Educational Websites (Sites to Use with Children)

The Book Seer | What should I read next. n.p., n.d. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is a cute little site that recommends books to read based on the last book you read. I would give this to students or put a link to this site on the school library's website. I found this site through LM_NET and while I really like the design and simplicity, it finds the book recommendations from Amazon, and a student could just go to Amazon themselves.

findingDulcinea. Dulcinea Media, Inc., 2009. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is a great site that provides web guides (which are fabulous), historical articles, and featured articles. This is definitely a site that I would link on the school library's website so the students could use it for research and website evaluation. I heard of this site on LM_NET and it's a very well-designed and well-researched site, and it's one of my favorites that I've found recently. This site has ads, though, which I find problematic on an educational site.

Glogster. n.p., 2011. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is a tool to make electronic posters, and it would be great to use with students for creative projects. I heard about this site in Kym Kramer's class, Information Inquiry for School Teachers, although I didn't use it personally until recently. This tool is very easy to learn how to use, but it might be too simplistic for high school students.

NoodleTools. NoodleTools, Inc., n.d. Web. 23 April 2011.
This is an online citation management tool, which includes a note taking function, and I learned about this in Information Inquiry for School Teachers. I've suggested that teachers in my school use this tool, and they've been very receptive to this idea - I can't believe that they've never heard of this resource until now. I think this is a great resource, and the only downside is that you have to pay a subscription fee.

Prezi. Prezi, Inc., 2011. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is a presentation tool which allows the user create 3D, zooming presentations. I've used this with students and I think it's a great resource because it forces the user to think in a non-linear way. I heard about this tool in Information Inquiry for School Teachers, and another student in that class used Prezi for her in-class presentations. The great strengths of this tool is wonderful tutorials, it's free, and its novelty. A downside is that it's more complex than PowerPoint and therefore more difficult to teach how to use for students.

simplebooklet. n.p., n.d. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is an online publishing tool, similar to Microsoft Publisher, but you can add video, music, and code. You can create booklets, brochures, class reports, and more. I think this would be a great alternative to Publisher, which students at my school use frequently. I heard about this site from LM_NET, and I like that it's free and very easy to use. A downside is that it's not as well-known as Publisher, so I don't know if the students will benefit in the future by knowing how to use this tool.

ToonDoo. ZOHO, Corp., 2011. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is an online cartoon maker, and it's really fun to use. I think this could be a creative presentation/publisher tool for students to use to create final products. I heard about this tool from LM_NET, and it's very easy to use and learn, but I worry that it can be a bit limiting as it's hard to import different graphics.

TRAILS: Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills. Kent State University Libraries, 2011. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is an assessment (test) of students' information literacy skills. I think this would be interesting to use with students twice a year - once in the beginning and once in the end to see what gain had been made over the course of the school year. I think administrators would appreciate this type of concrete way of seeing the real benefits of a school library program. I also heard about this tool from LM_NET, and while I think it's well-designed, I'm not in love with the idea of standardized tests.

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds. Jonathan Feinberg, 2009. Web. 23 April, 2011.
This is a tool for creating word clouds. It's very easy to use and creates really good-looking word clouds (much better than other tools I've used). I found it by searching "word cloud" on Google, and I would definitely use it with students for creating final projects or just for fun. The only downside that I found with this tool is that you cannot download your word cloud as a file.