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toolsTools & Downloads

BlendKit Course:
The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning developed by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and available for self-study or for group use. BlendKit Course’s Do-It-Yourself task guides for more detailed resources supporting the development of blended learning courses.

Website Resources:
If you want to create banners and graphics for the online course, this website will prove handy for the purpose You just simply have to right-click on the graphic after it is created to use in your course. Pop-up blockers should have been enabled on your browser while using this site as it has a couple of ads.

Finding Texts:
ReadWorks has a wealth of reading passages on a variety of topics, with accompanying questions. And it's free! You do have to sign up for an account to fully access the site.

Online Learning Glossary of Terms:
Explore this link to improve your knowledge regarding the existing and any new terms you come across in your online and virtual education endeavors.

Graphic Content & Imagery:
Canva offers free photos and templates that could be used for your course development. It also has templates for posters. Fliers and business cards. Although not all graphics, designs, and templates are free but you can take advantage of many that are.

Helping Your Students:
with reading, writing, note-taking, studying and time management skills:
http://www.4faculty.org/includes/digdeeper/helpstudents/reading.jsp

Online Teaching Activity Index:
This index represents a compilation of activities to help you plan you are online, blended or even face-2-face courses. A complete description of each activity is given, along with examples when possible.

Permission Request Template:
It is important to teach students about the privacy concepts of net-based information as that specific information and knowledge is a result of continuous hard work and is the property of its creator. That’s why it is necessary to request the author to access it. The following link will provide you with a template to request access to that particular material available at net.

Readability: Readability Calculator:
If you have a particular article, passage, or short story you want to use with students, this free website is a good go-to for figuring out if it's in the ballpark for the level of students you are teaching (using Reading Anchor Standard 10).

Readability: Intervention Central:
This site allows you to choose from among several different readability formulas, and it formats the passage in a way that can be useful for fluency practice (timed readings).

What I Use in My Classroom:
This is a "teacher-authored collection of resource reviews for free online tools and materials. The recommended resources are accompanied by teachers’ reflections on the product’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they’ve used it effectively within their own local settings.

The Online Lecture Toolkit: 
This site is designed to provide you with the tools you need to create engaging and effective online video content for educational purposes. The approaches outlined here are a practitioner and evidence-based and designed for educators at every level of technological fluency.

Access E-Learning:
CATEA is a multidisciplinary engineering and design research center dedicated to enhancing the health, activity, and participation of people with functional limitations through the application of assistive and universally designed technologies in real-world environments, products, and devices. Explore this link

Acme Label Maker:
It looks nice and proves convenient to the students if there is a credit link put back in the label. If you are interested in doing so.Explore this: link

Concept Mapping:
Cmap software is a result of research conducted at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC). It empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps which are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge in an organized fashion.

CoolText:
If you want to have an impressive logo without a lot of design work, Cool Text is here to provide you support in this. You just have to simply select the kind of image you would want to have, then fill out a form and the image of your choice will be created. You can do this by visiting  this link.

IHMC:
IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities. Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Explore this website to dive into various areas of contemporary research.

Webalizer:
The Webalizer is a fast, free web server log file analysis program. It produces highly detailed, easily configurable usage reports in HTML format, for viewing with a standard web browser. Website usage tools are available courtesy of The Webalizer that generates charts and graphs from Web server log files. It provides tables and charts that include statistics on the number of hits, files, pages, visits, and kilobytes processed per hour/per day. It also provides IP addresses or DNS names of hosts that visit the Web site, and a list of countries from which visitors access the Website.

Interactive Tools:
Interactive Tools make easy to use, private label content management software for updating and enhancing websites. Freetextbox is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla browsers. The user interface is nearly identical to Microsoft Word, so your users should find it to be quite familiar and intuitive. It’s also nearly as functional as Microsoft Word, providing a truly rich environment for user s to enter nicely formatted documents.

ReadNotify:
ReadNotify can help you with their proud product: Active Tracker RN5. This amazing software allows you to get notified when someone has read your email. It is bound to get handy to tackle lazy students who don’t bother to reply back to you!

Free Educational Software:
This website finds and reviews high-quality free educational software and websites and has a large selection of web-based software, as well as Windows educational software to download. Follow this link to explore their great resources and archives!

Flaming Text:
As the name indicates, Flaming Text makes your text unique to stand out distinct from other things. It gives access to the largest selection of high quality, easily-customizable logos on the web. It provides the easiest-to-use graphics resources and customizable logos on the web. this link:

Microsoft Movie Maker:
This program comes free as part of the Windows XP Operating System. It is a simple to use but is incredibly effective in editing your films. Learn how to use Movie Maker from the following document. Editing Films using Movie Maker.

Microsoft Photo Story 3:
Another free Microsoft program, Photo Story allows you to build a number of digitals still images into a movie clip, complete with sound and captions. This program needs to be downloaded from the Microsoft site. For information on how to get the most out of this program, visit Mark Coffman's Windows Photo Story site.

Monkey Jam:
Monkey Jam is designed to let you capture images from a webcam, camcorder, or scanner and assemble them as separate frames of an animation. You can also import images and sound files already on your computer. Explore this link to create your own videos for your lectures to make them more innovative for the students.

Media Builder :
PowerPoint templates have unmatched need and value both for the students and teachers. This link will provide you with hundreds of 3D animations, PowerPoint templates and clipart illustrations to help you with project design:

Open Office:
Whether you want a word processor, you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book, or a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics, Open Office is your go-to site. Visit this fantastic resource to access a complete Office suite for your variety of tasks.

Think Free:
Think Free offers a platform consisting of easy to access and use Office suite. Explore this link to get your hands on all the products related to writing, managing and recording your stuff.

GIMP:
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for tasks such as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. Use this tool to create and develop exciting images to be incorporated into your online courses.

GRSites LogoMaker:
It is always pleasing for the students to see some good visual designs of website text and logos. The following link: is of an excellent website with an easy-to-use generator of logos that can make the online existence of your content presentable and attractive:

PDF Online:
This is the software that you are most familiar with and might already be accustomed to using it. Access it here and keep using it to accomplish your routine tasks.

Copernic:
Copernic develops cutting-edge information management software that enables PC users to access, find, manage and even discover information they need. Visit   this link to find out and search for whatever you need regarding your field of study.

3D Textmaker
If you want to make a 3D text of a particular course to make it interesting for the students and their better understanding, you may get help from the following link. This link produces 3-D text effects.

Hot Potatoes by Half-Baked Software
You want to develop some cutting-edge ideas to pick your student's brain. This will serve the purpose. The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.

Open Source Image Editing Software – GIMP
The picture you want to use is not giving the right saturation or brightness. No worries! You can go here and adjust it according to your requirements. This software will edit images or banners for online course materials. You can also do photo retouching, image composition and image authoring in it.

Open Source PDF Writer - CUTE PDF
It is a well-known fact that Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. So if you want to create PDF files from your word processor, Internet browser or HTML editor, This software will be at your service for this.

Picasa
Need to modify an image or graphics and you don't know how to use Photoshop? This software is there to relieve you. This site is free and easy graphics tool available to you and facilitates you in organizing and editing digital photos and endorses integrated photo-sharing as well.

Eclipse Crossword
You want to review vocabulary lessons of the students in a way that is also enjoyable for them. Crossword puzzles are there to help you out. These puzzles encourage logical thinking and correct spelling learning in the students.

Starfish Retention Solutions
You want to help the students in finishing what they have started. Starfish Retention Solutions is there to provide successful solutions to students. The company offers a collection of software solutions that harness the power of the campus community to engage, motivate and graduate more students - securing valuable tuition revenue through student retention. Specifically, the solutions help institutions identify at-risk students, promote engagement with instructors, manage tutoring services, improve academic advising, and facilitate relationships with mentors.

Research Gate
There remains no doubt about the efficacy of Research Gate as it revolutionizing how research is being conducted and linking the researchers with each other across the globe in the current digital era. It can help in sharing your publication with the millions around the world. You can ask questions, get answers and solve research problems through it.

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