Thursday, July 30, 2009

Top 5 Free Websites for Quality Copyright Free Photographs

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Link: Top 5 Free Websites For Quality Copyright Free Photographs

Abstract:
Stock photography is all over the place on the Web. If you’re looking for an image of just about anything, you’re bound to find that professional, high-quality photo from various online distributors and agencies, like Getty Images, Corbis, iStockphoto, or Shutterstock. However, the downside is that all those photos are going to cost you. It’s important to understand the term “royalty-free” (RF) for those websites. RF images are not in the public domain, nor are they free to use without purchasing a license. Luckily, there are plenty of websites for copyright free photos that won’t require you to dig into your pockets. Here’s 5 of them.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pew Research's Statistical Data on Latino Children in the United States

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Link: Pew Research's Statistical Date on Latino Children in the United States

Abstract:
Hispanics now make up 22% of all children under the age of 18 in the United States -- up from 9% in 1980 -- and as their numbers have grown, their demographic profile has changed.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

E-Learning & Teaching Resources

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Link: Seven E-Learning and Teaching Resources

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While the down economy continues to hurt funding to our schools, more and more teachers are looking to web-based services to help educate their students. If you're a teacher, here are seven great tools to get you started.
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Open Source Apps For Writers & Authors

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Link: Five Open Source Apps For Writers & Authors

Abstract:
Even if you have the perfect idea for the next Great American Novel, getting it down on paper is never easy. Standard word processors don't have the bells and whistles that make writing books, manuals, and theses as easy as possible. Fortunately, there are a few open source applications that help budding authors get stories out of their heads and into the hands of readers.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Finding Free Stock Photos & Images

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Link: Finding Free Stock Photos & Images

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A comprehensive listing of various websites that provide photos & images that can be downloaded and used for free.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Documentary Heaven

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Link: Documentary Heaven

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Documentary Heaven was set up early july 2009 to provide the public with a vast collection of documentaries spanning accross every genre out there. This site embeds videos that it sources from elsewhere on the Internet.

Monday, July 13, 2009

100+ Resources For Teaching Without Textbooks

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Link: 100+ Resources For Teaching Without Textbooks

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What would your classroom be like without your students cracking open their oversized textbooks everyday? Probably a lot more interesting, especially for the kiddies. There are so many other resources out there for teachers to use, online and off, that teaching without textbooks is becoming more and more acceptable. If you don’t believe us, scroll down this list of over 100 different resources — including websites, iPod lectures and field trips — that will encourage you to toss out your textbooks.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Free Sheet Music Resources (UPDATED)

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Updated: 3/27/2010

Here is an updated list of my favorite sites for free sheet music downloads:
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Free/Creative Commons Images Resources

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Today's roundup of free (for non-profit use) and Creative Commons images resources:
  • WorldImages
    The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains almost 75,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. The images can be located using many search techniques, and for convenience they are organized into over 800 portfolios which are then organized into subject groupings. Faculty from many disciplines are using the images for research assignments, to create course study pages, to include in their lectures and to create on-line materials. Students are using the image database for study and research, for term papers, and to create collaborative multimedia presentations.

  • Finding Creative Commons Images with Google Image Search
    Google has launched feature on Image Search to help you find images that you can use for free, while respecting the wishes of artists and creators. This feature allows you to restrict your Image Search results to images that have been tagged with licenses like Creative Commons, making it easier to discover images from across the web that you can share, use and even modify. Your search will also include works that have been tagged with other licenses, like GNU Free Documentation license, or are in the public domain To enable this feature, go to Google Images' advanced image search page. Under the "Usage rights" section, you can select the type of license you'd like to search for, such as those marked for reuse or even for commercial reuse with modification. Your results will be restricted to images marked with CC or other licenses. Once you confirm the license of the image and make sure that your use will comply with the terms of the license (such as proper attribution to the image's owner), you can reuse the image.
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Web 2.0 In Education Wiki

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Link: Web 2.0 In Education Wiki

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This site is designed to provide teachers with a directory of free webtools (currently listing: about 300 webtools) along with some suggestions as to how they may be used in the classroom. Check out the list of tools on the Site pages to the left or have a look at the Prezi presentation below which showcases a variety of resources.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

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Link: 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

Abstract:
Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus. With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways. Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom. This page lists out the 50 ways that you can take advantage of the power of Skype in your classroom.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

25 Twitter Apps for Educators

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Link: 25 Twitter Apps for Educators

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Twitter is a great communication, teaching, and learning tool for teachers, but it can be made even better with Twitter applications. These web apps have built-in scripts that complement Twitter. There are currently hundreds of free apps available and more being created every day. Here are 25 Twitter applications that should be useful to teachers.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

100 Best YouTube Videos For Teachers

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Link: 100 Best YouTube Videos For Teachers

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John Costilla of Classroom 2.0 Ning has compiled this list of the 100 best YouTube videos for use in the classroom. The list is organized by subject area and topic so it is very easy to use.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

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Links: The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age
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HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) announced a new report called, “The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age,” now available at MIT Press. The report is in response to our changing times, and addresses what traditional educational institutions must know to keep up. A central finding was that “Universities must recognize this new way of learning and adapt or risk becoming obsolete. The university model of teaching and learning relies on a hierarchy of expertise, disciplinary divides, restricted admission to those considered worthy, and a focused, solitary area of expertise. However, with participatory learning and digital media, these conventional modes of authority break down.”

Related Interest: The Impending Demise of the University (Don Tapscott)
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