K-12 Technology Sites
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Gina Otto

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KEYBOARDING
PHOTOSHARING
WIKIS
FILL IN OR WRITE ON PDF FORMS

TECHNOLOGY SITES FOR TEACHERS
 
<>BEMBO'S ZOO  - http://www.bemboszoo.com/
A flashy site (Flash plugin required) for artists and creative thinkers to just sit back and watch. Turn your high school computer lab students loose trying to figure out how they did it. Beginning animators may get some wonderful ideas, all surrounding the basic alphabet.  They are trying to sell a book so beware.

CARLOS' COLORING BOOK - http://www.coloring.com/
Activity: Choose a picture, color it, and then show your finished ART to the instructor. This is an example of an interactive coloring page. It redraws the picture with the new color added. You can save your finished picture to a disk or the hard drive as an image file. Import the image into your favorite paint program and print it on a color printer. Another use would be to include it in a project report.

CISCO EDUCATIONAL ARCHIVES - http://www.ibiblio.org/cisco/
The virtual schoolhouse, education network, and the new network operations center all combine to make this a vital teacher technology stop.  Although it is no longer being updated, the material is timeless.  Use it!

COMPLETE GUIDE TO DIGITAL CAMERAS - http://www.shortcourses.com/
Links to everything about Digital Cameras, from how to use them, how to buy one and how to take great pictures to how to edit them.

cCOOLTEXT.COM - http://www.cooltext.com/
By Bryan Livingston,  CoolText.com helps.  Trying to design a home page for your class or school? CoolText.com invites you to create colorful logos, buttons, and bullets for free. Select from various fonts, colors, and designs, and your design will be created and downloadable in minutes.  This button was created by CoolText in 20 seconds.

COPYRIGHT FOR EDUCATORS - http://www.ncwiseowl.org/blog/copyright/
Want the skinny on the legalities of intellectual property usage online? Copyright for Educators will deliver! Excellent information on Fair Use policies and Copyright presented specifically for educators and our unique needs for students working with digital text and graphics.

DIGITAL EDUCATION NETWORK - http://www.actden.com/
Wonderful ideas and approaches for using the Internet as part of your instruction - updated weekly! Includes Math, Writing, News, Graphics, Astronomy, the Internet and tutorials too, like PowerPoint 2007 and 2--3, Outlook Express and others.

DOWNLOAD.COM - http://download.cnet.com/
Education downloads on a variety of subjects - freeware and shareware as well as titles for purchase. Free newsletter.

EDWEB - http://www.edwebproject.org/
Hunt down on-line educational resources around the world, learn about trends in education policy and information infrastructure development, and examine success stories of computers in the classroom. The site has not been updated since 2004, so much of the "new stuff" is not here.

 <>EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM - http://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line_excel.htm
You can find tutorials for most software here. Just click off the popup window and enjoy.

FACEBOOK IN THE CLASSROOM - https://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php
Create a classroom page under Company/Organization/Institution - choose education and then share the link with your students and parents. You can post homework, show videos or pictures, give a lesson, all free. You need to sign up on the page that appears.

FILL IN PDF FORMS - http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/19911/formulatepro
Download this free program on a Mac to fill in forms or overwrite on PDF files when you only have a pdf reader. Great!

FREE PDF EDITOR - http://formswift.com/edit-pdf
This is the newest free pdf editor, form filler, and form designer but it is used on line...no downloading. Be sure to save your form to your computer since it is not stored on the PDFescape server. Mac or PC.  You can edit any PDF, E-sign with ease, download and print, and share in seconds. No software required, simply upload and go.

FREE PDF TO WORD CONVERSION - http://www.pdfconverter.com/pdf-to-word-online-free/
Convert PDF to Word in 3 easy steps...select the file, type in your email (guaranteed it will never be sold, rented to given to a third party), then convert file and email it to you. Easy.

4TEACHERS - http://www.4teachers.org/
Links to technology-based learning and activities.  Check it out.

FREE TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHERS - http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/06/how-to-use-opened-to-create-practice.html#.U-TSOyh4H9J
This is a free service that offers a huge catalog of educational videos and games. This link demonstrates (via videos) a free tool for creating practice assessments aligned to Common Core standards.  Also click on ipad apps for School, Google Tutorials, free guides and other links.

FROM NOW ON - http://www.fno.org/
The Educational Technology Journal written by Jamie McKenzie - You can subscribe for free.  Includes links to STAFF DEVELOPMENT,  how to use Graphic Organizers. Assessment, copyright information, how to write grants, Internet Use Policies, Technology Planning, Virtual Museums...You want it?  It's probably here.

GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS - http://www.writedesignonline.com/organizers/

HOMESTEAD COM - http://homestead.com
Build a free webpage - step by step, start with a blank page and go. They will host for $4.99 month after a 30 day free trial.  But, you can see just what you want your page to look like and use it for 30 days.

HOW DO I INTEGRATE THE INTERNET INTO MY CLASSROOM CURRICULUM - http://www.cyberbee.com/
See Treasures on the Web: a Roadmap for Curriculum Opportunities, from the Currency Converter activity to Dinosaur Eggs activity, each one is easy to follow and something you can do in your class without changing the lesson at all.

HOW STUFF WORKS: DIGITAL CAMERAS - http://www.howstuffworks.com/digital-camera.htm
How Stuff Works explains how a digital camera works and includes plenty of practical buying tips along the way. Top click is the Feature section which will help you better understand digital camera jargon.

HOW TO CODEhttp://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/learn-to-code
In celebration of Hour of Code, this is a collection of websites where kids of  all ages can be introduced to computer programming. Hour of Code is a campaign created by Code.org to introduce 10 million students to programming. Dozens of sites created tutorials for Hour of Code. Here are Barbara J. Feldman’s picks.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE AND SEARCH E-MAIL LISTS - http://www3.niu.edu/newsplace/netlists3.html
BOOKMARK THIS! Exactly what the title suggests; think you know all the differences in kinds of listservs? This is a good thorough overview.

INTERNET 101 - http://www.internet101.org/
Still learning the ropes or are you an expert?  This may be the site for you. Simple to navigate and easy to understand - from the origins of the 'Net' all the way up to programming and marketing,

INTERNET RESOURCES ON CITING: THE TRADEMARK OF A GOOD WRITER - http://www.marcaria.com/internet-resources-on-citing-the-trademark-of-a-good-writer.asp
This is an interesting site recommended by students from Daly City who used my site as a starting point to learn research paper construction and citation. This site explains why citing is important, when citing is needed, and tools to help with citation among other things. Thanks "teach" for your letter.
KATHY SCHROCK'S KATCH OF THE MONTH - http://www.schrockguide.net/
THIS replaces Kathy Schrock's site on the Discovery Channel. Try these. There is a guide to everything techie and classroom

KEYBOARDING see below:

    BBC - DANCE MAT TYPING - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
Four levels of typing - Dance Mat Typing is a fun musical introduction to touch typing for kids seven and older. Practice is divided into twelve lessons, and led by animated characters.
    FREE TYPING GAME - http://www.freetypinggame.net/
There are six arcade-style typing games, thirty keyboarding lessons and thirty timed typing tests, featuring a keyboard that is color coded for our ten fingers. Check it out.
    GOOD TYPING - http://www.goodtyping.com/
27 guided lessons with 18 different keyboard layouts - you need to sign in but it is free.
    LEARN TO TYPE - http://kids.learn2type.com/
A free web site that helps kids master the skills of touch typing. the exercises automatically adjust to the students' skill level. The better they get the more challenging the t yping exercises become. Come and go as  you please and pick up where you left off.
    POWER TYPING - http://www.powertyping.com/
Lots of keyboard practice set to radio music.

KIDBIBS LEARNING TIPS - http://www.kidbibs.com/learningtips/lt48.htm
Writing Web Pages?  What should you put on them?  This site will help. Learning Tip #48? Web Page Creation Supports Student Reading, Writing, and Learning in a Variety of Ways.

KODAK DIGITAL LEARNING CENTER - http://www.kodak.com/US/en/digital/dlc/
Although written specifically for Kodak digital cameras, this site offers plenty for anyone interested in learning about digital photography.  With projects like Vacation Scrap Box and Vacation Ornaments, and featured tips among other things, you can try a seashell frame or vacation magnet. Great ideas.

LISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL - HTML HELP FOR KIDS - http://www.lissaexplains.com/
Want to make a Web page? You've come to the right place. Lissa is13 years old nd in the 8th grade. She wrote this site.explaining and graphics (she makes all of her graphics herself), and has even made some commercial Web sites!! She  started this page when she was 11 because had a lot of kids ask her questions about how to make their own Web page, and there were no other pages especially for kids to learn HTML. She figured, why not make a page just for kids about how to make their own Web page? She has covered the questions asked the most, and if there is anything you would like to see added, she'll consider it!

MAC HELP FOR MOMS - http://www.machelpformom.com/
What a site! Videos and links for all things Mac, not just for Moms. There is a search function so you can search for something or some help you need.  You can sign up for your free subscription here too.You get free weekly emails describing new videos.

<>PHOTOSHARING
DROP SHOTS -
http://www.dropshots.com/
Free, but need to join. You can even import your photos from Instagram.
FLICKR - http://www.flickr.com/
An online photo management and sharing site that uses tags, contacts, groups, and geo-mapping to organize photos. Users can also set their search preferences to SafeSearch. As with most photo sites, policing is a public duty, so photos that are incorrectly flagged are usually reported. The free version of Flickr limits the size of each photo to 5 MB, your monthly upload to 100MB, and only provides access to resized images.
PHOTOBUCKET - http://photobucket.com/
With one-click posting to MySpace and Facebook (and a handful of blogging platforms), Photobucket calls itself a "creative hub".  Each photo page displays a variety of HTML codes needed to post it elsewhere. Free accounts provide 1 GB of space for images and video clips, 25MG of monthly bandwidth, and a 1MB file size limit on uploaded photos.  There is a no porn policy, but...
PICASA - http://picasa.google.com/
Picasa is both a tool for organizing photos on your computer, and a website for sharing and publishing photo albums. To begin, download the free Windows application, and let Picasa automatically find all your local photos and movies. The online component, Picasa Web ( http://picasaweb.google.com ), has a ginormous 20MG limit per photo, but your total free online storage is limited to 1GB. Additional storage, up to 250GB, is available for purchase. Although inappropriate images can be flagged, there is no formal mechanism for filtering your Picasa search results.
SHUTTERFLY - http://www.shutterfly.com/
Photo books, prints, designer cards, calendars, posters, gift certificates, and FREE, unlimited picture storage.
SMILEBOX - http://www.smilebox.com/
Email, blog or print it…Unlike other photo sharing sites that focus on organizing photos, Smilebox is a creative tool for creating personalized multimedia scrapbooks, e-greetings, slide shows, postcards, and photo albums with music, words and themes. Basic designs are free, (ads when shared with friends and family). Upgrades are available for individual designs, or by joining Club Smilebox. There is no public sharing of photos, nor an onsite search function, so safety concerns are not applicable.
SMUGMUG - http://www.smugmug.com/
Costs money but...
TABBLO - http://www.tabblo.com/studio
"Tabblos are your photos and your words combined into your story." Merging photos and captions into a template of your choosing, Tabblo creates printable photo albums (no animation or music) that can be viewed online and shared with a circle of friends. Creating, sharing and storing tabloos are free, and printed photo albums can be purchased. Offensive content is policed by users, and the search function ignores many objectionable keywords.

PICS4LEARNING - http://pics.tech4learning.com/
Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. This is a great site for images for your classes to use legally in class projects and reports? There is a clear use policy for images. Teachers can get ideas for groups projects or reports using technology in the lesson area.

POWER POINT IN THE CLASSROOM - http://www.actden.com/pp
An eight-unit tutorial for K-12 teachers on how to use PowerPoint98. You'll learn about toolbars; laying out, saving, and moving  information; text; animation; transitions; as well as ways to teach your students to use it. This tutorial is part of a larger site created by actDEN which currrently offers seven software tutorials, produced in conjunction with Microsoft K-12 Education.

POWERFUL PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES - http://www.slideshare.net/theWebChef/ppt-powerful-presentation-techniques
These are slideshow presentations telling how to write a slideshow presentation.  Good stuff.

POWERPOINT TUTORIALS - http://cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/Computer/Tutorials/Power_Point_Tutorials/index.htm
For kids, K-12. I guess teachers can use this too.

SCHOOLNOTES.COM - http://new.schoolnotes.com/
Allows you to set up your own page for parents, students and colleagues to access, and keep up to date with homework assignments, event scheduling and professional opportunities. (Use it for students' nightly homework assignments); the service is free and it can be updated as often as you want to keep your audience informed.

SHORT COURSES - http://www.shortcourses.com/
Short Courses is my digital photography pick of day for its encyclopedic collection of online tutorials. Topics include Batteries, Choosing a Digital Camera, and Editing Digital Photographs.  There is also a great links page with pointers to seven fabulous digital photo galleries.

SOFTWARE, MAC AND PChttp://www.mm-soft.com
Click on the site then the appropriate software.

TECHLEARNING - http://www.techlearning.com/
Produced by the Technology & Learning Magazine The Well Connected Educator and School Tech Expo and Conference, this site contains reviews and recommendations for what's best for using technology in K-12 education, as well as job listings, discussion boards, resources and contests.

TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHERS - http://eduscapes.com/web/teacher.html

TECHNOLOGY HORIZONS IN EDUCATION - http://www.thejournal.com/
T.H.E. presents the online version of its journal here, covering news, features, editorials, products, services and more, all aimed at K-12 education.

TECHNOLOGY LESSON PLANS K-6 - http://k-6educators.about.com/cs/lessonplanstec/
Technology for kindergarten? What a find.  Even ice breakers. This site has links to all types of technology lessons.

TECHNOLOGY TEACHING CONCEPTS, LTD. - http://www.techteachconcepts.com/interest.htm
Bring Technology into the Classroom - links to teacher sites and student sites.  Interesting concept. Lots of stuff about mobile learning.

TIME LINE MAKER - http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/timelines/
This generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice.

TOTALLY DRIVERS  - http://www.totallydrivers.com/
Help is here. For all you tech coordinators that are always looking for the right drivers, Totallydrivers.com is for you! In just two clicks, you can be on the website for the brand of driver you need. This is valuable for the driver sites that aren't just "www.brandname.com"  Includes browser update links, plugin links, and more.

WIKIS - A type of collaborative website with tools for adding and editing material. Wikipedia.org is one popular example which gives public editorial rights. A wiki can also be created for a classroom or club. The administrator decides what pages can be edited, who can edit, etc. Check out the article at http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wiki.htm. The following are some wiki sites.

GOOGLE DOCS - https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=writely&passive=true&nui=1&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2F&followup=http%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2F&ltmpl=homepage&rm=false
You need your free Google Account. Create and share your work online. Upload,edit, share, all FREE. Google Docs provides a powerful set of collaboration tools, a familiar interface, and meets most of the usual wiki criteria. With a free Google account, you can post and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You control who can view and edit each document. The documents are stored remotely and are accessible from anywhere; and changes made by anyone, are immediately available to everyone.
 
PIKIWIKI - http://www.pikiwiki.com/ews/index.jsp
 
Don’t just send a picture, tell the story! Instantly create and share web pages. Have friends add content. All with drag and drop freedom and ease. With drag-and-drop simplicity, PikiWiki is the easiest wiki to learn, and a great one for elementary-age kids. Not only is it free, but you can even build your first page without signing up. Check out the ten things you can now do with PikiWiki.

WIKIPEDIA - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
An online encyclopedia which is free, and anyone can edit.  There are over 2,700,000 articles in English.




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Last Updated October, 2015

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