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Summary: Check out this page for some of the many resources that are available to us.

As we come across resources that might be helpful to us, we'll post them here. If you have something to add, please let us know.

INFORMATION LITERACY

With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. Google has created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use and search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.

 

Google: Search Education. Lesson Plans - On this page, you'll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

Five Things Today's Digital Generation Cannot Do and What You Can Do To Help -   Carl Heine's 21st Century Informational Fluency

The Right Question Institute - The Right Question Institute provides a wide range of innovative educational resources that make it possible for all people, no matter their level of education or income, to learn to think and act more effectively on their own behalf.

Google Proof Questioning: A New Use For Bloom's Taxonomy - So, what is a "Google-proof question?" It is a question that can not be directly answered via Google (or any other search engine) because it requires, analysis, interpretation, and investigation. Writing such questions can be challenging. A helpful tool is Bloom's Taxonomy.

Right Education Educator Resources - This resource page has been developed to help educators deepen their understanding of the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) and offer materials to support implementation of the strategy.

21st Century Information Fluency - The 21 st Century Information Fluency Project (21CIF) began in 2001 when the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy received funds from the US Department of Education to research and develop training in the largely unexplored field of online information literacy. It immediately became clear that the largest needs in this area were for professional development and resources to help educators and students improve their ability to locate, evaluate and use digital information more effectively, efficiently and ethically. That has always been, and remains today, the mission of 21CIF.

Common Sense Media - They are a national, nonpartisan voice on issues that shape the media's impact on kids. There are tips on everything digital - plus reviews of 14,000+ movies, games, websites, apps, and more. There are free educator resources from cyberbullying to plagiarism, their digital literacy programs teach skills, safety, and ethics.

Glean Comparison Search - Researchers need the skills to explore all sides of their research topic. Young researchers often search exclusively for material that confirms their pre-existing notions of their topic. This results in confirmation bias.

Use comparison searching as a tool to help your students become aware of confirmation bias. Comparison searching enables students to develop more thoughtful and nuanced understanding of their research topics and the way they themselves ask questions and search for information. The process asks students to actively consider and evaluate two or more disparate results sets.

Bad Apple - Test your web page evaluation skills



Google Stuff

Primer for Google Forms - from Charlene Chausis

Google Resources for Teachers - Education and collaboration for schools; Educator resources - educator guides for Google products, and other magical tools ...

Google Docs/Drive for Teachers- Good source for setting up and using Google Docs

Tutorials on Youtube for Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms and Presentations 

Research in Google Docs - the support page for this tool

Search Curriculum - helping kids search much more efficiently 

Jeff Utecht Search Lessons - from his Thinking Stick blog

Google Shortcuts - Google provides shortcuts for finding commonly sought utilities and information, which you may have previously found offline or on specialized sites.



Organizing Tools

Symbaloo - Organize and share the best of the web with your students, organize teaching resources all in one place

Ed Canvas -

Real-time collaboration for students and teachers:
Weekly reports to keep track of student progress;
Administrative dashboard for at-a-glance statistics:
Unlimited file storage and uploads

Live Binders - Physical 3-ring binders used to be the easiest way to organize all your educational resources. But now so much of what you want to organize is online. LiveBinders not only replaces the old 3-ring binder, but also opens up new opportunities for collaborating, organizing, and sharing that were never possible before.



Audio

audacity - a free open source cross platform software for recording and editing sounds

tutorials on using audacity

 instructions for using audacity to create MP3 files

 



Audio Editing Tools

Top 7 Free Online Audio Editing Tools

Here are some online tools for doing basic audio editing. Some are more functional with more editing features than others, while some are more distinctive.




Textbooks - free textbooks online, standards aligned and customizable from CK-12. CK-12 Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to improving learning at a concept level for K12 students all over the world. They use many modalities; text, audio, video, image, quiz and interactive. They offer

  • Collaborative learning via a community where authors, teachers, and students create, access, share, rate, recommend, and publish
    Flexible platform that helps teachers to design & distribute relevant learning material
  • Common Core and NSES aligned digital FlexBooks serve as core text
  • Take a quiz and track your progress
  • Bookmark, highlight and take notes
  • Study guides to help students prepare
  • We support content in multiple formats on multiple devices.

Curriki - For many years, Curriki has been the leading K-12 global community for teachers, students and parents to create, share, and find free and open learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. open educational resources, free online textbooks, and more. Join the party!



Words

Wordle - Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Word Sift - WordSift was created to help teachers manage the demands of vocabulary and academic language in their text materials. They especially hope that this tool is helpful in supporting English Language Learners. They want WordSift to be a useful tool, but they also want it to be fun and visually pleasing. They would be happy if you think of it playfully - as a toy in a linguistic playground that is available to instantly capture and display the vocabulary structure of texts, and to help create an opportunity to talk and explore the richness and wonders of language!

Geographical Tools Across the Curriculum

Google Maps - various views - maps, satellite, traffic, terrain, Earth; photos and writing assignments

Google Earth - and tutorials for learning how to use it 

The Gallery - Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery.

World Wonders Project - explore cool places around the world

See the Oceans - Street View of the underwater!

LITERATURE

Google Lit Trips - Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.
The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.

CREATING YOUR OWN MAPS

support, Maps handout for educators

tutorials on maps on YouTube

ePals - connect with classrooms around the world

iLEARN - global projects and conferences (fee to join)

Rock Our World - Carol Anne McGuire's organization - music and global connections
Old Maps Online - a collection of all sorts of cool historical maps



OTHER SITES ABOUT WHICH YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW- MORE FANTASTIC FREEBIES

Free Tech For Teachers - Richard Byrne not only finds good stuff, but explains their possibilities

Android for Schools - Byrne's blog specific to what Android can do

File Hippo - great site for downloading freeware

Contxts - send your contact info by text message

Fresh Brain - a place for teens to be wildly creative (organization died, but site lives on)

Classroom 2.0 - one of the best sites for collaborating with colleagues

Mini Geek Fest - from AzTEA

TED.com - finest connection of inspiring talks I can name

Teachthought.com- TeachThought is primarily interested in exploring new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today. So, a balance of reality and possibility.

Edu Win - reminders of our successes (via Twitter)

Visible Tweets - interesting way of visualizing a search in Twitter

Geogebra - free mathematics software

Khan Academy - straight-forward tutorials on many levels of many different classes

Flip Teaching - Dr. Ramsey Musallam's work to make flipping easy and effective

EduRealms - Lucas Gillispie's work to explore gaming and learning

Specs for Student Devices  - guidance on BYOD from Doug Johnson at the Blue Skunk Blog


 DIGITAL MEDIA: VARIOUS FUN TOOLS TO GET GOING

Metamark - making the nasty URLs more reasonable

tinyURL, SnipURL, LongURL, HugeURL

Prezi - Power Point on steroids

Glogster - multimedia posters

BigHugeLabs - a variety of multimedia

Library of Congress - for images, sound files, documents and more