If you are planning to show a film on campus or are creating a document that will be used commercially, please note that there are limits to what you can do. These documents will help you through the process of dealing with Copyright.
*This link is extremely useful in dealing with Copyright issues and questions: http://librarycopyright.net/resources/
Materials (maps, photographs, diagrams, digital images, reports, books, etc.) created by employees of the federal government while on the job is in the public domain (NOT protected by copyright)—that's why most of the sites listed below are government sites.
Regardless of the site, always check for copyright and use restrictions. Some of the materials DO have some restrictions and as a teacher you need to be aware of them. For example, some of the Smithsonian images must be used as is with no modifications.
Creative Commons – This nonprofit organization’s goal is to distribute for flexible copyright licenses to creators to determine which rights they would like to reserve and which rights they would like to waive for the benefit of recipients and other creators. Search for legal content at this website.
Public Domain Pictures – This is a repository for free, downloadable images.
Project Gutenberg – This site offers over 36,000 free, downloadable e-books. Find books for school or for other reading at this site available for download onto your computer, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android, or other devices!
Flickr – A popular site where user-created content can be put into Creative Commons. Use the advanced search to limit results to Creative Commons content. Millions of pictures are available for your use.
Google Image Advanced Search - Use the Google search engine to find images that can be used commercially, free to modify and free to share. Add search criteria like type of image and format to hone down exactly what you want.
Here is a list of links that will take you to digital libraries full of content and web tools. Each link has been hand-picked and evaluated as useful for students and for use in the classroom. The focus is on video, photographs, audio as well useful tools. Most of the content is free to view and use. If you have anything you would like us to consider adding, please email us.
This site let's you view and create animated maps. You can tag maps with pictures, captions, and markers that move on cue.
Aviary is a photo editor for web and mobile devices.
BibMe is a website for creating a works cited page. You can search for a book, article, website or film and it automatically generates the information for you. You can also enter in the information yourself if you have it on hand.
Use Bubbl.us to create colorful online mind maps.
Use Cramberry to create, study, and share your flashcards online. You can download the Cramberry app on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to access your flashcards on-the-go. It’s nice because it analyzes your progress and shows you cards that you need to focus on.
Use Create-a-Graph to make attractive graphs for free. Choose from bar, line, area, pie and simple XY coordinate graphs.
Use Diigo to highlight text and images on web pages that you’ve found and then access them at a later date from your Diigo account. You can also create sticky notes if you need to write additional comments. When you return to the website, all of the annotations you made are still there.
With Dipity, you can find, create and embed interactive timelines. You can add photos to customize the look of each timeline.
Animate basic web-based paint drawings with Disapainted.
A theme-based web app for creating infographics and visualizations. Easel.ly provides several themes as a starting point to your infograpgic. Then you can drag, edit, save, and share, to create an inforgraphic that's appealing to the eye.
Use EasyBib to automatically generate works cited and bibliography information for academic papers using MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.
Flickr is a free image hosting service that allows you to access your files from any computer with an Internet connection.
Edmodo is a social network created for safely connecting students and teachers.
Edshelf is a site where teachers can find new digital tools for use in the classroom.
Convert Youtube clips to MP3s.
Forvo is the world’s largest pronunciation dictionary in many languages.
This website allows you to create free animated images.
With Gliffy you can create attractive and professional graphic organizers like Venn diagrams and flow charts. To receive full access to their services, you have to pay for it.
Create, share and collaboratively edit documents using a Google account.
Google in Education - Lesson Plans
Search for thousands of lesson plans with a powerful Google search. All areas are covered in this educational resource.
Grammarly is a user friendly way to improve a paper. Simply copy and paste text into the box and click “check text.” Within 30 seconds, it provides a detailed analysis that includes 150 different grammar rules, plagiarism, word choice and more. Grammarly is a premium service but you can sign up for a free seven day trial.
Create infographics using more than 30 chart types, and the have the ability to download them as pdf files. If your infographic contains sensitive data, you can create a password to make it viewable to whoever you wish.
Instapaper is a tool you pin to your browser that allows you to save web pages to read later.
Keepvid is a website that allows you to download and save YouTube videos for free.
KnightCite is an online citation generator.
This is another social network where users post blog posts or journal entries onto their own profile. Other users may read the entries of any user.
Penzu is home to what is probably the most realistic imitation of lined paper on the internet. This online journal is accessible from any computer with the internet.
Piktochart allows you to create inforgraphics in a 3 step process, and it's free to use. If you decide to upgrade your account you will gain access to more graphics, higher resolution, and more themes.
Pinterest is a social networking site that allows its users to "pin" content to their "pinboards." Members who "follow" the user can see his or her pins.
This tool is used to find duplicates of text in order to detect plagiarism.
Create and upload your own podcast or find a variety of free podcasts on Podomatic.
Popplet is a place for sharing ideas on boards with collaborators. Upload pictures, text boxes, and other things to mind maps.
Portaportal is a server-based online bookmarking tool. It serves the same functions as your bookmarks on your browser, but it stores the bookmarks in the server so you can access them on any computer with Internet.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation program that allows you to zoom in and out. If you don’t mind your slides being public, you can sign up for a free account with 100MB of storage.
PrimaryPad is an online word processor that allows people to work together in real time.
Create study aids for yourself or to share with friends.
Screencast-O-Matic is an online screen recorder with a one-click recording feature. You can use it from your browser on either a Windows or Mac computer. You can video up to 15 minutes in length for free.
Screenr is one of the best instant screencast tools available. It’s free and you can record on your PC or Mac, play it anywhere—even on your iPhone—and there’s nothing to download (as long as you have JAVA installed on your computer).
Skype is a tool for free video chatting with one person or for conference calls around the world.
SlideShare is one of the most popular ways to upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other documents.
This web 2.0 tool uses cell phones and/or laptops to gather feedback from others. You can post as many questions as you’d like.
With Storybird you can create short, art-inspired stories you can share with the world through the Internet.
Create and publish your own online survey or quiz in minutes. You can make 10-question surveys with 100 respondents for free.
Tagul is a website where you can create word clouds, like Wordle. The difference is that Tagul tags links to the words, either from your website or from the general web.
Tricider is great for online brainstorming and voting. You can even embed and share your topic which makes it easy to get responses.
TubeChop allows you to easily cut a section from a YouTube video for use in other mediums.
Tumblr is a micro-blogging social networking website. Users can post multimedia and other content to their blog, follow the posts of others, and re-post other bloggers' posts.
Twitter is a social network where you can post up to 140-words at a time.
UStream allows you to upload and watch live streaming videos, chat live with others, and follow tweets and Facebook posts.
Visual.ly helps you take data visualizations to the next level, by allowing you to upload yours for feedback and exposure, all the while working with the Visual.ly team. They can even create your project for you for a fee.
This is a website that allows you to host and save group voice conversations. A VoiceThread is a slideshow that incorporates these group conversations. You can attach images, documents, and videos to your VoiceThread
This is a search engine to find any species of bird found in North America. Its interface makes it easier to use than many other bird search engines. Listen to bird calls and use the search engine to narrow down the bird you seek.
Create beautiful word clouds from text that you provide. Like Tagxedo, it gives prominence to words that appear most frequently. You can save, print and share your creation.
WordPress is a blogging platform that allows you a lot of versatility in the kind of content you can offer. It’s free to sign up and start a blog.
Zamzar is a free website that will convert any type of file into any other type of file, assuming it is the same type of file. You can convert document files, sound files, video files, images files, and e-book files.
This is mostly a streaming site, but there are also free mp3 downloads available.
Amazon has a lot of free mp3 downloads they use as album samplers. There are actually a lot of well-known artists.
This site provides free, creative commons music and remixes.
This is a database where you can find and download free recordings of classical music by hundreds of composers.
This is another source of free mp3s of independent bands who are looking for attention.
This site provides free music downloads from bootleg friendly artists (artists who allow their fans to share their music for free). It is mostly live recordings.
Free Music Archive
This is just what the name claims: an archive of free music.
You can download free mixtapes.
Indie Rock Cafe
This site offers free mp3s of independent or unsigned bands.
Jamendo offers direct downloads and torrents of hundreds of songs, including foreign artists.
This is a database that provides free music resources, including scores, textbooks, and recordings.
Over Clocked Remix
This site provides free downloads and bit torrents of video game music.
This is mostly a streaming website, but they also offer a lot of free downloads.
Unsigned Band Web
As the name implies, this is a site where unsigned bands put their music for free download in order to be noticed. Discover a lot of new bands of all different genres here.