No-Registration Web Tools

Nathan Hall has an interesting site that includes an extensive list of web tools that do not require registration to use. Each of the following headings includes at least one tool: QR Codes; Survey and Polls; Online Whiteboards/Corkboards; PDF Tools; Charts/Graphs; Word Clouds; Maps; Schedule; Reference (dictionary/thesaurus/concordance/corpus/citation); Calculators/Convertors; Documents (webpages/text/paste/view); Annotation; Stories (create/read); Photos and Drawing (find/edit/share); URL Shortener; History; Audio; Screencapture (image/video); Checklists; Phonetics; CMS; Diagraming/Mind Mapping; Timeline; Chat/Conferencing; Timers/Clocks; Writing; HTML; Typing; Teleprompters; OCR; File; Sharing; Forum creation; Games (create and play); Invoice creation; Testing; Video (view/edit/create); Comic Creation.

A recent blog post was “Convert scanned words into editable text using Google Drive” – a feature I was not aware was available.

A similar sort of list is on L. Houle’s Wiki.

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Education Blogs, Sites

Here’s are a couple of sites/blogs/posts dealing with education and technology.

Digital Texts & Tools Online Repository – This site is a collection of materials helpful in teaching literacy, education, research, and associated courses.

Sharin’ in the EdTech Groove! (A place to share ideas and inspiration about edtech and a lot more!) On this blog there’s a post about Powtoon, a web-based tool for creating animated videos and presentations. For more effective use of this tool, they include PDFs for a book about “cartoon marketing” and a workbook on using Powtoon.

DIGITALLY LITERATE – W. Ian O’Byrne is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technologies at UNH. His research examines the literacy practices of individuals as they read/write in online spaces.

edudemic is a site with multiple faces:

  • Teacher’s Guides;
  • The Best EdTech (laptops, tablets, apps);
  • For Students (Online Learning, Startups, Social Media, Tools);
  • For Teachers (How To, News, Online Learning, Startups, Social Media, Tools, Trends, Videos); and
  • Topics (categories for posts on the site).

I ran across edudemic via a reference to a great post titled 15 Lesson Plans for Making Students Better Online Researchers.

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Google+ and Hangouts

Google+ is a social sharing tool, somewhat like Facebook. One of the differences is that you can group the connections you make into Circles and then share items only with certain circles. You can also separately view information posted by people in one of the circles. Hangouts allow live video communication – interactively (up to 10 people) or broadcast (can be seen by anyone that’s invited to view). These are rather new tools, and will take a bit of trial and error to use effectively.

For help in learning how to use these, here are some links:


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Free from Microsoft

Microsoft offers 23 free teaching tools that you may find interesting. They include a photo stitching application, a tool to let multiple students interact via mouse with your PowerPoint presentation, a scaled-down version of Microsoft’s BASIC programming language and a game-building programming language called Kodu, and much more.

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Multiage Classrooms

I used to work at a school with several multi-age classrooms. I gathered the following links for the teachers there. This information used to be a page all its own.

One of the better sites (though the page layout is a bit busy for my taste) is Multiage-Education.Com. The Multiage Kids page has lots of links to information that may be of interest to kids in & outside the classroom. Other pages likely to be of interest follow. The Nuts & Bolts page ‘features the “how-to’s” of setting up and running a successful multiage classroom.’ The Schools & Classrooms page has links to schools around the world. The Multiage Links page has links to Teacher-to-Teacher sites, research sites, and more.

I also liked the site Choosing Multiage, created by Marion Leier, a long-time teacher in Nova Scotia. Lots of links and downloadable files in the Resources section.

Another good Multiage Education site has ads that are a bit annoying, but the information seems useful. Be sure to explore the scroll-down menu on the left side of the site, particularly the “Additional Information …” page.

Manitoba, Canada seems to be doing lots of interesting work on improving education. Their Independent Together page has lots more depth than there seems at first. Explore the green-background links on the left.

Some sites with less depth include

The site has a Multiage Classroom Chatboard that might be a place to ask questions of others.

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Humble Excellence

Cool Cat Teacher Blog has post titled Take time to share and listen to classroom stories that asks us to be humble and open to discovering another pocket of excellence, drop any bluster that may accompany “my way works, let me show you how”.

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Tip for De-Formatting text from web or …

Notepad (Windows: All Programs, Accessories) or any other program that uses ONLY bare text (see: ASCII) can be used to strip formatting from text copied from web sites, email, or any number of other sources.

Select the text you want and copy it (Ctrl-C; right-click & select Copy from menu; other Copy ).

Open Notepad (or your “bare-ASCII” editor of choice)

and now Paste (Ctrl-V or …) your content.

The editor will strip out formatting; hyperlinks to web, email, …; etc. to “just ASCII.”

ASCII: American Standard Code for Information Interchange. from Wikipedia, “ASCII includes definitions for 128 characters: 33 are non-printing control characters (many now obsolete) that affect how text and space are processed and 95 printable characters, including the space (which is considered an invisible graphic).”

In current versions of Notepad, Ctrl-A works for “Select All”;
in earlier versions you can click (and release) at the top of what’s in Notepad, scroll (if necessary) to the bottom, hold down the shift key, and click at the very end of what’s in Notepad. This will select everything in Notepad.

Copy that (Ctrl-C or other),

and you’ve got the text you originally selected with NO applied fonts, sizes, bold, italic, …

Paste (Ctrl-V or …) your content.

Makes for a much more consistent base for further editing.

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