Most of the time, I include sites here for learners, but today, my mind is on the new academic year and what teachers may find useful and of interest - to both themselves and learners.
Planboard is a free tool to help educators plan and keep their lessons. One feature I like is the ability to keep sticky notes for those good ideas that come at random times. As you can log on anytime, you can immediately take note and then go back to reflect on them.
Mastery Connect is geared towards keeping track of assessment and for educators who follow the Common Core, there are also links and suggestions to guide/help teachers.
A couple of sites for videos which are of interest for both teachers and learners include the following:
The Periodic Table of Videos
Teaching Videos (mostly for K12)
Teaching Photos (for K12)
The 20 Most Watched TED Talks
SkilledUp is still in beta, but very much worth keeping an eye on. You can begin by browsing for a course/topic you are interested in, or simply type it in the search box.
Busy Teacher is a great place to dip into for ideas, and a recent suggestion was how to use Post-It-Notes as an Ice-breaker. Their posters are also great to share in staff rooms and classrooms. Another option for ice-breakers, is to have students to write their own rule for the classroom and post it up on the wall. Students can either use Wallwisher to do this activity or Post-It-Notes again. If they are working in small groups, why not have students create a Glog to embed in their blogs or classroom blog?
Wallwisher is a tool I regularly use as it is useful for so many different kinds of activities; quieter students love using it as well, as it gives them the opportunity to voice their opinions to the group.
Digital posters are usually a delight for learners but so is creating their own page, if they are not blogging. Striking.ly gives you the opportunity to easily create a webpage, while Over Blog will appeal to teenagers who are involved in social networks.
These are some tools which I want to bring in my digital toolkit to classrooms this year. How about you? What tools do you suggest to pack in a digital backpack?