Links We Love

In the list below the library strives to supply resources that provide free access to users of their resources. With this in mind, the library tries to keep this list up to date, but cannot always guarantee that a website that was originally free when listed will be free when accessed. In addition, some resources provided will have both free subscription services and pay-for subscription services. Although limited, often the free membership will still allow users to access wonderful resources that they may have otherwise not had access to. Please make sure to read the services you are signing up for and understand the amount of access you will have to the resouce to determine whether signing up for a membership is right for you.

Community Resources

http://gladstonepl.driving-tests.org
This free Driver Education program contains the following state-specific information:
– 11 car practice tests
– 9 motorcycle practice tests
– 11 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
– 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
– An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

Data Visualization Resources

Want to take your next presentation up a notch? Try these tools to help you present your data in exciting and interactive ways.

Free Memberships

gcflearnfree.org
From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

Easel.ly
“Easel.ly is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. Over 300,000 users have already registered with Easel.ly, and thousands of infographics are produced using the site every month.” From the Website

Timeline
With this widget, you can make beautiful interactive timelines like the one below. Try dragging it horizontally or using your mouse-wheel. Click on each event for more details.

Spicy Nodes
In a few minutes you can make an interactive site map, or repurpose your existing content into an inviting portal with unique visual appeal. With a few clicks, you can customize your nodemap’s appearance and share it with others or embed it into your web site or blog.

Wordle
Wordle is a tool 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. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Free and Professional Memberships
* Websites provided below have free memberships that are limited to the amount of space and templates available.

Visme
Visme is an online web application that simplifies the ability for anyone to create content easier than traditional software. Free membership allows you to create 3 projects, up to 100 mb of storage space, and the ability to download your project as a jpeg.

Resources for Educators

Free Membership

OpenCurriculum
Place to create, access, and share k-12 teaching materials. OpenCurriculum curates and organizes high quality materials from sites and teacher blogs and lesson material publishers.

Open Educational Resources Commons
“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.” From website

Federal Registry for Educational Excellence
The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.

Free and Professional Memberships

Twinkl
Discover a world of lesson plans, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, worksheets and teaching ideas with Twinkl Primary Resources! This website has a number of excellent classroom activities for free with a basic membership.