Free Upgrades to Your Library Toolkit

GISA 4 Nov 2013

Free Music links to copyright free music. Most of the sites offer free music to download but check the individual sites for citation information.
Freesound Creative Commons licensed sounds archive perfect for media projects.
Internet Tip: Royalty Free music offers links to Creative Commons music and advice on how to get permission from professional artists to use their music
Liveplasma music recommendation service: type in an artist and find others you might like.

Baen Free Library mostly sci-fi and fantasy titles from the Baen catalog
Books Should Be Free public domain audiobooks and ebooks
Bookyards external web links, news & blogs links, videos and access to hundreds of online libraries
CHM E-books computer and programming books
Free Science a collection of science e-books
Great Books and Classics a collection of classic literature, much written in Latin
LibriVox public domain audio books contains about 17,000 books
Metropolitan Museum Publications nearly 400 books about fine art
MobiPocket children's books, English, American and Germanic Literature (associated with Amazon)
Next Reads Bookseer get book suggestions based on what you've already read
Penn Digital Library University of Pennsylvania
Perseus Digital Library huge collection of classic (Greek, Roman, etc.) texts
Poetry Foundation vast collection of poetry (not all public domain!) on the web
Project Gutenberg vast collection of ebooks operated on voluntary donations
Rare Book Room photographs and scans of great and rare books from libraries around the world
Sacred Texts religion and spirituality
Tech Books computer and technology books
Yale Avalon Project e-books and documents on law and history

General Education
60 Second Recap get the gist of major literary works in 60 seconds
Academic Earth online courses from various leading universities
Owl and Mouse educational quizzes and games
Sheppard Software activities, games and quizzes

Headlines and Periodicals
Context 10x10 words and pictures that define the times
Library Of Congress Newspaper Collection easy to search collection of historical U. S. newspapers
Politifact Truth-o-Meter How honest are politicians, really? fun tool for government students
Vintage Ad Browser find old advertisements
Worldcat online catalog connecting to most libraries in the world

ClipArt ETC gorgeous Victorian-style line drawings
DK Clip Art Browse by A-Z or school subjects. DK holds copyright but allows personal, home and school use.
EveryStockPhoto search engine for photos that are public domain or licensed for free use
Flickr Commons mostly historical pictures that are public domain or Creative Commons licensed
Morguefile pictures can be used and remixed, even in commercial applications, with no attribution requirement
Noun Project universal icons copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students
Pixabay deep collection of high quality images
Wikimedia Commons copy, use and modify these files as long as the source and the authors are credited

Notekeeping and Scheduling
EverNote keep your thoughts in the cloud and access them across multiple devices
Google Drive free word processing and spreadsheet software that includes cloud storage
Sign Up Genius easy way to sign people up for things
ScheduleOnce schedule meetings, appointments, etc online
Trello multi-platform, flexible organizer and planner that allows you to collaborate with other users

Utilities and Tools
free software for recording and editing sounds
Creately diagramming software that allows online collaboration
Creaza online mindmapping, video editing, cartooning and audio editing
Desmos Graphing Calculator
EZVid video editor, screen capture, speech synthesis, slideshow maker and more
FotoFlexer online photo editor
GIMP Gnu Image Manipulation Program free photo editing software
Glogster make shareable online posters that can incorporate photos, music and video
Google Cultural Institute hosts the world's best art galleries, highly detailed special exhibits and 3-D views of historic locations
HelloSign a Chrome extension that allows you to sign documents in your browser
IFakeTxt create faux screenshots of smartphone text conversations
Khan Academy world-class educational videos and tutorials on nearly any subject
Loopster online video editing tool
Meograph create interactive multimedia stories using maps, timelines, pictures and video
Our Timelines create timelines spanning 5 to 140 years
PicMonkey photo editing site suitable for younger users
Pixlr free online image editor that is very similar to an old version of Photoshop
Quizlet make flashcards, spelling drills, pre-tests and other study prep, or search the database for other users' materials
Scribblar online collaborative whiteboard
Skype free voice and video calling through the Internet
Survey Monkey free survey generator
Tagxedo a word cloud generator (similar to Wordle) that allows customization of fonts and cloud shapes
Time Toast create timelines (has ads on free version)
TodaysMeet backchannel discussion (like Twitter) for your classroom
Youtube Slideshow tutorial on creating slideshows with audio and annotations in Youtube
Zamzar - online file converter

Quiet Tube removes ads from Youtube pages
ViewPure removes distracting material from Youtube videos
Tubechop link to a specific segment of a Youtube video rather than playing the whole thing

Website and Blog Creation
Blogger free blog creation and hosting
Edmodo class website creation and more
Moodle tailored for course management
super-simple web page creator that doesn't even require a login

bibliography and citation tools
Citation Machine citation generator
Purdue OWL – Writing, research and grammar guides

Social Networking
promote your library by posting images of new books, share creative projects and keep track of ideas

Tablet and Phone Apps

iOS Only
searchable app directory for iOS and Android that includes descriptions, cost and ratings
Fax Burner receive 25 faxes or send 5 faxes for free using your iOS device and your email address
Haiku Deck iPad app for slide presentations
iTunesU free access to educational content and courses
Slideshark Powerpoint viewer that more closely approximates native Powerpoint

Android Only
SketchBook Express
free sketching app designed for Android tablets.

Sites with Links to Additional Free Resources

Education Apps Review
Free Software Directory - Education Category
Free Technology for Teachers Richard Byrne's blog
Mashup Dashboard lists mashups that combine different web services such as plotting natural disaster reports on Google maps

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