A page of interesting resources available on-line. I am trying to focus on tools that do not require downloading and installation when used at school, since many teachers are unable to download or install anything without a lot of hoop jumping.

Most of these will probably also reflect my unique outlook, which means I am probably looking at using these with students who benefit from functional academics... That does not, however, mean that you can't use these tools with your students!

A website with a dozen or so different tech-friendly tools for you to use either to create for the students, or to have the students create for you. There are several kinds of games that can be made using Flash, and quite a few interactive tools for writing or planning. I really like the Hamburger Writing diagram, because that is something I've used with students in the past (although we called ours a 'Sandwich').

A website with many different types of communication boards and classroom supports for visual learning and students who use augmentative and assistive communication. I've used a lot of the materials here either as guides for my own materials or straight off the website.

A website with quite a number of resources for teaching Internet safety to children & teenagers. Students with significant disabilities are more at-risk for being abused than students without special needs. This is especially true on the Internet where communication and reading may impact the message received. I use this website, and some modified materials to teach my students Internet safety. After I teach the lesson, I have a short quiz on Internet safety and a signature page for parents to sign with their children. I have also included a statement about Internet safety on any rubrics that require using the Internet for the assignment, and my students receive a grade for following those rules. You can see some of these in the Curriculum Materials area.

Mixbook is the scrapbook made digital. It is incredibly flexible and easy to use. You can create your own themes, or you can use some of the ready-made themes available. Once that decision is made, load your pictures, drop them on the page, pick a few stickers... add some instrumental music, and publish! You can choose to keep your publications quiet, or you can share them with the world. The photographs can come from your computer or from any of a number of on-line photo sharing sites including Flickr and Facebook.

Flickr's Creative Commons
A great resource of free-to-use photographs sorted by creative commons license. Depending on your needs, you can choose from many different license types. There are well over 14 million photos at the website and its growing daily! I see great things for this: illustrating creative writing or research assignments, vocabulary activities, etc.

Animoto allows you to make videos with your students or about your students... or about anything else! They offer limited Educational accounts by application which are good for 6 months (and renewable). Without the education account, you can make 30 second videos, which is enough for quick student projects (You can see some projects my students have made here: Commercial Advertising Projects).