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Classroom Tip
Cool web tools from TCEA

ATPE and the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) are working together to provide members with useful online tools for the classroom. The following cool websites for educators and students come courtesy of TCEA Director of Professional Development Monica Martinez.

Google Moderator
Use this tool in the classroom for taking surveys or polls. Google Moderator allows users to both suggest questions and vote on questions posted by others.

Stixy
Think of Stixy as an online bulletin board on which you can easily share your class schedule, photos for class discussions, reminders of upcoming activities and files with instructions for a class project. Students can click on files and then view or save them.

Kaywa Generator
Kaywa is a simple-to-use QR code generator, which allows you or your students to create QR codes that link to websites, text or phone numbers. Users can determine the content type and with one click create a QR code. (Learn more about QR codes in this Tech Support article from the spring 2011 issue of ATPE News.)

Writeboard
Use these sharable Web-based text documents in group projects. Writeboard lets you save every edit, roll back to any version and easily compare changes.

Google Forms
With Google Forms, you can easily create a form, survey, test or quiz for your students to complete on any device with an Internet browser. The tool also populates a spreadsheet with the answers, provides users with a visual summary of responses and lets users set up an auto-graded form—all for free.

Encyclopedia of Earth
Encyclopedia of Earth is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments and how society interacts with these environments. The site is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. Also, visit Encyclopedia of Life, an electronic reference about the Earth’s plant and animal species.

Today’s Meet
Today’s Meet is a great tool for holding online collaborative conversations. This simple chat tool allows users to hold private conversations accessible to only those with the link. Try Today’s Meet for your office hours so students can ask confidential questions about homework assignments.

Collaborative efforts lead to benefits for members
TCEA and ATPE have also worked together to provide ATPE members free access to an array of useful technology webinars. The next webinar, "Podcasting for the Millennial Learner," will be held Nov. 30. For a complete list of webinars, visit www.atpe.org/Resources/ProfessionalDevelopment/index.asp.

Special TCEA luncheon
During the TCEA Convention, attendees will be invited to an ATPE-sponsored luncheon with Google Certified Trainer Martinez called “Do You Google?” The luncheon and presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Explore the many uses of Google and other Web tools in this exciting presentation. Cost: $50. Register for this event here.

Visit www.tcea.org to learn more about TCEA and keep watching this space for more exciting collaborative opportunities.

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