Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2012
- MentorMob - Probably the coolest site I've come
across this year. MentorMob is a place where teachers can curate the web into
learning playlists and then share them with their students via a link or
embedding into a site.
- Pinterest - This is the most popular site on my
list and another great site for curating the web. Lots of educators can be
found on here sharing and "pinning" great sites for education.
- Nearpod - A terrific free iPad app that teachers
use to create interactive presentations then share on student's iPad devices.
Students then use their Nearpod app to submit responses which teachers can then
assess on their own Nearpod app.
- Edshelf - One of my favorite sites of the year.
Ideal for educators to find educational technology sites or curate them into
- ClassBadges - A fantastic new site that allows
teachers to award digital badges to students for accomplishments.
- FluencyFinder - A innovative new iOS app for
assessing student's reading fluency. This is a very simple app to use and get
instant real-time results for assessing student's reading fluency.
- PowToon - One of the best sites I've seen for
making stunning animated presentations.http://playfic.com/
Toad - An amazing site for finding interactive educational images
that a person can zoom in and out and rotate 360 degrees.
- SendHub - A fantastic way to send free text or
group messages to parents/students.
EDU - A great site with educational portal (no student email
necessary to register) that is ideal for students for creating digital
- The Answer
Pad - This is a great site/iPad app combo that allows teachers to
create answer sheets online and then assign them to students. The students then
using a free app fill in the answer sheet, show their work, etc and then submit
to their teacher which they get instant real-time results/graphs.
- WatchKnowLearn - A site that reminds me a lot of
Discovery Streaming and is great for finding educational videos for K-12.
- Nanoogo - A wonderful new site that gives
students/teachers a digital canvas to ignite creativity and share
lessons/ideas/work etc in a new and exciting way.
- Class Dojo
iOS App - A wonderful free iOS app that interacts with the
fantastic behavior management site. Teachers can award or discipline students
via a mobile device without having to be worried about being tied down to a
- iBooks Author - A free iPad app for creating
interactive digital books. This could be a game changer in education as more
and more text books are being phased out.
- SideVibe - A great way to take any content from
the web and turn it into an activity for students.
- OuiBox - A great site for writing. Cites sources,
annotates, and more as you write.
- Flocabulary -A neat site for finding teaching
lessons, songs, and videos through the use of educational hip hop.
101 - A great and safe way to text parents/students.
- PicMonkey - An excellent free online photo editor
where users can upload photos to edit, create collages and more.
- GoClass is an excellent web based app for the iPad that works a bit like
Nearpod. It allows teachers to manage their class on the web and then create
assignments that students take on their iPad. Teachers can then assess
student's work via the web or the iPad app.
- NoRedInk - A terrific site for helping student
with their grammar and writing skills. Teachers can assign lessons and quizzes
as well as tracking student progress.
- MeoGraph - An innovative new site for four
dimensional storytelling that has an educational portal.
- Inklewriter - A fun site that allows students to
write creative stories online for free. It works by adding to a current story
or starting your own and then branching off to where you want to go. It's great
for collaborating with others and once it's finished it gets published online
and can be shared with others.
Slides - A fantastic site for adding narration or video to
slideshows. This is great for professional development or for explaining and
introducing a new concept or subject.
Sandals - This is my favorite site for all things Greek
Mythology, great for finding out interesting facts, images, pictures and
- theLearnia - A nice educational social learning
network that is great for students and educators to share and learn knowledge
through online lessons.
- Playfic - This is a site after my own heart that
allows users to create, play, and remix online text based games (Zork anyone?).
A great way to interact with others and strengthen your writing/grammar
- Teachers Tech - Wonderful iOS app for finding
"how to" videos on all things Web 2.0 related in the classroom.
- Trash Chaos - A fun original iPad app for
learning about recycling. This app is ideal for younger kids, has excellent
animated graphics and by a top-notch company, Yogome.
- Humanline - One of the best new sites around for
finding free educational images.
Slide - This is a very cool site that gives a voice or narration
to slides by simply typing what you want it to say.
- Moms with
Apps - A great place for finding educational apps as well as
learning about other great mobile programs such as App Friday.
- InSkilled - A unique site that allows users to
track and share what they learn online through a very useful self-paced
Edu - Students create music online that can then be downloaded or
- List.ly -
A great way to curate the web into lists and then share with others or embed
into a site.
- Knowmia - A nice place to find educational videos
on 1000s of lessons for every subject. Ideal for high school level.
- Nulu - A innovative site for learning Spanish by
reading relative articles on a wide variety of subjects that is translated into
Spanish. A user can then select which words are difficult for them to help
guide his or her learning.
- Storyboard That - Excellent web tool for students
to visual tell a story through a storyboard. This is ideal for digital
storytelling as well as brainstorming new ideas.
- Snip.it -
A fun site for curating the web into thumbnails similar to Pinterest.
- Educreations - This is a wonderful site/iPad app
for creating a lesson on a digital whiteboard, then recording what's
Voice - A neat way to add a voice to a QR code.
TV - A nice site for educational videos on a wide variety of
- SpellingCity iOS app - A great free iOS app that
goes hand and hand with the SpellingCity website. Students can access 100s of
word lists and lots of popular games and activities.
- MinecraftEdu - The popular PC is now being used
in education to build creative worlds and geographical landmarks/buildings.
- ClassPager - Turns your mobile device into a
classroom clicker for text messages, responding to polls, and more.
- CubertsCube - This is a fun site that allows
students to polish their writing skills by working and getting feedback from
- ACMI Generator - This is a great place to find or
creating writing prompts to build a story.
- GradeCam - Use any web or document camera to scan
in assignments and have it graded instantly with real-time feedback.
- Toontastic - One of my favorite iPad apps for
digital storytelling. Kids select their characters and backgrounds and add their
voice to create a story.
- Knowit - Another nice site for curating the web
and saving on sorts of resources to share with others.
- Google Cloud Print - This is an amazing way to
print to any printer from any device anywhere as long as the printer supports
Buddies - A fun app for young learners where they can take part
in many activities such as: matching, puzzles, stickers, and connect the
- History Engine - The History Engine is an
ambitious project that puts the student in the part of a historian to creating
with Apps - A fantastic site for finding detailed reviews with
images of educational apps.
- Understoodit - A very simple idea for a site that
works. A teacher creates a page where students click understand or confused
(about any subject the teacher is teaching) and the teacher gets instant
Shed - A great place to find resources for literacy on a wide
range of topics.
Classrooms - This is a global social learning network that
connects classrooms around the world.
- A fun site for digital storytelling where you can use your own image as one of
- Every1Speaks - A great way to harvest an idea by
collaborating with others and introducing into a school setting.
Tagger - A stunningly simple way to grade essays through a web
- Famigo - A fun site to find and download
- Flash Card Maker - A cool iOS app for kids to
create flash cards using their own images and text.
- QuizSlides - Create quizzes from PPTs or PDFs and
view results online.
- Is like an educational version Pinterest with the ability to curate more then
just sites such as videos, audio, etc.
- myHistro - A terrific site/app for creating
interactive timelines that integrates with Google Maps.
- WikiBrains - A great site for social
brainstorming that is very easy and fun to use.
- Chegg - This is a great site for renting,
selling, or buying text books. Also, it has an educational portal which is
great for finding step-by-step help on homework problems.
- Maily - A fantastic free iPad app that is geared
for younger kids to teach them how to email in a safe environment.
- KidzVuz - A fun site for kids to find reviews of
videos by kids.
- Share my
Lesson - A great site for teachers to find educational resources
developed by teachers.
Classroom - An innovative site, it's a web based classroom hosted
in a virtual world, similar to MyLife.
- I Tell a Story - An excellent free iOS app for
digital storytelling that reminds me a lot of the way Garageband is used to
create a podcast.
- Tioki - This is a nice network for educators to
collaborate and share resources.
- DuoLingo - A neat site for learning a foreign
language by translating different articles on the web with others.
- LyricsGaps - A very fun site for learning a
foreign language by filling in gaps of a song that are missing.
ScreenShare - This is a very handy web tool that allows people to
share their screen with no registration needed. This is a great way to help
troubleshoot or explain things to people by showing them your computer
- Moo-O - A entertaining site that is puts kids
right in the middle of the story and helps nurture their love of reading.
with Portals - A interesting site for gamification that uses the
award winning Portal PC game for teaching. This site has a nice help forum as
well as lesson plans on how to integrate into the classroom.
- Miracle of Life - One of the most beautiful
looking iPad apps that I have ever seen. This app is in both English &
Spanish and focuses on the human growth cycle.
- EdSurge - A community that is great for educators
that has excellent articles as well as product reviews.
Bytes - A great site for all things grammar such as handouts,
definitions, presentations, videos, and more.
- Problem-Attic - A nice site to find and customize
educational resources based on Regent exams in Math, Science, Social Studies,
- Power my
Learning - One of my favorite sites for finding educational
activities on a wide range of subjects.
- BusyTeacher - A terrific site for finding free
printable worksheets as well as resources for ESL teachers.
Classroom - A cool site for learning a foreign language by
creating voice based lessons.
- Storybricks - A great site for digital
storytelling that uses MMO and gamification to create a creative/unique
- C-Fit - Consists of a series of iOS apps designed
to keep kids healthy by engaging in exercise via walk-through videos.
Patch - A fantastic iOS app for digital storytelling that goes
through the step by step process of telling a story.
- Kindertown - A great site/app for finding
educational apps for Pre-schoolers and young kids.
Music - A nice site for learning different terms and composing
your own music.
- Google Course Builder - A new project by Google
to help people build their own online courses uses Google tools.
Library - A wonderful site for ESL teachers looking to find
lesson plans and flashcards.
Press - A excellent site/iPad app for creating digital books and
stories. Ideal for teachers with educational portal for creating student
- Teachem - A cool site for creating an online
course by adding flashcard style questions to YouTube videos.
Learning - A nice student response system that works on a wide
variety of mobile devices.
- Doodlecast - A great iOS app for kids that allows
them to create a drawing while recording their voice.
- Scribblenauts - One of my son's favorite iOS
platform games; it allows him to work on spelling to create objects.
- Mobento - A unique site that allows users to
search for spoken words inside a video.
- SnaPanda - A great Android and iPhone app that
uses a mobile devices camera to scan a word and give a definition.