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Tech Resources

The links in this post are broken down into categories to help you find what you’re looking for.

Resources of Resources


FreeTech4Teachersfreetech4teachers.com

Richard Byrne, award winning author of FreeTech4Teachers, must never sleep because he updates his blog almost every single day multiple times per day. His site is a wealth of information when it comes to educational technology.

L. Houle’s Wiki http://lhoule.wikispaces.com/NO+Registration+Necessary

L Houle’s Wiki is a collection of over 200 links to “no-registration required” web 2.0 resources. Eliminate the frustrations of having to sign-up before you start working with your students.

Productivity


googlGoo.gl goo.gl/

This web app is a URL shortener and QR Code maker. This is nice if you need your students to enter long website addresses when you go to the computer lab.

Pixlr Express pixlr.com/express

This web app lets you edit images in your browser. This is especially nice if you have GIANT digital photos that you’d like to crop and/or resize to make more web-friendly (resize to 600 pixels).

PhotoBucketphotobucket.com

This website lets you create a free account to store photos online. It also creates a unique email address that will automatically place attached images in a web album.
That means no more downloading and sorting.


Online Publishing

Flash Draftflashdraft.org

This website facilitates online whole class publishing and seeks to address the concerns teachers have regarding young students publishing on the internet. This site is still early in development, but it is fully functional and ready for eager teachers to pilot.

Online Museums


When searching for online resources, consider exploring the websites of museums whose focus is similar to yours. They often contain high quality interactive virtual exhibits. Take for example:

Grade: 2nd
Unit: Presidents
Website: jfklibrary.org/Exhibits/Interactive-Exhibits.aspx

Grade: 4th
Unit: Simple Machines
Website: msichicago.org/online-science/simple-machines/activities/simple-machines-1/

Grade: 5th
Unit: The Colonies
Website: history.org/history/museums/multimedia.cfm?sort=interactive

Apps


Kindertownkindertown.com

Kindertown finds and organizes the best educational apps for kids ages 3-8 years old. The homepage features an easy to use search filter that helps you arrow down your selection by age range, device, and price. A second level filter limits your search results by subject area.

iPadapps4schools iPadapps4school.com
Android4schoolsAndroid4schools.com

Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com regularly features useful apps for the iOS and Android platform.

Genius Scan

This iPhone app easily converts printed documents into crisp PDFs that you can email to yourself or save on your phone.


Google Doodle

The annual Google 4 Doodle contest has begun. This year’s theme: “My best day ever…” Submissions are due March 22 – http://www.google.com/doodle4google/