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Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Best of the Free Technology Tools for Teachers Steve C. Yuen, Ph.D. Professor The University
Best of the Free Technology
Tools for Teachers
Steve C. Yuen, Ph.D.
Professor
The University of Southern Mississippi
and
Patrivan K. Yuen, M.A., M.Ed., M.L.S.
Technical Services/Systems Librarian
William Carey University
MBEAMBEA ConferenceConference
EastEast CentralCentral CommunityCommunity College,College, Decatur,Decatur, MSMS
SeptemberSeptember 14,14, 20072007
Categories of Technology Tools Productivity Tools Publishing Tools Communications Web Mail Image Editing
Categories of Technology Tools
Productivity Tools
Publishing Tools
Communications
Web Mail
Image Editing Software
Multimedia and Web Development Tools
Search
Security
Utilities
Web Tools
OpenOffice Open source, multiplatform, and multilingual office suite. Desktop and portable versions. A
OpenOffice
Open source, multiplatform, and multilingual
office suite.
Desktop and portable versions.
A full-featured office suite that's compatible
with Microsoft Office, Word Perfect, Lotus and
other office applications.
Include a word processor, spreadsheet,
presentation, drawing package & database.
Download at [www.openoffice.org]

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The Yuens’ Top Picks

The Yuens’ Top Picks Selection Criteria Free – no trials Public domain or open source Desktop

Selection Criteria

Free – no trials Public domain or open source Desktop or online

Easy to learn and use Useful for teaching and learning

no trials Public domain or open source Desktop or online Easy to learn and use Useful

Best Productivity Tool

Best Productivity Tool OpenOffice

OpenOffice

Best Productivity Tool OpenOffice
Best Productivity Tool OpenOffice
OpenOffice - Writer
OpenOffice - Writer

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

OpenOffice - Calc
OpenOffice - Calc
OpenOffice - Draw
OpenOffice - Draw
OpenOffice - Math
OpenOffice - Math

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OpenOffice - Impress
OpenOffice - Impress
OpenOffice - Base
OpenOffice - Base
Honorable Mention Google Docs & Spreadsheets Services docs.google.com
Honorable Mention
Google Docs & Spreadsheets
Services
docs.google.com

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Honorable Mention ThinkFree thinkfree.com
Honorable Mention
ThinkFree
thinkfree.com
PDF Creator Open source, Windows application. A printer driver that creates Adobe Acrobat files from

PDF Creator

PDF Creator Open source, Windows application. A printer driver that creates Adobe Acrobat files from any
Open source, Windows application. A printer driver that creates Adobe Acrobat files from any applications.

Open source, Windows application. A printer driver that creates Adobe Acrobat files from any applications. Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS. Offer a multitude of options for controlling the output, including the ability to password- protect PDF files to limit users’ ability to print, copy, or modify the documents. Download at [www.pdfforge.org]

protect PDF files to limit users’ ability to print, copy, or modify the documents. Download at
protect PDF files to limit users’ ability to print, copy, or modify the documents. Download at

Best Communication Tools

Best Communication Tools Meebo & Skype

Meebo

Best Communication Tools Meebo & Skype

&

Skype

Best Communication Tools Meebo & Skype
Best Communication Tools Meebo & Skype

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Best Publishing Tool

Best Publishing Tool PDF Creator

PDF Creator

Best Publishing Tool PDF Creator
Best Publishing Tool PDF Creator
PDF Creator
PDF Creator

Meebo

Meebo

Let you log in simultaneously to 7 IMs (AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN Live Messenger, and Meebe’s own network). See all your contact in a single list, and you can correspond with them all from a single interface.

Allow you to do instant messaging from anywhere.

Access at [www.meebo.com]

 

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Meebo
Meebo

Skype

Skype
Skype
Skype

Skype

Skype
 
Skype  
Skype  

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Skype Work on most kinds of computers — Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Pocket

Skype

Skype Work on most kinds of computers — Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Pocket PCs.

Work on most kinds of computers — Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Pocket PCs. Calls, chats and file transfers work between computers. Automatically encrypt calls, chats and file transfers before sending it through the Internet. Download at [www.skype.com]

Skype

Skype
 
Skype  
Skype  

Best Web Mail

Best Web Mail Gmail

Gmail

Best Web Mail Gmail
Best Web Mail Gmail

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Gmail

Gmail Come with built-in Google search technology and over 2.6 GB of storage. Also available on
Gmail Come with built-in Google search technology and over 2.6 GB of storage. Also available on

Come with built-in Google search technology and over 2.6 GB of storage. Also available on mobile devices. Integrate instant messaging right into the email Provide spam protection using Google technology. Messages can be sent and read in most languages. Gmail interface is available in 40 languages. Free automatic forwarding and POP3 access Access at [www.gmail.com]

Gmail
Gmail
Gmail
Gmail

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Gmail
Gmail
Gmail
Gmail

Best Search Tool

Best Search Tool Google & Google Desktop

Google

&

Google

Desktop

Best Search Tool Google & Google Desktop
Best Search Tool Google & Google Desktop

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Google www.google.com Search billions of Web pages. Search Web, images, news, groups, and directory. Offer

Google

Google www.google.com Search billions of Web pages. Search Web, images, news, groups, and directory. Offer

www.google.com Search billions of Web pages. Search Web, images, news, groups, and directory. Offer advanced search and language tools. Offer free SiteSearch and WebSearch to educational institutions worldwide. Google toolbar, Google Viewer, Google Webquotes, Google wireless.

Google Desktop

Google Desktop

Index nearly every document on your hard drive and then includes those files in your Google searches.

Quickly search your computer for emails, web history, and files. View news, photos and more anywhere on your desktop. Add Google Gadgets (News, Maps, Weather,

Web Clips

)

to customize your desktop and

Sidebar. Download at [desktop.google.com]

 

Best Web Development Tool

Best Web Development Tool Nvu

Nvu

Best Web Development Tool Nvu
Best Web Development Tool Nvu

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Google
Google
Google Desktop
Google Desktop
Nvu Open source, multiplatform application. A complete Web Authoring System that combines file management and

Nvu

Nvu Open source, multiplatform application. A complete Web Authoring System that combines file management and WYSIWYG

Open source, multiplatform application. A complete Web Authoring System that combines file management and WYSIWYG Web page editing. Integrated file management via FTP. Can jump between WYSIWYG Editing Mode and HTML using tabs. Tabbed editing to make working on multiple pages. Support for forms, tables, and templates. Download at [www.nvu.com]

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Nvu
Nvu

Yahoo Calendar

Yahoo Calendar calendar.yahoo.com Access dates and meetings from anywhere, anytime. Share your calendar with

calendar.yahoo.com Access dates and meetings from anywhere, anytime. Share your calendar with specific friends and colleagues. Remember important dates, set up automatic reminders. Let you easily insert holidays, local weather reports, and events from Yahoo Groups into your calendar. Optional software syncs your calendar with Outlook, Outlook Express, and Palm PDAs.

Yahoo Groups into your calendar. Optional software syncs your calendar with Outlook, Outlook Express, and Palm

Best Maps

Google Earth

&

Google Maps

Best Maps Google Earth & Google Maps
Best Maps Google Earth & Google Maps
Best Maps Google Earth & Google Maps

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Best Calendar

Yahoo Calendar

Best Calendar Yahoo Calendar
Best Calendar Yahoo Calendar
Best Calendar Yahoo Calendar
Yahoo Calendar
Yahoo Calendar

Google Earth

Google Earth Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you’ll zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions. With Google Earth 4, you can tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your searches and favorites. Download at [earth.google.com]

view to see 3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your se arches and favorites. Download

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Google Earth
Google Earth
Google Maps
Google Maps
GIMP Open source, multiplatform, and multilingual image editing software. Can be used as a simple

GIMP

GIMP Open source, multiplatform, and multilingual image editing software. Can be used as a simple paint

Open source, multiplatform, and multilingual image editing software. Can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. Expandable and extensible. Designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions for additional functions. Download at [www.gimp.org]

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Google Maps

Google Maps Offer powerful, user-friendly mapping technology and local business information- including business

Offer powerful, user-friendly mapping technology and local business information- including business locations, contact information, and driving directions. Provide satellite imagery. Can search for some locations using latitude and longitude coordinates on Google Map. Offer driving directions. Can use Google Maps on mobile devices. Access at [maps.google.com]

on Google Map. Offer driving directions. Can use Google Maps on mobile devices. Access at [

Best Image Editing Software

Best Image Editing Software GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)

GNU Image

Manipulation

Program

(GIMP)

Best Image Editing Software GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
Best Image Editing Software GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
GIMP
GIMP

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Honorable Mention Irfanview www.irfanview.com
Honorable Mention
Irfanview
www.irfanview.com

Best Photo Hosting

Best Photo Hosting Flickr

Flickr

Best Photo Hosting Flickr
Best Photo Hosting Flickr
Flickr
Flickr

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Honorable Mention Picasa picasa.google.com
Honorable Mention
Picasa
picasa.google.com

Flickr

Flickr www.flickr.com Photo-sharing service makes uploading pictures, sharing them with others, or posting them to
Flickr www.flickr.com Photo-sharing service makes uploading pictures, sharing them with others, or posting them to

www.flickr.com Photo-sharing service makes uploading pictures, sharing them with others, or posting them to your Weblog. Visitors can leave comments on every photo. Set privacy levels on each photo and decide. who can see them and comment on them. Upload photos by email or from your cameraphone. Using Flickr Organizer to sort all your photos into Sets, which are sort of like albums.

Best Audio Editing Tool

Best Audio Editing Tool Audacity

Audacity

Best Audio Editing Tool Audacity
Best Audio Editing Tool Audacity

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Audacity

Audacity Open source software for recording and editing sounds. Available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows,
Audacity Open source software for recording and editing sounds. Available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows,

Open source software for recording and editing sounds. Available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Record live audio. Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs. Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files. Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together. Change the speed or pitch of a recording. Download at [audacity.sourceforge.net]

Audacity
Audacity
Movie Maker For Windows XP only. Create, edit, and share home movies. Add special effects,

Movie Maker

Movie Maker For Windows XP only. Create, edit, and share home movies. Add special effects, music,

For Windows XP only. Create, edit, and share home movies. Add special effects, music, and narration. Share your movie over the Web or master it to DVD media.

Save in WMV format only. Download at:

[www.microsoft.com/moviemaker]

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Audacity
Audacity

Best Video Editor

Best Video Editor Movie Maker

Movie Maker

Best Video Editor Movie Maker
Best Video Editor Movie Maker
Movie Maker
Movie Maker

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Best Video Converter

Best Video Converter Super

Super

Best Video Converter Super
Super
Super

CamStudio

CamStudio Desktop Screen Recorder Similar to Camtasia. Record activity from your screen and audio from a
CamStudio Desktop Screen Recorder Similar to Camtasia. Record activity from your screen and audio from a

Desktop Screen Recorder Similar to Camtasia. Record activity from your screen and audio from a microphone into AVI video files. Can convert the AVIs into Streaming Flash videos (SWFs) using its built-in SWF Producer. Download at [www.camstudio.org]

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Super

A Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player. Play and convert full length movies to any other format. Require NO additional external codec to be installed. Supported input source file formats:

 

Video format: 3gp/3g2(Nokia,Siemens,Sony,Ericsson)

asf, avi (DivX,H263,H264,XviD,MPEG4, etc

),

dat, fli, flc,

flv, mkv, mpg (Mpeg I,Mpeg II), mov, mp4, ogg, qt, rm, ram, rmvb, str (Play Station), swf, ts (HDTV), viv, vob, wmv. Audio format: aac, ac3, amr, mmf, mp2, mp3, mp4, mpc, ogg, ra, wav, wma. Supports the conversion (encoding both ways, to & from ) of the listed formats

Download at: [www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.htm]

 

Best Screencasting

Best Screencasting CamStudio

CamStudio

Best Screencasting CamStudio
Best Screencasting CamStudio
CamStudio
CamStudio

Dr. Steve C. Yuen & Patrivan K. Yuen, 2007 MBEA Conference, Decatur, MS, September 14, 2007

Best Anti-Virus Software

Best Anti-Virus Software Avast Home Edition

Avast

Home Edition

Best Anti-Virus Software Avast Home Edition
Best Anti-Virus Software Avast Home Edition
Avast Home Edition
Avast Home Edition

Spybot Search and Destroy

Spybot Search and Destroy Find and delete spyware. Continuously monitor your system for changes. Has on-demand

Find and delete spyware. Continuously monitor your system for changes. Has on-demand scanning, real-time prevention, and detailed settings. Give you an opportunity to permit or disallow critical Registry modifications before they

happen. Download at [www.safer-networking.org]

to permit or disallow critical Registry modifications before they happen. Download at [ www.safer-networking.org ]

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Avast Home Edition For home users and non-commercial use. Include more than 7 different varieties
Avast Home Edition
For home users and non-commercial use.
Include more than 7 different varieties of
shields, safe-surfing tools, and real-time virus
protection for your system as well as for
Outlook.
Both the virus database and the program itself
can be updated automatically.
Work with Windows and Linux
Download at [www.avast.com]

Best Anti-Spam Tool

Best Anti-Spam Tool Spybot Search and Destroy

Spybot Search

and Destroy

Best Anti-Spam Tool Spybot Search and Destroy
Best Anti-Spam Tool Spybot Search and Destroy
Spybot Search and Destroy
Spybot Search and Destroy

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Best Backup Services

Best Backup Services Mozy

Mozy

Best Backup Services Mozy
Best Backup Services Mozy

Best Test Maker

Best Test Maker Hot Potatoes

Hot Potatoes

Best Test Maker Hot Potatoes
Best Test Maker Hot Potatoes
Hot Potatoes
Hot Potatoes

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Mozy Online backup and file synchronization. Allow you browse through 30 days’ worth of backups
Mozy
Online backup and file synchronization.
Allow you browse through 30 days’ worth of
backups to locate pervious versions of files.
Can halt backups if the CPU usage exceeds
a certain percentage.
Get 2GB for free.
Work with Mac and
Windows.
Download at
[www.mozy.com]
Hot Potatoes Include six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-

Hot Potatoes

Hot Potatoes Include six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-

Include six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled- sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the Web. Not a freeware, but it is free for teachers. Create Web-based tests which can stand alone or be linked to other tests to form a sequence of tasks. Students can correct their own work based on the clues and feedback set up in advance by the teacher. Allow the teacher to specify an email address to which scores are sent. Download at [hotpot.uvic.ca]

Hot Potatoes
Hot Potatoes

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Hot Potatoes
Hot Potatoes

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THE END Questions or Comments? Thank You for Attending Our session! This presentation is available on

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Thank You for Attending Our session!

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