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Additional STEM Resources

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The one-stop shop for a ton of STEM resources!

Google in Education STEM Tools:

Main Page:
Additional Google tools to collaborate and share resources in classrooms to improve teaching and learning

Trimble SketchUp:
3D modeling program for a broad range of applications designed for engineers, architects, filmmakers, and related professionals

Google Fusion Tables:
Additional experimental data visualization web applications to gather, visualize, and share larger data tables

Google Earth:
Virtual globe and map information that promote geospatial awareness

STEM-based Resources from Trusted Organizations

Exploratorium's Designing and Teaching Tools:

Dive into first-hand investigations of scientific materials, phenomena, and ideas with these resources 

Autodesk's Educational Software for Schools:

Use Autodesk's free educational software and learning materials to align STEM classroom teaching with industry practices

Edutopia's Technology Tools and Discussions:

Join this teacher discussion group to be inspired by the diverse array of technological and STEM-based resources and tools

Common Sense Media's Graphite Educator Network:

The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning

Intel's Tools for Student-Centered Learning Tools:

Free tools and resources to help students develop 21st Century skills

Intel's Teachers Engage Social Network:

A community of educators dedicated to transforming the K12 classroom

Maker Camp on Google+:

Devote your July and August this summer to Making!

Coding Applications:

Xcode:
Suite of tools for developing software on Mac OS X

MIT App Inventor:
Create and develop applications for Android phones using a web browser

An Hour of Code:

Use this site to learn about computer science in a fun and interactive way. Great for teachers who want to introduce coding and provides the resources to do so!

Scratch: 

A wonderful programming language from MIT that is designed to help you think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century

Interactive Software:

Geogebra:
Free, interactive software for geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives:
Library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials for mathematics instruction

Geometer’s Sketchpad:
Software for teaching mathematics using interactive whiteboards         

Wolfram Alpha:
Search engine that provides access to the world’s facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics, including mathematics and science

Brainstorm and Mind Mapping Tools:

Popplet:
Tools that allow users to visualize and share ideas, graphic organizers, timelines, and other forms of visual organizations

Twiddla:
Online collaboration tool that uses a virtual whiteboard

Bubbl.us:
Teaching tool that allows the user to make graphical representations of ideas


Innovative and Interactive Presentation Applications:

Prezi:
Web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides

SlideRocket:
Online presentation platform that lets users create, manage, share and measure presentations

Voicethread:
Web-based application that allows users to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation

Google presentation:
Google tool that is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form and data storage service

Real-Time Feedback Applications:

Google Moderator:
Google service that uses crowd sourcing to rank user-submitted questions, suggestions, and ideas

Polleverywhere.com:
Audience response system that generate participant responses and promote discussion

Social Media Tools to Connect:

Twitter:
Type of micro-blogging where educators update their followers with information, resources, and tidbits using 140 characters, a URL, and/or a picture

Google+
Multilingual social networking and identity service that help share and discover places and information

Pinterest:
Pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections

LinkedIn:
Business-orientated social networking tool that extends users existing network of trusted contacts

General STEM Resources:

The NSTA Learning Center

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