Padlet is an online bulletin board that allows students to create a collage of pictures, videos, messages etc. Here is my first creation on Padlet.
Storify allows you to create stories using social media sites. I use it to archive edchats from #7thchat.
I have mystery skyped with six classes throughout North America. I have also used Skype to enable peer to peer discussion on the GRA. Kids love it! Very valuable!
The most valuable resource any teacher can use is Twitter! I have three accounts, @rondorland, @mrdorlandsclass and @7thchat. I have gained and shared more on Twitter than on any other platform. It is a great way to communicate classroom happenings as well as connecting parents and classmates. All teachers MUST use Twitter.
Edmodo is a platform where both my students and myself collaborate with peers around the world. This year my students are sharing a classroom with 27 other classes all reading "Out of My Mind". It is also a great site for parents to keep up to date with class happenings.
Prezi is a wonderful tool to organize ideas, thoughts in a non-linear way. Students in my class have used this site to create presentations on "Out of My Mind", organize ideas to Lucia (our sponsored child) and for many other every day activities. I have also used Prezi as an alternate way for students to express themselves. An example of this is using it to summarize, analyze and relate to comprehension exercises.
While the kids build their e-portfolios, so too am I. Last year I used an iPad app 'Paper Desk' along with my grade 6/7s to build, organize and reflect on our learning. This year I moved to Weebly which has been fantastic. Weebly has allowed us to go 'global', breaking down all walls!