Tools and Resources relating to: Digital and Media Literacy

  • Kanopy - Kanopy offers thoughtful entertainment free of charge by partnering with public libraries and universities. Individuals affiliated with a library or educational institution can utilize these resources to educate and raise awareness about important issues. It has movies categorized by genre. The user may also use the search feature to find relevant content based on the title or the subject matter.   Kanopy
  • Medium - Medium is a publishing platform with a social twist. The platform has 120 million readers that are able to directly follow the publisher or the writer they want and read their articles. The platform encourages writers from all over the world to become a member and publish on its platform. The social aspect of the platform makes it easy for readers to follow the writers. The more followers you have, more widely your work will get published. The writers can also choose to publish freely or for a fee. This management is done by the Medium platform that has either free membership of paid membership with only the paid members able to view materials that demand fees.   Medium
  • PowerNotes - The PowerNotes Chrome extension eliminates the need to copy and paste or employ other poor processes to capture content. PowerNotes users just highlight material they find useful, include an annotation if appropriate, and then categorize the highlight into a topic of their choosing. PowerNotes is designed to unify the steps of reading, gathering, saving, annotating, organizing, outlining, tracking, and citing research into a single, efficient workflow that feeds directly into the writing process.   PowerNotes   Tutorial Video Resources for Using PowerNotes with Assignments
  • Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies - The 2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from the EDUCAUSE research library contains 226 free technologies arranged into 40 types and 15 clusters that educators can use to promote more productive and interactive learning. Brief descriptions, example tools and pedagogical uses are provided for each category. This Typology has been developed by Matt Bower and Jodie Torrington from the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.   2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies 
  • Hoax or Fact - Hoax or Fact is an attempt to spread knowledge and wisdom. To bring out the truths and facts behind all kinds of online rumors and hoax messages. The people, at Hoax or Fact, research, and analysis of various online issues in-depth, so as to put a check on all kinds of online spammers, thus preventing their unfair motives. They thrive to encourage healthy wisdom. Their main goal is to educate Internet users by exposing all kinds of scams, viruses, deceptions, misconceptions, misbeliefs, and unfair hoaxes and rumors. This way, they educate, alert, and save the internet users from unwanted dangers and frauds online. They also provide necessary safety measures and tips to avoid any kind of damage from these online hoax messages.   Hoax or Fact
  • Bitly - Bitly is a link management and URL shortening tool. It can help track how many clicks the shortened link receives, what geographic location the clicks are coming from, and automatically generates QR codes for your Bitly links. In addition, Bitly allows you to track engagement metrics, giving you a clearer picture of how well your content is performing.   Bitly      
  • Seeing Isn’t Believing: The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video - The Fact Checker's guide to manipulated video is a multimedia module created by Nadine Ajaka, Glenn Kessler, and Elyse Samuels.of the Washington Post. The guide explains the three most common types of manipulated video (missing content, deceptive editing, malicious transformation) and two sub-types of each type. Examples of each type are provided, and at the end of the guide is a form readers can use to tell the authors about videos they believe have been manipulated. Videos in the presentation play without sound, which is helpful for viewing the guide in public and for people with hearing impairments. It is unclear when the guide was first published, but at the time of viewing (April 2020) video examples seemed to be mainly from 2018-2019.  The manipulated videos were usually about political figures, or ideas politicians were trying to promote. The guide may be ...
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help – LinkedIn free training resources - Almost overnight, remote work has become mainstream. Companies around the world are encouraging their employees to work from home to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce and communities amid coronavirus. Working through this rapid change can be hard and we’re moving quickly to help members get information they can trust, stay connected to their community and learn how to be more productive and successful in their jobs.   New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help - LinkedIn free training resources
  • Siteimprove Accessibility Checker - The Siteimprove Accessibility Checker is your tool to evaluate any web page for accessibility issues at any given time. It provides intuitive, visual feedback about your content by highlighting detected issues right on the page and gives you: an immediate overview of your page’s accessibility issues clear explanations of how they affect your users plus specific recommendations on how to fix them All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser, allowing secure evaluation of password-protected or non-public pages, multi-step forms, and dynamic content.   Siteimprove Accessibility Checker
  • Atom – coding made easy for brand new Mac users - Hello fellow Mac coders! Atom is a free and easy to download application that allows coders to change and organize files easily. Once downloaded, any folder can be dragged and all the files will be ready to be used. Highly recommended if you're coding on any kind of Mac, since coding on Terminal can be troubling without proper help. Most help that's being given is by Windows users. Atom breaks the barrier between the two and if a Mac user needs any additional help, a windows user should be able to help through the use of atom. Give it a shot.   Atom.io
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Digital Literacies – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - The concept of digital literacy encompasses a range of skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate, use, and create digital information in various forms. Digital literacies include data literacy, information literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, and metaliteracy, as well as related capacities for assessing social and ethical issues in our digital world. Administrators, faculty members, librarians, instructional designers, and others have a pivotal role to play in helping students understand how information is shaped and shared today across the digital landscape. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About ...
  • CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) - This guide was created by the City University of New York (CUNY) to assist Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on: Creating Accessible Content: Platforms: Evaluating your OER site: VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template   CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum, so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research poster, and public service announcement.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio,podcasts, video photos,
  • Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.   Visual Learning Center by Visme   Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking - In a world of competition and exhilaration, success comes to those who are actively organized. A vital tool to aide students in today's digital era where as much of learning happens online as it does in an in-person classroom is a proper note taking strategy. KQED Inc. describes how digital note taking strategies can enhance students' thinking ability and thus, assist them to achieve success.     Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking     Keywords: organization, note taking, digital notes, efficiency  
  • SOL*R - SOL*R is a repository service provided by BCcampus that allows educators to access free online learning resources. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities, and tools, all the way to full programs.   SOL*R
  • Open Culture - Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It's all free. It's all enriching. But it's also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high-quality content whenever and wherever you want it.   Open Culture 
  • Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 46 different sources and contains 151,178 records.   Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."   Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship   Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
  • Accessible Course Design - This site helps instructors and instructional designers implement strategies for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information that is easily understandable to individuals who are not necessarily technology-oriented and may not know much about working with people with disabilities. The tips on this website have been written to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, use screen readers for a vision impairment, have learning or other disabilities, or are color blind. Many of these tips also improve learning for all students, which is called Universal Design. A particularly useful resource on this site is a video about how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make PDF accessible.   Accessible Course Design   Keywords: Accessibility, PDF, video, captions,
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • StoryMap - StoryMap, by Knight Lab, can be used to tell a highlight a particular image or historical map (its tagline is "maps that tell stories"). Users can guide viewers through a series of zoomed-in highlights to a particular image or map, charting areas of interest in the image. Each highlight can feature text, images, audio, or video. One example is Arya's Journey, for you Game of Thrones fans. You can view Arya's journey from the book series on a historical map.   StoryMap
  • Thinglink - Thinglink can annotate images with text, audio, or video. You can then share your annotated media in a website, LMS, or present online. Educators can try it out for free.   Thinglink   Keywords: interactive poster
  • Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning.  We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.   Happe   Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
  • Four Moves & A Habit (infographic) - Michael Caulfield, Washington State University Vancouver, leads the American Association of State Colleges and Universities"s Digital Polarization Initiative ("DigiPo"). The work is framed by his "Four Moves & A Habit" strategy from his OER Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers. Caulfield's work is important, and this infographic of Four Moves & A Habit, provide an exceptional resource for anyone who is trying to teach or practice digital literacy.   Four Moves & A Habit
  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) - This open education resource (OER) is designed to assist with reading and writing at the college level. The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides multimedia support to students preparing for college-level writing, as well as students making the transition out of introductory-level writing courses. The Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is the, first of its kind, online reading resource, which offers an abundance of support materials designed to help students develop college-level reading skills. The OWL site is OER and CC licensed and hundreds of activities are available that can be directly embedded in your own blog or course site.   Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)   This 30-minute webinar about the Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) was presented as part of the Open SUNY Fellow Cat series by Dr. Francesco (Frank) Crocco, Director of the Online Writing Lab at Excelsior College, and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, ...
  • NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites.  The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.   NewsPrism  
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) - Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. It is described by the National Center for UDL as, "a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs." In designing a course with UDL in mind, an instructor wants to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to learn.   Universal design for learning (UDL) - CAST   Keywords: UDL, accessibility
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. SAMR Model   (Video length: 2 minutes)   Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
  • Open Attribution Builder - Open Attribution Builder is a tool to help you build attributions for Open Educational Resources (OER) and other items you find that have Creative Commons licensing. Fill out a form and the app automatically generates an attribution for you. This website is created by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.   Open Attribution Builder   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Google – Search Better Tutorial at GCFGlobal - This site shares a number of Google search strategies and tips created by the Goodwill Community Foundation (GFC) Global to get you started on your quest to find new things to learn about. Learn the basics of searching for info online. Get more out of your Google Search results with this helpful tutorial. Learn about the many hidden features of Google Search in this tutorial.   Google - Search Better Tutorial at GCFGlobal   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • Creative Commons – CC License Definitions, Search for Materials, & Share Your Work - The links below explain the various levels of permissions and Creative Commons licenses, enable searching for Creative Commons licensed materials, and provide information to those who wish to share their work using Creative Commons licenses.   Creative Commons Website   Creative Commons Licenses Search Creative Commons Materials Share Your Work using Creative Commons Licenses   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Searching
  • Web2Access (Disabilities and Tests) - Web2Access is a resource that aims to help those making decisions about their use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborate e-learning tools. The website provides rankings based on its accessibility.   Web2Access   Web2Access (Disabilities and Tests) - tests the accessibility of Web 2.0 tools based on different disabilities. Using the results, they then rank the tools from most accessible to least accessible based on that specific disability being tested. Keywords: Accessibility, Websites    
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - This electronic book helps readers learn how to fact-check claims made on the Internet on a variety of topics.   Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers   The author, Michael Caulfield, also has a companion blog: Four moves   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Searching
  • The 10 Best Fact Checking Sites - This list of the top 10 sites helps students, or anyone, determine the bias and accuracy of information, which is published by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This site introduces you to 10 fact-checking sites.   Top 10 sites to help students check their facts   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual Information Creation as a Process Information Has Value Research as Inquiry Scholarship as Conversation Searching as Strategic Exploration ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world? - This article, published by Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey in the journal "The Publication," talks about what it means to be a metaliterate person in today's society that is filled with fake news. It also provides strategies to become a critical consumer of information.   How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning  
  • Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library) - This website maintained by the Harvard Law School Library has numerous resources to find public records consisting of business, property, and personal records. Many of the resources are freely available and some provide more in-depth information for a fee.   Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library)   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity
  • What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? - This video, produced by KarmaTube, discusses the hazards of surfing from page to page on the Internet without taking time to deeply consider what we are interacting with. It brings this point to our attention so that we instead take time to try to focus and contemplate on the information that we do come across.   What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? (4-min. video)  
  • YouTube - Get started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. YouTube is a video-sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. The material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. YouTube is an extremely large platform that allows people to upload videos to the internet to inform, entertain, and share things with people around the world. Although many people think of YouTube as an entertainment-based website, the number of educational videos are innumerable. You can teach yourself almost any skill by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. So many people have connected through similar interests on Youtube. ...
  • Speechnotes - Speechnotes is a powerful speech-enabled online notepad, designed to empower your ideas by implementing a clean & efficient design, so you can focus on your thoughts. They use up-to-date speech-recognition technology, powered by Google, for the most accurate results possible. This very handy tool works in a Chrome browser. No download, no install and even no registration needed, so you can start working right away. There are several useful features. Users can email their work and/or upload it directly to Google Drive or their own computers as a .txt or .doc file. Several languages are available and the text can be translated. In addition, a text-to-speech app is available.   Speechnotes   Voice Typing with Speechnotes - Briefly explains features of Speechnotes This video shows you how easy this tool is to use.   Keywords: Audio, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools
  • Windows Movie Maker - If you are using Windows 10, you can use this free video editor and slideshow maker app. Use it to easily create video stories and share them with your colleagues, students, friends, and family. Transform everyday moments into works of art as you want. There is easy to use professional editing tools. Users can trim and merge video, write subtitles, add stickers, choose a theme, and insert transitions between videos. .MOV and .MP4 support is now available. NOTE: Microsoft no longer supports MovieMaker; however, you can still download software that works similarly to the original. The version linked to below is a free version but there are advanced features only after paying for the Pro version. There are sites that provide non-free versions and also versions that pass along viruses. Proceed with caution!    Windows Movie Maker   Windows Movie Maker Software Tutorials - Tutorials for ...
  • Google Expeditions - Google Expeditions is a tool to extend learning in and out of the classroom. Expeditions enable virtual field trips that help students see and experience the world in new ways. Students can get in the center of 360-degree photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. Self-guided expeditions enable anyone to explore anywhere. This is a great tool for classrooms and for home use.   Google Expeditions   See this additional information including a Youtube video and link to an Expeditions Kit. Although the full kits allow a classroom to get up and running with Google Expeditions all that's needed is a web server that allows shared access and the free Expeditions app. To use a smartphone as a viewing device, you must also purchase or make a VR Google Cardboard viewer.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)  
  • Google Sites - Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the G Suite productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.   Google Sites   Sites Help - Information on creating, editing, previewing, sharing, publishing, and managing your Google site. 20/20 HindSITE: Best Practices for Google Sites - This site illustrates how organizations are using Google Sites, and includes a wealth of resources and tools.   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
  • Wix - Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.   Wix   Wix Help Center - This site has many articles organized into twenty topics plus several trending topics. There is also an opportunity to search. Landing pages 101 - Landing pages are an important marketing tool. This site focuses on creating effective landing pages.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Zoho Sites - Zoho is a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from our Website. The applications are free for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations. Our vision is to provide our customers (individuals, students, educators, non-profits, small and medium-sized businesses) with the most comprehensive set of applications available anywhere (breadth); and for those applications to have enough features (depth) to make your user experience worthwhile.   Zoho Sites   Zoho Sites- Beginner's Guide - A video plus Instructions for how to set up your Zoho site. More advanced features are also covered. Zoho Sites Review - Explains the simple and not-so-simple features of a Zoho site including some that might be more developed.   Keywords: Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Google Calendar - Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service developed by Google. Google Calendar allows users to create and edit events. Reminders can be enabled for events, with options available for type and time. Event locations can also be added, and other users can be invited to events.   Google Calendar   Google Help - Calendar Support - Help getting started with Google Calendar and information about notifications, sharing, syncing, importing events, and more. 26 tricks to help you tame Google Calendar - Many of Gcal's best features lurk beneath the surface. This site helps you handle it like a pro.   Keywords: File Management
  • Google Drive (and Google Docs) - Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google that allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which are parts of the office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive. Google Docs is the original term that described the tools that now make up a portion of the Google Drive suite of applications. Drive is  a place to store your files and Docs refers to the applications that make up the suite of tools found within Google Drive to share, ...
  • Google Custom Search - Google Custom Search (formerly known as Google Co-op) is a platform provided by Google that allows web developers to feature specialized information in web searches, refine and categorize queries and create customized search engines, based on Google Search. The service allows users to narrow the 11.5 billion indexed webpages down to a topical group of pages relevant to the creator's needs.   Google Custom Search   Custom Search Help - Information and instructions for setting up your own specialized search engine. Rewriting Queries - Sophisticated advice on getting more from your custom search.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Scholar - Google Scholar is a freely available web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents. While Google does not publish the size of Google Scholar's database, third-party researchers estimated it to contain roughly 160 million documents as of May 2014.   Google Scholar   Google Scholar - Search Tips - Get the most out of Google Scholar with some helpful tips on searches, email alerts, citation export, and more. Google Scholar Metrics - Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Books - Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Print and by its codename Project Ocean is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition (OCR), and stored in its digital database. Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project. Additionally, Google has partnered with a number of magazine publishers to digitize their archives.   Google Books   How to use Google Books - Discusses how to read, download, cite, or translate a book.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Earth - Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse. The program can also be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, using a touchscreen or stylus to navigate. Users may use the program to add their own data using Keyhole Markup Language and upload them through various sources, such as forums or blogs. Google Earth is able to show various kinds of images overlaid on the surface of the earth and is also a Web Map Service client.   Google Earth   Google Earth Help - Instructions ...
  • Google Art Project - Google Arts & Culture (formerly Google Art Project) is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.   Google Art Project   Keywords: Photos & Images, Searching
  • DropBox - Dropbox is a cloud drive service that provides file synchronization with personal computers as well as a mobile app. It is a free service that allows you to store and share files with others. It is commonly referred to as a way to backup your files online. Documents, pictures, videos, and presentations can be saved and shared on DropBox.   Dropbox   Advantages and disadvantages of using DropBox   Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are freely able to be used. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search field.   Google - Advanced Image Search   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Searching
  • TinEye Reverse Image Search - Tineye is a reverse image search engine. Upon uploading a saved image a user has, TinEye creates a "unique and compact digital signature or fingerprint" of the image and matches it with other indexed images. It is helpful in finding the original source of an image to provide proper attribution.   TinEye Reverse Image Search   How to Use TinEye   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Fotor - Fotor is a simplified suite of powerful editing tools for your images. Fotor's fast and intuitive design brings advanced photo editing techniques to anyone who wants to try. With just a few clicks you can achieve impressive results that will let you push your creativity without having to learn some of the confusing ins and outs of other graphics editors.   Fotor   Fotor Photo Editor Walkthrough - A YouTube video walkthrough for Fotor   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Be Funky - Be Funky is a suite of graphic editing tools. Photo Editor includes amazing photo effects such as the world-famous Cartoonizer, oil painting, and pop art effects. You can also add extra flair to your photo with hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn graphics, like hats, beards, jewelry, photo frames, and graphic overlays. You can also create photo collages with Collage Maker and Designer provides many tools and templates to create posters, flyers, invitations, and more. It has essential editing tools such as crop, resize, and exposure. Unique effects include Cartoonizer, Digital Art, and Enhance DLX. With its photo editor, you can turn photos you like into photos you love and helps to add a little extra flair to your images. If text is your thing, BeFunky photo editor has tons of fonts and customized text layouts for you to choose from as well.   Be Funky   Help Center   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Flickr - Flickr is an image and video-hosting website and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. Flikr has an advanced search function to allow searching for images that are under creative commons license. Flicker allows members unlimited uploads of images that are licensed under Creative Commons.   Flikr   Help for Flickr - The Help - FAQ Support page for Flickr Users Flickr for Education - 18 Ways to Use Flickr in Schools - A blog post regarding the many uses of Flickr as a photo sharing website in schools and education.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Google Photos - Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google and gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution.   Google Photos   PC Magazine - 25 Tricks to Master Google Photos - A magazine article describing tricks, tips, and hints users can practice to become more proficient with Google Photos. Using Google Photos in the Classroom - An extensive YouTube video describing how to use Google Photos in the classroom.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Pinterest - Pinterest is a web and mobile application startup that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly utilizing images and on a shorter scale, GIFs and videos.   Pinterest   The Atlantic - What is Pinterest? - A magazine article that defines what Pinterest is and how it has developed since its beginnings. The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest - An article describing the many uses of Pinterest within Academia and Education. What is Pinterest, and How Does it Work? - An article that describes Pinterest and how to use it.   Keywords: Collaboration, Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Resource Library, Searching
  • Instagram - Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags and assign hashtags to link to other photos.   Instagram   University of New Hampshire - Instagram Help - A simple guide to using Instagram built by the UNH. Do more with Instagram - A board of posts relevant to using Instagram to its fullest.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Pixlr - Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however, the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing. PIXLR   Pixlr Support Page - The link to the Pixlr Support and FAQ page. WikiHow - How to Use the Pixlr Online Image Editor - This wikiHow teaches you how to navigate and use the options in the Pixlr online image editor in order to make changes to an image or photo.   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • LastPass - In this current world of multiple sign-ins, it's difficult to impossible to remember all our passwords. Password managers can be a big help. LastPass remembers all your passwords so you don't have to. Once it's been stored in LastPass, you'll always have it wherever you go. LastPass generates long, randomized passwords that are a barrier to hacking. It goes further to fill in forms and payment details for you once the information is safely stored. It also makes it possible to store digital records and share important information safely.   LastPass   How to use a password manager and why you really should - As the title says, discusses the why and how of keeping passwords safe. Provides links to several informative articles as well as two other password manaagers. (Note: I'm not sure why they don't mention KeyPass - another popular password manager.)   Keywords: ...
  • Google Search Advanced Feature - Google can be helpful in finding reusable resources. It explains how to use their advanced search features and explains various types of usage rights.   Google Search Advanced Feature   Google Guide making searching even easier - More information about how to use this tool - with examples.   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images Searching
  • Lifelong Learning and Technology Article - This article looks at the interest in lifelong learning among adults. It reports on a Pew Research Center survey on the topic showing considerable interest amount the American public. The Internet is instrumental in meeting this interest, but the use of it varies inversely with levels of education and income.   Lifelong Learning and Technology   Lifelong Learning and Technology by John Horrigan - A podcast on the topic by John Horrigan, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center who just released the report.   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • TED Talks: lifelong learning playlist - TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). This playlist is of 5 TED Talks related to lifelong learning. Titles include "The Nerd's Guide to Learning Everything Online"; The Life-long Learner"; "What We're Learning from Online Education"; "On Being Wrong"; "What Adults Can Learn from Kids."   TED Talks: The love of lifelong learning   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • Intellectual Property: Part I Video - This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative.   Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video)   What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • 11 Myths of Digital Literacy, Debunked - Designed primarily for educators but relevant for students as well, "11 Digital Literacy Myths, Debunked" provides a definition of "digital literacy." The authors then explore why being digitally literate matters, focusing particularly on common misconceptions.   11 Myths of Digital Literacy, Debunked   Keywords: Digital Literacy
  • Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette - The rules of etiquette are just as important in cyberspace as they are in the real world -- and the evidence of poor netiquette can stick around to haunt you for much longer. Following these basic rules of netiquette, to avoid damaging your online and offline relationships.   Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
  • Digication - Digication is the leading provider of ePortfolio and assessment management systems. Digication develops its platform with students, faculty, programs and institutions needs in mind, and enables institutions to close the loop that links student learning to institutional assessment and reporting. #EmTechMOOC provides free access to the "New" Digication on under Open SUNY. You are welcome to use any available platform or tool to create your ePortfolio. Just a few of the many alternatives that are available to build your portfolio can be located through EmTechWIKI and searching the ePortfolio category.   Digication's Official Website   Request an ePortfolio Account There are a few different ways you can create an ePortfolio for #EmTechMOOC. If you are enrolled in #EmTechMOOC may Request a Digication Account under Open SUNY. If your institution has its own ePortfolio platform, we strongly recommend you make use of it. Not only will you develop more ...
  • Pathbrite - Pathbrite offers the best-in-class, cloud-based Portfolio Platform in the market, whereby users can aggregate and showcase all digital evidence of what they have created, achieved and mastered. The portfolio platform transforms individual and community assessment to make understanding the skills, achievements, and knowledge of a person, or group, holistic, continuous and easy. Thousands of higher ed and k-12 schools, as well as companies, rely on Pathbrite to support student and employee success.   Pathbrite   EduTopia: Five Ways to Use Online Porfolios in the Classroom - Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom by Heather Hiles - A blog post that describes the effectiveness and "5 Best Practices" of using ePortfolios in the classroom.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • PortfolioGen - Developed by teachers, Portfoliogen allows users to easily create a web-based portfolio and display their skills beyond conventional paper-based binders. Users can share their portfolios with prospective employers, principals, professors, and peers. Portfoliogen is for teachers, educators, students and anyone else who desires a simple way to create their own customized portfolio website. Thousands of teachers, students, and educators from all over the world have used Portfoliogen to showcase their skills.   PortfolioGen   Getting Started with PortfolioGen - This is a Youtube video which goes through the step by step process of creating a Portfolio within PortfolioGen.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • FolioSpaces - FolioSpaces, powered by "Mahara", enables you to create an online portfolio. It was developed by faculty at the University of Ballarat, AU. It is a fully-featured electronic portfolio, weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online communities.  You do this by assembling a selection of your resume (curriculum vitae/CV), files, journals, and links to your files onto a web page and sharing the page. FolioSpaces ePortfolio also provides you with the tools to set up a personal learning and development environment.   FolioSpaces   CUOnline ePortfolio Guide Using FolioSpaces - A resource created by Dr. Anne Dickinson of Coventry University that goes through the step by step process of creating an ePortfolio within FolioSpaces.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • Strikingly - Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required. You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks. Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post.   Strikingly   Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Publishing, Websites
  • Weebly - Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales, and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high-quality site and store that works brilliantly on any device.   Weebly   Weebly Website Builder: Get a Pro Website in 60 Minutes or Less - A short tutorial on how to build an effective website through Weebly.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Tumblr - Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Oath Inc.The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs. Bloggers can also make their blogs private.   Tumblr   How to Use Tumblr for Blogging and Social Networking - This article talks about the classic uses of the platform Tumblr.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Publishing, Social Media, Video, Websites
  • WordPress - WordPress is an open-source blogging and a website creation platform. WordPress (often referred to as WP) is very widely used and makes up about 30% of all published websites.  There is a subtle but important difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. WordPress.org gives lots of freedom, but you need a self-hosted platform to deliver your site. This involves additional steps to set up a server and install the WordPress software or payment for a hosting service. WordPress.com allows free pages that are hosted directly on the WordPress.com site. Both versions of WordPress are user-friendly but some of the advanced themes are not an option that is available on WordPress.com. This is only available when you have your own server space to install your own version of WordPress. Themes and plugins are similar to webpage templates and provide advanced functionality for WordPress websites.   WordPress.com and WordPress.org   Beginner's Guide for WordPress - How to ...
  • EduBlogs - "Since 2005, Edublogs has grown into the largest educational blogging network in the world. We believe that blogging transforms the educational experience of students and have seen first hand how Edublogs increases ownership of learning, engages students, and becomes a source of pride in the classroom. Edublogs is a project of the prominent WordPress company Incsub; the same team behind CampusPress and WPMU DEV. We pride ourselves on making user-friendly products and providing lightning fast support."   Edublogs   EduBlogs Youtube Support Page - This page has several "How-To" videos regarding EduBlogs. Ten Ways to Use Your EduBlog - A simple list of ten ways to use an EduBlog.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, Publishing, Websites, ePortfolio
  • AudioBoom - This tool enables you to record and instantly share audio. You can have free unlimited 10 minute recordings. If you want to use your smartphone or tablet, sign up, take the tour, and download the app.   AudioBoom   AudioBoom Help Center - Tutorials and help using AudioBoom tools.   Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts
  • SoundCloud - Discover, stream, and share a constantly expanding mix of music from emerging and major artists around the world. SoundCloud is described as a 'social sound platform' and is basically the same as Youtube but for audio files. With SoundCloud you can follow millions of people, musicians, radio channels and podcasts on a vast range of topics or you can create your own channel and upload recordings for people to listen to.   SoundCloud   Get Started on SoundCloud - Guide to starting and managing a SoundCloud account with support resources. Podcasting on SoundCloud - Resource page to get started with recording your podcasts.   Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts