Free Internet Tools

Training & Tutorial Databases

Free Web Applications & Tools

Google Docs are documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that can be created within the application, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. They can also be saved to the user's computer in a variety of formats. By default, they are saved to Google's servers. Open documents are automatically saved to prevent data loss, and a full revision history is automatically kept. Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes.

Collaboration between users is also a feature of Google Docs. Documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time. In the case of spreadsheets, users can be notified of changes to any specified regions via e-mail. The application supports popular Office file types such as .doc or .xls. It is also possible to upload and share PDF files.

  • Google Docs in Plain English
  • Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.
  • Google Earth description and links on Wikipedia
  • Google Earth tour and tutorial
  • Google Maps Provides directions, interactive maps, and satellite/aerial imagery of the United States. Can also search by keyword such as type of business.
  • Google Maps Tour and Tutorial
  • Google Map Profiles
  • Google Maps description and links on Wikipedia.
  • Google Tools Among the many tools are Earth, Calendar, docs, collaboration sites, search, labs, blogger, Picasso, maps, sketch up, and Scholar.
  • Google Tools PowerPoint created by Arta Szathmary, Bucks faculty.
  • World Wide Telescope from Microsoft. It offers interactivity, collaboration and an online environment.
  • 100 Websites You Should Know and Use from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Ideas Worth Spreading.
  • The Bradford Robotic Telescope is a collection of telescopes and other instruments on Mount Teide, Tenerife. It is free to use and contains news, photo gallery and teaching tools.
  • Yahoo Maps
  • Live Search Maps Explore the Earth with interactive maps, directions and traffic, satellite and aerial images, bird’s eye view, 3D maps and 3D cities
  • Microsoft's Free Learning Content Development System Learn how to produce materials using Microsoft's free Learning Content Development System from the Learning Technology Teacher Development Blog by Nik Peachey..The system does enable you to create some really nice interactive learning objects
  • iCue is a pioneering collaborative learning community informed by MIT research that incorporates gaming, discussion and video resources. Core curriculum is U.S. History, Government and Politics and Language Arts.
  • Open Culture explores enlightened podcasts, videos and other web media. Get free university courses, foreign language lessons, audio books and more.
  • vRoom A free program from Eluminate. Real-time collaboration with up to three participants using interactive features such as: two-way audio, interactive whiteboard, direct messaging, application sharing, file transfer, synchronized web tour, live webcam, breakout rooms. You can meet one-on-one, work in small teams, hold virtual office hours, collaborate on a global level, and add more seats for larger sessions.
  • Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
  • Filamentality A "fill-in-the-blank interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities."
  • Virtual City for Teachers: http://www.teachopolis.org/
  • ecalc: a free and easy to use online calculator that includes both a basic and scientific mode, and many advanced features, e.g. unit conversion, constants, equation solving,, etc.
  • Scriblink is a free online whiteboard.

Understanding the Web: Resources, Internet2

  • The Internet Owner's Manual from Learn the Net. A great place to learn all the things you thought you knew.
  • Sizzling HTML Jalfrezi is a comprehensive guide to writing web sites. Whether you're a beginner or a design professional, you'll find what you need here. Examples show how to use this learning tool and web authoring reference.
  • Web Style Guide teaches basic design principles as well as tricks of the trade, ranging from interaction design to typography. It gives a broad framework that will help you understand the Big Picture of Web design.
  • Universal Usability strives to make the content and functionality of the web accessible and usable by all. This is an online version of Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers, by Sarah Horton,
  • Webmonkey is a free, public resource for web developers. Builders, designers and programmers write the articles, tutorials, code snippets and other contributions. The site has tutorials, software and tools, visual design and multimedia primers.
  • Filamentality A "fill-in-the-blank interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities."
  • The Invisible Web PowerPoint that explains the deeper regions of the web and how to find things there.
  • Internet2: BCCC is a partner and pipeline to neighboring school districts to deliver high-band network capabiities. The Internet2 consortium provides opportunities and programs that use revolutionary Internet technologies.
  • Magpi delivers regional infrastructure and promotes applications for the region's research and education communities through Internet2 high performance network technology.
  • Magpi Resources K-20 collaboration projects.
  • Magpi Programs Explore the list of interactive activities that BCCC classes could participate in.

Using Internet2 at Bucks: For help in using Internet2 in your classroom or for campus events, contact, Maureen McCreadie, Dean, Learning Resources, or Marilyn Puchalski, Professor, Teaching and Learning.