TeachTeach Tech Resources Wiki


I've created this wiki as a way to keep a running list of all the cool tech tricks and tools I (and you) come across as we surf this great edublogosphere! Please feel free to add your own cool tricks to make this wiki a great resource for educators.

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Description
30 Boxes
Another cool online calendar maker.
Bubbleshare
Nice, free photo sharing, storing tool that also allows you to create slideshows and photo albums you can use on other sites (such as a blog or a wiki).
Edublogs
A great FREE hosted blog for educators (with NO ads) that uses Wordpress. Allows for categories, upload of images and files, comment moderation and more. Student blogs are also available.
Flock
I LOVE this browser! Based on Firefox, Flock has embedded many of the things that require extensions in Firefox to create this super-cool browser that makes life on Web 2.0 easier. For example, it has a wonderfully simple RSS reader built right in, as well as the ability to blog on the fly (Ctrl+B), access to your Flickr or Photobucket accounts from your toolbar, automatically add your bookmarks to your Technorati account, and much more. You just have to try it--I promise you'll like it.
GIMP
This free image manipulation software includes some of the cool features of Photoshop, such as layers. I've just used it for a minor job today and I'm a happy camper. Free! What a bargain! Linux, Windows, AND Macintosh versions are available.
Gliffy
This tool might remind you of Inspiration, but it does have differences. For one thing, it allows for collaborative charts, diagrams, etc., almost like a wiki, but in graphic chart form. You really have to see it to get it, but there are lots of potential applications for educators.
Gmail
This isn’t an ad for Google, I promise. Gmail is a great, free, online email account with tons of storage. Up until recently, you had to be “invited” in order to score your own Gmail account. But now, you can get an invite by simply supplying your cell phone number–Google will text you an invitation code and you’re ready to begin. Gmail has a nice address book feature, but at times, it can be cumbersome. They are improving this feature.
Google Page Creator
I just discovered this one and it IS cool. You must have a gmail account in order to use it, though. This new tool allows anyone to create a good looking web page for free, without ads. For now, Google is allowing 100 MB of space, which isn’t bad.
Google Spreadsheets
An online spreadsheet you can share. Again, collaboration is the key, as well as online availability.
Gradefix
I really like this one for students. This software is basically an academic organizer, allowing students to create a schedule that ties assignments to courses and labels them as homework, exam, reading, etc.. It also asks students to estimate the amount of time the given assignment will take. It would be a great tool, especially for procrastinators. What would make it even better? The ability to sync with my Palm.
Instacalc
This online calculator looks cool and I'm sure math and science teachers out there could find great ways to use it. You can even embed it in your webpage or save a link.
NanoLearning
I haven't tried this one, but it looks cool. Here's the description straight from TechCrunch: "an easy way to make educational games or training modules in Flash. Users provide the content (text, graphics, audio, video, questions and answers) and NanoLearning provides the templates and forms to create your modules. one example, but I can imagine lots of people rapidly developing tutorials and interactive presentations with this tool."
NoodleTools
This is a really effective tool for creating MLA and APA citations, for both students and educators. There's a fee-based version with even more functionality that can be purchased as an individual, as a classroom teacher for all classes, or as a school or district.
NoteMesh
NoteMesh is a free service that allows college students in the same classes to share notes with each other. It works by creating a wiki for individual classes that users can edit.
PageFlakes
This is a great tool, just recently re-released. PageFlakes allows you to create your own startup page, complete with modules (flakes) that put all your most needed content at your fingertips. For example, you can include a to do list on your start page, your contacts, your Box.net account, a grade tracker, and the list goes on. You can share your page with others, and give them the right to edit if you like.
Pbwiki
A nice, free wiki option if you choose not to use the Wikispaces account you get through Edublogs (but why wouldn’t you?)
QuestGarden
Free tool for creating webquests. I haven't used it yet, but this one, developed by guru Anne Davis, makes it look promising.
Rock You
I see lots of project potential for students with this tool for creating online slideshows that can be integrated into many blogs.
RSS Calendar
Keep yourself organized by creating your own online calendar and then subscribing to it through RSS. You can also create shared calendars for groups and let everyone subscribe to the RSS feed.
stu.dicio.us
Courtesy of EdTechPost: "still in beta, stu.dicio.us is an incredibly simple student-focused tool that currently supports note taking and scheduling, with file storage and self grade-tracking coming soon."
TaDa Lists
Are you a compulsive list maker? If so, this may be the tool for you. TaDa lets you create to-do lists online and then cross things off as you complete them (and isn't that the best thing about making lists anyway?)
ThinkFree
I haven't tried this yet, but it REALLY looks great. ThinkFree is an online office suite that allows you to create Word, PowerPoint, and Excel compatible files online and store them online. In addition to creating them, you can share them with others and even allow them edit rights. Other features include the ability to publish the ThinkFree files you create to your blog or other website. The online version is free, and offers a whopping 1 GB of storage space for your files. There are paid versions that can be loaded to your own server space, and I think you can also pay to upgrade your 1 GB storage for the online version. Lots of potential for this application--I'm thinking collaborative group projects (including the ones I have coming up for my grad school class).
TrailFire
This is cool. TrailFire is a plug-in for Firefox that allows you to create an annotated "trail" of websites. Annotations can include images, audio and video if you like. I can see great applications for guiding students through specific websites--similar to a webquest but a bit less clunky. In order to create your own trails, you need the plug-in. But anyone with an up-to-date browser can follow a trail.
Wink
Tutorial building software that sounds cool, but I haven't used it yet. You can view examples on their website. Here's Wink's own description: "Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users."
Writeboard
Online collaborative writing space. Great for group projects--it's an online word processor that allows for collaboration on the document. Like a wiki in concept, except that Writeboard is a private workspace.
Writely
Online bare bones word processor. Good for students who may not have Word at home. This one also allows collaborative editing EASILY--your collaborators don't even have to register for their own accounts. You just enter their email addresses and they are sent a link to the collaborative document on Writely. I recently used this online app to create a document with 7 other people. It worked flawlessly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Zamzar
This is a pretty cool, free, web-based file converter. Upload and convert files such as PDF, .doc, jpg, etc. Zamzar does the conversion then emails you a link to your new, converted file. Easy and slick.
Public Domain Images
Several thousand copyright friendly, public domain images images nicely organized in categories, free for any personal and/or commercial use, credit or back link is not required.