Cross Curricular

Edublogs

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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.

Nearpod

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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.

TitanPad

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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.

SpiderScribe

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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.

ThinkBinder

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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.

XMind

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XMind is a free, easy to use mind mapping tool.  Requires download.  Can set maps to public, unlisted, or private. For grades 9 and up.

edX

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EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from universities such as MITx, HarvardX, and BerkeleyX. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer sciences, economics, etc. 

Open Yale Courses

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Open Yale Courses provides free introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The courses are fully developed courses with lessons for a whole course and video lectures accompanying the lessons. A wide variety of topics are covered spanning from English to Art to Science. 

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