Useful Electronic Resources in
Educational Technology
David Marcovitz

I had to move offices in March 2000. In order to do this, I had to get organized. I had a many papers lying around in piles. I found that many of these were printouts of web pages that I thought were interesting or useful. In order to reduce the paper lying around my office, I created this web site. It contains links to things that I think are useful. Many of these are resources that I use in my classes or point my students to for their use.

Click on a link below to go to a specific section or just scroll down to view the whole list.

Distance Education
Case study about difficulties with a web-based class.

Education Department
The StarChart for evaluating technology-preparedness of Schools, Colleges, and Department of Education.

Educational Technology Critics
The Alliance for Childhood is a group of health, education, and child development experts who challenge the use of computers with young children.
A report about a study of 100,000 15-year-olds found that students with computers at home and at school did worse on basic skills tests. See the actual technical paper at:
This essay by Gary Stager is a scathing indictment of the current state of educational technology and a call to do better. This is followed by his suggestions for doing better:
July 1997 article from The Atlantic Monthly about the failures of computers in schools.
New York Times article about the Alliance for Childhood, a group of professionals opposed to computers in schools.
"PowerPoint is Evil" by Edward Tufte, one of the leading gurus of usability and human computer interfaces.
New York Times article about the advance of self-service machines (such as self-checkout at the grocery). What are the costs to society?
1990 speech by Neil Postman, titled Informing Ourselves to Death.
Excellent article about the pros and cons of computer use with children.
New York Times opinion piece about the need for better qualified teachers, not necessarily more technology.
Why the Future Doesn't Need Us, opinion piece by Bill Joy, founder of Sun Microsystems, about how technology will lead to the destruction of mankind. -- Real Player required
NPR's Talk of the Nation show aired August 13, 2001, about the 20th Anniversary of the Personal Computer. What have we gained and what have we lost? Guests include Larry Cuban and Ray Kurzweil.
New York Times article about multimedia "toys," such as LeapFrog that try to teach.
New York Times article about the resurgence of board games over computer games.

New York Times article about the frustrations of attachments.

File Conversion
Konvertor is a shareware program that converts many graphics and audio files. This program runs on Windows computers.
Graphicconverter is a Macintosh utility that can read almost any graphic file format and save in any of those formats. It is great for converting graphics files.
MindExpander from MindVision is a free utility that will decompress several file types, including: ZIP, SIT, SEA, MacBinary, HQX. It is available in both Mac and Windows versions.

Website for GradeKeeper, cross-platform gradebook software.
Free (advertiser supported) online gradebook that allows access by students and parents to grades online.

Hate on the Internet
New York Times article about hate groups targeting women and children.
New York Times article about hate on the Internet and some organizations attempts to remove it.

Internet Filtering
Real Audio report about the limitations of web filters from National Public Radio.
New York Times article about how small town values limit what New York City can do with the Internet.
An article from Peacefire about a study they did of blocking software that blocked web sites of human rights groups.
Text of the Children's Internet Protection Act that requires schools and libraries receiving E-Rate funding to filter the Internet. This file is in PDF format and requires Acrobat Reader to view.
Education Week article about schools trying to balance requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act with their academic needs.
New York Times article about filters blocking health information on the web.

Internet Issues
Great article about critical information literacy. It emphasizes the need to take advantage of resources that might be dismissed by standard methods of evaluating Web sites.
Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Sea by Geoff Nunberg is an excellent article about the importance of information literacy.
Real Audio interview with Katherine Tarbox who was almost raped by a pedophile after "meeting" him online.
Series of articles from the Boston Review asking the question, "Is the Internet Good for Democracy?"
New York Times article about fakes in Internet support groups.
Paper about access and credibility in cyberspace.
Net Gains: Does Access Equal Equity?
Document about evaluating websites.
Federal Trade Commission site about scams on the Internet.
New York Times article about plagiarism and the Internet.
Article about technology and fair use.
Advertisement from United Health Foundation that proclaims: "Would you take medical advice from your neighbor's sixteen-year-old kid? You may already have." It lists tips for checking out health sites on the web.
Pointers to resources about plagiarism and the Internet from a workshop by the Loyola-Notre Dame Library.

Internet Searching
Why Johnny Can't Search (Intelligently) - A discussion of problems students have with information literacy.
"What's Not on the Web," an article about the need to use resources other than free web resources to do successful research. Written by a librarian who is frustrated at the poor quality of research that is done by students who ignore the library.
Smart Computing article about tricks of using search engines.
The QUality Information ChecKlist. An excellent guide to evaluating information on the web. It is geared to K-12 students and comes with a Teachers' Guide.
Article about searching strategies and how students often use poor strategies.
New York Times article about specialty search engines that find more information about specific topics.

Advertising-based email mailing lists. Users can set up their own email mailing lists.
Advertising-based email mailing lists. Users can set up their own email mailing lists.
List of education-related listservs.
List of likely to be active education-related listservs.

Media - Links to lots of great free image sites - Indezine's list of free sources of pictures Pictures for Learning - State of Utah Resource Web - Classroom Clipart - Morgue File (don't worry; it's not what it sounds like although not all pics will be appropriate for students) The Teacher's Guide Free Educational Clipart Educational Clipart from Teachnet Ball Boutique Bells 'n Whistles Windy's Designs by Donna Animated GIFs NOAA Photos A1 Clipart AAA ClipArt (lots of ads unless you join) Graphics from Hellas Multimedia (lots of pop-up ads) Free photographs for non-commercial use
Information on graphics on the web, including difference between JPEG and GIF and tips for reducing image size and download time.
Tutorial on how to make animated GIFs, including pointers to programs you can download to make the process easier.
Music that can be freely used in educational multimedia projects.
Lots of royalty-free music.
Lots of royalty-free sound effects.
Lots of royalty-free music.


New York Times article about educational uses of new technologies, such as blogs, podcasting, voice over Internet, and virtual worlds.
Chip Bruce's educational technology activities. Great lessons for educational technology classes.
The netlingo Internet dictionary. This is particularly good for finding the meanings of abbreviations used in email and chat rooms.
The Citation Machine. This site will take information about your sources and give you the APA and MLA citation formats. It can't handle all different citations, but it is great for the basics.
Tech-Savvy: Education Girls in the New Computer Age (2000) is from the American Association of University Women and describes some of the issues girls face in the computer age.
New York Times article about the proliferation of gadgets (cell phones, portable DVD players, organizers, etc.) in schools, and the discipline problems that arise from students having them.
This is a FAQ for PowerPoint. It includes answers to some basic PowerPoint questions, a pointer to a PowerPoint newsgroup with active discussions from knowledgeable people, and some information about using VBA with PowerPoint.
Interesting article from Learning & Leading With Technology about constructivism and technology.
Microsoft tutorials for using its products in education.
New York Times article about homework help sites on the web.
New York Times article about teaching computer ethics.
New York Times article that lists several shareware sites.
Information about and examples of rubrics for assessing student work.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's pamphlet about child safety on the Internet.
Use this tool to check your website for accessibility.
Maryland Plan for Technology in Education
Critical Issue: Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement. Good overview of why to use technology and how to prepare for its use.
Portal for accessing several dictionaries and thesauruses, including a dictionary of slang.
Seven white papers about current and future trends in educational technology. These papers were commissioned by the US Department of Education in the Fall 1999.
An educator's guide to copyright. This series of articles appeared in Education World Magazine in October 2000.
EDTECH Archives sorted by month, not searchable by topic.
Searchable version of the EDTECH archive.
Essay by Steve Talbott about why computers will never be intuitive.

Real Audio Reports
Technology Anxiety Withdrawal by Andrei Codrescu on NPR.
Internet Values by Jim Sollisch on NPR.
My Electronic Vacation by Tom Chapin.
Interesting and funny piece about facts and what is good and bad about them.

Technology Refusal and the Organizational Culture of Schools

Software Reviews and Evaluation
Reviews of educational and children-oriented software.
Resources that support educational technology in California schools.
ERIC digest about evaluating software: Seven Steps to Responsible Software Use.
Criteria for evaluating CD-ROM databases.
Criteria for evaluation computer courseware.
Software evaluation guide for language instruction.
Software evaluation checklist from the Kentucky Department of Education.
Another software evaluation checklist.
Tech*Learning Product Guide. Reviews of educational software.
Children's Software Revue Magazine. Many reviews of educational software available on a subscription basis (you must pay).

Technology Coordinators
Systems of Practice: How Leaders Use Artifacts to Create Professional Community in Schools by Richard R. Halverson. A good article about forming a professional and collegial community in K-12 schools. Although this article doesn't deal with technology specifically, it provides a good model for building a school community that uses technology effectively.
Article about technology cooridinator as electronic janitor.
A literature review about the roles of the technology coordinator. This is part of a project at the University of Virginia by some graduate students to explore the roles of technology coordinators.
New York Times article about the need for technology support personnel in schools.
The Technology Leaders Resource Center is a good set of pointers to resources useful to the technology leader/specialist/coordinator.
Supporting the Saffe and Responsible Use of the Internet by Students: A Children's Internet Protection Act Planning Guide. This guide offers a detailed discussion of how to keep in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

Technology Planning and Staff Development
Issue of From Now On dedicated to technology planning.
The National Center for Technology Planning.
"Critical Issue: Providing Professional Development for Effective Technology Use" gives schools practical "action options" for planning and implementing professional development for tech use and provides "illustrative cases" of how some schools have established their programs.
STaR Chart for assessing school technology preparedness.
An Educator's Guide to Evaluating the Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms. Good resource for technology specialists who need to evaluate the overall educational technology program in their school or in an individual classroom.
"Implementation Strategies: Will Teachers Use Educational Computing?" This paper discusses strategies for getting teachers to negotiate the change process and adopt uses of educational computing.
Article about grant-writing from Converge Magazine.
Baltimore County Public Schools technology donation standards. A good model for what kinds of equipment can be accepted as donations.

Videos of Technology and Teaching
Mr. Meyer is a new teacher who is thinking about how he is going to use new technology to inspire.
This is a great video (especially after the first 30 seconds) about how children learn differently today.
Keynote speech "Do you believe in me" from a student for the opening convocation for 20,000 Dallas teachers to open the new school year. This video is approximately 7 minutes.

Web Site Creation
A Complete Guide to HTML is a very nice tutorial about creating Web pages with HTML using basic and advanced techniques.
Tutorial for basic and advanced HTML. This tutorial is divided into small, easily-digested pieces.
Tutorial for creating web sites. This tutorial is geared to teachers.
A great site to teach you how to make a web page. It is geared to kids.
The web developers encylopedia.
Good advice for designing web pages to be usable by Jakob Nielsen, one of the world's gurus on usability.
Web page background sampler from Netscape.
Guide to colors on the web.
Sounds available on the web (be sure to read copyright notices; some are free and some are not).
New York Times article about places to publish personal web pages.
Provides various free tools for web pages, including counters and guestbooks.
Spanish language character codes for web pages (such as ).
A free site that allows you to create a search engine for your own web site.
A site that allows you to create a search engine for your own web site. It is free for web sites with less than 500 pages.
Host a web-based forum for free.
Information on graphics on the web, including difference between JPEG and GIF and tips for reducing image size and download time.
Tutorial on how to make animated GIFs, including pointers to programs you can download to make the process easier.
Nice rubric for evaluating student-created web sites.

Web 2.0
Intstructions for creating forms in Google Docs.

This page was prepared by: David M. Marcovitz, Ph.D.

Last Updated: January 30, 2013