The people at InstaGrok have created a research tool that curates resources differently than a google search. Key Facts show important facts about the topic (with links to the original content page). Interactive visual interface allows the user to quickly grasp important concepts, key facts and relationships. Students can use the search engine and retrieve resources for free. Students can create a general account and save their searches and notes if they want within the tool or they can save them outside the tool.
InstaGrok is an inquiry based tool to use in your classroom. Introducing a new topic or concept? Start with a big question and let your students see what they can learn and discover on their own. InstaGrok presents information as an interactive visual interface that could work well for students who have difficulty comprehending linear progressions of information. InstaGrok can differentiate results for your students by adjusting the sliding Difficulty Bar to customize the grok's complexity for reading or educational levels. InstaGrok provides a search experience that students that help currate a list of resources that are reliable and informative. One "Grok" can help expose students to content that leads a student down additional search paths to extend their learning.
This is a great alternative to a google search and a tool that you can use to help inquiry drive your instruction or for research.
Give instaGrok a try!
Ge Teach is a mapping tool that pulls from Google Maps and allows you to compare the same map with two different types of information side by side. The interface is really nice and clean and allows for students to view two maps side-by-side. The user can select from a menu of map layers
on GE Teach and compare two maps side-by-side. GE Teach also has drawing and measurement tools that are found in Google Maps available to users.
GE Teach is a great tool for geography teachers or any content area teacher making a connection to geography.
Below is an example of a map comparing Population Density to Land Temperature.
Padlet is an easy tool and great for having students collaborate and contribute in class. The graphic below shows you how to create a Padlet and set privacy and moderate posts to hold students accountable. You can set your Padlet up so that nothing goes on the Padlet wall until you have approved it. You can have Padlet open on your laptop and approve in real time if using it for student collaboration, to drive instruction or inquiry. What can a student contribute on a Padlet wall? They can type a response Record their voice Add an image Add a document Padlet can be used in many ways in the classroom. Check out these ideas for ways to use Padlet. (The ideas reference *Wallwisher....wallwisher became Padlet.
Tech_chef made some graphic organizers that you can use to change up your background quickly. I encourage you to make and design your own too! You can download the organizers here.
Teachers have a lot of choices of tools to use for formative assessments today. Formative is a free tool that I discovered recently and I really like it. The interface is intuitive and flexible. Students can be asked multiple choice questions, free response questions, label diagrams and more. Students can also submit responses by drawing answers. Responses come through to teachers in a format that is very clean and easy to review. Students can join a teachers class by simply registering as a student and entering the teacher's class code. Students do not have to have an email address to create an account. Teachers can also simply provide students with a session code to join a lesson without having an account.