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The news has been making its away around the internet as the wonderful behavior management/positive reinforcement site/app ClassDojo, has announced that it is now school-wide. What does this mean? It means that educators will be able to connect w/ other teachers in their school so that they can teach together. Also, it means that they will be able to share student rosters, track students behavior/progress, and more, across their mutual classes. This is great for collaborative teaching or for those teachers that are new to using ClassDojo and can have a "mentor" help them out.
Larry Ferlazzo posted earlier this week (see Duolingo Takes Next Step To Conquer Language Learning World & Lets Teachers Create Virtual Classrooms), the super-popular Duolingo language-learning app unveiled its free Duolingo For Schools feature today. It looks impressive. Its very easy to register as a teacher and create a class. Try it, youll love it!
Book Writer is one of my favorite mobile apps for digital storytelling. This is a beautifully designed app that allows students to easily create digital stories by uploading, photos, videos, links, and more. Best of all, a user can record their audio right onto the page of a book. A finished product can then be printed out as a PDF or exported into iBooks.
ClassDojo the world famous behavior/positive reinforcement manage system for schools has just released their new "group" feature. This highly requested feature will allow teachers to award points to not only an individual but a group as well. This is ideal for educators who like to put their class into groups or teams to spark collaborative learning.
Simple digital storytelling tool for iPad. Students create narrated slideshows to demonstrate learnings, practice speaking, share classroom happenings with parents.
DegreeStory is an interesting site that helps people make informed decisions about what career or degree to go into. The way this works is they get people in the profession or educators to submit stories about their experiences in their field so that people searching will get idea of what it is REALLY like "behind the scenes".
Planning a team meeting? This handy tool lets individuals with busy schedules select the most optimal date and time for everyone.
One of the best easy language learning sites with sound!
DimensionU is an innovative company that specializes in educational games for Math & Literacy. These games are multiplayer and take place in a 3D virtual world (i.e. Second Life). What makes DU games so great is that they are aligned to Common Core Standards, have a high replay, and help students work cooperatively for a common goal. Also, these games are designed for both Primary/Secondary Level and reinforce a wide range of skills. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 09, 2014].
Door 24 is a fantastic new iPadApp for Math grades 4th-8th. This app is aligned to Common Core Standards and focuses on basic Math facts, number sense, and logical/algebraic thinking. It uses fun interactive animated problems to help fix Victor Robot's circuits and find out the mystery of Door 24.
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DiscoverEd: is a search prototype developed by Creative Commons dedicated to providing open educational resources on the Web. While most search engines rely solely on algorithmic analyses of resources, DiscoverEd can incorporate data provided by the resource publisher or curator.
Plotagon is a excellent new (beta) PC/Mac app that is ideal for digital storytelling and free for download (it's robust 950 MB). This app reminds me a lot of the now defunct Xtranormal, in that all a user has to do to create a digital story is type out a scene. A lot of educators like to have students write out their storyboard before starting a digital story process and this is where Plotagon is perfect. All a student has to do is type out that story and watch their animations come to life. A user can also choose from different actions, sound effects, and music that they want to include into their story. A finished story can then be shared on Plotagon's site or YouTube. Hopefully, being able to embed a story into site/blog is soon to follow. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 15, 2014].
Curated by high school district librarian Shonda Brisco.
Book Writer is a fantastic iOS app for digital storytelling that lets users create interactive digital books, PDFs, and more. Educators are using this to Flip their classroom, create tutorials, photo books, presentations, and Project Based Learning. It's a simple app to use that has a drag-n-drop interface and lets users upload images, videos, audio, text, etc. For more info on Book Writer check out EDshelf. For Kapuler's Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.
Shake nine virtual cubes for story prompts. Try using all nine prompts for a fun challenge!
A kid-friendly project-based learning and digital storytelling app with Common Core activity ideas too.
This slide-based storytelling app also works as a presentation creator and allows images, videos, and audio.
DIGITAL STORYTELLING APPS
50 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling is the process of telling a story through the use of digital means. Also, it happens to be one the easiest ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Educators can use digital storytelling w/ almost any subject and can even "flip" their classroom by using mobile apps. Below is Kapuler's comprehensive list of sites/apps that can be used for digital storytelling...[*This list is in alphabetical order.] 50 Digital Storytelling Apps are:
1. 30 Hands - A fantastic user-friendly iOS app for creating a story by adding a narrations to photos. Also, 30hands has an excellent video tutorial to help users create a story.
2. Animation Desk - A innovative iPad app that allows a user to create a custom drawing and then animate it, as well as adding sounds.
3. AnMish - A fun site to create a puppet, record audio, and then embed into a site to tell a story.
4. Art Maker - A wonderful iPad app for kids to create a digital story by selecting a background, adding characters, and then recording audio.
5. Bitstrips for Schools - A great site for creating digital comics in the classroom, with lots of resources and an educational portal.
6. BoomWriter - A fantastic safe site for students (teachers create accounts - not student email required) to create digital stories/books through a collaborative process. Once a story is completed, it gets published online and an actual book can then be ordered.
7. Bunsella Bedtimes Story - A great iOS app that allows a person to record narration to a book to tell a story.
8. Comic Life - Probably the most popular digital comic iOS app for creating comics. This is a very fun and easy to use app for telling the story by creating a customized comic.
9. Comic Master - One of my favorite sites for creating a digital comic by selecting a template, adding characters/props, and then adding text to tell a story.
10. Digital Films - A nice site for creating a digital animated story and then embedded into a site/blog to share it with others.
11. Five Card Flickr - A fun way to create a story through the use of five random Flickr photos.
12. i Tell a Story - Users of Garageband will feel right at home with this great iOS app for creating a digital story.
13. Inklewriter - A unique site that allows students to collaborate with others to build a story by branching off of other paths.
14. Little Bird Tales - One of the most popular sites for digital storytelling that allows students to create their own art and record their voice. Also, there is a excellent iOS app available for mobile learning.
15. Make Beliefs Comix - A nice site for creating digital comics in a number of different languages as well of lots of educational resources.
16. Meograph - An innovative site for four dimensional storytelling that has an educational portal.
17. Moo-O - A fantastic site that has students use their own photo inside of a digital story.
18. My Story - A wonderful iPad app for creating a digital book/story. All a user has to do is draw or upload a picture, add some text, and then record audio to tell a story.
19. my StoryMaker - A very fun site for creating a digital story by adding lots of elements such as: characters, objects, backgrounds, and more.
20. myCreate - An excellent iPad app for easily creating stop motion animations.
21. Myths & Legends - A great site for digital storytelling where users create a story by adding characters, scenes, and text. There is an educational portal.
22. Pixntell - A simple-to-use iOS app for organizing iPhotos into a story, then recording audio.
23. Pixton for Schools - A nice site with educational portal for creating digital comics.
24. Primary Access - An interesting site for creating a digital story with historical stock footage.
25. Qwiki - A simple to use iOS app for creating a story. Qwiki automatically groups pictures and videos to create a presentation. A user can then customize this by drag-n-dropping into any order they want or selecting specific music.
26. Scribble Press - A terrific iPad app for creating a digital book/story through drawing and object tools. Users can also order a print copy of their book.
27. SonicPics - A great iOS app for creating digital story by recording narrations to a user's photos.
28. Speech Journal - A nice iPad app for pairing recorded audio with a digital picture from one's iPhoto library to create a story.
29. Stage'D - A cool site for creating a visually stunning CGI rendered story.
30. Sock Puppets - A very fun iOS app that allows users to lip-sync audio to a sock puppet. One of my kids' favorites!
31. Story Creator - One of my favorite iOS apps for creating a digital story by syncing audio and photos together. Also, an option allows for highlighting of text during narration to help a student with reading.
32. Story Patch - A excellent site for creating a story. Teaches a student the step-by-step process of story creation.
33. Storybird - A great site with educational portal where students create art-inspired stories and then embed into a site/blog.
34. StoryJumper - A fantastic site for creating a digital story by building a story from scratch or choosing one of the story starters. A student can add objects, text, and even upload their own art too.
35. StoryKit - A simple-to-use iOS app for telling a story by adding text, photos, and audio.
36. Storyplanet - A very innovative site for creating a digital story or video mashup. Users select a theme or template (or create their own), add video, photos, text, effects, etc. and then share with others.
37. StorySmith - A fun iPad app for telling a digital story with either a fantasy- or pirate-based theme.
38. Storytelling Alice - A wonderful free PC app that allows users to create a digital story. Helps build programming skills.
39. Strip Designer - A iOS app similar to Comic Life for creating a digital comic.
40. Toontastic - One of the most popular and fun iPad apps for digital storytelling by adding characters/objects to a background and recording your audio while moving the pieces around.
41. Tell a Tale - A interesting iPad app that has a user verbally tell a story based on the first and last sentence of a story and three images.
42. Tellagami - A nice way to tell a short story by creating an avatar and then recording audio, similar to Voki.
43. Tumblecloud - A unique site that allows users to collaborate on a digital story through a drag-n-drop interface.
44. UtellStory - A nice place to tell a story through audio, images, and video, as well as collaborating with others.
45. VoiceThread - One of the most popular educational sites/apps for creating a interactive digital storytelling by uploading multimedia content and recording an audio narration. A finished VoiceThread can then be embedded into a site/blog.
46. Web of Stories - A community where users tell their story through the use of video.
47. WriteComics - A simple to use site for creating a digital comic to tell a story.
48. Xtranormal - A very popular site for creating stunning animated videos, with educational portal.
49. Zeen - Create a story by adding text, images, music, videos and more, then embed into a site to share.
50. ZooBurst - An innovative site and iPad app for creating 3D digital popup books.
30hands30hands is a wonderful iOS app for digital storytelling. It's a perfect mobile learning tool that can be used in any curriculum for all grade levels. It has a very easy to use drag-n-drop interface and allows students record their audio on top of images to create a digital story. Once a story is created, it can then be exported to a camera roll or published to 30hands educational website for sharing.
Brickflow is an innovative new (private beta) program for digital storytelling that is similar to Prezi and Storyplanet. It has the zooming capabilities of Prezi w/ a similar style of block building process for story creation via Storyplanet. Brickflow is a very user friendly site that allows users to upload all types of media (videos, images, links, text) via hashtags and more. Once media is uploaded it can be rearranged by moving blocks around. Finally, a finished story can then be embedded into a site or blog which is ideal for education. I highly recommend checking out Brickflow by clicking here!
StorySmith is a fun inexpensive iPad app for digital storytelling. This app is dear to my heart as it focuses on a fantasy setting and students can select: backgrounds, characters, props, and add text. A pirate theme will be coming soon. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 31, 201]. For his Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here. For his Edshelf collection on Digital Storytelling click here.
Creator is working on starting a virtual classroom- 'actually when it is all said and done, it will look more like a virtual club. I have opened up my virtual classroom to students in 3rd-8th grade. My first offering is going to be digital storytelling. In honor of that, I thought I would share the sites I am going to use with the students, as well as some other favorites for digital storytelling.'
Make use of short gaps of time in your life to communicate and make something creative together with your kids or class!
Digital Storytelling is a new skill being taught in school districts all around the world, and itÕs a key for developing technology literacy. With the recent wave of mobile devices and technologies, a giant step has been taken in how students develop these skills (via touch screen) in a brand new way.
Toontastic - Toontastic is a wonderful free iPad app for digital storytelling. This app is ideal for teaching the skill of storytelling through the use of creating a digital comic. It allows children to create animated cartoon stories. They can choose from stock characters or draw their own while animating them and recording their voice for narration. Also, Toontastic's built -in story arc takes students step by step up in how to create a story. Then they can animate it by tapping a limb and moving it around. Also, a person can record their own voice to tell the story and add background music. [Written by dkapuler]
1. i Tell a Story - A excellent free iPad that works very similarly to how Garageband creates a podcast. A user uploads a photo and then can record their voice for narration while adding stock sound effects.
2. Voice Thread App - A great free iPad/iPhone app that compliments the Voice Thread very nicely for storytelling. A user can manage their Voice Thread account as well as make digital stories by uploading photos and drawing/recording their voice.
3. Story Patch - Is a iPad app ($2.99) that is ideal for digital storytelling. A person can create a story from scratch or use one of their well designed templates to complete all the parts of a story.
4. Sock Puppets - A free iPad/iPhone app that is a lot of fun for kids to create animated stories. This is done by selecting your sock, background, and props and then recording your voice as the socks talk.
5. Art Maker - A wonderful free iPad app that allows children to create a digital story from scratch. A user selects their background, characters, and props and then moves them around the screen while recording.
6. Puppet Pals - A excellent free iPad app that lets users create a story by adding characters or their own photos to a selected background. Once the scene is a setup a person can move the characters around while recording their voice.
7. Storyrobe - A fun little iPad/iPod/iPhone app ($.99) that allows a user to upload a photo and then record their voice for narration.
8. Strip Designer - An app ($2.99) similar to Comic Life for the iPad/iPhone/iPod. A user can create a digital comic by selecting a layout, adding pics, and then stickers and speech bubbles to enhance their digital story.
9. Comic Book - Another digital comic creator app ($1.99) for the iPad/iPhone/iPod that is similar to Strip Designer. A person selects their layout, adds their photos, select some effects/stickers/speech bubbles for their finished product. For others see: StoryKit, Cartoon Studio, Comic Life
10. 31 Other Digital Storytelling Programs here: http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=3190
DoodleToo is a fun site for creating, drawing, or just having fun. It is a combination of a drawing tool meets a chat room. A person enters a room and then can draw and chat at the same time. These rooms can be shared via a URL or embedded into a site.
Diigo is much more than a simple bookmarking tool! Compared with other bookmarking tools, Diigo enables you to do so much more. So if you read a lot digitally, Diigo is for you! Compared with other information management tools, Diigo is differentiated by its focus on e-reading. Featured Tools include:
¥ Diigo for iPad
Your all-purpose digital library on iPad!
¥ Diigo Power Note for Android
Your memory booster on the go!
¥ Diigo offline reader for iPhone
Read bookmarks offline on iPhone
¥ Tools for desktop browsers
Tell me what type of books you like to read and each day I'll email you a short 5-minute excerpt from a book that I've hand-picked for you. You can enjoy my daily excerpts with your morning cup of coffee and before long I'll have you hooked on a book.
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dkapuler created a simple course for Digital Storytelling, based on the inspiration from Shelly Terrell, Naomi Harm, and the Merton School District. This is designed specifically for all sorts of grade levels and can be used as a nice way to introduce this concept.
A wonderful new site from Karen Ogen's excellent blog. You can make them using Appleworks 5.0, or online with Tessellation Creator.
Doc Translator says it "Instantly translates and preserves the layout of Office documents using the Google Translate." ESL students can put their energy into writing a document in English, make it into a nice flier, use Doc Translator to translate it (and maybe tidy it up a bit), and then upload it to the web using Crocodoc (as well as printing it out).a2
EasyDefine is a site I just found out about from the amazing educator/presenter/app designer, Ozge Karaoglu. This is a terrific site for uploading a list of words to get their definition. However, what makes EasyDefine so great are various formats in where you can get your results such as: definitions, synonyms, flash cards, and quizzes. All which are ideal for learning your words.
For another great site for learning Vocabulary check out SpellingCity.
The Did You Know?/Shift Happens Presentation wiki gives background about the Did You Know? presentation and provides resources addressing the shifts that are occurring in education, K-12 and higher.
The Digital Arts Alliance of the Pearson Foundation delivers educational experiences by providing fully funded and fully equipped digital arts programs to middle schools, high schools, and community centers across the United States.
Digital Citizenship is a teaching tool that helps teachers, technology leaders, and parents to understand what students, children, and technology users should know to use technology appropriately.
DigiTales provides ideas, resources, and inspiration for families, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and churches to merge the art of storytelling with the skills of using digital tools.
This is group blog led by Dr. Michael Wesch dedicated to exploring and extending the possibilities of digital ethnography.
The Digital Writing Wild is designed to support the book Teaching Writing Using Blogs, Wikis, and Other Digital Tools.
The Digital Writing Workshop wiki is a companion site to the book The Digital Writing Workshop.
The Digital Youth Network is a hybrid digital literacy programÑconnecting classroom, after-school, and home activitiesÑthat creates opportunities for youth to engage in learning environments that span both school and out-of-school contexts.
The Digital Youth Project is a study carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) and University of California, Berkeley, that explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives.
Language learners' preferences for online dictionaries:
Arabic and Italian learners tend to use Google Translate and www.Wordreference.com(Online Language Dictionaries). Japanese tend to use www.excite.com, www.Babelfish.com, www.Jisho.org, and others such as ALC.com, etc. Chinese cited using www.Mdbg.net and www.nciku.com . German learners cited www.Dict.leo.org. Spanish learners most often cited using www.Spandict.com . French learners like to use www.Lexilogos.com . Italian learners also use SDL Free Translator found at http://www.freetranslation.com/default_ver1.htm .
The Deaf Bible.is app is free of charge. Faith Comes By Hearing has been in ministry for 40 years and remains committed to bringing God's Word to the world. It currently has audio Scripture recordings in 692 languages.
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Duolingo is a wonderful new (private beta) for learning a foreign language. This is done by having users translate the web/text at their learning place. Sentences are given to users at their own learning pace and if they don't know a word DL helps by supplying correct words w/ images. For another great foreign language learning site using more multimedia materials check out Study Stream.
Annotate, Archive, Organize any online data to share. Best Social-Bookmarking program!
Recently, I received an email from one of my readers sharing a wonderful infographic that shares a "digital classroom". This graphic focuses on textbooks vs ebooks, tablets, and more. [Written by dkapuler on Feb 13, 2012 04:12 pm]
Web-Based Language Lab (commercial)
David Andrade's on his wonderful tech blog, just posted about 25 excellent resources from Discovery Education. These resources run the gambit on all sorts of great things such as: free clip art, teacher guides, web 2.0, etc.
Dolch Word Practice is a very good site for sight words. The recording quality could be better, but it seems to be the best place out there that's free and covers most of the words.
Draw it Live is a site for creating a collaborative drawing by naming your interactive whiteboard for drawing and then sharing a unique URL.
Donors Choose is a nice site I just came across which I proud to say, I personally know some teachers who have partaken in this. This is a site where teachers post a project request and then donors donate to them. When the project is finished, classrooms/kids then share what they've done through photos and thank you notes. (Written by dkapuler)
Create a drop box on the fly and share items with others, up to 100 MB in size, which can also be pass-worded.
Flashcards online - Create, learn, and share - Ediscio
Learn flashcards online - free. Create cards on your own or cooperatively, and prepare for tests systematically.
Dragon Dictation is a free iPad/iPhone app that reminds me of the app that was used in the beginning of the movie, Body of Lies (when Russel Crowe is wearing a head piece and talking and is dictating an email and his computer is typing what he says). Basically, this app is an excellent time saver for taking notes or for use in special ed/ESL. I can see this being used as a facilitator to help students in the area of speech or reading/writing. [Written by dkapuler on Aug 27, 2011 10:48 am]
Daily Activities Language Activity: How Do You Spend Your Day? is a neat Wall Street Journal interactive that's similar to previous ones you'll find at The Best Infographics - 2010. It's based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing how the average American spends his/her day. The difference in this one is first you put your own data in saying how you spend your day. After you submit it, you're compared with the average info.
Tsoni.com is about the best quick Translator into many languages!
Tsoni is another nice re-packaging of the Google Translate program very similar to Tradukka.
Translate instantly between languages, including foreign Emails!
1. TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus - View an English dictionary and thesaurus on your computer without accessing the Internet.
2. Vocabulary Builder Simple - Increase your vocabulary and practice for the SAT, GRE, or any vocabulary-intensive examination.
3. A1 HangWord - Study English vocabulary, words, and spelling by playing games.
4. Talking Dictionary - Learn and improve your English vocabulary by listening to spoken words.
5. Oxford Dictionary of English (Second Edition) - Move your cursor over a word and read its definition in Oxford Dictionary of English instantly.
Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke unveiled DigitalLiteracy.Gov, "a new website that provides libraries, community colleges, schools and workforce training centers a variety of resources and tools for teaching computer and Internet skills, which are increasingly necessary for success in today's economy." Find the "learn the basics" list interesting. There are other sections, too, and people can contribute resources to them. More at The Best Websites For Students To Learn About Computers.
Digsby.com offers great Email and Social Networking Integration!
A great place to find words for about 30 different languages from Travlang
Can be slow to load, but has MANY foreign language dictionaries.
A super way to translate languagesÉtry it!
English-English Dictionary Sites
(Learner & Native Speaker Dictionaries - many with audio pronunciation)
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Nice Translator is the newest addition to The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners 2008.
One way it stands out is by translating into your chosen language as you write it. Most other similar sites require you to input everything and click enter before it begins to translate.
Shahi Dictionary is a dictionary that combines simple definitions with quite a few Flickr photos. The combination of the two makes it pretty accessible to English Language Learners.
(for up to 20 participants)
Dimdim allows you to create your own video conference and online meeting classroom for free! There are no complicated downloads for the meeting participants and no expensive hosting packages for the teacher or school. Dimdim also includes all sorts of useful features for online language teachers like a whiteboard, one to one chat and group chat as well as other handy features like a shared desktop, PowerPoint and PDF file sharing.
8 in 1 English Dictionary will teach you all the English words you will ever need. You can search by Sound, Letter, Text, Nouns/Verbs, and by 39 Themes. Then you get a list of Search Results, Details on each Chosen Word and a choice of 12 languages for translations. This dictionary will help you improve your pronunciation, reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling abilities. It's many features include: Over 2000 pictures and graphics to help you learn; Listening to and recording over 7000 words including plurals of the nouns and conjugations of the verbs; Unique to 8 in 1 English Dictionary - 10 different ways to search for words: Choose from 39 themes (animals, colors, clothing etc.); Practice a sound in the beginning, middle or end of words; Search by alphabet letter or letter combinations; Choose only verbs or nouns.
*Translations in Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese
8 in 1 English Dictionary comes with pronunciation features not found in any other product.
www.dicts.infos index page shows Flags and Links to free Web Dictionaries in about 80 languages.
Use good online Monolingual or Bilingual Dictionaries to look words up whenever needed as fast as you can. Check if you guessed their meaning correctly! (Monlingual are listed lst here.)
A great variety of online dictionaries exists, even talking dictionaries that you can use for free. Here are some of the best resources online:
Meta-search dictionary tapping hundreds of general and highly specialized reference sources. A comprehensive index of over 6,096,987 words in 970 dictionaries indexed. Contains a database search that allows you to find a word contained in any of the dictionaries. If you cant find a word here, odds are it doesnt exist!
An English answer engine, with quick accurate
talking dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, bios, tech terms, news, sports, weather, and much more.
Search words, hear pronunciation, and see English meanings and translations.
Free online dictionaries. Thesaurus, language translators, encyclopedias, crossword solvers, quotes and other language resources.
Free online English dictionary, thesaurus and reference guide, crossword puzzles and other word games and online translator.
Directory of over 300 online dictionary resources. Types of listed dictionaries (in alphabetical order): abbreviations, acronyms, business, French-English, general, glossaries, heteronyms, homonyms, multilingual dictionaries, picture (visual) dictionaries, Spanish-English, and thesauri (synonyms).
Corrects spelling, shows definitions, synonyms, related terms, translations. Look up any word on any web page.
Google Translate Toolbar, also found on The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners Ñ 2008 list, has just gotten better by adding a text-to-speech ability. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't seem to function for lengthy passages. Read more about their improvements at Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers blog. To learn more view http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/11/google-translate-adds-speech-and.html . Google Translate now offers you the opportunity to hear translations read to you. The translation service now translates text as you type it rather than waiting for you to finish typing. If you want to translate an entire website, Google Translate now lets you do that by simply typing the url of the site you wish to translate into the translation text box. Click translate, and the entire site will be shown in the language of your choice. Google Translate has now made it easier to handle non-Roman texts.
Multi-Lingual or Universal Dictionaries
English, Computer, Dream and Medical dictionaries. Contains also a Thesaurus. HyperDictionary.com is a continuation of an educational project to provide free dictionary services to any user on the web.
Dabbleboard is a synchronous, online whiteboard tool that allows the creation of multiple pages and integrates text and video chat. You can create one on-the-fly for brainstorming or a summarizing activity.
DigitalStorytelling.coe.uh.edu's purpose is to serve as a resource for teachers and students who are interested in how multimedia can be integrated into a variety of educational activities.
Dispostable.com is like it sounds, a site for Disposable Email addresses that you can use with classes to create instant emails viewable online anywhere. Great when traveling too!
Downloadpedia is a nice collection of freeware, shareware and commercial tools for Windows, Linux, and Mac. It also includes template links.
Dictionary Research/Search Engine
CAPL, the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon is a free, online, non-commercial visual glossary comprised of authentic photos for language and cultural instruction. Created at Washington & Jefferson College, CAPL seeks to provide teachers and learners with high-quality authentic images for their classrooms and teaching materials. Currently, CAPL has a large German and ESL database of photos that is constantly expanding. The following languages are being developed and should be online in 2009: Arabic, Chinese, ESL (North American); French; German; Italian; Japanese; Portuguese (Brazil); Portuguese (Portugal); Russian; Spanish (Central America & Caribbean); and Spanish (Mexico); Spanish (Southern Cone); Spanish (Spain). Usage policy is simple: The pictures in this database may be viewed, downloaded, linked, manipulated, copied, displayed, and redistributed free of charge for educational, non-commercial purposes as specified by the Creative Commons license.
Simple Diagrams is a site from Free Technology 4 Teachers. This is a site that offers a tool (Adobe Air install) for creating simple easy to use diagrams. This is ideal for brainstorming or mind- mapping and can be a real asset for educators. There are lots of nice features such as adding photos, drag-n-drop interface, and ability to change background. Keep in mind there is a paid and free version. Click here for Kapuler's top 10 on brainstorming.
eEtiquette is a site proclaimed to have 101 guidelines for the digital world. This is a great site for tips on emailing, networking, etc.
Desmos is a cool new site for creating interactive content/lessons for education. This is done all through a browser and is collaborative by nature which makes it ideal for education (web 2.0).
Internet-based, interactive audio-visual English learning center with instructions in 21 languages.
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