The following free online tools may be of help to students in creating projects and papers for their courses by increasing the organization and sharing of information.
Great organizational tool for text notes, web page clips, photos, screenshots. "Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed and made searchable." Free, but you must register.
"Glinkr lets you create or edit your maps through the web using a simple browser. When they are made public, maps can be embedded in Web pages."
What if your whole academic life could be organized on a single page? Check out NetVibes dashboards, a personal gateway to all of a student's digitized academics, including their digital bookmarks for useful articles and applications.
Widely used in the math community, Ms. Wittrodt notes that this is a better graphing tool than calculators. Free.
Microsoft Graphing Calculator http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=15702
Online version of a graphing calculator, with graphing feature.
Online Timeline Tools
"Create an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes. Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order."
Google News Timeline (http://newstimeline.googlelabs.com/)
"Google News Timeline is a web application that organizes search results chronologically. It allows users to view news and other data sources on a browsable, graphical timeline. Available data sources include recent and historical news, scanned newspapers and magazines, blog posts, sports scores, and information about various types of media, like music albums and movies."
Allows users to create a timeline and share it on the Internet. Already-created timelines by others are also viewable. Free, but you must sign up and create a username and password.
"Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems."
This tool enables social reading online. When you write notes, highlight text and bookmark important pages, your friends can follow along and respond back.
A free application created by the University of Minnesota which allows users to audibly annotate presentations.
Voice Thread http://voicethread.com/
Allows students to add their own voice-over to their digital presentations such as video or slideshow. According to this site "A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too." Free.
Yodio can be used for sound when creating book podcasts to upload. You can use Yodio to add your stories to your photos or presentations, and share these narrated photos with your friends and colleagues by either tweeting or pushing them to your social network.
Easy to use application for making screencasts with a maximum record time of 15 minutes. Free, but the Pro version is only $12 per year and gives you 60 minutes of record time.
Seniors, take advantage of our 30-day free trial to SIRS Issue Researcher database to get information on your topic. This database gives you the pro and con arguments on all kinds of issues. It contains thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics are carefully selected from 1,500 domestic and international publications. Drop on by the library and let Ms. McEnery or Ms. Hansen know what you think about this information source.
Connect to SIRS Issue Researcher
Check out CultureGrams database for country reports, recipes from other countries, statistics on GDP and GNP for your Economics class, and more! Also includes photo gallery and short biographies of famous people.
Want to write "A" papers? Check out this list from UC Santa Barbara English teachers, adapted from Jerome Beatty's, The Norton Introduction to
Fiction, entitled "World's Most Comprehensive Checklist for Papers."
When your teacher asks you to use scholarly journal articles do you feel confused? If so, this video, designed by Vanderbuilt University Librarians is for you:
Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites that students go to for information. There are many good aspects to Wikipedia, but also some things to be cautious about. Wikipedia is not just an encyclopedia, it is a knowledge community that unites anonymous readers all over the world who edit and correct grammar, style, interpretations, and facts. It is a community devoted to a common good - the life of the intellect.
A concern that is voiced over and over about Wikipedia is that it is prone to error. This is a legitimate concern because anyone can add to or edit information on Wikipedia. The good news is that other readers can correct information somewhat quickly. If you happen to come upon a page that has inaccurate or false information that has yet to be corrected, this can pose a problem if you use the information in your research. As a researcher, it is important to verify the information you find on Wikipedia by using additional sources. For this reason, it is NEVER a good idea to cite Wikipedia on your works cited page when doing a research paper. Wikipedia can, however, be a good starting point for learning about at topic, and oftentimes the links at the bottom on articles can take you to some good sources.
To give you a sense of the evolution of a Wikipedia page, go to Jon Udell's wonderful archeological screencast.
He beautifully demonstrates how a community negotiates knowledge construction when nobody is boss, anybody can edit, and there are no formal processes. Udell takes an extremely specialized topic - the history and conventions of using umlauts in the names of heavy metal bands - and shows how entirely different editorial mechanisms can work very effectively. You will view Wikipedia in a new way after seeing Udell's screencast!
|We're developing some new videos to add to our information competency tutorials. Did you ever wonder if some websites are better than others to get quality information? Watch this Larry and Sarah video for some insights. For more information on evaluating websites go to the SVHS Library Tutorial on evaluating information.|