TCEA 2007
FUN, NEW & FREE IDEAS
AND SERVICES VIA THE INTERNET

 

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WEBSITES WITH GREAT CONTENT FOR TEACHERS' PROFESSIONAL USE:

 

Kathy Schrock has a web page that features tools for teachers:

http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/edtools.html

Surely everyone knows about Kathy Schrock, but just in case…it should be top of your list of sites to share with teachers!


Marco Polo/Thinkfinity--visit booth at TCEA! http://www.marcopolo-education.org/home.aspx


Moodle: http://moodle.org/
Online instructional software similar to BlackBoard, but FREE!


Educational  Hotlinks for Middle School People:  http://tinyurl.com/15xst
This is an excellent list maintained by Jim Lerman of Kean University. Here is another from him as well: Educational Hotlinks for New Teachers:
http://tinyurl.com/zp4ee

Starfall: www.starfall.com  “the children absolutely love it.”

 

Holton Middle School Teacher Resources: http://www.holton.k12.ks.us/hms/library/midlib/teacher.html  “Great list!”

 

Kim Komando: http://www.komando.com/index.asp

In addition to a wonderful name, Kim has fantastic tech tips. If you are not already a fan, now is the time!


Common Content: http://commoncontent.org/  Catalog of license-free images, movies and audio clips for use in classroom or web sites

 

General Electric’s Imagination at Work: http://www.imaginationcubed.com/Imagine?aoverride=y&aIsOldDrawing=Y

-- take a look at the possibilities

  

 Melissa Hall’s Website. She is at The Colony, Lewisville, TX: http://tweb.lisd.net/melissa_hall/index.htm

Click the Bargain Shopper's Bonanza link for all kinds of freebies…but all of her site is great!


Curriki.org:  http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome
 

The Best Kids Book Site: http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/

This is an awesome website for elementary librarians planning for storytime. It sounds like it is a book site only, but really is much more.


Citation Machine: http://citationmachine.net/D


Help 4 Teachers: Dr. Kathie Nunley's Website For Educators: http://help4teachers.com/


Auntee Lee: http://www.auntlee.com/aboutme.htm  This is a great site if you teach typing or want some helps for teaching keyboarding.


Barb Bumgardner: http://www.barbbumgardner.com/index.html
    To get the full view, go beyond first page to linked pages..


Bernie Poole! --Excellent tutorials and a free text for staff development or preservice teacher instruction, plus his super EdIndex!
http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/

 


FULL TEXT PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS AND  NEWSLETTERS ONLINE FOR FREE!


From Now On: http://www.fno.org
This online journal,  published by Jamie McKenzie, has thoughtful articles about the creative use of technology in schools. It also offers a cartoon of the month that is royalty free for educational use. These are great for staff development, faculty meetings, etc.

THE Journal: http://thejournal.com/
Technology Horizons in Education, or THE Journal, is available as a free subscription either online or hard copy. It offers articles, product reviews, and other resources, all full text at no cost.

AERA SIG Communication of Research: http://aera-cr.asu.edu/ejournals/
This AERA site provides a long list of educational journals provided free online. It is a great resource for educations seeking professional reading resources.

School Library Journal: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/
The online version of SLJ has much to offer.

Full Text Educational Journals Online: http://www.lesley.edu/faculty/kholmes/libguides/edjournals.html
This site maintained by 
Katherine Holmes, Assistant Library Director,Ludcke Library at Lesley University, offers an excellent selection of online educational journals.

Todd Slater's List: http://excellence.zanestate.edu/bin/view/Main/TeachingAndLearningJournals

SOFTWARE

 

Office Suites: Thinkfree.com and Openoffice.org are two downloadable, free office suites compatible with MS office. Note that some school districts are dropping MS Office in favor of one of these!

 

 Lifehacker: http://www.lifehacker.com “Take a look at Lifehacker.com's "best free software" list.  Lifehacker is a fabulous site to add to an RSS feed!  They have great suggestions.”

 

Momentohttp://www.download.com/Momento-Express/3640-2204_4-10429869.html

This site was forwarded to me with these comments: Okay, here's one for you.  I learned about it over Christmas break while watching one of those year-end technology showcase specials on TV about the hottest trends in software, gadgets and equipment.  It is called Momento and it is a digital photo scrapbook program (think PowerPoint with extra features) that allows you to add graphics and text as well as music.  The free "express" version has space for 200 images and anyone can download it.  The more developed version holds 600 images and you can buy it for under $50.  I ordered the full version, but haven't had a spare minute to even look at it yet.  The reviews were all glowingly positive about how simple it was to use.  And it does look easy--what little time I have had to glance at it.  A note though...their website wasn't coming up when I tried it today, so it may be getting updated or something, BUT, you can go to the link below to get the free version downloaded onto your computer.  I see it as an alternative to or an add-on to print yearbooks, classroom projects and presentations, retirement programs, end-of-year reviews, etc.  I can also see how some copyright issues will come up too.  I hope this is what you are looking for.  Good luck with your project.

 

Photofilter: http://photofiltre.com

I have a free download of photo editing software that I learned about in a photo editing workshop that is easy to use and works well. Watch the spelling of the word!

 

Phil Bradley’s Site: I Want To…http://www.philb.com/iwantto.htm     I love this site!  It provides access
to over 300 applications that help with the web andother computer usage.


PhotoStory 3:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

 We do not want to forget this important stand-by!

 

More places for free software: The world of open source software can supply several thousand free and
very useful applications. www.sourceforge.net collects many of them, and also my own website, at
 www.solidoffice.com/macstack, has a list of a few dozen specifically for Mac OS X.


WEB 2.0

Gaggle—This is a great first stop for teachers wanting to work with students in a safe, protected environment.
http://www.gaggle.net/


YouTube Video about Web 2.0: Use this to visually explain Web 2.0!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE


What is WEB 2.0? Here is a definition: http://www.shambles.net/web2/

What is a blog and how can I get started? Teachers First has a good explanation: http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogbasics.cfm

Shambles: http://www.shambles.net/web2/

THE Place to go for Web 2.0 Sites


Kathy Schrock's list of Web 2.0 Tools: http://discoveryschool.com/schrockguide/edtools.html#Web20_tools


DIGG: http://digg.com/
Social networking meets news.


NewsMap: http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/
Maps Google news! Very cool visual representation of news. Try it!


20Q.Net: http://www.20q.net/
Like the game sold in stores, and fun. Fine for kids!


Mashups: http://www.mashups.com/
Want to learn more about mashups? Go to this link!


Collectania—A blog all about copyright issues!
http://chaucer.umuc.edu/blogcip/collectanea/


Digication—Free online portfolio maker!
http://www.digication.com/home/


NEW SEARCH TOOLS, 2.0 FEATURES

Ask.com: http://www.ask.com
If you have not used it lately, Jeeves is gone and the renovated site, with the help of Gary Price, has a whole new look and many extra value-added features. Also check out

Ask For Kids: http://www.askforkids.com/
Type in "books for kids" and see the SMART ANSWER!

Rollyo: http://www.rollyo.com/
"Roll your own" search Engine!

ResultR: http://www.resultr.com/index.php?reload=yes
New kind of search tool with social networking and potentional for you to personalize

Flock: http://www.flock.com/
Social search engine...does require a free down-load.

Exalead: http://www.exalead.com/search
Promises to:

  • Web search: search the entire Web for information in different formats (web sites, Word documents, .pdf files, etc.)
  • Image search: search for photographs, illustrations and icons from all over the Web.
Bookmarklets: http://www.bookmarklets.com/
Promise to extend search capabilities of Explorer and Netscape.

KONFABULATOR:  http://www.widgetgallery.com/
Part of Yahoo--similar to Google Personal Page

Y!Q: http://yq.search.yahoo.com/
Also an offshoot of Yahoo...natural language searching.

GROKKER: http://www.grokker.com/
Concurrently search Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Amazon!

SCIRUS: http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/
Searches strictly scientific information.

BlogPulse: http://www.blogpulse.com/index.html
Search for blogs!

ChaCha! http://www.chacha.com/
Promises to provide you with a real live personal search guide. I tried it out and it was fun!

CactiSearch! http://www.cactisearch.com/
Searches Gogle, Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com--features to customize search on main page.

Ten By Ten, or 10X10--Very cool visual news page: http://www.tenbyten.org/10x10.html

Mozilla Firefox--My Favorite Browser: http://www.mozilla.org/
 

ONLINE APPS AND SERVICES--AGAIN MANY WITH WEB 2.0 FEATURES:


Blogging sites and tools


Lists of blogs about education, technology, and librarianship:


Houston Chronicle’s Recommended Education Blogs
•    Notesgirl: http://www.notesgirl.com/NotesGirl/NotesGirl.nsf
•    Learn Me Good: http://www.learnmegood2.blogspot.com/
•    Education in Texas: http://www.educationintexas.blogspot.com/


Google Tools: Explore all of them!

Mapping:  Here's a way to use Google earth without installing it:

http://flashearth.com

I have tried it and got as close to my house on my street as the actual program - and faster too.


Loki: http://loki.com/
Another Online mapping tool.


Managing Pictures


Managing your LIFE!!!

Craig Nansen's Technology Leaders Resource Center - http://www.minot.k12.nd.us/nansen
 
Collaborative word processors:

Cool Text: http://cooltext.com/ free online graphics generator  

Webnote: http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/  Another online note-taking tool!

 
Protopage (One of Craig's favorites)
http://www.protopage.com/v2
Protopage = personalized news + sticky notes + bookmarks, all on one page.
 
Social Bookmarks

Portaportal.com - http://www.portaportal.com
 
Backpackit: http://www.backpackit.com
Another neat Web 2 resource that I plan to use. Actually todolist reminders, mentioned earlier, is part 
of Backpackit

Wists Social Shopping: http://www.wists.com  Kind of neat. Idea is to use this site to track down things
you are looking to purchase. Let's you pick one image off a page when you bookmark it (or Wist it). Then
you can share the site with others. I don't know how useful this would be in classroom situations.

SingShot: http://www.singshot.com/index.html
UTube meets karaoke!

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/
Your place to buy and sell things handmade.

Textpattern
: http://www.textpattern.com/
  A free, flexible, elegant, easy-to-use content management
system for all kinds of websites, even weblogs.

FINALLY...DO YOU LIKE WEB 2.O AND SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS? Then you need the straight dope on the dopey bill called DOPA. Here is a link to YALSA's
excellent information on this topic:
http://teentechweek.wikispaces.com/DOPA


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