Cross Curricular

NaturalReader: Text to Speech

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A Chrome App for listening to pdf's, word documents, ebooks, or web pages.  Choose from over 30 natural-sounding voices in seven languages and adjust speaking speed. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words.

Pirate Pad

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Free, collaborative, real-time writing tool.  Invite others via link or email or provide a read-only link.  Can attach files, choose authorship colors, and chat. For grades 6 to 12.


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This blogging tool was built by teachers to provide safe and simple blogging for students.  A free account allows a creation of unlimited class accounts with 50 student accounts per class. For all grade levels.


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The most popular educational blogging tool created by Wordpress for Education.  The free account enables a single blog while the Edublogs Pro account ($39.95/yr.) allows a creation of student blogs and mobile blogging.   For all grade levels.


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Teachers can create and customize mobile presentations for student learning.  Students complete an interactive lesson in real-time and the teacher is able to monitor and measure student results.  Free version available. For all grade levels.


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A real-time collaborative writing environment that allows for the creation of public pads that can be password protected to ensure privacy.  You can also opt to create a private space where you can create accounts for an unlimited number of users.  There are up to eight colors to choose from to differentiate your work from others.  It is suggested that no more than a dozen users collaborate on a document at the same time to maintain optimum performance although the system can handle 64 collaborators in one document.  For grades 6 to 8.

Wikispaces Classroom

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Wikispaces Classroom is designed to remove all the frustrations of using technology to support learning.  It's a free, collaborative, private social environment where teachers can create assignments; post resources, content, announcements, and tools; monitor student work with real-time formative assessment; and provide feedback.  For grades 6 and up.


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This online mind mapping and brainstorming app allows you to insert text, images, files, calendar events, and geographic locations.  Maps can be set to private or public.  Also, enables embedding to web page. For all grade levels.

Class Messenger

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Send text, documents, surveys, photos, or video to parents and students via email, text, or a mobile app with this free, two-way messaging system.  Teachers create classes and parents or students can join the class or be added by the teacher.  Teacher phone number and email are kept private.  Parent and student phone numbers and emails can only be seen by the teacher. For all grade levels.


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Thinkbinder is an online study group tool. Registering is as easy as providing an email and password and creating a group is as easy as giving it a name. Once a group is created, it can be shared with multiple collaborators. Those collaborators then have the ability to add text, links, and files, all of which get added to the “feed,” which is sorted chronologically. There is also a calendar and a whiteboard tool. Additionally, there is a chat box that allows for group members to send instant messages to the group. This is a good tool for contribution from both educators and students.


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