General Use Resources

Here is a collection of General and Open Educational resources that can be used to enhance your instruction, compliment your learning modules, provide alternative assessment options and help your students reach your lesson and course learning outcomes.

Most of these resources are free.

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General Use Resources

Below is a list of General and Open Education resources for the following subject area. The list of resources is far from exhaustive. We have tried to provide you with those resources that are widely tested and secure. If you have suggestions for resources that we can include in this site, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning. We would love to highlight the resources you are using to enhance student learning.

Resource Description Difficulty Cost
Library of Congress Teacher's Page The LOC Teachers' Page provides tools and materials for using the Library's unique collections of primary source documents in the classroom. These teacher-created materials include lesson plans, document analysis tools, online and offline activities, timelines, presentations and professional development resources. Easy Free
Google Talk Ways to chat on the web and your desktop: Video and voice plug-in or Google Talk software. Has ability to function as a phone. PC and Mac. Easy Free
NBC Universal Archives Radio recordings and moving images, capturing over 70 years of the people, places and events that define our society and our world. Artworks, film and tv, news, sports, stock footage. Easy Free
Fotoflexer This site allows you to upload photos and reimage them through the use of animation, Smart Cutout, Smart Recolor, distortion tools and image layering. Easy Free
Image Chef Create a slide show about yourself. Arrange photos, symbols, templates and text to express yourself instantly. Easy Free
Canva Keep your Facebook page looking fresh with an amazing cover designed in Canva. Whether you’re designing for your business or personal page, Canva has best range of templates on the web! Easy Free
CEO Express Business portal for executives created by a busy executive. Desktop to fast access to news and info. Easy Free
Mind Meister This site offers Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming. MindMeister is a free web-based collaborative mind mapping software for brainstorming and project management. Easy Free
Life Hackers Tips and downloads for getting things done. The articles address a wide variety of subjects such as clothing, ergonomics, psychology, featured desktop, debt, ask the readers, coffee, money and more. Easy Free
Creativity Resource Packet The purpose of this Creativity Resource Packet is to summarize some of the current research and theory in the broadly interdisciplinary and continually evolving field of Creativity Studies, and to offer my colleagues research-based recommendations for developing and maximizing students’ creative abilities—with the ultimate goal of promoting our students’ academic and life success (Roccaforte 2014). Easy Free
Wordie Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. Easy Free
True Colors International True Colors is a model of personality identification that is easy to understand, remember and apply. With the colors of Blue, Gold, Green and Orange - True Colors distills the elaborate concepts of personality theory into a user-friendly, practical tool used to foster healthy productive relationships. True Colors International is the originator of using colors to represent the four personality styles, and remains the preeminent source for workshops and certifications in the True Colors methodology across the world. Easy Free
iSpring Free Spring Free PowerPoint to Flash converter works as a PowerPoint add-in and creates web-friendly Flash movies (.SWF) from PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX presentations keeping all visual and animation effects. Downloads for a fee. Easy Free
Prezi Prezi is a web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are placed on the infinite canvas and grouped together in frames. The canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. Easy Free
Voicethread With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world all with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Easy Free
Slideshare Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios. Easy Free

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