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Independent special schools march 26 2010

My Favorite Web 2.0

Tools and Websites

Mary M. Silgals, MLIS, M. Ed. in Technology

Independent/Special Schools

March 26, 2010

Discus www scdiscus org


Independent special schools march 26 2010


Yes, independent schools are eligible

Username: discus10

Password: myinfo

Etv streamline free http www scetv org

ETV Streamline – Free!:

Brainpop subscription based http www brainpop com

BrainPop – Subscription based

  • Short videos that explain basic math, science, English, and more concepts

  • BrainPop Jr.

  • BrainPop Espanol

  • Activities and Quizzes

  • Calendar -

  • Graphic organizers -

Brainpop brainpop jr espanol

BrainPop, Brainpop, Jr., Espanol

Quia subscription based http www quia com web

Quia – Subscription based

  • Flashcards

  • Multiple choice tests

  • Surveys

  • Shared Activities

  • Create your own activities

    • Match games

    • Concentration

    • Word Search

    • Many more

Survey monkey

Survey Monkey


Photo sharing

Photo Sharing

  • Picasa -

    • Embed on websites

  • Flickr -

Trident academy library grid http marysilgals tripod com newlibrarygrid3 html

Trident Academy Library Grid

Home of superman metropolis il

Home of SupermanMetropolis, IL

Rubistar free http rubistar 4teachers org index php

RubiStar – Free!

  • Rubric generator

  • Drop down choices

  • Variety of subject areas

  • Short registration

Wordle http www wordle net




  • Visuwords -

Newspaper article generator free

Newspaper Article Generator – Free!


Big john

Big John

Bubblesnaps http www bubblesnaps com


Make believe comix com http www makebeliefscomix com

Make Believe Comix.com

Teachers’ Resources and Writers’ Prompts

Big huge labs free http bighugelabs com

Big Huge Labs – Free!

  • Fun stuff to do with your photos

  • Badge Maker

  • Motivational Posters

  • Magazine Covers

  • Jigsaw Puzzles

  • Calendars

  • Trading cards

  • Much more

Poster generator free http wigflip com automotivator

Poster Generator – Free!

  • Order printed posters

  • Or save as jpg and print yourself

Flash card machine http www flashcardmachine com

Flash Card Machine

  • Share address with your students

  • Integration with iStudyToGo for studying cards on the iPod – Application $14.99-$19.99

  • Database of cards already created

  • Can add photos to cards

  • Free

Whitehaven 1860 my old ky home

Whitehaven – 1860 – My old KY home

Imagination cubed

Imagination Cubed


  • Use on Smartboard

  • Records Steps

  • Can Email

  • Can save file

National library of virtual manipulatives

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives


  • Oldie but goodie



  • Google Docs – Share with a group

  • Embed on iGoogle (more later)

  • Templates available

  • Send back and forth with revisions

Independent special schools march 26 2010


  • Free and Upgrades

Open office

Open Office

  • Free!

  • Own versions: Write (Word), Database and Calc (Excel), Math, Draw, Impress (PPT)

Storage organization


  • Pageflakes

  • iGoogle



  • SpringPad -

  • EverNotes -

Social bookmarks

Social Bookmarks

  • - Delicious



  • StickyNotes -

    • Basic notes free, upgrades available at subscription cost (forward notes, etc.)

Webnotes http webnotes net


  • Free Register

  • Download toolbar

  • Allows you to highlight text on page

  • Allows you to create sticky notes on page

  • Allows you to create folder to save notes in

  • Allows you to share by email/permalink/twitter

  • Saves links and notes on webpage to reopen

  • Will tell you if any changes have been made since last accessed

  • PDF uploads for annotating

Cam studio

Cam Studio

  • Record your desktop actions and create an instructional video or tutorial

  • Free shareware


Blogging sites free

Blogging sites – Free!

  • Possibilities for creating student/teacher blogs

    • Edublogs

    • Blogster

    • Ning

    • Tumblr

English companion ning

English Companion Ning


  • Conversations with other English professionals via Ninging

  • Topics vary from literature to technology to classroom instructional tips, etc.

Zinepal com

  • Use

    • create your own magazines and eBooks.

    • select content from blogs, Atom/RSS feeds and other websites

    • reformats the content into a printable PDF and an eBook for use with the Amazon Kindle and other eBook readers.

    • Read your zine during your commute, in the park or your favorite coffee shop.

    • e-mail it to your friends or just let them subscribe to your zine feed on

Independent special schools march 26 2010

Where are blogs of interest?

Google Blog Search – Drop Down menu

Bookshare org free with application http www bookshare org – Free with application

  • Downloadable books which come with free text reading software – Don Johnson

  • Must apply with a reading based learning disability

Many eyes http manyeyes alphaworks ibm com manyeyes

Many Eyes

  • Free data visualization tool

  • View, create and share any type of data

  • 16 ways to present data including bar charts, diagrams, and word clouds

  • Can comment on data

Audacity free download http audacity sourceforge net

Audacity – Free Download

  • Free download/simple to use and edit

  • Can be used with Photostory or Movie Maker3

Guitar website http www chordbook com guitarchords php

Guitar Website


    • Guitar Scales

    • Guitar Tuner

    • Guitar Chords

      Jam session

Jamstudio com free – Free!




  • Video maker

  • Upload photos

  • Select music

  • Caption photos/Add text

  • Program animates the photos itself

  • Play from website or receive an email of video


Voice thread

Voice Thread


Pulse pens not free but a great assistive technology tool

Pulse Pens – Not free, but a great assistive technology tool

  • Software downloadable

  • Pen 1G = $149.00 at Target

  • Great for students entering college

Adobe reader 9 0

Adobe Reader 9.0

  • Easy way to have text read to students.

  • Scan documents or

  • Convert documents

  • Let the Read Out Loud software read the pdf.

  • Free Download!


Where do i keep my stuff

Where do I keep my stuff?

  • Many more links to excellent websites/tools:


  • See other presentation handouts on Reluctant Readers and Assistive technology at this URL

    • Smartboard links Excel sheet:


  • Library Website with links:

Need help

Need help?

  • Contact information:

    • Mary M. Silgals

    • Trident Academy

    • [email protected]

    • 843-884-7046 ext 25

New technologies whatever makes the workload lighter

New Technologies:Whatever makes the workload lighter….

  • URL on the back of my card


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