What are some of the programs used to create the Million Word Readers poster?


Programs I will be trying because they look like they have potential"
  • imagechef.com

Tools to make Infograhics

Images -- making 3D images

Google Sketchup Home Page

You need to download this software. Video directions are available. This has so much potential!


Images- FREE that you can create!



Images- FREE or Creative Commons


  1. Stock Footage for Free - exactly what the name says - http://www.stockfootageforfree.com/
  2. ImageBase – free stock photos from photographer David Niblack - http://imagebase.davidniblack.com/
  3. Photos8 – free stock photos, but the site is hard to use - http://photos8.com/
  4. Pics4Learning – free photos for use in education - http://pics4learning.com/
  5. Flickr – under “Advanced Search,” search for Creative Commons images - http://www.flickr.com/
  6. JewelBeat – free music and sound effects - http://www.jewelbeat.com/
  7. Jamendo – free Creative Commons licensed music - http://www.jamendo.com/en/
Images - Review for Licensing
  • Pics for Learning
http://pics4learning.com/
  • Freefoto.com
http://freefoto.com/index.jsp
  • Morgue File
www.morguefile.com
  • Flickr
www.flickr.com
  • Pixcetera
www.pixcetera.com

  • Astronomy Pic of the Day
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod
Web Museum, painters
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
http://www.npg.si.edu/
Digital Librarian – best of the Web
http://www.digital-librarian.com/images.html
Art Images for College Teaching
http://arthist.cla.umn.edu/aict/html
Berkeley Digital Library Project
http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/photos/
  • BUBL Information Services – Image Collections
http://bubl.ac.uk/link/types/images.htm
  • New York Public Library Web Gallery
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
http://www.archives.gov/index.html
Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the
National Archives
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/picturing_the_century/home.html
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
www.photolib.noaa.gov/collections.html
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Multimedia
www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html
www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/indix.html
American Memory Project
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/
Civil War Photos
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html
American Indians Pacific Northwest
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award98/wauhtml/aipnhome.html
Garst Photographic Collection
http://lib.colostate.edu/wildlife
Cybrary of the Holocaust
http://www.remember.org/
The Natural Child Project
http://naturalchild.org/gallery
  • Kidspace Comic Strips & Funny Pages
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/browse/fun5000/

Amazing Comics by Kids
http://www.amazing-kids.org/akcomics.htm
NetTrekker Search Engine
http://www.nettrekker.com/
Google Images Search Engine
http://images.google.com/
All The Web (Pictures)
http://alltheweb.com/advanced
Alta Vista Images Search Engine
http://www.altavista.com/image
Lycos Multimedia Search Engine
http://multimedia.lycos.com/
Web Crawler (Photos)
http://webcrawler.com/



Important Note: Don't download "Cartoonize Yourself."

Image generators


Avatar Generators



Comics Generators - Still need to sort and review this section



Easier


Review of Comic Makers - http://mashable.com/2010/10/24/create-your-own-comics/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29


Comic Animation Generators


  • GoAnimate Requires registering. If you want students to use this, you will have to decide how they should sign in.


Free Animation

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence



Text Generators


  • Spell with Flickr- This is my favorite text generator.
  • Supalogo (quick logo generator) - Generates stylized text headings.
  • Spelling with Zombies-- Fun! Simple. Type in a word or phrase and it will be spelled out in Zombies. :)
  • Amaztype- Type in a word. Pictures of book covers come in and create the word in a constant video. If you want to save the word as a picture, you need to capture it as a picture with a separate application such as:
    • Jing
    • Snip It (If you have Vista)
    • Greenshot
  • txt2jpg - This is simple and easy to use.


Free Font Downloads


  • Dafont- 100 free font downloads. Includes unusual fonts like a Caveman font.

Word Picture Collage Generators


  • ShapeCollage (makes a collage of your photos)
  • Tagul Haven't done this. Just read about it. You must register to use it. It creates images out of words you provide, and each word is a link. You can eliminate common words. You also can choose the link for every word that appears. That would be tedious, but can be done.
  • Wordle- Note that Wordle has a new advanced way to create word collages. It is so much faster!
    • I saw a great tip for finding your Wordle creations again on http://blog.simplek12.com/etft-001/ from L. Sult. Here are the directions:
    • You need to choose a user name and always use it.
    • Later, you go into Wordle's url and add your username like this: http://www.wordle.net/gallery?username=anonymous Notice that the username in this case is anonymous.
    • I have tried using this pattern to search by title, but it didn't work.
    • Be sure to try the Advanced Wordle if you haven't yet. It is so much easier!
    • Also, if I have an original list of words that is going to be very long, I create the advanced pattern in Word first and then just copy and paste into Advanced Wordle.

Screen Capture Software
Jing
Awesome Screenshot -- awesomescreenshot.com
Screenpresso - www.screenpresso.com
Screenr - screenr.com
Screenjeyy - www.screenjelly.com
Presentations Beyond PowerPoint
  • Picture Trail - You can make a bazillion different types of slideshows! I don't think you can add sound or text. You can make text pictures using PowerPoint slides that have been saved as jpegs or you can use one of the text generators. I don't know that you get to choose the order of your pictures in the slideshow.
  • Animoto - You can get a free account. It requires registering. Using pictures you upload, you can make a 30 second video. There is also an education version. You apply for it. Sometimes you get an immediate response; sometimes you don't get a response at all. Once you are approved, you have to set up fake e-mails for your students. If you have had an education account that expired, there is a way to still use the e-mail you originally used. I haven't figured out how to continue using students' accounts that were in place though--and that's what takes forever to set up. Education accounts expire every 6 months. When that happens it is quite the ordeal to get it set up again. If getting registered and staying registered with Animoto was as easy as the program itself is, it would be exemplary -- and it still wins awards.
  • Smilebox Create slideshows with music they have or that you upload. Can make calendars and other creations.



These are some files I have found online. I want to look at each, evaluate it, and sort it into my own categories. I have pages of paper files to add as well.

Online Photo Editors -- Review and identify "keepers".

Top 10 Sites for Photo Editing by David Kapuler


The skill of photo editing is a must for anyone fluent in technology. It can help speed up the process of uploading photos for a project, correcting mistakes, and even help "spice" up the mundane. While newer computers might come with a photo editing app (iPhoto, Preview, etc.) not all of them do. For that reason, I decided to create a list of my top favorite photo editing sites that not only allow the photo to be re-sized and edited, but also add effects.

  1. Sumo Paint - One of the most popular and oldest online photo editors around. Sumo Paint has lots of nice tools for editing a photo such as brush, shapes, crop and looks a lot like PhotoShop.
  2. Aviary - Aviary is one of the best online suites on the web for doing lots of multi-media things, including editing photos. Not only does it have an educational portal, but it also has browser extensions, and a very nice user interface.
  3. Splashup - A great site that is similar to Sumo Paint that allows users to edit photos and adjust pixels and layers as well.
  4. Cloud Canvas - Another great site for editing photos that allows users to draw, crop, and paint.
  5. Phixr - An easy site to use to upload a photo from a computer or social networking site and then edit by adding images or text.
  6. iPiccy - A great site for uploading a photo and then editing it with tools such as, text, drawing, or paint.
  7. Imageoid - A site that is similar to iPiccy for adding effects to an image.
  8. Citrify - An excellent free online photo editor with lots of options to choose from such as touch-ups, effects, etc.
  9. Fix Picture - A nice site for converting, resizing, or rotating an image.
  10. Picjuice - A site similar to Fix Picture where a user can crop, resize, rotate or adjust a photo.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at //dkapuler@gmail.com// and read his blog at //cyber-kap.blogspot.com//.then


Making Posters

  • Glogster (for interactive online posters)
  • Rasterbator (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)
  • Block Poster (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)
  • BigHugeLabs(options include movie posters and magazine covers)

Avatar Makers

Image Generators

Image editors
Generators

Comics generators



Making Posters
  • Glogster (for interactive online posters)
  • Rasterbator (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)
  • Block Poster (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)


see also Personal Information Portals How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website See examples of widget use on Models of Effective School Library Practice Widgets are mini-applications that may be embedded in websites, blogs, wikis, Nings, etc. They are often dynamic and interactive. You may use widgets to subscribe to RSS feeds and other push content. Note: Most of the Digital Storytelling Tools and online Video portals provide embed code.


Finding Widgets



News Widgets



Government Widgets


Database Widgets




Presentation Widgets


Assorted Widgets



Book Widgets

Joyce's post on book widgets as face-out shelving
Dr. V's Favorite books:
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Personal Information Portals



Map Widgets


Posters

See this page for strategies for using wikis to create portals

Image editors and drawing tools (if you don't have PhotoShop)

Respecting intellectual property

Wanna Work Together (Creative Commons)



Flump (download all images from a particular Flickr account)

What are image generators and other graphic tools?

Image Tools: Video from Discovery Education
Image generators are web-based programs that allow users to customize images by adding text and manipulating a basic image or set of tools. The images produced can be copied or embedded into other applications, web publishing or presentations. Avatar makers allow students and teachers to create images to represent themselves as they participate in blogs, wikis, and other 2.0 work. In addition to simple image generation, new web tools allow learners to collaborate in creating concept maps and graphs.

Online Photo Sharing in Plain English




Image generators


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Tag Cloud


Making Posters

  • Glogster (for interactive online posters)
  • Rasterbator (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)
  • Block Poster (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)
  • BigHugeLabs(options include movie posters and magazine covers)

Avatar Makers

Image Generators

Image editors
Generators

Comics generators



Making Posters
  • Glogster (for interactive online posters)
  • Rasterbator (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)
  • Block Poster (make posters from multiple sheets of paper)
  • BigHugeLabs(options include movie posters and magazine covers)




Top 25 Web 2.0 Sites for Education

  1. Google/Gaggle - Google Apps are some of the most popular services for document creation and collaboration. Gaggle (for a small fee) filters Google Apps (Zoho as well) to make it an ideal choice for education. Also, Gaggle allows for filtered blogging, chatting, messaging boards, and filtered videos in You Tube, etc.
  2. Edmodo - A wonderful free site that creates an educational environment for students that focuses on skills such as blogging and collaboration.
  3. Glogster - A great multi-media site for creating interactive posters that can be viewed online. Plus, student accounts can be created by an educator without the need of a student email.
  4. Voice Thread - One of the most popular web 2.0 sites around. An ideal site for creating interactive presentations/slide shows.
  5. Myths & Legends - A free site that is wonderful for digital storytelling. All a teacher has to do is get approval from a school administrator to sign a school up for this great service.
  6. Animoto - Create dynamic slide shows with one of the most popular slide show creators on the web.
  7. Mixbook - A great way to create a safe and secure environment for students to create online or real books (for order).
  8. Prezi - The evolution of presentations has arrived with this zoomable presentation creator. Also, there is an educational portal in the works.
  9. Aviary Education - A safe, secure way that offers many services for students, such as photo editor, audio editor, and movie creator.
  10. Diigo - An ideal site for social bookmarking that allows teachers to create student account for sharing and annotating links.
  11. Weebly - A fantastic site for creating a student or teacher websites with the ability to blog.
  12. ToonDoo Spaces - One of the best online comic creators that allows for student accounts.
  13. Kidblog - One of the top ways for students to create blogs in a safe environment.
  14. Primary Access - A nice site for digital story telling that allows students to use a variety of different resources such as video, audio, photos, etc.
  15. Zoho Wiki - Similar to Google Apps, this online suite offers a secure way for students to create docs and share.
  16. Kerpoof - A multi-media site for creating stories, games, lessons, etc.
  17. Zimmertwins - A fun site for digital storytelling that is done by creating one student account for a class.
  18. SymbalooEdu - A great visual way for teachers to share sites and resources with students.
  19. Pixton - An excellent way to create online digital comics that is moderated by a teacher.
  20. Zunal - A fantastic webquest creator for teachers.
  21. Alice Storytelling - One of the best ways to learn about the basics of programming as well as digital storytelling (a free pc download).
  22. Story Jumper - A great way for students to create real or online stories and then have the ability to order a book.
  23. Storybird - A fun site for collaborative and digital storytelling.
  24. Magic Studio - A wonderful site for teachers to share multimedia resources with students.
  25. Museum Box - A great historical site for teachers and students to create multimedia projects.

**A**nimasher is a site to make animations by using pictures from the gallery or you can use your own pictures too. You can add music, some sound effects, text or record your own voice for your animation. You can get a link or publish your video on the site.
**A**head is a similar site to Prezi. It’s a way to create a presentation that transforms your layout into a zooming experience. You can add images, audios, documents, links and videos. You can also embed your presentations. The site itself is also created with Ahead. This experience is sure to be a great impression on your audience.
**A**capelaTV is a site where you can find ready flash animations to reuse by customizing them. You can use text-to-speech feature to make the characters talk. You also have different language selections. It’s an interesting and a fun site to play with,and a good practice for writing and listening.
**A**wesomeHighlighter is the easiest way to highlight texts on web pages. When you finish highlighting, you get a link to share it with others.
**A**Map is a great and a fun way to display your live debates on a very simple visual format. You can use it to review a book or a story you read.
**A**nimoto is a great site to create video pieces from your photos, clips or music less than a minute. You just add your photos, choose music and add your text. Animoto does the rest. You can get a link or an embed code for your website.
With **A**nimata, you can create animations and interactive backgrounds.
**A**bout2Findout is a site where you can create a quiz, interact and challenge each other.
**A**nyTypos is a free,online spell checker. To check your text, just copy paste your content and you can get the results online instantly.
**A**lphabetizer is a site to put any list in alphabetical order. When you finish, you can print it. There are also different options that you can use such as reversing a list, removing duplicates, capitalizing first words or ignoring definite/indefinite articles.
**B**uildYourWildSelf is a site to design an avatar with animals parts. You choose a background and send it to others. The sites gives you a name and tells about your features.
**B**ubbl.us lets you create a brainstorming sheet that can be embeddable to your website.
**B**itStrips is a comic creator tool. You choose the characters from the gallery, write in the bubbles and publish it online or save it to your computer.
**B**eFunky is a tool to add photo effects to your pictures to turn them into art.
**B**usinessCard2 is an online service to create professional network and exchange business cards on web. You can add videos, slide shows, files,external links, your websites, social sites and you can let other people to leave messages and it’s embeddable of course.
**B**ot Morpheus is a bot that can write and speak at the same time. The answers are logical, it also asks questions and analyze your answers.
**B**ubbleJoy lets you create a video greeting card using your own video. You can choose from different fun card designs that will fit in to your topic.
**B**ookGlutton lets you create virtual groups to meet up in the digital books and have discussions on any chapter. You can also chat by leaving comments and sharing them with each other.
**B**logBooker is a site to produce a high-quality PDF Blog Book from all your blog entries, comments and pictures.
**B**oard800 is a multi user shared interactive whiteboard with simultaneous access and drawing capabilities. It lets you add as many as you want. Users can use each page independently, and each user can see the changes on each page.
**B**ox.net lets you share your files with your visitors in a small widget box.
**B**ookr is another site that is featured by Pimpampum. You create and share your photobook using Flickr images. You can write tags to find the pictures from Flickr photos or you can search your name on Flickr to find your own photos. When you find them, you write your text that matches with the pictures. You may want to create your story with this tool
**B**onzoBox is an interactive tool that lets you create a speacial BonzoBox site that you can build your page with your favourite websites. It has a drag and drop application that makes it easy for you to collect your favourites.
**B**labberize lets you make a photo talk with your own voice.
**B**ubblr is a way to create your comic strip with Flickr pictures and add bubbles to tell your story!
**B**ombayTV is a tool for writing subtitles for Bollywood films. You can also record your voice or use text to speech application. There is also **B**ombayTV2 where you can edit different scenes from Bollywood films together and add subtitles to them
**B**igHugeLabs lets you create a slide show from images anywhere on the web.
**B**igUniverse is an engaging website. You can read book online or you can create your own and publish it.
**B**ubbleSnaps lets you add bubbles to your pictures and create slide show.
**B**ibme is an automated bibliography generator. It finds information about your sources and formats the citations for you. This site can save you time while building your bibliography. It also allows you to search from a database of millions of entries to find your source.
**B**rainFlips is a tool for creating, sharing and studying flashcards. You can add text, images, audio or video to your flashcards. Thanks to Rupert for suggesting this tool.

Homework:Jazz it up with Technology by Ozge Karaoglu

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Developing web 2.0 technologies reflect the latest and the current trend in education. It encourages one of the most important skills of the 21st century "collaboration", increases motivation, imagination and the community in a classroom. It helps to develop different skills of children. Many of the web based tools are excellent environments and valuable sources for teaching and learning and many of the tools can be a great digital source for homework.
Here are my web 2.0 suggestions to traditional homework:
Wallwisher is an online page where you can post messages. You click and write your text and you don't need to register to use the site. You can also add images, video and music to your message. Children can use it for note-taking, to create invitations, make announcements, brainstorm on different topics, report books, collect ideas, showcase what they have done and share resources.
Voki is a tool to create speaking avatars with your own voice. You choose your avatar, you customize it by changing the hair, clothing, accessories and the colour of the hair, eyes and skin. When you finish, you give it a voice by recording your voice by phone or using a microphone. You can also upload an audio file or you use text-to-speech feature to convert your text into speech choosing the gender and the accent. When you finish, you can get a link or the embed code to publish it on your blog or your website. Children can listen to a story and answer the questions, they can listen to a song and complete the missing words or we can use voki for dictation assignments. Children can record their voices answering a question or retelling a story.
EduGlogster is a tool to create online visual posters that are called glogs. You can add text, images, music and video to your interactive glog. Children can create collaborative interactive posters on any topic, they can write book reports, create advertisement, write and add pictures about a research, prepare a book cover, create a newsletter, introduce a famous person.
Voicethread is a site to create collaborative and multimedia slides that you can navigate and leave comments for. Each slide can hold images, videos or documents such as PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word documents that can be commented by the people you choose to share your Voicethread. You can write a text, record your voice using a microphone or telephone, film yourself using your web cam or upload an audio file to comment. You can draw as you record your comment. Viewers can see your doodling on the slide as they watch your comment. You can moderate comments before you publish them. Children can talk about a picture, brainstorm on different ideas, discuss a topic or a video they have watched, retell a story, talk about what they did last week/summer holiday, give feedback to their friends, make sentences using the new learnt vocabulary . You can also use this tool for drilling and practicing the language they have learnt at class.
Vocaroo is a tool to record your voice and share it with others. When you finish your recording, you get a link to share the recording with others. It's also embeddable. Children can practice their pronunciation skills, record their voices while answering a questions, retelling a story, singing a song or they can listen to the recording and answer the questions, write an ending to the story, complete the blanks in the story.

Voxopop is a tool to create online discussion talk groups. You can consider this tool as a forum that uses voice instead of text. Children can record their voices to discuss a particular topic, they can be asked to tell a continued story by recording their voices. This tool can be used as a listening activity. Children can listen and answer the questions related to the listening, end the story in a different way, this tool is also can be used for dictation activities.
Zimmertwins is a simple site to make great and fun animated stories. You can start making your animation from scratch or you can create your own using one of the story starters. You choose the characters, settings, transitions, actions and emotions by using drag-and-drop feature. After, you only write the text in bubbles. You don’t need any drawing skills to make animations with Zimmertwins. Children can finish Zimmertwins starters by writing or creating a video, children can create their own Zimmertwins stories on different topics using target structures. They can retell a story, make interviews, write dialogues.

Hot Potatoes is a quiz generator that you can use to create different types of tests for all grades. There are six different interactive web-based test types that you can create. You can choose to have a multiple-choice, short answer, jumbled sentence, crossword, matching/ordering or gap fill exercises. You can add your own pictures or choose from the clip arts; also you can add mp3 files to your tests. It’s an open source and can be downloaded to any computer.
MixBook is a tool to make customizable photo books, cards and calenders online. You can use different templates, your own pictures, stickers, different layouts and fonts to create your mixbook. You can ask children to create a photo book of their families, vacations, friends, celebrations, favourite websites, history of their country. You can ask them to create their own stories with their own pictures, retell a story, write a poem using pictures. You can also create mixbook with pictures and ask the kids to write the story for it.
Shidonni is a site where students can draw their favorite animal with a world to live in it and see the animal spring to life. Kids take care of their animals by feeding, petting or sending them to sleep. The animal eats the food that kids have drawn for it. They can choose if they want their pet to walk or fly, and they can name it. Kids can draw a background and change it whenever they want. They can play games with their virtual animals or send them to their friends to play with their animals. Children can create their own pets and introduce it to their friends, talk about its one day also keep a diary for their pets.

It's great to see and experience how technology can facilitate learning and children enjoy while they are doing their homework. Using these tools is sure to increase the creativity and the imagination of the teacher and a great way to catch on with your kids.



Below is from freetech4teachers. I want to review and sort sources.
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/12/most-popular-posts-of-year-24-11-art.html

Monday, December 26, 2011


Most Popular Posts of the Year - #24, 11 Art & Music Resources

Like a lot of other people are, I'm taking this week to relax a bit and do some things that I haven't had time for lately. Therefore, all this week I'm rewinding the year by republishing the 25 most-read posts of the year. I hope that those of you who are also on vacation this week, enjoy every moment of it. See you (virtually) in the New Year.


All week I've started the day with a list of good resources to try in different content areas. To wrap up the week I bring you eleven good art and music resources to try in 2011. Earlier this week I shared mathematics resources, science resources, language arts resources, and social studies resources.

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The Museum of Modern Art offers a sizable collection of online resources for teaching art lessons. Part of that collection is a series of lesson plans, but there are also collections of art for students, an art game for young (5-8 years old) students, interactive activities for older students, and podcasts about art and artists. The MOMA lesson plans collection can be searched by theme, artist, medium, or subject. If the lesson plans in the collection don't offer quite what you're looking for, MOMA has free resources you can use in developing your own plans. MOMA offers many images and PDFs that you can use in developing own lessons and or slideshows.
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The Getty Museum has introduced a new way to view art, augmented reality. As employed by The Getty, augmented reality creates 3D displays of art from printed PDF codes displayed in front of a webcam. The example that The Getty provides in this video is a 3D display of one of the cabinets of curiosities created by Albert Janszoon Vinckenbrinck. If you want to try it for yourself after watching the video, the directions are available here.
external image Screen+shot+2010-08-31+at+8.23.35+PM.pngArt Babble is a video website designed and maintained by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The purpose of Art Babble is to provide a place for people to learn about the creation of art, artists, and collections through quality video productions. Visitors to Art Babble will find videos related to many forms of and formats for art. Browse the video channels and you'll find videos covering a wide array of topics including abstract art, European Art and Design, African Art, graphic design, glass, sculpture, surrealism, and much more.

external image Picture+9.pngSmarthistory is a free online alternative to expensive art history textbooks. Smarthistory was developed by art history professors Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. Smarthistory features more than just images of notable works of art. Videos lessons, VoiceThread lessons, and audio lessons about eras and themes in art history are what make Smarthistory a valuable resource. Students can browse all of the resources of Smarthistory by artist name, style of work, theme, or time period.

external image Picture+13.pngMOOM, the Museum of Online Museums, is a list of museums that offer online exhibitions. In some cases the museums include virtual tours and in other cases the museums online exhibits are simple photo galleries. Some of the notable museums featured in the Museum of Online Museums include the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Incredibox is a neat website that allows you to create unique rhythms and sounds from drag-and-drop menu. The sounds in the menus are recordings of a Bobby McFerrin-like artist making "human beat box" sounds. You can experiment with different sound loops, choruses, and instrumental sounds to create your own unique sound loops. To use Incredibox just head over to the website, select the English or French version, then start mixing sounds by dragging from the menu to the "people field." Every time you add a new sound a new person appears in the screen. Click a person to delete the sound he represents.

external image 3202542828_5bee851251_m.jpgHaving students experiment with rhythms on a drum set is usually a very loud experience for the students and for anyone within earshot of those students. That probably explains why my elementary school music class was held in a room behind the cafeteria kitchen and hundreds of yards away from any other classroom. Fortunately, developments in technology have made it possible for students to experiment with drum rhythms on a quieter scale than was previously possible. One such tool that makes this possible is Monkey Machine. Monkey Machine is a free web-based program that allows students to experiment with drum set sounds and rhythms. Using Monkey Machine students can customize the selection of drums and cymbals in their virtual drum set. Monkey Machine also allows students to customize the tempo in their drum tracks and the frequency with which each drum or cymbal is played. All tracks created using Monkey Machine can be downloaded as MIDI files.

external image Picture+13.pngThe San Francisco Symphony's website Keeping Score is a comprehensive website full of educational materials about composers, scores, musical techniques, and symphonies. There are two elements of Keeping Score that should be of particular interest to educators. The most immediately accessible section of Keeping Score is the interactive education elements that contain videos, images, and texts that tell the stories of composers. The interactive section also features explanations of musical techniques, the history of notable events and themes in the symphonic world, and analysis of various scores.
external image Picture+14.pngThe Science of Music, created by the folks at Exploratorium, is a fun series of lessons and activities about music. The Science of Music offers six exhibits containing interactive elements for students to use in exploring rhythms and sounds. One of the exhibits that I particularly enjoyed experimenting with is Kitchen Sink-o-Pation. In Kitchen Sink-o-Pation students build syncopated rhythms using kitchen appliances, pots, pans, and glasses. In addition to the interactive exhibits, Science of Music hosts four short movies featuring musicians talking about the science of music. Science of Music's questions section is a list of six questions commonly asked about music. Each question is provided with a detailed answer and explanation. Try this one as an example, why does my singing sound so great in the shower?

external image classicsClassics for Kids, produced by Cincinnati Public Radio, offers lesson plans, podcasts, and games for teaching kids about classical music. The lesson plans are designed for use in K-5 settings. All of the lesson plans are available as PDFs. Activity sheets are also available as accompaniments to recordings of classical composers. In the games section of Classics for Kids students can develop their own compositions or practice identifying music and composers. As a reference for students, Classics for Kids offers a dictionary of music terms.

external image atrsedgeArts Edge, produced by the Kennedy Center, is a collection of podcasts, lesson plans, and links for teaching music and culture. The podcast directory is where you will find an eclectic collection of podcasts featuring music ranging from Jazz in DC to Music from China. The "Teach" section of Arts Edge is a good place to find lesson plans for teaching music and culture. As a teacher of US History, the lesson on Civil War music caught my attention.

Bonus Item: Herbie Hancock performing at TED.