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Free Foto
- This database allows users to search through 100,000+ royalty free
   images that can be used free of charge! An amazing option is that
   users have the option of downloading entire collections to be used for
   off-line use as well.
- http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp

Easel.ly Infographics
- Everyone loves infographics and easel.ly gives users the options to create their own!
  The drag and drop option is really easy to use but because it is still in beta-form
  and there are not a lot of provided options. Luckily, users have the option to upload
  their own images which allows for full customization!
- Infographics are perfect for students to use to present project information or teachers
  could even create their own for students to read over to get information!
http://www.easel.ly/

Zoho Planner
- Zoho can be a great organizational tool for teachers, providing tools
  to create to-do lists, provide reminders, manage emails and share
  files.
- http://planner.zoho.com/login?serviceurl=%2Flogin.do

Big Huge Labs
- This website allows you to edit images in a variety of ways to create
   magazine covers, puzzles, calendars, mosaics, etc.
- Students could use this website to meet assignment requirements, find
  creative ways to present information and learn about editing tools.
- http://bighugelabs.com/

Lakeshore: Award Maker
- This website provides colourful and exciting templates to create
  FREE awards for students.
- Topics cover everything from subject-specific accomplishments to
  general templates.
- http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/free_resources/teachers_corner/awardMaker.jsp?ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1335449348354

Scholastic: Computer Lab Favourites
- Stuck for good quality educational games that you can allow during
  computer class? This website is designed for students, user friendly,
  engaging and educational!
- This website has several games that cover a wide range of subjects
  including science, math, social studies, and more.
- Although it is American-based there are several activities that can be
  used by all students, regardless of location.
- http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/clf/

BBC Interactives & Graphics
- This website has put together a great compilation of interactive
   images and graphics that allow students to explore a variety of
   subject-areas.
- This provides excellent starting points for research projects!
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/11628973

TED-Ed
- From the amazingly wonderful TED non-profit group comes TED-Ed.
  Their compilation of educational videos are the perfect accompaniment
  to your classroom lessons.
- Not only does this website have some great videos, but they provide us
  with the resources to create a customized lesson around it!
- http://ed.ted.com/

What About Me? Intel Infographic
- The Intel website now has a tool that allows users to create a
  personal infographic about themselves using information from
  one of their social networking websites (Twitter, YouTube, etc).
- Its really neat to see a summary of all of your information and
  they are very eye-catching!
- http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/what-about-me/what-about-me.html

52 Google Doc Secrets for Students
- This comprehensive list compiled by Online Colleges staff writers lays out 52 neat
   Google Doc tricks like adding math equations in easily!
- http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/04/04/52-great-google-docs-secrets-for-students/

Trending Education
- This amazing website has compiled all the great ways educators can
  use technology like Google, Wiki's, YouTube, blogs, etc in the classroom!
- Not only does this website introduce you to great online resources you may
  have never heard of before but it walks you through all those little tricks that
  make life so much easier!
- www.trendingeducation.com  

Floor Plan Tool
- This website allows teachers to use blueprints and drag-and-drop items to map
  out a floor plan for their classrooms!
- Perfect for re-arranging and organizing
- http://classroom.4teachers.org/FloorPlanR.swf

 Kerpoof Studio
- This website allows students to create movies, stories or drawings using supplied
   images and customization options.
- Extremely detailed "For Teachers" section!
- The one downside is that there is no option to upload personal photos or images.
- Owned and operated by Disney! 
- http://www.kerpoof.com/

Blabberize
- This website allows students to upload images and audio of their choosing and
  will animate the image to appear as it is speaking the audio that was uploaded.
- This is a great option for students to use when presenting verbal assignments or
  for uploading online because it protects student identity!
- http://www.blabberize.com/

2ePub
- A website that can convert pdf and other document formats into
  compatible files for ebook readers such as iPad, Sony Reader,
  Kindle, etc.
- Simple to use!
- http://www.2epub.com/

 Aviary Education
- A group of child-friendly, easy to use applications such as document
  sharing, image editing, music creator and much more!
- Teachers can have their student use this website for any type of project
  or assignment.
- All content is designed for school-age children and is guarenteed to be
  100% safe.
- http://www.aviaryeducation.com/

Drop Box
- A website used for online file storage.
- Teachers can use this to save files online, no more carrying your
  flash-drive around!
- Great "add-on" features such as Drop It To me, which allows other
  users (who have access) to add files to your Drop Box. Teachers could
  have their students submit assignments this way!
- http://www.dropbox.com/

Daily To Do
- An online To-Do list that creates your list with easy to check completion
  boxes.
- Teachers could have this for personal use, or have on the board as students
  come into class and use as a classroom itinerary.  
- Very easy to use.
- http://www.dailytodo.org/

Pearl Trees
- An online bookmarking site that creates visual networks to display favourite
  website and resources.
- Teachers and students could use this collaboratively to bookmark classroom
  websites. Teacher could also create a Pearl Tree of various bookmarks to use
  as an activating strategy for new units.
http://www.pearltrees.com/

Clay Yourself
- A website used to create claymation-style avatars of people and animals.
- This is a neat way for teachers and students to include pictures on the internet
  if your school doesn't allow you to upload actual photographs of students.
- Easy to use and super cool!
- http://clayyourself.com/

Creative Commons
- A website database for royalty free pictures.
- Teachers can grab pictures, clip art and diagram off this site to include in
   their lessons or have students use it to reinforce the idea of digital citizenship.
- Click on "Find CC-Licensed Works"
- http://www.creativecommons.org/ 

Tag My Doc
- A website that allows you to apply a tag to a document which can be scanned by
  a mobile device and retrieved as a virtual copy,
- Would be an amazing resource to use if your school had a B.Y.O.D
   (bring your own device policy).
- http://www.tagmydoc.com/

Classroom 2.0 LIVE
- A website used to host online professional development conversations.
- Teachers can use this website to educate themselves on new and exciting topics as
  well as connect with other people in the educational field.
- The website maintains a great archive and resource list!
- http://live.classroom20.com/

Student Blogging Challenge
- A website hosting the twice yearly student blogging challenge.
- This challenge can be a great way to encourage blogging in your classroom
  and/or add structure to the blogs you already have established.
- The next challenge begins March 2012 so start getting organized!
- http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers
- A comprehensive list of educational videos on YouTube.
- Includes videos on history, science, language, arts, inspiration, classroom
  management, how-to's, technology and more!
- Provided by Classroom 2.0
- http://www.classroom20.com/profiles/blogs/649749:BlogPost:177332

Literacy with ICT
- A website that helps teachers connect ICT with learning, teaching and assessment.
- http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/tech%20%20%20/lict/index.html

Wordle
- A website used to make word clouds/word splashes.
- Teachers can use these to show students' prior knowledge, introduce a new
  topic/unit/idea, highlight important definitions, show the relationship between
  different units or review before a test/quiz/assignment.
- http://www.wordle.net/

Symbaloo
- A website used to create a personal internet desktop.
- Teachers can use this to aesthetically organize and display their classes'
  most-used websites and "widgets". These can be anything from
  subject-specific tools and search engines, to email access and social media.
- http://www.symbaloo.com/

Weebly
- A website used to create free websites and blogs.
- Teachers can use this to create a classroom website/blog or have their students
  create personal websites/blogs for year-round use or for a specific classroom
  project.
- http://www.weebly.com/

Prezi
 - A website used to create "zooming" presentations
- Teachers can use this as an alternative to the chalkboard or a PowerPoint to present
  information.
- http://www.prezi.com/

Tech-Ease
- With all of the technology we use in the classroom we also need something
   to help troubleshoot when we run into difficulties.
- Tech-Ease in a great online tech support website specifically designed for
   educators. The main page first allows users to pick their system: Mac, Windows
   or Accessibility Uses. After that this user-friendly website has options to search
   through any types of problems you may run into!
- http://etc.usf.edu/techease/

Pinta
- This website is a FREE photo-imaging software that almost resembles
  PhotoShop.
- Pinta is really easy to use and offers special effects and unlimited layers!
  It can be a great resource to share with your students who don't have
  programs like PhotoShop at home.
- I had some difficulty downloading it the first time but on the second try it
  worked perfectly.
- http://pinta-project.com/

Google for Educators: LiveBinders
- This website is the be all end all of Google! Everything an educator
   would ever want or need to know about Google is summarized in
   this LiveBinder!
- From the basics of search engines and Google Docs to hidden tricks
   and tips for students this has it all. Users can even chose from basic,
   intermediate or advanced lessons.
- http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/3803

181 Google Tricks
- Online colleges has summarized 181 neat, helpful and time-savings tricks
  from Google's plethora of services. This easy-to-read list covers everything
  from basic searches and world news to viewing 3D ship wrecks and bulk
  spell checking.
- http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/06/25/181-google-tricks-that-will-save-you-time-in-school-updated/

PowToon
- This new FREE website allows users to create cartoon-style presentations with
  awesome transitions! They remind me a lot of RSA Animate videos which I
  really like!
- It is still in the testing stage but I cannot wait until it is ready for the public!!
- http://www.powtoon.com/

MIT Video
- MIT Video hosts more than 100 channels that users can easily search and view!
  Scroll through their channel lists by subject area or for specific topics you may be
  studying in your class.
- Not only could you use these videos to supplement your lessons but students
   could also use these videos to research a specific topic.
- http://video.mit.edu

JPL Infographics
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory from the NASA website has put together a
  great collection of infographics on planets, parts of our solar system and
  different NASA projects like different missions and rovers.
- Users can also create their OWN infographics using different information
   and designs from the NASA website. This could be a great way to put
   together information for your students.
- http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/

50 Indispensable Edtech Tools for 2012
- Online Degrees has put together a very clear list of 50 edtech tools that they believe
  will be the perfect addition to your classroom this year! Most of these I have heard
  of or used myself but there are a few new ones that I will definitely be checking out
  as well!
- Resources are divided into categories such as "social learning", "lesson planning",
   and more.
- http://www.onlinedegrees.org/50-indispensable-edtech-tools-for-2012/

Harvey's Home Page: SMART Board Lessons
- Harvey's webpage features many great SMART Board lesson templates for
  teaching math and includes everything from numeracy and estimation to algebra
  and statistics. All of these lesson plans are free to download onto your computer
  and are really easy to use!
- There are also lots of fun and useful things to use under the "Utilities" heading
   including SMART Board calendars, game spinners, trivia games, character
   graphics, time clocks and more!
- This is a great website to explore if you want some more ideas or have just
   installed a SMART Board and want to see what you can create.
- http://harveyshomepage.com/Harveys_Homepage/Welcome.html

Remind 101
- Remind 101 is a FREE communication tool that allows you to communicate
  with your students (or their parents) through text messages that are sent directly
  to their cell phones! I have used this with my students and it works wonders! I send
  out messages reminding students about upcoming assignments, materials they need
  to bring to class, schedule changes, etc.
- The part I love about Remind 101 that I NEVER see my students personal cell
   phone numbers and they don't have to see mine, as it is all done through an
   automated service you set up on the website.
- This website service is very user-friendly and takes literally 2 minutes to set up.
- www.remind101.com

One Hundred Free Books
- If you have a Kindle e-read for yourself or you use one in the classroom with
  your student then this website is perfect for you! This website is consistently
  compiling FREE Kindle books that you can download without breaking the bank!
  Users can search by title of by genre and easily see all of the books that they have
  available.
- Each day new books are added and some are taken off of the list so the best way
  to keep track of what is available is to subscribe so you don't miss anything that is
  coming out.
http://onehundredfreebooks.com/

Go! Animate
- If you would like your students to create video projects that can be
  shared with the world but can't actually film your students, Go! Animate
  may be the perfect solution. Your class can register for an Education
  Account and create short animated movies on whatever topic you choose.
- While the free version does have some limitations in regards to formatting
   options there are discounts available for educators if you are interested in
   getting the full version.
http://goanimate.com/

Easy Moza
- Easy Moza is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to make photo
  mosaics using hundreds of your own photographs. I think this is so neat
  and you could use it to create interesting mosaics for any number of
  projects or subjects!
- Thank you to a fellow blogger, Mr. L, for introducing me to this
  resource.
easymoza.com

RSA Animate How-To
- Have you ever watched one of those RSA Animate videos and thought
  about how awesome it would be to make one of your own? I love the doodle
  style of these videos and have attempted to create my own and had some
  success using PowToon, when it was free, but now I've found a tutorial!
Paul Bogush has actually created RSA Animate videos with his students (how
  awesome is that!?) and has put together an incredibly thorough tutorial of how
  they did it including what tools they used, possible glitches and lots of pictures!
- I'm sure if students can do it, then so can I! If I figure it all out I would love to
  create a similar project with my students one day.
* Special thanks to the #ETMOOC network for finding this for me!
http://blogush.edublogs.org/2012/12/26/how-to-make-rsa-animate-style-videos-with-your-class/

Terms of Service; Didn't Read
- Are you like 99.9% of people who don't actually read the entire Terms of
  Service Agreement when you sign up for a new online tool? Be honest, not many
  people actually take the time to read through the 30+ pages that are written
  completely in legal terminology.
- Terms of Service; Didn't Read is a website developed by a group of lawyers
  who are determined to make these documents more accessible to the people who
  are agreeing to them. This can be especially important when it comes to using
  technology appropriately within your school division and teaching students about
   responsible technology use.
http://tos-dr.info/

Open Attribute Add-On
- This browser add-on makes appropriate attribution quick and easy! By just
  clicking on the image in the browser, users can access the appropriate
  attribution and copyright information and easily copy and paste it to where
  they need it.
- This is something I would definitely make sure I could have downloaded onto
  school computers. Students need to ensure that appropriate attribution is
  applied and if there is a tool to make that easy for them, why not utilize it?
openattribute.com

Infographics in Education Wiki
- This wiki involves examples of awesome infographics, citations, infographic
   generators, tutorials and more! It even includes rubrics and information on
   how to use infographic projects with your students.
- This is one of the best infographic resources that I have found.
- This comprehensive Wiki was organized by Mary Frazier, the Integration
   Technology Specialist for Buhler USD #313.

Infographics for Librarians, Educators & Other Cools Geeks LiveBinder
- This LiveBinder features almost 200 pages about infographics including
   general information, infographic sources, infographics organized by subject
   and how to create original infographics.
- This LiveBinder was organized by Carolyn Starkey who has curated
   several different LiveBinders on library-related topics.
http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/143539

Larry Ferlazzo's "The Best Infographics" Lists
- I've spoken about Larry Ferlazzo on my blog before and I continue
   to search his archives again and again for amazing resources. Larry
   has compiled some of the best educational infographics and even 
   annotated them! Here are his infographic lists for the past four years.

Infographics Archive: Education & Careers
- The Infographics Archive is an online library completely devoted to
   infographics that can be searched by category. The "Education &
   Careers" category features several pages of infographics that could
   be used in the classroom.
- It can take a while to search through all the pages within this category
   but there is also a general keyword search if you are looking for
   something specific.
http://www.infographicsarchive.com/category/education-careers/

Good. Infographics
- The Good website has a complete section devoted to infographics which
   users can search through. I've actually featured some of Good's infographics
   before on my blog and admit that they have some very interesting ones on
   their site.
- Unfortunately I find their website hard to navigate so it may be difficult to
   find infographics on specific subjects.
http://www.good.is/infographics

Visual.ly
- Visual.ly is a fun infographic creation tool that allows users to create
   infographics based off of information supplied through various social
   media networks like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
- Visual.ly also offers other infographic options for a cost but the free
   ones are very interesting so far.
- I created an infographic comparing my twitter account to a fellow
   education student's!
visual.ly

QR Codes in Education: LiveBinders
- QR Codes are being incorporated more and more in classrooms and I
   actually used them during student teaching in an attempt to go paperless!
- This LiveBinder covers everything from apps, QR generators and hundreds
   of ways to use them in the classroom for a variety of projects.
http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=51894

How to NOT Steal From the Internet Wiki
- This wiki helps teachers and students learn the ins and outs of utilizing online
   resources while still giving proper attribution to the original creator(s). It
   provides information on the different types of Creative Commons licensing,
   the Manitoba policy on plagiarism, tools to assist in proper attribution, and
   even exemplars to show students.
* This is actually a wiki I helped create with a group of my peers in my
   Internet of Educators class.
http://hownottosteal.wikispaces.com

DS106: Open Course on Digital Storytelling
- DS106 is a mooc (massive open online course) about digital
  storytelling and all of the different platforms that digital storytelling can
  encompass. This course has been running since 2010 and still has many
  active participants who are interested in learning more about digital
  storytelling.
- I think it would be amazing to have students participate by completing
  one of the projects or have students explore the site and complete any
  project of their choosing. It can also serve as inspiration for teachers who
  can create projects for their students based on what they see.
- Some projects include Photoshop projects, GIFs, lip syncs, creative
  postcards, CD cover remixes and A LOT more. If you teach any of the
  digital design courses this online resource could essentially plan your
  entire course!
* Big thanks going out to Tyler for sharing this resource with me.
http://ds106.us/

Padlet
- Padlet, previously known as Wall Wisher, is a great interactive site
  for brainstorming and sharing ideas in the classroom. Teachers can
  create a "wall" and students, on their devices, can post notes on the wall
  that can be shared with the class.
- I've used this in the classroom and asked students to "post" their responses
  when we read texts, brainstorm ideas, share prior knowledge and more. I
  find that students really like it because they can engage with multiple platforms
  (reading text but responding digitally) and it allows them to utilize their devices.
- Students can add their name to their post or leave it blank if you want them
  to be anonymous (which can be a good feature). The wall can then be shared
  if you post student work online for those who missed, gain feedback from
  another class or PLN and/or share through your classroom's social media
  networks.
http://padlet.com/

Gynzy: Interactive Whiteboard Tools
- If your classroom has an interactive white board, like a SMART Board,
  then this website is definitely the one for you! It offers a lot of tools that
  are pre-created to help utilize your interactive white board to it's full
  potential.
- Users can search by subject area (Social Studies, Math, Science, etc) or
  by grade level to find the tools they need for their classroom.
- Some of my favourite tools are definitely the floor plan creator that allows
  you to design your classroom setup or pick from pre-created options, the
  traffic light (great for managing classroom noise), and the interactive
  maps of the world.
- One down side is that you do need to sign up and create an account
  which only gives you a trial. Perhaps if there was enough interest your
  school could create an account for you or you could get a collaborative
  account with your fellow teachers.
http://www.gynzy.com/en/corporate

50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story
-This Wiki provides a great starting point if you are interested in
  using digital storytelling with your students. It can be used as a teaching tool
  with your students or can just be a great place to find resources to utilize.
- Users of this wiki can utilize this resource to design a digital story and find
  appropriately licensed resources .
http://50ways.wikispaces.com/

Jamendo
- Jamendo has one of the world's largest collections of royalty-free music
  clips. Songs can be searched by artist, genre, instrument or mood and are
  easily downloaded as MP3 files.
- This is the perfect site if you are asking your students to include music in
  any of their projects but are worried about copyright laws and proper
  attribution.
http://www.jamendo.com/en/

Gynzy: Interactive Whiteboard Tools
- If your classroom has an interactive white board, like a SMART Board,
  then this website is definitely the one for you! It offers a lot of tools that
  are pre-created to help utilize your interactive white board to it's full
  potential.
- Users can search by subject area (Social Studies, Math, Science, etc) or
  by grade level to find the tools they need for their classroom.
- Some of my favourite tools are definitely the floor plan creator that allows
  you to design your classroom setup or pick from pre-created options, the
  traffic light (great for managing classroom noise), and the interactive
  maps of the world.
- One down side is that you do need to sign up and create an account
  which only gives you a trial. Perhaps if there was enough interest your
  school could create an account for you or you could get a collaborative
  account with your fellow teachers.
http://www.gynzy.com/en/corporate

Padlet
- Padlet, previously known as Wall Wisher, is a great interactive site
  for brainstorming and sharing ideas in the classroom. Teachers can
  create a "wall" and students, on their devices, can post notes on the wall
  that can be shared with the class.
- I've used this in the classroom and asked students to "post" their responses
  when we read texts, brainstorm ideas, share prior knowledge and more. I
  find that students really like it because they can engage with multiple platforms
  (reading text but responding digitally) and it allows them to utilize their devices.
- Students can add their name to their post or leave it blank if you want them
  to be anonymous (which can be a good feature). The wall can then be shared
  if you post student work online for those who missed, gain feedback from
  another class or PLN and/or share through your classroom's social media
  networks.
http://padlet.com/

DS106: Open Course on Digital Storytelling
- DS106 is a mooc (massive open online course) about digital
  storytelling and all of the different platforms that digital storytelling can
  encompass. This course has been running since 2010 and still has many
  active participants who are interested in learning more about digital
  storytelling.
- I think it would be amazing to have students participate by completing
  one of the projects or have students explore the site and complete any
  project of their choosing. It can also serve as inspiration for teachers who
  can create projects for their students based on what they see.
- Some projects include Photoshop projects, GIFs, lip syncs, creative
  postcards, CD cover remixes and A LOT more. If you teach any of the
  digital design courses this online resource could essentially plan your
  entire course!
* Big thanks going out to Tyler for sharing this resource with me.
http://ds106.us/

Good Video Sources for ________
- I love to include video clips when I'm teaching. It is a great
  way to differentiate your instructional method and can be really
  engaging for our students who have essentially grown up around
  a television screen.
- Richard Byrne at, Free Technology for Teachers, has been posting
  an awesome series of great video sources by subject area. Each post
  is subject specific and features about ten online resources to check
  out to find educational videos to include in the classroom. The great
  part is that, in the comments section of the post, visitors have also
  been sharing their favourite video sources too!
* If you want to learn more about using video in the classroom,
  check out my previous article, More Than Just Bill Nye... Using
  Video in the Classroom
Social Studies Video Sources
Science Video Sources
Math Video Sources

Top Documentary Films
- Top Documentary Films has compiled over 1000 documentaries,
  organized them by topic/genre and provided current links to where
  they can be viewed online.
- This can be a great website for finding documentaries that can be
  viewed in your classroom or, if you can't watch online, it can serve
  as a search list that you can use to find hard-copy version.
- I really like this site because I love the discussions that can come out
  of watching thought-provoking documentaries but am not always sure
  what documentaries are out there. It also features a lot of older films
  that are now public domain!
www.topdocumentaryfilms.com

How To Create An Awesome Infographic
- Infographics are sprouting up everywhere online and they can be a
  great addition to any lesson. With infographics on pretty much
  anything, it can be easy to add in these informational visuals as a way
  to meet the needs of your visual learners.
- This website has a created a great infographic on how to create
  infographics. I've had my students create their own infographics once
  but never sat down and formally went through anything like this. I am
  definitely saving this to use in my classroom next year!
* To read more about how infographics can be used in the classroom,
  check out my post: Infographics in the Classroom
http://www.graphs.net/201303/how-to-create-an-awesome-infographic.html

Sound Gator
- Have you ever had your students work on a video project and had them
  wandering around the school trying to recreate sound effects for their
  project? Sound Gator is an online collection of free sound effects that can
  be easily downloaded and inserted into various projects.
- Organized by genres like "Sports Sounds" and "Human Sounds", audio
  clips can be easily searched and downloaded as MP3 files. Perfect for
  any digital storytelling and/or video project!
http://www.soundgator.com/

 Need Help Now
- Social media plays a BIG role in our student's lives and, unfortunately, they
  sometimes find that there is too much information about them available online.
  Whether they have purposefully shared this information, or they find themselves
  the victims of  having someone else share information/pictures/videos/etc without
  their permission, this website is a great support.
- This website gives students practical information and support in regards to getting
  pictures/videos of themselves removed from online sources, dealing with peers who
  are distributing these pictures/videos, providing counselling support and much
  more!
* Download your own copy of the poster below at
  http://needhelpnow.ca/app/en/resources-video#the_video
http://needhelpnow.ca/app/en/

Blooms Taxonomy of iPad Apps
- iPads are being utilized in countless schools around the world from
  Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as through higher education. This
  Blooms Taxonomy wheel, created by Allan Carrington, breaks down
  exactly how we can use this technology in the classroom in a meaningful
  and purposeful way.
- Not only does it organize various iPad apps by the different level of
  Blooms, but it also provides various activity suggestions. This is one of
  the best and compact iPad resources that I've seen, thanks Allan!
http://www.unity.net.au/padwheel/padwheelposter.pdf

Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics
- Have you wanted to use Digital Storytelling with your students but wasn't
  quite sure about the assessment aspect of the project? Med Kharbach, at
  Educational Technology & Mobile Learning, has put together a great post
  featuring different types of assessment rubrics for digital storytelling projects.
- I was especially fond of the second rubric that took Copyright Laws into
  account!
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/04/digital-storytelling-evaluation-rubrics.html

Creative Commons Infographic
- You know I'm a big fan of promoting Creative Commons and appropriate
   attribution with my students. The availability of the internet allows our students
   to basically access the whole world at the touch of a button. Unfortunately,
   while many of our students can perform an appropriate search for information,
   they don't know how to appropriately use and reference that information.
- This inforgraphic is a very quick overview of the various Creative Commons
   symbols and their meanings. This is a perfect poster to hang in your computer
   lab!
http://visual.ly/what-creative-commons?utm_source=visually_embed

Commonsense Media: Photo Sharing Poster for Students
- Appropriate media use, online bullying, sexting, etc have all been in
  the headlines over the past few years & it is important that we are
  teaching our students how to be using technology and various medias
  appropriately.
- This infographic, by Commonsense Media, features a simple
  flowchart to look at BEFORE sharing photos with others. I think it
  opens up a lot of good ideas and I feel like most students will be able
  to look at this and understand what they should share (and what they
  shouldn't).
- This poster is going in my classroom!
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/postaphoto-ms-hs-poster.pdf

10 Virtual Field Trips for Students
- This list features 10 options of virtual field trips to share with your
  students. These are great options for making learning come to life and
  expand the classroom beyond its walls (kind of). Virtual field trips are
  a great option if you do not have resources close by, do not have time
  to travel, or if you don't have a field trip budget!
- A big thanks to Med over at Educational Technology & Mobile
  Learning for putting this list together!
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/04/10-wonderful-virtual-field-trips-for.html

The Human Calendar
- This is a really neat interactive calendar that features images of people
  holding up the date on pieces of paper. I really like the unique aspect of
  this app and could be a neat addition to a classroom website or blog.
- This idea could also be the inspiration to do a similar project with your
  students! It could be digital or printed off and laminated if you are an
  early years teacher who does calendar time in the morning.
http://www.humancalendar.com/

Canadian Education Association: Video & Podcasts
- The video and podcasts page of the Canadian Education Association
   features hundreds of media files that can utilized by teachers and
  students. There are many files that would be appropriate for teachers for
  PD opportunities as well as files for student learning.
- The videos are Canadian focused and files are available in English or
  French!
http://www.cea-ace.ca/video#.UVCesnGQyQA.blogger

Copyright in a Copy-Paste World
- This is one of the BEST copyright and plagiarism information
  websites for students that I have found so far. Through the use
  of articles, interactives, images, and film clips this website covers
  the following questions: Is It Really Stealing? Why Should I Care?
  What Does It Look Like? What Tools Can I Use? How Can I Use
  My Own Brain?
- There are specific tabs for students and teachers and allows students
  to actually self-check their own work to ensure that they aren't
  plagiarizing in their work; awesome!
- This is a website that I will definitely be sharing in my classroom and
  with my colleagues!
http://www.pleasedontcheat.com/

You Made That
- This interactive from the NY Times allows users to create and share their original
  artwork. Users can chose from a variety of mediums including flowing ribbon,
  coloured salt, flower petals, stamps, and more.
- This website would be a fun activity for students to share their artwork and could
  be bookmarked on the class computer or iPads for students to explore if they are
  done work early.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/magazine/you-made-it.html?emc=eta1&_r=1&

New Old Stock: Vintage Photographs
- Curated by Cole Townsend, this website features vintage photographs
  that are public domain and not licensed under any copyright restrictions.
- This is a great image option to share with your students when they are
  looking for images to use for projects!
- The one thing I do not like is that there is no search options or categories
  and users simply have to scroll through the pages of photographs to find
  what they are looking for.
http://nos.twnsnd.co/

How To Add Live Web Pages to PowerPoint Presentations
- This tutorial shows someone, step-by-step, how to add in a live web
  page into a PowerPoint presentation. When giving presentations about
  ed resources I find that I am jumping back and forth between the internet
  browser and my presentation.
- This tutorial taught me how to embed a website directly into the presentation
  so I don't have to flip back and forth anymore! This is really handy as I am
  teaching my students how to use Blogger this year and would like to have
  the web page inside of my presentation.
* Thanks to Tyler for sharing this resource with me!
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/25946/how-to-add-live-web-pages-to-a-powerpoint-presentation/

Digital Passport
- A fun, engaging program designed to educate students on Digital Literacy & Citizenship
- Appropriate for approximately Grades 3-5
- Students learn about creating secure passwords, safe texting habits, creating an online identity, copyright regulations, and more!
- Students can work through mission modules and games and a detailed report can be made available for educators who register (for FREE!)
- Available as a website or app.
https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration

Top 10 TED Talks on Digital Lives for Teachers
- There are so many different aspects to consider when it comes to teachers and online use, especially social media. This video list covers everything from online filters and Twitter use to gender differences and cognitive surplus.
- These videos are an awesome way to begin discussions about the digital world and encourage reflection about your own online use.
- List compiled by Med at Educational Technology & Mobile Learning
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/top-10-ted-talks-on-digital-lives-for.html

Five Facts vs. Myths About Copyright Infringement 
- Clear and engaging infographic listing and explaining five common myths related to online copyright infringement.
- This would be a great poster for the classroom or computer lab!
http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/09/29/5-mthys-vs-facts-about-copyright-infringement-on-the-internet/

Stoodle
- Virtual corkboard tool (similar idea to Padlet/Wallwisher)
- Allows the creator to share their board through a link and users can add text and images to create a collaborative piece of work
- Great for brainstorming or exit ticket activities!
http://stoodle.ck12.org/

Top Educational YouTube Videos
- A list of 197 YouTube videos that can be used in the classroom.
- Organized by subject area and includes general education, math, science, english, engineering, and much more!
- Make sure you scroll down to read the comments as well because more suggestions are included there from other readers.
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/197-educational-youtube-channels/#ixzz2kwAGp4td

Fake Social Media Posts
You can use this idea easily in both the Social Studies and English classroom:
- character profiles
- historical figure profiles
- show relationships between different characters/people
- show responses to events
- you could use these as part of a larger assignment or simply have it as an exit/entrance slip to demonstrate understanding of a smaller concept
1 ) Fake Twitter Post
http://simitator.com/generator/twitter/tweet

2 ) Fake Facebook Post
http://simitator.com/generator/facebook/status

3 ) Fake Snapchat Post
- http://snapsr.com/

4 ) Fake iPhone Message Post
http://www.ios7text.com/ 


Piktochart
- Allows users to easily create eye-catching infographics for free!
- Users can select standard infographics, presentations, posters, or reports, select blank or pre-made templates, and customize with fonts, clipart, and much more!
- Does require you to create an account in order to save progress, but signing up is quick and easy.
http://piktochart.com/
* Want help getting started? Here is a list of 7 Video Tutorials to help you get the most out of this tool.


Social Network Checklists
- These checklists include everything you need to know about setting up an account, managing privacy, blocking/deleting people/information, how to report unwanted interactions, and more!
- Checklists can be printed out and hung as posters or handed out to students. If you are within their shipping range, you can also order hard-copies for FREE!
- Includes lists for Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Ask.fm, and Instagram
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/social-network-checklists




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