FUN, NEW & FREE IDEAS
AND SERVICES VIA THE INTERNET
WEBSITES WITH GREAT CONTENT FOR TEACHERS' PROFESSIONAL USE:
Kathy Schrock has a web page that features tools for teachers:
knows about Kathy Schrock, but just in case…it should be top of your list
of sites to share with teachers!
booth at TCEA! http://www.marcopolo-education.org/home.aspx
Online instructional software similar to BlackBoard, but FREE!
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:
Starfall: www.starfall.com “the children absolutely love it.”
Kim Komando: http://www.komando.com/index.asp
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
is at The Colony,
Bargain Shopper's Bonanza link for all kinds of freebies…but all of her
site is great!
The Best Kids Book Site: http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/
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!
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.”
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.
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!
Site: I Want To…http://www.philb.com/iwantto.htm I love this site! It provides
to over 300 applications that help with the web andother computer usage.
do not want to forget this important stand-by!
We do not want to forget this important stand-by!
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.
THE Place to go for Web 2.0 Sites
Kathy Schrock's list of Web 2.0 Tools: http://discoveryschool.com
Social networking meets news.
Maps Google news! Very cool visual representation of news. Try it!
Like the game sold in stores, and fun. Fine for kids!
Want to learn more about mashups? Go to this link!
Collectania—A blog all about copyright issues!
Digication—Free online portfolio maker!
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!
"Roll your own" search Engine!
New kind of search tool with social networking and potentional for you to personalize
Social search engine...does require a free down-load.
Blogging sites and tools
Blogger - http://www.blogger.com
Blogsome - Wordpress host - http://blogsome.com/
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:
I have tried
it and got as close to my house on my street as the actual program -
and faster too.
Another Online mapping tool.
Managing your LIFE!!!
- http://www.minot.k12.nd.us/nansen Craig Nansen's Technology Leaders Resource Center
Collaborative word processors:
Writely.com You may remember Writely was bought by Google. This link still works or you can go to Google - http://www.writely.com
ZoHo Writer - http://www.zohowriter.com/ (Seems to be better than Writely.com)
Writeboard - another collaborative online program, but not based on a Word Processor format.
Webnote: http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/ Another online note-taking tool!
Protopage (One of Craig's favorites)
Protopage = personalized news + sticky notes + bookmarks, all on one page.
Furl - http://www.furl.net
Del.icio.us - http://del.icio.us
Simpy - http://simpy.com/
Blink List - http://www.blinklist.com/
's Jots - http://www.jots.com/users/willrich Richardson
Another neat Web 2 resource that I plan to use. Actually todolist reminders, mentioned earlier, is part
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.
UTube meets karaoke!
Your place to buy and sell things handmade.
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: