It seems like there are new tech and social media tools coming out every day. So what’s out there? And how can these tools be used to enhance your work?
CADRE has compiled a toolkit of new and potentially useful tech tools, social media tips and so on. The CADRE Team will keep this page updated with any new tools that come our way, so stay posted! (see NEW! posts below)
Using something that you think is great? Post a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Useful Webtools You Don’t Know Exist
Collaborate real time on a document…get rid of YouTube ads and comments on videos that you want to show…chop a YouTube video to show that parts that interest you…schedule meetings easier…shorten multiple URLs into one. To learn more about these 5 tools, visit this site.
5 Cross-Platform Mobile Development Tools You Should Try
Building a mobile development tool and don’t know which platform to use? Mashable suggests 5 cross-platform options.
Mobile Learning Resources
If you are looking for educational mobile app suggestions for iPod Touch and/or iPad, this site is a good starting place.
6 Free Facebook Apps for Building Custom Tabs
Apps that make it easy to add functionality to your Facebook page so that it no longer looks like it came ‘straight out of the box’.
Top 10 Facebook Apps for Fan Engagement and Building Community
If you are looking for new and creative ways to engage Facebook fans, this list of 10 apps could be just what you are looking for.
Built for students by students, Hoot.Me is a Facebook application that allows you see what your classmates are working on and collaborate inside of Facebook.
Education-specific Social Media Platforms:
With more than 34 million users, Edmodo offers a free and secure social learning network for teachers and students.
YouTube For Schools
This new YouTube channel allows you to access thousands of free high quality educational videos on YouTube in a controlled environment.
EdWeb is a professional social network for the education community that is designed to connect colleagues, create learning communities, share and collaborate, and mentor new teachers.
Discovery Education Network
This global community of educators of more than 100,000 members connects teachers both on-line and in-person. Discovery Educators have exclusive access to a wide range of resources, professional development activities, networking opportunities, exclusive Discovery Educator events and more.
SmarterCookie is an online video coaching platform to help teachers improve their practice in the classroom. It allows you to upload videos and share them privately so that whoever you share the video with can provide feedback.
Similar to SmarterCookie, Edthena allows you to upload recorded videos and receive feedback, with next step goals.
Social Media Tips:
Social Media Examiner
From tips to product reviews, social media examiner puts out new and useful social media information multiple times per week. If your project is using social media or thinking about branding, this site is definitely worth visiting.
The Social Conference Directory
Want to find out about obscure conferences? Lanyrd is a “wiki” of conferences happening around the world. You can add conferences you’re attending, see what conferences other people are attending or just browse conferences by topic.
The Social Networking Infographic
Wondering what social networks are on the rise? Check out this cool infographic. To see the most popular social networks by country, check out the World Map of Social Networks.
3 Tools for Improving Your Social Media Strategy
These free tools help you monitor your social media and find pertinent posts.
Social Media Analytic Tools
Monitor your social media activity by using one of these statistical tools.
What is Klout?
Klout measures this influence across several social networks and shows users how they impact the people connected to them.
NEW! 50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management
This is a comprehensive list of social media tools with a description of what each tool does best. Some of the tools are free; some cost money.
Storify is a great tool for capturing posts and tweets in a purposeful and digestible way. Example: This CADRE storify captures tweets from an NSF STEM Smart workshop on early childhood learning.
Pinterest: For Education & Technology
This Pinterest board features education and technology tips and resources.
Just Getting Started With Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Google+/LinkedIn?:
Facebook Groups Vs Pages: The Definitive Guide
What is the difference between a Facebook Page and Group? See The Definitive Guide to find out. P.S. For an example of a Facebook page, you can visit the CADRE Facebook page.
How To Create A Facebook Page
There are many sites that are helpful when creating a Facebook page. We picked this one because a) it has screen grabs b) it seems up-to-date and c) if you continue to scroll down, you will also find some helpful tips for more advanced Facebook learners, such as how to change the url of your Facebook page.
Twitter to Facebook: 5 Ways to Post to Both
Don’t want to post something twice? Mashable talks about 5 potential options to link your Twitter page to Facebook.
Facebook To Twitter
If you’re more Facebook-focused for your project and want your Facebook posts to be tweeted, go to this site to set this up.
How To Set Up A YouTube Channel
In true YouTube fashion, this describes how to set up your own YouTube Channel…via video.
How To Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide
Whether you have already been invited to try out Google+ or just want to see what all the hype is about, this guide will walk you through some features of Google+, as well as offer tips on how to set up your profile, settings, and circles.
How to Build A Thriving LinkedIn Group
If you are considering starting a LinkedIn Group, here are some best practices.
NEW! Reddit: A Beginner's Guide
Reddit is essentially a message board. Like Twitter, the information is real-time, but unlike Twitter, the Reddit community votes on the content so that items of value or interest end up on the top.
Free Screencast/Webinar Options:
5 Free Tools For Creating a Screencast
Mashable has found 5 free screencast tools. Each tool works better for some things than others. Read more on Mashable.
Big Blue Button
Big Blue Button is an open source web conferencing option that has education in mind.
Facebook-Skype Video Calling: A Getting-Started Guide
A step-by-step guide on how to start using Skype via Facebook today. Skype offers face-to-face time and screensharing (free for one-on-one calls)
Skype in the Classroom
Skype offers a free and easy way to open up your classroom to experts and teachers from around the world. Not sure how to incorporate Skype into your classroom? Check out Edudemic’s article on “50 Powerful Ways To Use Skype in the Classroom”.
This free platform can host up to 10 video feeds, allows screensharing, and even has some fun icebreaker features such as adding hats to your video feed!
This free platform can host up to 12 video feeds for a face-to-face virtual meeting (however, screensharing is an added feature that costs money).
Blogs About Technology And Education (some include great tips!):
A former teacher, and present-day curriculum specialist at the Educational Service & Staff Development Association of Central Kansas, Glenn Wiebe writes about technology from an educational viewpoint.
Created as a place to share e-learning and Web 2.0 tools for education, this site has a regular blog, iPad apps, google tricks and more. Unfortunately, this blog was last updated in 2011, so some of the information may be outdated.
Top Rank Blog
The blogs on this site focus on marketing, as well as social media. The blogs include tips as well as opinions on current marketing and social media tactics.
The 50 Best Blogs for STEM Educators
A collection of blogs on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Education, recommended by BestCollegesOnline.com.