Educational Technology Resources

WordPress Plugins

Name of Plugin
Download Location
Summary
Contributor
All in One SEO Pack  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/  This helps automatically optimize your blogs Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Very helpful in getting your site seen on Google and other search engines.  Eric Lybbert
Sexy Bookmarks http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sexybookmarks/ Easily add social media icons to your posts/pages for users to share your articles. Eric Lybbert
Slick Contact Forms http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slick-contact-forms/ Add a contact form that slides out from the edge of your page. Allows users to send a message without leaving current page. Eric Lybbert
WordTwit http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordtwit/ Automatically tweet a link to your new blog posts. This is very helpful in keeping your followers updated on your new content. Eric Lybbert
Social Network Tabs For WordPress http://codecanyon.net/item/social-network-tabs-for-wordpress Show your current social media activity on your blog. Allows followers to view all activity in one place. ($10) Eric Lybbert

Flowchart Tools

Holt http://my.hrw.com/nsmedia/intgos/html/igo.htm Graphic Organizers  Sara Ballantine
Read Write Think http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/ A lot of great lesson ideas and graphic organizers that can be printed or completed online  Sara Ballantine
 bubbl.us  https://bubbl.us/  Brainstorming made simple  Glori Hinck
  Gliffy http://www.gliffy.com/products/online/  Diagramming helps you organize  Evangeline
 SmartDraw   http://www.smartdraw.com/training/how-to/flowcharts/  Quick and easy to communicate  Evangeline
 Edraw Flowchart http://www.edrawsoft.com/flowchart.php  Professional  and simply mapping tool  Evangeline
My Simple Surface  http://mysimplesurface.com Similar to bubbl.us Jenni Harris
Easel.ly  http://www.easel.ly/ Make Info-graphics Jenni Harris
 Inspiration  http://www.inspiration.com/  Easy-to-use mind mapping software for creating flowcharts.  Web version is not as intuitive as desktop version.  Sarah Miller
 Exploratree  http://www.exploratree.org.uk/  Creates flowcharts to help with organization of content.  Dana Litwornia
 Lucidchart  https://www.lucidchart.com/  Web app that allows real-time collaboration on visual diagrams, wire frames and mockups, flowcharts, any hing visual.  There is a free version as well as tiered pricing for additional features.  Renee Phoenix
 Popplet  www.popplet.com Super-easy to use, very fun online flowcharts. Insert text, pictures, videos – very colorful and simple, yet a lot of functionality.  Dan Hardebeck

Copyright

The Owl Strategies for Fair Use  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/731/1/ This resource provides a few general strategies about how to use fair use policies and copyright laws.  Glori Hinck
The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
http://theedublogger.com/2012/02/09/the-educators-guide-to-copyright-fair-use-and-creative-commons/  “Just because you find it on Google doesn’t make it free”  Glori Hinck

Content Design Tools

 VoiceThread  http://voicethread.com/ Voice Thread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show tool that that allows you to create and navigate slides and leave comments via voice, text, audio or video.  Glori Hinck
 Camtasia  http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-uses.html  A screen recorder, audio, and video recorder in multiple formats.  Evangeline
 Online-Convert  http://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-wmv Create Microsoft WMV videos in high quality with this online WMV converter. Upload your video or provide a URL to a file to start the free WMV conversion. Easily convert AVI to WMV with this free converter. WMV conversion can be done from over 50 source formats.  Matt Klaber
Free Technology    for Teachers  http://www.freetech4teachers.com  Free resources and plans for teaching with technology.  Matt Klaber
 Word Press  http://wordpress.com/  Word Press is a free blogging tool with many blogging tools and templates.  Matt Klaber
 Spreeder  http://www.spreeder.com/  Spreeder.com is free online speed reading software designed to improve your reading speed and comprehension.You can copy and paste large quantities of text and have it “spreeded” to you. Pretty cool as you can set the speed settings to what you want.  Matt Klaber
 Pixlr  http://pixlr.com/editor/  Pixlr Editor is a free online photo editor. It’s basically a dumbed-down version of Photoshop but it’s free and online.  Matt Klaber
 Prezi http://prezi.com/  Prezi is to make cloud-based presentations online or offline.  Evangeline
 SlideRocket  http://www.sliderocket.com/  A presentation maker that allows you to create, narrate, present and share presentations.  Kathy
PortfolioGen  http://www.portfoliogen.com/  Create an online portfolio by uploading pictures, documents, links, etc.  Jenni Harris
Vid.ly
http://m.vid.ly/ When video is uploaded, Vid.ly detects the user’s device and streams the video in the optimal format for that device/browser/etc.  Jenni Harris
Screencast-o-matic  http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ Record screen, audio, and video  Jenni Harris
Xtra Normal  http://www.xtranormal.com/ Create your own screen play using stock characters, settings, and voices.  Export as video.  Jenni Harris
 Screenr  http://www.screenr.com/  Create 5-minute screen casts after signing in with twitter or facebook.  Very easy to use.  Sarah Miller
 Evernote  http://www.evernote.com/  Jot notes to yourself and upload files.  Can sync between mobile devices, your computer and the web.  Sarah Miller
 Slideshare  http://www.slideshare.com/  Easily upload presentations.  Sarah Miller
 Google Drive/ Docs  https://drive.google.com/  You can create documents on-the-go with Google, including word documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and fillable forms.  You can then publish your creations to the web and share them with others via a URL, or invite others to help you edit your documents.  Sarah Miller
 Dropbox    https://www.dropbox.com/  Similar to Google Drive, create files and access them from any computer  Sara Ballantine
 Online-Utility  Readability  Test document readability to determine the number of years of formal education a person would need to understand text (useful to determine appropriateness of materials for targeted audience)  Sara Ballantine
 Knight Digital Media Center  Knight Digital Media Center  Digital Media tutorials  Sara Ballantine
Tech Smith Jing
 Jing  Take Screen Shots and Record videos up to 5 minutes long  Jennifer Genovevo
 Weebly  Weebly  Enables the creation of websites.  You can choose from many templates or create your own design  Jennifer Genovevo
 Glogster  Glogster  Similar to creating blogs.  Has more design options.  You can also create classroom posters  Jennifer Genovevo
 Picasa  Picasa  Image organizer that allows and easy way to edit and store photos.  Jennifer Genovevo
 Flickr  Flickr  Safely upload and share photos and images  Jennifer Genovevo
 Vocaroo http://vocaroo.com/  A web application that allows you to record a message and send it via web.  Vocaroo can be embedded into your course to allow students to use this tool without leaving your online course.  Patricia Smeyers
 Symbaloo Edu http://edu.symbaloo.com/ Create a color-coded start page, publish your page and find your bookmarks anywhere on the web.  Teachers and students can also search through a large database of web mixes and save and use their favorites.  Patricia Smeyers
 Dipity Timelines http://www.dipity.com/ Create interactive timelines to communicate project planning or chronological information in a visually appealing method. Add photos, videos and sound. Easily embeds into any website or course page.  Patricia Smeyers
 Voki http://www.voki.com/  Create customized avatars with your recorded voice.  Post your Voki to any blog, website, or course design.  Voki classroom allows teachers to manage students, classrooms and lesson pages.  Patricia Smeyers
 Scribble Maps http://www.scribblemaps.com/  Easily draw on maps and share them with your students or classmates.  Scribble maps can be exported to Google Maps, Google Earth, or created into customized widgets for your online course site.  Patricia Smeyers
 Blogger http://www.blogger.com Create a free blog to include pictures, media, and text. Great for posting ideas and setting up a portfolio or reflection journal for students. Brock Halladay
 Adobe Captivate http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html  Much like Camtasia, this software is a screen recorder, movie maker, and great at setting up computer tutorials. The 30 day trial is a good way to get familiar with it. Brock Halladay
 Rubistar http://rubistar.4teachers.org/  This website helps teachers create rubrics for their lesson plans. It is very user friendly and offers exchanging rubrics with others. Brock Halladay
 Poll Everywhere
http://www.polleverywhere.com/ Poll Everywhere uses text messages (SMS) to respond to poll questions. This can be used to settle debates, survey questions, constructive feedback, and assessment. Brock Halladay
 K12 http://www.k12.com Online education company that specializes in helping public, private, and charter schools. They provide gaps to schools missing classes (for example if the school doesn’t have a history class they will provide a fully-accredited online history course). Great place to look for jobs in online teaching and for boosting any current programs. Brock Halladay
 Instapaper    http://www.instapaper.com/  Web based app that makes it easy to save, search and organize web pages and sites on the fly as you are researching resources for building content. I find this app much easier to use than trying to bookmark and track sites that I want to come back to later and evaluate for use in my classes or research. You can also easily share links  with others or send to Evernote for more permanent storage. Plus…there’s an app for iPad and it’s free!  Renee Phoenix
 eLearning Coach    http://theelearningcoach.com  Connie Malamed is the author of Visual Language for Designers and this is her blog. It has great information and reviews related to visual design for elearning and practical strategies /examples for designing materials, media and visuals in ways that compliment how our brains perceive and process visual information.  Renee Phoenix
 Audacity    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/  A free, downloadable open source cross-platform software for recording and edition audio. Surprisingly functional at my favorite price… free!  Renee Phoenix
 kuler    http://kuler.adobe.com  Web app for creating color themes, experimenting with color variations and access to thousands of themes created and shared by people in the Kuler user community. Colorful crowd sourcing at its finest!  Renee Phoenix
 Survey Monkey    www.surveymonkey.com Easily create online surveys and collect / analyze data. (We used this for the opening survey for this class).  Dan Hardebeck
 Crocodoc  www.crocodoc.com This tool is so simple and so useful it’s sick. Upload a Word or PDF document. Use the tools to draw on it, take notes on it, mark it up any way you want. Then download it, share it or send with with your markings.  Dan Hardebeck
 Xtimeline  www.xtimeline.com Create timelines with text, pictures, etc. Timelines can be shared so multiple users can work on them.  Dan Hardebeck
 Turnitin  www.turnitin.com Yes, this costs money. But as an English teacher who grades hundreds of essays every year, this is one of the best resources out there. Not only checks for plagiarism, but also provides tools for providing feedback and comments on essays. Helps teachers to give better feedback on essays in less time.  Dan Hardebeck
 Animoto      http://animoto.com  Very easy to use video creator.  You can create 30 second videos for free, but for $5/mo can create unlimited length videos.  Simply upload pictures, videos, add text, and select music from a gallery to complete a quality video in minutes.  Brad Patton
 Khan Academy              http://www.khanacademy.org Amazing collection of videos and lesson plans for self-learners or classroom settings, which promotes online / blended learning environments. All materials are free to use, so one can feel free to embed videos in projects without concern.  Brad Patton
 W3 Schools                  http://www.w3schools.com Great resource for learning about or referencing various HTML/CSS concepts or exploring programming languages.  Brad Patton
 WinFF  http://winff.org Powerful, free audio/video converter software tool. This application is very handy for converting between various file types and stripping audio from video files. Unfortunately it is only available for Windows and Ubuntu machines.  Brad Patton
 Google Forms  http://www.google.com/google-d-s/forms Google Docs feature that allows you to create forms to gather data.  Google forms can be used as a survey or as a component of a Google spreadsheet.  Data can be used to create statistics and graphs.  You can also export the form source to be utilized in a web page.  Brad Patton
 Creative Commons Search  http://search.creativecommons.org/  As you create content for your pages you may need to find media that has been licensed for reuse.  Use this handy tool to find the type of media you are looking for.  Shawn Massengill
 PrimaryPad  http://primarypad.com/  Primary Pad is a web-based word processor designed for schools that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time.  Shawn Massengill
Screencast
http://www.screencast.com/  Share documents, images and presentations.  Shawn Massengill
 Mahara  https://mahara.org/  Open-source e-Portfolio solution that can be integrated with many LMS’s  Shawn Massengill
 bubbl.us  https://bubbl.us/  Great brainstorming and mind-mapping tool.  Easy to use with some great features.  Shawn Massengill
 Edmodo  http://www.edmodo.com/  Free resource for teachers, students, and schools that promotes social learning and collaboration. It is a great combination of  social networking and learning to create an online or hybrid learning community  Robin Armstead
 iBooks Author   http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/  This Apple product offers a drop and drag solution to creating interactive e-books for iPads.  Robin Armstead
 Flipsnack  http://www.flipsnack.com/  This website allows one to turn a pdf file into a digital flip book without using technology such as Flash.  Robin Armstead
 Canvas  http://www.instructure.com/  Free open source  learning management system  Robin Armstead
 Thinking World  http://www.thinkingworlds.com/  Create educational or entertainment games without programming experience  Robin Armstead
 Moodle  http://www.moodle.org  Can be used as a design tool, has many built in features and can house many of your finished products.  Can be installed locally on a computer or as a larger school-wide Content Management solution.  Shawn Massengill
 SnagIt 11 http://www.techsmith.com/snagit-gslp.html?gclid=CPG6zvei1LACFcIUKgodWBA_2w Capture anything on your computer screen with the ultimate screen capture tool. The latest version of Snagit makes it easy to create eye-catching images and videos for quick communication.
My favorite tool!
 Glori Hinck
 Soft Chalk   http://softchalk.com/  Used to create educational content and share on the web  Robin Armstead
 SoundCloud  http://soundcloud.com/  SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere. Recording and uploading sounds to SoundCloud will let people easily share them privately or publicly and can link to blogs, sites and social networks. It takes just a click to share sounds to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Foursquare. SoundCloud can be accessed anywhere using the official iPhone and Android apps, as well as hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on the SoundCloud platform.  David Joyner
 FullShot Screen Capture software  http://www.inbit.com/fullshot.html Similar to TechSmith’s Snagit screen capture software, Fullshot is an efficient and handy application that can capture, print, convert, edit, and annotate images that you copy from your computer screen.  David Joyner
 Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/  The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): APA Formatting and Style Guide can be useful and convenient when a printed APA Publication Guide is not available.

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