CarrotSticks is an online multiplayer game that improves math skills for 1st-5th graders as they practice and compete with peers around the world! For teachers and classroom use it is free. Be sure to contact them for more information their free classroom edition.
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From our friends to the North, Alberta, Cananda’s Education department created some slick mathematics resources targeting upper elementary age math skills. If you’re interested, the Alberta Ed site can also be found at http://www.learnalberta.ca/Home.aspx?lang=en
(It appears you have to request guest access, since some of their resources are licensed for Canadian teachers only…, http://www.learnalberta.ca/UsingThisSite.aspx?HelpItem=HelpTeachersOutside&lang=en )
TimeToast is a free tool to create timelines which then can be embedded into other web sites, Google Earth, or even Moodle.
The draft from the Common Core State Standards Initiative is available for download. 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia authored the proposal. The standards are open for public comment until Friday, April 2… and yes, California was one of the 48 states that helped author this proposal.
I’ve always thought creating a web site that would allow a class to collaborate on creating an audio book for classroom literature would be a great project (provided it wasn’t shared with people outside of class). This site has taken literature that is now in the public domain and did just that! …Download completed audio books or sign-up to become a reader!
This site well help you find different alternatives to some of the more popular commercial software applications. Many times these alternatives are a much lower cost or even free!
Easy way to share YouTube videos without advertising or any other links to other YouTube videos or sites. Using this tool will create a link that you can add to a web site and it will only display the selected video.
Occasionally you might run into a situation where you need a video file in a specific format for loading onto a web site. This free tool allows you to convert to-and-from almost all the most common video file formats.
This web based application allows you to import images for editing or create images from scratch. It uses a very “Photoshop” like user interface. It appears to be a nice alternative to Photoshop or other commercial image editing software.
Meehive lets you gather all your favorite sources of digital information and place them in a single online custom “newspaper.”
Add some flash to your PDF document… Turn any PDF document into an animated e-book.
A new platform being developed to capitalize on the Web 2.0 participant nature of the Internet. Currently in beta, and at this point, does not look like there is a free or education version of the tool but may be worth a look as a model.
This is a geography skills developing tool with a conscience. For every question you get correct, they donate 10 cups of water. Give it a try!
This site is a nice vocabulary development tool with a conscience. For every answer you get correct they donate rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.
“…TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. For some real TinEye search examples, check out our Cool Searches page….”
Mugtug Sketchpad is a web based painting application that is free to use and does not require a user account. Drawings can be saved and downloaded to your computer to be used with other multimedia applications. Looks like they will also be coming out with a free “Photoshop” like application for editing photographs too. More information available here: http://mugtug.com/
“…kidthing™ was formed with a single goal in mind – create a new platform that keeps kids safe while using the Internet to have fun learning, sharing and getting to know the world around them.
The company was founded by a team of experienced business people, technologists, and designers. We all have kids and are just as worried about them surfing websites as you are about yours…”