T3: Techie Tips, Tools and Tidbits
Acrobat.com:"Simplify the way you work. Set up online Workspaces to store a set of documents and share them with several people. Create and collaborate online using documents, tables, and presentations. Enjoy easy PDF conversion online and even host web meetings." * The free plan includes: 1 online Workspace, 5 PDF conversions total, 3-person web conferencing, online office applications, and forum-based support. *
Delicious.com: Ever wish your favorite sites were accessible no matter which computer you happen to be on? Now they are! Save your own, see what others are saving, share your favorites with others.
OpenOffice: OpenOffice is a freeware set of programs that mirror the Microsoft Office Suite, but are free to use. They are very similar to the MS Office Suite. They allow MS Office files to be opened. You can also save as MS Office files. Great for anyone who wants to be able to use MS Office programs but not spend the money on them!
PrimoPDF Creator: Create PDF files faster with the only free PDF creator to support one-click, drag-and-drop PDF creation. Convert to PDF from any file you can print, including Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® formats.
Zamzar File Converter: Have you ever wanted to convert files without the need
to download software? Here is your answer.
Zoom It:ZoomIt is a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image.
Websites & Blogs
Weebly.com: This is a great WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) that helps you create a great looking website for free. Get started today!
Edublogs:This is a great WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) that helps you create a great looking website for free! (This site was made there!)
Voki:Make a free talking avatar for your website or blog.
Cluster Maps: Do you know your audience? This site gives you free HTML code for a world map to chart where your visitors are from.
Digital Image Tools
FotoFlexer.com: A great tool for free digital editing with backgrounds, merges, swirls, and more.
Picnik.com: A great tool for free digital editing (owned by Google) with backgrounds, stickers, filters, and more.
Photoshow.com: A great tool for free digital slideshows with music, titles, captions and stickers. (needs free registration to save or share shows).
Lunapic.com: A great tool for free digital editing with animations, stickers, merges, and more.
Learn More About Technology
OpenProjects.org: A small but simple site that gives information about hardware and software.
CoolNerds.com: An easy to use clickable site with a PC Boor Camp to help you learn terms and information about basic computers.
Ted Montgomery.com: Special ALT characters to help you type foreign words and other neat symbols.
ComputerHope.com: Help on computer-related information from tutorials to dictionaries.
GCFLearnFree.org: A fantastic site for learning all types things, specializing in Technology, Reading and Math. They have easy to follow learning modules and videos.
Pandora Internet Radio: Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. You can create up to 100 unique "stations." And you can even refine them. If it's not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.
Jango Internet Radio: Just type in an artist - and your first station starts playing right away. You'll get the music you want, along with similar favorites of Jango users who share your taste. Customizing your stations further is just as easy. Just add more artists and rate songs that you want to play more or less.
Sky FM Internet Radio: Great, free internet radio for the classroom that you can choose by genre.
Image Resizer: This Microsoft site has a lot of great 'power tools', including the Image Resizer.
Photo Gadget Pro: Another photo resizer option.
Making Tech fit into Reading
BookCrossing.com: Want a way to get your students more excited about reading? Try starting a free, online bookshelf through BookCrossing.com, the "Where's George" of books. It is a site that allows you to assign a unique BookCrossing ID number to each of your books then read, trade, or share your books with people, especially other students, around the world. Students can even write and publish their book reviews for an authentic audience. Click here for the PDF for BookCrossing.com in the Classroom.
My class bookshelf is located at http://www.bookcrossing.com/mybookshelf/cochrillconnect.
Workshops, Break Out Sessions and Conferences
If the item below is linked, you may click on it to access the PDF of the notes from the presentation or workshop.
- SC4: Free College Day: March 2014: Create a Free Website Using Weebly
- SC4: Free College Day: March 2014: American Sign Language
- SC4: Free College Day: March 2014: Introduction to Essential Oils
- MISD Workshop: April 2011: Face of the Classroom
- MISD Workshop: March 2011: Digital Storytelling and Aunt Patty Story
- MACUL Conference 2011: BookCrossing.com: Making Reading for into Tech and Tech into Reading
- MACUL Conference 2011: Easy-Peasy Classroom Websites Using Weebly Sign up with Weebly today!
- MISD Workshop: May 2011, March 2011 Weebly.com: Free and Easy-to-Create Websites
- MAPSA Conference 2010: Free is Good! Break-Out Session
Many thanks to...
Many of the resources here were compliments of the late Frank Miracola and his well-known "Free is Good" professional development workshop. Other pages and people who have contributed to these listings are: