Teaching Resources Sites:

Teacher Tube:

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Great Site for video content for your classroom. This site is monitored for educational uses only. It should not be blocked at your school. If it is blocked, lobby with your administrators to have it unblocked. If all else fails, a lot of these videos can be downloaded to your computer at home. Use a flash drive or a CD-R to bring the video to your classroom. Another tool to get YouTube videos is This Java script app. This app will let you download any YouTube video as an MP4 file. What to do:
  • Put a site on the links toolbar and then right click the link, select properties.In the Name field put "Get UTube"
  • Then in the location field delete what ever is there and copy and paste the following into the location field: javascript:if(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/)){document.location.href='http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt='+(isHDAvailable?'22':'18')+'&video_id='+swfArgs['video_id']+'&t='+swfArgs['t']}

FlashCard Exchange:

Everyone has at least one student who can benefit from flashcards. Over 400,000 people use this web-based flashcard program to absorb information efficiently and permanently. You can Create, Study, Print, or Share on this site.
Tag Cloud: a list of tags (categories). Tags are words to help identify web links, topics, or ideas.
abbreviations accounting addition adjectives american anatomy anesthesia animal arabic art assessment behavior bible biochem biochemistry biology blood body brain business cancer cardiac cardio cardiovascular cell cells chem chemistry chinese clinical combining criminal dcom definitions dental deutsch development disease diseases disorders dolch drug drugs dutch earth econ economics elementary elements endocrine english espanol expressions facts food french general genetics genki geography german government grammar gre greek health heart hebrew histology history human immunology intermediate ions irregular italian japanese kanji korean latin law life literature management mandarin marketing math mcat medical medicalterminology medicine memory metabolism microbiology miscellaneous multiplication muscle muscles music navy nervous neuro nouns nursing nutrition pathology pharm pharmacology pharmacy phonics phrases physical physics physiology prefixes prepositions property psych psychology random reading readingvocabulary religion renal reproductive respiratory roots russian sat science sightwords sociology spanish spelling suffixes summer tech terminology time turkish usmle verbs veterinary voc vocab vocabulario vocabulary war weather wheelock

For two other Flashcard sites visit MakeUseOf

SlideShare:

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See Web 2.0 page for more information.

Jing:

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  • Capture your whole screen or any part of the screen.
  • Capture onscreen action. Ultra easy to capture the action on your screen.
  • Send you capture over the web, IM, email.


Personal Learning Network (PLN)Tools:

PLN are the current buzz words in education. Ways to increase your network include but are not limited to Twitter, RSS Feeds (See RSS Feeds for How to Instructions.) A PLN isn’t a particularly new idea; learning networks have existed for a long time. What’s new is the reach and extent that’s now possible for a PLN with technology and global interconnectedness providing the opportunity for a much wider, richer and more diverse PLN than ever before.
Blogs:

Social Bookmarking Sites

Delicious:

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Diigo:

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Research Annotate, Archive, Organize
  • Online bookmark: Organize by tags or lists; Access from anywhere, anytime!
  • Archive: Do not just bookmark! Archive pages forever! Make them searchable too!
  • Annotate: Do not just archive! Highlight! Add sticky notes too!
Share Build Personal Learning Network
  • Share your annotated pages with your followers on Diigo or elsewhere.
  • Get a stream of interesting content by following others you like.
  • Interact with others on content of interest.
Collaborate Create a Group Knowledge Repository
  • Create a private or public group for your company, class, and teams.
  • Share findings to the group -- make it the second brain for your team!
  • Interact on the web pages in-situ or in the group.

Twitter:

Twitter is more that just a social networking tool. I have found what I call Tech Gurus who use twitter to update what's happening in the education world.
I use Tweetdeck to funnel these updates to my computer. In Tweetdeck I can use Groups to keep Family/Friends separate from my tech gurus and news tweets. More and more you see the following on sites that you visit. I often use the option to "follow" using Twitter. I like Twitter because long winded writers are limited to 140 characters. Twitter lets you stay connected and up-to-date with what's happening in the world.
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More and more educators are using Twitter with students. They use Twitter as a back channel to encourage discussion of lectures. Also, as a medium to contact students with announcements.
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Blogs:

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I don't use blogs as such. I am more of a lurker who gleans information and knowledge without adding to the discussion. I am not a "Writer" who would do something like a diary. Blogs are used to share personal views or professional ideas. There are many free Blog sites out there. Teachers often use these to get students writing about lesson content. Edublog is the most talked about blog site for educators. See Brandi's Web 2.0 for some Elementary Ideas.
Uses:
  • Post materials and resources - All you have to do on your Edublog is upload, or copy and paste, your materials to your blog and they’ll be instantly accessible by your student from school and from home. You can easily manage who gets to access them through password and plugin safety measures.
  • Host online discussions - Students can respond to blog posts and discuss topics.
  • Create a class publication - Do you remember the good old days of class newspapers? Well, they just got a lot easier with your Edublog – you can add students as contributors, authors and even editors in order to produce a custom designed, finely tuned and engaging collaborative online publication by your class.
  • Get your students blogging - It’s all very good sending your students off to blog sites, or even creating them for them, but you need to operate as a hub for their work and a place where they can easily visit each others blogs from. Your Edublog can be used to glue together your students blogs.
  • Share your lesson plans - We all love planning and admin, right? Well, using an Edublog can turn planning and reflection on classes into a genuinely productive – and even collaborative – experience. Sharing your plans, your reflections, your ideas and your fears with other educators both at your school and around the world using an edublog is a great way to develop as a teacher, and a brilliant use of a blog.
  • Integrate multimedia of all descriptions - With a couple of clicks you can embed online video, multimedia presentations, slideshows and more into your edublog and mix it up with your text and static resources. No cds required, no coding necessary – just select the video, podcasts or slidecast you’d like to use and whack it in your blog to illustrate, engage and improve your teaching toolbox.


Fun but Useful Sites:

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Flickr

is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.
Uses:
A writing prompt
Food webs, biomes, endangered species.
Anywhere visual images are required, such as presentation, etc.
Image analysis
Digital Storytelling Projects
Creating slides shows or presentations
Virtual Field Trips
Creation of visual arguments, e.g. biology classroom-The Case for Genetic Engineering

Wordle:

Wordle is for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

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Uses:
  • Eye catching graphic to introduce a unit - copy your notes and wordle them
  • Vocabulary - upload your notes or a vocabulary list or important words
  • Have students turn in electronic copies of essay (research projects) wordle them for main ideas or repetitive use of words.
  • Wordle answers to surveys

Zamzar

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Have your ever had a File that was in the wrong format. You can now have all kinds of files converted to different formats on line. The one that is the most exciting is converting "pdf" to word docs. They will convert images. video and many more types of files to a multitude of formats. It does take time. You can expect at least 24 hours before the file will return to you converted. So plan ahead.


The future Google Wave: