Exploring Free Online Tools For Use in the K-12 Classroom

ID: 31541 Type: Roundtable
  1. Michelle Cheasty- Ritger, Flemington- Raritan Regional School District, United States

Friday, March 11 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Bellmeade

No presider for this session.

Abstract: With the growing number of tools available for free use, it is often difficult to weed the good, easy to use tools from the not so good, and often hard to use tools. Blogger, Podomatic, and Google provide free, easy to use tools for educators of all skill levels. At the end of the session, be able to track blogs, know how to create a podcast, and use tools in Google you may not have know existed. Bring these tools back to school and wow the children and other staff members with your new skills and knowledge.


Participants will be able to distinguish between freeware and shareware, and learn how to find out what other educators have said about a variety of free- and shareware applications. Participants will learn how to search the Internet to find free resources for the classroom. In addition, participants will be able to see how to use free online tutorials to learn software packages, such as Microsoft Word and Google tools.

Topical Outline

Introduction to free- and shareware- what is freeware- what is shareware- what is the difference between these- how do I get support for these applications Searching the Internet for free applications- finding applications, downloading and installing applications Evaluating applications- how to know if the application is worth the time to learn it Online tutorials- learning how to use the tools schools already provide to teachers Questions and sharing- participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about different free tools, as well as share tools used in current classrooms.


Basic knowledge of the computer and Internet

Experience Level



I am currently the Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Information Systems with the Flemington- Raritan Regional School District. In addition, I also teach online for ITT Tech. I have presented workshops at Techspo, the annual New Jersey Technology Exposition hosted by the NJASA, yearly since 2008. I am also presenting at FETC in January. I have presented many after school workshops for teachers, involving a variety of different software applications and integration strategies. I have also participated in a variety of videoconferencing opportunities through Rutgers University. In addition, I am working on completing my PhD in education, focusing on teacher retention, with an expected graduation date of late 2010- early 2011


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