Stacy's Weekly Mashup: Back to School Special!

It's time to gather up the school supplies and pack those backpacks! This week, Stacy shares links to free and open source educational resources for students and teachers who are going back to school.
Published: Aug 30, 2007
Author: Stacy Reed
It's time to gather up the school supplies and pack those backpacks! This week I'm posting a list of links to free and open source educational resources for students and teachers who are going back to school.

Literature/Text Books:

  • BigWords - Price comparison to find the lowest textbook prices
  • Bookyards - Free books, education materials, information, and content
  • LearnOutLoud - Over 10,000 educational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos
  • LitSum - Free literature summaries
  • World Public Library - Combined collections create world class Internet public access to over 75,000 free eBooks and eDocuments


  • Calculator - Calculate anything anywhere - online, pda, wap and cellphone calculators
  • Thinking Blocks - An interactive math tool designed to help students learn how to solve multistep word problems
  • MathWorld - An extensive mathematics resource
  • Convertalot - Measurement converters and online calculators for all occasions
  • Some Printable Paper Rulers - Disposable paper rulers

Class/Homework Management:

  • Centre - A free student information system for public and non-public schools
  • Chalksite - A central point for teachers, students and parents to access grades and more
  • Scholastic's - Class Set-Up Tool
  • Engrade - A free online gradebook that allows teachers to manage their classes online
  • Gradefix - Organizes and prioritizes all of your homework


  • AskOxford - Free Oxford dictionary resources online
  • Merriam-Webster Online - Dictionary and word games and more
  • MetaGlossary - Defines over 2,000,000 terms, phrases and acronyms
  • Wiktionary - A multilingual dictionary with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, synonyms, antonyms and translations
  • Visuwords - Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts


  • FORA.tv - An on demand multimedia portal delivering spoken words on global issues
  • Lecturefox - Computer science, mathematics, and physics lectures
  • Lectures Archive - Lectures catalogued according to discipline, theoretician and topic
  • TED Talks - Talks from the Technology Entertainment Design conventions
  • University Channel - A collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world

Note Taking/Sharing:

  • Studicious - Simple and reliable note-taking tool
  • SyncNotes - Synchronize your notes and access them online or with your mobile
  • NoteMesh - College students in the same classes can share notes with each other
  • mynoteIT - Organize your school life
  • PocketMod - The ultimate note card


  • OPenCourseWare Consortium - Universities working together to advance education and empower people worldwide
  • OER Commons - A teaching and learning network of shared materials, from K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone
  • The Open Knowledge Founration - Protecting and promoting open knowledge in a digital age
  • MIT OpenCourseWare - A free and open educational resource for educators, students, and self-learners around the world
  • OpenCourseWare Finder - Search through a collection of open educational materials

Freeware Feature of the Week: EverNote - Create, organize and find information in your collections, including Web clips, graphics, email, notes, sketches and more.

Flickr Image of the Week: by c.j.b.

Top Blog Picks:

Art Site of the Week: Art Education Links - Curriculum, lesson plans, theory, history and more.

Thanks for checking out another weekly mashup! I hope this list will provide you with tools that will help you succeed this school year! If you are looking for more sites that are similar, I suggest visiting www.LibrarianChick.com where I have compiled a list of hundreds upon hundreds of free learning resources.

Do you know of a great site that's worth sharing? Do you have any comments or suggestions? I'd love to hear from you! Just send an email to sreed@tucows.com and say hello!

About Stacy Reed

Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.

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