21st Century Instructional Technology Tools To Enhance Leading, Teaching, and Learning

Online communication and Collaboration Tools











  • Teachertube Tutorials TeacherTube is a video sharing website similar to, and based on, YouTube. It is designed to allow those in the educational industry, particularly teachers, to share educational resources. The site contains a mixture of classroom teaching resources and others designed to aid teacher training. A number of students have also uploaded videos that they have made as part of college courses. As of July 2008, the website contains over 26,000 videos. It has found favour with educators who find that YouTube content is barred from educational networks by content filtering systems.[2]

  • **Voice Threads** A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or phone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

      • http://voicethread.com/image/voicethreads_in_the_classroom.pdf

      • Voice Threads Created by Teachers and Students Once you've registered on the site and logged in, go to "browse" and listen to the following voicethreads.

        • "To A Daughter Leaving Home" - Poetry read-aloud with commentary
        • "Why Hawks Eat Chickens" - Student-created story, images and audio. Note comments!
        • "Babies in the Mill" - Student-created rap song with images and audio on the life of children in 1900's.
        • "Hard Times in the Mill"
        • "Steven Crane" - Student-created literature project with images, audio and comments.
        • "My Grandma and Grandaddy" - Student-created family biography with images, audio and comments.
        • "LEGO Base - Elementary student-created project. Discusses his work and draws around them. Comments from his teachers and classmates.
      • **1 Minute Tutorial on Creating a Thread with the new VoiceThread**
      • **Tutorial on Comment Moderation**


  • **Technorati** Technorati collects, organizes, and distributes the global online conversation. A blog search engine.




  • Skype Free voice / video / chat communication over the Internet


Instructional Technology Integration Across The Curriculum


  • Video in the Classroom
    • United Streaming - All region 4 schools already have accounts on United Streaming, the largest and most current K-12 digital video clip library available.
    • PowerMedia Plus - Replaced United Streaming in 2006 as the free site for United Streaming. Schools can use their United Streaming password. There is currently no fee for this site.
    • TeacherTube - An online community for sharing instructional videos. Fills the need for an educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

Videoconferencing Websites

  • Pacific Bell Knowledge Network An excellent guide to videoconferencing in general and available programs, you'll find this an often referred to resource. It also provides a directory for finding schools throughout the world to collaborate with and opportunity to add your school to the directory
  • The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration
    • Lots of good programming is coming out of CILC. Check out the searchable database and get program ratings from CILC. They also act as a booking agent for many content providers.
  • TWICE
    • The premier website for class-to-class collaborations and projects. They are the creators of many interesting projects ie. Read Across America, MysteryQuest, and many more. They also provide an extensive searchable database of content providers.
  • NYIT Education Enterprise Zone
    • The Educational Enterprise Zone is a consortium of museums, cultural institutions, research centers, school districts, educational organizations and corporate facilitators who work toward bringing quality K-12 videoconferencing to classrooms.
  • NYIT EEZ Videoconferencing Training Web
    • The Educational Enterprise Zone is a consortium of museums, cultural institutions, research centers, school districts, educational organizations and corporate facilitators who work toward bringing quality K-12 videoconferencing to classrooms.
  • NYIT EEZ Videoconferencing Training Web
  • The Nassau BOCES videoconferencing Program Guides
  • Download a guide to videoconferencing in general and available programs, you'll find this an often referred to resource.
  • Videoconferencing Cookbook This is an excellent resource. When you visit, set aside some time. It's addictive