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TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL

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TinyURL is a neat tool that makes very long URL addresses shorter. I copied a long URL that I used for an assignment and pasted it into the text field box, and it worked! I was very amused. I have never heard about this before. This is definitely a useful source for students who write research papers and have to include references. It is aggravating when a URL is too long. This tool would come in handy.

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Edmodo | Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students

Edmodo | Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students | Social Network-palooza | Scoop.it
Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices.
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STUDYBLUE | Make online flashcards & notes. Study anywhere, anytime.

STUDYBLUE | Make online flashcards & notes. Study anywhere, anytime. | Social Network-palooza | Scoop.it

Studyblue.com is an awesome site for any student. Elementary, middle school, high school, or college, users can create their very own flashcards to help them study for exams. The site allows people to make their own flashcards or use flashcards that are already made. First I searched for already made flashcards by typing "water cycle" into the search tool bar. I found water cycle flashcards made by Abby Granata from New Jersey. While viewing the flashcards, users have the option of testing themselves. If a right answer is made, a person clicks the thumbs up icon, but if a wrong answer is made, the user clicks the thumbs down icon. When complete, the site graphs the person's progress. I also made my own flashcards using mathematical terms: sum, quotient, dividend, difference. The site provides the definitions for you or allows users to type in their own definition. It is absolutely free and can be accessed anywhere online or offline. I am now a huge fan of Studyblue and I will definitely inform teachers about this site so they can use it with their students.

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TeacherTube - Teach the World | Teacher Videos | Lesson Plan Videos | Student Video Lessons | Online Teacher Made Videos | TeacherTube.com

TeacherTube - Teach the World | Teacher Videos | Lesson Plan Videos | Student Video Lessons | Online Teacher Made Videos | TeacherTube.com | Social Network-palooza | Scoop.it

TeacherTube is an online resource for sharing instructional videos. Free for all, users are able to upload videos as well as documents, audio, and photos. Users are also able to watch videos, see photos, and read uploaded documents. I watched one video titled Go! Seeded Plant that was recently uploaded. It was the first video on the homepage. The video gave important information about photosynthesis, but it was obviously made by a teacher because he stumbled over his words quite a bit while speaking during his presentation. I tried a search by typing the word poetry in the search tool bar. The site gave me a lot of results. THe video I watched was four kids rapping about writing. I also browsed around the docs tab and found a Life Cycle of a Frog power-point. However, it was incomplete.

I think TeacherTube would be a valuable resource for teachers, but teachers must understand that planning is essential before using a TeacherTube video. Some videos may have no relevance to a teacher's lesson. I also think TeacherTube could benefit the students. They can learn how to upload presentations or educational videos on a safe site like TeacherTube.

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Socrative | How It Works

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Whenever I think of a chat tool, I think of using a web cam and being able to talk to someone face to face using the computer. I was surprised to visit Socrative.com and see technology tools being used by teachers and students to complete tests, play educational games, and generate reports. After watching the video tutorial, these resource seems very easy to use. I appreciate that it can be used with any internet browser since every school district uses a different one. The teacher can create a variety of tests: multiple choice, true/false, and short answers. The answers are graded quickly and sent to the teacher in a matter of minutes which allows teachers to provide instant feedback to the students. The site also has a blog that provides strategies and tips for using Socrative.

This resource is definitely something that would benefit both teachers and students. The only drawback I see would be the expense of providing every student a laptop to use Socrative. According to the video tutorial, Socrative will work with any device that has internet access. With a little creativity and flexibility, districts maybe able to supply a technology tool to each student with internet access. Teachers and students in middle school and high school would definitely benefit from a resource like this due to the number of classes students and teachers have in the upper grades. This resource is one that the school media specialist can introduce to principals.

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Goodreads

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I am an active member of GoodReads. I have always felt that finishing a novel is a great accomplishment. Novels become a part of you once you read them, and no one can take that away. So what better way to show off what you have read than an online bibliography like GoodReads. It is a great place to share novels and learn about others. GoodReads would be a beneficial site for students to keep track of what they read, critique novels, and even find other ones to read. The only barrier I can identify is GoodReads is a blocked site at the district where I work. Maybe with a little finessing, we can overcome this barrier. I think students in middle school and high school can really benefit from an online tool like GoodReads.

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TubeChop - Top 10 Funny Baby Videos! (00:21)

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Tubechop.com is very simple to use. The homepage has a quick tutorial page that shows a user exactly how to chop youtube videos. Simply enter a keyword in the search bar, and the site brings up different videos that match the search term. If a person knows exactly what video to use, he or she may search the URL for the video as well. I normally do not watch youtube videos. So, I decided to take my chances at a search term. I searched the phrase "baby laughing" and found a video titled the "Top 10 Funny Babies." I watched the video first and found the part that I wanted to "chop." There is a Chop It icon located on the bottom of each video screen. I simply used the scroll bar on the bottom to save the piece I desired. The only tedious part of it was trying to time it just right to crop only that piece. I had to move the scroll bars about ten times to get it just right. Other than that, I had fun with these resource.

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Video Slideshow Maker with Music

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Animoto turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes. Fast, free and shockingly simple - we make awesome easy.
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OpenClipArt

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OpenClipArt.com is a dream for any teacher and/or student who uses clip art with lessons or presentations. It's difficult to use images without violating copyright laws. This site clearly states the images are for public use. This is another site I will tell teachers about. Students can use the clip art with their reports and teachers can use the pictures with their presentations.

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Creative Commons

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Creative Commons is a safe place to share songs, pictures, and writings in a secure way. The site allows users to refine copyright licenses that gives the public permission to share and use one's work. It's free and safe to use. While looking around Creative Commons, I found some users of CC. Flickr is one user that gives the ability to share photos on terms of their own choosing. Wikipedia is now part of CC allowing content to legally flow in and out with ease. Students can use CC to share their own work. Creative Commons can teach students how to give credit to someone else and how to protect their own property in a safe way.

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Jennie Garza (jgarza123) on Pinterest

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Pinterest is another way of collecting pictures on a board. Each picture can be categorized in a specified area on your own personalized poster board. Pinterest is a great way of showing off interests and ideas. The resource allows users to share pictures and post comments. It's another way of showing people who you are.

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EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer

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I usually use the "Citation Machine" when I am required to cite sources. However, I feel like the citation machine is outdated. Therefore, I decided to venture away from that online citing source and explore another, which led me to Easybib.com. I immediately loved the option of being able to search websites. It is quite convenient to be able to type in keywords like "dogs" and it bring up different websites about that topic. There is also a tab labeled "Citation guide," which provides examples and explanations of how to cite sources in APA format or MLA format. A user may also use the automatic citation previously mentioned with added options of saving it for later, saving it as a Google document, or printing it. The only issue I have is the membership fee. The MLA citations are free of charge, but the APA citations require paid membership to use. However, the citation guide that is previously mentioned is available, which offers great assistance for citing sources in both formats.

This is an essential resource for anyone writing a research paper that requires citation. It would be a great tool for middle school students as a way to introduce how to properly cite sources. There is also a blog available on this site that discusses new technology applications for librarians and educators.

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Blogster.com

Blogster.com is full of people talking about anything and everything. After reading a few blogs, I realized that this particular blog site is basically a collection of different people's journal entries. Except these journals are not private. Other people can read them and even comment about it. I can't help but think how funny it would be to go back years ago and actually write comments in my sister's sacred diary. I do appreciate the "Groups" tab included in the "Explore" section. It allows users to read and start discussions on certain topics. I also like that every group has a rule about civil behavior online. Blogster seems like a great communication tool for people. Personally, I enjoy the blogs that focus on one idea.

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