Educational Technology Resources
Useful technology resources!
Connecticut Education Network: The hub for information about the state's education backbone as well as a rapidly growing body of content available to educators.

Discovery Middle School Science Streaming: The SDE has secured an agreement with Discovery Streaming for the next four years. More details will come on a rollout and training plan.

Web 2.0 Tools
21 Classes: http://www.21classes.com
WetPaint: http://www.wetpaint.com (use the education site to get URL forwarding and ad-free sites)
Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com/education (use the education site to get ad-free wikis)


Visual Organizers
Flogram: http://www.flowgram.com/ Flowgrams allow you to combine information from multiple webpages, photos, and other documents and share this information with anyone in an interactive online presentation.You can even record a voice over and highlight blocks of text. Here is a sample titled "Web 2.0 and the Writing Classroom."

Wordle: http://www.wordle.net. In the mode of Inspiration, this free tool might prove engaging for teachers and students, especially in revisions. Just choose “Create Now” and copy and paste text into the field. You can play with the formatting options.

MyWebspiration : http://mywebspiration.com/ Very similar to Inspiration but not as geared toward education.
Whether working individually or collaboratively, Webspiration™ is the new online visual thinking tool that helps you:
· capture ideas
· organize information
· diagram processes
· create clear, concise written documents
With integrated diagram and outline views you can think visually, structure your work effectively and express your ideas in the ways that communicate best. Webspiration makes it easy to collaborate and share documents by simply sending an invite. Everyone works on the same document, contributing, posting comments, and viewing changes. Webspiration is ideal for team projects, study groups, reviewing and commenting on documents and co-authoring materials.

Visual Search Engines

· Search Me (beta) http://www.searchme.com/
· Quintura - http://www.quintura.com/
· RedZee - http://redzee.com/

The first, Search Me, grabs screen shots of web pages and serves them up in a dynamic gallery. (You have to try it to understand.) Quintura, on the other hand uses "tag cloud" images to represent the strength or relevance of the returns. RedZee features a very busy red-striped zebra and the results page is similar to Search Me.

I wouldn't stop using Google just yet, but seeing your results in an attractive format is very pleasant.

e-Portfolio Resources
· Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolios - One of the most knowledgeable individuals in the field. Links to multiple resources.
o From her bio: "As the Assessment Coordinator for the International Society for Technology in Education's National Educational Technology Standards for teachers (ISTE NETS-T) Project (2000-2005), I developing strategies and resources to assess teacher technology competence. I also served as Vice President for Assessment and E-Folios for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Through the Educause/NLII/AAHE Community of Practice, I provided early leadership to define pedagogical specifications for online portfolio systems."
· Dr. Barrett's Wikispaces ePortfolio - Learn more about Dr. Barrett and see how a wiki might be used as an ePortfolio platform.