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Liz Wernig lwernig@mu-regional.k12.ma.us
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Get F.I.T Workshop:
FREE INTERNET TOOLS FOR TEACHERS
Please note that all of these sites are free. Some of these sites are for students, while
others are for teachers or/and for personal use. They may not be appropriate for all
grade levels. Many of these sites can help to enhance the curriculum directly or indirectly, so if you
can't use them at school they are still quite helpful from home
or other locations.
http://www.scribd.com/upload
In general, Web 2.0 recognizes that we have moved from the
Web being a place to find information to it being an
environment where we can work with others to think, create,
collaborate and contribute to our world. These are the 21st
century skills that students need. Several of these tools will
help students learn these skills. Google Docs will allow you
and your students to collaboratively edit documents. Teacher created or student created podcasts
and blogs allow students and teachers to communicate with a potentially worldwide audience.
Another 21st century skill that our students will need is the ability to be creative and innovative.
Online Digital video and digital photo editing tools will allow teachers and students to express their
creativity in any curricular area. Check out 21stcenturyskills.org

The complete slideshow presentation is at: http://www.slideshare.net/lwernig


This document is Scribd (available on the Net) http://www.scribd.com/doc/7721822/Fittools-List
Easy to click on links are located on this workshop’s wiki at http://fittools.wikispaces.com

Quick Link List

Animoto - http://animoto.com/ Create your own music videos (free for educators)
Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net Free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder
BibMe – www.bibme.org. A free easy to use bibliography maker.
Comiqs – http://comiqs.com Create comic strips based on their own photos
CreateAGraph – http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/ Create five different graphs
Del.icio.us – http://del.icio.us/ Online bookmarking (favorites) tool
Edublogs – http://edublogs.org/ - Favorite blogging site (no advertisements)
Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/ Photo storing site (neat creative tools)
Flickr Toys - http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
Gcast - www.gcast.com Create via phone podcasts to share and store or upload to iTunes
Gimp - www.gimp.org Open source program features mimics Adobe’s PhotoShop
Google Docs – docs.google.com/ Top Web 2.0 tool allows the user to share and collaborate
Hot Potatoes - http://hotpot.uvic.ca/ Create six different kinds of quizzes
Jango – www.jango.com create your own radio station online-Music you want to listen to
Jing – www.jingproject.com Instantly captures and shares images and video
Mindmeister - www.mindmeister.com/ Collaborative mind mapping tool for brainstorming.
Mindomo www.mindomo.com/ Free Web-based online mind mapping software
Jumpcut - www.jumpcut.com/ Use online when film editing programs are not available
LetterPop – http://letterpop.com/ Create creative newsletters. It’s simple, fun and fast.
Math.com – www.math.com Generate hundreds of printable free math (K12) worksheets
Meebo www.meebo.com/ Access IM from anywhere with no download
Ning – www.ning.com/ Start a social network for your class
Pandora – www.pandora.com Personalize your internet radio service
Picnik www.picnik.com/ Edit all your photos online, from one easy place
PodsafeAudio – www.podsafeaudio.com/ Audio you can legitimately use
Polldaddy – www.polldaddy.com Create your own poll or survey
Qipit – www.qipit.com take a picture of your notes with your phone or camera and qipit will scan it.
Quizlet – http://quizlet.com/ Fast way to memorize vocabulary lists
Read, Write, Think - www.readwritethink.org Student Materials to support literacy (K12)
Remember the Milk – www.rememberthemilk.com Manages your tasks and receive reminders
Rubistar – http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php Generate your own rubrics
Rubrics4teachers – www.rubrics4teacher.com Ready made and do-it-yourself rubric generator
Skype – www.skype.com Computer to computer plus telephone calls for free
Slideshare - www.slideshare.net/ Best place to share slideshows
Surveymonkey - www.surveymonkey.com Create custom surveys and view results quickly
Teachertube – www.teachertube.com Online video sharing site for educators and students
Teachnology - http://teach-nology.com Free and easy to use resource portal for teachers
VideoConverter – www.youconvertit.com Converts you tube videos to downloadable versions
Videos for Math - www.math-videos-online.com/ - large collection of free animated math videos
Virtual Mathematics - http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/index.html A variety of interactive manipulatives
and concept tutorials for every grade level
Voicethread – www.voicethread.com Group conversations around images, docs, and video
Voicethread Experience: http://digitallyspeaking.pbwiki.com/Voicethread
Wikispaces – www.wikispaces.com/ Best Wiki site for educators. No Ads!
Wordle –www.wordle.net A fun tool that generates word clouds from your text
Zamzar - www.zamzar.com/ Free online file conversion that will convert videos for offline viewing,
converts PDF to word, lots of other file conversions (works for YouTube videos)
Zoomerang – www.zoomerang.com Another online survey tool. This one includes templates

Special Features:
Maps across the Curriculum
Google Maps is a free and easy online tool to incorporate math, visual arts, social studies, science,
reading, and writing. It is web-based, and easy to use. Here are some helpful links:
• Google Maps
• Google Maps Overview/Tutorial
• Classroom Example of Google Maps in Action - Oral Histories
• 100 Things to do with Google Maps
• http://earthquakes.tafoni.net

Podcasts
Podcasting is, at its most basic form, the sharing of digital audio files. A podcast is usually an audio
commentary designed to share information. They are generally stored online in an mp3 format
online. Listeners download the mp3 and listen to it either on their computer, or on a portable mp3
player or iPod. You need a microphone to record. We used Audacity (free) for the software program
to record student podcasts and a place like Gcast (free, no ads) to host your podcasts. You'll find
tons of podcasts at Odeo and in the iTunes education area. Here's a great blog you may want to
check out: Podcasting in the classroom. You can also visit the iTunes podcast library and do a
search for Miscoe Tech. You will find at least thirty podcasts created by our students.

Blogs
Blogging is becoming a way for students to develop reading skills, critical thinking and writing in a
way to attract, sustain and connect with audiences. Blogs are used by educators throughout the
world. Blogs can provide teachers and students with a wealth of information about endless topics.
Blogs are a tool that you can use to increase communication with parents, students, fellow teachers
and others. Also, using a blog allows you to determine when you will update your information
without going through a webmaster. You can update from any computer. Learn more about blogs at:
http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs

Get some ideas by taking a look at some blogging sites:


• Math Blog: http://www.math-videos-online.com/free-math-videos-online-blog.html
• A Science Teacher Blog: http://msfrizzle.blogspot.com/
• English Teacher Blog: http://bgenglish.blogspot.com/2008/01/short-story-blog-assignment-
comment.html

Wikis
A Wiki can be thought of as a combination of a Web site and a Word document. At its simplest, it
can be read just like any other web site, with no access privileges necessary, but its real power lies
in the fact that you can have groups collaboratively work on the content of the site using nothing but
a standard web browser. To learn more about wikis, watch this video and check out a few classroom
samples:
• Baker’s Biology Class
• Civil War Poetry Class
• 5th grade project
• Spanish teacher wiki

Check out other ways to use Wikis in the classroom.

Find the easy to click on links from this page by going to the workshop’s wiki at
http://fittools.wikispaces.com