About

There is a wealth of free educational resources available on the internet. These include countless stand alone programs, numerous websites offering quality online activities, a wide range of resources for download, as well as a rapidly growing number of powerful online tools that facilitate learning.  The purpose of this blog is to explore and share some of these free resources.

The phenomenon known as “Web 2.0”, has resulted in the availability of countless online resources that facilitate learning. One of the defining characteristics of Web 2.0 is that users generate content that is stored online, and that can be shared with others. This means, for example, that there are now many ways of creating multimedia presentations.  This can be powerfully engaging and motivating, and it offers a diverse range of alternatives for learners to demonstrate and share what theyknow and what they learn. This is especially important for learners who struggle with text.

I’ve organized my collection here under two main headings: “Productivity” for resources that I think have the potential to help one become more productive; “Content and Curriculum” for programs and websites that directly support curriculum. Categorization is not an exact science in terms of these lists, so feel free to challenge my choices.

After I put up a blog post about a particular resource, I copy my description on either the Productivity page or on the Content and Curriculum page. On these pages, I list alphabetically the resources that I have posted. You can browse my lists there if you wish. [Note: I am currently almost impossibly far behind in adding resources to these pages, but I am tackling the backlog.]

You can also search this blog. If you enter a word or term in the search bar at the top right corner, you will get a list of every entry on the blog where that word occurs. For example, if you enter “science”, you should get a listing of all resources pertaining to science because I have done my best to use the word science on every entry where the activity described pertains to science in some way. This seems to be working reasonably well.

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So, who am I?

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My name is Paul Hamilton, and I work as an assistive technology consultant in the public school system on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

There are many fine commercial products available to help individuals use technology to overcome a wide range of barriers. I have the privilege of supporting the use of some of these great resources in my professional role. The budgets of educators and parents, however, are often stretched thin. This sometimes means difficult choices about what to purchase and what has to wait.

So, I am constantly on the lookout for free options or alternatives that can fill some of the gaps. It is this search that has led to the personal project reflected here. I want my blog to be an effective vehicle for sharing the treasures that I find.  At the same time, I welcome any help in expanding and refining my collection of free resources. Your comments and contributions will always be welcome.

22 thoughts on “About

  1. Paul, what an amazing resource! Thanks for sharing, and for your email! I’m raiding your blog for things to write about on NCS-Tech! Keep up the great work!

    Kevin Jarrett | Technology Facilitator, K-4 | District Webmaster
    Northfield Community School: http://www.ncs-nj.org

  2. Great resource Paul! Thanks for the collective information and help this provides teachers. You may want to look at http://www.iabida.com, which is electronic communication management for special needs students. The individual account is provided at no charge for professionals, parents and others. Let me know if you want me to walk you through this some time for a review on your site, or you can see the demo on the site as well. Keep up the good work.

  3. Terrific site. Could you consider adding our site for all its great freebies. The site is called Youth Change and is at http://www.youthchg.com; Click here to visit it. We have a free Problem Student Problem-Solver internet magazine that’s always free to teachers and other professionals.

    Sign up at this page if you are a teacher or youth worker. Plus, we send free sample interventions too, also accessed from this one page.
    Even better, the site also has dozens of pages of interventions and dozens of articles with solutions to behavior problems, and all of these are free. Our Solution Center is the best place for freebies.
    Click to go there now. Keep up the good work, and please let our site become a part of your universe. Thanks.

  4. Excellent site.

    An additional reason I have for supporting ‘free’ resources is that students can use them anywhere, any time.

    Being able to use an expensive piece of software, but only during school hours is very limiting.

  5. Found this site by accident. Wondering if you have a contact email. Would like to ask a couple of questions.

    Thank you.

  6. Hi Paul: Thanks for the recent re-mention of Gliffy. We appreciate that you have taken time to share information and use Gliffy–We hope it continues to be helpful for you and your colleagues. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please let us know. Thanks again, Debik(at)Gliffy(dot)com

  7. greatly enjoyed seeing your presentation at CTG – looking forward to using some of your resources with my son!

  8. This is a wonderful resource. Thank you so much for your hard work. I am looking forward to finding many things I can use as an ESL teacher and passing on to my son’s teacher and our Special Ed teachers.

  9. Paul, could you email me please (can’t find your email here)? I have a message to forward to you that was left on my site.

  10. Hi Paul
    I read your excellent comment on Sue Water’s blog post about Twitter. I am glad to join your community. Excellent resources Paul. I have added your blog to Google Reader and I am your newest follower on Twitter. I shall share your site with the Special Needs staff at our school.
    Best wishes
    John Larkin

  11. An incredible resource collection. It truly is a goldmine of information! Many thanks.
    Marie

  12. Hi Paul,

    Thanks so much for the writing about Shmoop. We’re glad that you like it! We agree that Shmoop can be really helpful to students with learning disabilities and we’re glad to hear that hunch confirmed by educators like you. Please drop me a line (my first name at shmoop). I’d love to get some feedback from you.

    Cheers,
    Brady

  13. Hi, Paul
    This is a great site! I am teaching undergrad teachers about how to work with children who have disabilities in regular classrooms. I am constantly trying to find resources to help them become more innovative, effective facilitators of learning. This site will be a great help.

    I’ve just begun the blogging experience and am wondering what took me so long….

    Amanda

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  15. Paul, I would like to suggest four online services which I use often. They may be useful for teachers and students. I am posting them here because I do not find direct contact form.

    1. http://www.freepdfconvert.com/
    Convert Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many other formats to PDF and even can convert PDF files to Word or Excel.

    2. http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/
    Convert web sites to PDF online, has add-on for all popular browsers which lets to convert PDF directly from browser.

    3. http://www.convertcenter.com/
    Unit converter which has about 10 000 conversion. For example it can convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, Miles to Kilometers, Kilobytes to Megabytes and much more.

    4. http://www.filejumbo.com
    Simple online file storage.

    Best regards,
    Tomas

  16. Hello,

    I recently compiled a list of the Top 40 Special Education Blogs, and I
    just wanted to let you know that you made the list! It
    is published online at http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-40-special-education-blogs/

    Thanks so much, and if you think your audience would find useful
    information in the list or on the site, please feel free to share the
    link. The blog is just starting up, so we always appreciate a linkback
    as we’re trying to increase readership.

    Thanks again, and have a great day!

    Maria Magher

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