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TECHAPALOOZA STAFF PRESENTS

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30 in 45 August 9th

Joyce Mason
1. **Quizlet** is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. Created by a 15 year old student in 2005, Quizlet offers a Plus version for $15.00 per year and a FREE version which allows for unlimited flash card creation, use of FLICKR images and a maximum of 8 groups.


2. *ThatQuiz** is a free testing service for teachers to use with their classes. Multiple choice tests and math tests can be administered to students using this website. All grades are immediately reported to the students. Teachers receive complete record keeping of test results, including all grades and wrong answers. Instructions can be found at http://www.thatquiz.org/tq/teacher.html.
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Stevie Kline
3. Doodle is free and eliminates the chaos that comes from scheduling and saves you a lot of time and energy when you’re trying to find a time to bring a number of people together. Instead of using just one option, you can propose several dates and times and the participants can indicate their availability online. With one look, you’ll be able to see what the best time is for the meeting, and this works with any calendar system that is being used.

4. DropBox Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.
  • 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
  • Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
  • Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
  • Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
  • Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
  • Manually set bandwidth limits -- Dropbox won't hog your connection.

Jordan Lozosky
5. PDF Top <--This is an excellent website that allows you to pull a wide variety of documents (Word, PDF, PPT's, etc.). Very valuable as a teaching tool!
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6. Shmoop US History <--Shmop's website/database offers big picture analysis, crictical people, brain snack, key quotes, and summaries of events from American History from 1450-present day. Shmoop serves as an outstanding resource!

Terry Morriston
7. Library Thing -- social networking for readers. Site also lets you "catalog" your own personal book collection so you know what you have all the time. You can use it to join with others and create a book club or to find information about bookstores and events in a certain locale. You can be private or social.

8. Tumblr -- Sure it's another blogging site but Tumblr is blogging for those who need a visually rich site. This is a blog site for artists and photographers. Look for inspirational art and creative folks you want to follow. Great for writing prompts.

9. SpicyNodes -- Graphic organizer creation site that allows teachers and students to put their information together in a more fluid style than PowerPoint would permit.

10. Jing -- Make your own computer tech tutorials by capturing your screen and voice at the same time. Great for making short videos to post to help students who were absent or who are visual learners. This is the free version of Camtasia by Tech Smith.

11. SkyDrive -- SImilar to DropBox (see above), SkyDrive is part of Windows Live. You get 25GB of free storage space for sharing docs and photos.

12. Nota -- A combination of an online whiteboard and a wiki that allows you to collaborate and plan. Up to 50 people can add content at one time. What makes this different from sites such as wikispaces or wallwisher is that you have functions similar to a whiteboard.

13. Tagxedo -- Make Word Clouds in patterns, such as the shape of Pennsylvania made from the name of all the agricultural products. Similar to Wordle (see below) but provides more style options.

14. Wordle -- Paste and text to see Wordle make a word cloud with word size dependent on the number of times the word is used in the passage. Great for analyzing passages from literature, historical documents or speeches.

Mary Wallace


15. Storybird Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories that are curiously fun to make, share, and read. Teachers love them because they inspire their most reluctant writers and readers and reward their most adventurous. Kids adore them because they feel empowered by the tools and supported by the social feedback. You can create a free Class account!

16. Get the Math is a multimedia project about algebra in the real world. See how professionals working in fashion, videogame design, and music production use algebraic thinking. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers.

17. Flubaroo is a free tool that quickly helps you to grade multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank assignments. It works with Google Docs. It computes average assignment score, flags low scoring questions, show grade distribution graph, and gives an option to email student score and answers.


Rob Ruddle

18. The Khan Academy is a non-profit organization which provides video tutorials for just about everything from developmental math to calculus to physics.

19. PicMarkr lets you to add custom watermark (image or text) to your images online and free.

Jamie Forshey

20. Live Binders is a three-ring binder for the Web. Collect your resources - web sites, videos, pdfs, images, etc... and organize them neatly and easily into a web binder. Then share your most favorite treasures with others!

21. Flashcard Machine is an excellent (and free!) online study tool that enables users to create, study and/or share interactive web-based flash cards that can be created for a multitude of purposes. Images, audio and/or chemical formulas can even be incorporated into the flashcards – how cool is that?

22. Ten By Ten is a very cool program that connects images with news stories. Here's how it works: Every hour the top 100 news stories from around the world are linked to images on a ten by ten grid. The stories are ranked according to current popularity and importance. Clicking on an image in the grid will provide you with more information about the story. The possibilities are endless!

Chris Navadauskas/Jacque Goodburn

23.GeoGreeting :http://www.geogreeting.com/


24. Warning Sign Creator:http://www.warningsigngenerator.com/

25. Voki: Create a talking avatar that you can embed in your website.http://www.voki.com/

26. Connect-Collaborate-Create-
This site offers tools for connecting, collaborating, and creating materials for your classroom. It is an index of different offerings. Some are password protected but quite a lot of the content can be accessed by "logging in as a guest" if the prompt appears. http://www.hccweb2.org/web2/

27. CamStudio
CamStudio is a free, open-source version of screen capturing software. It is a download but would be very helpful for creating presentations to share with students who miss class or for a substitute teacher to show to your class if you must miss a day of school.
http://camstudio.org/

28. Tag Galaxy


29. Super Teacher Tools
Super Teacher Tools is a site offering a lot of game templates and other tools. I really like the seating chart creator, group generator, and random name tool that allow you to use different configurations and has the ability to randomize your results.
http://www.superteachertools.com/index.php

30.SnackTools
Make easy additions to your webpages with banners, audio players, and more! You need to create an account but the tools are free to use. There are some limitations on the free versus premium levels, but these differences are clearly marked as you work.
http://www.snacktools.com/


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30 in 45 August 10th


Joyce Mason
1 BLABBERIZE
Make a picture talk in 30 seconds!

2. ImageChef
The possibilities are easy and endless. Work with text, photos, and symbols to create a variety of creative images.


Stevie Kline
3. Talkshoe
Provides live interactive software, (free conference calls) conferencing, storage, recording, and technical support, all for free.

4. Corkboard.me
Unlimited note taking no sign up required.

Jordan Lozosky

5. Read-Write-Think Printing Press <--This interactive printing press allows you and your students to create newspapers, flyers, brochures and booklets easily and FREE!

6. 100 Incredible Virtual Tours <-- One of the wonders of the Internet is that it can bring the world to you instead of your needing to find the time and money to explore the traditional way. The following virtual tours bring opportunities to explore cities, famous landmarks and buildings, museums, college campuses, and even outer space. You can learn how things are made, explore the human body or that of a life-sized whale, and visit ball parks and theme parks. There is even a section of incredible virtual tours that Google Earth has compiled that shares the world in a whole new way.

Mary Wallace


7. Tweetdeck is a real-time browser, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and more.

8. Curriculum 21 is an interactive clearinghouse of Web2.0 tools that teachers and students have found useful. They are listed and sorted by topic.

9. Photopeach With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your classroom. It supports background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate even further, and it has an interactive quiz capability.

Joyce Mason

10. Digital Vaults
Create a free historical poster or movie in a matter of minutes using images and resources from this National Archives website.

11. Zamzar
Free online file conversion tutorial

Stevie Kline

12. TypewithMe - Live text document collaboration Tutorial

Rob Ruddle
13. classtools.net/ - Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds!

Terry Morriston
14. Save the Words -- Adopt a seldom used word from the Oxford English Dictionary. As you hover on the page, you hear "Pick me, Pick me." Once you pick a word, you sign a commitment to use the word often and be sure it isn't dropped! Simple but fun.

15. Epals -- It's an electronic pen pal site that lets teachers find sister classes but it also has several forums (including The Way We Are) on which students can post questions such as "What types of music are popular with teens in Germany?" or "What is the first thing you do when you get home from school?" Students have to be approved by a teacher to be permitted to participate and forum are monitored Families and teachers are invited to collaborate as well.

16. Edmodo -- It's a private, teacher-controlled social network like Twitter. Use it to send announcements to your students or as a a homework help center.

17. Go2web20 -- Wondering what is the next latest and greatest tool? You'll find it here. This site provides a collection of the new Web 2.0 tools and arranges them by what they are designed to do--collaborate, notetaking, photographs.

18. Web Tools by Standards. The unique aspect of this site is that it groups web 2.0 tools by the standards to which they are most closely associated.

19. Symbaloo -- Organize yourself: your fav sites, the news, your desktop. More visual than delicious.

20. PewInternet -- This is an information site where you can read fascinating research about who uses the internet and why. Did you know that e-reader ownership doubled in the past six months? Did you know that 61% of people say they talk on their phone while driving? that 92% of people get their news from various media platforms?

21. American Fact Finder -- The census bureau publishes details about communities--income level, education, ethnic origin, age and more. You can search all the way down to the individual street. Good for social studies, statistic classes, persuasive essays, business plans, etc. Site will be revamped in the fall.

Jamie Forshey

22. Tube Chop is a neat utility which allows users to clip a section from any YouTube video and share it with viewers/students. It is as simple as locating a video on YouTube and then copying and pasting the URL into the Tube Chop search box. Once the video has been loaded to the Tube Chop application, use the timeline tool to select the desired part of the video to be cut. After clicking the "Chop It" button, the user will then be sent to a brand-new web page which will include the new video segment as well as multiple ways to share the clip – via the new link created, email, Facebook and/or Twitter. The video can also be incorporated into a classroom blog or wiki by means of the embed code provided.

23. If you love museums as well as challenging your students to think and learn "outside the box", then Museum Box is the perfect Web 2.0 for you! In much the same way an actual museum displays objects showcasing an event, person and/or historical period of time, Museum Box provides the tools – text, images, links, audio and video – to build a description or argument about a selected topic by placing items in a "virtual box".

24. Scoop.it allows its users to create an information resource on any topic they choose. The site is geared towards giving users a quick and easy way to curate their own content. The user can set up a Scoop.it page and begin compiling online resources.

25. 101 Free Tech Tools for Teachers is a fabulous resource from Simple K12 for educators who are looking to use Web 2.0 tools and other Internet resources to engage students in 21st Century learning activities. Whatever your technology integration goals and/or needs might be, this digital workbook is sure to be useful as it provides teachers with several recommendations in various categories – collaboration, educational videos, podcasting, and image tools to name a few.



Stevie Kline

26. Picnik - Free online photo editor - no login required.


Keith Golebie

27. Computer Science Teachers Association

28. Computer stuff in Plain English. Common Craft publishes video clips in “Plain English”
http://www.commoncraft.com/videos

29. Translation Site that has an option to hear the translations:
Translation Site

30.3D and Panoramas - View/Create 3D panaroma view's with pictures you take.

Nancy Williamson
31. All My Faves