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Technology Department

Technology

Welcome to the World of Technology

Welcome to the Technology Department of Middletown City School District. While in Middletown, you are child may be using any of the following pieces of technology.

Whenever possible we purchase technology that is touch capable for the highest learner engagement and accessibility. Right now you will find that most iPads are in Kindergarten classrooms and most students use Chromebooks at school. 

Middletown City Schools became a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) school in 2012 when we first started purchasing Chromebooks. We now have almost 2000 of them and it is currently our device of choice for our future 1:1! Here are what some other schools are saying who have already gone to a 1:1 with Chromebooks.

Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

Prezi 
Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint.

Blabberize
Make your images talk…that’s right.

Wordle
Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text.

VoiceThread
You just have to experience this one.

Voki
Get your own avatar and even have it talk with your voice.

DoInk
Create animations using this simple website.

Tagxedo
Like Wordle but a step farther as text can be used to build bigger images.

GoAnimate for schools
State of the art animation tools for schools.

Empressr
Rich media presentation tool.

ToonDooSpaces
Easily publish custom comic strips.

Images and Video

Animoto
Make beautiful videos from images in a snap.

Flickr
Popular photo-sharing site now lets you print.

Audio

Audioboo
Easily to record and share audio.

Aviary Myna
Make your own music or remix just about anything else.

Communication & Collaboration

Content Publishing

Glogster
Great way to share posters and images you’ve made with friends.

GoogleSites
Make your own website while knowing nothing about websites!

WordPress
Content publishing system. It’s gone way beyond just blogging.

Wallwisher
An online notice board maker (or bulletin board if you choose).

Weebly
Create your own website or blog, very easy to use.

Wix
Easily make your own flash-based website.

Wikispaces
Crowdsourcing at its finest. Like Wikipedia, Wikispaces is very helpful.

PBWorks
Thousands of educational wikis and workspaces (build your own!)

Social Networking

Ning
Despite a new cost-based membership program, Ning allows you to have your own social network.

Twitter
The micro blogging service that many love or hate.

Content Inspiration, Creation, & Sharing

Slideshare
Don’t waste your presentation after it’s over, share it with millions!

Popplet
An easy way to share visual ideas.

GoogleDocs
The top real-time document creating and editing cloud-based system.

Zoho
A great alternative to Google Apps.

Kerpoof
Cool way to make a movie, card, picture, and share it all.

Myebook
Virtually publish your book and sell it.

Bitstrips
Make and share your own comic strips with thousands of others.

Atmosphir
A build-your-own video game.

Online Bookmarking

Spicy Nodes
Innovative way to organize your web visits.

Delicious
One of the top social bookmarking sites on the web.

Diigo
Popular social bookmarking site.

Online Learning Environments

Edmodo
Social learning environment and one of the best ways to teach with tech.

Schoology
Learning management, online education tools, and much more.

Online Learning Tools

Bubbl.us 
Free application to brainstorm online.

GoogleEarth
View anywhere in the world anytime

Primarypad
Web-based word processor.

Online-Convert
Convert anything to anything (audio, video, text, etc.)

EasyBib
The free automatic bibliography and citation maker.

Scratch
Create and share stories, games, art, etc.

Crocodoc
Annotate and edit PDFs.

Khan Academy
Watch and practice videos on math, science, and social studies topics.

Literacy

Storyjumper
Easy way to create your own stories for kids and bring them to life.

ReadWriteThink
Tons of classroom resources and PD goodies.

Storybird
Build your own stories (with images) and share them with others

Word Magnets
Phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercise.

Brightstorm English
Instructional videos on writing and grammar.

Numeracy

SmartKiddies
Creative math and other educational problems to help everyone learn.

Brightstorm Math
Math videos for algebra, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus.

Wolfram Education Portal
You will need to install the CDF Player, but WOW!

Algebra Help.com
A collection of lessons, calculators, and practice created to assist students and teachers of algebra.

Social Studies

TimeToast
Fantastic timeline visualization tool to understand history.

Google Timeline
A unique way to view the news.

Museum Box
Innovative way to understand history.

Science

Howstuffworks.com 
Ever wondered how…

ScienceWorld.com 
Science World provides charts and explanations of many scientific concepts including astronomy and chemistry.

Tryscience.org
Get students interested early with these fun online experiments. 

Warning Sign Generator
Make your own caution and warning signs in a flash!

Brightstorm Science
Instructional videos on biology, chemistry, and physics concepts.
 
This site gives many simple experiments that can be completed with things around your house