Jacki Woods
Mathdrills.com - this site has worksheets and fill in blanks for all ability levels in many mathematical areas.
Kutasoftware.com - this site is for prealgebra and above. Offers alot of word problems to solve in real life applications
Powerpoint - my students are still stuggling with basic manipulations and new topics are introduced frequently so that they can develop thier projects in new and exciting ways.
Questgarden.com - this has exciting webquests that can be used as samples for free in your classes. It has all types of subjects and grade levels available. For a fee you can become a member. You can create one of your own for a 30day free trial.
Exchange.smarttech.com - this is the site that has resources for teachers who have a Smartboard. You can find resources by subject and grade level. It also had technical support available.

Shannon McKinney
www.teachertube.com This is a great resourse for students and teachers. You can find any subject area or topic idea to help with any lesson you might be planning for class. Students can search for presenation ideas or resources to help study an area of weakness. You still need to preview all videos before you show them in class.
www.teach-nology.com This site is full of lesson plans, web-quests, teaching tips, rubrics, and a lot more. The best resource has to be the TECHNOLOGY TUTORIALS section under Teacher Articles. You can find lots of articles and ideas how to incorperate technology in your classroom.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ What a wonderful resourse for any English teacher! WOW! The Purdue online Writing Lab (OWL) is a must have for teachers that teach writing.
www.quia.com/shared This is a great website for teachers and students. Teachers and students can submit any online quizes or games that they have created. You have an option of using the shred for free or become a member.
www.blogspot.com This is a blogger site with Google that our principal uses for our book study. It's great!

Grant Kincannon
www.eduhound.com – this is a pretty cool website that lists by site and category how to incorporate educational technology into various lesson types.
http://www.iste.org/welcome.aspx - contains a lot of current articles and news about educational technology. Website also has a pretty good professional development section.
http://www.podcastalley.com/search.php?searchterm=education+technology – a lot of podcasts over current issues in ed tech as well as suggestions by educators from around the country.
http://www.eschoolnews.com/ - if you want one place to go to find a good compilation of current news articles about ed tech, this is it. It gives a lot of great ideas to draw from.
http://www.workscited4u.com/index.php - this website is a free, online annotated bib builder that saves every entry to your account. I thought this would be a good one since it would be beneficial to have for assignments like this! Just go enter in everyone's responses and you will have all the information any time you need it.
Teresa Hudson

1. Blackboard: a Learning Management System where my students can submit their assignments, and I can grade electronically. It is much like the OSU system, Desire to Learn. This system shows immediately when an assignment has been submitted and is waiting for your grading. No more missing papers!
2. ClassPress: a blog site where my students blog about a subject of choice such as sports, events, humorous thoughts ect. It is teacher controlled where I approve all posts and comments. They read others blogs and can comment on the blog.
3. TweenTribune: a website with current events over any number of items from Art to Technology. A teacher can set up a class and students read articles and post comments. I approve all comments before they are posted on the web.
4. Delicious: a social bookmarking website that allows students to access their bookmarks from any computer. We learn about dozens of websites in my class, and students need a good place to store all the site for later recall. Their bookmarked sites can be shared with others.
5. NoodleBib: When writing reports and creating web pages, we must cite sources. We use this website to create the citation to paste to our pages.

Jody Burns
1. Poll Everywhere -- http://www.polleverywhere.com
This site allows you to setup a poll to insert into a powerpoint slide. During a presentation, participants can text their response to the poll, and that slide becomes active and shows the results of the poll immediately. I used this with some of my colleagues this summer, and they LOVED it. We're all using it now with our teachers in training sessions.
2. Animoto -- http://animoto.com
I love using animoto to publicize church events. The pictures, music, and text get across the message of an upcoming event in 30 seconds, and it's all free! We show them for women's events at my church during the offering or the announcements, and they have worked beautifully!
3. Adobe Connect -- http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html
My new favorite thing is the webinar. I love delivering professional development sessions remotely. My company subscribes to Adobe Connect. I can show my screen, a webcam streaming video of myself with my voice, as well as a powerpoint presentation and attachments. The teachers attending my webinar can chat with me and provide feedback. I usually also have them call a conference call number so that they can talk with me while the webinar is progressing. This resource is not free, but it is one that I love and am using more and more.
4. Online Sign-up Sheet -- http://www.mysignup.com
Aren't you tired of emailing everyone when you need people to sign-up for what they're bringing to an event or what time slot they want to work? The answer is MySignUp.com. This free online sign-up sheet has templates you can use or alter, depending on your needs. Once your sign-up is setup, you just send the link to your people. They click on it and signup online. I use this all the time ... for my family when we're deciding what to bring for Thanksgiving dinner, for a political campaign in which I was the volunteer coordinator, for a church dinner ... the options are endless!
5. Smilebox -- http://www.smilebox.com
This free download provides so many fun templates in which you can import your pictures. Once your Smilebox album is complete, you can post it on facebook, email the link, or print it. I use Smilebox to make cards and document fun, family events. Sarah Vann
Voicethread www.voicethread.com
I love voicethread it has really opened up a new avenue for me when it come to reaching my students. I use it to co-teach with others in my building so my students are getting not only my knowledge but other teacher’s expertise as well.
You Tube www.youtube.com
I know this may seem crazy, but there are some wonderful resources on youtube. Just one piece of advice…..ALWAYS pre-screen the ENITRE clip. There have been a few clips that start out great, and then something toward the end happens that would not fly in my 8th grade classroom.
Garage Band
This is one of the applications on the Mac. I use this when I need to crop audio files. I have some cricket chirp audio files that I cropped down to 20 seconds each so I could use them as a form of data collection in class. I have my students collect the data and we see if the number of cricket chirps changes with different temperatures, elevations, and time of year.
I use the Flip video camera in my classroom. It is a very inexpensive way to incorporate video. I will video demos or lessons if I need to be gone from class and I let my students watch that as part of their day. It has helped me make the most of my student’s time if I have to be gone.
Google Scholar
I really have grown to like this website. I honestly had no clue this was even available until I started my masters degree. I find myself using this not only for my personal coursework but for my classroom as well.

Cates Harris
  1. Google Sites: Google translator, Google Scholar, or Google Earth
I used the translator application a lot when I was in Spanish in college. It would also be helpful to use in a classroom in general when teaching different languages or if there are ELL students in there. Scholar is good for looking up articles and credible information. Earth I used a lot when I was teaching because I travel a lot, so the kids liked to see where I went. I also used it to demonstrate how far away places were and show where they were on the map.
  1. EBSCOhost:
I use this primarily for research that I do for school. There are also a lot of other databases that EBSCO has for primary and secondary school.
  1. BrainPop:
I usually just use it for a filler in class, but it has a lot of good information on almost any subject. There are mini videos, games, and quizzes for students to take. It's really fun to watch!
  1. Windows MovieMaker or iMovie:
We use it for projects in class a lot. They kids really like it. I also use it at home to make slideshows or my brother actually makes movies. It's fun even if it isn't just educational!
  1. Skype:
I LOVE Skype! It allows me to talk to people all over the world. My dad uses it in to talk to people he is working on projects with across the world. I haven't had a chance to, but I would like to have pin pals and use it in class. I think it would be a great way for students to interact with peers from other cultures.

Denise Zablocki White
Quia : I have talked about it before, but I use it daily with students and recommend it to teachers all the time. Teachers can create games, quizzes, and activities that are linked to specific skills and content, post, and share with each other. The site is easy to search by both topic and grade level, and it's the best stuff out there because it is teacher-created.
YouTube: This has become an amazing resource! Need a song about the mathematical order of operations? A teacher has probably posted one on YouTube! Want to teach your students a real-life application to turns and rotations? There is a skateboarder demonstrating one-eighties, three-sixties, etc. on YouTube!
Teachers.net: When I need a fresh idea, I skim some of the 5,000 lesson plans posted on this site and divided into grade level and subject area. I have never used the lessons as-is, but have been inspired by some creative ideas.
Spencer Kagan's Web site: Spencer Kagan, the guru of "cooperative learning", has a great web site that I use and refer teachers to all the time. He posts articles with ideas for using cooperative structures, teaching collaborative skills, and managing a cooperative learning classroom that can be accessed for free. (His books are long and expensive; these articles are brief, specific, and free.)
Ebay: I am not a shopper, so I love Ebay! Since I travel a lot and see all the expensive stuff in the Sky Mall magazines, I just go to my hotel room, type the name of the item in the Ebay search, and it is almost always there for a fraction of the cost...and often brand new!

Aly Reese
1. Wikipedia- though it's frowned upon and discouraged in the scholarly world, I just love my little world-brain. Whether it be for the quick answers to annoying questions, or simply answers to impossible crossword puzzles-Wikipedia is a friend to the common student.
2. Stumbleupon.com-this is a fun little site that allows you to put in preferences for what you like in a website (educational, photography, art, comedy, etc.) and it goes through the internet and pulls up pages it thinks you might enjoy. Though primarily a fun distraction, I've stumbled on some fun sites for my classroom before.
3. OSU Library-I don't know if this one is allowed, but it really use it an awful lot and have really grown to love it.
4. Wunderground- I know a few people have mentioned the weather already, but wunderground is different than weather.com (easier to use, I think) and it allows you to get a much more detailed forecast.
5. Google-I love all things google. maps, engines, earth.

Bea Stinson-Hoxie
Netflix--Online streaming of movies and TV--since I don't have time for network TV, Netflix is my solution for commercial free viewing on an as can basis.
National Weather Service-I check it daily and I also read the hourly weather graph. Hey, this is Oklahoma--we never know what is coming!
My School's website--I'm the webmaster, so I live a large part of my day here doing updates--I also have no eidtor, so if you see something wrong, please let me know!!
Powerteacher--this is our district's online grading program. I think that explains it enough.
Imageer--My brother (R.E.) is a photographer in Boston--he hates to e-mail, but I can get a pretty good idea of what he is up to from his portfolio. It's nice to see the world from his point of view.

Judy Allen
1) My computer - It is the brain of my classroom. I do everything on it, starting with morning attendance. My computer activates my Promethean Board which I use throughout the day. It's my connection to the Internet and e-mail.
2) http://www.weather.com - Looking up the weather is one of my calendar activities. I put this website up on the Promethean Board. Each day we view the weather for Bartlesville. The class looks at the current temperature, the forecast, wind speed, and the weather map. The kids really like it.
3) http://suttoncenter.org/ - The George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center has been located in Bartlesville for as long as I can remember. It was their work with the American Bald Eagle that helped the bald eagle come off the the endangered species list. Each year they have cameras above eagle nests around the country. So, anyone can view bald eagles in their natural setting. Last year my class watched the eaglecam for about five weeks. We saw two baby eagles in their nest outside of Stillwater. We saw mom and dad as they brought in food for them to eat. We saw the parents sitting in the trees near the nest and as they flew in the air. It was awesome to see. The sad part was that both babies fell from the nest and died. It was a very good lesson on how fragile life is for animals in the wild.
4) http://animoto.com/education/ - As a teacher, I take lots of pictures of my kids. I have copies made and put them into each child's 1st grade scrapbook. I started a new project with these pictures. I select the best ones and make a video with them. On the last day of school, the kids get to see the video. I also send home the address of the video for parents to view. I did it last year for the first time. The kids loved it.
5) http://www.dogpile.com/ - I don't really use a search engine very much. 1st graders don't do a lot of researching. But when I do, I use dogpile. It has every you could possibly want or need. I use it because the kids like the name of it. I put it up on my board when we need to search for something.
6) http://www.merriam-webster.com/ - There are times when I need to look up a word in the dictionary. There are lots of big words 1st graders don't know their meaning. So, we go to an online dictionary for the meaning. I have the kids spell the word that's typed in. There have been times when it took a while before we found the word. But it really helps the kids learn to listen to the letter sounds and put them in the order they hear the sounds.

Andrea Haken
Yahoo! www.yahoo.com
This is where my first email account was made and I still use it. I also now read the short articles they post on the homepage. I use it for maps, weather, and even games.
Wikipedia- www.wiki.com
Although there are mixed opinions on how accurate the information is on this site I still use it for a general overview for anything I am not familiar with from terms to celebrities.
Fitterlife- www.cowboysonthemove.okstate.edu/
Calorie counters seem to be on the rise on the internet. I have personally had a calorie counter for almost 2 years to help me watch what I eat and maintain my weight. Since we are currently having a competition at OSU faculty vs. students on physical activity I figured I would share this site. You can keep track of your exercise and food as well as gain information for improvement in those areas.
Higher Ed Jobs- www.higheredjobs.com I used this site when I was desperately trying to find a job. It list open positions in higher ed institutions by job and by state, so you can search either way.
Bing- www.bing.comThis is the automatic search engine that comes up at my work when I search on the internet. I believe it comes up with similar results as google, but might also find something different for you.

Leanne Christensen
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com
I use it to find and contact friends. I don’t post much on walls but I catch up on what different people are doing. I look at their posted albums and photographs and send them messages. It is practically the only way I can stay in touch with my younger brother. He never answers his phone and rarely checks his email these days.
Gmail - https://mail.google.com
I use this for my personal email. My husband and I have a joint email account but I use gmail for my personal email.
Picassa - http://picasa.google.com
I use this site to post photos and then invite my family and friends to view them. My daughter won’t let me put any photos of her family on Facebook so this fills in that void. Now that I have a new grandson I’ll be using it even more. J
Skype - http://www.skype.com
I use Skype to keep in touch via video phone with my daughter in Atlanta and with my daughter and grandson in Owasso. We can see each other and chat away. We can also show each other our computer screens and share photographs of recent trips, etc.
HULU - http://www.hulu.com/
I use Hulu to watch old movies or TV shows that I have missed, never seen, or would like to see again. When all else fails there is Hulu.

Linda Thompson
1. A website that I use daily is www.abcteach.com This site has resources for teachers from K-8 on all academic subjects. It also has a members section where I can make and store my documents. It is very economically priced and worth the money.
2. A second website I use is www.enchantedlearning.com This site is more for primary grades, but it has a great ELL section that is good for any age. It has many thematic materials and it too is economically priced.
3. I use Google maps quite often. My classroom doesn't have a large pull down map so I use my globe and Google maps for Science & Social Studies.
4. I also use a website www.sitesforteachers.com that lists sites that teachers of any age or subject could use to find other sites they need. I found abcteach and enchantedlearning using sitesfor teachers.
5. My flip camera and phone are two great resources. I have used both to catch on video or on my camera phone, students being good or doing their work. When I catch a student doing what they are supposed to do I send the picture to their parents. It has made a big difference in the behavior of some of my students because their parents have only gotten "bad" reports from their teachers.
6. My sixth resource is a little unusual. My teaching partners and collegues at my school are one of the greatest resources I have. We have great relationships in and out of school. We are able to think through problems and lessons to help each other out.

Beth Holloway
1. I absolutely love Netflix. Not only can I use it as a tool for relaxation, because we all know we need to relax from time to time, I also use it to get access to great video clips to go along with my lessons, as well as documentaries for my students to access when doing research. I think it is a fabulous thing to have all of that type of video streaming at your fingertips.

2. Google Calender: Oh my gosh, where has this been my whole life? I"m totally not a detailed person, but Google calendar has allowed me to be organized both professionally and personally in a way I never thought possible. I can text my calender new dates, as well as it text me if I need a reminder of an event. I also can sync all my information into one spot, without having to create different calendars for different things. A lot of us mention Google specifically for a resource, but I feel it needs mentioning again.

3. my Smartboard: Smart technology is just so amazing. This resource has changed the way I teach in more ways than I could list here. Not only that, but the interaction that happens, the confidence that it brings my kids, is just indescribable.

4. AAA travel company: This place is a great resource, not just for your car or emergencies. I have used it countless times to show my kids locations, as well as gotten free map resources for my classroom. It is so great to have a company that loves to help out educators.

5. Photoscape: This is a free editing software for pictures that I use often. I love it, because it's easy to use, very organized, and when you save your pictures, it automatically makes a folder for the original, so you always have your original and the edited version.

Teresa Underhill
Devices and Tools:
I use my scanner at least once a week, sometimes more. I am able to use it for student projects, making flipcharts for my promethean and the list goes on and on. It is so fast and easy to use and the quality is not bad. It is actually a 3-in-1 unit (printer, scanner, and copier) which was less than fifty dollars. I love it!
A good external microphone is an important tool which I have used greatly the past few years. I stress the word good. The best one I have used is actually a headset. It doesn’t pick up much noise from the room, no static and is easy to set so you don’t get breath sounds. When creating digital projects which include audio, a good microphone is a must.
My cd burner is a very important device along with Roxio, the program I usually use to burn our projects. It is very important for me to keep archive copies of class and student projects. I also like to share a copy with the students and parents. So many of our electronic projects get tossed aside and it is so easy to preserve them with just the right tools.
United Streaming is such a wonderful tool. It brings nearly any type of video to your fingertips. What I really liked about this tool is the flexibility of the streaming video. If I wanted to show an erupting volcano I would have many choices. There might be a 30 minute section which gives great history and facts along with some excellent shots of volcanoes. But also available would be shorter “snapshot” versions, 3 minute segments or 12 minute segments. I loved this flexibility. I have limited time with my students and want to make sure I use the most meaningful resources. This tool is quite expensive but such a wonderful resource.
Active-Inspire and Promethean Planet are great tools to use with the Promethean board. Active-Inspire is the software used with the board. It is very user friendly and once a flipchart is created, it can be saved, shared and published. www.prometheanplanet.comis a website which has great ideas and downloadable flipcharts, backgrounds, sounds and anything else you might need for using your Promethean board. The search features are by subject, topic and grade level making it easy to find exactly what you need for your students.
www.coolmath4kids.com is one of my favorite sites for my students. They are constantly updating the site with new math games and activities. There is a section for teachers and also one for parents. Many of the activities are online versions of classroom centers. For example: Rush. This is an online version of the math logic activity called Rush Hour. It is a simulated parking lot where you have to manipulate the other vehicles in the lot by only sliding them back and forth to get your red car out of the slot which is the exit to the parking lot. I love the online version…no pieces getting lost!
Faria Jahanzad
1. News:
1.a- CNN : reading news.
1.b-BBC PERSIAN : news related to my country, Iran.
1.c- The Chronical : higher education news.
2. Dictionary:
English is my second language, I use Dictionary everyday to know about the words and and their prononciation.
I usually check Amazon for shopping, reading reviews about a product, and fees.
4.Food Recepies:
4.a-AllRecipes : to check the recipes of the food that I want to cook.
4.b-PersianFood: It's for iranian food.
5.a- Google Map : When I want to find a place or address
5.b- Urban Spoon : When I want to find a good restaurants in Oklahoma. You can see the reviews and the rates of them.
6. Game:
Some nights I play games in Brain Games.

Jessica Stewart
Before And After - this a web-based magazine (printed subscriptions also available) focused on layout and design for logos, brochures, posters, etc.
eXtension - as described on the website: "an Internet-based collaborative environment where Land Grant University content providers exchanged objective, research-based knowledge..."
FastCompany - I use this as an inspiration resource. When I'm "stuck," I go here to refresh my mind and possibly find an idea to inspire my creativity.
The 99 Percent - another inspiration resource - this and FastCompany are also great for infographics and providing "so what" info to those who question using technology and how it is useful.
Twitter - You all must have known this was coming! I follow some interesting people who post fantastic studies, videos, and other educational information.
Kyle Hudson
Adobe - Adobe's website. This offers product support on all of their products.
Lectora - Lectora support group. Lectora is a publishing software that we use at my work.
SnagIt - SnagIt tutorials.
Sporcle - Brain exercises, trivia games, time wasters...whatever you want to call it, this site it fun!
iPhone Web App - How-To: Create an iPhone Web App

Andrew Roewe
  • TechRepublic - This is a great tech blog that has lots of information, tutorials, and blog post about tech.
  • Google - This is probably my most trusted and used resource. If i need to find a definition, spell a word, or find some other stuff, I just goto Google
  • Yahoo! Answers - Another site that i can search to look for answers to my questions/problems. I also once in a while will scan the unanswered section and submit my own.
  • Gawker Media - This is a series of websites under this group. Gizmodo is a tech blog site, Lifehacker is a site that is about making your life simpler, also will have some pretty good computer "hacks/tweaks." io9 has stuff on Sci-fi and comics. Kotaku talks video games, etc... There are some good resources from the Gawker
  • Wikipedia.org - Common, this is the greatest site for any information on things, like history or basic information of stuff. May not be 100% accurate, but it is a start.
  • SevenForums - A forum devoted to Window7. I search this regular for information.

Michelle Jones
Merriam Webster (m-w.com). I am a poor speller, so I love Merriam-Webster.com. This site has several great features in addition to definitions. It has a thesaurus but also an audio pronunciation. I like the audio pronunciation when I'm not exactly sure how to pronounce something. This site is really beneficial when I'm reading and come across a word I don't know.
AP Stylebook. I used this resource all the time during my undergrad for news writing. I still use it for design and writing articles. The book explains specific rules for news writing and how to use certain words. The AP Stylebook can be purchased or it can be found in the online format at apstylebook.com.
HTML, XHTML & CSS: visual quickstart guide from Peachpit Press. It is a great reference guide for working with HTML. I use it when working on websites for help on the code. The book is really easy to follow and includes pictures so you can see the example as well as read it.
W3schools.com is a reference website for developers. They have tutorials, examples, practice problems, books, and certification. This site is very beneficial for learning code for websites. They also have a certification process for many types of codes, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This website offers these references for free, except for certification. http://w3schools.com/
Doodle is a great program to help schedule events or make choices. I would set up the doodle with possible meeting times and then e-mail or facebook message it to participants. The participants can vote on the day and time that works best for them. When you get the results, you can view the day and time the most people can attend and schedule the event for that time. If you are having a celebration, you can use a Doodle for people to select which food or drink they will bring. Doodle.com

Danny Claborn
  • Resource 01: Camtasia, currently it is available as Camtasia Studio. It may be downloaded from Techsmith.com, http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/ . I have used Camtasia as a simple video production tool as an add on to PowerPoint to capture theory lectures for my classes. I first started doing this when I was assigned to teach some of the more technical IT courses online. I really struggled with how to present the theory without only giving a copy of the PowerPoint as a more text-based option. With Camtasia I was able to record the presentation that I would normally give, along with additional comments I would normally provide in the traditional classroom setting. Some of these presentations included a Web Cam section of me actually giving the lecture and some did not. After these videos were produced I first started providing links to a streaming video server where I had stored the presentation videos. Soon I went a step further by recording all of the videos onto a DVD along with all of the documents and other course materials that were set up with an auto execute interface that was HTML-based. So the students could take the DVD with them if they were going to be somewhere that internet access was not available or where fast internet access was available. By doing this the students always had access to the course lectures and materials.
  • Resource 02: Flow4 and EDrawFlochart, these two products do basically the same thing, allow for the construction of drawings and schematics of different types. Flow4 is currently available as Flow6 and is available from Patton & Patton software at the following URL, http://www.patton-patton.com/ and EDrawFlowchart is available from EDrawSoft at the following URL, http://www.edrawsoft.com/flowchart.php . I use both of these software packages to construct flowcharts, diagrams, schematics, etc. for use in presentations and course assignments given to students. These drawings can be saved in multiple formats compatible with most software packages like MS Word and PowerPoint. I can also upload the drawings directly to our course management software D2L as part of the course content. I selected these packages first because MS VISIO was not available and then when it was it didn't function on the computer I was working with due to insufficient member and processor power.

  • Resource 03: Autorun, is a software tool that allows you to create all of the files needed to create an "autoexecute" CD or DVD. This software is currently available from Typhoon Software at the following URL, http://www.typhoonsoftware.com/ . I use to set up the self-starting DVDs and CDs I prepare for my students. Yes, even now I still create these DVDs and CDs because so many of my students live in rural areas where it is more expensive than the students can afford to have fast, reliable access to the internet. I make the DVDs and CDs available to both my online and traditional students if I teach the same course in both delivery modes. I also make this software available on a lab computer so my students can create their own auto execute CDs and DVDs for the course portfolios.

  • Resource 04: Xilisoft DVD Creator, is a software tool that allows you to create DVDs as well but this is for the creation of DVDs that you can load into your DVD player that is connected to your TV. This software is currently available from Zillisoft Software at the following URL, http://www.xilivideo.com/dvd-creator.html . I use this software to create DVDs similar to the ones already mentioned but these only hold the video files and are set up to allow the students to play the DVDs on their home DVD players. These DVDs will allow the student to access a normal DVD menu to make their choice of which video they want to preview. It also makes it possible for the students to fast forward, freeze, back up, and play in normal mode.

  • Resource 05: Super CrossWord Creator, is a software tool that allows you to create crossword puzzles that can be saved as PDF or DOC files. This software is currently available from Super CrossWord Creater at the following URL, http://www.supercrosswordcreator.com/?f=appj . I use this software to create vocabulary building (including acronyms) common to the IT fields. I had experienced difficulty with getting students to work with learning these types of words and acronyms which caused them difficulties when they were working on subsequent lessons. By including the CrossWord puzzles into the other learning activities when new words and acronyms were introduced and also including a "game" environment to complete the crossword puzzles the students became more engaged in the theories and definition lectures for the course. Although this may be one of the lowest levels of learning, recall, it gives the students a base level of understanding that make it easier to move on to more complicated activities.

Nilou DerakhshanProfessional
Moodle and Desire2Learn are two famous learning management systems. I am a moodle system admin and use Desire2Learn for my online courses at OSU.
Articulate is an e-learning tool that I use to create interactive presentations, quizzes, and activities for online courses.

Library Article Databases and Google Scholar are two great sources for finding articles that I use for my researches.
EndNote is a a great software that I use when I am writing research papers; it makes citation very easy and save lots of time. Especially when I start writing my thesis it would be life saver :D

Windows Movie Maker:I use it to edit my videos and create short movies. I really enjoy playing with it's tools and features. I also some times use it to create my presentations. It is so much fun.
IMDB: It is a great website that I check to see the rank of movies before watching them. If I have free time I prefer to watch movies or TV shows from Hulu. Yahoo Movies is my favorite website to learn about new movies that are showing in theaters.
PhD comics is a website that I read comic strips about Ph.D students from it. It is really funny!

Glogster: I usually use it to create birthday cards for my friends. It is also very useful to create interactive posters for school students.

facebook: like many others I also use facebook to stay connected to my friends and famileis who live in other cities or countries.

Personal Life
Oovoo: I use oovoo to do video conferencing with my parents. I try to see them at least three times a week.
BBC: I use BBC to read news online, especially there is also a farsi version of it which has news from my country. It is good to know what is going on in my country when I am so far from there and reading it in farsi makes me feel good (a short break from English articles :D).
I use google doc to organize my notes and google calendar to organize my daily life.

JC Bunch
Audacity- I used this program to audio podcast my public speakers as an agriculture teacher. The podcast provided an audio version of the students’ speech. The students really enjoyed this because it was not the normal paper memorization. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
Virtual Walking the Pens (VWTP)- VWTP is a virtual video game develop by Phizer Animal Health to train swine production managers. This game is amazing and the closes game to real-life, I have found regarding my discipline. The students direct their player through a swine facility and detect sick pigs. The student then clicks on the pig, and a scenario pops up. The student then reads the scenario and makes a choice on the best way to treat that animal. At the conclusion of each stage the student is given a report showing profit and loses based on their management decisions. This was my application for a week after my swine unit. http://www.virtualwalkingpens.com/
Polleverywhere- A fellow lab instructor and I have been using poll everywhere to take roll in our labs for two semesters now. Poll everywhere is an audience response system that uses mobile phones. At the beginning of each lab we post a number on the board and the student’s text in their names. We only leave the program open for the first 3 minutes of class. This program provides us with their names and times the students texted in. This program is not bullet-proof of course, but the students have really enjoyed it. This also allows us to make charts of attendance and copy into our excel attendance chart. http://www.polleverywhere.com/
American Farmer Deluxe- is a pc game produced in conjunction with John Deere. This game allows individuals to manage a farm through raising livestock and growing various crops. I used this game in my Agricultural Business Management course to simulate running an agricultural enterprise. I would teach lessons on cash flow statements and record keeping along with advertisement and business presentations. Students would play the game throughout the year keeping records on their decisions and the effects of those decisions. Students create their own business goals before starting their enterprise. During the year, students would create a brochure to advertise their farm and create a power point presentation to present on how well they met their business goals.
Showcattle.com- allows you take the role of a commercial cattle producer and highlight your herd. Students must choose their breed(s) of cattle and “perform” management tasks. These tasks include breeding, nutrition management, marketing, and exhibition options. Users compete with each other to make the greatest profit and win breeder shows. www.showcattle.com
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Denise Denison
1. I would have to say that my all time more visited Internet resource would have to be Amazon.com. Not only do I like to shop there, but I also use it when I am working to get information about books that I am cataloging. My library's online public access catalog (OPAC) asks us to record how much a resource costs. We have been given a lot of gift books lately, which we didn't purchase, so when I am cataloging them, I will often do a search on Amazon to find out how what the average price of another copy of the same item would be.
We also use Amazon a lot to purchase books. I work at a private institution, so we don't get state funds to buy books. We find that Amazon is more reasonable than if we had a vendor that we had to pay to buy books for us.
To use this site, visit www.amazon.com. You can type in the name of the book or ISBN of the book you are looking for. You will see not only Amazon's price for an item, but you can also see if other people are selling a used copy of the item for a cheaper price. I have never purchased a used book on Amazon that wasn't in good shape.
2. My new library has four LCD panels in it -- two in the study rooms and two in the main part of the lobby. They all have a connection to both the Internet and cable TV. One of the lobby panels is usually always showing the Weather Channel, and the other is showing a slide presentation of announcements for my school. We run the announcements off of the Picassa website. This site can be accessed via www. google.com. Click on the more link on the very top toolbar and a list will come down. Click on the word Photos and it will take you to the Picassa website. If you have a google account, you can use the same username and password to log in. You can use this for personal photograph organization, as well. My account has several different slideshows in it. If we have a special event in the building, we will often run two different shows at the same time. I like this site because it makes it easy to organize photos. It is also easy to download files. I can make slides using Powerpoint, save them as a jpg file, and them download them write into the slideshow that plays on the screen in the lobby.
3. When I do not have access to the Weather Channel television station, I will often go to their website to find out about the weather. It can be accessed at www.weather.com. You type in your zipcode and it will show you the weather in several different formats. During storms, I like to click on the radar map and see if and when the storm will arrive/be done where I live.
4. I hope that we can included technology tools as resources. I would have to say that my most used technology tool would be my Ipod nano. One day I was in a hurry and backed my car out of the garage before the door was all the way up. Thankfully, the only damage to the car was that I ripped the radio antenna off the top. I listened to a lot of radio to and from my classes in Tulsa, so instead of fixing the antenna, I bought an Ipod nano instead. It stores all of my music, which was already in Itunes on my computer, hardly ever getting used. I can also connect to the radio, even in my car. It has a pedometer that I use to keep track of how much exercise I’m getting. It has a voice memo tool that I have used when interviewing people for an assignment in another class that I am taking. It has a couple of games on it that I have used on long trips when I was bored, and not driving. I have found several free podcasts that I like to listen to, including Fred Child’s piano puzzler on NPR’s Performance Today. It even has a video camera on it, but I can’t seem to figure out how to get the videos off of the Ipod.
5. I have used Camtasia Studio to make several tutorials for my work. These videos allow us to give instruction to students who may not physically be able to visit the library. We have a lot of nontraditional students who do not live in Bartlesville, where my institution is located, so it is very important to the library staff that these students have the same access to information as our traditional students who live on campus. The online tutorials allow us to give these students an opportunity to see a visual presentation of the library resources. I had a student the other day who told me that I had been a guest speaker in one of his classes because his professor had shown one of our tutorials. I think that the technology is helping us to provides services to students in ways that we never realized before. You can get a free 30-day trial to Camtasia at http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/. It is really easy to use, but having an external microphone helps to eliminate some of the background noise that you might pick up if you are using an internal microphone on a laptop.

Simon Ringsmuth
This is one of the most useful resources I have encountered in quite some time. Dropbox has entirely eliminated my reliance on USB drives for transferring data, and has revolutionized the way I share files with colleagues. It works by installing a folder on your computer called "My Dropbox" and everything in it is automatically synched to the Cloud. The real nice part is that every computer you have Dropbox installed on is also automatically synched as well. I used to constantly wonder if a, presentation, video, MP3, or other file was on my laptop, my work computer, my iMac, etc. But now I keep all my documents in my Dropbox folder so they are instantly accessible on any of my computers. The service also lets you set up a shared folder between as many Dropbox users as you want, and this is extraordinarily useful when collaborating on projects with others. As a bit of icing on the cake, you can also logon to the Dropbox web site and access all of your files from any web browser. The service is free too (the free version has a size limit of a couple gigabytes) but does have a paid version if you need more space.

This is a cross-platform open source video player that will handle almost any type of video file imaginable. Obscure file formats that make Quicktime and Windows Media player cower in fear are handled with ease by VLC. This helped immensely when I was teaching, as students would often bring in videos to show me (or the class) that were saved in weird and obscure formats, but VLC hardly ever had a problem with them. I use it several times a week as my job deals with producing a wide variety of video content. I recommend it to colleagues and OSU students who have trouble playing the distance learning videos we produce in my department, and it is updated fairly frequently to accommodate the newer video codecs.

At least once a week I need to show someone how to do something on the computer, whether it's a professor, student, coworker, or even my mom. I used to dread these situations, because it's so hard to walk people through computer operations over the phone. But now I just fire up Jing. It's a free piece of software that allows you to create five-minute screen captures (you can do full-screen or select an area to record) and then uploads them to a server where you can share them with anyone. Easy, simple, and an incredible resource for anyone in the Educational Technology field. I have extensive experience with Camtasia and other screen capture tools, but the brilliance of Jing is its simplicity--it does not allow editing or any type of post-processing, but what it does do (record simple screen captures and share them online) it does exceptionally well.

Some people see Twitter as a somewhat superficial social curiosity, but I use it as a tool to generate contacts, share ideas, get questions answered, and communicate with a variety of people across the country. Twitter is an essential resource for anyone in the Educational Technology field, as it allows for real-time communication and information sharing in a way that Google, Facebook, and online discussion boards just don't offer. With Twitter's search function (http://search.twitter.com) you can find people who are talking about topics that interest you or dealing with questions you have. Bing has an integrated Twitter function that shows you who is tweeting, in realtime, from a specific location (http://j.mp/9WE5zD). But Twitter never became useful to me until I installed a dedicated Twitter client called Twhirl. This keeps a window floating on the side of my screen with a list of the people I am following, and is continually updated throughout the day as they post new things. In fact, this is one of the most powerful aspects of Twitter: the ability to follow people who interest you, as opposed to using it for sharing your own thoughts. There are hundreds of thousands of educational technology professionals who post on Twitter, and following them will help you find new information, tools, and ideas that will enhance you own skillset as well.

Google Reader
With all the information available on the internet it can be tough to sift through and find things that are useful and meaningful for you professionally and presonally. Many blogs, news sites, and other online publications publish their content in RSS feeds, and Google Reader is an excellent free service that allows you to subscribe to various RSS feeds as a way of filtering the information in a way that becomes meaningful and easier to manage. I use Google Reader to follow several blogs and online publications, and this eliminates the need to check dozens of separate web sites on a daily basis. Instead, Google Reader keeps all the information in one place and shows which publications have new content that I have not read. It is an excellent resources for teachers to stay current with information, but also to use in their classrooms to help their students learn to corral and manage all the information on the internet.

Margi Cooper
  • Google Voice—Since I am not formally educated in the field in which I development educational materials, I rely quite heavily on subject matter experts (another great resource), not only to check the validity of the content, but also to review the way the classroom assignments and activities are conducted. I am frequently on the phone with experts from across the country. Because of this, I rely heavily on Google’s free Voice service to discuss project development with key people who can provide the expertise I need. My SMEs have gotten so that they rely on Google Voice too. Several times a week, I’ll get a brief email from someone that simply says, “Google me!” which means that they want me to call them through Google Voice. Rumor has it that Google may do away with this service in the future, but you may sign up for an account at http://voice.google.com or http://www.google.com/voice.
  • Moodle—Our agency has adopted Moodle, a free open source LMS program that is extremely flexibly. The organization I work for does quite a bit of ecommerce, so our network is tightly locked down. Because of this, handy internet options such as file transfer protocol and online chatting are not allowed. However, I can share files with instructors by using the Moodle server as a work-around. In addition, the chat function built into Moodle provides another way for me to communicate with SMEs.
  • Acer Netbook—Because I have carpal tunnel and tendinitis, I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t stand to carry around a laptop computer. To help with this problem, I bought an Acer netbook computer a couple of years ago for a good price during an online Black Friday sale at Buy.com. This has been the wisest $249 investment ever! Since it is super lightweight, I take it with me when I travel on business and for most of my personal school work.
  • Sony Digital Voice Recorder (model PX820)—At work, I am routinely asked to produce relatively short how-to training videos. Usually the videos explain a complicated procedure or how to use a piece of equipment. Before writing the script, I ask the subject matter expert to demonstrate the procedure for me. I always use my Sony digital voice recorder to record the SME as he/she explains each step. Then I copy the audio file to my computer and transcribe the recording. Next I rewrite the script, while removing extraneous phrasing to make the wording more precise. This particular voice recorder was very inexpensive. However, I have noticed that this gadget sometimes records better quality audio than recorders costing $200-300 more. It even produces suitable quality recordings for podcasts.
  • Sony Digital HD Videocassette Portable Recorder—I currently prefer using mini DV cassettes for recording instructional videos. Mini DV cameras are inexpensive, produce high-quality video, and the tapes are easy to find. I use a Sony HDV portable tape deck (model GV-HD700) to review, log, and upload recorded video. This tape deck is pretty pricey (around $1100 from B&H Photo http://www.bhphotovideo.com), but it saves a lot of wear and tear on the video camera.