Too Many Tools from 2010 Academic Tech Retreat
widget – readability –
widget- quiettube – takes out junk from youtube videos
Twitter – scales pictures
Graphic Converter- for Macs – scales pictures – online design and share flowchart (like inspiration) – The Academy of U – online publications of traditional courses – general conferencing – THUMBS UP FROM TOM DACCORD! – conferencing- screen sharing
Google Collaboration Tools- Google Docs with chat/wave
Adobe Buzzword – – platform for building flash projects- create a book that opens and incorporates multimedia – online presentations –cooler than PowerPoint
Close Captioning on You Tube- transcribe and translate – get things done! – quizzes, study cards, etc. – immediate feedback
Evernote – PDF to their site and then you can embed

Too Many Tools from 2009 Academic Tech Retreat
stationary for FirstClass — NBC website Spanish native speakers for conjugating verbs websearch for video and images (eportfolios)
Free pet wallpapers creative commons advanced search
Free desktop backgrouds

Cell Phone Resources


Web 2.0 Resources (Mostly Free, Downloadable and Online Resources)
The following is a collection of web resources. This page is editable, meaning that you can add additional resources as you find them. Resources are organized by function.

Classroom Management
The Homework Site
Enchanted Learning
Content Management System (Open Source) Moodle

This is for those of you who have to do seating charts or plan for room assignments for school trips.

Skype - Skype is a downloadable program available at software is used to communicate from one computer to any other computer, allowing for voice and video. If both users have Skype the program is free.

Creating a Classroom Wiki
What is a wiki? A wiki is a collaborative workspace online. Wikispaces lets you create simple web pages that your class can edit together.
Use this link to create a free, private wiki space. The site also offers tutorials and ideas for classroom integration. You can choose to make your wiki private, accessible to those you choose, or open to the world. If you need help creating a wiki please contact Justine to set up time for a short tutorial.Collaborative web space (wiki)

"Getting Started" handout -
School Computing Wiki

Join Independent School Educators Network (click here)

Jott Jott is a Web 2.0 tool that allows you to call a designated phone number and record a message that is then transcribed into an email and sent to you. Free and easy to set up, it is a great resource for those of us who are absent minded. You can even set up a jott to your entire class.

Diigo - Highlight, Clip and Sticky-Note for any webpage

Creating a Classroom Blog
From Wikipedia—A blog (short for web log) is a website where entries are made and displayed in a reverse chronological order.
Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic.

Blogs or

Social Bookmarking

Google Alerts Google Tools—
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs of your favorite sports team

Google Docs Google Tools—
If you've ever struggled to keep track of different versions of spreadsheet or word processor files sent over email, Google Docs & Spreadsheets may be right for you. Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group's homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan. Learn More
  • Get started quickly.Import your existing documents and spreadsheets, or create new ones from scratch.
  • Edit your documents and spreadsheets from anywhere.All you need is a Web browser - your documents and spreadsheets are stored securely online.
  • Share changes in real-time.Invite people to your documents/spreadsheets and make changes together, at the same time.

Document sharing Groove (MS Office 07/08)
Share PowerPoints online:

Professional screen shots with editing

Digital Storytelling
Photostory 3
Digital storytelling

Tux Paint (Mac Shareware)
Create comics Comic Life (Mac)

Google Sketch Up Google Tools—
Developed for the conceptual stages of design, Google SketchUp is a powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software tool that combines a simple, yet robust tool-set with an intelligent drawing system that streamlines and simplifies 3D design. From simple to complex, conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp enables you to build and modify 3D models quickly and easily. If you use Google Earth, Google SketchUp allows you to place your models using real-world coordinates and share them with the world using the Google 3D Warehouse.

West Point Bridge Designer
This software is about engineering, stress, load, and budgeting - might be good for physics, math classes and is used for a contest that West Point sponsors.

Create comics
Mirror Paint (mac shareware)

Emergency Situations -- listen to the police and fire radio calls coming in

Familty Tree Builders

File Creators/Converters
PDF creator
PDF Creator
PDF Creator
Convert a website to any type of file
Create a Booklet out of a pdf Cocoa Booklet -

Maps and Geography
Google Earth Google Tools—
Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

Using GoogleEarth to discover the journeys in literature.

Google Maps Google Tools—
My Maps in Google maps
Virtual Earth - Google Maps Scavenger Hunt Game

Language Resources

A mapping software that is an alternative to Inspiration.

Grapher Application Macintosh system tool
Blocks Application
Geometry Application Geometer’s Sketch Pad
Equation Editor (Microsoft)
Graph/Gride Paper PDFs

Music - custom radio station

Network Resources - Wireless Tools

Snipshot- Online Photo Editor
Public Domain Images screen shot tool

Picasa (Google Tool)- Excellent photo organizer Google Tools—
Adobe Photoshop Express

Podcasting Resources
For Recording - Recording Software (export as MP3) Audacity -
For Sound Clips -
For Hosting -
For Cool Music -

Presentation Resources
Draw Here is a web app that allows you to draw on web pages for the purpose of highlighting circling etc.

ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations.
ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs.

Makes powerpoints into movies or a photo album into movies.

Setting up RSS
What is RSS?
RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.

What problem does RSS solve?
Most people are interested in many websites whose content changes on an unpredictable schedule. Examples of such websites are news sites, community and religious organization information pages, product information pages, medical websites, and weblogs. Repeatedly checking each website to see if there is any new content can be very tedious.
Email notification of changes was an early solution to this problem. Unfortunately, when you receive email notifications from multiple websites they are usually disorganized and can get overwhelming, and are often mistaken for spam.
RSS is a better way to be notified of new and changed content. Notifications of changes to multiple websites are handled easily, and the results are presented to you well organized and distinct from email.

How does RSS work?
RSS works by having the website author maintain a list of notifications on their website in a standard way. This list of notifications is called an "RSS Feed". People who are interested in finding out the latest headlines or changes can check this list. Special computer programs called "RSS aggregators" have been developed that automatically access the RSS feeds of websites you care about on your behalf and organize the results for you. (RSS feeds and aggregators are also sometimes called "RSS Channels" and "RSS Readers".)
Producing an RSS feed is very simple and hundreds of thousands of websites now provide this feature, including major news organizations like the New York Times, the BBC, and Reuters, as well as many weblogs.

What information does RSS provide?
RSS provides very basic information to do its notification. It is made up of a list of items presented in order from newest to oldest. Each item usually consists of a simple title describing the item along with a more complete description and a link to a web page with the actual information being described. Sometimes this description is the full information you want to read (such as the content of a weblog post) and sometimes it is just a summary.
For example, the RSS information for headlines on a local news website could contain the following information:

The RSS information is placed into a single file on a website in a manner similar to normal web pages. However, the information is coded in the XML computer language for use by a program (the RSS aggregator) and not by a person like a normal web page.

RSS aggregator programs

There are many RSS aggregators available. Some are accessed through a browser, some are integrated into email programs, and some run as a standalone application on your personal computer.

Our favorite Windows based program is: —it is a free download
Mac users can download an RSS widget or use the RSS feature built into Safari

How do I find out if a website has an RSS feed?
It is getting more and more common for websites to have RSS feeds. They usually indicate the existence of the feed on the home page or main news page with a link to "RSS", or sometimes by displaying an orange button with the letters "XML" or "RSS". RSS feeds are also often found via a "Syndicate This" link. Text "RSS" links sometimes (there are lots of variations) point to a web page explaining the nature of the RSS feeds provided and how to find them. The buttons are often linked directly to the RSS feed file itself.
Once you know the URL of an RSS feed, you can provide that address to an RSS aggregator program and have the aggregator monitor the feed for you. Many RSS aggregators come preconfigured with a list to choose from of RSS feed URLs for popular news websites.
Klipfolio (PC) RSS Aggregator
RSS Aggregator

Animal transformer
Probe hardware and software - Verner software company
Dissection website
A 2D physics sandbox game


Video and Sound Recording - Free video capturing software.

Record presentation with sound Profcast (Mac)
Recording Software (export as MP3) Audacity -
Camtasia Studio is the complete professional solution for screen recording, editing and sharing high-quality screen video on the Web, CD-ROM and portable media players, including iPod. This screen recorder and video editor lets you easily record your screen, Microsoft PowerPoints, multiple audio tracks, and webcam video to create compelling training videos, screencasts, and presentations without ever leaving your desk. With the power of interactive Camtasia Studio videos, you can deliver high-quality content anytime, to even your most remote audience.

Video Watching and Posting - app that converts youTube videos and then sends them to iTunes -- post how to videos on this site - great "in plain English" videos of a variety of techie topics. - free additional of all sorts of media conversion software (prism video converter , switchsound converterswitch, for editing clips

Other Resources
Tom Daccord