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K - 5

Lesson: What do the parts do?
http://www.kidsandcomputers.com/kids/lessons/lesson1.htm

This page can guide a lesson on the basic parts of the computer and teach the concepts of "input" and "output".

Organizing A Computer Folder
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?DocID=399

Students will realize that computers can store and organize information and that this information can be easily retrieved whenever they want to access it.

Keyboarding Technique
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech072.shtml

Information about when and why to teach keyboarding. It also gives tips on how to teach it.

Keyboard Shortcuts
http://www.kidsolr.com/technicalsupport/page3.html

This site gives several keyboard shortcuts that teachers may want to share with their students. The site may be too overwhelming for younger children.

Healthy Computing for Kids
http://www.healthycomputing.com/kids/computers.html

Kids have special needs when it comes to computers, from a smaller mouse for smaller hands to footrests that support the dangling feet of children in adult-sized chairs. Keeping your kids safe means tailoring the workstation to their pint-sized frames using good products, the right setup, and healthy usage habits. Read on for a quick list of tips and suggestions on keeping your kids comfortable.

School Ergonomics Programs:  Guidelines for Parents
http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/MBergo/intro.html

With the number of computers in classrooms increasing every day, many schools are beginning to institute ergonomics programs to show students, teachers, and parents how to reduce the risks of computer-related injuries.  What follows is part of such an ergonomics program, in the form of guidelines that have been developed for the parents of school children, from the needs identified by a project with Blackwell Elementary School in Redmond, Washington. The guidelines have been included in the "Get Techfit" program developed by Diane Tien and her class at this school.

Computers Can Be a Real Pain
http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/house/k_ergonomics.html

This article discusses proper body posture while using a computer.

A User-Friendly Workstation
http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/facstaff/ergonomics/computer/erguser.shtml

This web page provides an image, checklists, and tips for providing a user-friendly workstation.

Good Computer Ergonomics for Children
http://www.cascadewellnessclinic.com/newsl/01nl/0101nl.shtml#compukids

At least 70 percent of America's 30 million elementary school students use computers. As a result of this increased usage, doctors of chiropractic are treating more young patients suffering from the effects of working at computer station that are either designed for adults or poorly designed for children. Many children are already suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoulders. These are harmful physical effects that can last a life-time.

Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School Students
http://orosha.org/cergos/

Computer Ergonomics is about things that you can do to make working on a computer more comfortable and better for your body, for example, wearing a bike helmet when riding a bike and a seatbelt when riding in a car are two simple things that you do to be safe. The Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School Students (CergoS) Web site will show you some simple and affordable ways to make sure that your body is safe and comfortable while using a computer.

How to sit at a computer
http://www.ergonomics.com.au/pages/400_useful_info/420_how_to_sit.htm

This site provides the four basic steps to Setting Up Your Computer Workstation

School Ergonomics Programs: Guidelines for Parents
http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/MBergo/intro.html

With the number of computers in classrooms increasing every day, many schools are beginning to institute ergonomics programs to show students, teachers, and parents how to reduce the risks of computer-related injuries.

Internet Safety Just for Kids
http://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/bigkids/netsafety.cfm

This site has downloadable resources to print out for the classroom as well as links to websites for kids regarding Internet safety.

Stop Cyberbulling
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/

A website with a variety of resources on cyberbullying for teachers, students and parents.

Reference: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Thesauri
http://www.kidsolr.com/reference/

Numerous links to references in specific content areas.

NetSmartz
http://www.netsmartz.org/index.aspx

Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discusses various Internet safety topics.

Math Projects
http://www.ct4me.net/math_projects.htm

Project-based learning is a terrific way to link your curriculum with real world events and applications of concepts that your students are learning. These resources will inform you about project based learning, link you to projects on the Web, and help you and your students to design your own curriculum-based multimedia projects.

Going Places Safely on the Computer (K-2)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/going-places-safely-k-2

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. By taking a virtual field trip, students experience the power of the Internet to take them to places they might not be able to visit in person. They learn that they should follow safety rules when they travel online, just as when traveling in the real world. *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

Internet Safety for Kids
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafetyforkids

Information on this site is created for kids. Lessons provide information about internet safety including online predators, scams, cyberbullying, and more.

Copyright and Plagiarism Rules for Teachers
http://www.cyberbee.com/copyrt.html

This site has links to resources for teachers to use as background for teaching children about cyber plagiarism and copyright law.

Wallwisher
http://www.wallwisher.com

Digital Interactive Sticky note board

KidRex Search Engine
http://www.kidrex.org/

KidRex is a safe search engine for younger students. It is easy for younger children to use.

TRIP for Teachers: WebQuests
http://trip.schoolinsites.com/

Provides links to WebQuests adapted for Alabama Course of Study content standards by Mobile County teachers.

Dropbox Tutorials
https://sites.google.com/site/classroomtechtrends/home/dropbox-setup-and-login-tutorial

These tutorials are designed to demonstrate the ease and use of setting up Dropbox as well as how to: use the public folder, share and upload files with co-workers, family members and\or friends. With Dropbox, you can sync your files on all your computers including your ipad and iphone. To sign up for a free account, visit www.dropbox.com to set up for a free account.

Duck Duck Go
https://duckduckgo.com/

DuckDuckGo is a kid friendly search engine. Simple and easy to use for younger students. *Search anonymously (truly anonymous search) utilizing multiple search engines simultaneously (not just one) to see a more authentic representation of search results from across the internet.

Learning to Use Prezi
http://prezi.com/nd0091j79he7/prezi-learning-center/

This Prezi demonstrates to users how to use Prezi web 2.0 tool with Youtube videos and forms.

The Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/families/index.html

Library resources

Ivy's Search Engine Resources
http://www.ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html

Here you will find search forms for the major Internet search engines for kids. Below these are Internet search engine links, links to web guides for kids, some specialized search engine forms and specialized search engine links of interest to kids. At the bottom there are links to family friendly or general WWW filtered search engines and links to more pages like this.

Kid's Search Tools
http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm

Search topics on some of the most commonly used search engines for kids and teachers.

Internet 4 Classrooms
http://internet4classrooms.com/

Great resource for teachers from PreK-12th grade. This site is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials.

Boston Public Library-Internet Dictionary for Kids
http://www.bpl.org/kids/Glossary.htm

Age-appropriate definitions of computer terms

KidSpace on the Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/

KidSpace Features: Ask a Question Culture Quest Learning HTML Orca Search Poison Prevention POTUS Say Hello Science Fair Stately Knowledge Story Hour

TrackStar
http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/index.jsp

TrackStar is your starting point for online lessons and activities. Simply collect Web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track. Create your own Track or use one of the hundreds of thousands already made by other educators. Search the database by subject, grade, or theme and standard for a quick and easy activity. There is a fun Track already made for each day of the year, too!

Science.gov Search
http://www.science.gov/browse/w_133A.htm

Enables you to search 47 million pages in real time

Weather Resources for Students
http://www.wxdude.com/

Nick's favorite resource materials for students to learn more about weather and other sciences.

Energy Kid's Page
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/onlineresources.html

Online energy education resources include energy activities for kids and materials to help classroom teachers teach about energy.

QR Code Generator
http://www.onlineqrlab.com

Create your own QR code.

Squirrelnet: Safe Internet Search
http://www.squirrelnet.com/search/Google_SafeSearch.asp

Squirrelnet is a safe internet filter search engine using the SafeSearch filter from Google.

Quintura Kids Internet Search
http://quinturakids.com/

Quintura Kids Search is a student friendly search engine.

Sweet Search 2Day
http://2day.sweetsearch.com/

Sweet Search 2day is an informational search engine for current events as well as events occurring in history.

KidRex
http://www.kidrex.org/

Kid safe search engine for students.

History Pin
http://www.historypin.com/

An online historical map with tours and collections of photographs. Students and teachers can collaborate and create an historical map.

Alabama Virtual Library
http://www.avl.lib.al.us/

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources.

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/

Superior reference center includes online newspapers, serials, texts, quotations, style and writing guides, trivia, biographies, state, regional and country information, and many others too numerous to list.

Puzzlemaker
http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/

Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists.

Edmodo
http://www.edmodo.com

Edmodo is social networking cite specifically for education. Teachers can keep track of their classes,create assignments and quizzes, and post information to their students. Students create an account and keep track of their own assignments and classes.

Code Academy
http://www.codecademy.com/

Learn how to code interactively on this site to create games, Web sites, and apps.

What is a Blog?
http://www.brainpop.com/english/writing/blogs/

This animated video from BrainPOP explores the idea of blogging (what is a blog? a blogger? how does someone publish a blog?) The high production value makes for an engaging video; there are also links to related activities, lesson plans, and a quiz. *This video is free and can be viewed without setting up an account.

ePals
http://www.epals.com/

Want to use email with your students but worried about misuse? ePALS SchoolMail is filtered email and collaborative system offering a safe, monitored and multilingual environment.

Tagxedo
http://www.tagxedo.com/

Turn words into a visually stunning word cloud. Words are sized appropriately in relation to the frequency of the word in the text.

Creating Paper Slides
http://www.paperslide.blogspot.com/

This blog explains about paper slide videos and how to make them. The blog has examples of paper slide videos.

AutoRap
http://www.smule.com/autorap

This app will turn any content you enter into a rap song. There are some free songs and beats. You can pay for additional songs.

Word 2010 Tutorial
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/word2010

This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

Educational Technology-MPS
http://www.mpsaz.org/edtech/

Provides many educational technology resources, including activities and links for teachers and students.

Simple Machines
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?DocID=1

The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to use Internet resources to explore the parts of a system and develop students' understanding of the interactions between those parts, as well as engage in troubleshooting and design related to systems. In this investigation, students take a closer look at a variety of simple hardware devices. They observe the interactions between the elements of the devices, through both hands-on and Internet exploration.

Learning Keyboard Keys
http://www.seoconsultants.com/windows/keyboard/

This webpage takes the standard keyboard and breaks down the keys and explains the responsibility of each key.

Computer Basics
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics

Are you new to using computers? Do you wonder what people mean when they say the Cloud, Windows, Blackberry, Lion, etc.? Perhaps you would just like to know more about how computers work? When it comes to learning today's technology, Computer Basics has all the basic concepts covered. This resource contains video lessons and interactives to teach the basics of computers.

Identifiying Destinations for A Class Trip
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/01/g35/

In this lesson, students will use a geographic perspective in identifying and comparing features of physical and political maps of the world. They will use information from these map sources, as well as other National Geographic resources, to make decisions about the best place to go on a class trip. Once students identify this place, they will relay their findings in a presentation designed to convince the principal that it’s an ideal place for a class trip.

Squigly's Pencil Puzzles
http://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/PencilPuzzles/

Offers many different types of printable puzzles in several different topic areas.

Emaze
http://www.emaze.com

A free, online presentation tool, similar to Prezi. There is also an app.

Internet Safety/Think U Know?
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Information and resources on Internet safety to use in the classroom or at home.

Social Safety
http://www.socialsafety.org/

Social Safety is an effort to educate US teens on the dangers of social networking.

Digital Passport
https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration

Digital Gaming platform that teaches online safety and digital etiquette. Set up your classroom for free individual instruction. Grades 3-5 Common Sense Media "Web-based games and videos engage 3rd - 5th graders in independent learning"

Talking Safely Online (3-5)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/talking-safely-online-3-5

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions related to safe online behaviors. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast online-only friends and face-to-face pals, analyze why private information should not be given to anyone online without the permission of a trusted adult, and debate how to respond if an online-only friend asks them personal questions.

Digital Citizenship Pledge (3-5)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/digital-citizenship-pledge-3-5

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students collaborate in creating a digital citizenship pledge outlining their collective social norms for exploring in and interacting with the digital world. Following this lesson, students will be able to establish expectations and norms for the group related to appropriate online behavior, participate responsibly and respectfully in an online community, and collaborate on a classroom motto about digital citizenship.

All About Computers
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/allaboutcomputers/

Students will learn how to navigate the world wide web and how to locate information.

What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/early-multi-national-influences-united-states

The lessons in this unit are designed to help your students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture.

Thomas Edison’s Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From “New” to You!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=408

The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with life and technology around 1900 in order to better understand how Edison influenced both. Through comparing and contrasting life and technology in the early part of the twentieth century with technology found in their own homes and experiences, students will gain a greater understanding of how far the fields of industry and entertainment have progressed since Edison's day and of how Edison's work was the foundation for technology they enjoy today.

Rubric for Visual/Digital Literacy
http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson1013/rubric-digital.pdf

Using this rubric from a ReadWriteThink lesson, teachers assess student-created fan magazines, or "zines", about their favorite popular culture icons. Teachers can evaluate how students use the computer, interactive publishing tools, images and more. Click "Display Full Record" and see the Relation field for a link to the lesson this assessment tool supports.

Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/inquiry-internet-evaluating-pages-328.html

Lesson, tips, and resources for evaluating electronic resources for reliability.

The Electronic E.L.F
http://www.lauriefowler.com/elfpage.html

Technology integration activities for grades K-12 that are aligned with the Alabama Course of Study.

The Lincoln Line
http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/index.html

A timeline of the life of Abraham Lincoln. This has some illustrations that can be used for visuals and links to events that happened during Lincoln's life and the Civil War.

DOGO News
http://www.dogonews.com/

News and Current Events Approved for Elementary Aged Children.

Sweet Search: A Search Engine for Students
http://www.sweetsearch.com/

Sweet Search is a safe search engine where every website has been evaluated by research experts. There are optional search engines for emerging learners, social studies, research, biographies, and current events.

Wolfram Alpha Knowledge Engine
http://www.wolframalpha.com/

Wolfram Alpha is a search engine to find answers. It is a knowledge engine.

Digital Tools/Concept Mapping/Lovely Charts
http://www.lovelycharts.com

Online diagramming allows you to create flowcharts, sitemaps, and organizational charts.

Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/use-excel-tables-to-manage-information-RZ102252956.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA104039038

This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

New School Brochure PBL
http://wveis.k12.wv.us/teach21/public/project/Guide.cfm?upid=3372&tsele1=4&tsele2=104

This is a project-based learning unit plan that requires students to create a brochure of their school after surveying the school layout, gathering data, and calculating time and distance required to travel across the campus.

Publish Work Online
http://www.calameo.com/

Calameo is a web publishing tool that will allow teachers and students to upload any type of document (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and then see it as a page-turning webpage that they can share via Email, embedding on their school or student site, or even

Brainstorming and Mindmapping
https://bubbl.us/

Mind mapping and Brainstorming tool - free for use by teachers for instruction.

Sticky Note Canvases for Collaboration
http://en.linoit.com/

Free sticky note canvases for sharing notes, ideas, or pictures. Teachers can use for collaboration and discussion. Students can use for creating theme-based media canvases.

Digital Flyers for the Classroom
https://www.smore.com/app

Use this digital flyer maker to allow students to create imaginative boards related to content standards. Sign up for a free account. There is an ability to share flyers.

Custom QR Code Generator
http://www.unitaglive.com/qrcode

This QR Code generator lets you customize the look of your QR code, including embedding images, color, and shape. You can link QR codes to URL, plain text, phone, Wireless network, phone, calendar, or text messages.

Capzles Social Storytelling
http://www.capzles.com/

Create multimedia experiences with photos, videos, blogs, documents, and more.

Global Schoolhouse
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm

Collaborative projects, online expeditions, and news and discussion lists get help you get your students involved with other students around the world.

Digital Tools- Podcast- Vocaroo
http://www.vocaroo.com

An easy way to create podcasts and record audio for reading and discussions.

Digital Tools- Podcast- Podbean
http://podbean.com

This site allows you to create and share teacher/student podcast.

Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Voicethread
http://voicethread.com

A way to create, talk and share your images, documents and videos.

Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Mixbook
http://www.mixbook.com

Create and upload photo books online.

Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com

Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Slideshare
http://www.slideshare.net/

Upload powerpoint, documents, pictures to share on the Internet

Digital Tools/Photo & Art Mashups/Be Funky
http://www.befunky.com

Turn your photos into artwork with one click.

Digital Tools/Photo and Art Mashups/Lunapic
http://www.lunapic.com

Create and turn your photos into artwork to share on the Internet or print.

Digital Tools/ Writing/ Kerpoof
http://www.kerpoof.com

Create animated movies, cards, stories, pictures and drawings on the Internet.

Digital Tools/Writing/ToonDoo
http://www.toondoo.com

Create and publish your own comic strips.

Digital Tools/Writing and Art Mashups/Glogster
http://www.glogster.com

Create posters with images, video, audio and apply a wide ange of text effects. Link to your website to share with the world.

Online Storybook Maker
http://storybird.com/

Storybird is an artful way to tell stories. Create, read, and share stories online via any device. Free teacher accounts for up to 75 students.

Creating Online 3D Pop-up Books
http://www.zooburst.com/

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.

Chogger
http://chogger.com/

Create comic books and story boards free using Chogger. Collaborate and share your comics.

Make Beliefs Comix
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com

Create a comic strip for a language arts project. Ability to print and share through email. Web-based but also an iPad app.


6 - 8

PoducateMe Podcasting Guide
http://poducateme.com/

PoducateMe features a comprehensive podcasting guide that reveals exactly how it’s done. The entire PoducateMe Podcasting Guide can be read online and is free of charge.

Digital Cameras Enhance Education
http://www.zardec.net.au/keith/digcam.htm

The website provides a wealth of technical and practical information about the use of digital cameras in all curriculum areas.

Flash Jeopardy Game
http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/

Teachers can create their own game using this flash version of Jeopardy. Great for Smartboards.

Dropbox Tutorials
https://sites.google.com/site/classroomtechtrends/home/dropbox-setup-and-login-tutorial

These tutorials are designed to demonstrate the ease and use of setting up Dropbox as well as how to: use the public folder, share and upload files with co-workers, family members and\or friends. With Dropbox, you can sync your files on all your computers including your ipad and iphone. To sign up for a free account, visit www.dropbox.com to set up for a free account.

Glogster
https://sites.google.com/site/classroomtechtrends/home/glogster-tutorials

Glogster EDU connects teachers to their students with Web 2.0 multi-sensory learning experiences that can be easily integrated into traditionally text-oriented subjects. Glogster is a tool that allows users to create posters to express information. They are multi-media posters that can include text, images, and video. Students will also love to create their own glogs! Instead of printing our pictures and messing with scissors and glue, images and video can be added right to their glogs. They can express an event in history, a science concept, characters in a story, or math concepts.Educators who use Glogster EDU have access to a wide range of creative resources, differentiated instructional activities, assessment opportunities, and so much more. To sign up, visit http://edu.glogster.com. You may also visit our class glog at http://kerrymoore.edu.glogster.com.

Make Learning Funny
http://makebeliefscomix.com

MakeBeliefComix allows students to create a three or four frame comic strip. This site can be utilized for storytelling or to incorporate a content standard in a creative way. The final product can be emailed to the teacher or printed for assessment.

Mozilla Thimble
https://thimble.webmaker.org/

This tool allows you to build a web site using HTML and CSS code on one side of the screen and see the finished product on the other side. **This site does not teach you how to write code for web pages.

Code Academy
http://www.codecademy.com/

Learn how to code interactively on this site to create games, Web sites, and apps.

Digital Flyers for the Classroom
https://www.smore.com/app

Use this digital flyer maker to allow students to create imaginative boards related to content standards. Sign up for a free account. There is an ability to share flyers.

Mozilla Popcorn Maker
https://popcorn.webmaker.org/

Use Popcorn to add interactive context to online video, including social media, news feeds, and text boxes.

Emaze
http://www.emaze.com

A free, online presentation tool, similar to Prezi. There is also an app.

Life Around Here: Digital Storytelling Project
http://www.mrsoshouse.com/pbl/digstory.html

Students are introduced to digital storytelling and prompted to create their own project.

Gif Maker
http://gickr.com/

Create an animated GIF file free. Upload photos or grab them from Flikr.

Capzles Social Storytelling
http://www.capzles.com/

Create multimedia experiences with photos, videos, blogs, documents, and more.

How WiFi Works
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wireless-network.htm

This website provides an excellent explanation of how a wireless network operates with diagrams and videos.

Bluetooth Explained
http://www.teach-ict.com/technology_explained/bluetooth/bluetooth.html

This site provides an in-depth explaination of connecting computer devices using bluetooth wireless technology.

Computer Hope (Troubleshooting)
http://www.computerhope.com/index.htm

"Computer Hope" is web site offering useful online resources, a very active set of forums and a free email support service. Computer Hope has been designed to assist all types of computer users with any of their computer related questions as well as a great location to learn more about your computer and its hardware and software.

Top Ten Troubleshooting Tips for Computers
http://apps.americanbar.org/lpm/lpt/articles/tch06041.html

This webpage provides ten tips for troubleshooting a computer. The text is very easy to read.

Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/use-excel-tables-to-manage-information-RZ102252956.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA104039038

This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

Word 2010 Tutorial
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/word2010

This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

Nimble Fingers
http://www.nimblefingers.com/index_1.html

Free online typing program with varied skill levels.

Quintura Kids Internet Search
http://quinturakids.com/

Quintura Kids Search is a student friendly search engine.

Computers Can Be a Real Pain
http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/house/k_ergonomics.html

This article discusses proper body posture while using a computer.

Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School Students
http://orosha.org/cergos/

Computer Ergonomics is about things that you can do to make working on a computer more comfortable and better for your body, for example, wearing a bike helmet when riding a bike and a seatbelt when riding in a car are two simple things that you do to be safe. The Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School Students (CergoS) Web site will show you some simple and affordable ways to make sure that your body is safe and comfortable while using a computer.

School Ergonomics Programs: Guidelines for Parents
http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/MBergo/intro.html

With the number of computers in classrooms increasing every day, many schools are beginning to institute ergonomics programs to show students, teachers, and parents how to reduce the risks of computer-related injuries.

Learning Keyboard Keys
http://www.seoconsultants.com/windows/keyboard/

This webpage takes the standard keyboard and breaks down the keys and explains the responsibility of each key.

Social Safety
http://www.socialsafety.org/

Social Safety is an effort to educate US teens on the dangers of social networking.

Stop Cyberbulling
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/

A website with a variety of resources on cyberbullying for teachers, students and parents.

NetSmartz
http://www.netsmartz.org/index.aspx

Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discusses various Internet safety topics.

Safe Online Talk (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/safe-online-talk-6-8

In this Common Sense Media lesson, students first watch a short video in which teens share their rules of the road for connecting with others online. Through a guided class discussion, students then learn strategies for recognizing and responding to risky online interaction. Finally, students work in groups to rate the riskiness of several online scenarios using the provided "Internet Traffic Light Student Handout."

Online Scams and Schemes (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/scams-and-schemes-6-8

This common sense media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students learn about identity theft, what kinds of information identity thieves want, and what can be done with that information. Students then analyze phony emails and identify tricks that identity thieves use online. Finally, they create a phishing email that includes the features that they have learned about, and see if classmates can identify the scams.

Trillion Dollar Footprint (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/trillion-dollar-footprint-6-8

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they show a provided video clip and guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. Discussion questions and activities lead students to recognize that people’s online information can be helpful or harmful to their reputation and image. Students also consider their own digital footprints and what they want those footprints to be like in the future.

Internet Safety
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafety

Informational lessons are provided for internet safety. Information on threats, scams, social networking, and more.

The copyright site
http://thecopyrightsite.org/teaching/correlations.html

This site is dedicated to helping educators everywhere in the United States understand the issue of copyright.

Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/cyberbullying-crossing-line-6-8

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students watch the documentary-style video “Stacey’s Story – When Rumors Escalate,” in which a girl reflects on what it was like to be the target of cyberbullying. Students will analyze online bullying behaviors that “cross the line,” describe the various ways that students can be cyberbullied, adopt the point of view of teens who have been cyberbullied, and offer solutions.

Creative Commmons Search
http://search.creativecommons.org/

Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/cyberbullying-be-upstanding-6-8

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students reflect on what it means to be brave and to stand up for others. They fill out the "Why Care? Student Handout", create a diagram of the players involved, and generate ideas about how bystanders can become upstanders. They then identify concrete solutions for dealing with cyberbullying situations.

Rights, Remixes, and Respect
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/rights-remixes-and-respect

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students review their knowledge of copyright and fair use and then examine a case study involving the appropriation of music by a popular band. Students form groups in which they role-play different stakeholders in the music industry and then debate the ethical and legal issues involved in using other people’s creative work in practices such as remixes and sampling.

Rework, Reuse, Remix (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/rework-reuse-remix-6-8

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions related to fair use of creative content. This lesson will help students identify the key points required for a creative work to fall under fair use, judge whether or not the two case studies can be called fair use, and understand the value of fair use by reworking and remixing copyrighted material in a collage or video. *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

Internet Safety for Kids
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafetyforkids

Information on this site is created for kids. Lessons provide information about internet safety including online predators, scams, cyberbullying, and more.

Technology and Oil
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/technology-and-oil/

To demonstrate how much our society depends on petroleum products and to show how advances in technology have allowed us to find, obtain, and transport oil more efficiently.

Technology at Work
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/technologyatwork1/

Technology is defined as any invention, including tools, machines, materials, techniques, and sources of power, that makes people’s work easier. The history of technology really begins in prehistoric times. This lesson explores life without technological advances.

Living Without Technology
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/1900house/lessons/lesson2a.html

In our daily lives, 20th century technological advances surround us. Whether we are taking a hot shower, using the refrigerator, driving a car or turning on a light to read a book, our environment is shaped by hundreds inventions that make our lives more comfortable, automatic, productive and easier. The goal of this lesson plan is for students to understand how dependent we have become in the technical world and what "modern conveniences" really are.

The Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/families/index.html

Library resources

KidSpace on the Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/

KidSpace Features: Ask a Question Culture Quest Learning HTML Orca Search Poison Prevention POTUS Say Hello Science Fair Stately Knowledge Story Hour

Autobiography Time Line
http://interactives.mped.org/view_interactive.aspx?id=690&title=

This student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, guides students in creating autobiographical timelines listing the important events of their lives.

Squirrelnet: Safe Internet Search
http://www.squirrelnet.com/search/Google_SafeSearch.asp

Squirrelnet is a safe internet filter search engine using the SafeSearch filter from Google.

Sweet Search: A Search Engine for Students
http://www.sweetsearch.com/

Sweet Search is a safe search engine where every website has been evaluated by research experts. There are optional search engines for emerging learners, social studies, research, biographies, and current events.

Sweet Search 2Day
http://2day.sweetsearch.com/

Sweet Search 2day is an informational search engine for current events as well as events occurring in history.

Common Sense Media: Identifying High-Quality Sites (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/identifying-high-quality-sites-6-8

In this Common Sense Media lesson, students discuss how print materials (books and newspaper or magazine articles) are published. Then they compare and contrast this process with publishing on the Internet, learning that there are no built-in checks for accuracy or quality on the Internet. Therefore, they must use their own criteria to judge the trustworthiness and usefulness of websites. After this lesson, students will be able to understand how the ease of publishing on the Internet might affect how much they can trust the content of some sites, learn criteria that will help them evaluate websites, and apply the criteria to a site to determine how trustworthy and useful it is.

Better Searching
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/searchbetter

This website provides information about better searching, reading and evaluating a webpage, and judging online information.

Custom QR Code Generator
http://www.unitaglive.com/qrcode

This QR Code generator lets you customize the look of your QR code, including embedding images, color, and shape. You can link QR codes to URL, plain text, phone, Wireless network, phone, calendar, or text messages.

Wolfram Alpha Knowledge Engine
http://www.wolframalpha.com/

Wolfram Alpha is a search engine to find answers. It is a knowledge engine.

Alabama Virtual Library
http://www.avl.lib.al.us/

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources.

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/

Superior reference center includes online newspapers, serials, texts, quotations, style and writing guides, trivia, biographies, state, regional and country information, and many others too numerous to list.

Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/audience-purpose-language-electronic-159.html

With the increasing popularity of e-mail and online instant messaging among today’s teens, a recognizable change has occurred in the language that students use in their writing. This lesson explores the language of electronic messages and how it affects other writing.

E-pals Around the World
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/pals-around-world-178.html

It is often difficult to motivate students to read and write. By integrating a letter-exchange program in the classroom, students become excited about literacy learning. This lesson helps you select e-pals for your students and develop real-life writing and learning experiences for them.

Girls Read: Online Literature Circles
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/girls-read-online-literature-970.html

In generations past, women met in quilting circles to share their dreams; today’s girls share their thoughts in virtual communities. Multicultural literature with strong female protagonists serves as the focus for e-mail exchanges and classroom discussions in this lesson. Students select and read one of five novels presented by the teacher, and discuss the novel in exchanges with e-mail pen pals and in classroom literature circles. Students then participate in an online literacy community where they can respond to questions and post reviews, allowing them to expand their perspectives and converse with a wider audience.

Make Way for Wikis
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6277799.html

An article focusing on how wikis work and how to incorporate in a classroom.

Wikis In Plain English
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=20514

TeacherTube video from CommonCraft explaining how wikis work. Runtime 3:51

Sticky Note Canvases for Collaboration
http://en.linoit.com/

Free sticky note canvases for sharing notes, ideas, or pictures. Teachers can use for collaboration and discussion. Students can use for creating theme-based media canvases.

Publish Work Online
http://www.calameo.com/

Calameo is a web publishing tool that will allow teachers and students to upload any type of document (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and then see it as a page-turning webpage that they can share via Email, embedding on their school or student site, or even

ePals
http://www.epals.com/

Want to use email with your students but worried about misuse? ePALS SchoolMail is filtered email and collaborative system offering a safe, monitored and multilingual environment.

Global Schoolhouse
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm

Collaborative projects, online expeditions, and news and discussion lists get help you get your students involved with other students around the world.

Marble Mania Student Page
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/afterschool/marbles/student.html

This Science NetLinks Afterschool activity introduces kids to probability and chance with a fun interactive. By pulling marbles out of a virtual bag, students begin to develop a basic understanding of probabilities, how they are determined, and how the outcome of an experiment can be affected by the number of times it is conducted.

Power Up!
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/tools.cfm?DocID=88&Grade=6-8

This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to think about the positive and negative consequences of various types of power. The site provides students with a specific monetary budget, which they can use to purchase power plants for their city. As students choose their types of power, they learn how much power the plant provides, how much it costs, and the effect it could have on the environment. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 6-8, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.

Tagxedo
http://www.tagxedo.com/

Turn words into a visually stunning word cloud. Words are sized appropriately in relation to the frequency of the word in the text.

Creating Paper Slides
http://www.paperslide.blogspot.com/

This blog explains about paper slide videos and how to make them. The blog has examples of paper slide videos.

AutoRap
http://www.smule.com/autorap

This app will turn any content you enter into a rap song. There are some free songs and beats. You can pay for additional songs.

History Pin
http://www.historypin.com/

An online historical map with tours and collections of photographs. Students and teachers can collaborate and create an historical map.


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How Encryption Works
http://www.howstuffworks.com/encryption.htm

In depth article on data encryption with helpful videos.

Data Encryption
http://library.thinkquest.org/27158/

This ThinkQuest site provides basic background information on what data encryption is and a brief history of it.

Computer Hope (Troubleshooting)
http://www.computerhope.com/index.htm

"Computer Hope" is web site offering useful online resources, a very active set of forums and a free email support service. Computer Hope has been designed to assist all types of computer users with any of their computer related questions as well as a great location to learn more about your computer and its hardware and software.

Compressing Files to Ease E-Mailing
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/compressing-files-to-ease-emailing.html

Article that describes how to compress a file and open a file that has been compressed.

Word 2010 Tutorial
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/word2010

This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/use-excel-tables-to-manage-information-RZ102252956.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA104039038

This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com

Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

Aviary
http://aviary.com/

Suite of online creation tools including editing, video, audio, image and effects. Free.

Produce an Animated Movie
http://goanimate.com

Goanimate allows students to produce their own animated video. Tools include casting and customizing characters, zooming in on objects, changing cameras and their angles, modifying backgrounds and adding text and audio. Teachers can incorporate the video into lessons as part of an introduction to material or have students create their own video as a way for teachers to assess acquired knowledge. GoAnimate can also be used as a group project for collaborative learning.

Make Learning Funny
http://makebeliefscomix.com

MakeBeliefComix allows students to create a three or four frame comic strip. This site can be utilized for storytelling or to incorporate a content standard in a creative way. The final product can be emailed to the teacher or printed for assessment.

Present a Prezi
http://prezi.com/

Prezi is a presentation tool which takes you from the one dimensional slide to a three dimensional world full of possibilities. Presentations zoom in and out and move about a whiteboard. Videos, animations, and pictures are easily inserted for an engaging lesson. Prezi is another alternative for student projects and presentations for content knowledge.

Mozilla Popcorn Maker
https://popcorn.webmaker.org/

Use Popcorn to add interactive context to online video, including social media, news feeds, and text boxes.

History Pin
http://www.historypin.com/

An online historical map with tours and collections of photographs. Students and teachers can collaborate and create an historical map.

Social Safety
http://www.socialsafety.org/

Social Safety is an effort to educate US teens on the dangers of social networking.

NetSmartz
http://www.netsmartz.org/index.aspx

Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discusses various Internet safety topics.

Common Sense Media: College Bound
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/college-bound-9-12

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students view elements of two students’ digital footprints and consider how the footprints might affect those students’ admission to college. Students then discuss what kinds of information they would want included in their own digital footprints, and learn strategies for shaping a positive online presence. *Aligned with Common Core standards. *Lessons available on the webpage *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

A Visual Debate
http://debategraph.org/Stream.aspx?nid=61932&vt=bubble&dc=focus

Debategraph is a platform for sharing ideas presented in a mindmapping format. Students can debate ideas or concepts in a collaborative setting. Comments are placed in bubbles forming a detailed mind map. The site also offers a vast library of previous debategraphs which can be searched and viewed. Debategraph is free, but requires a teacher login.

Internet Safety
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafety

Informational lessons are provided for internet safety. Information on threats, scams, social networking, and more.

The copyright site
http://thecopyrightsite.org/teaching/correlations.html

This site is dedicated to helping educators everywhere in the United States understand the issue of copyright.

Stop Cyberbulling
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/

A website with a variety of resources on cyberbullying for teachers, students and parents.

Risky Online Relationships
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/risky-online-relationships

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. This lesson is designed to help students understand why the term “online predator” is misleading and how to identify more realistic forms of inappropriate contact. Students then discuss a story about a teen’s risky online relationship and draw conclusions about how to stay safe online.

Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/taking-perspectives-cyberbullying-11-12

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students begin by watching a video clip from the TV show Friday Night Lights, in which a teen girl creates a hate website about another girl. Students take the perspective of different characters and brainstorm alternative decisions each character could have made. Finally, students discuss what actions they can take when they encounter online cruelty in their own lives.

Creative Commmons Search
http://search.creativecommons.org/

Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

Bluetooth Explained
http://www.teach-ict.com/technology_explained/bluetooth/bluetooth.html

This site provides an in-depth explaination of connecting computer devices using bluetooth wireless technology.

MIT APP Inventor
http://appinventor.mit.edu/

This interactive website from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can be used to teach programming and app design concepts, as well as to create your own apps. "Learn basic concepts for making apps. Great for use in classroom or on your own. Check out some of the great curriculum educators have developed around the world for teaching App Inventor in schools, universities, and more."

Code Academy
http://www.codecademy.com/

Learn how to code interactively on this site to create games, Web sites, and apps.

Harvest of Fear
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/harvest/

Harvest of Fear is a set of lessons based on the NOVA film Harvest of Fear . The film discusses genetically modified foods and the impact it has had on society. The lessons cover possible benefits, harms and the different viewpoints towards GMO's. It offers two games on transgenic manipulation and selective breeding.

Better Searching
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/searchbetter

This website provides information about better searching, reading and evaluating a webpage, and judging online information.

Science Daily News
http://www.sciencedaily.com

Science Daily is Your source for the latest news in the world of science.

Science AAAS
http://www.sciencemag.org

A collection of the latest science news.

PoducateMe Podcasting Guide
http://poducateme.com/

PoducateMe features a comprehensive podcasting guide that reveals exactly how it’s done. The entire PoducateMe Podcasting Guide can be read online and is free of charge.

Glogster
https://sites.google.com/site/classroomtechtrends/home/glogster-tutorials

Glogster EDU connects teachers to their students with Web 2.0 multi-sensory learning experiences that can be easily integrated into traditionally text-oriented subjects. Glogster is a tool that allows users to create posters to express information. They are multi-media posters that can include text, images, and video. Students will also love to create their own glogs! Instead of printing our pictures and messing with scissors and glue, images and video can be added right to their glogs. They can express an event in history, a science concept, characters in a story, or math concepts.Educators who use Glogster EDU have access to a wide range of creative resources, differentiated instructional activities, assessment opportunities, and so much more. To sign up, visit http://edu.glogster.com. You may also visit our class glog at http://kerrymoore.edu.glogster.com.

Create a Powtoon
http://www.powtoon.com

Powtoon's is a great tool for students to use to create professional looking animated presentations and videos as an assessment tool for content knowledge. Powtoon's, also, can be used as a tool for collaboration between students.

Wikis In Plain English
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=20514

TeacherTube video from CommonCraft explaining how wikis work. Runtime 3:51

Blabberize
http://blabberize.com/

Blabberize is a quick way to integrate technology for formative assessment. Students upload any picture and enter in text. Blabberize animates the picture creating a talking version which speaks the typed text. Students can upload a historical figure and create a monologue or upload a picture of an animal and have it recite it's classification and characteristics.

Mozilla Thimble
https://thimble.webmaker.org/

This tool allows you to build a web site using HTML and CSS code on one side of the screen and see the finished product on the other side. **This site does not teach you how to write code for web pages.

Emaze
http://www.emaze.com

A free, online presentation tool, similar to Prezi. There is also an app.

Publish Work Online
http://www.calameo.com/

Calameo is a web publishing tool that will allow teachers and students to upload any type of document (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and then see it as a page-turning webpage that they can share via Email, embedding on their school or student site, or even

A Wideo Video
http://www.wideo.co/

Wideo is a online tool to create animated videos. The user can upload his own pictures and audio or use ones already on the website. The final product can be shared for free.

Edmodo
http://www.edmodo.com

Edmodo is social networking cite specifically for education. Teachers can keep track of their classes,create assignments and quizzes, and post information to their students. Students create an account and keep track of their own assignments and classes.

ePals
http://www.epals.com/

Want to use email with your students but worried about misuse? ePALS SchoolMail is filtered email and collaborative system offering a safe, monitored and multilingual environment.

Global Schoolhouse
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm

Collaborative projects, online expeditions, and news and discussion lists get help you get your students involved with other students around the world.

Introduction to Programming
http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/courses/cse142-TVI/00au/lectures/

This website is a free lecture series for introductory programming including audio commentary and examples.

Vex Forum for programming
http://www.vexforum.com/showthread.php?t=1995

An online forum for users of Vex programming. Note that forums may be blocked in many districts and teacher guidance is strongly suggested due to the open nature of online forums.

Free 3D Programming Environment
http://www.alice.org/index.php

3D programming environment in which students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program. Offered free through Carnegie Mellon University. Available for Mac, PC, and Linux.

The Real Bionic Man
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/therealbionicman/#obj

This website provides lesson plans and activities to help students understand artificial parts that are implanted in humans.

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