Classroom Tech and Websites
NOTE: This page is archived. I keep it around for giggles and as a record of edtech circa 2009.
I'm a geek. I'm passionate about technology and education and integrating the two in my classroom.
Whiteboards - I created 2'x3' whiteboards for 2-4 students to use for anything from prewriting to diagramming. They're from cheap panelboard that sells for ~$12 at Lowe's. Here's the blog post that inspired me.
Low-tech "Clickers" - Get instant group feedback with these cool answer paddles
Vision problems - Some students simply refuse to wear glasses, so I have a huge, old monitor that mirrors what's on my main LCD projector placed close to those who need it. Note: the picture in real life is much more clear than it appears in this photograph.
Ubuntu Linux - Free, robust operating system and complete software packages. Leave Microsoft behind!
LibreOffice.org - Free office suite
Document Camera - Cheap webcam + old lamp + Cheese (or any program that displays webcam video) = document camera for practically nothing. Windows alternative: YawCam or CamStudio (I've used neither, so YMMV)
Triptico - Software for smartboard activities. Word magnets and such.
FreeTech4Teachers - Mecca for geeky teachers
Testmoz - Quick, easy quizzes. No ads or signup
JeopardyLabs - Jeopardy games for fun and study
Quizlet - Slick flashcard study and testing