Online Learning Resources

Online Resources:

Educational Technology Resources

Middletown Public Schools uses Office 2010. If you click on one of the trainings below, you can scroll to the 2010 training.

Useful technology sites for teachers!

http://teachersnetwork.org/ - Great resource for looking up lesson plans, activities & more by content area or grade level!
Connecticut Education Network: The hub for information about the state's education backbone as well as a rapidly growing body of content available to educators.
Discovery Middle School Science Streaming: This resource is available to all MHS teachers per a annual subscription. In addition, CSDE has paid for middle school science content through June 30th 2012.
http://visualblooms.wikispaces.com/ - Check out the link below for a great visual representation of Bloom's Taxonomy and the applicable cloud-based (web) resources associated with each level!
Click here for Office 2010 training website - Online tutorial videos from Microsoft to help users navigate Office 2010!
Online convert -This free online file converter lets you convert media easy and fast from one format to another. We support a lot of different source formats, just try.
http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/index.html - this website requires a membership however some of the templates and downloads are free.
http://www.edistorm.com/. -Free online brainstorming & planning! Create your own mind maps.
http://www.exploratree.org.uk/ -is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too

Web 2.0 Tools
21 Classes: http://www.21classes.com
Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com/education (use the education site to get ad-free wikis)
Checkout http://www.dropbox.com/ for saving /sharing documents & files easily between locations!

Visual Organizers
Wordle: http://www.wordle.net. In the mode of Inspiration, this free tool might prove engaging for teachers and students, especially in revisions. Just choose "Create Now" and copy and paste text into the field. You can play with the formatting options.
MyWebspiration : http://mywebspiration.com/ Very similar to Inspiration but not as geared toward education.
Whether working individually or collaboratively, Webspiration™ is the new online visual thinking tool that helps you:

  • capture ideas
  • organize information
  • diagram processes
  • create clear, concise written documents
  • With integrated diagram and outline views you can think visually, structure your work effectively and express your ideas in the ways that communicate best. Webspiration makes it easy to collaborate and share documents by simply sending an invite. Everyone works on the same document, contributing, posting comments, and viewing changes. Webspiration is ideal for team projects, study groups, reviewing and commenting on documents and co-authoring materials.

    Visual Search Engines
    Quintura, on uses "tag cloud" images to represent the strength or relevance of the returns. RedZee features a very busy red-striped zebra and the results page is cached screenshots of the sites.
    I wouldn't stop using Google just yet, but seeing your results in an attractive format is helpful.

    e-Portfolio Resources
    • Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolios - One of the most knowledgeable individuals in the field. Links to multiple resources.
      • From her bio: "As the Assessment Coordinator for the International Society for Technology in Education's National Educational Technology Standards for teachers (ISTE NETS-T) Project (2000-2005), I developing strategies and resources to assess teacher technology competence. I also served as Vice President for Assessment and E-Folios for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Through the Educause/NLII/AAHE Community of Practice, I provided early leadership to define pedagogical specifications for online portfolio systems."
    • Dr. Barrett's Wikispaces ePortfolio - Learn more about Dr. Barrett and see how a wiki might be used as an ePortfolio platform.

    CPS Training Videos

    (scroll to CPS 5.6 Training Videos - K12)

    Internet4Classrooms: Helping teachers use the Internet effectively.