Resources
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Art & Illustrations

Resource

Description of Resource

Activities List

Kerpoof

Kerpoof is a website that allows the creation of original artwork, animated movies & stories. Sign up for a free teacher account.
January: Snowflake Bentley, Winter Poem, Winter in 6 Words, Winter Progressive Story

KidPix

Kid Pix is a commercial software program available from The Learning Company that allows users to draw, paint, scribble, stamp, sticker and more with a click of the mouse. Demos of KidPix4 and KidPix for School are available for download. The demos are very limited in usage.
January: Snowflake Bentley, Winter Progressive Story

Tux Paint

Tux Paint is an Open Source, free drawing program for children which allows users to draw, paint, scribble, stamp and more with a click of the mouse.
January:
Snowflake Bentley, Winter Poem, Winter in 6 Words, Winter Progressive Story

MS Paint

MS Paint is a program that comes installed on Windows machines that allows users to draw and paint with a click of the mouse. There are many tutorials about using Paint on the Internet including:
January:
Snowflake Bentley, Winter Progressive Story, Winter Poem, Winter in 6 Words
February: Candy Heart Sentences
Pics4Learning
This site has free pictures for student use. The pictures are monitored so it is a safe site to use.
January: Winter in 6 Words

Audio & Video Recording & Storytelling

Animoto

Make a movie with pictures and music. Sign up for a free teacher account.
December: Winter Song Video
January: Snowflake Bentley

Audacity

Free open source software for recording and editing sounds.
January: Winter Progressive Story

GarageBand

A personal recording studio on your Mac. Record, edit & mix songs and other sounds.
January: Winter Progressive Story

iMovie

Create, edit and build movies on a Mac
January: Penguin Facts Movie

Movie Maker

Create, edit, and build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. A free download for Windows users. Download Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP or Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista.
January: Penguin Facts Movie

MyPlick.com

Upload a presentation and an audio file which you can synchronize to your slides using an online tool. and have the option to synchronize the audio with your slides using our online easy-to-use sync tool. You can upload images but MyPick works best with presentation formats.
January: Penguin Facts Movie

One True Media

Create your pictures using any art tool or by hand drawing and scanning and record your voice or song using Audacity or GarageBand and upload the pictures and sound recording to One True Media to create a shareable video montage.
Note: The Public Gallery may not suitable for student browsing.
January: Snowflake Bentley

Photostory

Photostory3 is a way to use photos for digital story telling. It is a free download for Window users.
Not available for Vista.
January: Snowflake Bentley
Smilebox
Smilebox is an easy and creative program that can be used for anything from slideshows to classroom newsletters. You can easily add songs, from their library or yours, and embed your slideshow on any blog or website. Check the Smilebox Teacher's Toolbox to sign up for a free teacher account ($39.99 value). Unfortunately Smilebox is not currently accepting teacher accounts but according to their site they plan on opening enrollment in the near future.
January: Snowflake Bentley

VoiceThread

An online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. Watch VoiceThread's What is a VoiceThread to see how a VoiceThread works.

You can sign up for a free Educator account at VoiceThread - Watch the video to see how! This is a shared account with you and all of your students and not individual accounts for each student but this works very well for elementary students.
January: Snowflake Bentley, Winter Poem
February: Things I Love, If My Heart Had

Mind Mapping / Visual Learning

Bubbl.us

Free web brainstorming tool. Create free colorful mind maps. Text only. No JPG export but could use screen capture to create an image.
February: Things I Love, If My Heart Had

Kidspiration

Kidspiration is a visual learning commercial software. A free 30 day trial is available.
February: Things I Love, If My Heart Had

Webspiration

Free web brainstorming tool based on Inspiration software. No JPG export but could use screen capture to create an image. Limited image availability.
February: Things I Love, If My Heart Had

Spreadsheets, Graphing & Presentations

Create A Graph

Free online graphing tools from the NCES Kids' Zone. The Classic version is the easiest to use.
January: Winter at Our Schools Extension
February: Conversation Hearts Graphing

Google Spreadsheets

Spreadsheet component of Google Documents which is a free, online suite of office software. Excel spreadsheets can be imported into Google Spreadsheets but graphs may need to be redone.

Note: Google Spreadsheets assume that row 1 is a header row so some things like the Co-ordinate Graphing might need adjusting because of this.
January: Winter at Our Schools Extension
February: Conversation Hearts Graphing

Microsoft Excel

Commercial spreadsheet software from Microsoft used for graphing and analyzing data.
January: Winter at Our Schools Extension
February: Conversation Hearts Graphing

Microsoft PowerPoint

Commercial presentation software from Microsoft. Can also be used to create and export slides as images.
January: Penguin Glyph, Penguin Math Book
February: Things I Love, If My Heart Had, Candy Heart Sentences

Open Office Calc

Calc is the spreadsheet component of the free, open source office software known as Open Office.
January: Winter at Our Schools Extension
February: Conversation Hearts Graphing

Card Making & Writing

Voki.com

Make a talking avatar. An avatar is a picture that represents someone. The talking snowman on the Home page of this wiki is an example of a Voki.
February: Virtual Valentine Greetings

Research & Reading

Mighty Book

Online books, jokes and more. Free books with a winter theme:
January: Snow Activities

Penguin Websites


For Teachers:
January: Penguin Facts Movie, Penguin Glyph Extension

Snowflake Websites

Snowflake Bentley
Make a Flake
Popular Front Snow Days
A Guide to Snowflakes
Patterns in Nature: Snowflakes
January: Snowflake Bentley