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Weekend Website #7: Free Flash Tools for your Classroom

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

This is an update on my original posting on Classroom Tools. Today–how to create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge! Visit Classroom Tools and get started.

visual organizers

Age:

teachers, homeschoolers

Topic:

A visual organizer that connects with all classroom lesson plans and units of inquiry

Address:

Class Tools

Review:

Classtools.net provides nineteen free, customizable flash templates to embed into your class blogs, wikis and websites. Students are provided with a template, directions for creating a timeline, Venn Diagram, Ishikawa–whatever the teacher chooses, using the specified topic. They complete the template, The templates are designed to be run on the website’s server—not available for download (though they are embeddable). Because of that I might worry about the server not being available. The webmaster addresses that–promises that he understands the importance of having the tools available when we-teachers require them. In the several years I have visited the site, it has never been down.
If you don’t want to create them—or don’t have time—you can grab someone else’s from the website’s gallery of projects.
Create timelines (see sample picture), Venn Diagrams, Ishikawas–all online.

Here’s a sample of a puzzle embed:

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This is an ishikawa (fishbone):

Click here for larger version

You can integrate this tool with just about any topic, but here are a few that I saw in the samples:

  • vocabulary
  • history
  • science
  • water cycle using puzzle pieces
  • comparison of three civilizations with a Venn diagram
  • animated books
  • How are things alike/different table analyzer
  • overview of the Periodic Table using drag-and-drop
  • consequences of climate change using a drag-and-drop pyramid

Want more? Here’s the You Tube on it:

Two downsides:

  • Printing and saving is dicey. I use Jing or Printkey 2000, or even the old Windows print-screen key to save the image and then print.
  • Because the website is free, there are Google ads. To avoid those requires a premium version that is a monthly charge.

I find it a great tool to shake up classroom presentation of material and force students to visually organize ideas. Hope you enjoy it!

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