Advice--Collection of articles, related to a multitude of topics, but all having to do with educator professional development.
Prof Dev Articles Varied and diverse. Basically whatever "hits" me. These are in my LiveBinders. Click and check-out how cool they are. (Note: unfortunately LiveBinders doesn't play well with the Opera browser).
Audio-Visual--Tools & Software related to audio and/or visual presentations.
Animoto "a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer."
Audacity Free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
Bubbleshare Another photo sharing site. You can add clip art and create slideshows. They even have some cute little frames.
Capzles "Combine your videos, photos, blogs and mp3s into rich, multimedia storylines."
Figgo "Build a video blog, the next YouTube or just a private place to share videos."
Glogster Glogster is so much fun! You can make an interactive, digital poster. Very, very cool options. The link I have provided is for the edu account.
Jing Screen capture and screencasting. This is what I use to make "how to" videos for my students.
LoonaPix "LoonaPix.com is a free photo editing online service. You can make it funny using LoonaPic effect or embed your face from the photo to the various templates, add photo frame or just trim it. In other words, we can help you to make your photo funny and unique. And, notice, it is easy and free!"
Photopeach "You can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family in a natural way. This is done by allowing two-way commenting right at each photo in the show and automatically pausing so you have time to express yourself before continuing."
PicArtia Create a photo mosaic. There is a free version, or if you want a high res picture for blowing up and framing you can opt for the pay version. Either way, the outcome is pretty cool.
Prezi "Prezi allows anyone who can sketch an idea on a napkin to create and perform stunning non-linear presentations with relations, zooming into details, and adjusting to the time left without the need to skip slides."
Slide "Our users can share popular videos, send virtual gifts or even throw sheep at each other."
Slideflickr "Create and embed Flickr slideshows in 3 steps."
Slideshare "Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations and Word documents on SlideShare. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar."
Stupeflix Web service that turns your pictures, videos, and text into professional videos.
VoiceThread "A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too." If you go to the "library" tab you will see some good ideas about using this in the classroom.
Open Culture The best free cultural & educational media on the web.
Sue Water's Favorite Tools "take the time to share our most useful tools because we should be welcoming people new to using the Internet by sharing our tools - so here is my post - hopefully it will be of help for other educators wanting to get involved with elearning."
Awesome Stories Enjoy an interactive learning experience as you see thousands of hand-selected and relevant links to pictures, slide-shows, videos, audio-clips, artifacts, manuscripts, documents and other primary sources linked, in context, within each story.
Box Online file sharing and collaboration. Or, just a place to store documents "in the cloud" so that you can access them from any computer.
Brainstormer "The Brainstormer is a random story idea generator. The Brainstormer has three wheels of words. Each click of the "random" button spins all three wheels. If you're struggling to develop an idea to start a fiction story simply click the "random" button to spin the wheels of the Brainstormer."
Co-ment "co-ment® makes it possible for you to write or upload your own texts, submit them for comments, process the comments and revise the texts accordingly."
Diigo Social bookmarking. Save all your bookmarks in one place. Add the toolbar to your browser and you can highlight and save snipets and even add notes.
Docstoc Find and share documents. It's sort of like to Box.net (which I like a bit better).
Easybib The Automatic Bibliography & Citation Maker. MLA formatting is free!
Lit Trips w/Google "This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place... and so much more!"
Literature Map Type in the name of an author and receive suggestions regarding other authors you might like.
LitTunes One of their missions: "to inspire educators to reach the disenfranchised with their own language - music." Includes lesson plans!
Lovely Charts Online diagramming software. With Lovely Charts' extremely simple and intuitive drag'n drop drawing mechanism, you'll be able to focus on what really matters. You won't have to draw boxes or arrows, and you won't have to worry about what symbol to use.
Lulu "Lulu eliminates traditional barriers to publishing and enables authors to sell their work directly to their particular audience - no jumping through hoops to find a publisher who is likely to reject their work."
Mutapic Mutapic helps you to create artwork. It is a tool for designers, artists and craftsmen. It can be used to create logos, patterns, decorative elements, and just for fun!
OpenOffice Free productivity suite. Compatible with MS Office (even 2007 version)!
Piclits "PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture."
Pixton Really cool comic creator. I can see this being a very useful tool. Students could make a comic after reading a book. "Award-winning click-and-drag comic creator. Customize everything right on the page. Move characters into any pose. Use in any web browser, Mac or PC. Certified for use on interactive whiteboard."
Scratch Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Springnote This seems similar to Google docs. Here's what the site says: "Springnote allows you to create pages, to work on them together with your friends, and to share files. Springnote is also a great tool for group projects as it allows group members to easily collaborate. Advanced search, numerous templates, and 2GB of FREE File Storage are only few examples of how Springnote can help you."
Sumopaint Because not everyone can afford Photoshop.
Timetoast "Timetoast allows people to create interactive timelines, which they can share anywhere on the web. Anyone can join Timetoast and start creating and sharing their own timelines, all they need is a valid email address. It's completely free!"
Wallwisher It's like a big corkboard where you can stick post-its. You can even add it to your blog or website.
Wayback Machine Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.
WebNotes "Highlight text and add notes to web pages, just like you would with a printout. Quickly organize your annotations into nested folders for later access. Easily generate research reports to share with your colleagues or clients. All with WebNotes Basic."
Wordle "Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide."
Information Sites--These are sites that aren't really blogs, so I don't have them in my RSS reader; and they don't provide specific applications or software; they are mainly about information.
English Companion Jim Burke's site. Awesome resources. One of my mentors in English education.
Microblogging--Resources related to learning about Twitter and how to use it in and out of the classroom. Plus other microblogging sites you might want to explore.
Edmodo Private communication platform specifically built for teachers and students.
Shoutem This is very neat! Like Twitter, but under your control.
Twitter Twitter site. Tell your "story" in a 140 characters or less.
Twitter Articles My collection of articles (stored in my Evernote account) related to Twitter, and using Twitter in the classroom.
Twitter Educators A list of educators who use Twitter. Nice spreedsheet that includes their Twitter ID, plus the subject they teach, and more.
Twitter Educators II "This wiki was created to easily help educators find other educators on Twitter that have the same interests as them (that teach in the same content area). Check out the list of educators on the pages linked below and add your Twitter name to the appropriate list too. "
Ning Sites--Ning sites are wonderful places to give and get information. These are my favorites.
Academic Earth Lectures "We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world's leading scholars. "
Authors @ Google Video "Authors@Google is a speaker series where thought-provoking, Zeitgeist-making, trend-setting authors come to the Googleplex to read from their works and share their thoughts with us."
Bookwink Very cool site!! A new, short video each day about a different book. Click on the video archives link at the bottom for previous talks. Or, if you simply want a suggestion for a book click on the links at the top; choose grade level, subject, author, title. This is geared toward grades 5-8.
Common Craft Show "Our videos may surprise you. They're short and simple. They use paper cut-outs. They cover subjects "in Plain English." But lurking under the simple surface are lessons that have been crafted with great care. Despite our fun and lighthearted style, we take explanation seriously." Super neat site with great ideas that can be used in the classroom.
Fora.tv "We gather the web's largest collection of unmediated video drawn from live events, lectures, and debates going on all the time at the world's top universities, think tanks and conferences. "
PBS Video "On PBS Video, award-winning national programming and locally produced shows are just a click away. Watch your favorite shows and catch the episodes you may have missed, all on your schedule."
Snag Films SnagFilms.com is a website where you can watch full-length documentary films for free.
SpaceTimeTV Watch educational videos online from full length documentaries to short video clips!
TeacherTube "It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill."
TED IF YOU ONLY TAKE ONE THING FROM MY SITE, THIS SHOULD BE IT. I use TED talks in my classroom and my students go crazy for them. I cannot say enough good things about these videos.
The Future's Channel "To produce and distribute high quality multimedia content which educators in any setting can use to enliven curriculum, engage students and otherwise enhance the learning experience."
YouTube I'm not sure why this site has received such a bad rep. It's a terrific place to find videos for use in the classroom. If you haven't explored, go ahead and give it try.
Lexipedia A very cool "visual word web". Includes antonyms, synonyms and "fuzzynyms".
Photographic Dictionary Dedicated to defining words through the literal, figurative and personal meanings found in each photograph. *I see this used mostly in the lower grades as most of the words are basic.
Pop-Up Lexicon A year's worth of vocabulary words! Includes definitions, sentences and quizzes. What more could you ask for?
VocabGrabber VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context.
Wordahead Superb vocabulary site that has high level SAT words (as well, as low level). In addition, each word has a corresponding sentence and video.
Wordnik "Wordnik wants to be a place for all the words, and everything known about them. "
Wordsift This site is really hard to explain, it simply must be experienced. The best I can say is you get a visualization of texts, but in a unique way that includes pictures, a tag cloud and a visual thesaurus.
Websites-Blogs-Wikis--Sites where you can create your own websites, blogs or wikis.
*Blogging Articles, tips and how to's all related to blogging and/or using blogs with students.
Wordpress In my opinion this is the big daddy of sites. Unfortunately with the free site (what this is) you don't get unlimited options. However, it's really user friendly and the one I highly recommend.
Wordpress--Create One This is a pretty detailed video about setting up a free Wordpress.com account. I think the set-up is pretty intuitive, but just in case, here's a bit of visual help.
Zunal With Zunal Teacher Website, you can create teacher websites to keep students and parents informed outside of the classroom.