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  • Everyone knows about Wikipedia…and many use it in various ways for research or information gathering. However, if you’ve ever used Wikipedia’s Search function then you know it stinks…it’s not that bright. Enter Powerset…it’s a search tool that searches Wikipedia articles much more effectively than Wikipedia’s search.
  • This may be for the more advanced students out there, but it’s still pretty awesome. Blender is a free, open-source 3D modeling tool. If you don’t know what that is, then it’s easier to take a look at this gallery to see the types of images and animations that can be created using this tool.
  • Since we’re on the topic of geeky computer applications, think about the possibility of using Alice, a free programming application that allows students to program animations without it actually seeming like programming. Make sure you watch the video…it’s very cool.
  • The Children’s Hospital Boston hosts several interactive web features describing several medical research activities and concepts.
  • It’s difficult to keep up with new online tools…and then try to figure out how you might be able to use them. Check out WebTools4U2use, a site composed by media specialists to highlight web tools as well as suggest ways in which they can be used in schools.
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