Educational Social Networking and Learning Magement System Sites


http://diipo.com/
http://www.edmodo.com/home
twiducate.com- Twiducate provides a safe way for teachers to share content with students, who get to practice social networking and written communication skills in the process. Information is exchanged via a secure, closed network. Teachers can view student site activity and prevent them from editing and deleting their posts.
http://www.instructure.com/ (aka "Canvas")-- Whether it’s simple course creation and management, seamless calendaring, or routine grading, you’ll notice a remarkable difference in your productivity and workflow. In the end, Canvas K-12 is designed to help you get back to doing what you do best.
It bundles assessments, grading, state standards, messaging, learning analytics, and more—while keeping everything simple, easy, and in one place. For example, the SpeedGrader tool simplifies grading by displaying everything in a single window.
Open Class in conjunction with Goog. Apps
Udemy-the academy of 'you'.
Coursesites.com--- a free, hosted and scalable platform that can support your open education or MOOC initiatives. CourseSites provides access to a wide variety of tools and the ability to implement badging in order to support diverse learning objectives, while creating access to learning worldwide. Attend this webinar to learn more about CourseSites, discover how institutions are utilizing CourseSItes for MOOCs and open education initiatives, and how to easily publish your course as an OER.
Mentimeter--Allows you to use cell phones for instant surveys, questionnaires, or to take polls.
WebTeach.com- Share audio, video, apps, and even a white board for creating the optimal online learning environment for "on demand" or scheduled tutoring sessions. Set your own rates and create your own virtual school.
Sophia.org- You can connect students through groups with the ability to access lessons, ask questions and interact via chat. You can create your own quizzes and you can even use powerful analytic tools to chart student progress to gain valuable insights into how your students learn best.
Broadcast Media Monitoring
Net-Texts.com-


Open Education Services (full courses)


  • CK-12
  • P2PU-By involving learners and collaborators in all stages of the design and delivery of our work, we foster networks of learners and facilitators, and contribute to the crucial role that informal learning plays in local communities.
  • Khan Academy
  • Open Yale Courses-We welcome you to explore Open Yale Courses where you can discover a wide range of timely and timeless topics taught by Yale professors, each with a unique perspective and an individual interpretation of a particular field of study. We hope the lectures and other course materials, which reflect the values of a Yale liberal arts education, inspire your own critical thinking and creative imagination.
  • EdX-MIT, Harvard, Berkely, Uni. of Texas, Georgetown, Cornell, BU, other International Uni....
  • Siyavula--We use open source tools and cutting-edge technology to do our work. We also openly license our textbooks so that anyone can download them and remix or improve them for their own needs.
  • Saylor.org-Video introduction--Our 300+ self-paced, free courses are designed by professors and industry professionals to enable you to learn where, when, and how you please.
  • Sophia.org-- Our mission is to help students achieve college success with Sophia PathwaysTM, our affordable, flexible, competency-based online courses. These self-paced courses cost a fraction of traditional college courses, and are accessible anytime, from any device. As part of our ongoing commitment to learning, we also provide free college readiness resources for students, including test prep and refresher courses, as well as professional development resources for teachers.
  • Coursera.org
  • OER Commons--From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons' growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. Here are some curated collections to start exploring
  • OpenLearn
  • OpenHighSchoolCourses.org
  • OpenCourseLibrary.org-Washington Community and Technical Colleges’ Open Course Library simply offers a
    collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and usefor teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access,
    browse and download. Washington state’s 81 high-enrollment courses
  • Udacity
  • Utah OER Project-Free Quality Alternative Textbooks
  • Net-Texts.com-


Open Textbooks




Badges/Digital Accreditation/Validation





Slideshow/Presentation Services--Live/Online


  • Stoodle---- Real-time collaboration/communication on a virtual whiteboard with infinite pages, using voice and text chatPermanent storage of all classrooms for later access; Support for image uploading; basic drawing tools and colors
  • Deeyoon.com-online platform that allows you to debate a real person on a topic. It records it and then allows others to vote on your persuasive ability.
  • Authorstream.com
  • SlideRocket-
  • Showme.com--free whithboard, screencasting tutorial service
  • Slidetalk.net --Publish your presentations as engaging talking videos! Share your powerpoint presentations, eLearning content, business presentations and tutorials as engaging talking videos, by using high-quality and multilingual text-to-speech technology, with no need for expensive and time-consuming voice recordings.
  • Tildee.com -Free tool to help you create and share instantly and easily tutorials on any subject
  • Slideshare.com
  • Annotag.tv -A web app which allows you to tag and annotate any video clip, whether just recorded, uploaded or grabbed from YouTube or Vimeo. You can easily jump to relevant parts of any tagged video while making it more accessible and informative. Once you have tagged and annotated a video you can share the "curated" version on your preferred social media channels or use the available "embed code" to publish it on your web site.
  • Learnist--You can use Learnist to create boards of articles, images, video, and other media for a course, a particular novel, time period, math concept, or anything else to help students explore content (or even to provide them a launching pad for a larger project). Project the board on a screen and you can create a lesson around it. Students who have accounts can then add your lessons to their own boards, share them with friends, and organize them however they wish. You could even ask that students create a Learnist board instead of a bibliography for a research project, citing their sources visually as well as with text. Reviewed here.
  • Prezi-
  • MyBrainShark.com--Very similar to AuthorStream, but appears more robust, including user stats, insertion of surveys and polls, to video additions.
  • Animoto-
  • Voicethread.com
  • Mentimeter--Allows you to use cell phones for instant surveys, questionnaires, or to take polls.
  • Popplet-Create objects with text, but also include links, drawings, images from either your computer or the web, and video from either YouTube or Vimeo. Even can be shared in much the same way as a Google Doc, allowingfor both synchronous and asynchronous editing and creating. Completed Popples can be published with a link or an embed code - making it incredibly easy to share via a web site, wiki, blog, or even a Learning
  • Powtoon---We provide all the animation tools you’ll ever need to immediately begin creating your own professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations.
    Management Solution such as Edmodo or Schoology.
  • http://www.teamviewer.com/ FREE--share your desktop with other people over the internet, even through firewalls - the ideal solution for online collaboration. PDF directions to send to participants
  • https://todaysmeet.com/-- Backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers, TodaysMeet takes great care to respect the needs and privacy of students while giving educators the tools for success.
    Students join fast, easy to start rooms with no sign up, and can immediately start powerful conversations that augment the traditional classroom.
  • http://www.simplemeet.me/ The basic idea is to be able to chat with defined group of people instantly without having to sign up somewhere or install anything. This is achieved by using a simple code system. Every visitor of the page gets assigned a short number code. A chat is started by simply passing this code to your contacts
  • Liveminutes.com online conferencing app that is entirely browser-based and it doesn’t even appear you have to register in order to use it. You’re immediately given a unique url address for your conference that you share with the people you want to connect with ­ and you can share audio, a virtual whiteboard, documents, etc
  • Linoit.com--An online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas. Learn about it here.
  • MultiUrl is a tool to combine links into one short link and share it with others. All the links are editable so you can delete or add new links. You can also see how many times the links have been clicked.
  • http://www.eyejot.com/ allows you to send video emails
  • https://join.me/ Here are the faq's May allow you to share your desktop and then allow the viewer to share his.
  • Vine.com- share looping, short video clips
  • Storify.com--A great way to introduce the idea of Web content curation. English teachers will quickly see the potential for lessons on narrative composition. Also, similar to providing evidence in an essay, students will have to think about which content best supports the story they're telling; you can use Storify to support the learning of this essential skill. Social studies teachers might ask students to create a coherent overview of current events. With the fast and furious flow of information through social media, you can ask students to evaluate their sources to help drive home the importance of this 21st-century skill. Storify can also be a quick way to create a reflective portfolio, giving students a chance to publish their work digitally.
  • Wideo---an animated online video creation platform that allows you to create, edit, and share videos online for free. You can choose (or upload) images, backgrounds, and music that you want to use in order to create your own online video and then share it with the world.

Online Video Services

www.**metacafe**.com
  • TubeMogul---Track online video viewership trends and statistics on video sites like YouTube and get rich metrics from your own video player with TubeMogul. www.**tubemogul**.com/
  • Visible Measures is the leading independent third-party measurement firm for Internet video publishers, advertisers, and viral marketers. www.visiblemeasures.com/
  • EMAIL: http://www.eyejot.com/ allows you to send video emails



Screen Recording


BACKCHANNELING SITES

(list,w/detailed explanation, in presentation around minute 25)
(classroom limitations discussed-minute 32 from link above Administrator convincing-minute 37:40)
http://www.chatzy.com/
http://www.coveritlive.com/
http://backnoise.com/
http://www.chatterous.com/
http://todaysmeet.com/


eBook Creators



Digital Citation Makers




Communication Tools

Allows you to send texts to students as reminders:

Remind101
Sendhub
Socrative.com- a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Watch the video | Learn more
Mentimeter--Allows you to use cell phones for instant surveys, questionnaires, or to take polls.



ONLINE MIND-MAPPING

  • http://www.mindmeister.com --for live or remote online collaboration. It’s a great organizational tool for note taking, collaborative story or concept mapping, and maps can easily be transformed into stand-alone or live presentations.
  • Visual tools in Google Docs
  • http://www.mindomo.com/
  • http://mind42.com/ Keep track of all your ideas, whether alone, with colleagues and friends or working together with the whole world.
  • http://www.spaaze.com a blank canvas on which various items like links, notes, images, videos or files can be placed. It's your decision how to group and structure these items which makes Spaaze incredibly flexible. Use it for brainstorming, bookmark collections, task lists or project management and share it with others. It's your choice.
  • Prezi
  • Bubbl.us - Brain Storming and Organizing Tool good for visual thinkers/learners, EASY to use, very simple, customizable features, sharing capabilities
  • Read/Write/Think Webbing Tool - Allows you to create simple graphic organizers, EASY, can't share
  • Read/Write/Think Story Map Tool - Quickly create a visual of complex information, EASY, can't share
  • Cacoo - graphic organizer, allows synchronous collaboration as well.
  • Diagramly - easy to use, includes built-in graphics
  • Wisemapping - mind maps, share with others
  • Popplet - fun tool for mind maps, graphic organizers, concept maps. Can create up to six at a time for no cost. Currently in beta. Also has an app for the iPad
  • Belvedere - Downloadable graphic organizer, designed for k-12 population, MODERATE to use,
  • Graphic Organizer Templates - 40 downloadable templates to use in a word processing program, quick, EASY
  • Graphic Organizer Templates - can be downloaded in Word or as PDFs or HTML. Include templates such as Character Maps, Concept Maps and StoryBoards (Note: not all templates are editable online. It appears to depend upon who created them)
  • Great Source iWrite: Graphic Organizer Templates - click on "Writer's Tools" and then narrative, expository, persuasive, response to literature or research templates to use in a word processing program. EASY
  • Prezi.com - Unique way to present information/ideas and concepts,interactive flow chart, MODERATE to use
  • Papyrus-very simple online editing interface to create your books
  • Free Mind - mind-mapping tool
  • Exploratree - thinking guides and more (definitely worth exploring)
  • Recall Plus - Students can organize their notes, create flashcards, make use of 3D tools and more in this great mind mapping tool. It is downloadable.
  • Gliffy Create and share diagrams on the Web
  • Best4C-(for upper grades) >
  • CMAP - concept maps
  • Character Scrapbook- Analyze characters with this organizer from Scholastic
  • Text2MindMap- Create a simple idea web by simply typing the ideas into an outline
  • CAST Science Writer- Helps students write a science lab report using chunking, prompting, and graphic organizers
  • Chartle A free site that allows you to quickly and easily create charts, including interactive charts. It runs using JAVA in your browser and is very easy to use. You can create pie charts, bar charts, scatter diagrams, Venn diagrams, maps and more. Charts are embedable into other sites also. You can also browse their gallery and use one of the examples as a starting point.

Digital Storytelling

  • Issuu.com-self publish your own magazine-great for classes
  • Storify.com--A great way to introduce the idea of Web content curation. English teachers will quickly see the potential for lessons on narrative composition. Also, similar to providing evidence in an essay, students will have to think about which content best supports the story they're telling; you can use Storify to support the learning of this essential skill. Social studies teachers might ask students to create a coherent overview of current events. With the fast and furious flow of information through social media, you can ask students to evaluate their sources to help drive home the importance of this 21st-century skill. Storify can also be a quick way to create a reflective portfolio, giving students a chance to publish their work digitally.
  • Graphite.org-a collection of rated tools scored by teachers and learning quality
  • StoryBoardThat.com---you can make comic strips, 3 at a time
  • Knightlab--

Study Skills Tools

GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS

IMAGES

Image Resource Guides

Flickr
Photobucket
BUBL LINK: Image Collections
Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web: Images

Image Search Engines

picsearch
Yahoo Image Search
Google Image Search
Flickr


Image Collections (Examples)

Corbis
Creative Commons Material
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
NYPL Digital Gallery
British Library – Collect Britain
American Memory Project
WebMuseum, Paris
Louvre Museum Official Website
Slideoo Slideoo is a tool that allows you to create horizontal photo slideshows from photographs stored on the photo sharing site Flickr. The interface allows you to select from your public images and define the width of the slide show along with the image size. This is a very nice way for teachers to include images of student work on a class or school web site. It is especially useful when layout space is limited.

News Photos Resource Guide

News in Pictures

Political Cartoons Resource Guide

Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index

Maps

Google Earth
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

AUDIO

AUDIO AND VIDEO FOR SELECTED SUBJECT AREAS

ELA

  • Interactive tutorial with cartoons for foundational ela skils like: grammar, reading, and writing skills with quizzes and reflection that can be typed up and printed out for the teacher

Calculus interactive tools

Audio Resource Guides


World Wide Web Virtual Library : Audio
Digital Librarian: Audio
Audacity
Audacity is free recording software that can downloaded quickly and easily. The recording software allows the user to create sound recordings, edit them easily, apply background music, layer tracks on top of each other, and save and export the recording as an mp3. This software is especially valuable to people interested in dabbling in podcasts, blogs, screencasts, and multimedia such as Photostory.
Although the author, Matt Pasiewicz, claims this is "lame," I found his screencast on Audacity to be helpful for newcomers. Watch it here http://www.educause.edu/Screencasts/Audacity/Untitled.html If this is something that interests you, click on the subtitle of this paragraph to go to sourceforge, a reliable resource for downloading Audacity.

Audio Upload

have used TeacherTube before to upload stories I have read...They allow all different kinds of media....

http://www.teachertube.com/

Audio Search


General Audio Search Engines

AltaVista
AllTheWeb
Yahoo! Audio Search

Details for enclosures, etc. at:

search.yahoo.com/mrss
FindSounds
AOL - Audio Search
Internet Archive – Audio Archive
The History Channel: Video (including Audio)
The Movie Sounds Page

Text-to-Speech

Why consider Text-to-speech (TTS)? Two reasons -
1. It is essential for struggling readers; when text is digital it is now accessible and
2. it supports the writing process, especially when editing and revising work

Note: Our databases are adding text-to-speech features for their articles. Check out Joyce's blog post. Ask your librarian if the school offers any of the Gale products with text-to-speech features.
  • SpeakIt!-free for the Google Chrome browser. Supports multiple languages. Still in alpha.
  • ClipSpeak - a free, open source program for Windows that does not require installation (so can be run from a USB key!) Once running, just use CTRL-C to have the text read to you. Use the right CTRL key to stop. Use the right Shift+CTRL key combination to toggle on and off. Can also export the selected text as an MP3 file.
  • WordTalk - a free text-to-speech program for the PC that works within WORD and Outlook and highlights each word that is read. Includes a talking spell checker and a talking thesaurus. WordTalk was upgraded in January 2009 and now includes the ability to save, and you can convert your text file to a wav or MP3 file. Makes this free download even more valuable. (Seems to be trickier with Office 2010 and Vista or Windows 7)
  • Natural Reader - another free text-to-speech software program which converts any written text to speech (Word, pdf, websites, emails)
  • Fox Vox - a free Firefox extension, highlight the text, right click and choose Speak Selected Text
  • Click,Speak - a free Firefox extension that reads the Internet and highlights phrases and sentences as it reads
  • SpeakingFox - a free Firefox extension for the Mac which converts text in Firefox to audio
  • DSpeech- scroll down for a very cool free text-to-speech AND speech-to-text tool. PC only
  • Balabolka- Free text-to-speech download, can also download a portable version that runs off a USB thumb drive.can save as wav or MP3 file.
  • PowerTalk - free text-to-speech for PowerPoint presentations
  • Read The Words - Register first, upload file or choose text or website to read, a recording is generated which you can listen to online or download to an mp3 player, upload to a blog, etc. Very Cool tool worth letting your students explore.
  • Spoken Text - online text-to-speech MP3 converter
  • YakIToMe! - Listen to important documents, PowerPoint presentations, emails, RSS feeds, blogs and novels. YAKiToMe! is multi-lingual (English, Spanish, French ...) and brings you the world's best text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis technologies. Easily converts to podcasts.
  • ReadPlease- there is a free version and a pay version.
  • iSpeech - converts web pages to audio.
  • Simultaneous Stanza Reader - SSReader is a free large font reader for Macintosh OS X that speaks text files aloud and displays the text stanza-after-stanza, simultaneously. The program works well with free books from Project Gutenberg. Watch a quick introductory Video here
  • Text to Speech (offers a variety of languages)
  • Odiogo- free text to speech for your blog (turn your blog into a podcast)
  • Voki - a free program that allows educators and students to create and share online avatars using text-to-speech technology. Voki works from any browser and anyone can place a voki in a blog, website, or send in an email. Voki is being relaunched now (late 2010) and is offering more tools for educators.
  • http://vozme.com/


If your student has an iPodTouch or iPhone show them

Free Speech-to-Text
  • It is built into Office 2003 for Windows and VISTA. Explore it.
  • DSpeech- free text-to-speech AND speech-to-text! PC only

Vocaroo is a simple tool to record your voice and share it with others. You don't need to download a software or sign in. You simply go to the website, record your voice with a microphone and create your podcast easily.

Music

Search (and Sales)Yahoo! Music
iTunes
Napster - US
Napster - UK

Radio


Resource Guides – Actual Radio Stations
radio-locator
Live-radio.net
Virtual Radio
Yahoo Radio - LAUNCHcast Radio
Windows Media Player – MSN Radio

VIDEO/FILM/MUSIC conversions:

File Conversion:

Image, Video, and File storage for free

http://www.humyo.com/

Resource Guide
[[http://www.digital-librarian.com/images.html/Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web]]
http://www.archive.org/index.php Internet Archive
General Search Engines for Video
AltaVista Video
Yahoo Video
Google Video (beta) AOL Video
Search Engines for Video – TV-Specific
Light Reading - Web Video Cheat Sheet
ShadowTV
TVEyesBlinx TV
Television News Archive

Video Background
Machine is Us/ing Us
Fischbowl Presentations
EPIC 2014
Librarian's 2.0 Manifesto (Laura Cohen)
Building an Airplane While it's Flying
Herding Cats
Web 2.0 Video Blog
Have You Been Paying Attention
TeacherTube
PB WikiProjects
PB Wiki Collaboration
RSS in Plain Language

NEWS VIDEO SITES

Resource Guide
Kidon Medialink
Representative Sites
BBC
Reuters
CNN.com International
CBS News Video
MSNBC
www.Britishpathe.com
www.npr.org

PODCASTS

Podcast Directories
Podcast.com
iTunes podcast.net
Podcastdirectory.com
PodSpider
Searching Podcast Content
Blinkx.TV
Yahoo! Audio Search
Podscope
Vocaroo is a simple tool to record your voice and share it with others. You don't need to download a software or sign in. You simply go to the website, record your voice with a microphone and create your podcast easily.



FREE COLLABORATIVE TOOLS

  • Deeyoon.com-online platform that allows you to debate a real person on a topic. It records it and then allows others to vote on your persuasive ability.

URL Shortener

snipurl.com
tinyurl.com
http://bit.ly/
ow.ly
tr.im
cli.gs
twurl
su.pr

TIMELINE CREATOR

Google news timeline, timetoast.com, Dipity, and applets in archives, for example ProQuest's Historical Newspapers.

http://www.mindomo.com/
http://mind42.com/ Keep track of all your ideas, whether alone, with colleagues and friends or working together with the whole world.
http://www.spaaze.com a blank canvas on which various items like links, notes, images, videos or files can be placed. It's your decision how to group and structure these items which makes Spaaze incredibly flexible. Use it for brainstorming, bookmark collections, task lists or project management and share it with others. It's your choice.
http://knightlab.northwestern.edu/



ONLINE QUIZ AND TEST MAKERS

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/08/create-online-quiz-using-google-forms.html

File Conversion:

  • Zamzar.com,

  • Downloadtube.org,
  • Vixy.net,
  • Cutmp3.net,
  • mp3ify.com,
  • mp3cut.net
  • Online-Convert


Scheduling: Doodle, Google Calendar, WhenIsGood
Online Course Management: Cognite, BlackBoard, Moodle

Free Online Courses

Einsztein.com
http://www.einztein.com/subjects/ Einztein serves as a one-stop campus from which online learners can easily explore the universe of free online courses delivered by any combination of text, audio, video and other media.
Coursera.org-

WEBQUEST MAKERS

Jog the Web A free site that provides you with the ability to create a guide to a series of web sites. You set up the "Jog" with a variety of websites and annotations. The Jog takes the viewers step-by-step through these web sties with guiding questions and comments and notes. This is a great way to quickly create webquests and online learning activities for students in your class. Students can go to different sites and use the site to answer questions that the teacher has posted there. You can also add instructions for each site the students are viewing. It is free, easy to use, and you can even see and use other Jogs on the site.


Google MY MAPS Video Tutorial