• Open Culture Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your mp3 player or computer.
  • Project Gutenberg Audio Books ProjectProject Gutenberg makes audio eBooks available for some of the same great literature available in plain text. Our listings are divided into two categories: Human-read and computer-generated audio books. These files can be very large, so are not well suited for people using a modem or other low-speed connection.
  • LibriVox

  • Elyria Public Library Digital Collection You will need a library card and your password to download audio books. This collection is extensive. Call your library if you do not know your password. The LaGrange Public Library phone number is 440-355-6323.
  • Raditaz Are you sick of listening to the same songs over and over? Raditaz is a streaming music application using industry leading technology that allows you to discover new music on the go. You are no longer limited to your own stations or pre-buit stations. Raditaz allows you to tag and share the music you love most. Not only will you be able to see what your friends are listening to, but based on our new music map feature you can browse stations created around the US.
  • Find information on the web about authors and writers here.

Barcode (and QR Code) creators

Copyright Information
  • Creative Commons
  • Eric Faden's //A Fair(y) Use Tale//
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • The Power of Open47 page online book that describes how Creative Commons is changing the way we share original work.
    • Creative Commons began providing licenses for the open sharing of content only a decade ago. Now more than 400 million CC-licensed works are available on the Internet, from music and photos, to research findings and entire college courses. Creative Commons created the legal and technical infrastructure that allows e"ective sharing of knowledge, art and data by individuals, organizations and governments. More importantly, millions of creators took advantage of that infrastructure to share work that enriches the global commons for all humanity.
  • The Online Books Page Listing over 1 million free books on the Web.
  • Internet Archive The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
  • Google Books Search the latest index of the world's books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free.
  • Open Library One web page for every book ever published. It's a lofty but achievable goal.
  • Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
  • WikibooksOpen content textbook collection that anyone can edit.
  • Wikijunior The aim of this project is to produce age-appropriate non-fiction books for children from birth to age 12. These books are richly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, sketches, and original drawings. Wikijunior books are produced by a worldwide community of writers, teachers, students, and young people all working together. The books present factual information that is verifiable. You are invited to join in and write, edit, and rewrite each module and book to improve its content. Our books are distributed free of charge under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

    The future of the book. . .
  • eLearning for Kids Choose grade level (K-6) or Subject Area. Includes many interactive learning modules. Use with SMARTboard? We offer free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding; and we’re building a community for parents and educators to share innovations and insights in childhood education.
  • NBC Learn -- Free Resources

  • Website Evaluation --What kind of resource is it?

  • Top 10 Reasons Why Students Cannot Cite or Rely on Wikipedia
    • "Wikipedia provides Internet users with millions of articles on a broad range of topics, and commonly ranks first in search engines. But its reliability and credibility fall well short of the standards for a school paper." Find out why.
  • Research Sites:
  • INFOhio
    • (This site works from school or a public library, but you need a username/password if you are accessing it from home -- it's illegal to post the username/password, so email your Library, Media and Information Specialist, Mrs. G.: and she will email you with the very top secret, very protected username/password that can't be posted here per the guardians of all the information housed at INFOhio.
  • The Internet Public Library
    • This site is free and open. Ahhhhhh. . . .all referred websites have been reviewed by a Librarian, which cuts down on unreliable sites, but you really need to define the terms used to search.
  • The Public Library's Reference Databases
    • (you need your public library card number and password--usually the last four digits of your phone number) but call them if they are open if you don't know what that is-- LaGrange Branch of the Elyria Public Library's phone number is 440-355-6323, if they are closed call the main branch of the Elyria Public Library at 440-323-5747. All the public libraries in Elyria are using the same computer system, so any of the branches can answer questions you have about your account.
  • Know it Now
    • Chat with a librarian 24x7 and excellent websites will be pushed your way

Student Search Engines

Visual Search Engines
  • Qwiki Experience Information.
  • Quintura Results appear in a word cloud.
Specialized Collections
  • Internet Public Library Every site on the Internet Public Library has been reviewed by a Librarian. Referred websites were originally chosen and included in this collection based on their ability answer repeat reference questions, particularly from students completing assignments.
  • Only2Clicks Primary Sources and much more. . . .
Standard Search Engines

Professional Resources

Management of Media and Print Materials

  • Book Reviews
    • Bookhive Guide to Children's Literature
    • Books on the Air An overview of talked-about books and authors. This weekly update, sent every Friday, previews hot releases for the coming week, as well as recent TV and radio appearances by authors.
    • New York Times Book Review Sunday book review
    • Booklist Book reviews
    • Good Books from Burlington Public Library Here are reviews of some our favourite old and new books provided by our Children's Department Staff!
    • Horn Book Independent, opinionated, and stylish, The Horn Book Magazine has long been essential for everyone who cares about children's and young adult literature.
    • Publisher's Weekly Book Reviews

  • Equipment
    • Available in the Elementary Media Center:
      • 2 Nikon Digital Cameras
      • 1 MP3 Player with docking station and four headphones (for a listening center)
      • 2 Goose-Neck Cameras with USB plug for audio visual recordings in digital format. (Must have small software installed ahead of time by Joe or Phil)
    • Available in the Middle School Media Center:
      • 5 Vado "flip" style cameras that play well with PC's. USB plug in, 2 hours of video.
      • 1 mp3 player with docking station and 4 headphones (for use as a listening center)
      • 1 Nikon Camera
      • 1 SLR Nikon Camera/Video
    • Available in the High School Media Center:
      • 1 Vado "flip" style camera with USB plug that plays well with PC -- 2 hours of video storage
  • Lessons
  • Subject Headings--Use any of the following online sites for subject heading suggestions:

Free Rice
Help feed the hungry with this game.
Mobile Movement
Handheld philanthropy: You can microfinance a project, or be a mento, or start a business partnership through our network.
The Clock
The Google News Timeline/Archive
2000 Courses from MIT
Free Documentaries
Internet Archive 40 Legal Movies you can Download
Khan Academy
Moving Image Archive
Nonfiction Films
Open Course Ware
  • Highlights for High School features MIT OpenCourseWare materials that are most useful for high school students and teachers.
Open Vault
PBS Video
View myTV
YouTube -- Education

Video Hosting
Children's Sites of Interest
ABC Network for Kids (from Australia)

Study Online
Go see a Show

Go Visit Cool Places
  • Local Resource -- Ryan MacRaild, Instructional Technology Education Coordinator
  • Audacity--
  • Matisyahu -- look him up!
  • Zamzar converts video from flip to pc URL of youtube, press convert, will email you the video .flv .wmv for audio use mp3
  • takes the video off the audio
  • any video converter -- program that will convert video from one format to another
  • any audio converter -- program that will convert audio from one format to another
  • Jing is a screen capturing software.
  • Snipping tool in Windows 7 screen shot
  • pretty background
  • Garage Band app $4.99
  • Export it as an mp3.
  • Audacity
Equipment: Microphone (suggested one by Blue with popout webcam)
Audacity (use space bar to start and stop) ctrl+z is undo