TCEA 2006 GREAT STUFF FOR FAH-REE!!!

 

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WEBSITES WITH GREAT CONTENT:

 

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!

 

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

 

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

 

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

-- take a look at the possibilities

 

Personal Educational Press: http://www.educationalpress.org/educationalpress/  I discovered this one at a conference this past summer.  Teachers love it. Light years ahead of Discovery's Puzzlemaker!

 

 

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!

 

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

This is an awesome website I happened upon as I was searching for some
holiday craft ideas for a student.  I forwarded it to my district's group of librarians and received several very positive responses confirming my feelings about the content of the site.I am impressed by how much information they supply.  It's an excellent  resources for elementary librarians planning for storytime. It sounds like it is a book site only, but really is much more.

 

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BLOGS:

 

These can help you get started with your own:

Blogger - http://www.blogger.com

Blogsome - Wordpress host - http://blogsome.com/

 

RECOMMENDED EDUCATOR/LIBRARIAN BLOGS

 

NOTE: This is a growing list for use by my students. It started out more formalized with longish annotations but now I just quickly tack on to it when I see a good new blog. Do not take the lack of a chatty annotation as an indication that the blog is less inviting than others. All of these have been used before by students, or have been checked out personally by me. They represent a wide range of  tastes, age of bloggers, interests, etc. Also, some of these offerings incorporate voice as well as text. That is great! If you choose one of these talk about the voice as well. If you have a slow computer and downloading the files is prohibitive, avoid these choices. How is this list organized? It is not! I just tack on a new resource when I see it. I added an entire page this afternoon only and I KNOW there are other good blogs out there!

 

 

Alice in Infoland

 http://aliceinfo.squarespace.com/blog

This will have humor mixed with great observations. Alice Yucht is one of the people I have students look at for the LS 570 Leaders assignment. She is a well known and respected librarian and a very clever writer.

 

Jenny Levine--Shifted Librarian

http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com/

The person who used this blog last term really liked it. It appears quite clever and a fun one to follow.

 

Hobo Teacher

http://www.hoboteacher.com/

This is partly manned by one of our own students. It is more from the point of view of teachers than librarians. But it is a clever site. Be sure to describe the whole site, including the fictional school, etc. If you choose this one.

 

EdBlog Insights: Anne Davis

http://anne.teachesme.com/

 

Telling the True: A Writer’s Journal--Jane Yolen

http://www.janeyolen.com/journal.html

Author Jane Yolen’s blog! Insights into her writing process.

 

The Read/Write Web in the Classroom: Will Richardson

http://www.weblogg-ed.com/.

This one was followed by a previous student who really liked it. I have looked at it briefly and see lots of good material. The title is pretty self-descriptive. The entry I looked at was about blogs as final exams. I like this idea and may put it unto use in the future.

 

Hip Teacher

http://hipteacher.typepad.com/schoolblog/

The writer here is a FIRST YEAR TEACHER. Still her blog is quite insightful and interesting, especially if you work with older students. Also, go to this site and look on the left side at the frame. She lists a lot of other blogs that might interest you. There are a lot there and shame on you if you do not explore them!

 

Cynsations!--Cynthia Leitich Smith

http://cynthialeitischsmith.blogspot.com/

 

This Austin writer describes her blog as follows: quirky, thoughtful, angsty, joyous musings on all things life and book from a writer who finds her heroes in the sunshine and in the shadows. Lots of YA comments here.

 

Convivial Librarian

http://conviviallibrarian.blogspot.com/

This is a public librarian but the comments look fun. It would be a nice addition to your knowledge of what librarianship is like from this perspective.

 

Free Range Librarian

http://freerangelibrarian.com/

This might be for you if you are looking for something a bit edgy and different.

 

Recommended by a student:

June 5-After much searching on the internet for an author’s blog, I came across the name Barry Goldblatt. After so many dead ends my interest soared when I read about him in http://www.writersdigest.com/articles/barry_goldblatt.asp. I knew that I had found a hidden treasure out in the vast internet and I had to follow along. He has a valuable vantage point on children’s books. He told me what a publicist looks for in a children’s book.

 

Also Recommended:

 

          The subject of my blog is Christopher Harris, Leader of a School Library System in New York.  He is currently working simultaneously in pursuit of two advance degrees that he is required to get in order to keep his current job.  He had about twelve entries. 

http://schoolof.info/infomancy/

 

 

NCS-Tech Blog: http://www.ncs-tech.org/

Also used previously by a student.

Liberry Blog

http://liberry.blogspot.com/

Also recommended by a student…somewhat irreverent but fun if it “speak” to you…musings of a librarian at a small PA public library.

 

Librarian in Black…recommend by student…e-librarian…very informative.

http://librarianinblack.typepad.com/

 

 

Read/Write Web! By Will Richardson…about teaching technology and literacy in schools. Very good blog. Student recommended.

http://www.weblogg-ed.com/

 

 

A list not explored but given by a student:

http://twothingssites.blogspot.com/2003_07_01_twothingssites_archive.html

          http://www.flamingnet.com/blog/blog.html

          http://www.seitherin.com/

          http://storms.typepad.com/booklust/

          http://www.orangesplot.com/adventures/

          http://tinylittlelibrarian.blog-city.com/

 

Used by student, sounds fun, author Meg Cabot:

http://www.megcabot.com/blog/blogger.html

 

Another author blog:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/halseanderson/

 

Excellent choice by Doug Johnson--The Blue Skunk!  http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/

 

 

David Warlick: http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/

 

 

Tiny Little Librarian http://tinylittlelibrarian.blog-city.com/

 

          This one has flippant comments about patrons and also is pretty irreverent. It is very popular though. See what you think.

 

Guisjee http://guusjem.blogspot.com/

 

She is from Spring, TX, and is a frequent listserv participant. ALSO LOOK ON THIS PAGE FOR OTHER BLOGS RECOMMENDED!!!

 

Boyfriend List

http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/e_lockhart_blog/2005/11/index.html

--by the author of the books series The Boyfriend List…

 

http://www.electronicmentoring.blogspot.com/--This one is a little different…it is comprised of comments between preservice teachers and their mentors. It could give interesting insights into concerns/interests of beginning teachers. There are varied contributors.

 

Librarian in the Middle running at http://beiffert.net

          This one should be excellent!

 

The SLJ Blog--

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/620000062.html

 

This one has been criticized because evidently Amy B. is not even a librarian…find out if this is true. I looked at it and thought it was interesting even so.

 

Mousing Around, Miguel Guhlin, very sharp techhie guy from San Antonio:

http://www.edsupport.cc/mguhlin/blog/

 

Infomancy--should be very, very good: http://www.schoolof.info/infomancy/

 

Pederson’s Designs http://pedersondesigns.com/

 

          For techhies, lots going on here. I want to come back to it myself.

 

Bud the Teacher: http://budtheteacher.typepad.com/bud_the_teacher/

 

        Voice and text. Looks good!

 

Deep Thinking by Diane Chen: http://deepthinking.blogsome.com/

 

          Her posts to LM_NET are always excellent so this one should be good.

 

Dave’s Educational Blog…very, very interesting but maybe not for the tech novice. If you look at it be sure to see the top ten tech stories of the year.

http://www.davecormier.com/edblog/

 

Wanderings, Jacquie Henry: http://nlcommunities.com/communities/wanderings/articles/category/3426.aspx

Great information about lots of things, including Web 2.0.

 

 

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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

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.

 

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.

 

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SERVICES:

 

Bloglines: http://www.bloglines.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.

Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/) with picture storage, display, tagging, etc.  But how about Flickr Toys (http://flagrantdisregard.com/flickr/)? It lets you put pictures, from flickr or from your computer, into billboards, magazine covers,  movie posters, badges, calendars, and a whole lot more.  Lots of fun, but with some neat real uses also.

 

Furl (http://www.furl.net/) stores annotated bookmarks AND a copy of the orig page. And you can search other furl accounts.

Technorati (http://www.technorati.com/)  searches the blogs, and sends your aggregator a daily list of hits.  Search is pretty sophisticated.

 

I like Memo to Me, a free internet reminder service in which members can schedule reminders to be sent 
to their own email accounts or those of others. It also has a rather cool premium service available. Take a
look at http://www.memotome.com/
 
Writely.com: http://www.writely.com  This may well be a harbinger of the future. Online collaborative 
writing program.
Here is a document currently being shared, that you might want to visit. If you do, you
will see a number of additional free services: http://www.writely.com/View.aspx?docid=ba8h8spm3smf
 
A very generous person sent this very long list, Craig Nansen. You will want to also visit his own page: 
Technology Leaders Resource Center - http://www.minot.k12.nd.us/nansen
 
 Collaborative word processors:
Writely.com - 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.
http://www.writeboard.com/
 
JotSpot Live - http://www.jotlive.com/ - used for live, group notetaking
 
Protopage (One of my favorites)
http://www.protopage.com/v2
Protopage = personalized news + sticky notes + bookmarks, all on one page.
 
Social Bookmarks
Furl - http://www.furl.net
Del.icio.us - http://del.icio.us
Simpy - http://simpy.com/
Blink List - http://www.blinklist.com/
Jots - http://www.jots.com/pages/about.html
     Will Richardson's Jots - http://www.jots.com/users/willrich
Spurl - http://spurl.net/
Portaportal.com - http://www.portaportal.com
Sue's Portaportal - http://guest.portaportal.com/mac
 
Photos
Flikr - http://Flickr.com
 
Keeping Up With Blogs
Blogger - http://www.blogger.com
Blogsome - Wordpress host - http://blogsome.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.

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

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

MyProgs
- a social list of favorite programs:  http://myprogs.net/


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