaborative Student Display Station

Collaborative Student Display Stations (CSDS) serve as a flexible teaching tool. With a collaborative station, a teacher has more resources available to them through the internet; interactive, web 2.0 sites; their own personally created files; and more--all of which broadens understanding of concepts taught in class. Also, the stations provide students with a way to show what they know through an array of digital projects from simple survey responses to teacher questions to videos or podcasts demonstrating a lesson on a given topic. CSDSs include but are not limited to:

Windows Live Movie Maker Tutorials

University of Idaho
Windows Live Movie Maker is Windows free movie editing software for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Below you will find step-by-step instructions and tutorial videos for how to start a new movie, add videos and photos, add music, add text, and save as a movie file. jQuery UI Tabs - Default functionality

Online Publishing Tools

University of Idaho


Research has shown that when students write for a tangible audience, their motivation and performance improve. This, in addition to many other reasons, such as engagement with material outside of the class and added communication between teachers and students, shows the value in having students make writing public, which they can do through the use of online publishing tools. Listed below are different types of online publishing tools including those for presentations, writing, and eBooks. 

Tools for Bookmarking and Organizing Research

University of Idaho

One of the fundamental skills students learn throughout their schooling is the ability to utilize the internet to research. Many times, however, keeping track of the results can be unwieldy and it becomes a challenge to sift through saved results. The following six tools, all offering different features, are tools that can make researching and organizing that research a bit easier. 

Using Flubaroo to Grade Google Forms

University of Idaho
This brief video shows you how to add the Flubaroo script to a response sheet to grade a Google Form.

Creating a Website with Wix

Wix is one of many online websites that allow users to create free websites without knowing HTML. Not only is there interface simple to use, even for complete beginners, the templates they offer are streamlined, easy to modify, and aesthetically attractive. Wix uses HTML5 which means the websites show up easily across different devices. Creating a website is simple – just add the content you want and drag and drop it to where you want it to appear. Though Wix has its downfalls, like the inability to collaborate on websites, the advantages far make up for them.

Google Forms in the Classroom

University of Idaho
This screencast shows you how to create a Google Form and gives suggestions for using forms in the classroom.


Screenshot for Rewordify

Rewordify is a free online software that simplifies a text. Paste text into the box and click "rewordify text". The difficult words are replaced with easier words and highlighted. You can hover over the highlighting to see the original words. Rewordify also provides a reading level for the text, lets you choose from six different rewording levels, and has settings that allow you to manipulate how the highlighting appears. You can also save and share the results. This software includes tools that help with learning the difficult words that were replaced.

Google Docs in the Classroom

University of Idaho
This screencast walks through the essential tools to consider when using Google Docs in the classroom.


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