Technology & Education

Free Web 2.0 and Online Resources
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Increase the effectiveness of the resources below by incorporating them into your Moodle environment.  Full Moodle course based on the following resources available for download here


  • TeacherTube- meh. Use it if your district blocks YouTube & Vimeo.
  • Animoto- Creates videos using images/text/music that users upload. It's okay for quick intros, but you lack overall control.
  • Hulu-Embeddable videos of television/movies
  • School Tube-Educational substitute for YouTube
  • Snagfilms-Create your own virtual movie theater that allows you to embed videos
  • KeepVid- Downloads videos from YouTube
  • Screencast-o-matic- Create and upload screencasts
  • Jing- Share Screenshots or record video of on-screen actions.
  • Video Ant- Video Annotation Tool-synchronize web-based video with time-line based text annotations.

Interactive Resources; Searching
File Conversion

Word Processing/Text Resources
  • Google Docs - browser based.
  • Open Office - Downloaded software.
  • LibreOffice - Downloaded software. This one probably shows the most promise as a Microsoft Office alternative)
  • Online OCR-allows you to perform an OCR on a document that you upload (1 MB max upload).
  • Free OCR- Similar to Online OCR, but you might prefer one over the other.
  • Calibre - Create ePUB files to be used on Mobile Devices.
  • Dot ePUB - Web based tool that converts online text to epub files.
Presentation Tools
  • VuVox- Create multi-media presentations.
  • Masher- lets you easily create a video by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos
  • Jing-Screenshots/videos/sharing
  • Yudu- Publish and share digital content
  • Prezi-Flash based presentation with an easy to use editor. Presentations can be stored online or downloaded.  Education accounts available.
  • Stupeflix- similar to Animoto, but allows you to include video clips as well.
  • TimeGlider-Allows users to create their own time-lines using web-links and files.
  • TimeToast - Create & Share timelines.

Comics & Storytelling


Course Content
Lesson Planning
  • The Differentiator- provides an interactive method of planning lessons using Bloom's Taxonomy.
  • Jeopardy Labs-allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint.  You can browse other Jeopardy projects if you don't have time to make your own.
  • Lingro- Allows students to paste a URL that makes the text of that page clickable so they can see word definitions.
Research Materials
  • MnKnows- (for residents of MN only; requires library card number) 
MnLINK-get library materials.
Electronic Library of MN (ELM)-Search databases for articles and books.
Minnesota Reflections- Search images related to MN history.
AskMN- Get real-time answers from a librarian.
Research Project Planner- Helps users plan out research projects step by step (includes handouts).
  • Museum of Online Museums- It sounds silly, but through the MoOM you can link to multiple online museums across the internets.
  • Webquests; templates and webquest information
Interactive/Animated Content

Content Sharing
  • MoodleShare-Share and discuss your Moodle content
  • Moodle Exchange- Discussion board on where people discuss shared content (Requires an account).
  • Quick Screen Share-From the people who brought you Screencast-o-matic. This resource allows you to share and take control of another's desktop or share your own.
  • Vokle- Host online events
  • Google+ - Allows for online hangouts which includes video conferencing, document sharing and chat. Limited to 10 participants and requires a Google Account (Google Apps for Education accounts must be enabled by admin).
  • Allows for sharing of larger files too big for email. Start sharing for download before you're even finished uploading the file.