Online Toolbox and Fun Stuff:

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Animoto: Animoto is a fun, fast and super EASY way to turn your photos, images, video clips and music into beautifully orchestrated video pieces. Everyone can sign up for a free basic account and educators are eligible for a complimentary upgrade for both themselves and their students. ----
Blogs: Click this link: What is a Blog Anyway? to get a very good description and history about blogs and how they can be educational tools you can use in your classroom to enhance not only your learner's learning, but your own professional practices as well. There are plethora of blogging tools/sites out there includingWordPress and Blogger , to name just a couple. Click here to watch a YouTube video clip that explains "Blogs in Plain English."

Chemistry 30: This link provides all the information required for the Chemistry 30 curriculum created by Central iSchool | Sask Learning | Saskatchewan Evergreen Curriculum . It has all of the information required to teach the Chemistry 30 course including notes, videos, interactive demonstrations, practice sheets, labs and assignments.

Chem Matters: ChemMatters, the award-winning magazine for high school chemistry, demystifies chemistry at work in our everyday lives. Each issue includes a Teacher’s Guide containing background information, follow-up hands-on activities, classroom demonstrations, and other resources to facilitate student comprehension. (Description copied from the Chem Matters website, accessed Dec. 2, 2009.)

Create a Graph: Fabulous easy-to-use site to create all sorts of graphs including bar, line, area, pie and XY formats.

Creative Commons: "Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. We provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof." (Description copied from the Creative Commons website, accessed Dec. 2, 2009.)

EC&I 831 Open Education and Social Media Wiki: An excellent place to meet instructors interested in utilizing and harnessing the immeasurable connective power of Web 2.0 tools to enhance learning within the classroom and professional instructional practices of instructors worldwide. This is an open course anyone can participate in. Credit for completion of the course requires registration in it through the University of Regina

Employability Skills : This is a wonderful website that can be incorporated into any activity inside and outside school to link the knowledge and skills developed to the work environment. It explains what employability skills are and has activity sheets for the students to fill out. Also it has a wonderful sheet at the end to create a portfolio entry for virtually any type of activity.

FaceBook : "Facebook is a global social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.[1] Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region. The website's name stems from the colloquial name of books given at the start of the academic year by university administrations with the intention of helping students get to know each other better." (Description written in Wikipedia , accessed Dec 2, 2009.)

Google Docs: Google Docs is an amazingly versatile collaboration and presentation tool that instructors can use to help facilitate group and individual student work. The potential uses for Google Docs is overwhelming and truly limited to one's imagination. Click here for a YouTube video clip that explains "Google Docs in plain English."

Jing : Jing is a super easy way to create desktop video captures and screen shots and create video clips with them. These visuals can be instantly shared over the web, through IM or email. Purchase of a year's subscription ($14.95/year) will allow you to upload your clips to YouTube, to create mp4 files, record Skype calls and so much more.

Maclean's In-Class Program: Maclean's In-Class Program is an educational program based on the editorial content of Maclean's magazine.

NSTA Journal and Website: National Science Teacher's Association journal and materials makes integrating science concepts into other subject areas fun. There are a wealth of ideas and resources here.

Prezi : Prezi is a tool to help you create dynamic concept map types of demonstrations. Click here for an example Prezi that shows you how to create your own!

Rubistar: An online rubric designer that is simple to use. Thousands of pre-made rubrics are also available on the site.

Smilebox : "Smilebox is a photo service that lets you quickly turn life’s moments into digital creations you can share with others or save for yourself. Choose from hundreds of ecard, scrapbooking, and slideshow designs for every occasion. New designs are released every week. Personalize and share your Smilebox creation for free, or select premium options for print, DVD burning, expanded music choices, and no advertisements." (Description copied from the Smilebox website, accessed Dec 2, 2009.)

Teaching Tolerance FREE Teaching Kits and Handbooks : An excellent site for a variety of levels/subjects. Order FREE Teaching kits that will assist instructors in educating their learners on anti-bias educational issues.

Twitter: "Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access." (Description written in Wikipedia , accessed Dec 2, 2009.) Click here to watch a YouTube video clip that explains "Twitter in plain English."

Skype: An online telephone/video conferencing tool that is FREE to use. No long distance charges for calls unless you opt to call a landline number with your Internet phone.

Voicethread : "Voicethread is a tool for having a conversation around media, whether its images, videos, documents or presentations or any combination of them. A voicethread can securely capture and hold an entire discussion on one simple page." (excerpted from the introductory video, available Here .)

Wordle : Create your own graphic work clouds using this straightforward online tool.

Xtranormal : If you can type, you too can make videos you can publish to YouTube. Fun, engaging, easy-to-use video creation software instructors and learners alike can use to enhance learning/lessons.

YouTube : As of January 2009, there have been so many videos uploaded onto YouTube that it would take over 450 years for them all to viewed one after the other. There are all sorts of educational videos and student projects available to enhance and expand learning.

50+ Web Tools to Tell a Story: A wiki created by Alan Levine that provides an overview of 50+ different web tools instructors and learners can use to showcase projects and learning endeavors.