Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning… Up To 20 Free Resources and Tools


Welcome to this third post in a series devoted to supporting student centered learning in the technology enhanced classroom. In the first post I provided some reflection on major ideas to support technology and student centered learning. The next post contained my first 10 resource ideas. In this post I wish share 10 more tools and resources to help  build  that student centered classroom.  Remember that a classroom might be 1 to 1, or it may be using technology to leverage student centered learning.  Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.  I promise you will find some great information coming your way this school year…So Sign up now and please pass this on with a retweet!   – Mike Gorman (

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through January and the 2016 calendar is beginning to fill.

Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning… Up To 20 Free Resources and Tools (That’s 10 more!)

In the last post I focused on five important ideas I believe need to be in place to support student centered learning in a technology rich environment. Please note those five concepts be reviewing that first post.

In this post I wish to add to the ten tools I had shared in the last post. Remember that the items I have collected might be a tool, possibly a resource, or collection of resources. It might directly rely on technology or could possibly be a catalyst for integration through its implementation. I hope you find the next ten useful! You can always let me know what to add. In order to become a resource in this kit I had the following criteria:

  • Free or at least a free tier
  • Multiplatform capability
  • Fairly easy learning curve for teachers and students
  • Provide an avenue or resource that could facilitate student centered learning
  • Provide content and performance based standards

Now lets take a look at the second half of my collection. Please enjoy and let me know what I might add!


About: Amazing collection of teacher vetted tools and resources for all disciplines

Student Centered: Allows for student voice and choice in what they might use to demonstrate learning

Highlights: Lesson Builder, Searchable by standards and subject


OER Commons

About: One of the largest data bases of OER (Open Education Resources) for free classroom use

Student Centered: Find lessons and activities that put students in the driving lane of learning

Highlights: Listing of Creative Commons Copyright, Pulls from multiple internet resources


CC Search

About: Powerful search engine that will query a number of Creative Commons Copyright Free services

Student Centered: Students use for projects while learning to abide by copyright

Highlights: Links to explanations of CC, Pictures, videos, articles, audios


Common Sense Media

About: Engaging program that helps students of all ages become learners and digital citizens

Student Centered: Kids learn importance of digital citizenship and digital print through amazing resources

Highlights: Engaging curriculum resources, Info for teachers, students, parents


Google Advanced Search

About: This portion of Google provides scaffolding important in conducting a proper search

Student Centered: Allows students to take control while building research and inquiry skills on the web

Highlights: Accessible through tools after search, Provides critical thinking/inquiry


PBS Learning Media

About: Numerous tools for digital creation, Wonderful and engaging possibilities that help kids learn

Student Centered: Students become engaged with content and creators and producers with amazing tools

Highlights: Standards-aligned resources, Research-based content



About: A wonderful kid centered blogging community that allows for a walled classroom

Student Centered: Students become authors and publishers producing for audience

Highlights: Allows for teacher overview and control through out process


Your Next Read

About: Enter a title, author, or genre you like – get reader suggestions on how others like it

Student Centered: Connects with student interest while promoting reading

Highlights: Contribute your recommendations,  Suggested lists for children by age  groups


ePub Bud

About: Allows digital publishing for audience

Student Centered: Allows students to create and publish their writing for audience

Highlights: Upload a file and it converts, Can be read on multiple formats



About: A lesson creation format that can be used in a flipped or PBL classroom

Student Centered: Students have control of the lesson provided

Highlights: Thousands of lessons that can be used and shared, wonderful format

In this post I have shared with you ten more student centered tools/resources for the technology rich classroom. You now have  twenty tools/resources including the ten from the last post. Please share with others and be sure to return! I know you will like the ones coming your way!

Thanks for joining me on this wonderful journey of 21st century.  Join me in future weeks as together we continue to explore several more posts devoted to the Flipped and Blended Learning, Project Based Learning, Assessing 21st century skills, PBL, STEM, technology integration, web resources, and digital literacy.  I enjoy learning from all of you. Also remember to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and follow me on twitter at mjgormans. I also appreciate your sharing of this post and any retweets. Keep up the amazing work,  have a great week, and a enjoy this wonderful new school year. Welcome to the Future! – Mike Gorman

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100’s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Dates are going fast, with time up to and including December just about filled, and I am taking 2016 dates

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