Websites…..what’s new? Amy Bontekoe HLCS District Media Specialist
Diigo.com• What you will find familiar in Diigo?• - tagging• - private/public bookmarks• - follow bookmarks from a network of people• - see popular bookmarks by tags• - import and export bookmarks• - automatically post your bookmarks to your blog daily or weekly• What can you do with Diigo that you cannot with Delicious?• Bookmark• - save bookmarks as private by default (optional)• - organize your bookmarks as a list and shown as a slide• - set up groups to pool resources and curate content• - automatically bookmark your twitter favorites• - keep a full-text copy of your bookmarks (Premium features)• - full-text search of your bookmarks (Premium features)• - save notes and images, in addition to bookmarks• Annotation• - use highlights and sticky notes as you read - do not just bookmark• - capture a portion of the screen and annotate on the screenshot
Smilebox.com• What is Smilebox?• At Smilebox we believe that how you share your photos should be as memorable as the photos themselves. So weve designed a new way to bring your photos and videos to life.• Our simple application for PC or Mac lets you quickly and easily create slideshows, invitations, greetings, collages, scrapbooks and photo albums right on your computer. With more than 1000 customizable templates to choose from, youll find inspiration around every corner. With our new iPhone app you can share your moments on the go as well.• And Smilebox gives you more ways to share: Facebook, email, blog, printing at home or to a store, and burning to DVD. Smilebox makes sharing photos with your family and friends easy, unique and memorable.
Lit 2 Go.com• Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. You can:• Download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go,• Listen to the Mp3 files on your computer,• View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen,• Print out the stories and poems to make your own book.• There are six ways to get started with Lit2Go:• Browse by Author: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z• Browse by Title: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z• Browse by Reading Level (Flesch-Kincaid*): K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12• Browse by Subject Matter: African-American Literature, Florida, Mathematics, Science• Search Database. You can search the collection by title, author, or keywords.• Launch iTunes. If you have iTunes software installed on your computer, you can download many of the selections directly into your iTunes library. The free iTunes application for either Macintosh or Windows computers may be downloaded directly from Apple, Inc.• An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom. We are adding to this site on a regular basis. If you notice any files that are incomplete, missing, or misplaced, please email the project manager.• Share this site with others by adding banners to your own website, printing bookmarks for your students, or clicking the share button:
Buddymarks.com• BuddyMarks.com has been called "The online personal, group and social bookmarks manager." Join now and: Store all your favorites on-line• Import your current browser favorites in a snap• Get to them from anywhere• Easily add new favorites• Share some or all of your favorites with your friends• Use tags or categories or both to organize the web the way you want• Search to quickly find pages by tag or category or title• Learn about cool websites from the public favorite space• Its free!• Sign Up Now• Google Chrome users, be sure to get the BuddyMarks.com browser extension
Quia.com• Quia Books Reduce time spent grading and engage students with online workbooks and textbooks from the worlds leading publishers. Visit Quia Books Quia Web Create your own educational games, quizzes, class Web pages, surveys, and much more! Explore millions of activities and quizzes created by educators from around the world. Visit Quia Web IXL Math Practice makes perfect, and IXL makes math practice fun. With unlimited questions on thousands of math topics, students can improve their skills and confidence. Visit IXL Math
Answer Garden.ch• AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.• AnswerGarden has many different users: site admins, bloggers, teachers, creative teams, brainstormers and more!• Avoid long rants of commenting users and keep the expression lost in polls. Instant overview of the results
Brainflips.com• BrainFlips provides the worlds best tools for creating, sharing and studying flashcards! Make flashcards on any subject and share them with your friends and classmates. BrainFlips flashcards can incorporate text, images, audio and video to learn any subject. Use our flashcards to study for:• School subjects (vocabulary, math, history, geography, Spanish, French, etc.)• Test prep (SAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT)• Licensing prep (NCLEX, USMLE, Series 7, Real estate exams)• Study flashcards on anything you like!• Flashcards are a time-tested learning tool for studying nearly any subject. BrainFlips flashcards take this model and extend using the latest technology to make learning with flashcards fun and effective. Thanks for using BrainFlips - enjoy!
Easy test maker.com• EasyTestMaker is a free online test generator to help you create your tests. You can create multiple-choice, fill-in-the- blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions all on the same test. You can also insert instructions and divide your test into multiple sections. ... and even publish them to the web for students to take online at home or in a controlled classroom setting. Test results are graded automatically. Click here to learn more!• EasyTestMaker automatically generates alternate versions entirely randomized and master answer sheets with a single click! Just click the "Generate Alternate Versions" or "Print Answer Sheet" link when you are done creating your test. Its that easy!
Glogster.com• Become a 21st century educator with Glogster EDU Premium!• Glogster EDU Premium is a collaborative online learning platform for teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom.• Glog – interactive poster• Collaborative class projects• School-level teacher management of students and classes• Private and safe student environment• Engage students in fun and creative activities• National educational standards
Slide share.com• SlideShare is the worlds largest community for sharing presentations. With 55 million monthly visitors and 120 million pageviews, it is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. Besides presentations, SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars
Slide Rocket.com• SlideRocket is a revolutionary new approach to business communications designed from the start to help you make great presentations that engage your audience and deliver tangible results.
Bartleby.com• THE CONCLUDING line of Herman Melville’s classic American short story Bartleby, the Scrivener reads Ah Bartleby, Ah Humanity! And so, Bartleby.com—after the humble character of its namesake scrivener, or copyist—publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge. 1 Bartleby.com began as a personal research experiment in 1993 and within one year published the first classic book on the Web (Whitman’s Leaves of Grass). 2 I welcome you as a patron, encourage your thorough use of our services, and look forward to your comments to benefit the quality and selection of our texts: firstname.lastname@example.org Sincerely, Steven H. van Leeuwen Chairman & CEO Bartleby.com, Inc.
Word reference.com• Free online oxford dictionary• Language translations• Free• Free• Free
Ed Site Ment• EdSITEment• Cheezy name for a site but a great resource if you are teaching any topic in the humanities (Literature and Language Arts, Foreign Language, Art and Culture or History and Social Studies ). Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Council of Great City Schools, this site features a large collection of lesson plans and links to other resources on the web, all of which have been reviewed by a panel of experts and teachers. Check out the monthly calendar which features new lesson plans, activities and sites related to current events. This site is part of the Thinkfinity partnership.
How Stuff Works• How Stuff Works• Although this site is not related to the book How Things Work, it does attempt the same kind of explanations of everyday tools such as engines, television, and even bread. And the site has only gotten better since its introduction. Recently updated with brighter graphics and better organization, they now have a very large collection of resources for teachers including a free magazine (How Stuff Works Express) for grades 4-8 (limit 60 copies per teacher). You will need to register to access the teacher resources (it’s free and doesn’t ask for much information) but this site is well worth the effort.
The Smithsonian Institute• The Smithsonian Institution• Although this is THE national museum, we here in the Washington, DC area also think of it as our own private learning center. Local or not, at this site you can not only find plenty of photographs and information from current exhibits but schedules of programs and resources for teachers. Check out the Virtual Smithsonian featuring web exhibits of some of the museum’s most popular items. No matter your connection speed, choose the low bandwidth access since it is easier to navigate and avoids the unnecessary flash.
Illuminations• Illuminations• The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has produced outstanding printed curriculum materials for many years (I was a member when I taught math in times past). With this site they are bringing the same quality to the web. Check out the i-Math Investigations section which features interactive, multimedia math lessons for students at all levels. The site also features a collection of lesson plans which has been reviewed by a panel of math teachers. This site is part of the Thinkfinity partnership.
Physics Central• Physics Central• While the concepts of physics are taught at all levels, this site is primarily for high school students and teachers. However, that doesn’t mean the resources here can’t be used by elementary and middle school teachers. Take a look at the Physics in Pictures or Physics in Action sections for some wonderful photographs illustrating physically concepts along with good explanations of what you’re looking at. The site also features a collection of links to other resources on the web for teaching and learning the physical sciences. All in all a good job by the American Physcial Society.
The Why Files• The Why Files• This site is a great idea, expertly executed and based on the simple notion of explaining the science behind the news. Every week they offer one new major feature on the science, math, engineering, and technology of everyday life along with shorter articles. And all articles have been archived for future use. There is also an excellent section of Interactives demonstrating various scientific concepts as well as pages for teachers on how to use the site in in the classroom. Be sure to check out the Cool Science Images section for just what it says and a good explanation of what you’re looking at.
• Art on the Net• Unlike some of the other art sites that deal with old stuff from dead artists, this site features more than 100 painters, sculptors, poets, musicians and more who are currently working, including some who work only in the digital medium. The pages here allow the artists to feature both their works and information about themselves and how they accomplish their art. A good site but you will need a high speed connection to handle the heavy graphics and sound.
• National Museum of American Art• Produced by the Smithsonian Institution, this site claims to have pictures and information on over 1000 works of art. You have the option of browsing on your own or taking one of several organized “tours” focusing on a particular artist or style of art. Check out the White House collection of American crafts and Joan of Art where those of use who are clueless can ask questions about art and artists.
• Playbill Online• From the same people who publish theater programs all over the world, this site says it is the “Hub of Theatre on the Internet”. Considering all the resources here, I won’t argue with that. They feature a very comprehensive list of theatre- related sites, a directory of theatre professionals from all over the world and theatre listings from all over the world. If you’re looking for a job (or for your big break), check out their “Call Board” for job listings.
• American Memory• The Library of Congress has collected a huge amount of material over the years and they are now making a large chunk of it digital. Check out this site for a growing collection, currently numbering more than seven million items, of pictures, documents from American History, movies and recordings. A good daily stop is the Today in History section. The whole site is an excellent resource for student presentations and for working with original source material.
• History Place• These pages have a lot of information! The featured exhibits highlight specific eras, events, or people in history, mostly from American history (the site hints of some world history topics coming soon). The topics are well organized and feature in-depth articles as well as photos, speeches, timelines, profiles of historians, and a tourism guide to historic places in America. Also take a look at the material on the web site sponsored by The History Channel.
• U.S. Census Bureau• Statistics, statistics and more statistics. Actually you can find much more than just numbers at this site since the Census Bureau does more than just count heads. They can tell you how many homes have television sets vs. how many have indoor plumbing (we have to keep our priorities straight!), which areas of the country are growing fastest and how our spending habits are changing.
National Archives• Do you know that they still have Rosa Parks finger prints at the U.S. National Archives?• Reward Poster for John Wilkes Booth• The Patent for Thomas Edison’s light bulb• Henry David Thoreau goes to jail for refusing to pay his $1 Massachusetts poll tax• Eli Whitney’s original drawing for the cotton gin