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Needs Assessment
These self-assessments will help you and your Literacy with ICT mentor to develop an individual professional growth plan to increase your understanding of how to infuse ICT with your classroom practice. They will also help you to determine areas in which you might continue to learn and practice in a self-directed manner.

Self-Assessment of Pedagogy with ICT
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Self-Assessment of ICT Literacy
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Illustrative Examples of using ICT in the Curriculum (up to top of page)


Assessing Students (Provide evidence of Learning) (up to top of page)


Reporting (up to top of page)


Professional Learning for Teachers (up to top of page)


Web 2.0 Tools (up to top of page)

  1. Top 100 Tools For Learning
  2. Inspiration document of tools (John Finch, MECY)
  3. Web 2.0 PowerPoint Presentation (John Finch, MECY)

    Start Pages or Mashups

  4. Pageflakes Teacher Edition - A great Mashup start page for teachers
  5. iGoogle


  6. Blogs in Plain English - YouTube video from Commoncraft
  7. EPals Blog (free and secure)
  8. Bloglines (one place to get started blogging)
  9. Why Blog? Explanation and examples of class blogs
  10. Blogs in Education
  11. Blogs and Wikis in the Secondary Classroom
  12. Getting Rid of the Next Button in Blogger.com


  13. Wikis in Plain English - from Commoncraft
  14. Wikispaces - Teachers sign up for a free Wiki. Normally costs %50 per year.


  15. 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story - by Alan Levine
  16. Animoto for Educators - Create 30 second clips with pictures and music. Must sign up for a free account
  17. Mixbook - create and share an online book. Order print copies. Sign up for free account.
  18. Blurb.com - Download software to create a photo and text book. Order print copies.
  19. Picaboo - Download software to create a book. Order print copies.
  20. Photoinpress.ca - Download software to make your own photobook and order inexpensive copies
  21. Scrapblog - Online scrapbook you can share or send to your friends.
  22. escrapbooking - E stands for educational, experiential, engaging, expressions. Find all the ways to engage students with different kinds of electronic scrapbooking tools.
  23. SnapJot - Digital scrapbooking. Collaborative approach.
  24. Shutterfly - Create books, cards, calendars, etc.
  25. My Publisher - Download software then creat books and other items.
  26. Smilebox - Online scrapbook you can blog, email or print.
  27. Dvolver Moviemaker - Online tool with limited use
  28. Gliffy - is free web based diagram software. Create and share flowcharts, network diagrams, floorplans, and other drawings online.
  29. Webspiration - an online visual thinking tool like Inspiration. Webspiration is currently in Public Beta and offered free of charge
  30. Mindmeister (a collaborative online mind mapping tool)
  31. Picnik (an online photo editor where you can share photos)
  32. Thinkature - a shared workspace for collaboration in real time
  33. Pikistrips - Don't have Comic Life? Create comics online
  34. Pixton - Create online comics, then embed to a web page or blog.
  35. Camstudio - Free screen recording program. Download to your computer.
  36. Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video…from your computer to anywhere. Must download to your computer.
  37. ScreenCast - Record your screen, upload it and share
  38. 280 Slides – Create and Share presentations online
  39. ClassTools - Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!

Conversion Tools

  1. ZamZar - Online conversion tool
  2. Pdf to Word - Free online conversion tool
  3. Pdf Online - Convert files to .pdf
  4. HTML to PDF Converter - Convert HTML pages to PDF format.
  5. Online pdf editor

Social Bookmarking

  1. Del.icio.us (online bookmarks you can share with others)
  2. Diigo - highlight and share the web.

    Social Networking

  3. Flickr (a place to store and share your photos)
  4. Myspace (an online community where you can meet people and share photos, interests...)
  5. Skype (talk or chat to others over a computer with or without a web cam)
  6. Social Dictionary (a dictionary you can add to)
  7. Wikispaces (create a web space that others can edit)
  8. Facebook

    Collecting Information

  9. RSS in Plain English - from Commoncraft
  10. Google Reader
  11. Google Notebook
  12. YouSendIt - Send large files with this online service


  13. Podcasting in Plain English - by Commoncraft
  14. Canadian Podcasts @ Culture.ca
  15. CBC Podcasts
  16. CBC Concerts on Demand
  17. How to Podcast
  18. Free Podcast Upload Sites
  19. Switchpod - Upload 450 MB Podcasts for free.
  20. Podcast Tools and Resources
  21. You Tube - Upload Video
  22. Google Video - Upload video
  23. Gcast - Audio podcast hosting
  24. Podcasting at School - Ideas for podcasting in education

    Photosharing and Editing

  25. Picasa Web Album
  26. Flickr
  27. Online Photo Editors
  28. SmugMug - Online photo album
  29. Photoshop Express - Online version of the popular program. Need to sign up for free account.
  30. Splashup - Online photo editor similar to photoshop
  31. Flickr Toys
  32. GlassGiant
  33. Dumpr - Goo and Photos to Sketch are fun and good for art class.
  34. Automotivator - an even easier Motivational Poster Creation Tool
  35. ImageChef
  36. Fun Photo Box - Make Funny Pictures Online
  37. Add Letters - Sign Generators
  38. BeFunky – Good to create cartoons for comic life.
  39. PhotoFunia
  40. Block Posters - Create large posters from any Image for free
  41. Hockneyizer - Create a simulated collage from a single photograph. Based on the art of David Hockney.
  42. Fotoflexer – The world’s most advanced online photo editor.

    Online Survey Tools

  43. PollDaddy
  44. SurveyMonkey


Google 2.0 Tools (up to top of page)

Create one Google account to access any of these tools. Once you are signed in, you have access to all tools.

  1. Google docs in Plain English - an explanation of google docs
  2. Google docs sign up and explanation - Create and share your work online. Download to your computer in Word, pdf, or other formats.
  3. Etherpad – Real time collaboration like Google Docs but no registration required. See some advantages over Google Docs.
  4. Google for Educators
  5. Gmail - Google's email solution
  6. Google Calendar - Create an online calendar to keep yourself organized, or a class calendar to share with your students.
  7. Picasa Web Album - upload pictures then share them or link to your website. Here is a sample. Here is a sample of a slide show embedded into a class web page.
  8. Google Notebook - Clip and Collect information as you browse the web. Automatically cites your resources. You must download the Google Notebook Extention for your web browser. Export into Google docs then Word if you wish.
  9. Google Maps
  10. 100 Things You can Do with Google Maps
  11. iGoogle - a Mashup that brings information to you. Create gadgets for the content you want on your home page.
  12. Google's Blog - really Blogger.com
  13. Google Earth - explore the world on your PC
  14. Google Reader - RSS Aggregator
  15. Google Video - Upload video
  16. Google Book Search
  17. Google Page Creator - need a Gmail account
  18. Google Sketchup
  19. Google Maps for Educators
  20. Google Maps Help Center
  21. Quikmaps - Draw and doodle on Google Maps


Educational Blogs Worth Reading (up to top of page)

  1. The Fischbowl by Karl Fisch
  2. 2¢ Worth by David Warlick
  3. Classroom 2.0
  4. Web 2.0 Trends
  5. Free Technology for Teachers
  6. Web 2.0 tools by Gail Lovely


Copyright (up to top of page)

  1. Concordia University's Copyright Guide - How are teachers allowed to use music, recorded TV programs, etc. in the classroom.
  2. Canadian Copyright Laws - easy to read and understand.
  3. Creative Commons - search tools for copyright free material.
  4. Internet Literacy Handbook – for parents, teachers, and students
  5. FairShare - Watch how your work spreads. Understand how it is used.
  6. Search for Creative Commons licensed works
  7. Classroom Provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act
  8. Creative Commons Explained
  9. Behold - A visual image search engine for high quality creative commons images
  10. Flickr Advanced Search - at the bottom check off the box that reads "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content."
  11. Stock Xchng - must have an account to download images
  12. Pics for Learning - Copyright friendly images for education
  13. PB World Database - mostly copyright friendly images
  14. Open Photo Project - Copyright information on each photo
  15. Free Pixels
  16. Freeplaymusic.com
  17. Soundzabounds - Royalty free music for schools
  18. Soundsnap - Free sound effects and loops
  19. Jamendo.com - Creative Commons music tracks
  20. Giant list of copyright free sites
  21. Copyright Friendly Wiki
  22. Finding Copyright Free Material - Alan Levine's CogDogRoo wiki page on finding copyright free media


LwICT Links (up to top of page)

  1. First Class Login
  2. Literacy with ICT Wiki 2009
  3. Literacy with ICT Wiki
  4. Literacy with ICT Blog
  5. Hanover S.D. LwICT wiki
  6. Sunrise S.D. LwICT wiki
  7. St. James-Assiniboia LwICT wiki
  8. BYTE Wiki


Really Good Games(up to top of page)

  1. Games for the Brain – Great brain gym stuff.
  2. Planet Green Game - A role-playing game where players have to minimize their carbon emissions. And it’s combined with learning environmental facts.
  3. ElectroCity - Make your own city and see the consequences.
  4. SIM SWEATSHOP - Make shoes in a third world country.
  5. Survive the Jungle - Discovery Survival Game
  6. Dangerous Encounters - from National Geographic. Take the Dangerous Encounters challenge and prove your gecko skills such as eye licking and wall climbing. How gecko are you?
  7. JeopardyLabs Online - Jeopardy Template. Create online Jeopardy games.
  8. Tutpup - Online drill and practice for math and spelling. Log in to play.
  9. Funbrain (Grades K through 8): This popular site from Pearson Education features ‘Arcades’ specific to Math and Reading, along with the ‘Classic Funbrain’ games such as Math Baseball and Grammer Gorillas. Funbrain also has resources specifically for teachers, organized on this Teacher’s home page.
  10. Discovery.com’s Games (Grades 3 and up): Dozens of activities, organized into 4 categories: Games, Quizzes, Puzzles, and Interactives. This is a high quality site.
  11. Sheppard Software (All Ages): This site provides a wealth of free games, puzzles, quizzes, and more. An impressive, rich resource of fun educational games and activities. No registration required. I have to say that I personally enjoyed this site quite a bit, partaking in quizzes, completing puzzles, and checking out the many resources there.
  12. FunSchool (pre-K through Grade 6): If you go to the Parents & Teachers section on this site, the games are grouped byPreschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade, 2nd & 3rd, and 4th and 5th. The site offers more than 300 interactive games and activities that are fun and easy to use. Activities include matching numbers and shapes for preschoolers and geography, math and history for third through sixth graders.
  13. National Geographic Channel’s Games Site (Grades 3 and up): This site features a variety of games and interactives and leans towards various science and history based adventures and activities, rather than the traditional subjects-specific types of games on many other sites. There’s a lot of cool stuff here, like Fossil Hunts, Journey to the Edge, Rhino Rescue, Monster Fish of the Congo, Earth in Balance, and How Taboo are You? PrimaryGames (Grades K through 6): Lots of fun games here, covering common subjects like Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and more.
  14. Educational Games on NobelPrize.org (Grades 6 and up + Higher Ed): As stated on the site, “These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you’re having FUN!” This is one of the more high end sites in terms of the level of content. Challenging fun for middle school students, high schoolers, college students, and adults.
  15. Prongo (pre-K through middle school): The games here are divided by age level (3-6, 6-9, 9-12). This is a fun site with a dozen or more games in each category.
  16. Childtopia (pre-K to 6): This site has versions in 5 languages, and 9 categories of activities, including Games, Learn to Draw, Listen and Reading Comprehension, Learn to Draw the Numbers, and so on. It appears to be predominantly Spanish based on the ads that surround the playing area. There is a premium version that eliminates ads and provides a full screen interface for just $12/year.

Teacher tools (up to top of page)

  1. Lesson Writer - Create lessons from any web text. See demo here.
  2. Puzzlemaker - Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers and students.Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more using your own word lists.
  3. ClassTools.net - Create Interactive flash tools/games for education
  4. Countdown Timer - How much time have you given for a task? Make sure students know how much time is left.
  5. Random Name Picker - need to pick names for groups? This tool makes it bias free.
  6. Audio Books - Fiction & Literature
  7. WebNotes is a handy little toolbar that could be a great aid to students that struggle to organize the information that they find on the Internet.
Originally created by Ron Nordstrom