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LIbrary Pre-search tools

Websites and apps to help students with pre-searching skills
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Explain Everything ™
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.



Add new or existing photos and videos. Import PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and RTF files from Evernote, Dropbox, Box, GDrive, WebDAV, Email, iTunes, and any app that allows you to open these files types using "Open In…".
iBrainstorm | A Creative Collaboration Tool
Capturing and sharing your inner most creative genius has never been easier. From iPhone to iPad with just a flick of the finger, iBrainstorm has redefined the very nature of collaboration. Use alone or with another iPad.
ThingLink - Make Your Images Interactive
ThingLink lets users add interactive links to any image. Use it to have students analyze their search results on Google by doing a screen capture of the Google search results.
Make managing your digital classroom even easier with TodaysMeet Teacher Tools, a toolbox just for teachers.
Shadow Puppet Edu
Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!
Have students create a video of their possible research topics, or their thesis so that other students can see and reflect.

2014 Best App for Teaching & Learning - American Association of School Librarians
Featured by Apple as Best App for Middle School for 5 months!

STUDENTS CAN:
∙ Present a project or describe an experience
∙ Search Library of Congress, NASA, Met Museum, Creative Commons, and more for images to explain an idea
∙ Develop digital storytelling skills
∙ Demonstrate understanding of a concept for assessment
∙ Improve speaking skills or practice reading aloud
The Best Mind Mapping Tools and Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
1- Popplet Popplet is a free online tool that allows you to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams. You may create a maximum of 5 Popplets. The leading online mind mapping application, MindMeister allows your team to be more innovative by providing a shared collaboration and brainstorming environment on the web.
Inkflow Visual Notebook
Visual Thinkers Rejoice!
Inkflow works like a word-processor for visual thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers!

DIGITAL WRITING DONE RIGHT
Inkflow's ink feels like a really smooth fountain pen. Great for expressive writing or sketching. Effortlessly scale or move anything you select. This will change the way you think about ink: Jot down a list of concepts then rearrange them to fit into the bigger picture. literally move your thoughts around the page, and assemble big ideas with your fingers. This works great for brainstorming and planning. It's also perfect for prototyping layouts, sketching, and drawing.
Notability
Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac!

Welcome to Notability, a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, and more, on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Notability is the one place to create, share, and manage your notes. It combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs. And with iCloud support, your notes are always available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Anytime. Anywhere.

Take beautiful notes
- Handwrite notes or sketch ideas using gorgeous variable width ink in a variety of colors.
- Craft reports or type outlines with our full featured word processor.
- Audio recordings help you capture every detail during lectures or meetings.
- Snap a photo of a whiteboard in the classroom or while researching in the field to add to your note.