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Info on tools is also available via RSS from our Diigo lists at http://www.diigo.com/list/schlib and from our blog at http://schlibtools.blogspot.com/

 

Free Tech for Teachers

https://www.freetech4teachers.com/ 

Here's a source you'll want to revisit for up-to-date suggestions of useful technology for educators.

 

Novel Effect

https://www.noveleffect.com/

The free Novel Effect app follows along as you read aloud from a print book (or ebook) and plays customized music and sound effects at just the right moment. Thanks to TL Ella Munro for this tip.

 

Free Book Notes

http://www.freebooknotes.com/

Free book notes, study guides, book summaries, chapter summaries, and analyses available for thousands of books, plays, and poems

 

Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education

http://www.coolcatteacher.com/best-google-drive-add-ons/

Besides the 15 recommended add-ons, there is also a link to information about enabling the add-ons.

 

DaringLibrarian - Animation

https://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2017/10/5-fab-ways-to-animate-your-edulife.html

 

eHub

http://emilychang.com/ehub/

Follow Emily Chang on Twitter @emilychang or visit eHub for her tool recommendations

 

Doc Translator

https://www.onlinedoctranslator.com/

Interesting... Free Online Document Translator

Posted on Twitter @schlib 

 

15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps

http://spyrestudios.com/15-great-mindmapping-tools-and-apps

You'll know some of these tools that are handy when you are brainstorming or having an "idea shower" :)

 

Bounce

http://www.bounceapp.com

A fun and easy way to share ideas on a website. Bounce is a screen capture tool that lets you annotate a web page you discovered, annotate it and then share the annotated version with a unique url.

 

Top 100 Tools for Learning 

https://www.toptools4learning.com/

The votes are in. These tools have been selected from amongst hundreds. See if you agree.

 

Smarter Sites Blog

Web 2.0 Resources

http://smartersites.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/web-2-0-resources/

Long categorized list of tools for creating, sharing and collaborating.

 

 

 

 

Cooliris

https://cooliris-firefox.en.softonic.com/

Cooliris is a 3-D wall for browsing video and images. You can use it to browse the images & video on your computer or those that are on the web. There is a search function that can access some of the most popular source of images. Install the toolbar for easier access. Cooliris Preview is another useful application from Cooliris.

 

 

Fefoo

http://fefoo.com

Fefoo is not a search engine. It's a fantastic, simple little application that makes your searching more powerful. Use the toolbar that appears to select search type and search engine.

 

 

Word Art

https://wordart.com/

Similar to Wordle

Create a cloud and choose its core options, including:

– data source (rss feed, html web page, etc.)

– tags url pattern (e.g. http://google.com/search?q=$tag)

– cloud shape

– fonts to render tags

– tags’ rotation angles

 

Learning Tools Directory

http://c4lpt.co.uk/directory-of-learning-performance-tools/

The list of more than 3000 tools is up-to-date. More than 2300 of the tools listed are free. 

 

TinyTags can be made at http://www.wigflip.com  

 

Photovisi

http://www.photovisi.com/

Upload your photo collection, pick your favorite template and then let Photovisi arrange the pics into a collage for you. No registration required. Thanks to @kjarrett for the tip. http://www.ncs-tech.org/?p=3215

 

A.nnotate.com

http://a.nnotate.com/

Online document review and collaboration. You can upload, annotate, and share documents made in Word, html or pdf formats.

 

Zotero

http://www.zotero.org/

Zotero is a free easy to use tool to help you collect and manage information, cite sources, and work collaboratively. See the video at the site above for more info.

 

Sharalike

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sharalike-slideshow/id716514468

To create an audio slideshow on Sharalike simply import some images from your computer, your Android device or from your iPad, drag them into the sequence in which you want them to appear, and then add some music. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/loEnBqumyqo

 

Be Funky

http://www.befunky.com/

Upload your photo and enhance it with "Be Funky" effects. Free. No registration or login required.  Requires Flash.

 

Word Sift

https://wordsift.org/

A "toy in a linguistic playground", Word Sift permits you to paste text, create a word cloud in a variety of shapes from that text, and search from that word cloud.  For more features, watch the application of Word Sift in this YouTube Video http://bit.ly/16VT4G

Source: @plnaugle via @larryferlazzo  

 

Cl1p.net

https://cl1p.net/

Copy and paste text for sharing. You can also upload files up to 30 MB in size. Clips expire in a week.

 

 

Twazzup

http://www.twazzup.com/

Twitter search tool with "powerful and easy to use interface." Source: @joevans http://twitter.com/joevans/status/1640010731

 

Best Embeds for Educational Wikis and Blogs

http://mrssmoke.onsugar.com/3082114

Great list of embeddable objects for classroom or library blogs or wikis. They include maps, games, photos, videos and much more.

 

NewsMap Has Moved

There's a new url for Newsmap, a great way to see how the news is viewed from different perspectives

http://newsmap.jp/

 

Librarian Chick Wiki

http://librarianchick.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

Links to all sorts of tools organized by category for easy access.

 

Learning Event Generators

http://www.newtools.org/showtxt.php?docid=737

One of a set of "generators". This one has 2500 suggestions of activities for learners to do. There are a couple of other learning event generators listed here. Source: EdTech Women of Web2.0 podcast25/03/09

 

Skitch: Snap, Draw, Share

http://skitch.com/

Skitch is The Internet Camera™ for Mac users that want or need to capture on-screen content.  Click on the snap button to take a picture of the screen, then annotate or draw.  Look here for another way to use Skitch...as part of a screencast tool set  - http://learningischange.com/

 

ggl.to

http://ggl.to

ggl.to is a web service that provides short, easily typed aliases for web searches for sharing. You may have to add http:// in front of the resulting ggl link that you create to have it work from Twitter or a wiki. This tool would be great for TLs or teachers who want to point quickly to online resources for students or colleagues. Also good for demonstrating the effect of using different search strings.  TL or teacher could do a number of searches ahead of time with ggl.to and ask students to select the best results, then go back to examine the most successful search string.  The following link was made from a search string including these keywords... teacher, earth day, interactive to create this link ... http://ggl.to/teacher-earth-day-interactive  Thanks to @lessig for this tool suggestion.

 

Word Source

http://word.sc/

The first online social dictionary. Upload photos, tag, and rate your favorite words.  Search for definitions simply by adding the word after the url - example: http://word.sc/favorite  . More Web 2.0 dictionaries are reviewed at the SJL Blog, NeverEndingSearch.

 

Zoho Gadgets 

http://gadgets.zoho.com/zc/index.do

Zoho Gadgets launched April 16th with the aim to connect Zoho applications with external applications.

 

 

Easy Street

Make Your Own Street Signs at http://wigflip.com/easystreet/

 

Twitter List

Manitoba Educators on Twitter

Learning Professionals on Twitter

Who Should I Follow

Top 100 Library Tweeters

Twitter in Education on Slideshare

YA Authors on Twitter (March 27th,2009)

Schlib: @schlib

 

Skype

http://www.skype.com

Free Internet telephony service

Skype in the Classroom (or Library) - http://bit.ly/geYu

Skype an Author wiki - http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/

50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

 

Markkit

http://digg.com/d1o8JB

Handy little bookmarklet - Markkit - Highlight text with Markkit to save to your Markkit log. If you click on the highlighted text you can expand your search. You have to drag the bookmarklet to your toolbar. It works with Firefox, Safari, Opera, & Chrome.

 

Ottobib

http://ottobib.com

Make a bibliography just by entering the ISBN. Select from MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, BibTex, Wikipedia styles. It's free.

 

Visuwords

http://www.visuwords.com/

Sample search : http://www.visuwords.com/?word=literature

Online graphical dictionary.  Good to demonstrate relationships amongst words, parts of speech, word variations.

 

Diigo

http://www.diigo.com

http://www.diigo.com/user/schlib

Diigo is a social bookmarking site. "You can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you. You can also attach sticky notes to specific parts of your bookmarked web pages." It's easy to import your del.icio.us bookmarks into your Diigo account. RSS feeds will give you updates to your preferred Diigo accounts. Tags and lists make organizing and retrieving bookmarks from your own account easy. View each bookmarked page by clicking on the view webslide arrow at the top right of the page. Diigo has been nominated as a finalist for the Webware 100 2009 Awards put on by CNET in the Browsing category. Here's a sample account.

 

FreePDFConvert.com

http://www.freepdfconvert.com/convert_web_page_to_pdf.asp

Add a button that allows your blog or webpage visitors to save it as a pdf file.

 

TinEye Reverse Image Search Engine

Link to TinEye Reverse Image Search

Submit an image to find where it came from. Review at » link to TinEye: The Reverse Image Search Engine | Orangeinks

 

BlockPosters.com

http://www.blockposters.com

"Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide

you would like your poster to be once printed."

 

Search Engines (for Earth Day)

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-search-engines-to-help-the-environment/

Search engines for Earth Day!  Each of these 10 search engines is purported to help the environment in one way or another.

 

Twitter How-To Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUR2E8l3bi8

Understand Twitter with this video. While it is longish, there is a section of Q&A that you could skip if you wish. 

 

WigFlip

http://www.wigflip.com

A compendium of toys and tools to try. You might also want to read the blog entries at http://blog.wigflip.com/

 

25 Websites for Photo Fun

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/25-websites-to-have-fun-with-your-photos/

Try some of these if you're feeling creative. Thanks to @courosa on Twitter for the tip.

 

Tag Crowd

http://www.tagcrowd.com/

Similar to Wordle. Here's a sample tag cloud for the Infozone.

 

 

TwitterSheep

http://twittersheep.com/

Gathers a word cloud based on the bios of your followers.  Clearly Schlib at Twitter is being followed by the right people:)  The words "librarian", "school", "geek", "professor" and "teacher" were also in the cloud but do not show in the image below.  Thanks to http://twitter.com/kjarrett for the site suggestion.

 

 

Webspiration

http://mywebspiration.com/

Try it out. The public beta version is free. "Use Webspiration's diagramming environment to create bubble diagrams, flow charts, concept maps, process flows and other visual representations that stimulate and reflect your thinking."

 

Widgets for Your Web Pages

Thanks to @joycevalenza at Twitter.com, we heard about the National Geographic and PBS widgets that can be easily added to your blog or web pages. Look at the sidebar at the Schlib blog or the Schlib wiki Resources page to see an example. The widget in the sidebar leads educators to Shakespeare resources and activity ideas.

 

Larry Felazzo's Best of the Web

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/about/my-best-of-series/

 

Study Stack

http://www.studystack.com/Home.jsp

Recommended by Larry Ferlazzo at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

"Study Stack lets you easily create (after you register) flashcards, hangman games, word searches, and many more activities."

 

Utah Education Network: Interactive Sites

http://www.uen.org/k12student/interactives.shtml

Here's another one that Ferlazzo highlighted recently. This is a handy directory of web sites that encourage student involvement.

 

10 Quick Ways to Print Your Own Calendars

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-quick-ways-to-print-your-own-calendars-online/

All ten tools mentioned at the site above are free. Source: http://twitter.com/c4lptnews . Jan 3, 2009

 

Kido'z

http://kidoz.net

Easy to use, safe & free internet browsing for kids. Kids don't need to know how to read or write. Direct access to preferred sites, videos and

games for kids on the net. Kido'z updates are on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/kidoz

 

Picture Trail

http://www.picturetrail.com

Add actions and "bling" to your collection of photos at this site. Thanks to @kjarrett at Twitter for the tip. Here's one we made....

 

Joongel

http://www.joongel.com/

Meta search tool that works with the most popular sources and search tools on the Internet in different

categories such as images, social. video, torrents, etc.

 

Crazy Talk

http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/

Select a picture of a face and add animation using Crazy Talk. Thanks to Doug Valentine who posted video samples at

the Bookvideo Ning including the one below. His 8 and 9 year old students combined their Crazy Talk animations with Glogster to create booktalks


Find more videos like this on BookVideoNing

 

Totlol

http://www.totlol.com

Video directory/website specifically for children, although some more senior users will enjoy the selection. The site is moderated. It is powered by YouTube.

 

Book Video Ning

http://bookvideo.ning.com/

Join the ning to find or share videos about books. It was initiated by Joyce Valenza on December 12, 2008.  It is possible to embed suitable videos found on the ning into your wikis, blogs and web sites.  You'll also find other recommended video sources at the ning, such as Scholastic's Video Booktalks.

 

Speakaboos

http://speakaboos.com/

If you like Storylines, you'll love this. You'll find books online, celebrity readers, teacher resources, and technology that enables kids to make their own recordings.

 

CogDogRoo Story Tools

http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools

Alan Levine offers 50+ web tools you can use to create your own web-based story. He provides several samples that have been made with each tool.  In fact, one story, that of Dominoe is told repeatedly using all of the tools.

 

Stream videos at Ustream

 

Adam

http://adamsapp.com

E-Learning Pick of the Day from Jane Knight. Insert content (video, text, music, html) into pdf or image files.  Imagine how this could be used in the classroom or library.  

 

Schlib is at Blogger

http://schlibtools.blogspot.com/

Tips and Tools for School Libraries 

We had a request to add the technology tips, web tools and website recommendations to a blog or wiki that would enable RSS access. The blog is an attempt to satisfy that request. If you use a feed aggregator or a reader like Bloglines or Google Reader, you can now subscribe and receive the updates automatically.

 

Web Tools 4U2Use

http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/About+This+Wiki

Repeat posting, in case you missed it!! The WebTools wiki is intended to support school library staff but is a great place for teachers, techs and administrators to keep abreast of new technologies that have value in schools.  Conveniently, handouts are available at the bottom of the WebTools wiki if you wish to inform colleagues.

 

JogLab

http://joglab.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5A_4-OJocA [Video]

Create your own mnemonic devices. Source: Jane Knight <http://janeknight.typepad.com/> 03 December 2008

 

Adobe Photoshop Express

http://www.photoshop.com/express 

Adobe Photoshop Express [beta] is an online version of the popular digital image-editing software.  Obtain a free account to upload, alter, save and share up to 2GB of digital images for free.

 

Capzles

http://www.capzles.com

Tell your story with Capzles, an interactive multimedia presentation tool that utilizes a timeline format to contain images, video, audio and text.  Visit iLearn to find practical tips for using Cazples with students.  Take the guided tour.

 

All Top

http://alltop.com

AllTop is a handy  “online magazine rack” of popular topics.  Alltop is a set of RSS feeds organized by subject making it easy to skim for items of interest. Guy Kawasaki was involved in the development and appears to be promoting it heavily on http://twitter.com/guykawasaki

 

Great Summary

http://www.greatsummary.com/highlight.html

Takes the text or url of a web page and provides a summary. Autosummarizer, another somewhat similar tool, works with text only http://search.iiit.net/~jags/summarizer/index.cgi

Source: http://www.technospot.net/blogs/read-summary-of-online-document-or-web-page-without-opening-it/

 

Vuvox

http://www.vuvox.com

You can create animated and interactive slideshows with an assortment of effects, theme templates and designs. Provides lots of opportunity for creativity. In the same category as Animoto [below]. Good example with of some of the features at http://bit.ly/jUqj

 

Voicethread

http://voicethread.com

Voice thread provides a collaborative space for video, still images, audio, and text. Update: You can now make a copy of your voicethreads. "With the ability to copy your existing VoiceThreads it now makes sense for you spend a lot of time and energy creating the highest quality VoiceThreads possible, as you can use them again and again."

Examples - http://voicethread.com/#q.b1191.i13695

http://bookvideo.ning.com/video/sold-by-patricia-mccormick

 

Zamzar

http://www.zamzar.com

Can't open a file? Here's a free file conversion site. Currently on the Zamzar service you can upload a maximum of 100 MB of data split amongst up to 5 different files. Converts documents, music, video and various compressed file formats. Watch this demonstration movie for a quick view of the process.

 

Cutest Blog on the Block

http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/

If you are a blogger or if you teach bloggers, and if you like the look of the AIG Thinking Blog, try The Cutest Blog on the Block.

 

Animasher

http://www.animasher.com/create

Just for fun! Easy. Students can create animations with their own photos.

 

Poll Daddy

http://www.polldaddy.com

There are many purposes for polls in the classroom. Now you can make your own surveys easily with this web-based option.  The sample poll below is functional at Schlib Netvibes [News]

 

Blooms Taxonomy : Digital

http://bit.ly/uZ1O

Heard about this "wow" on November 18th Women of Web 2.0 podcast [See Schlib SideBar]. Nice printable version is at http://bit.ly/13cPP 

 

Multicolr Search Lab

http://labs.ideeinc.com/multicolr

Click at least two colours to see the set of images transform to match your colour choices. All images come from the Flickr Creative Commons and you know what that means to teachers and students.

 

Big Universe

http://www.biguniverse.com/

"Big Universe’s Web site allows you to read hundreds of children’s books for free, purchase children’s books, and even create your own children’s ebook complete with pictures using the Big Universe Author Tool. "  Source: Wired Educator http://bit.ly/mLCB 08/06/08

 

Simply Box

http://simplybox.com/main

http://simplybox.com/index/video/ [Video tour]

SimplyBox is a web-based capture & share platform for students and teachers.  Enables group consideration of web videos, part of pages, pictures, photos that you contain in this space. Registration required. Source: Jane Knight http://janeknight.typepad.com/pick 11/08/08

 

Netvibes

http://www.netvibes.com/

A pioneer in personalized web pages, Netvibes has made recent improvements. You can now share Netvibes via Facebook Connect, Twitter & Readwriteweb. We've made a Schlib Netvibes.  This looks like a good alternative to Protopage for teachers and libraries that want a quick web presence.  Here is another example, a public library that uses Netvibes.  Update: Announced in December 08, Netvibes now has flexible layout options http://bit.ly/p1Hk

 

The Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education -2008

(for EAL, ESL, ELL, EFL)

http://bit.ly/JgZC

Larry Ferlazzo's list of applications includes many that would be useful for teachers and libraries

 

Teachers First : Online Tools

http://www.teachersfirst.com/ontools.cfm

List of good tools for the classroom or library along with tips on how to best use them.

 

Photofunia

http://photofunia.com/

 

DodgePodge 3.0

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/workshops/dodgepodge/

Bernie Dodge of WebQuest fame has compiled a list of ten cool sites most teachers don't know about yet.

 

LookyBook

Discontinued

 

Schlib Twitter

Click on the button above to see the latest postings

  

Url Shorteners

http://bit.ly/

http://www.tinyurl.com

http://doiop.com/

http://www.dwarfurl.com/

http://memurl.com

If you want to create short messages such as at Twitter (140 characters max) or on a mobile device, here are five options for shrinking urls. 

 

Wordia

http://www.wordia.com

I. Think of a word that has a special meaning to you

II. Record a video defining your word

III. Upload your video

 

Jing

http://www.jingproject.com/

Screen capture and sharing. Watch the short video tour for more info.

 

Top 100 Tools for Learning

http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top100.html

Updated : Categorized list of digital tools. See if there are any that you haven't tried.

 

Table of Tools for Learning

https://learningweb2.wikispaces.com/Table+of+tools+for+blogs+or+wikis

 

Touchgraph Google

http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html

Remove "web 2.0" in the search box on the screen at this site and add your keywords instead.  Now click on the Graph It button.  The tool shows a network of links associated with those keywords. Urls will be listed to the left on the Touchgraph screen. Dig deeper by clicking on the graphical representation showing the relationships associated with your keywords.

 

Soovle

http://www.soovle.com/

Do you think your students would like this search tool?  Soovle makes use of Google, Ask, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Amazon, Answers.com and YouTube.

 

Google Customized Search Engine

http://www.google.com/coop/cse/

Not a new tool, but one of the most useful for teachers and librarians who wish to direct students or patrons in a gentle way. Customized search engines provide focus and set the stage for students to make judgements more easily about the suitability of search results for their research needs.  Teachers begin to make a CSE by identifying a set of preferred web sites on a given topic. Those sites are then listed by the teacher in the search engine construction area.  We have created search engines that utilize more than 400 selected sites while others use less than 30.  Animals for K-6 is an example of a Google CSE. Some other samples are at http://www.pembinatrails.ca/infozone/search.htm

 

Swicki and Rollyo are similar to Google CSE.

 

Instant Audio/Video Tools Igniting the Digital World 

http://www.slideshare.net/conniecrosby/instant-audio-video-tools-igniting-the-digital-world-presentation

Slideshare presentation by Connie Crosby of Ottawa who promotes a number of useful tools for networking and sharing online.

 

Exploratree

http://www.exploratree.org.uk/

Exploratree is a free web resource where you or your group can access a library of more than 24 ready-made interactive graphic organizers. The results can be edited, printed, and shared.

 

Twitter for Teachers

http://twitter4teachers.pbwiki.com/

Twitter enables "keep it short" social networking. The Twitter for Teachers wiki provides a directory of twittering educators. See teacher librarian Joyce Valenza's Twitter at http://twitter.com/joycevalenza . If you are a twittering educator, you also may like some of the Twitter apps at http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/socialmedia/twitterapps.html. The Schlib Twitter is at http://twitter.com/schlib. Look at Learning Professionals on Twitter for even more tweets from educators.  Lurking is allowed.

 

Go Animate

http://goanimate.com/go/howdoesitwork  [Demo and sign-up]

http://goanimate.com/go/movie/0gR6ZzbL53pE/1  [School library sample]

Create your own animations

 

Read the Words 

http://readthewords.com/

Originally designed for students with disabilities, ReadTheWords accepts multiple input formats such as MS Word, PDF , or html for users to create readings. Output is a synthesized speech file in one of fifteen voices that can be heard online, downloaded, saved, and shared. If you download the toolbar, you can convert text in a web page to speech without having to go to ReadTheWords.com. Schlib readers may be able to think of innovative ways of using this in the library or classroom.  Update: There is now a crippled trial version and two levels of membership ($ and $$) for more full featured versions.

 

Smush It

http://smushit.com/

Smush It is a new tool that allows those who make web pages to optimize their images online. This is a cool tool from Yahoo developers.

 

Capture Fox

http://www.advancity.net/eng/products/capturefox.html

Free. Capture Fox is a Firefox add-on. Records your computer screens and your voice. Output is in movie ( avi ) format. The extension is available for Windows XP as well Vista. Easy to use for training and sharing. Has many applications in the library and classroom environments.

 

Dumpr

http://www.dumpr.net/

More fun with photos. For similar tools, visit Glass Giant or Flickr Toys 

 

PrintWhatYouLike

http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/

Ever print a webpage only to find your printout is full of ads, empty space and other junk you don't want? PrintWhatYouLike is a free webpage editor that gives you control of how webpages look when printed.

 

StumbleUpon

http://www.stumbleupon.com

Updated: Improvements include access from the SU website. No need to register.  "StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests." To use it you visit the site or you install a handy toolbar with a button that when clicked leads you to sites in categories that you have pre-selected, eg. K-12 Education or Library.

 

90 Online Tools for Use with Photos

http://mashable.com/2007/06/23/photography-toolbox/

 

Web Tools 4u2 Use

http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/Other+Cool+Tools+4+U+2+Use

http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/

 

ToonDoo

http://www.toondoo.com/Home.on

Promote your library or classroom activities with your own custom made cartoons. Easy and fun, this site could be used to add some humor to any subject :) Challenge the students to create cartoons for the library or classroom.  More Library Kids cartoons are here.

 

             This cartoon was created in 2008 when Obama was elected.

 

iSpring

http://www.ispringsolutions.com/

iSpring claims to be the best free solution for PowerPoint to Flash conversion. Works with several versions of Powerpoint including Powerpoint 2007.

 

Viddler

http://www.viddler.com

Store and share your videos here. You can place tags that appear right in the timeline of your videos, to describe people, places, and things.

Source of this suggestion: Atomic Learning workshop that can be accessed free of charge at http://www.AtomicLearning.com/7sfc_wb2

through October 30, 2008.

 

Lyrics Fly

http://lyricsfly.com/

Searchable site. Database includes lyrics from more than 600,000 songs and includes those from many children's artists such as Raffi and various Sesame Street singers. Great for ELA and EAL.

 

Chrome

http://www.google.com/chrome

Lean and clean browser from Google has been described as fast, elegant and very useful. Available for the Mac as of December, 2009.

 

 

Soungle

http://soungle.com

Searchable database of sound effects. A good alternative is SoundSnap. This will be added to the Schlib list of free legal sounds (music included) and images for use in the classroom  legal3.doc

 

Teacher Book Wizard Widget

http://www.scholastic.com/tbwwidget/

The widget will help teachers find:

  • Book and author information
  • Reading levels
  • Book-based lesson plans, booktalks and discussion guides
  • Series lists

 

Glogster

http://www.glogster.com/edu

Update: New educational version in Oct '08. Teens and teachers, as well as library staff will want to try this tool that helps them create online posters. Imagine an online poster for your library.  Good example: Winnipeg Strike 1919

See how to set it up for students http://www.scribd.com/doc/14750322/how-to-use-Glogster

 

BibMe

Looking for a speedy way to make a bibliography? Here's another citation/bibliography creation service along the lines of the Citation Machine that is so popular. It's called BibMe. Like Citation Machine, it's free, although you do have to register. It seems to be simple and flexible. Try it out at http://www.bibme.org/

 

101 Web Resources for Students

http://studenthacks.org/2008/03/04/resources/

 

Wordle

http://wordle.net

http://wordle.net/create

Fun and free application. Good for making word splashes, posters, tag clouds, bulletin boards, I Spy, and more. If your words are used more frequently, the size increases as happens with tag clouds. Type words directly or copy and paste text from a file. You will have some orientation, colour, and font options. Requires current version of Java.

 

Penzu (beta)

http://www.penzu.com/pad

Online journal. Insert text or images directly online.

 

SKRBL skrbl now

http://www.skrbl.com

Online collaborative whiteboard. Free. Try it here. http://www.skrbl.com/skrblnow

 

Top 100 Web Apps for 2008

http://www.webware.com/html/ww/100/2008/winners.html

 

Mindmeister

http://www.mindmeister.com

Gliffy, Mind42, bubbl.us and now Mindmeister. Check out these online tools that enhance collaborative decision making, project planning, strategic planning, and brainstorming.

 

Boolify

http://www.boolify.org/

Boolify allows the student to create a Boolean search graphically. Students will be able to experiment easily and then select from resulting web, news or image hits after conducting a "Boolified" search. Search results come from Google. Teachers and library staff may want to use it just to demonstrate the power of a well structured search.

 

Animoto

http://animoto.com

Update: Animoto now has text capabilities.

Combine your photos with provided music (or music from sources that allow its use). Animoto is free for short compilations. A cheap subscription allows longer productions. Educators can get special terms.

Short sample - http://animoto.com/play/gBNcYIAC7Vmgi2jM18fqJg

Longer sample - 7 Sacred Teachings - http://animoto.com/play/vamFQrga6hlB1R3SjgaQ1A

January '09 Update: Animoto slide speed can be controlled.  Animoto is available as an app for the iPhone/iTouch

 

Visual Dictionary

http://visual.merriam-webster.com/

Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.

 

Wetpaint

Rival to PBwiki. Advertising-free if you indicate you are in education. Wetpaint has just announced it has integrated discussion forums into its wiki platform.

 

Geni

The Geni family tree builder is free. The site allows you to develop a family tree alone or collaboratively with other invited family members.

 

Protopage

Make your own Protopage. Easily altered, accessible, personalized collection of digital resources including podcasts, weather info, web sites. Ideal for bringing together resources on a single topic as well. Look at the art page we made at http://www.protopage.com/visualarts , an Early Years class page at http://www.protopage.com/stimson-kids or the TUSC Protopage http://www.protopage.com/speaking , as examples.

 

Teacher Tube

Teacher created videos for use by students and other teachers. The collection is searchable by subject.

 

similico.us

Here's a site that searches del.icio.us to find sites similar to ones you already like, according to the preferences of other users. It's handy for when you find a great resource, and want to compare it against those of a similar stripe. (Mike F)

 

bubbl.us

Create colorful mind maps online like the one above

Share and work with friends

Embed your mind map in your blog or website or wiki

Email and print your mind map

Save your mind map as an image

 

Yack Pack

Record your message and send it. No special software required. You can also meet live with others in your group. It has enormous potential for classroom teachers and library staff members.

 

Flickr Toys

Try these toys with your own photos or pictures from the Flickr Creative Commons at http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ (BY:)

 

Scribd

Scribd FAQ

This is great! Features make it easy and fun to publish, share, convert, embed, analyze, and read documents.

 

Tumblr

This is a free and friendly tool for creating tumblelogs in which you can share text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos.

 

Swicki

Check out the Schlib swicki at eurekster.com

 

Giveaway of the Day

 

Giveaway of the Day

 

Blinkx

Video search engine. Scours many online video sources.

 

Gliffy

A web-based diagramming solution. Link to published Gliffy drawings from your blog or wiki

 

Fauxto (now known as Splashup)

See Splashup below

 

Splashup

Splashup is a Flash-based Photoshop look-alike, one of the best online image editing resources. Note As of November 2007, Fauxto is called Splashup and is at http://www.splashup.com/

 

Picnik

Picnik is an online photo editing tool, one of the best. It is Flash based. Once you are done editing, you can transfer your photos directly to Flickr.

 

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Pop-up pictures are used to show ways of representing ideas and connections. Interesting, but perhaps not as useful as Eduplace Graphic Organizers that instructs students in how to use the graphic organizers. Also, the site called Graphic Organizers is another good spot along the same line.

 

Google Cheat Sheets & Posters

Print these for your students or for your displays and bulletin boards.

 

Search Engine Showdown

Users' guide to web search tools. Search Engine Showdown features the wisdom of Danny Sullivan formerly from Searchenginewatch.com.

 

Multimedia Tools @2Learn.ca

Tutorials on many applications used by teachers and students

 

Library Thing

"Enter what you're reading or your whole library—it's an easy, library-quality catalog. Library Thing also connects you with people who read the same things."

 

Newsmap

Great choice for middle and senior students. The default is set to provide an overview of the news patterns evident in US news sources but you can select other sources by clicking on the country buttons at the top of the screen. The articles can be accessed by clicking directly on the headline. It is an interesting exercise to compare the news emphasis of one country to that of another. This might also be a good tool for identifying bias or different perspectives of the same event. In a way, Newsmap goes well with Popurls (http://popurls.com) that also mirrors what is getting attention in our digitized world. Note: New url in Apr '09

 

Quintura

Quintura operates the See & Find visual find engine. It is powered by Yahoo Kids

 

Zoho Wiki

One of the numerous free applications from Zoho. Compare this with other wikis at Wiki Matrix

 

Flash Earth

A tool that provides access to satellite and aerial imagery from a variety of online mapping websites such as Google earth, NASA, Microsoft, Ask, and Yahoo

 

Stu.dicio.us

For your notes and to-dos. A simple student collaboration tool. Note: Offline in March '09

 

Citation Machine

Very popular. Citation Machine is an interactive web tool designed to assist students in constructing their bibliographies. Updated to Version 5.0 in December, 2008. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wXdbDCdzjc

 

Google Co-op Search Engine

Build your own search engine easily. Seems like something teachers would appreciate because they could have students search within a specified, narrow set of web pages. Go here to see how a search can be focused.

 

PageFlakes

Pageflakes is worth a look at http://www.pageflakes.com/

It's a free and easy way to keep track of favorite news feeds, weather, podcasts, blogs, and web tools of all sorts.

 

Exalead

http://www.exalead.com

Try this!  You'll see the great range of results for searchers and how easy it is for them to reach the information they want. The side bar info allows for broadening or narrowing the search easily.

Source: http://www.resourceshelf.com/ . Nov 11, 2006

 

Del.icio.us

Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, reviews, and more, and access them from any computer on the web. Share your favorites with other teachers and your students. See http://del.icio.us/kphillips as an example. There's a good explanation of del.icio.us at http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/learning.now/2006/05/tag_youre_delicious.html

 

Popurls

"Quick glance" gives a revealing glimpse into web use.

 

Podcasting 101 Wiki

Provides clear and simple explanations

 

Clustr Map

See at a glance where your site's visitors are located

 

Bookmarklets

Point at bookmarklet link. Click right mouse button and choose "Add to Favorites" . To make the bookmarklet work for you when you are on a web page you want to affect, simply go to your Favorites and select it from the list of Favorites.

 

 

The image above was made at Cooltext

 

 

Zombie Letters from e-zombie.com

 

Image made at CoolText.com

 

Image made with Spell with Flickr

 

 

 

Graffiti can be made at the Graffiti Creator

 

Make your own stickies at http://wigflip.com/superstickies/

 

Made at http://www.fodey.com/generators/animated/wizard.asp

 

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