Tech Talks: TeachingBooks, WatchKnowLearn, IFTTT

Check out some of the AWESOME websites that we’ve discussed in the last two weeks —

TeachingBooks
TeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children’s and young adult books. Their online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities. Be sure to check out the Common Core section!

WatchKnowLearn
YouTube is often overwhelming! WatchKnowLearn has indexed approximately 50,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 5,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom, as well as parents and students at home 24/7. Users can dive into the directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. The site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. WatchKnowLearn does not itself host videos—but serves as a library for links to excellent educational videos that have been selected by educators.

IFTTT
The creator behind IFTTT (If this, then that) is a pure genius. Through this site, you can create “recipes” for different sites that you use. For example: If you post to a blog, you can create a “recipe” so that every time you create a post, it also posts to your Twitter feed. There are thousands of options…right down to receiving a reminder to bring an umbrella if there is rain in the forecast! This site is amazing!

App/Extension of the Week: Announcify
Announcify reads out loud every website you want. Not only that, it grays out the text that is not being read to direct your focus. This is a great extension for students that struggle with reading!

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