Sunday, March 9, 2008

Another Web 2.0 Tool

FotoFlexer is the most powerful online photo editor in existence. It can remove blemishes, change skin/hair color, morph photos and more! 100% free.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Web 2.0 Tools

Here are some free Web 2.0 Tools:
Social book marking on line. Presenter's web 2.0 book marks: is a web-based service that lets you store files online, share with other people, and collaborate on projects. It is a digital drop box.

Quizlet is a free online application that lets you create, learn and share flashcards on any subject. It will even create tests of a style and size you specify.

This replaces visual thesaurus. Look up words in the Visuwords online graphical dictionary and thesaurus to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts.

Zamzar supports conversion between a wide variety of different file formats, i.e., convert files from word perfect to word, save & convert YouTube videos.

Mango Languages
Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 12 different language courses. This site also has an ESL section.

Online photo editor; automatically recognizes files from flickr and picassa. Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames.

This is a powerful image editor that integrates really well with online photo archives at flickr and picasa. The tool also connects your images to social networking sites. If you haven't edited photos before, this is a great place to start. Online editing to online hosting.

Animoto videos--music videos for your images and pictures. With high production value motion graphics synchronized to every beat of your music, ...

Gliffy is a free web-based diagram editor. Create and share flowcharts, network diagrams, floorplans, user interface designs and other drawings online. Free inspiration, mind mapping.

Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

The Visible Body
Argosy's Visible Body is the most comprehensive human anatomy visualization tool available today. This entirely Web-delivered application offers an unparalleled understanding of human anatomy. The Visible Body includes 3D models of over 1,700 anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the human body.

The site is simple: it is like a currency converter, but for completely unrelated items. Play around, and suggest other stuff you want to see - we will make it happen.


EDSITEment is the Best of the Humanities on the Web from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities and the Verizon Foundation. This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom.


Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations.

Girls and Gaming Webliography

A gender inequality still exists relative to technology – and gaming in particular. The following web resources are likely to engage girls, and boys will enjoy some of them too (marked with *). Suffice to say, blindly e-searching using the terms “girls + gaming” can get into very risqué areas, so gaming should an opportunity for adults to work and enjoy with students.

Links4Kids: Girls Only
Lots of great web links, some of which include games; the website as a whole has a section on games that could be used for all kinds of children

Girl Scouts: Girls Only
Girl Scouts has proactively sought ways to encourage girls to explore technology; these are fun games for middle school girls in particular

American Girl
This website for American Girl fans includes games and quizzes (be careful of the commercial aspects though)

Want girls to experience different types of literacy in an interactive way? This is a great site for them.

*Digital Films
This is a free web-based program that enables users to make a simple animated story

Not exactly a game, but this comic creation tool is fun and game-like; it is similar to Digital Films

Zoey’s Room
A site for middle school girls that encourages activities in science, math and technology

Girls Tech
This site for adults helps them evaluate digital resources for girls, particularly in terms of science and technology; their sample sites provide a starting place for appropriate interactive educational fun

*PowerPoint Game Template Resources
Links to several kinds of templates, including educational games; librarians may want to choose suitable templates for students to create their own games (or work with a female student committee to choose the best templates to use)

Gamer Girls Unite
Empowering young women gamers, this site might be useful if the library advises a teen girl gamer club

*Yahoo Games
Yahoo has a huge assortment of games; this is another opportunity for girls to explore sites (with adult supervision) to identify fun, appropriate games for their female peers

Friday, March 7, 2008

American Memory
The Library of Congress has digitized over a dozen of their primary document collections about U. S. history. This website also includes high-quality lesson plans.

Information Literacy for K-16 Settings
This metasite uses the Big6 framework to list websites that help K-16 settings to teach information literacy skills.