Google Documents

Google Documents is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google.  You may collaborate with multiple users at the same time on a single document to maximize efforts and eliminate the hassle of emailing a word document to simply have it reviewed and emailed back to you.

James Wilcox covers the functionality of Google Documents very well in his blog post Staying Connected through Google Documents.


Google Reader

What is it?  Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline.

Kristina Cummins writes a nice blog post on how you may use some of the functionality of Google Reader.


How many boring power presentations does a college student view? Enough is enough! Break out of the monotony with Prezi, the newest and coolest presentation tool. With Prezi, you can create engaging presentations, collaborate with friends and the public, and put an end to in-class boredom. Start up is easy with 2-5 minute tutorials on the basics under the "Learn" tab at There are hundreds of great examples including a Prezi embedded in this blog post by Ariel Szuch. Check it out and explore the possibilities today. URL:



Have you ever wanted to create your own comic strip, but possibly lack the artistic ability to draw one? Well, Pixton is a website that allows you to create free comic strips using pre-drawn characters and objects, which makes it very easy for those who might not be so good at drawing. And it is not just for fun. Pixton's website also has tools for education and business to create comic strips for more serious uses.
How do I get started? First, go to Next, choose which option you would like to use Pixton's comic creator for (Just for fun, Education, Business). You will have to create an account, and then you can begin using the many various tools that Pixton gives you to create your own comic strip.
How has our class used Pixton? Megan Stern wrote a very informative blog post about how to create a comic strip using Pixton's website:

Panoramic Photo Maker

Panoramic Photo Maker: Starter Edition by Serif

Here's another great photography tool that helps you create panoramic photos out of multiple photos you have taken, by "stitching" them together into one big landscape photo. It requires that you download the software, but the upside is that it is completely free. If you are just itching to make a panoramic photo out of some multiple shots that you have taken, this tool should be very helpful.
How do I get started? Just visit the website at and download the free program. Then begin making your own panoramic photos.
How has our class used this tool? Dalton Haslam originally introduced us to this free program, and did a wonderful blog post about it. Check it out: