Document Publishing Tools
Create PDF Online Free – A free tool for converting any document to a PDF.
Create PDFs for Free – All downloads are free. Once on your computer, just click to install and you’re ready to start creating professional-quality PDF files from any application the fast affordable way. Pdf995 is compatible with Adobe Acrobat v9.0, Adobe Reader v9.0 and previous versions.
Creative Commons – This non-profit organization works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing. Instead of “all” rights reserved, organizations and individuals can make their materials available with “some” rights reserved.
DIGG – A social news site. The site’s cornerstone function consists of letting people vote stories up or down, called digging and burying, respectively.
Google Documents – Create and share your work online. Collaborate on others with documents, spreadsheets or presentations. Upload any document.
Online ConVert – Free, online converter for documents, e-books, images, video and audio. It also generates hash tags.
write.fm – An easy way to create and share documents. When you go to the link, an unique url is created where you can share writing, pictures, articles, documents, etc.
Zamzar – Convert numerous file types online.
Practice Writing Resources
Writing Fun – A flash-based site for elementary students to improve their writing in a variety of forms – how to, examples and organizers.
Writer’s Toolbox for Building Argument – Exercises for building better arguments in writing.
Teaching Writing Resources
Elements of Literature – Writing resources for grades six to twelve.
Evaluation Station – Houghton Mifflin English Grades 6-8 tool for assessing writing. A piece of writing can be uploaded and assessed giving feedback to the student before handing it in.
Fallacious Arguments, A List of – A list of different argumentation types with examples.
Great Source: I Write! – Tips and tools to teach, write and achieve writing success. Links for educators, students and teachers.
Guide to Grammar and Writing – A variety of essay and research paper resources.
Online Writing Courses – The project is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT.
Tools for Teaching – Strategies for teachers and non-English teachers to help students to write better in all courses.
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students – Pennsylvania State University’s expectations for writing proficiency.
Writing Matters – (MsMkean’s English Country Garden) Plagiarism, Writing Tips, Thesis Statements, Paragraph Unity, Paragraph Sandwich and Final Exercise.
Writing With Writers – Workshops with real authors and illustrators to teach writing and illustrating concepts.
You Can Teach Writing – Resources and strategies for teaching writing in middle school and beyond.
Visual Publishing Tools
Flip Book Maker – ReadWriteThink online application for making your own flip book. Print and assemble the final result.
Scratch – A program that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art.
Creative Writing Prompts – A site dedicated to writing prompts.
Folding Story – One student starts a story and others collaborate on it. It a group storytelling game, like write and pass in real life.
FutureMe.org – Students can write an email to their future selves. You could have them email them to a school or teacher address for ‘marking’ or publishing. (Write as a character as a writing-in-role.)
Letter Generator – A Read.Write.Think. flash application for creating a properly formatted letter.
PicLits – Create a word poem over an image that can be saved and downloaded or posted to a blog. Play with the effect of using different nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
Prompts – A creative writing portal with ideas for writing.
Random Logline Generator – A random line is generated to be a starter writing prompt.
Story Join – Start a story and other members add to it.
Visual Story Starters – Images to use as a starting point for writing a story; each image has a starting statement from which the students can continue their stories.
Write for 10 – Write for 10 minutes about anything.