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Actden Software Tutorials

This site offers a variety of free online tutorials for K-12 teachers who want to use Microsoft Office programs in their classrooms with students. The site is sponsored by the Digital Education Network and Microsoft. Online courses are also available.

California Learning Resource Network CLRN

The purpose of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) is to provide a one-stop information source that enables California educators to identify supplemental electronic learning resources that both meet local instructional needs and embody the implementation of California curriculum frameworks and standards.


Looking for the best prices on technology? CalSave negotiates with vendors to create opportunities for California K-12 public schools and districts to participate in discount buying and licensing of educational technology instructional resources.


Communityzero provides any group of people a safe, private place to share and interact. Essentially, you can setup a private website for collaboration. It is ideal for workgroups or even for the basis of communication for a school staff or committee. All of the bells and whistles are included: discussion threads, shared documents, shared images, and a calendar to mention a few. Most importantly, you can customize the look and feel of the site for your specific school or needs. This is a fee-based service.


Want a really cool drag and drop web-authoring tool? How about online lessons already created for you? Interested in tools for distance learning? Check out eTEACH for many possibilities ranging from post-secondary lectures used for course enhancement or create your own lecture series. You can create a presentation with a dynamic table of contents that titles the major portions of the lecture and allows jumping to any portion, buttons that allow the lecture to be advanced or rewound 10 or 30 seconds, and fast forward and reverse buttons; all in an Internet Explorer window. eTEACH has a royalty-free license for non-profit educational institutions. It's an interesting tool to explore if you or one of your teachers is particularly interested in moving lectures and presentations to a web-playable format.


Filamentality is a free resource developed by Pacific Bell (now SBC) and designed to enable teachers and administrators to create various Internet-based activities using a simple fill-in-the-blanks template. The activities range from simple Hotlists, (annotated, categorized lists of Internet sites) to Webquests. I prepare Filamentality activities for adult education courses, staff development workshops, and as resources for various districts.

Microsoft Office Templates

Microsoft offers free Office templates and clip art which can be downloaded from the Microsoft site. The templates work with various versions of Office for both PC and Mac. Many have an education theme and are especially useful for administrators, teachers, and students.

PowerPoint In the Classroom

This fun, eight-unit tutorial shows K-12 educators how to use PowerPoint to present many different forms of information. You'll learn the basics on using PowerPoint's toolbars, laying out information, saving, moving your information to the place you'll be presenting it, and other similar topics. This is a nice online staff development tool for teachers and others who want a quick, to-the-point introduction.


Useful for technology planning and professional development, ProfilerPRO is an online tool that enables you to administer and analyze online surveys. Create your own, or use an existing survey from the online library. Basic service is free. Additional features are available for a fee. Note, ProfilerPRO is the successor to Profiler.

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool (TRT)

This online survey collects information on the amount and type of technology in California public schools. You'll need to update information annually, and you may want to do so more often and use this tool to track the status of your technology. You can log on, update information, and download reports at any time.
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