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Sometimes the best gadgets are online! FREE (or cheap) sites that make your life more interesting, or provide a service that is just so cool you gotta share it. These are those sites. The Web 2.0 Tools site below has even MORE cool thingsi just had to share them with you!
NOTE: Hi! You may want to bookmark this page now because you may get distracted and or loose your way with these cool links!
Gadget-A-Go-Go: the Companion Site for Hardware, Gadgets & Toys.

Ninja Text Generator!


Animations, Cartoons, & Slideshows

This subject got to be too big i had to do a page for each product.... to get to those pray, dear reader, click below
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21+ Avatar Generators & Creators

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Daring Librarian Comic Tutorials

Click below to get the full gallery of Tech Savvy Comic Tutorials!
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Dropbox: Save in the Cloud

At the METC_CSD Web 2.0 Tools Smackdown when Gina Hartman said "Because of Dropbox I don't care if my laptop crashes"-- I realized THIS WAS BIG!
Use THIS SPECIAL SECRET SQUIRREL LINK to register for dropbox & use your school email account and you'll get EXTRA FREE SPACE!
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Dropbox allows you store your files online, easily share files with others, and sync your documents with multiple computers and mobile devices.
This is a must have tool for educators! It's Free, Convenient, and Saves Time!

Using the Magic Pocket: A Dropbox Guide (published by MakeUseOf) - PDF
Dropbox loves schools! If you are an educator you can get double the credit for referrals. That's 500 MB per friend that you invite!

Other file sharing tools:
WeTransfer - Free! No Registration! Send up to 2 GB files! Stores files for 2 weeks!
LetsCrate - Drag & drop file sharing.
Senduit - Free! No Registration! Upload your file (100 MB limit) and share a private link! Links active for up to 1 week!
Totally stole this tip & the links from the super AWEsome:
Thanks Gina Hartman! @ghartman St. Charles, MO

Totally Tech Teacher Tools

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning from ALA
25 Free Apps And Websites For Tech-Loving Teachers
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  • Spell with Flickr- Spell out any word using images from Flickr. (like i did up above....GROOVY, huh?)
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Tools for Creating, Editing & Sharing

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  • Prezi - "Create a map of your ideas, images, videos, then show overview, zoom to details, amaze & convince. And it is very simple to use"
  • The Jing Project - "Uploading and sharing your screencast has just gotten a lot easier. It’s an application by the name of Jing and it comes from the guys at TechSmith, the same people behind Camtasio Studio and Snagit."
  • Jeopardy labs- Online tool to build a Jeopardy game.
  • Online Stopwatch- Very easy to set up a timer in a variety of formats.
  • Flash Timer- Dramatic timer with music and effect. 10 minute max.
  • E.gg timer- Very basic timer. Big and clear!
  • Sharetabs- A way to share multiple sites at one time.
  • Edmodo- Set up a class site that utilizes microblogging.
  • Scribblar- Like having a free interactive whiteboard.
  • Scribd - Upload any PDF, Word, PowerPoint and many other file formats and iPaper turns it into an elegant web display.
    "Scribd is the largest social publishing company in the world, the Website where tens of millions of people each month publish and discover original writings and documents. On Scribd, you can quickly and easily turn nearly any file—including PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel—into a Web document and share it with the world."
    From Basically, Scribd allows you to upload any file (Word, Excel, PPT, etc.) and get an embeddable code for your webpage/wiki. You can see an example at: http://adamyeargin.hcpss.wikispaces.net/CitationInfo
    My other gadget was the built in camera/mic on newer models of Macs. I've used mine to create quick book reviews and hosted the videos on my wiki: http://adamyeargin.hcpss.wikispaces.net/ReadThisBook
    Adam Yeargin -Library Media Specialist - Bonnie Branch Middle School

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  • Geogreeting- Spell out any word using images from Google Earth.
  • Twitter- Microblogging site. Good for developing a PLN. Follow Me! gwynethjones
  • Plurk- Microblogging on a timeline. Good for developing a PLN. Great Educators and Conversations!
  • Dispute Finder:Reveal the other side of the story! contributed by Danielle Dunn
  • File Converter -- DOCX to DOC - this and the next two were contributed by Tim Grafton
  • Embeding Multimedia Toolcontributed by Tim Grafton
  • Resource Website for Eukaryotic Cell Project contributed by Tim Grafton
  • Wordle -- Generates word clouds from text. Clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Change fonts, laouts and color schemes. Print them out, save or share. Make posters, T-shirts, business cards or brochures. - contributed by Kathy Glascock
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  • Wordsift: "Paste your text into the box. Press 'Sift' to visualize. 65k characters max. Sample Text: Capital Punishment | Climate Change | 'I Have a Dream' speech ..." contributed by Danielle Dunn
  • Tagul: Like Wordle but with clickable links!

  • Taxedo: Like wordsift but with animated clickable words!

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Personal Learning Networks or PLN's=

... What the Heck is a PLN, really?
from Chris Smith: "With the growth of the internet, technology and especially with web 2.0 tools it is now easier for each of us to build a unique online Personal Learning Network (PLN). These networks often grow organically as we ourselves evolve both needs and skills ... with the increase in available information worldwide and easier access there comes a time when it's advisable to pause and reflect. Not only is this an exercise in time management but also one related to keeping sane under the rapid growth of information available."
Tell me about it! i'm about Ning'd out lately.....from Professional Nings to Second Life Nings....i'm very ningy! but i do LOVES the format! -- GJ
David Warlick, Uber Tech Guru has also Blogged on it, It's worth the read!
Build your PLN by using Twitter... joining in & searching for on #TeacherTuesday, #edchat, #edtech discussions/sharing....
join a Ning! so many ways to build your network of educators where you can share, learn, & grow!
Related to this: best 11 URL Shortening Sites
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also, for my visual learners (like me!) here's a graphic explaining what a PLN can be, created by Jen Henga aka **jenhegna1**
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FULL SIZE can be Viewed HERE

Free Brainstorming Site

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i tried to be as extensive as Jen's example....but it gave me a headache! LOL
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Do you like this Inspiration type map?
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It's a Ning Thing! - PLN's that Work!

Social Networks around central themes...think a Facebook for teachers, a Myspace for technology educators...a place to vent, share, connect, and LEARN!
These are some the Nings i belong to: Classroom 2.0 The LARGEST! over 28,000 members (6.09)!! -(aside: in just 6 months it's now 32,000 members 10.09) the social network for those interested in
Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education. The Founder will be presenting at NECC! I just had to STALK![[image:file/view/myNings.jpg align="right"]]
TeacherLibrarianNetwork A community for teacher-librarians and other educators
Teachers 2.0 Teaching in the digital age. The founder is a Marylander & a Teacher!
Library Media Bookclub Ning The Ning i started for our county book club to talk about our books!

Magic 8 Ball - Just for Fun!

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sometimes I'm just ambivalent about stuff....you know....indecisive...so this site is just for FUN!
(I oftentimes just end up doing the opposite!LOL)

Classroom /Timer

Two other great timers (Virtual Stopwatch, Virtual Timer) can be found at www.timeme.com.


Twitter & More!

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What's All This Tweeting About Twitter? Educational Twittering & Why you should drink the Twitter koolaid.


Search The Daring Librarian blog for the latest postings on Twitter but here are some good links - not guaranteed to be the most fresh - when in doubt - Google it out! :-)
Twitter-At-A-Glance Part 1 the Basics
Twittering Part Deux- The Art of the Follow
Steven Anderson's excellent Live Binder: An Educators //Guide To Twitter//
Holy Sweet Tweet! a Twitter Manual for Educators!
Hashtags are now hot linked! So searching for topics or events is easier!
10 Ways to Find People on Twitter
Twittering, Not Frittering: Professional Development in 140 Character

Holy Sweet Tweet! a Free Twitter Handbook for Teachers

Hashtags are now hot linked! So searching for topics or events is easier!

Photo Credit: Wesley Bedrosian
for more: Please visit my blog or see my new Wikipage Educational Twittering

Social Bookmarking

  • Delicious- a way to have your favorite links online and share with others.
  • Diigo- highlight and share the web.

Student Tools

  • Soshiku- online agenda book.
  • Penzu- online password-protected journal.
  • Wiggio- a site to help students work on group projects. (High school level)
  • Bubblus- online graphic organizer
  • Capzles- creates multimedia timelines
  • Our Story- creates online timelines
  • Bibme- bibliography maker
  • Knowtes- online flashcard maker and study community
  • Quizlet- very easy online flashcard maker

Sites that utilize cell phones

  • GCast- Create a podcast by recording on a cell phone (Hint: when setting up an account use the school phone number)
  • Poll Everywhere- Set up a poll or a quiz where students text their responses.
  • PhoneVite- The user can create a group of contact numbers and send a message to the entire group at one time.
  • Text the Mob- Create polls or discussion boards where the audience can text their answers. Creative and Educational
  • NEW!!!! Xtranormal- Create a movie by just writing a script.
  • NEW!!!! Wallwisher- easy-to-create colaborative bullentin board. NEW!!!!
  • Jaycut- great movie editing tool.
  • Wordle- Create word clouds.
  • Glogster- Online multi-media poster maker.
  • Animoto- Create a customized video with just a group of images and music.
  • Blabberize- Create talking images.
  • Voicethread- Create a presentation with sound.
  • Voki- Create a speaking avatar.
  • Big Huge Labs- Create a variety of projects using images.
  • Dumpr- Take images to the next level.
  • Sumopaint-create amazing digital art.
  • Tag Galaxy- Unique photo search.
  • Speechable- Add speech bubbles to any photo.
  • Pizap- have fun with images
  • Wigflip- a variety of tools.

Subject-themed Sites

  • Mathway- This helps students struggling with a math problem by taking them through the problem step-by-step.
  • ChartGizmo- Create graphs and charts online.
  • Yourtake- Use the SCAN Method to investigate current events. (Free subscription until the end of the school year)
  • Free Rice- For every correct answer on this site, 20 grains of rice will be donated to the UN World Food Program. AWESOME!!!!
  • One Word- The user is presented with one word and the user has 60 seconds to write about that word.

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Locations of visitors to this page

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Screen Capture Tools: 40+ Free Tools and Techniques

(here's a small snip from the article linked above)
"Screen capture, or print screen is perhaps the most efficient way to share whatever appears on your desktop. They help tech users like us to share and communicate better with friends and peers. Major operating systems today comes with basic screen capture and print screen function, but if these can’t fulfill what you need from a screen capture then you are probably looking for a screen capturing tool.
Screen capturing tools do what the basic tool don’t. What these tools could do varies, including the ability to include sketches and text, instantly upload image online, audio capturing, dimension-specific capturing and more. Make your screen capture and sharing experience more interesting, here’s a showcase of 40+ Free Screen Capturing Tools and Related Techniques. Full list after jump.

Cross Platform

We love cross platform tools. No more worries when you are all too familiar with one tool and needs to get the job done on a different operating system.
A project of Techsmith, Jing has the ability to do instance image and video capturing. Aside from that, you can also do sketches on the image and share them online. Speaking from functionality point of view, being free tool is definetely a steal. [Download: Windows, Mac]
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Evernote

Saying Evernote has cross platform supporting ability seems to be slightly inaccurate, instead it’s multi-platform. This awesome tool not only runs on Windows and Mac, it also supports iPhone, Windows Mobile and even websites. You’ve got to check out the video to see how great it is. [Download: Windows, Mac, more]
More tips from:

Andrea Blanco
Andrea Blanco

Andrea Blanco @andreablanco of METC_CSD
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Evernote for the Educator:
  • Easily share files through email, publishing, or private invites
  • Upload grades
  • Anecdotal records using the photo tool
  • To-Do Lists
  • Keep track of research notes by clipping websites
  • PDF are searchable with word recognition
  • Record audio bytes of lectures, play back for self-reflection purposes
  • Tagging feature and adding new notebooks helps keep you organized
  • Easily sync from multiple devices: web, desktop, mobile phone, iPad, etc.

Additional Resources:
Ten Tips for Teachers Using Evernote
Evernote for Students- The Ultimate Research Tool
Evernote will Organize Your Life: Classroom 2.0 Forum

Goodbye iGoogle Hello Protopage!

With iGoogle going by the wayside in a few months - I had to find a replacement. Read my blog posting about how Protopage pre-dates iGoogle (I even suspect they copied it!)
//Goodbye iGoogle// - //Hello Protopage//! and how to get it going!
Here's what mine looks like now!
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What to do with Google!?

me loves me some Google! i've been preaching their tools since my MICCA 2004 Presentation Doing Backflips Over Google for Yahooligans! (please quickly resize your screen and don't laugh at my old skool Netscape composer skillz! LOL) But Google (God bless their geekly little inventive minds) have created now a LOT More great tools for teachers!
Here's another great list Top 10 Google Apps for Educators

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Danielle's Google Apps Pa

here's what mine looks like....

Check out Selena Ward's Google page with all kind of cool SLIDESHOW DEMO's!
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Like Gadgets?

Visit my Gadget A-Go-Go Wiki!
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NOTE: This awesome annotated list of tools was totally & shamelessly stolen and adapted from the amazing Ward Collection site by the super cool Selena Ward! I stalk her work on the Internets....like here: Her Delicious Pagedon't worry, she knows! i've totally admitted to my snagging, and my belief to never re-invent the wheel by selective thieving! LOL so basicaly i'm also saying anything that i make that you want or could use in your schools TAKE IT! make it yours...just link back to me somewhere best link back would be this my main Prof Dev Steam Wiki or my Electronic Porfolio. thanks!
Remember: Each one, teach one!


~gwyneth anne bronwynne jones: http://twitter.com/gwynethjones