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Top 30 Education Sites and Apps of 2020

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It’s that time of year of year for my annual top sites and apps. Over the past few years there have been lots of tools for flipping a classroom or lesson.  However, this time around you will see a wider variety of tools, especially ones that can be used for remote/distance learning due to the worldwide pandemic.

Top 30 Sites/Apps of 2020

EssayPop - EssayPop is an innovative cloud-based writing platform that makes it easy for students to create essays. Best of all are the vast amount of features to help students become the best writers they can be, such as guided learning, sentences starters, and framed-writing system. 

whiteboard.fi - A fantastic new interactive whiteboard that allows educators to create student accounts and have them sign-up via a URL. It also allows educators to assess student learning and differentiate instruction in real time.

Escape Classroom - Uses game-based learning in an “escape” environment to help student’s learn. Also, Escape Classroom will customize a classroom’s learning experience and has games for remote learning.

CurrikiStudio - A wonderful suite of free tools that educators can use to create unique learning experiences, including authoring software with mobile-first activities plus interactive multimedia, images, games, virtual tours, and simulations.

Vocab Victor - Features game-based learning to teach vocabulary and is also ideal for working with ESL students.

involve.me - Supports engagement by allowing users to create quizzes that can be automatically graded.

Gimkit - Uses game-based learning to help teachers differentiate instruction and support students with self-paced learning.

Doozy - A fantastic new site for educators to create online quizzes or games.

TeachVid - An amazing online tool that uses flipped learning and lessons to teach foreign languages and ESL students.

Cloud Stop Motion - Create stop-motion videos that can be used for digital storytelling and project-based learning.

Wooclap - An excellent tool for distance learning in which teachers can create a poll or quiz and have students respond in real-time.

GameChangineer - One of my favorite sites for integrating STEM into the classroom through learning how to program and code by easily creating a game.

Naiku - Ideal for remote learning as this comprehensive assessment platform lets teachers easily evaluate student learning and differentiate instruction.

Binumi - A nice site for creating beautiful presentations and videos so that a finished project can be embedded into a site or blog.

Storillo - An innovative new platform for group writing projects that tracks individual contributions.

Monsters vs Fractions - A very fun site that uses game-based learning to “solve” a mystery and teach fractions.

Charttt - Create a wide variety of online graphs, including pie charts, diagrams, and bar graphs, that can be embedded in documents, presentations, and other sites.

Wordstool - One of my favorite sites for creating flashcards. It also offers an educational portal to help teachers track and monitor students.

Hypatia - An interesting new site that acts as a “spell check” for math. Hypatia checks a user's problem-solving techniques and offers tips on how to better solve and improve their skills.

WittyWe - A wonderful site for finding animated lessons on a wide range of subjects grades K-12. 

Mural - A digital collaboration platform with an educational portal for creating any type of graphic organizer, including a mind map, diagram, brainstorm, and more.

Teacher Made - A free site that converts old resources (such as PDFs, worksheets, documents, etc.) into interactive online activities.

Insert Learning - A terrific Chrome extension that allows users to turn any webpage into a learning moment opportunity by inserting questions, notes, and instructional content.

Circly - An easy-to-use drag-and-drop tool for creating beautiful diagrams and graphic organizers.

HeadUP - An excellent site for digital storytelling in various subjects that can also be translated into five different languages.

Unsplash for Education - Hosts free, license-free education images that anyone can use.

SpeakyReads - An innovative speaking, listening, and spelling tool for ESL students looking for help with reading and comprehension.

gez.la - Offers more than 140 virtual field trips, ideal for remote learning.

Coggle - An interesting new collaborative site for creating brainstorms, mind maps, and more.

Bibcitation - A free resource for citing a wide range of sources, including websites, documents, and videos.