NECC 2009: Great Finds #1: Free Online video Editing

Attending the International Technology Education Conference in Washington, D.C., I’ve been able to discover new and interesting resources that many educators would find useful, and one that definitely raised my Happy Quotient was in a session on ten Web 2.0 useful free websites: a free online video editing site called JayCut. Similar to software such as iMovie or Movie Maker, you’ll see the same type of transitions, effects, and timelines to construct videos, and the desktop is quite easy to use. The site requires registration and is ready for you to explore today!

Technology Links and Tidbits for Sharing

Primary Sources

•Past Magazine Articles: Google is partnering with magazine publishers and is digitalizing many magazines on line. From such magazines as New Yorker, you can type in a word in the Search function and pull up past articles. For a more global search, click “Browse all issues.”
•100 Documents that Changed Our History: Our Documents explores cases, treaties, designs, and many more things that have affected our history. There are resources for teachers included.

This is the time when a lot are teaching about the Civil War. The Smithsonian has a great section on the Civil War at

Language Arts
•Children’s Literature: The Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota has a substantial collection of research on children’s literature, complete with more than 100,000 books with original manuscripts from around the world.

Who said that Art teachers can’t participate in technology integration? The Smithsonian’s NGA page for kids has an activity named Flow in which kids from young to old can paint on line that has multiple patterns and colors. Even if you don’t teach art, this is a fun destresser when you need to take a break from the mundane. If you go back a link, you’ll also see activities such as collage machine, 3-D Twirler, and too many to mention here.

Don’t Forget to Visit This Site of Free Samples

This is a great site for getting free samples of up-to-date and current materials (holidays, brain teasers, ad infinitum), and samples from books that I’ve seen many teachers use. When I was a classroom teacher, Teacher Created Materials was a site that I often referred to even before ordering books.

Free monthly resources: