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Innovation Badges

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We want to recognize you for trying new innovative things in the classroom.  You can click the button for the introduction presentation below for more information.


This page contains a list of all the Badges we currently have available.  Below you will find a list of the badges and a description of each as well as links to resources to learn more about them.  Click the image for each badge for more information about that tool.  There are also forms above to apply for badges, submit new ideas, and request help. 


If you have an app or technology related activity that you use and don't see it on the list please fill out the form below and I will add it to our list.

List of Badges

1 Classroom Layout

https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/flexible-seating-classroom-ideas/

 Break the mold of boring desks in rows and organize your classroom in a more engaging way.  This can be as simple as organizing your desks into groups or as advanced as incorporating different flexible seating options. (FREE)

2 Quizizz

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Create and deploy a Quizizz assessment for your students that reinforces a topic you studied in class.  (FREE) 

3 Parent Email List

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Build an email contact list in Gmail and give an example of how you have used it to communicate with parents.  (FREE) 

4 Twitter

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Create a Twitter account for your class and tweet out something positive that is happening with your students.   (FREE) 

5 Instagram

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Create an Instagram account for your class and post an image of your students engaged in a fun activity.   (FREE) 

6 Facebook

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 Create a Facebook account for your class and post an update highlighting something positive happening in your class.   (FREE) 

7 Facebook PLC

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 Join a FB group of educators in your field and tell us about an example of how you learned from or shared with that professional learning community.  (FREE) 

8 QR Code

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Create a QR code to share a resource with your class.  (FREE) 

9 Smore

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 Create a Smore news letter to share information with your students. (Has a free trial)

10 Flocabulary

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 Engage students in a Flocabulary lesson, activity, or video.  (Has a free trial) 

11 Quizlet Live

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 Get your students competing against each other or on teams to review concepts in q Quizlet live game.  (Has a free trial) 

12 Google Classroom Setup

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 Create a Google Classroom section for each of your class periods. (FREE)

13 Google Classroom Discussion

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 Post a discussion question in Google Classroom and get your students engaged responding.  (FREE) 

14 AR Explorer

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Use an Augmented Reality tool like Aurasma, Walla.me, or other to create an interactive assignment.  (FREE)

15 Green Screen

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Use a green screen to place yourself in a unique place that applies to a lesson you are teaching. (Free options and paid available)

16 Flipgrid

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Collect student responses using Flipgrid. (FREE)

17 Google Collaboration

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 Have students work together to create a Google Doc (Doc, Sheet, Slide, Form) for an assignment. (FREE)

18 PearDeck

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Use Pear Deck to enhance a Google Slides presentation and gather responses from your students to measure their comprehension.  (Has a free option)

19 Web Master

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Create a website for your class using your preferred website building tool. (Free and paid options)

20 Digital Learning Menu

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Create an online learning menu to support and dig deeper into a topic you are teaching in your class. (FREE)

21 Virtual Field Trip

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Take your students on a virtual field trip to visit a site online that you wouldn’t normally be able to visit. (FREE)

22 Google Expeditions

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 Explore a location using Google Expeditions and VR goggles or Google Cardboard. (Free Options)

23 Maker Space

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 Build a Maker Space in your classroom that will support STEAM activities. 

24 Genius Hour

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 Get your kids focused on their passion in your content area.  Regularly set aside some time for them to work on a project of their choosing that will deepen their knowledge and desire to learn.  (FREE)

25 Breakout EDU

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 Get kids involved gaming, learning, and team building with Breakout EDU.  Gets students out of their seat, thinking critically, collaborating and creating as the solve puzzles to win the game. 

26 Kahoot

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 Whole class game in which students compete to answer questions quickly as well as correctly.  A scoreboard updates after every question to keep students engaged and fighting for the top spot. (FREE)

27 Gimkit

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  Gimkit is a fun new review game designed by a kid for kids.  Gimkit is very similar to the mechanics of popular mobile games everyone plays today.  Students can improve their score by purchasing upgrades to their game with in-game currency they earn by answering questions correctly.  (Has a basic free option)

28 Blogger

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 Start an online blog to share stories of what is happening in your class with students, parents, the community, and the world.  Maybe your tales can inspire other teachers. (FREE)

29 Podcaster

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 Start an online podcast to share stories of what is happening in your class with students, parents, the community, and the world. You can interview other teachers or students. (FREE)

30 Screencaster

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 Use a screencasting software to record a lesson on your computer that you can share with your students.   (Free Options available)

31 Animoto

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 An easy to use video making tool that allows you to produce professional looking videos using templates and stock images or your own. (FREE and paid options)

32 Khan Academy

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 Build standards aligned online review activities for your students to practice applying knowledge and skills. (FREE)

33 Padlet

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 Create a Padlet wall for students to turn in or showcase digital projects.   (FREE and paid options) 

34 Google Drive

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 Create a few folders in Google drive to organize your files. (FREE)

35 Google Docs

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 Create an original assignment for your students in Google Docs.  (FREE) 

36 Google Slides

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 Create an original presentation for your students using Google Slides.  (FREE) 

37 Google Sheets

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 Create a Google Sheet that contains original data you gathered from your students and used for tracking.  (FREE) 

38 Google Forms

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 Create a Google Form to collect data or feedback from students or parents.    (FREE) 

39 Gmail Folders

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 Organize your Gmail inbox with folders.  (FREE) 

40 Canva

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 Create a professional looking  image with Canva to enhance an activity, presentation, or website. (Free and paid options)

41 Blendspace

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 Create an interactive lesson with Blendspace to engage your students in a topic. (Free and paid options)

42 Thinglink

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 Create an interactive image with Thinglink to explain an item or concept to your students.  (Free and paid options) 

43 Socrative

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 Use Socrative to engage students in a quick quiz to check for understanding, an exit ticket, to get instant student feedback, etc.  (Free and paid options) 

44 Nearpod

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 Create or use an existing interactive learning experience with Nearpod to engage your students in a lesson.  (Free and paid options) 

45 YouTuber

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 Upload a video to your youtube account that you created yourself.  I bet you can earn another badge for making the video too.    (FREE) 

46 EdPuzzle

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 Get students involved and interacting with a Youtube video by creating a comprehension quiz through EdPuzzle. (Free and paid options)

47 Lunch and Learn

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Attend a Lunch and Learn Session to learn more about trying new ideas in your classroom. (FREE) 

48 Cross-Curricular

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Tie in content from another subject area using technology in a lesson.   (FREE) 

49 Bell Ringer

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 Use a technology tool or app to create a quick bell ringer activity to get your students focused and on task upon entering the room.  (FREE) 

50 HyperDocs

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 Turn a Google Doc into a visually engaging and package learning experience with HyperDocs.  (FREE) 

51 Chromebooks

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 Get students diving in to using technology in class on Chromebooks.   

52 iPad (Tablet)

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 Technology at the tips of their fingers, have students engaged using an iPad or other tablet with education apps. 

53 Pinteresting

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 Find some boards that contain useful ideas for your classroom.  Maybe even start your own board to share ideas with your colleagues.    (FREE) 

54 Pineapple

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 Invite other teachers to your class to witness, learn, and be inspired by how you are trying fun new things.   Help other teachers see practical and usable ideas in action.  (FREE) 

55 Google Forms Quiz

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 Make your life easier by giving a quiz in Google Forms.  You can set it up to grade it automatically and give students instant feedback and results.  (FREE) 

56 Gallery Walk

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 Have your students complete a gallery walk, analyzing primary sources, secondary sources, photos, maps, graphs, charts, etc.  and answering questions about them.    (FREE) 

57 Learning Stations

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 Have your students rotate through different stations completing activities or working with manipulatives at each location.  (FREE) 

58 Digital Assignment

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 Take an assignment that you have previously made and convert it to a digital assignment which students can complete and submit on a digital device.    (FREE) 

59 Get Shorter

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 Use a web address shortener, such as bit.ly and tinyurl.com to share a link with your students.  (FREE)   

60 ClassCraft

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 Build a game of ClasCraft to motivate your students to compete and achieve more. (Free and paid options)

61 Word Cloud

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 Build a word cloud from a list of terms to present terms in a visual way.  (FREE) 

62 GarageBand

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 Record and edit an audio track using Garageband.  

63 Toontastic

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 Have your students create an animation using Toontastic to show their comprehension of a concept.  (FREE) 

64 Seesaw

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 Have your students create a Seesaw portfolio to showcase their work.  (FREE) 

65 Photomath

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 Have students check their math work using Photomath.  (FREE) 

66 3Doodler

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 Have students create a product or a piece of art using a 3Doodler 3D printing pen. 

67 BYOT

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BYOT: Bring Your own Technology:   Have students use their own technology device in classroom activities.  (FREE) 

68 Digital Primary Sources

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 Have students explore a digital primary source to enhance their understanding about a topic.   (FREE) 

69 Student News Program

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Have students create a video news program to explain information they have learned. (FREE) 

70 Hour of Code

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 Introduce your student to coding with a variety of fun and simple beginner coding programs.  (FREE) 

71 Zookazam

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 Examine and learn about animals through this Augmented Reality application. ($1)

72 Instagrok

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Have students use Instagrok to more effectively explore a research topic. (FREE) 

73 StoryUp

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Have your students experience a virtual field trip with StoryUp.

74 Visnos

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 Have your students visually explore math concepts with Visnos.  (FREE) 

75 Readworks

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Engage students in the research based Readworks lessons to develop reading comprehension.  (FREE) 

76 ClassroomScreen

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Communicate with and manage your room using ClassroomScreen.  (FREE) 

77 Insert Learning

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 Use this Chrome extension to insert check for understanding questions directly into websites.  (FREE) 

78 Radio Garden

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Engage students in music and cultures from around the world through easy to locate live radio broadcasts.  (FREE) 

79 Merge Cube

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Give students a 3D augmented reality experience exploring topics.  The Merge Cube can be turned into many different objects that are applicable to what you are teaching. (There are many free and paid apps that work with Merge Cube.)   

80 Matholia

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Have students fine tune their math skills with Matholia's practice modules and learning games.  (There is a U.S. Setting from the drop down menu at the top. Has a free trial)  

81 Prodigy

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Get students engaged practicing math skills with Prodigy math games.  Kids love it.  I have even seen Youtube streams of kids playing these games just like Fortnite.  

82 Explain Everything

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Create a digital lesson using Explain Everything or have Students create a digital project.  This might work well with your interactive Smart Projector.   (Free and paid accounts)

83 Geometry Pad

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Interactive tablet app for Geometry.  Get students drawing and learning about geometric shapes. (free and paid accounts)

84 Choice Eliminator

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Use the Choice Eliminator 2 Google Forms add-on to remove choices from a list once they have been selected.  This is a great tool for any sort of "sign up" you need to have from parent teacher conferences to put lucks. (FREE)

85 Easybib

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Have students use Easybib to create a works cited for any project they are working on.  (FREE)

86 Mathplayground

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Engage students practing their math skills with the FREE games at mathplayground.com

87 Kaizena

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Use your voice to more quickly leave comments and feedback on student work with Kaizena.  (FREE)

88 Videonot.es

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Videonotes is a cool google Chrome Extension (FREE) that allows you to take notes on the same screen that you are watching a video.  The notes save to your Google Drive and can easily be shared.  Use this tool to share video notes with your class or have your students use it to show comprehension.  

89 Buncee

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Use Buncee or have your students use it to create an exciting and engaging presentation. Free and paid plans available

90 Recordit

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Have your students or yourself make a screencast presentation or a GIF with recordit.co  

You can make a screen cast up to 5 minutes long with the FREE version.  If you love this tool you can purchase an unlimited account for $30 one time fee.  

91 Anchor.FM

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Anchor.FM is a FREE service for creating and hosting podcasts.  Create one yourself or have your students create a podcast to share some knowledge.

92 WriteReader

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Develop students reading and writing skills with this web based software that is FREE for teachers.  

93 PictureThis

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This FREE ios app can identify plants with your devices camera.  Have your students explore and learn with PictureThis.

94 GoFormative

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Digitally enhance your old worksheets with GoFormative by inserting questions and embedding content to existing documents.  Has Free and paid account types.

95 Quia

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Create or use existing online games, activities, quizzes, and more qith Quia.  Has a 30 Day Free trial and annual subscription.

96 Talking Pics

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Use a FREE app like Chatterpix or Blabberize to add sound and make a picture talk.  You could have your students do this to show understanding or you could use it to teach a concept.  

97 BrainPop

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Use BrainPop's animated videos, games, and activities to spice up your lessons.  Subscription based but does have some free content.

98 Quirky

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Do you have a budding young inventor in your class.  Have them submit their idea to Quirky and see if it can be created in real life.  This might be a great idea for GT classes.  

99 Student Newspaper

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Have your students work individually or collaborate to produce a student news paper as a summitive assessment.  

100 Digital Escape Room

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Build a digital escape room to challenge your students critical thinking skills and content knowledge.  

101 Escape Room

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Build a physical, live, in your face, hands on escape room to challenge your students  critical thinking skills and content knowledge.

102 Google Sites

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Build a Google Sites website for your class or have students create one for an assignment.