Friday, July 1, 2011

38 Different Types of Online Dictionaries

Accounting, Business Studies and Economics Dictionary- 3,000 terms defined

Answers.com- the best definitions & explanations for over one million topics!

ArtLex Art Dictionary- contains over 3600 terms, with images, quotations & cross referencing.
Babelfish -translate a block of text into 36 languages

Computer Dictionary- over 14,00 computer-related terms

EmTech Dictionary Listing -extensive list of dictionaries

Hometown Locator -Location information for 1.8 million physical and cultural features with links to maps and aerial photos

How Many? -dictionary of units of measurement

IdiomDictionary- 5,000 idioms

Infoplease Encyclopedia and Dictionary: Dictionary Search gives you access to more than 125,000 complete, precisely defined entries.

Internet Picture Dictionary-choose from English, French, Spanish German or Italian

The Linguist List -dictionaries (extensive)

Little Explorers- picture dictionary with links; thirteen different languages to choose

OneLook Dictionary Search-over 19 million words indexed

Online Etymology Dictionary- explanations of what words mean and "how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago."

Rhyme Zone -rhyming dictionary & thesaurus

United States Gazetteer- from the U.S. Census Bureau

Visual Dictionary Online- with 15 major themes and 6,000 images, this is a great interactive dictionary from Merriam-Webster.

Visuwords- online graphical dictionary

Voycabulary-online Web dictionary and thesaurus word linking tool; twenty-nine languages!

Webopedia -dictionary of Internet and web jargon

Wordia- words are brought to life through video

Your Dictionary.com -translate foreign languages

Thursday, June 30, 2011

35 Sites to Find eBooks

150 Free Textbooks- meta collection from Open Culture's blog

4eBooks- computer programming books; very large collection

Academic eBooks- covers humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, formal sciences and professions & applied sciences.

askSam eBooks  and Databases- askSam viewer needed for downloaded books

Bartleby-small site contains classic literature, poetry and reference works.

Bibliotastic-free downloads for indie authors; rating system for titles

BluePortal- computer-related titles, such as Facebook for Dummies, Javascript Bible and the Digital Photography Workflow Handbook.

Bookyards- currently 800,000 ebooks

eBook Lobby- categories include art & photography, children's books, literature & fiction and sports.

eBooks Directory- close to 1700 titles; includes textbooks, lecture notes; updated daily

Flatworld Knowledge- free textbooks

FreeBookSpot- 96 categories and over 4,4000 titles

Free-eBooks- register for free; download on iPhone or computer; includes magazines

Free Computer and IT Books

FreeComputerBooks- 12 major categories and 150 sub-categories; includes tutorials. lecture notes and computer and math eBooks.

FreeBook-s- download for iPad, smartphone or eBook reader; this is a search engine which looks through many collections to find eBooks.

FreeTechBooks- covers computer science, engineering, programming, textbooks and lecture notes.

GetFree eBooks- free legal downloads

Globusz Publishing- ePublishing house which has free downloads

Google Books- thousands of public domain titles for free download

KnowFree- ebooks, video training, educational materials; IT books and magazines

Kobo- includes NY Times Bestsellers, Oprah's Book Club

Lendink- loan and borrow "officially lendable eBooks for your Kindle and Nook."

ManyBooks- more than 29,000 eBooks; download to iPod, eBook reader or PDA

Memoware- some categories include literature, (biography, horror, children, western...) reference, (education, computers, history..)

New Jersey State Library- sixteen categories on current topics

The Online Books Page-"over 1 million free books on the web".

OnlineComputerBooks- just what the title says....free computer books

Online Free eBooks- mainly pdf downloads; nine categories

Planet eBook- free classic literature

Project Gutenberg- 15,00 titles, all in the public domain. Easy download text files written in ASCII; readable on all computers.

ReadPrint- "thousands of books for students, teachers & the classic enthusiast".

Science Books Online- textbooks, lecture notes, monographs

The Universal Library- hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, it has one million titles, most of which are older works (before 1923)


Let's Talk About the Cloud

The other day, I was asked by an administrator to explain in simple terms what cloud computing was. I thought about it for a second, and then said this: Your files are on your desktop computer right now, right? Well, imagine if they were out there (I pointed to the sky) and you could access them wherever you had Internet access. I further explained that using their servers instead of ours would be much more practical and safe, given that a company like Google has their own huge group of tech people and thousands of servers with secure encryption. The cloud would be like a big bubble protecting all our files. Web 2.0 is a big part of cloud computing as it involves online programs which we allow us to collaborate with others. I personally like cloud computing. I use GoogleDocs and I am trying to interest my school district in Google Apps for Education. (After all, it's good enough for Brown University...) I know that people feel very concerned about personal files being out on the web, and I never store anything that sensitive in the cloud.

Here's a short video which explains cloud computing:



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yes, There's Now an App For This Blog!



If you have an iPhone, you can download the app for my blog: http://itunes.apple.com/my/app/bloapp/id436962200?mt=8 and by snapping the QR code on the upper right column of this blog you can add this blog to the app.
This was made possible by Bloapp, which allowed me to create my own app! With my Photoshop knowledge, I was able to create my own header and logo which were the exact dimensions needed. Very cool, wouldn't you say?

Free Geography Games

Geography-Map Games is a free Flash-based site which tests students' knowledge of world geography. There are many different quizzes offered, from cities of the UK to provinces in Canada. There is a section which tests your knowledge about flags of the world and capitols of the world. Geography-Map-Games can be appreciated by all age groups, with junior versions of U.S. cities, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Europe. Students must be registered if they want to save their scores.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Math Can Be Fun

Here's a great way to supplement your math textbook and keep your students interested--Mudd Math Fun Facts. Hosted by the Harvey Mudd College Math Department, this site currently has 203 fun facts covering algebra, calculus, geometry, probability and more. You can search for a random fact by subject area or by level of difficulty. To those math teachers who thought there wasn't anything on the web for their classes, this is a nice place to start.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Web 2.0 for Newbies

Chances are you are quite overwhelmed with all the technology that has bombarded you this school year.  I consider myself a real tech geek, and even I have had a headache many times because I felt that I just couldn't keep up with how fast Twitter postings, Google Reader postings and web searches arrived on my desktop. With that said, I have narrowed my list down to the 12 basic Web 2.0 tools I feel I can't live without. With so many choices, I kept my list to those apps which are free, easy to learn and use. Basics....just the basics are here. Please add your choices to the comments section at the end of this post.


Teacher Discounts Are Out There...

I found this blog post on the Gift Card Granny website, but it's not related to gift cards. The posting lists 66 businesses which give various discounts to teachers. From the Container Store to J. Crew to Seaworld, discounts are available just for the asking.  FYI: You can also find many free things for teachers on my website of teacher resources.

The Biggest Book





This was just too amazing to pass up. I can't believe they actually printed a book that large.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Share Files Without People Having to Download Your File

Dropdo is a very simple way to share a file with someone. Just upload to their site, get a URL, and share it with your colleagues and friends. There are even Chrome and Firefox extensions to make the process easier.

Listen to Radio Stations Online

Now that summer vacation has arrived, I'm sure you're trying to relax with a good book or catching up on some chores you left behind. I'm taking a few grad courses for professional development and always enjoy having music playing in the background while I work. Pandora has been a favorite, but they seem to play the same songs every time I'm on one of my channels. I came across TuneIn today and found it a great choice. With access to over 50,000 radio stations around the world, TuneIn offers many different types of music, from rock, blues, children's, adult contemporary to talk radio. There is something for everyone, including the TuneIn mobile app, which can be used on the iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Blackberry, Palm and more. Free is definitely good.

Promo Video For ISTE Philly Rocks!

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