In2edu I.C.T. Resources Enhancing Education & Learning

Top Educational Freeware for Your Mac

top_apps_freeware_mac_osx_apple

Here is a quick overview of the Applications - Programs installed on the Apple MacOSX laptops in the school. They focus on learning and productivity. Of course, using Web2.0 documents are not covered in this entry, such as online mindmapping, GoogleApps, GoogleDocs, and delicious etc. So we will update you on our best web 2.0 picks very soon.

Have a look at the list and check out how you could use them. Also check out our top educational freeware/open source here.
Comments

Best Reference Sites

Always look for 3 sites to cross-check information, especially if you do not use one of the commercial encyclopaedias. Be fair in your use (quote and reference your sources) and look for released information that you can use.
  1. Creative Commons Search (Images and Information) 
  2. Te Ara NZ Encyclopaedia
  3. Wikipedia (Check your information against other sites as it is a Wiki) 
  4. Britannica K8 Online Encyclopaedia (your teacher has passwords) 
  5. All other Epic Databases (your teacher has passwords) 
  6. Google Search choosing good key words 

For those with a mac you can put searching in the fast lane by working out how to use Alfred (a freeware software search engine installed on your harddrive or downloadable here)
Comments

Best Reference Sites

Always look for 3 sites to cross-check information, especially if you do not use one of the commercial encyclopaedias. Be fair in your use (quote and reference your sources) and look for released information that you can use.
  1. Creative Commons Search (Images and Information)
  2. Te Ara NZ Encyclopaedia
  3. Wikipedia (Check your information against other sites as it is a Wiki)
  4. Britannica K8 Online Encyclopaedia (your teacher has passwords)
  5. All other Epic Databases (your teacher has passwords)
  6. Google Search choosing good key words
For those with a mac you can put searching in the fast lane by working out how to use Alfred (a freeware software search engine installed on your harddrive or downloadable here)
Comments

Being Fair and Respecting others in Your Internet Use




Did you know anything as soon as it is created and placed online has an immediate copyright in many places around the world? It does NOT need to have a copyright sign on it.

Here at Medbury we operate a values programme. The 12 values (our summary poster is here) lead us to placing importance on fair-use of others property on the web. Educationally we value thinking and the typical "copy 'n' paste and change a few words" is destructive to good learning.

We ask that pupils attribute all images, text, video and sound and other media files in the correct manner so they can "Share, Remix, and Reuse — Legally". "Creative Commons" is a way to obtain information and publish it in a way that allows easy sharing with others so they know how it can be used or re-used. Check out the pages you are using for their copyright.

This page helps you publish your work online by making choices on how you want to share it.

This page helps with understanding Creative Commons Licence Categories.




Comments

Blazing fast web searching


Monocole is a small freeware utility that we have found that can significantly help in webs searching. Monocle is found here and we suggest you add other search engines to it as we have listed below to take your information exploring to the ultra expert level. Check out our "how to Use" tips sheet below.
  1. creativecommons.org
  2. biblegateway.com
  3. teara.govt.nz 
  4. www.k8.ebonline.co.nz/elementary (free subscription for NZ schools to Britannica online) Setup if needed via TKI EPIC Databases
  5. teachertube.com
  6. Oxford English Dictionary Online Setup if needed via TKI EPIC Databases

Do you have any search engines you think should be added to this list? Make a comment below.

For the Databases Via EPIC you will need to get the password allocated to Medbury for this year.
Comments
JavaScript Menu, DHTML Menu Powered By Milonic