The Creative Commons Search Portal is a great place to start for finding images and other media that can be used in your school work. You still have to give credit, but the owners of these files have granted fair use for you!
Many Web resources gathered by HCPSS Library Media Specialists are available all in one place - the eGuides. Check them out today.
Can't find the owner of the Web site for your Works Cited? You can look it up with EasyWho?s.com. Just type in the highest level of the URL (so there's nothing after .com, .edu, .net, etc.) and click next. Amazingly helpful!
The Encyclopedia of Life is an attempt to provide primary information on all of the nearly 2 million known species on Earth.
Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Students can search here directly. Teachers should choose "Home" and find the most relevant area for their needs.
As a WLHS Media Specialist said, Shmoop "makes Sparknotes obsolete and is educationally focused. Students can cite the page and read "about us" for who provides the content."
Can't remember a grammar rule? Try using Bartleby.com to search for your problem (i.e. "comma") in Strunk's Elements of Style.
Scitable, a new, free science resource, is an online encyclopedia focusing on genetics and comes recommended through HCPSS curriculum coordinators.
"HPOL is a searchable multimedia database documenting and delivering authoritative audio relevant to American history and politics." You can find speeches relevant to 20th Century American History. An example of how to cite a speech or conversation from this site:
Roosevelt, Franklin. "Fireside Chat on Reorganization of the Judiciary." 9 March 1937. History and Politics Out Loud. Ed. Jerry Goldman. 30 Sept. 1999. Northwestern University.
Sweet Search is a search engine that searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts.
Doing Research/Creating a Works Cited List - ZOTERO
If you need a slicker, easier alternative to Noodletools and do much of your research on the Web, this tool is for you. ZOTERO provides a Web site as well as Firefox, MS Word, and Open Office extensions.
Doing Research/Creating a Works Cited List - iBREADCRUMBS
This tool will keep a list of every site you visited and allow you to go back to them. It also allows you to add notes, etc,--a great way to keep track of your research process and sources. It's a little like Zotero and a little like Trailfire.
Doing Research/Sharing Information - TRAILFIRE allows you to make comments on Web pages and to link from one to another directly in a "trail". You could use this to design a Webquest for a class project, and teachers could use this for Webquests, too. Search for other people's trails to find information on a topic you are researching.
Doing Research - Ever bookmark a bunch of sites and forget why? MYSTICKIES allows you to put "sticky notes" on sites, color code them, and keep track why sites are useful--OR NOT.
Doing Research - Like the idea of MYSTICKIES but don't like that particular tool? JJOT is similar but might be more your style.
Gathering and Organizing Information - EVERNOTE allows you to upload files, clip Web sites, send emails, take notes, and tag all of this information into one Web site. When you log in, you'll have all the info you've been keeping track of together and ready for use. You can use it with the iPhone, too. It's one of Ms. Powling's favorite information-gathering tools.
Studying - Use QUIZLET to make flash cards, practice tests, and games to study. Link to your friends' study sets and share yours with them! If you have any tests that require memorization, this is your tool!
Writing, Entering Data, Making Presentations - Use ThinkFree to get all the tools of Office without the Microsoft. It works with your Droid, and it's all saved online! (Did I mention it's free?)
Writing, Entering Data, Making Presentations, Emailing, Calendaring, RSS Feed Reading, Photo Editing, Collaborating, and on and on... - If you already have a Gmail account (or even if you don't), GOOGLEDOCS is definitely worth checking out. It is just one small feature of a Google Account.
Collaborating on Documents- ZOHO WRITER has many of the same features as ThinkFree and GoogleDocs. Just another option.
Posting Presentations - Is your PowerPoint too good to miss? Do you want to share it with other students? Do you need to get a PowerPoint from someone for a class you missed? Ask to share it on SLIDESHARE. Teachers could also post here.
Posting Presentations - Like SLIDESHARE, SPRESENT is another tool for sharing presentations. This is also a nice option if you'll have to show your presentation in a number of places or if you don't have a compatible program at home.
Creating Movies and other fun Presentations - Looking for a fun, creative way to complete a class project? Try VOICETHREAD. (But remember, many multimedia projects require additional equipment. Always plan ahead.)