Tool to Convert Videos from YouTube
to Edit or embed in PowerPoint
We're often asked how
to embed great YouTube videos in PowerPoint. The easiest tool
to use is a free program called:
FreeYouTube Download from DVD VideoSoft. When downloading,
under "format" choose: AVI-High Quality Video (700K-bit,
MPEG4;Stereo) PowerPoint will automatically recognize this
format and will allow you to insert it on a slide.
Another great video
Any Video Converter. You can convert videos you've
downloaded from YouTube to WMV for PowerPoint or AVI to edit in any
Great Online Timer
Best Online Real-Time Word
Free Comic Strip Creators
is an online comic strip creator. You and your students can
create great cartoon strips to teach academic concepts in a
Make Beliefs Comix for Educators: This site has 21 ideas for
using comic strip builders to improve student learning and provide
excellent language acquisition opportunities for ELL students.
Free Photo Collage Creator
Web 2.0 Tools
Universal Design for Learning Book Builder Tool
Free Flashcard, Quiz, Worksheet,
and Game Creator for Teachers
Flashcards and Printables for early Reading, phonics and Language
Flash Games to
practice grammar, spelling, prepositions, superlatives,
tenses, and more.
stickers and charts to honor student effort and learning in
reading, language, work habits and more.
PRINTABLE certificates: Just fill in student names,
the date, the reason for the award and print great certificates for
Education Press sponsors a free website for teachers, students,
and parents to create flashcards, practice games, quizzes, or
worksheets for language arts, math, science, or social studies. Word
lists are built in for each subject. You can also choose lists
of the top 100 words or create your work in Spanish, English,
French, or German.
Free Online File Converter
To convert audio,
video, image, or document files to a different format easily without
downloading a program, visit:
http://www.zamzar.com Zamzar will even let
you create PDF files from your Word docs.
Almanac, Dictionary, Thesaurus, Atlas, Encyclopedia, biographies,
News, Sports, Art, Health, Homework center.
Look allows you to look up words in multiple online
dictionaries at once
- For Merriam Webster's online
By using the
students can finally see the definition and
connotation of each synonym generated. Or students can easily click on
any of the synonyms on the screen to open a new search for words that
have that specific connotation.
- A free program that is somewhat
similar to the Visual Thesaurus is Visuwords:
For all the poets in your class, be
sure to bookmark this
- As you teach your students to create
bibliographies for their reports and research papers, you may want to
visit Easy Bib,
a free online advanced bibliography maker. Another site that is
especially helpful for younger students is:
Tools Quick Cite . For information on citing online
resources, visit the Online Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources
Citation Styles for Online Resources.
Geographic and Political Data
NationMaster: world statistics, country comparisons,
geographical data, maps, flags, and lesson plans.
rightfully claims: "This site helps teachers locate and create
ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and
classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover
valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as
equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs
is a free online tool that allows you to create and assign quizzes.
Results are available in a powerful report management tool.
Students can also take quizzes and review their results online.
Keyboarding is a critical
component of our student technology standards and is vitally
important to enable students to benefit from many of our
district writing and software programs.
The BBC has created a FREE, bright and colorful typing
program for students titled:
"Dance Mat Typing." It has varying levels of
difficulty and starts at a perfect level for "newbies." It
might be a great resource to share at conferences for
parents to use at home too.
Another site with free typing
tools, including "words per minute" tests is
Free Typing Game.net.
Click here to go to the free download
your digital photos to create slideshows with music, transitions,
special effects, and soundtracks.
Here's what Microsoft is saying
about the features of their newest free download, Photostory 3:
"Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you
can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects,
soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then,
personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy
to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a
computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device."
For great tutorials to get started, try
one of the following links:
is a great, free, open source software for recording and editing sounds
to add to your videos or slide shows. You can download it for free at
If you're looking
for a professional concept mapping tool like Inspiration, download and
experiment with the
Cmap Tools Program. The following quote describes their
commitment to offer this tool to educators for free.
CmapTools client is free for use by anybody, whether its use is
commercial or non-commercial. In particular, schools and universities
are encouraged to download it and install it in as many computers as
and teachers may make copies of it and install it at home."
--Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC)
Click on the image at the right to examine
this tool's capabilities.
Discovery School website offers a free
Puzzle-Maker program to teachers. You can create crossword
puzzles and save them in an online account.
Free PDF File Converters
Foxit Reader is a great new PDF reader/writer with many
features that are valuable for
our work! It is a very small download file. It allows you to
create PDF files from documents or to save PDFs as text files.
Some features require an upgrade to their full (for a fee) version.
But, it is an excellent PDF conversion program.
Several educators have mentioned that they
recently downloaded this free PDF Maker that creates PDF files from any
program from which you can print. They can be read by Acrobat Reader.
download the free version of this great program.
Another free PDF maker
that doesn't require you to download a program is: Zamzar.
Visit their site at
http://www.zamzar.com to convert your files.
to help students understand the goals for projects and assignments. They are invaluable in helping
teachers have a more objective way to assess work. Students know more
clearly what a score or grade represents when they can read the detailed
descriptors on a rubric scale. Writing rubrics can prove challenging, but
there are many tools, resources, and samples available to help. You may
want to start with a checklist which you can create easily on the
Project Based Learning Website.