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Teacher Tools: Puzzle, Quiz, and Activity Builders


How can I provide extra practice for student who need additional help?
How can I make my own online puzzles and quizzes?
How can I build online communications projects for my class?

starExplore websites that help teachers and students create puzzles, worksheets, quizzes, and other online materials makers.

If you just want to have some fun, check out The Generator Blog. It contains lots of websites to generate fun things from wallets and trading cards to wanted posters.

Teacher Tool Starting Point

Many educators use full-service teacher websites that provide a wide variety of tools and resources. These are the most popular options, but there are many other subscription services.

Blog Services

Blogs are web logs that arrange postings (i.e., text, graphics, audio, video entries) in reverse chronological order. Most allow comments. They're a great place to journal, log ideas, and gather reactions.

Bookmarking Tools

If you want to be able to access your bookmarks from any computer, try a bookmarking service. This is an easy way to organize starting points for young people. Social bookmarking has become popular. These tools allow users to add tags to describe the contains of the page. Others can then find associated website resources.

Calendar Builders

Whether creating daily assignments or organizing school activities, you'll find an online calendar to meet your needs. Before you choose, think about who will access the calendar and whether you want it to be collaborative.

Course Builders

These tools provide features such as course rosters, discussion forums, quiz builders, upload/download documents, email and more. Although designed for teaching online courses, they can be used by anyone who wants to use course tools.

Collaborative Documents and Graphic Organizers

You may use Microsoft Office, Inspiration, and other desktop applications. However when you need a collaborative tool, look for online applications.

Discussion

If you'd like your students to participate in open or closed class discussions, you'll need a tool for creating forums and class discussions.

Email

If you need a permanent email address, consider one of the many email services.

Feed Reader

If you like to read blogs but are overwhelmed with keeping track of all the options, you need a feed reader. Also known as an web reader or RSS feed reader, this tool will help you get organized. It can be used for all kinds of web feeds including text, images, audio, and video.

Lesson Plan Builders

A lesson plan builder can help you organize and store your lessons.

Notes Resources and Tools

Tools are available for taking notes online as well as help for writing professional notes (i.e., letters to parents, permission forms).

Personal Portals

Create your own personalized home page. These tools will help you access and organize news, weather, blogs, and other up-to-date resources. You can access anything with an RSS feed. Select a theme with your favorite colors and images.

Social Networks

You're probably familiar with MySpace and Facebook, but did you know that there are many other social networks that have applications in teaching and learning?

Rubric

If you're making rubrics, try the following rubric makers.

Quiz and Survey Builders

Web Page Builders

Wiki

Want to great your own wiki? Try one of the free websites or download some software to your own web server.

More Tools and Builders

Puzzles, Certificates, and Flash Card Makers

Lists of Links to Teacher Resources

Build an Activity
Use building tools to create a project.


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