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Social Networking

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Facebook is a social networking site that is driven by the mission to connect people from all over the world. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. One way that teachers and students can use facebook is to use the site as a place to collaborate on projects. Teachers could also create a class page open to the class but closed to other members.


my space logoMySpace is a free online community composed of personal profiles aimed foremost at a younger membership. A MySpace profile typically includes a digital photo and in-depth information about personal interests. The amount of detail included in the profile is up to the user and submitted voluntarily. MySpace policy requires users be at least 14 years of age to join. Members routinely send each other messages and “network” or socialize within the MySpace community. As members have moved away from MySpace there is still a significant presence of musical artists.

Video Sharing

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YouTube is an online public communications site. The site allows for registered users to upload and have available for the public their videos for viewing. Anyone who goes to the site can view the videos that are posted on this site. The videos are anything from beginner videos to more professional videos. YouTube was designed and then released in 2005 by three previous employees of PayPal, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. Google picked up on the wave of public communications, and purchased YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars. YouTube videos resources can be used in education. If schools allow YouTube, teachers can use the short videos to illustrate points or allow students to create projects using multimedia to post to YouTube. Through the preferences, students and teachers can set the users who they wish to allow. For teachers and students, there are also educational divisions like YouTube EDU
See a list of intelligent YouTube channels at OpenCulture-SmartyYouTube

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Teacher Tube

An online community to share instructional/educational video resources and associated educational materials. Includes videos for different subjects, levels and professional development. The community members upload and share videos and rate and comment on others' works. Although they say they are free and without strings, the site has advertisers and they openly solicit advertisers. From their site, "Most importantly, Advertising is a major part of the evolution of the site. Advertisers are encouraged to place appropriate ads that would not only benefit the rapid growing 500,000+ TeacherTube Members but ultimately your company through promotion. We do not want to become your Ad Network, we want to become your Ad Representative."

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5min Life Videpedia

Database of instructional, DIY, and lifestyle videos

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How to video community sharing

i Cue NBC News sponsored

From their site: "iCue is a fun, innovative learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives.Videos, games, and activities correlated to courses in U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, and English Language and Composition, and more."

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Educational videos and full length documentaries for students, educators, and public added by users. Includes ratings and discussion.

Image Sharing

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Free photos with license information


Free images. https://morguefile.com/ Free to remix, adapt, and use commercially and without attribution. Images posted on the site can not be sold, licenses without alteration, and users can not claim ownership of unaltered images. From their site," A morgue file is a place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.The term "morgue file" is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web's morguefile."

English Language Learning

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A website in beta version that aggregates captioned videos. The site was initially to service those with various hearing abilities, but they now are interested in helping those trying to learn English through the use of captioning.
The site also includes English Learning Activities.
According to the website,"We've been busy building some of the features that many users have emailed us about. The first ones we are releasing can help you use videos to learn and teach: commonly mispronounced words, idioms, and slang phrases. We processed thousands of videos and found ones that illustrate these kinds of phrases. On each page for a video that uses a phrase we provide menus that will even take you to the approximate times the phrases are spoken. Watching an entire video is not necessary. "

Learn the Rewards of Saving

Save! The Game

Fantasy 3D game for iPhone, iPad. Collect virtual money and learn to save to move to the next level. Example of 3rd Party pays. Sponsored by Mass Mutual Insurance

Math and Science

Planet Green Game

Sponsored by Starbucks. Purpose of game is education about climate change. The games asks users to become part of the solution with simple tools.

Welcome to Energyville

This game, sponsored by Chevron, teaches the user about the effects of energy consumption on the environment. The user gets to name their own city which they then must make energy decisions for while maintaining a clean environment.

Math Homework Help

Math Homework Help was created by Discovery Education and contains videos and tutorials to help students master basic skills involving numbers and number operations.

Games and Activities


ABCYA! is a website which features free online educational interactive games and activities for elementary students by grade level. These games and activities have all been created or approved by certified teachers and modeled from primary grade lessons. The topics covered include math, reading, and basic computer skills. Some games do have sound.

Learning Games For Kids

This site, sponsored by Time4Learning, features educational games for preschool and elementary school children. These games cover many different topics including math, reading, typing, and science.

Teacher Tools

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With RubiStar the user has the ability to create rubrics based on templates that are provided. To use RubiStar a free user account must be created. This account allows the user to save and edit rubrics online. These rubrics can then be accessed from anywhere. RubiStar is run by 4Teachers.org.

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Puzzlemaker allows the user to create and print custom puzzles. There are many different types of puzzles to choose from including word searches, math squares, hidden message, mazes, and double puzzles. Puzzlemaker also allows the user to input their own word list.

Study Tools


Quizlet is a great tool to help students study for any subject. With Quizlet the user can choose a set of online flashcards from the site's library or create an account and make their own flashcards. This site provides the user with several options including group studying, familiarize mode, learn mode, test mode, scatter, and space race. For detailed descriptions of these features click here.


StudyStack allows the user to find flashcards from those that have already been created or to create their own. The information on these flashcards can be studied as you would paper flashcards or the user can play one of the games featured on the site including matching, crosswords, and hangman. StudyStack allows the user to print their flashcards or to access them using an application on a cell phone, PDA, or iPod.

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