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Yolink (download)
http://www.yolink.com/yolink/
Yolink (download)
Search and export the results to your social network
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LiveBinder (Free)
http://livebinders.com/
LiveBinder is dedicated to helping you empower others with the information you worked hard to collect.
If you're like us, you've used 'creative' tactics to keep track of all these links either through email, word documents or endless lists in your browser bookmarks folder. It is hard to put a bunch of links together in any meaningful format. And sharing a group of URLs is cumbersome for everyone - the sender and the receiver. Have you ever looked through your bookmarks list and forgotten what they are all for?
We created LiveBinders so that you could do with digital information what you do with the papers on your desk - organize them into nice containers - like 3-ring binders on your shelf.
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The Google Game
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6296500.html
The Google Game
Sure, your kids are familiar with Google (even to the exclusion of other search engines).
But how effective are they at using it?
When students are finished searching, the winning team (or teams) copies its search string on a white board and explains its solution to the class. The teacher and librarian should emphasize that the lesson is constructed to demonstrate more effective ways to search, and that there is no guarantee that every search will produce so few results.
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Get your Web Licence
http://pbskids.org/license/
Get your Web Licence
Take this "Rules of the Road" test to earn your official PBS Kids Web license!
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Is a website the Internet Down?
http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/
You cannot connect to a particular website .... check if it is down or it's just you.
Is the Internet Down?
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Diigo
http://www.diigo.com/
If you browse or read a lot on the web, we believe you will find Diigo indispensable. Diigo is two services in one -- it is a research and collaborative research tool on the one hand, and a knowledge-sharing community and social content site on the other.
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13 Great Tools For Organizing The Web
http://mashable.com/2008/02/15/13-great-tools-for-organizing-the-web/
13 Great Tools For Organizing The Web
The web is a big and wonderful place, full of exciting pages and information that we all would like to go back to from time to time. Then comes the problem when you open your bookmarks andÖ you canít remember the name of the site, or what folder you put it in, or you find a bookmark and you canít remember why you saved it! Well, youíre not the only one - thatís why over the years people have been coming up with new and intuitive ways to bookmark and save content. Weíve gathered together 13 such tools to help you save your bookmarks with a visual twist, highlight sections of a page, and more.
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Blummy
http://www.blummy.com/
blummy is a free tool for quick access to your favorite web services via your bookmark toolbar.
It's a kind of drop down menu consisting of widgets (called blummlets) that provide rich functionality. It works on almost every page on the web. Just click on it at your toolbar.
One use is to see graphical images of where links go ... might be helpful when evaluating websites.
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Touch Graph
http://www.touchgraph.com
Touch Graph ... use this free Java application to explore the connections between related websites.
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Google Notebook
http://www.google.com/notebook
Google Notebook ... helping online research.
Clip and collect information as you browse the web.
Clip useful information ... You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser window.
Organize your notes ... You can create multiple notebooks, divide them into sections, and drag-and-drop your notes to stay organized.
Get access from anywhere ... You can access your Google Notebooks from any computer by using your Google Accounts login.
Publish your notebook ... You can share your Google Notebook with the world by making it public."
All from a small window that pops up from a button at the bottom of your browser.
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About the Internet: Videos and PowerPoints
http://abouttheinternet.blogspot.com/
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Jo Cool or Jo Fool - For Kids
http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/games/jocool_jofool/kids.cfm
Jo Cool or Jo Fool - For Kids
Think you know about the Web? Here's your chance to prove it!
Take a CyberTour with Josie and Joseph Cool, as they visit their twelve favorite Web sites, and decide whether or not they're making smart choices. It's easy to do.
Every time one of the Jo's has to make a decision about a Web site, write down in your media journal
Once you've taken the CyberTour, see how much you've learned by completing the Jo Cool/Jo Fool CyberQuiz. There are twenty questions about the Net and how kids use itóare you up for the challenge?
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Scandoo
http://www.scandoo.com
Scandoo
Search engines are most people? entry point to new web sites.
At Scandoo we automatically scan all search results to protect you from visiting web sites that spread malicious viruses or spyware, and protect you from viewing offensive content.
Some sites you visit could lead to your computer getting infected with spyware or a virus. Our scanners inspect and classify all search results in real time before you click on the links so you can make informed decisions about the websites you visit and secure yourself against infection.
It? still very early days, and we have some enhancements we are working on to add more security for your searches and help protect you against criminal and offensive content on the web.
web 2.0
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Internet Safety Online Interactive Resources
http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/games/index.cfm
Internet Safety Online Interactive Resources
Privacy Playground: The first adventure of the three CyberPigs (Ages 8-10)...
In this first adventure, the CyberPigs learn about online marketing, and about protecting their privacy as they surf the Internet.
CyberSense and Nonsense: The second adventure of the three CyberPigs (Ages 9-12)...
In their second adventure, the CyberPigs explore the world of chat rooms and learn to distinguish between fact and fiction, and to detect bias and harmful stereotyping in online content.
Jo Cool or Jo Fool: Interactive module and quiz on critical thinking for the Internet (Grades 6-8)...
This interactive online game takes students through a series of mock sites that test their savvy surfing skills. The game ends with an online quiz, that gives students an even more in-depth level of information.
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Credibility Commons
http://www.credibilitycommons.org/
Credibility Commons
The credibility of Internet information is a problem. While the credibility of Information in general is an issue, the Internet presents a new set of challenges.
The MacArthur Foundation funded the American Library Association? Office of Information & Technology Policy and the University of Washington to investigate the issues of credibility of Internet information.
On the site, researchers will share computer programs that they and others have written to help users find credible online information. They also plan to gather feedback from Internet users on the ease and reliability of various methods for finding information on the Web, such as using search engines and posting questions on blogs.
One possible outcome of of this research would be creating a search engine that would direct users toward Web sites to which skilled searchers, such as reference librarians, frequently direct their users.
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LEARN the NET
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/index.html
LEARN the NET
Welcome to Learn the Net, a website dedicated to helping you master this amazing medium.
TAKE a FREE MINI-COURSE...
- The Web-at-a-Glance
- E-Mail-at-a-Glance
- Web Publishing-at-a-Glance
- Smart Shopping-at-a-Glance
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Free Online Course Materials : Using the Internet
http://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/english/trainers_topics.shtml
Free Online Course Materials : Using the Internet
Internet and E-mail Basics - Introduction to the Internet | Learning Internet Basics: Some Useful Guides and Tutorials | Reach for the Sky: A set of On-line Courses for Teachers | WebTeacher | Internet and E-mail Basics - E-mail | Mailing lists, newsgroups, and other discussion forums | Women Online: Training Kit | Finding Information on the Internet - Search engine basics |
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WiredKids
http://www.wiredkids.org/
WiredKids is designed to teach kids how to surf safely and how to have fun doing it. We have a report line so that you can report bad sites, or get advice if you've found something online you don't know how to deal with.
While a large portion of Wired Kids, Inc.'s work involves preventing and helping investigate cybercrimes and abuses, Wired Kids also has a softer side. WiredKids.org has many online safety games for younger children and information for children of all ages as well as helpful information for teachers, parents and law enforcement.
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i-SAFE
http://www.isafe.org/
The United States Congress has designated i-SAFE America Inc, a non-profit Internet safety foundation, to bring Internet safety education and awareness to the youth of this country. Founded in 1998, i-SAFE is a proactive prevention-oriented Internet safety awareness program. We provide age-appropriate K-12 curriculum to schools in all 50 states FREE of charge.
Founded in 1998, i-SAFE America provides Internet safety information and knowledge to students, parents, and everyone in the community in a variety of ways.
Parent Survey/Assessments | Webcasts | Implementation Plan | For Educators | Professional Development Program |
The i-Buddy Zone provides resources and activities especially for young students including the i-Buddy Times, music lyrics, and periodically updated online games.
Watch the online i-SAFE Professional Development Program (PDP) to become a certified i-SAFE Program Leader or Classroom Instructor. .. video segments
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Internet Strategies
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/internet1.html
Internet Strategies | Why Use Internet in the Classroom? | NTTI Internet Utilization Strategies | video clips |
As an experienced teacher, you already have lessons that work well for the age you teach and the topics you cover. To evaluate whether using the Internet will enhance your classroom practice, consider these questions ....
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Designing for Information Foragers
http://www.internettg.org/newsletter/dec00/article_information_foragers.html
Designing for Information Foragers: A Behavioral Model for Information Seeking on the World Wide Web
This paper explains and elaborates a behavioral model for understanding how people look for information on the Web. The first half briefly reviews a wide range key research to provide a broader context for understanding human information seeking behavior and a starting point for further exploration. The second part proposes a model for organizing design ideas based on this research.
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Internet Safety Game
http://www.kidscom.com/games/isg/isg.html
Internet Safety Game
The Idea Seekers want you to Play Smart, Stay Safe and Have Fun while you're on the Internet.
And you can do just that if you follow our tips. Read them and be sure to talk to your parents about them, too. Click 'Play for Fun' to see just how much you know
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Smarter Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time
http://www.sree.net/stories/web.html
Smarter Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time
Just the Facts | Search Engines | Useful Sites | Phone, E-mail & Web Info | Grammar and Style | Business Stuff | Journalism Stuff I: Finding Sources | Journalism Stuff II: Reporting Guides | Journalism Stuff III: Reporting Tips | Journalism Stuff IV: Writing | Journalism Stuff V: Tracking News | Journalism Stuff VI: Misc | Consumer Info | Just for Fun | Downloads for Easier Surfing | Creative Interactives |
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Better Googling
http://www.sreetips.com/google.html
Better Googling: Things You Didn't Know Google Does
When it comes to search engines, most savvy users swear by Google and use it to start their Web hunts. It's my default search engine - I go there first. Every time. I have converted hundreds of people over the years to Google and will continue to do so, until something better comes along.
But there? more to Google - five years old in Sept. 2003 - than the simple search function. Here are some additional Googling tools.
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Website Popularity Check at UpTimeBot
http://www.uptimebot.com/
Website Popularity Check at UpTimeBot
Check the popularity of any particular website in the main search engines.
Promotion site web | Link popularity | Increase link popularity | Reciprocal link exchange |
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Technology Integration
http://www.lburkhart.com/
Technology Integration
Using the Internet in Elementary Schools | Using the Internet in Middle Schools |
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Childnet International
http://www.childnet-int.org/
Welcome to the website of Childnet International - the children's Internet charity committed to helping to make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
On this website you can read about the way in which Childnet is working around the world with many other organisations to help highlight and promote the positive inspiring ways children can use the Net.
You can also read about the strategic education and policy initiatives we are engaged in which are helping to protect children in this new environment.
internet | use | safety |
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Virtual Field Trips created with TourMaker
http://www.tramline.com/tm/
Tramline developed TourMaker© software back in 1996. Over the years TourMaker© has earned a reputation as the best tool for creating Virtual Field Trips and Web Tours. Field trips created with TourMaker have a consistent, professional, and easy to navigate format that prevents users from getting "lost in cyberspace." TourMaker© is incredibly easy to learn and easy to use.
TourMaker Field Trips take you through a sequence of Web pages on any given subject. For each page, there is simultaneous commentary in an accompanying window. You move forward and back through the Web Tour using the tour Control Panel and you can leave the Tour to explore links and return to it whenever you want. Tours run on all popular browsers. You only need to know how to click a mouse!
prevent students from getting lost! | provide a safe journey through the Internet | are inexpensive | take you through a sequence of Web pages on any subject you choose | provide custom instructions or commentary about each visited Web page | move forward and back through the field trip using the Control Panel | allow you to leave the field trip to explore links and return to it whenever you want. | are SO easy to use--you only need to know how to click a mouse! |
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Resources for Accountability
http://www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/WCE/archives/account.htm
Measuring the Impacts and Shaping the Future | Center for innovative Learning Technologies |
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e-learning (USA) Research
http://www.ed.gov/Technology/elearning/index.html
The latest research and evaluation studies demonstrate that school improvement programs that employ technology for teaching and learning yield positive results for students and teachers. Given that many schools and classrooms have only recently gained access to technology for teaching and learning, the positive outcomes of these studies suggest a future for education that could be quite bright if the nation maintains its commitment to harnessing technology for education.
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