K5 Computer Lab Lesson Plans

Helpful Websites and Free Software for Educators

Recommended Websites and Free Software

These are some educational websites and resources I have found it to be useful or helpful for technology educators. There are also links to other resources for computer labs that you might find of use.


Free Software
Link/Description   Clicks  
WebCam picture taker - Simple for kids. Takes pictures or videos with one button click. Free. 5533
Avidemux - Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF. 947
FastStone Image Resizer - Convert and Rename images in batch mode Support JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF and JPEG2000 apply color effects, add text, watermark and border effects Resize PNG files and maintain transparency. 45864
Format Factory - Freeware image, video and audio converter. All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF. All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV. All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA. Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format. Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux. 1110
Free Clipart - A collection of high-quality artwork and photos optimized for use with word processors and inkjet printers. 2082
Libre Office - LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Includes: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. 921
Mac - Free Software - Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best free Mac software that we know of. 3184
MPEG StreamClip - MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. it can encode movies to many formats, including iPod; it can cut, trim and join movies. 913
PhotoFiltre - PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. 1103
Royalty Free Music - Another good site for finding free music loops in many styles and 'feels'. 1294
Royalty Free Music Loops - Free MP3 sound loops for video and other multimedia projects. 883
Timez Attack - Timez Attack is a real, exciting video game where you chase monsters in dungeons. In order to beat the game, children need to solve multiplication problems quickly! Free and Commercial versions avail. 1176
UnFREEZ - UnFREEz is a high-speed Windows application that will take any number of images, saved as separate GIF files, and create a single animated GIF from those images. 1236
WavoSaur - Wavosaur is a free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert. The program has no installer and doesn't write in the registry. Works on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista. 1715

Teacher Resources
Link/Description   Clicks  
Bitl.ly - A service that shortens long URLS. Very useful when sharing very long links in social media such as Twitter (140 character limit). 930
EduPic - A teacher designed free graphical resource for educators and students. 1392
Flickr Creative Commons - Millions of pictures for free, non commercial usage. 1246
Free Clipart - Public Domain - Online royalty free public domain clip art. 1015
Morgue File - Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not! 952
Open Clipart Library - Open Clipart Library is the library for high-quality free clip art. Public Domain clipart files. 950
Pixabay - Over 420,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations 506
Plagium - Free Plagiarism Checker 831
Teaching Copyright - The Teaching Copyright curriculum is a detailed, customizable learning plan to help educators raise interesting questions about copyright, technology, and law. 434
WikiMedia Commons - An online repository of images, sound and other multimedia files. Media files that can be used by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose. 1004
Zamzar - Free online file conversion. 1880

Lab Management
Link/Description   Clicks  
AB Tutor - This remote control software enables teachers (or network administrators) to control a number of student workstations in a computer lab - or remote location - from one central workstation. Not Free but an outstanding lab management software for about $300. 1278
EduGeek - The educational IT professionals' life line. Finally, a site for IT people in the education business. Not many beginners, mostly intermediate to advanced topics discussed. If you have software, hardware, desktop, server or network problems. Go here. 16292
ITALC - A FREE program to remote-control computers to support and help students, lock workstations for moving undivided attention to teacher, powering on/off and rebooting computers remotely, remote logon and logoff and remote execution of commands/scripts. 2555
Redo Backup and Recovery - Finally an easy to use FREE disk cloning tool. •Easy graphical user interface boots from CD. •No installation needed; runs from a CD-ROM or a USB stick •Saves and restores Windows and Linux machines. 17660
Turnkey Linux Domain Controller - Kids login to the domain controller and their private home folders and a community shared folder is already mapped and connected to their computer. Good for XP pro labs. 4446
Turnkey Linux Fileserver - Free lab fileserver software. Take learning to the next level with a fileserver. Store all your students files and let the projects begin. Good for Mac and Windows labs. 17572

Some helpful websites for educators.
Link/Description   Clicks  
Elementary Tech Teachers - One of the major sites for elementary tech teachers. You will find friendly and helpful educators. Ask questions, get answers. Get lesson plans, ideas, share your things too. A very good place. 2456


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