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Hello Teacher Librarians and classroom teachers;
     The best place to begin is with the terrific CSLA technology tutorials: School Library Learning 2.0 , Classroom 2.0 Curriculum Connections and Discovering Assistive Technology for persons with disabilities. Educational Origami is a well-developed site with links and tools for teaching and learning with the 21st learner. If you have time, explore the links and participate in Connecting Content and Technology. Access tools from CSLA's Ed Tech Committee Resources. And don't forget about the U.S Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan 2010.

Multiple links for tech tools can be found:
AASL Smackdown
Best Web applications for Elementary School  
CA EdTech Resources
CSLA Smackdown 2010 (PPT and wiki)
Cool Tools for Schools
Custom Sign Generators: HUGE list of Web tools   
Digital Goonies: many pages of links for great (and free!) Web resources    
Free Technology for Teachers: many resources
Internet4Classrooms: with reviews by teachers for each tool        
ISTE: Favorite Web 2.0 Tools Web 2.0
Online Image Hosting with HUGE list of Web tools   
RL Stevenson MS Student Resources  
teAchnology: free resources to improve education    
Tech&Learning: Top 100 Sites and Apps of 2012  
Tools 2 Create, by Connie Williams  
Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher   

KEY when using tech tools: Creative Commons attribution
Bloom's Pyramid 

Tech Tools listed by categories:
     Dvolver: quick but not as good graphics
     GoAnimate: see Jane Lofton's Mira Costa HS Library       
     STAGE’D: 3-D animation
     Xtranormal: Be sure to view the demo video
     Symbaloo list of avatar creators from Brooke Ahrens
     Avatar page from The Daring Librarian, Gwenyth Jones  
     Bitstrips Avatar Maker 
     Build your wild self
     Doppel Me
     Dream Avatar: great for K-8 students   
     Hero Factory 
     Lego Mini Creator  
     MadMen Yourself
     Manga Avatar
     Voki: free speaking avatar
     Yahoo avatar
     Yearbook Yourself    
     Zwinky: cartoon yourself       
Cell Phone
     Poll Everywhere: Free way to create voting activities   
     Remind101: Message your class    
Comics- Cartoons
     Chogger: create comics  
     Make Beliefs Comix    
     MyWebFace: cartoon yourself    
     Toonlet   (Example)
     30 Incredible Blogs Written by Students   
     Blog, example: The Greatest MS Blog in the World  
     ePals: World's largest k-12 learning network
     Elluminate (not free) to create an online newspaper
     Gaggle: safe teacher-student texting and communication   
     geoGreeting: create a great banner
     Kidblog: safe and simple blogs for students   
     Meebo: stay connected or share information Read Twitter and Facebook daily as a newspaper. Lofton example.
     Remind101: Message your class   
     RevolverMaps: Interactive visitor globes, share your location         
     Wallwisher: library "Reading Commitments" example   
     Wordpress: start a blog! View Wordpress tags   
     Elluminate web conferencing (phone and online)
     Vokle: interactive broadcasting
Google tools 
     CA K-12 User Group for Google tools   
     Create Web site with "Google sites" (great example by Angela Gallacher), view video tutorial, Getting Started Guide
              -School library example made with Google sites: James Workman Library
              -Web Quest made with Google sites, by Angela Gallacher 
     Create "PowerPoint" with Google Presentation. View a tutorial
              "Let me Google that for you"
     Create QR Code   
     Phone calls through gmail using "Google voice"
     "Realtime" search: up-to-the-second social updates, news articles, and blog posts  
     Research with "Google squared"   
     Search and create 3D locations with "Google 3D warehouse"  
     Translate languages with "Google translate"  
     Use "Google docs" for: documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms
             Quick and Easy IF Formulas for Grading Google Forms   
Image Generators / Picture tools
     **HUGE list of image tools from Custom Sign Generators    
     Animoto, example "Banned Books", example book talk by Joan McCall       
     Big Huge Labs: do cool stuff with digital photos  
     Bubblr: Create picture slide shows    
     Capzles: create picture story or timeline
     Dynamic Einstein: he writes your message on the blackboard   
     Face in the Hole
     Fake Magazine Cover    
     FotoTrix: add speech bubbles to pictures  
     ImageChef   (Example)
     Image Generators, many links
     MagMyPic: put pictures on magazine covers    
     PhotoPeach slideshows
     Picnik: photo editing   
     PikiPimp: dress up your photos   
     ShapeCollage: photo collage creator    
     Shutterfly: photo and video Web sites
     SillyWebCam: activates computer camera for personal framed certificates   
     Wylio: free creative commons images
 Information management
     All My Favs: categorize your favorite Web sites flowcharts & brainstorming tool, library report example (at bottom of site)
     delicious from Yahoo: information bookmarking  
     diigo: cloud-based Web information management system
     Dropbox: online file storage    
     Evernote: digital assistant, stores links and your notes
     Lino It: online stickies   
     Memorize: capture and save online information  
     spicynodes to sort information
     Study Blue: online flash cards and notes
     Text2Mind: graphic mindmaps to organize concepts and information  
     Webspiration for visual collaboration
     WikIT information mapping (great for research?)
Kid Stuff Kids' Stuff
Literature - Digital Storytelling
     LibraryThing: find, share, and list books
     Shelfari: create virtual bookshelf   
     Squidoo book trailers
Lots 'o links
     2CoolTools, by Jackie Siminitus
     Add Letters: links to image, video, and sign generators, etc.
     Digital storytelling
MAC Users:
     Getting the Most out of your MAC
     Go2Web: Web applications index, including iPad apps   
Miscellaneous tools
     Add This: add toolbar of icons, including facebook, twitter, etc.  
     Doodle: create online polls
     Swivel: create graphs easily
     WallWisher: word wall creative communication
     Wigflip: MUST SEE many links to create a variety of online enhancements
Online Storage
     4Shared (Free!) Sample MS book trailers
Photo print books
     Walgreen's photo
Presentation tools
     Cool Tools for Schools
     Copyright-friendly tools for presentations   
     Edublogs:      example with tech tutorials 
     Glogster EDU: engage students in educational activities. Glogpedia examples.
     Jog the Web, example by Marie Slim on Teen Learning 2.0
     Livebinders: present in binder form with tabs. Example of Digital Citizenship.    
     PowerPoint tips: "PowerPoint Do's and Don'ts," "PowerPoint Reform"
     PowToon: Create animated presentations! CSLA 2012 example, by Jane Lofton
     Presentation rubric    
     Prezi: create astonishing Web presentations such as Classroom Learning 2.0 ,
           view "Playing to Learn" or see this Solar System lesson   
     SlideRocket (not free)
     Stanley: Sample Unit on Flowers
     sqworl: create presentations
     Yodio: add voice to images using your phone. Cover books example.  
Professional needs
     7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers
     Assignment Calculator    
     Brown Bear Free Internet Calendar 
     Card•ly  (create business cards)
     Classdojo: Keep student alert and on task   
     ClustrMaps: locate all site visitors
     Evernote Peek: create online flashcards. See video  
     Graphic Organizers:
          teAchnology Graphic Organizers
          WorkSheet Library Graphic Organizer Worksheets      
     ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education    
     ISTE: national technology standards   
     Memorize: quickly learn and remember things that matter
     Online Stopwatch: you'll love it!
     Our Story (create timelines and resumes)
     Pathable: Conference organizer
     Polls: Poll Everywhere, instant audience feedback
     Polls: PollDaddy   
     Poll/survey: Google forms
     QR Code generator. QR Code reader. QR Codes tutorial by Gwyneth Jones.
           Marie's YouTube on "Creating a QR Code Using".
     Quick Certificate Printer
     Quizlet: Create flash cards and lesson activities. View tutorial.
     Rubric makers:
          teAchnology Rubrics    
     Study Blue digital note cards
     TagCrowd: create tags from text
     Timers: many kinds!   
     WebQuest and Writing Adventure Quest, both by Angela Gallacher    
     Zoho is for online collaboration
Publishing/ online book projects
     Flipsnack: Make beautiful flip books
     Storybird: create art-based picture book stories
     Youblisher: Turn PDFs into publications with flipping pages!
     Zooburst: easily create 3-D pop-up books. Smackdown example.
Search tools
     Gooru: Free Search Engine for Learning Search Engine Resources
Social Networking
     Facebook Nation: Are You a Citizen?     
     Glogster for educators
     Twitter and how to use hashtags
Social Bookmarking 
     Diigo (highlight bookmarks)
     edmodo is social sharing for students and teachers
     Pinterest: Online pinboard to collect and organize things that inspire you   
Timeline creators
     BeforeNow is an app downloaded for free with many features, not a web service
     myHistro incorporates both timeline and map features
     TimeToast create timeline online and share, with many category templates
      Powerpoint DOs and DON'Ts, Marie Slim   
Video / Audio
     4Shared: free video storage and hosting    
     15 Essential Back to School Podcasts 
     Audacity: record and edit sounds
     AudioBoo: record and upload audio  
     Blabberize: add speaking to digital photo  
     EmbedCode: great information on sharing videos   
     Firefox Video DownloadHelper: capture videos    
     Freeplay Music     
     Gaggle: use this for students to access YouTube    
     Jamendo: free music, excellent for student projects!  
     Jing: create short videos and tutorials 
     Learn 360 video streaming resource (district license?)
     neoK-12: Educational videos, Lessons, and Games for K-12 School Kids    
     podOmatic: create a podcast
     Screencast-O-Matic: easy to create student video projects capture part of a YouTube video    
     Stupeflix: Create FREE videos up to 20 minutes long
     TubeChop: clip selections from YouTube videos
     Userscripts: download YouTube videos as MP4    
     Voicethread: Jane Lofton's excellent tutorial , Voicethread instructions,
             Amazing Voicethread example, M/5 Commenting demo
     WatchKnowLearn: Free educational videos
     WeVideo: create videos anywhere. Very compatible with Google Drive.    
     Yodio: add voice to images using your phone. Periodic Table example.    
     Zamzar: free online file conversion   
Web authoring
     blogger (Google tool), excellent example: Larry Ferlazzo's Web Sites of the Day  
     Edublogs and winning examples
     Free Hit Counters: add a counter to your Web or blogsite   
     Google sites: build a Web site
     Kidblog: safe and simple blogs for students
     Logo Maker: Design An Instant Free Logo Online!       
     Ning: create your own social website   
     Post-It Note generator: add a Post-It note to your Web or blogsite    
     weebly: Kelly Benning's Chaminade HS Library example    
     Wikispaces for Educators and 1) elementary class wiki  2) middle school wiki
                                                   3) high school example  
Web 2.0 curriculae: ready to use!
     2 Point 0 Tutorial from PHS Library: Tools2Create4school  
Writing / Word clouds
     GlogsterEDU    -for book reports
     Presidential Seal Generator: add your words to the seal    
     Spell with Zombies 
     Tagxedo: create image-based word clouds
     Wordle: article "Critical Thinking with Word Clouds"
                 Google docs presentation "50 Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom"  
                 Web site using Wordle " Develop 21st Century Learning Skills"  

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