Here are links to some of the programs/websites I mentioned in the student teacher workshop on 2/6. For those of you not at the workshop, these are a few of my favorite tools that can be integrated into a teacher’s professional life at any grade level. This list is not comprehensive and does not attempt to list all the diverse tools out there. However, I have every letter of the alphabet covered.
ACTEM – Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine. Great group to belong to. Awesome conference in the fall. $400 professional development funds.
Animoto – Create animated slide shows from you own media.
Blogger – Free blogging tool from Google. May be blocked.
Boxee – Turn your computer into a media player.
Comic Life – Create great looking comic books.
CamTwist – OS X only. Free tool to add video effects to your webcam.
Class Blogmeister – Free blogging tool specifically developed for education.
Delicious Library – OS X only. Track and check out books from your laptop.
Diigo – Great web bookmarking tool. Social aspects great for finding new information.
EduBlogs – Free blogging tool for teachers. Probably not blocked.
EduSim – Virtual World Software for your interactive whiteboard.
Flickr – Online photo sharing site.
Foldit – Protein fold by playing a game an help cure cancer.
Freemind – Free mind-mapping tool.
Garageband – OS X only. Music creation, podcasting, and learning tool.
GeoGebra – Free tool to help understand geometry, algebra, and calculus.
GIMP – Free image manipulation tool.
Google Anything – List of Google tools.
Google Docs - Office suite on the web. Best part are the collaborative features.
Google Earth – Google + Earth = Awesome.
Google SketchUp – Build 3-D objects.
Handbrake – Backup your DVDs.
iMovie – OS X only. Movie making tool.
Inkscape – Free vector graphics drawing tool.
Jing – Free screencasting tool.
Kindlelab – Free interactive whiteboard software.
Library Thing – Online book management and social tool.
Mahara – Free web-based electronic portfolio tool.
Miro – Free Internet TV and Videocast player.
Moodle – Free online course management tool.
Ning – Create a social network around anything.
OpenOffice.org – Free office suite. SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT BE SPENDING MONEY ON MICROSOFT OFFICE!
PHUN – Fun free 2-D physics simulator.
PortaPortal – Easy bookmarks on the web.
PosteRazor – Make large poster out of any image using regular paper.
Qik – Stream video to the web with your cell phone.
Quicktime – You probably have it. If you get the pro version you can easily download quicktime media and record short audio and video shorts.
RSS Readers – Google reader and Bloglines makes reading web content so easy.
Scribd – Share your documents online.
Second Life – Virtual world. The COEHD has an island, Black Bear Island.
Skype – Free Internet Telephony. Talk for free over the Internet with video.
Stellarium – Free planetarium software.
Textorizer – Images into text. Try it
Twitter – Micro-blogging service. Great for creating a personal learning network.
uStream – Stream to the Internet from your computer.
Virtual Box – Run other operating systems on your computer.
Wikipedia – The largest collaborative encyclopedia. You are misinformed if you are not utilizing the wisdom of crowds.
Wikispaces – Free wikis for collaborative editing.
Xcuts – OS X widget for looking up keyboard shortcuts.
Your Fonts – Create computer fonts from your own hand writing.
Zotero – A Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.
Must watch videos:
Did You Know By Karl Fisch
An Anthropological Introduction Introduction to YouTube. – Michael Wesch