Online KMWorld CRM Media, LLC Streaming Media Inc Faulkner Speech Technology
Other ITI Websites
American Library Directory Boardwalk Empire Database Trends and Applications DestinationCRM EContentMag Faulkner Information Services Fulltext Sources Online InfoToday Europe Internet@Schools Intranets Today KMWorld Library Resource Literary Market Place OnlineVideo.net Plexus Publishing Smart Customer Service Speech Technology Streaming Media Streaming Media Europe Streaming Media Producer Unisphere Research



Magazines > MultiMedia Schools > May/June 2003
Back Index Forward
 




SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Vol. 10 No. 3 — May/June 2003
CyberBee
Teacher Timesavers, Tools and Tips
By Linda C. Joseph • Columbus Public Schools • Library of Congress

[Editor's note: URLs mentioned in this article appear in the table below.]

Summer is rapidly approaching. It is time to rest, relax, and leisurely explore new Web sites that offer timesaving tools, practical tips, appealing clipart, and free or inexpensive software programs that work like magic. Begin your next school year with a digital folder full of new ideas, worksheets, puzzles, and software tools that will liven up your lessons.

ADWARE AND SPYWARE CONTROL TOOLS

Has your Web browser ever been hijacked by Xupiter or Bonzi Buddy? Do you blame your students for changing the school home page to a shopping site? Do pop-up windows drive you crazy? Put an end to these annoying intrusions with software tools that will track down these pests and remove them.

Ad-Aware

Ad-Aware Standard (free for noncommercial use) scans your computer memory, registry, and hard drives for aggressive advertising and tracking components and allows you to select which ones to remove. The Plus version ($26.95) adds real-time monitoring and blocking to prevent a first-time invasion. The Professional version ($39.95) gives the user customizable control over how Ad-Aware deals with other programs and processes on their system. It is compatible with Windows 98/ME/NT40, Windows 2000, and Windows XP Home and Professional.

Pop-Up Stopper and Pop-Up Zapper

Panicware offers several versions of Pop-Up Stopper for Windows and Pop-Up Zapper for Mac. A side-by-side comparison chart will assist you in making a decision about which one is right for you. Pop-Up Stopper Free controls pop-up and pop-under windows in Netscape and Internet Explorer. Pop-Up Zapper ($20) for Macintosh controls most pop-up ads in Internet Explorer.

Spybot Search and Destroy

Spybot is a free program that scans your hard drive for adbots. These pesky modules are responsible for displaying ads that can appear in the background, in the top window, or pop up unexpectedly every few seconds. Spybot removes adware, spyware, keyloggers, Trojans, and usage tracks. It also blocks ActiveX downloads, tracking cookies, and threatening downloads. It zapped Xupiter with no problem. Two user modes are available: easy, for beginners, and advanced, for the professional who wants more control. Spybot runs on Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP and is available in many languages.

Now that you have some tips on how to eradicate pests from taking over your browser, let's examine some Web-based tools that will assist you in your daily instruction.

BULLETIN BOARDS

eBoard

The Internet is changing, and many sites that were free are now charging. At $29.95 per year, eBoard is still a bargain for posting notes, photographs, homework assignments, and lists of Web sites for your students. The step-by-step instructions are a snap. Schools can obtain discounted group pricing with a customized design. The service is hosted and managed by eBoard, but appears as a seamless piece of your existing Web site. All you do is add a link!

SchoolNotes

Communicate with students and parents via SchoolNotes, a free bulletin board service for teachers. Use the Flashcard feature to add lists of reading words, foreign language words, chemistry words, math problems, and spelling words that students can review online. Edgate, a supplier of information technology and services, and its partners NASSP, ACTE, DECA, USA TODAY, Family Education Network, Encyclopedia Britannica, Smithsonian Institution, Flying Rhinoceros, and Griffin Publishing Group support SchoolNotes.

CLIPART

Awesome Clipart for Kids

This is truly an awesome site! Teacher- and family- friendly clipart, coloring pages, backgrounds, banners, fonts, icons, worksheets and wallpaper are ready for browsing and free for Web pages or your school publication.

Creative Insanity

You will love the graphics offered for teachers and students at this Web site. From colorful alphabets to cartoon dinosaurs, an array of graphics is at your fingertips for all sorts of uses.

PORTABLE BOOKMARKS

ikeepbookmarks

Store all of your bookmarks or favorites in one place. Begin by uploading your current bookmark file. Easy-to-follow instructions are provided. Then, access the files from any computer connected to the Internet. Registration is free. Features include adding, editing, sorting, moving, and deleting links and folders as well as setting passwords for visitors. This is also a great tool for creating safe sites for your students to visit.

MyBookmarks

MyBookmarks began as a private service then expanded into the public sector in 1998. The site offers limited space for bookmarks. You can add, edit, sort, move, and delete links and folders. In addition, the site offers Remark, a utility for Windows. Remark runs in your taskbar and works MyBookmarks.com. It allows one click access to your bookmarks, exporting and importing to and from Netscape, Internet Explorer, and AOL, and an easier way to add bookmarks. This is another easy-to-use site for accessing bookmarks from a remote location.

TEACHER TOOLS

BINGO Card Maker

Here is a slick tool for creating BINGO games. Select from 3x3 or 5x5 cards, insert words or math problems, and click on a button. The card is ready for printing. Shuffle the words and print a new card.

Certificate Creator

Create certificates from pre-built templates or start from scratch. Save the finished product for later access or print it out. The cost of membership is $27.95 for 1 year. Try before you buy in the free area where there are a limited number of templates.

Discovery School Teaching Tools

Discovery School offers a variety of tools to help teachers in the classroom. At the Quiz Center, select from five options: short answer, true/false, essay, multiple choice, and mixed type. Produce your quiz and have your students complete it online. Generate your own crossword puzzles, math squares,word searches, and cryptograms with Puzzlemaker. Use them with a lesson, or in your newsletters or flyers. Make a worksheet in less than 5 minutes. Choose from an array of vocabulary word or basic math functions worksheets. Fill in the blanks, click a button, and print. Joining the free Customized Classroom will allow you to save your documents and create lesson plans. Rounding out the tools at this site are hundreds of clip art selections categorized by subject areas.

High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium (HPR•TEC) Tools

Web Worksheet Wizard for teachers is a way to create a simple page for the Web. Gather your information, fill in the form, choose your fonts and colors, click on a button, and you have a Web page. Project Poster for students provides an easy way for them to publish their projects by inserting these elements: page title, report title, text, an image, and links to other sites on the Web. Both are free. Think Tank will help students in grades 3-8 develop a research organizer to save and print. Profiler is a tool for creating and taking surveys. This would be useful in gathering data for technology plans or collaborating on expertise. These assistants are just a sampling of the tools you will find at this incredible Web site.

EdHelper

Build puzzles, Bingo cards, word stories, and much more in the free area. By subscribing for $19.95 per year, you will have access to the math, reading comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary worksheets as well as test-prep materials.

Personal Educational Press

Wow! What a slick program. Create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser. Simply choose a word list and an output style. Alphabet answer lists include Braille and American Sign Language. English, Spanish, French, and German are supported. You won't want to miss this site.

Rubistar

Want to make a rubric but don't have time or need some assistance? Choose from a variety of templates and work through a 10-step process. Before you know it, you will have created a rubric to save and print. This is a real timesaver and a wonderful way to understand how rubrics are constructed.

MULTIMEDIA SOFTWARE TOOLS

PhotoScore

Turn sheet music into midi files with this nifty piece of software for Windows and Mac. Start with the lite version ($49), which scans and reads common musical markings and plays back the music. You can then edit the file in a midi-sequencing program, such as Cakewalk, Cubase, or Logic, to achieve better results. Once you have mastered the lite version, move up to PhotoScore Midi ($149) or PhotoScore Professional ($199). Both have many more features that allow a wider range of character recognition and editing capabilities. In addition, PhotoScore Professional transfers scanned music directly to Sibelius, a music notation program that many music teachers use in their classrooms. Find old sheet music in the attic or at the American Memory Web site and create an archive of music files. When students research various eras in history, they can listen to period music.

Swish

Would you like to learn Macromedia Flash, but the learning curve is a bit steep? Swish is the answer. Create intros, Web pages, or presentations with a few clicks of the mouse. Insert photographs, clip art, and text onto the stage. Transform these static elements into dancing animations. Mix in some sound (WAV or MP3) to jazz it up. Link scenes together with action scripts without knowing any programming. Then, export your project as A FLASH (SWF), AVI, or HTML file. The step-by-step tutorials under the Help menu are some of the best CyberBee has seen in software programs. The technical support forum at the Swishzone Web site is superb. Download a free trial version (Windows only) and take it for a spin or buy the full version at the educational discount price of $16.95. With a little practice, you and your students will be creating animated masterpieces in a flash!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO

With so many cool tools to choose from, where do you begin? If you are new to the Web, you may want to start by grabbing some clip art to jazz up worksheets or visit Discovery School. If you have had some experience, then think about creating a bulletin board or Web page with one of the online wizards. If you have experience using programs, you might want to jump right in with Swish and PhotoScore.

Be sure to visit the MultiMedia Schools home page [http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools] with active links to all of the Web sites mentioned in this article. Then fly over to CyberBee [http://www.cyberbee.com] for more curriculum ideas, research tools, and activities to use with your students and staff.
ADWARE AND SPYWARE CONTROL TOOLS

Ad-Aware

http://lavasoft3.element5.com/

Pop-Up Stopper and Pop-Up Zapper

http://www.panicware.com/

Spybot Search and Destroy

http://spybot.eon.net.au/


BULLETIN BOARDS

eBoard

http://www.eboard.com

SchoolNotes

http://www.schoolnotes.com


CLIPART

Awesome Clipart for Kids

http://www.awesomeclipartforkids.com/

Creative Insanity

http://home.wi.rr.com/clipartngraphics/


PORTABLE BOOKMARKS

ikeepbookmarks

http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com

MyBookmarks

http://www.mybookmarks.com/


TEACHER TOOLS

BINGO Card Maker

http://www.bestteachersites.com/web_tools/materials/bingo/

Certificate Creator

http://www.certificatecreator.com/

Discovery School Teaching Tools

http://school.discovery.com/teachingtools/teachingtools.html

High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium (HPR•TEC) Tools

http://www.hprtec.org/

EdHelper

http://www.edhelper.com

Personal Educational Press

http://www.educationalpress.org/educationalpress/

Rubistar

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/


MULTIMEDIA SOFTWARE TOOLS

PhotoScore

http://www.neuratron.com/index.htm

Swish

http://www.swishzone.com

 


Linda Joseph is the author of Net Curriculum: An Educator's Guide to Using the Internet, published by CyberAge Books. The recipient of numerous awards, in addition to her work in the Columbus Public Schools and the Library of Congress, Linda is a part-time instructor for Ohio State University. Communications to the author may be addressed to her at Columbus Public Schools, 737 East Hudson Street, Columbus, OH 43211; 614/365-5277; ljoseph@iwaynet.net.
       Back to top