Free Technology Resources
Top resource links of teaching technologies including best free web tools for teachers.
The National Education Technology Plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) issued guidance designed to inform schools and districts as they make annual instructional technology purchases. The guidelines include hardware and operating system specifications covering the vast majority of commercially available computers and tablets. The full guidelines are available online:
- Smarter Balanced New Hardware Purchasing Guidelines: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/technology/
- Technology Guidance for PARCC Assessments: http://www.parcconline.org/technology
In March 2013, PARCC released the PARCC Capacity Planning Tool as part of the first phase of assessment administration guidance issued in preparation for the Spring 2014 Field Test and the school year 2014-2015 assessment.
National Educational Technology Standards comes from International Society for Technology in Education ( ISTE) , see the updated release for students, teachers, and administrators, technology facilitators and leaders.
The International Technology Education Association ( ITEA ) provides Standards for Technological Literacy, which are intended to help educators define and recognize quality technology instruction.
The Office of Educational Technology is involved in a variety of projects and initiatives that leverage technology to improve teaching and learning and create opportunities for innovation.
Digital Promise is a new national center in U.S. to spur breakthrough technologies that can help transform the way teachers teach and students learn.
Data.Ed.Gov is an interactive map that pintpoints which schools in the U.S. have broadband. It’s a collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Inofrmation Administration.
Viewshare, a new application from the Library of Congress (LOC), provides a free platform for creating and customizing the presentation of digital data. This project is part of the LOC’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), which provides a host of online resources (Collections, Publications, and Presentations) focused on preserving and archiving digital content. (introduction article : Introducing ViewShare.org)
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) provides a foundation for professional development for technology integration and demonstrates how teachers can integrate technologies into classrooms. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of learning environments(i.e., active, constructive, goal directed, authentic, and collaborative), associated with five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation). It’s from Florida center of instructional technology.
The School 2.0 eToolkit is designed to help schools, districts and communities develop a common education vision for the future and to explore how that vision can be supported by technology. The School 2.0 eToolkit was produced by the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI Internationalwith support from the U.S. Department of Education.
TechSETS is a statewide educational technology service, administered by the San Diego County Office of Education, with funding from the California Department of Education. It provides assistance and community networking to IT professionals.
The Technology Applications Teacher Network is a collaborative project between the twenty Texas Education Service Centers and the Texas Education Agency and is designed to provide Texas teachers with resources to implement the Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in the K-12 classroom. This web site contains resources to teach the six dedicated High School Technology Applications Courses (Digital Graphics, Animation, Desktop Publishing, Web Mastering, Multimedia, Video Technology and Computer Science). It also contains resources to integrate the K-8 Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills into the content area classroom.
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge. At the heart of the TPACK framework, is the complex interplay of three primary forms of knowledge: Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK). The TPACK approach goes beyond seeing these three knowledge bases in isolation.
EDUTOPIA is a website published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12 schools. Edutopia serves its Foundation’s non-profit mission to highlight what works in education through the creation of media featuring creative educators, parents and others who are making positive change.
Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy – a Visual Bloom’s with appropriate technology tools for teaching and learning collected together, created by University of Southern Indiana:
Educational Origami – a wiki about 21st century learning and teaching with rich knowledge of ICT integration and web2.0 tools, which will give you fundamental concepts of pedagogy paradigm shift through related technology tools for teaching and learning
Teacher Training Video provides free technology training videos for teachers, including learning ICT tools(very detail videos of how-to), tools for teaching other languages and resources for learning languages.
ICTmagic – an award-winning wiki by Martin Burrett
Google for Educators, assembled information about google application tools for educators; and Google Templates for Student Projects; Google Apps for Education is the portal for all Apps. The “Google in Education: A New & Open World for Learning” booklet provides more information on how Google and its users are impacting education.
ClassTools has over 20 free web tools for teachers to create quizzes, diagrams, and educational games, you can host them on your own site free of charge (licensed under creative common). … plus no log in. It’s recommended by many teachers.
This article is translated to Serbo-Croatian language by Jovana Milutinovich from Web Geeks Resources. (Thanks to Mr.Barun helping to double check the translation)