Great tools are available FREE on the internet. They can all be used in your teaching. Don’t get too overwhelmed. I have catagorized a number of online tools and applications and highlighted in yellow the programs that were included in prevoius workshops.

Cloud Computing: Local computers no longer have to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to running applications. The network of computers that make up the cloud handles them instead. Hardware and software demands on the user's side decrease. The only thing the user's computer needs to be able to run is the cloud computing systems interface software, which can be as simple as a Web browser, and the cloud's network takes care of the rest.




There's a good chance you've already used some form of cloud computing. If you have an e-mail account with a Web-based e-mail service like Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or Gmail, then you've had some experience with cloud computing. Instead of running an e-mail program on your computer, you log in to a Web e-mail account remotely. The software and storage for your account doesn't exist on your computer -- it's on the service's computer cloud.


· Free online alternatives to expensive software solutions are popping up every day. If you have a specific piece of software that you would like to replace with a free online alternative, search http://alternativeto.net for your options. I also keep up with free online classroom resources on my blog, http://ilearntechnology.com. Here you will find daily inspiration and ideas for your classroom. The sites I review are always easy to implement, have the ability to increase or enhance learning, and best of all-free! Looking for something specific? Use my search bar at the top of my site or multi-category search in the sidebar, you are sure to find something to use with your students!

· Online software alternatives are fabulous not only for their price tag (usually free) but also for their portability and ease of use. Students no longer have to worry about remembering a CD or flash drive to transport their work from school to home. With the online alternatives, all they need to remember is a password. Their school work is accessible from any Internet connected computer.

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