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General Tech Tools

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Digital Citizenship
- Digital Nation Lessons
QuieTube- Tool used to remove adds and other videos from your your screen to display your video only.
AtomicLearning- Tutorials

Go to the Cloud:
Windows-live-skydrive - Store, access, and share thousands of documents, photos, and Microsoft Office files on Windows Live SkyDrive. SkyDrive password-protects your files so you control who has access to them. Help Center and Sky Drive Basic from Live@edu

Dropbox - Dropbox will make secure backup, sync and sharing a lot easier than ever before. You just have to simply put your files into your Dropbox folder and you will be able to get to them from anywhere. If you suffer from Internet information overload,

Evernote - If you suffer from Internet information overload, Evernote has the solution. This combination of software and Web-based service lets you capture information from multiple sources, including from the Web, e-mail, a digital camera, via a scanner, and via a microphone. It then lets you organize it all, annotate it, tag it, and search through it, and make it available not just on your PC, but on the Web, and via mobile devices as well. Tutorial and other links

http://www.slideshare.net/  -  Slideshare is a website where you can upload your own PowerPoints in order to create an embed code for inclusion on a wiki page or in LiveBinder. Tutorial

Twitter - Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It's a easy way to discover the latest news (“what’s happening”) related to subjects you care about. - This Wiki is designed to help educators connect with other educators on twitter4teachers. Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter. Twitter in the classroom.

Getting Organized:
http://livebinders.com - LiveBinders is a 3-ring binder for the Web where you can collect your resources, organize them neatly and easily, and present them to your classes. Tutorial

http://moodle.dcps.net - Moodle is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites. It is a global development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education. Tutorials

http://www.edmodo.com/ - Edmodo is a free and secure social learning network for teachers, students and schools. Edmodo provides classrooms a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. Users Guide

http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers - "There is just nothing out there that is so simple to use! It's definitely the best wiki-hosting solution that we've come across, both for its simplicity and its style!" Tutorial and Example

Ning - Create your own social network with a free Ning Mini. Example

http://prezi.com/  -  Prezi is a website where you can create more advance presentations than available through PowerPoint. Tutorial

Poster Board:
http://www.glogster.com/  -  Glogster is a poster generating website that allows students to create interactive posters that may include pictures, videos, words, and even embellishments. Tutorial and Example

http://linoit.com  -  LinoIt is a sticky board on which students can interactively post. Tutorial

To create an authentic, potentially world-wide audience for students, have them consider who would want to listen to a review of a book and what that audience would want to hear. Have students write their review and them narrative them into Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/  After creating the audio files, upload them to a Podbean http://podbean.com/ site you created, and then invite others from the class, from the country, or from all over the world to listen/critique. Students will be delighted to see who is listening. example: http://agunter.podbean.com/ Audacity directions <http://dcpsws.wikispaces.com/file/view/Audacitydirections+updated.doc>

To spice up the stale, crusty, boring (student descriptors) classic (my descriptor) novel, have students download an audio version onto their computers and/or their MP3 players. Appeals to auditory and kinesthetic learners (they may listen while they run, exercise, work, drive, etc.). Visual learners may read while they listen (to help with vocabulary and fluidity). Students can even volunteer to read chapters of books for some of the sites.
Librivox: http://librivox.org/
Community Audio: http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_audio
Loudlit: http://www.loudlit.org/
Learn Out Loud: http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video/Literature

Google Products:
http://www.google.com/educators/index.html - Here, you’ll find a teacher’s guide to Google Tools for Your Classroom. And to spark your imagination, you'll find examples of innovative ways that other educators are using these tools in the classroom.

Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor that enables you and your students to create, store and share instantly and securely, and collaborate online in real time. You can create new documents from scratch or upload existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. There's no software to download, and all your work is stored safely online and can be accessed from any computer.

Google Forms - Develop a chapter review, give a quiz, Vote on homecoming queen, survey your class, create ballots for student council are just a few ideas for using Google Forms.

Create Memories:
Creates digital, interactive scrapbook pages for all occasions, quickly and easily.  http://www.smilebox.com/

Free Web Hosting:
http://www.weebly.com/ - Weebly doesn't charge anything to host your site, and there's no limit to the number of pages or amount of material you put up. Example

www.Webs.com - Easy website builder at no cost. Provides free professional templates.

www.Yola.com - Make a free website in minutes with no technical skills.

http://www.diigo.com/education - We all know that project-based learning is an effective way to teach students and cultivate their skills of finding, organizing, synthesizing, and presenting information, as well as the social skills of working in groups, all of which are necessary in the knowledge-based economy. Among the web 2.0 technologies, Diigo is a great tool for this kind of exploratory and collaborative learning.


General Apps
cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Collaborative+Tools - Monster listing of Web 2.0 Tools
youtube.com/searchstories - Google Search Story Creation
wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers - Wiki Spaces
trailfire.com - Creating Internet Trails for Users
online - stopwatch.com  - Online Stopwatch
awesomehighlighter.com - Highlight Parts of a Webpage
pyramidcam.com -
wga.hu/index1.html - Virtual Art Museum
www.drugfreeworld.org - public service announcements and lots of information about “the truth about drugs"

Prezi – Zoom and Spin presentation tool- Very Cool!
linoit.com - Post it Note, See it, Peel it, a free sticky note and canvas

Embedding Docs/Files
Scribd – Embeddable,, scrollable docs and pdfs
Slideshare – upload and embed PPTs
AuthorStream – slideshare alternative
Issuu – online magazines from PDFs
docs.google.com/templates - Variety of templates for Google Docs

Xtimeline- has many ways to creatively use the timeline, as a resource for history education and for debate over current issues or to create biographical timelines, or scienctific discovery
Capzules –Preferred for multimedia content
timeglider.com - Create, share, zooming/panning interactive timelines-great for history classes

Book Publishing
Lulu –upload pdfs-get electronic or order real book

TeacherTube- more controlled environment

Vocab Sushi

Flashcards- Go to www.dictionary.com , Click on the Flashcards Beta tab at the top, Click in the Search box at the top and type in Vocabulary 10_18 and hit Enter, Click on the Study Now text (not the picture), Choose either Match or Write and click on Begin
The program will give you some definitions and then start giving you questions to see if you remember the definitions.


Video Annotation
Awesome Highlighter


Glogster –electronic posters with multimedia
Voicethread- Images with text, audio,video comments
Smilebox - Digital Scrapbookin
GoSketch - a multi-user online whiteboard designed to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images
StripCreator - create and save your own comic strips


Design and Drawing
sketch.odopod.com - Online sketching for art students
dabbleboard.com - sketch and download image to you laptop-great for math formulas
vectormagic.com -Convert Bitmap Images To Clean Vector Art
ajaxanimator-wave -Make flash animations online
flashpaint.com - painting and drawing tool where you can save your image to your desktop
The Gimp - Much like PhotoShop, a free download and install
aviary.com/ has some cool online tools for photo, video, and audio creation and editing
picnik.com/home - Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames.
getpaint.net - an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools
pixlr.com - Online image editor


Maya – garageband in a browser
Voxopop – Voice Board
Vocaroo-Record your voice on the website. Send the recording through email or post directly to the web.
aviary.com - Free Sound Editing Tools
audioowl.com - Free Audio Books
classicalarchives.com/bach.html - Free Classic Music


Creately – MindMaps + Flow Charts


Animoto –music video from images
Xtranormal – text to movie
GoAnimate – cartoon animation
Createagif – upload your images and get them animated into an animated gif


Image Editing


studystack.com - Find flashcards to study or create your own flashcards
wwnorton.com/college/music/musictheory/flashcards/index.html - Music Flash Cards


Educational Games
placefy.com/index.html - Game Play
education.jlab.org/elementhangman - Element Hang Man
chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/puzzles - Puzzles and Logic Games


CamStudio - scroll to the bottom to download the software called "CamStudio20.exe"


Visualization Tools/Data Analysis/Graphing Tools


Fun - Movie using an Aviator


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Google Squared


Google Squared is a new search tool by Google that collects facts from the web and presents them in tabular interface, similar to a spreadsheet. When you search for a particular item in Google Squared, say dogs, it organizes search results and displays different breeds of dogs and corresponding facts such as description, images, height, life span and many other features in a tabular manner. This is very helpful in making comparisons among different items of same category.

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Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

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Dipity is a free and easy way to create a high quality inforgraphic. You can present complex information quickly and clearly without any knowledge of programming or design.

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Wallwisher is an electronic stickies program which emulates the paper version on which it is based. Permitting only 160 characters of text – the same as an SMS message – it doesn’t let yu write reams. What  it does allow you to do is insert pictures and choose the background colour. These are clearly advantages over what its humble paper cousin is able to offer.

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It allows you to create groups and share files, calendar, status updates, hold virtual meetings, etc.  Basically communicate with everyone easily.  Each member can elect to receive an e-mail, text message, etc., to be notified that there's a communication. 

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PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.

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Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.

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Shorten multiple urls into one




Look through the glass walls of a television studio at the Newseum — the much-heralded $450 million museum created by, for and about news acolytes, news reporters, newshounds, newsreaders, news watchers, newsmakers and news advocates that opens on Friday — and you get an imposing view of the Capitol. But that also means that from the Capitol you also have a clear view of the glass facade of the Newseum, which is part of the point.


Google Art Project


Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.

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LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the Web

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EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time.

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Chop YouTube Videos

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Communicate with anyone, anywhere in up to 45 languages. BabelWith.me is a simple, free group chat that automatically translates your conversation as you type.




Mindomo is the most advanced FREE online mind mapping software, excellent for organizing, project planning, task scheduling, brainstorming and studying.It offers all the functionalities you would expect from a desktop application! Create, share and include your maps in blogs, web sites or browse thousands of public maps created by other users!




5min is a place to find short video solutions for practical questions and a place for people to share their knowledge. 5min or Life Videopedia is like a mix of YouTube and VideoJug. Video topics range from Fitness tips to Spiritual stuff to Sports including wave surfing or skiing in the snow.  There are video tutorial for computer newbies on topics like how to search Google or how to update the iPod.




This is a simple toy to let your visitors record and play back their own voice.

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