Free Tech for Teachers
Free Tech for Teachers is a great site that profiles free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology. It won Best Ed Tech Support Blog, Best Individual Blog, and best Resource Sharing Blog in the 2010 Edublog Awards, and is an impressively comprehensive resource.
Some highlights that translate well to library programming and tech tutorials:
- An entire page of free Video Creation resources and tutorials, including Flip Cameras, a creative commons-licensed guide to making videos on the web, programs like Myna sound mixer, Masher mash-up engine, and Animoto and Stupeflix animation and video software.
- A page of guides for creating a Personal Learning Network online, including tips for using Twitter and Classroom 2.0, plus tips for “shy connectors” (a plus for many librarians!)
- A page of free, creative-commons licensed downloads, like “The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators” and ” 12 Essentials for Technology Integration” and “Google Earth Across the Curriculum,” that have lots of potential for library programs and workshops.
- A page of resources about creating effective blogs and websites to support curricula and learning. This in particular has great crossover potential, both for teaching technology in a library, and for building complementary resources to programs, collections, and partnerships that need to be showcased online.