Links to Cool Stuff

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Google Classroom

There are many Google resources and applications that can be utilized in the classroom. The first thing to do is set up a Gmail account. It is free and provides a login for all Google tools and applications. Gmail .
Google Earth – Utilizing GE to take students on virtual field trips and Lit Trips.
Sketch Up – Quickly build and create 3D drawings and models. These drawings (if done to scale and look identical to the building) can be placed on Google Earth as a 3D image.
Picasa – Photo sharing with students and parents. Embedding slideshows into your webpage or blog.

Google Chrome – Google has recently debuted their very first browser and I personally like it. It is still in beta and so all the kinks have not been worked out and not all sites recognize it as a browser. The one fault I have found…they do not offer this for Macs at this time.

Google Desktop – When you use Google Desktop to search, it not only searches the web for that topic, but it also searches documents on your computer. For example if you search “cars” it will not only find documents that you reference cars in the middle of the text, but it will also find the music from the movie Cars in your iTunes library.


Google Docs – Sharing documents with students and colleagues to collaborate on projects.

Google Groups – Collaborate and discuss things with students, colleagues and experts using a Google Groups discussion board. The great thing is you can keep it private and moderate discussion before anything is posted.

Google Sites – Create your own webpages in just a few minutes.

Google Calendar –  Electronic calendars that can be shared and subscribed.
Blogger – Set up a blog for your classroom is just a few clicks away. We do need to warn you about the “Next Blog” button. We do have a solution to remove that button.
Knol – This is something new and is still in beta, but I like where it is going. People who are experts about something can go into Knol and write an article on what they know and others can collaborate or go in and read and get educated on that subject. This is worth your time to check it out! Check out my first Knol post.

Research Resources

Google Custom Search – You can create a search engine that will search only sites you want searched. For example, if you put in “stars” in the normal Google search box you would get tons of websites not related to the stars in the sky. However, you can create a search engine that will only search websites of your choice like NASA and other space websites. Your data will return content that is only related to your needs. This is great when you want to teach your students how to search in Google, but are worried about content that is not educational. Check out the Custom Search I created below for this website. Google Classroom Search for Tutorials and Information

Google Books – Utilizing online books in full and preview mode for the classroom. (Various subjects and age levels.)

iGoogle – Google’s personal page allows you to create a custom web page with content from sources of your choosing as well as subscribe to RSS feeds and tools to optimize your time on the web.

Google Reader –  Keep up with your RSS feeds  

Goog411 – Information for your phone that is FREE!!
In Quotes – This site compares two opposing views in quotes. For example, right now it has the two major party presidential candidates compared on topics in quotes.

Other Google Resources

Google Educator – Google has created a great site for educators to keep them up to date on using their applications in the classroom.
Even More Google – Google is always adding new applications. I normally check out what is new at least once a month if not more often. 

Don’t forget about the Lab! – Some of the latest and greatest Google applications went through the lab first. This is always changing with new and great (a few not so great) things Google is working on. Find out what is new first. (I normally check it once a month or so, just to see what is new.)




·   Audioboo: Easily record and share audio.

·   Aviary Myna: Make your own music or remix just about anything else:




·   Atmosphir: A build-your-own video game:

·   Scratch: Create and share stories, games, art, etc.:


·   Animoto: Make beautiful videos from images in a snap.

·   DoInk: Create animations using this simple website:

·   GoAnimate for schools: State of the art animation tools for schools:






·   Delicious: One of the top social bookmarking sites on the web:

·   Schoology: Learning management, online education tools, and much more:

·   Online-Convert: Convert anything to anything (audio, video, text, etc.):

·   Crocodoc     Annotate and edit PDFs





·   Edmodo: Social learning environment & great ways to teach with tech.:

·   GoogleDocs: The top real-time document creating and editing cloud-based system.

·   GoogleSites: Make your own website while knowing nothing about websites!

·   Moodle: free tool for delivering online learning:

·   PBWorks: Thousands of educational wikis and workspaces:

·   RSS:

·   Twitter: The micro blogging service that many love or hate.

·   Wikis: Crowdsourcing at its finest. Like Wikipedia, Wikispaces is very helpful

·   WordPress: Content publishing system. It’s gone way beyond just blogging.

·   Zoho: An alternative to Google Apps


· : Free application to brainstorm online.

·   Prezi: Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint.

·   Slideshare: Don’t waste your presentation after it’s over, share it!

·   Empressr     Rich media presentation tool



·   Wordle: Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text.

·   Tagxedo: Like Wordle but a step farther as text can be used to build bigger images:


·   Wix: Easily make your own flash-based website.








·   Google Timeline:    A unique way to view the news:

·   EasyBib: The free automatic bibliography and citation maker

Internet Activity Formats
This Knowledge Network site describes five classroom learning goals and the types of Internet activities that will support students in reaching those goals. Samples of these activities are provided. Learn about creating multimedia scrapbooks, subject samplers, webquests, hotlists, and treasure hunts.

Module Maker by Jaime McKenzie
Online Learning represents an exciting new way to structure and guide student research efforts so they focus upon higher level thinking and rich electronic resources. This Module Maker will show you how to build your own Online Research Modules which will challenge your students to make up their own minds while supplying them with rich information to support such thinking.

Untangling the Web:
Guidelines for Researching on the World Wide Web
Here are strategies using the Internet as a research tool by Alan November.

How to Search the Web: A Guide to Search Tools
This article by Terry Gray provides beginners and students with a handy guide to getting the best results from an Internet search. Learn tips for using the ten of the most frequently accessed search engines, and explore the different types of information available from different sources.

The E-Mail Netiquette Webpage provides netiquette tips for writing formal and effective E-mail messages. This information is especially useful for classes doing collaborative research or other E-mail projects.

Information Literacy Tutorial
Libraries, in Texas and around the world, provide access to a variety of resources including the Internet. By increasing your information literacy skills, you can more effectively select, search and evaluate those sources. This interactive library tutorial, sponsored by the UT System Digital Library, will prepare you to explore and research in the online world.

Museum Resources
This link provides a description for teachers of how to create a virtual museum in the classroom.

6 Basics of Information Problem Solving
An introduction to the Big Six skills for linking information problem solving and critical thinking.

Web Page Evaluation Rubrics
Here are rubrics to use when selecting websites for yours class or project.

Scoring Power Points
Jamie Mckenzie writes a powerful article for teachers guiding them to structure powerpoint presentation assignments so that they do not become PowerPointless exercises in vapid thinking.

Navigator: A Selective Guide to the Internet

21st Century Literacies
This Pacbell site features what they call 21st Century Literacies: information, media, multicultural, and visual. This site is a series of lessons to teach these literacies.

Googling to the Max [PDF]
Learn the secrets of doing a speedy search with great results on Google.

Scoring Guide for Student Products
If you are asking students to create multimedia presentations in your history-social science class, this site has a wealth of ideas about how to evaluate them.

Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools
Here are clearly written, authoritative criteria for selecting research web pages. The site has granted permissions for teachers to duplicate it.

PROGRAMMING:    and/or their http://www.terrapinl…-botbundles.php or any of many LEGO products like Lego Education WeDo: http://www.legoeduca…573&c=0&t=0&l=0
All of the above provide the basics of learning programming in a very hands-on, fun-result way for littl’uns.

The site is interesting. Both of these seem to be aimed at teaching programming concepts (rather than a programming language) to young children

For the slightly older kids, I HIGHLY recommend Learn to Program by Chris Pine: http://www.indieboun…k/9781934356364

This book is a great introduction to programming concepts, written by one of the foremost computer scientists of his generation. It’s not a programming manual, but a wonderful (and very readable) layman’s introduction to the field — perfect for capturing the imagination of a young teenager who might otherwise not be inspired to try his or her hand at making software: The Pattern On The Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work.

Pragmatic Bookshelf publishes two really good introductory programming books depending on your language preference. Ruby fans should consider Chris Pine’s Learn to Program while Python enthusiasts should check out Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python.

Alice is a free (from Carnegie Mellon University) Educational Software designed to teach students computer programming in a 3D environment. Actually, makes learning about objects, methods, properties, variables, events fun because they’re not the focus – the students focus is on creating a story in a virtual world.

There is an excellent project called Scratch which is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is a fun and easy way to learn the basic building blocks of programming while developing fun stuff such as animations and games. It is also accessible to non-English kids since it has been translated to many other languages.

. Koduis great for younger kids and there are teaching resources starting to become available. Check out Kodu for PC – a teacher’s tutorial.
Lots of people are using Scratchand Alicewhich have some similarities to each other at least in how the programming works. Both of them (like Kodu) really remove syntax errors from the equation.
Small Basic is a great step between graphical languages like Kodu, Alice and Scratch. Several people have been developing courseware at Teaching Kids Programming. And more is coming for use both in after school or during school learning environments. Small Basic also has a “graduate” feature that converts a Small Basic project into a full Visual Basic project to help move up to the next level.

Stagecast. ( It’s very 2-D but has an excellent tutorial, so if a parent or teach has NO programming, you can sit through the tutorial with the child or let him/her read on their own. 


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