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Free Tech for Teachers 

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


Novel Effect

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

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

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


DaringLibrarian - Animation



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


Doc Translator

Interesting... Free Online Document Translator

Posted on Twitter @schlib 


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" :)



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

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


Smarter Sites Blog

Web 2.0 Resources

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






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 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

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.$tag)

– cloud shape

– fonts to render tags

– tags’ rotation angles


Learning Tools Directory

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  



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.

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



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.



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


Be Funky

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


Word Sift

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

Source: @plnaugle via @larryferlazzo

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




Twitter search tool with "powerful and easy to use interface." Source: @joevans


Best Embeds for Educational Wikis and Blogs

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


Librarian Chick Wiki

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


Learning Event Generators

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

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 part of a screencast tool set  - 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 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 ...  Thanks to @lessig for this tool suggestion.


Word Source

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:  . More Web 2.0 dictionaries are reviewed at the SJL Blog, NeverEndingSearch.


Zoho Gadgets

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



Easy Street

Make Your Own Street Signs at


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



Free Internet telephony service

Skype in the Classroom (or Library) -

Skype an Author wiki -

50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom



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.



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



Sample search :

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



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 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.

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

"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)

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

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



A compendium of toys and tools to try. You might also want to read the blog entries at


25 Websites for Photo Fun

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


Tag Crowd

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




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 for the site suggestion.




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, 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


Study Stack

Recommended by Larry Ferlazzo at

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


Utah Education Network: Interactive Sites

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

All ten tools mentioned at the site above are free. Source: . Jan 3, 2009



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


Picture Trail

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....



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

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



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

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.



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

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



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

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

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 [Video]

Create your own mnemonic devices. Source: Jane Knight <> 03 December 2008


Adobe Photoshop 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.



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

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


Great Summary

Takes the text or url of a web page and provides a summary. Autosummarizer, another somewhat similar tool, works with text only




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



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 -



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

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.



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


Poll Daddy

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

Heard about this "wow" on November 18th Women of Web 2.0 podcast [See Schlib SideBar]. Nice printable version is at 


Multicolr Search Lab

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

"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 08/06/08


Simply Box [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 11/08/08



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


The Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education -2008

(for EAL, ESL, ELL, EFL)

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


Teachers First : Online Tools

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




DodgePodge 3.0

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





Schlib Twitter

Click on the button above to see the latest postings


Url Shorteners

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. 



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

II. Record a video defining your word

III. Upload your video



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


Top 100 Tools for Learning

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


Table of Tools for Learning


Touchgraph Google

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.



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


Google Customized Search Engine

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


Swicki and Rollyo are similar to Google CSE.


Instant Audio/Video Tools Igniting the Digital World

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



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

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 . If you are a twittering educator, you also may like some of the Twitter apps at The Schlib Twitter is at Look at Learning Professionals on Twitter for even more tweets from educators.  Lurking is allowed.


Go Animate  [Demo and sign-up]  [School library sample]

Create your own animations


Read the Words

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 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

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

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.



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



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.



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


Web Tools 4u2 Use



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



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

through October 30, 2008.


Lyrics Fly

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.



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




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

The widget will help teachers find:



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



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


101 Web Resources for Students



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)

Online journal. Insert text or images directly online.


SKRBL skrbl now

Online collaborative whiteboard. Free. Try it here.


Top 100 Web Apps for 2008



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



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.



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 -

Longer sample - 7 Sacred Teachings -

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


Visual Dictionary

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



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.



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



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 , an Early Years class page at or the TUSC Protopage , as examples.


Teacher Tube

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

Here's a site that searches 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)

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 (BY:)



Scribd FAQ

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



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



Check out the Schlib swicki at


Giveaway of the Day


Giveaway of the Day



Video search engine. Scours many online video sources.



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


Fauxto (now known as Splashup)

See Splashup below



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



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


Multimedia Tools

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."



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 ( that also mirrors what is getting attention in our digitized world. Note: New url in Apr '09



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

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


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 is worth a look at

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



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: . Nov 11, 2006

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 as an example. There's a good explanation of at



"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



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


Image made at


Image made with Spell with Flickr




Graffiti can be made at the Graffiti Creator


Make your own stickies at


Made at