Hordes of Free Tools from a Google Certified Teacher

Introduction

    me, NextVista.org
    what we'll cover (Google, non-Google stuff)


Getting Started - what these tools should do for us

    Urban Dictionary - interpreting the language of the locals
        Merriam-Webster - more traditional definitions
    Books and Scholar - thinking about what's worth reading
    Google Search - language tools, advanced search, and more options
        File Search - not reinventing the wheel -and- developing a critical eye
        Search Curriculum - helping kids search (much) more efficiently
    Wordle - popular system for making word clouds
    Poll Everywhere - gathering data using cell phones or internet-connected computers
        another form of survey

Collaboration Kicked Up a Notch - why paper can hold us back
    Google Docs - word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations
        Docs - sharing, revision history, and saving the file
        Presentations - use for prompts, planning, and (of course) presenting
        Spreadsheets - cool tricks with fill and lookup
            the formula for the lookup is =googlelookup(cell,cell)
        Forms - the magic of gathering data
(Know your lyrics?)
            branching forms - this stuff just keeps getting better
    Sites - building web pages, the Google way
    Wikispaces - an especially education-friendly wiki company


Capturing Attention - it's all about the visuals
    CoolIris - photo walls from search results (plug-in for browsers)
    TagGalaxy - a world of photos from search results

More Google Fun - getting geographical, calendrical, and alertical; Wave and Buzz
    Maps - (My Maps) grab a Google Earth file from wherever and try adding it to your Maps account
    Calendar - (Other Calendars -> Add -> Browse Interesting Calendars) lots of fun stuff!
    Alerts - every school should be using this
    Wave - solid tool for small teams of 3-8 folks
    Buzz - good backchannel tool integrated into Gmail


Cool Google Downloads - make sure your bandwidth is okay for these!
    Earth - 3D Atlas (and Lit Trips)
    Sketch Up - computer-aided design, without the heart-stopping price tab
    Picasa - great for photos and organizing them

Communities - for us, for the kiddos
    Fresh Brain - a place for teens to be wildly creative (the Scouting video)
    Classroom 2.0 and Learn Central - perhaps the best sites for collaborating with colleagues


What You See and Hear - approaches to using audio, images, and video
    YouTube - great source for tutorials
        YouTube EDU - Google's answer to ITunesU?
        info for educators
        Zamzar - for bringing these videos to your desktop
    Creative Commons - copyright, public domain, and 'copyright-friendly'; royalty-free vs. free
        proper citation is always a component - use filenames to keep the info
        Citing Sources, the easy way
    Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
    PodSafeAudio and Jamendo - music you can use
    PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)

Software and Sites You Might Want - fantastic freeware from the non-Google world
    Irfan View - free graphics editor and converter
    Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft - really.
    Jing - freeware for screencasting
    Audacity - powerful audio editor
    Voice Thread - audio blogs with images
    Glogster - multimedia posters
    Photosynth - mix photos for a 3D effect
    File Hippo - great site for downloading freeware
    Metamark - making the URLs more comfortable


Saving the World From Ignorance - my favorite place for fascinating projects
    NextVista.org - videos to learn, to travel, and to inspire

    Activity possibilities: choose a video to show students to get their thoughts on strengths, weaknesses, changes, etc.


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Here's that Fresh Brain Scouting video I probably showed: http://nextvista.org/rhvideos/bsa-recruitment.mov

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