Ed Tech Tips: Great Online Reference Tools

Posted by Pamela Van Halsema on February 25, 2013 12:03 PM

Article by Jessica K. Parker, Assistant Professor

How did we survive without these essential resource and reference tools?

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WolframAlpha is a computational knowledge engine. Want to find the answers that aren't in the back of the math and science textbooks? Still trying to solve that chemistry equation from HS? Or are you more interested in people and history, culture and media, music, words and linguistics, education, or even weather--because WolframAlpha can rock your world in about a nanosecond. Check it out some examples and then let's chat about traditional assessments in math, science, history, etc., since one can easily solve for X with this computational knowledge engine.

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is an online mind mapping tool. Want a way to create multimedia galleries, record your thoughts, explore ideas, and organize your insights? Popplet is your online tool for mind mapping with text, images, videos, AND you can collaborate with colleagues and students! Easily zoom in and out and just use your cursor to move around your map. Here is an example from a group of students who shared their summary of the book, Reading the Media, in the EDCT 559 class.

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StudyBlue Flashcards helps you create your own digital flashcards! Geared towards students, this site allows you to build flashcards, practice on any device, and share your cards with peers.