Playing in the Digital Sandbox - 2012


What’s a digital sandbox?

A sandbox is a safe place to experiment, play, and learn as you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
A digital sandbox is a place where you can do this with various digital tools to figure out what might or might not work in your classroom.

Digital Sandbox Google Doc

Share your fav sites/tools and post your requests.
If you plan to tweet about this session, please use the tags #ties12 and #digitalsandbox

Coolest idea I've seen in a while - online project collection form
Back end of form

Top Tools

1. Diigo – Social Bookmarking, lists & more (plus it has a back door to Delicious)
For info about the Education version of Diigo
2. Twitter- Great tool to build a professional learning network (See #ties12 hashtag)
3. Chrome - and Extensions for Diigo, Email this Page, Evernote Web Clipper URL Shortener, Google Mail Checker, IE Tab (PC only), Scoop.iT, Turn Off the Lights
4. Cool Tools For School - Wish I'd created it!
5. Alternative To - Find an alternative to paid applications
6. Technology Integration Matrix from University of South Florida (similar from Arizona)
7. PBS LearningMedia - PBS Content in a searchable, teacher-friendly form
8. WatchKnow - Educational video content free online
9. BBC Teachers - Great resources; some not available outside of UK. Also see: BBC Languages, Learning English, and BBC main page (scroll to bottom of page)
10. Thinkfinity - has taken on many forms over the years - remember Marco Polo?
11. YouTube Education - EDU content from lots of sources
12. - Cool way to share and search for lesson plans and units
13. Chronicling America - Historic newspapers from Library of Congress
14. Image Searching Options - Custom search engine
15. Mrs. P – Storytelling – remember Mimi from the Drew Cary Show?
16. The Kid Should See This
17. Documentary Tube
18. Apptic - Want to know the best apps? From the creators of iEAR
19. - Includes the Wayback Machine
20. Screencasting? Try Screencast-O-Matic
21. Free Tech 4 Teachers
22. Sistine Chapel
23. Animoto Education - Quick and easy slideshows - Sample 1 Sample 2 Setting up student accounts with a single Gmail
24. Top 100 Tools for Learning
25. Quora - Choose topics of interest and ask questions
26. Edshelf - Reviewed tools for the classroom
27. Research Tool in Google Docs (Please wait to play until I demo)
28. 40 Sites for Free and Quality Science Games
29. Interactive Tools and Sites that Jive with the iPad
30. Sumdog - Great gamification of elementary and middle school math

General interest to explore

Online collaboration

Getting Creative…

Touch Tools – If you have a touchscreen, Smartboard, or other IWB, these tools are worth exploring
Engaging Online

Websites that work on iPads (Many of the above will; make sure you check)
  • – Have an on screen brainstorming/conversation with a group similar to TypeWithMe or TitanPad.
  • – Create word clouds similar to Wordle.
  •– Enter spelling words and then take a spelling test. Note: Spelling test only. Games do not work.
  • – Type in text and it will save it as an .mp3 (audio) file.
  • - Can be used to share ideas. Students can enter text from iPads or cell phones. The wiffiti cannot be viewed using an iPad.
  • - Collaboratively mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Choices are limited on an iPad.
  • - Have students watch the same video on different iPads. It allows you to chat about the movie as it is playing.
  • - Turn the iPads into response systems.

Classroom Tools…


More Interactives and Student Tools

Recent Links in Content Areas & More


Before you go…

Little Alchemy
Future Me – Write letters to yourself in the future (at least 30 days)
Task: Write yourself an email about a goal you have for the this conference.