This section of the website will help make your transition into the DLE and smooth and efficient journey.

SACA is a 2 to 1 school.  This means our students utilize 2 types of Apple hardware devices to enhance their instruction: the iPod touch and a MacBook.  This page will outline best practices for utilizing these tools. 

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Digital Learning Environment Information and Links

The Digital Learning Environment

        What is it?

        Why a DLE?


            Sixty Jobs that will Rock the Future (


            Whole New Mind

            The World is Flat

Project-Based Learning Environment:

Internet Safety

        Remote Desktop:

        Request for unblocked sites (Help Desk Ticket)

        Media Release form SACA Media Release Form.pdf

        Copyright and Digital Literacy

            Copyright Chart.pdf

Acceptable Use Policy (for laptops and iPods)

        Please Review

        Please return before distribution

        The AUP is a part of logging in to the computer

        SACA AUP 10-11.pdf

Mac 101

        Logging in

        Wireless network

        Syncing (where to sync)

        Battery and Power supply

        Responsibility and Liability





eText Books


            Make our own eBooks and and audio books

            Project Gutenburg


            Hippo Campus

            Much more

Web Help Desk

        Have an issue with your computer or iPod?  Fill out this form:


        Teaching tool



            iTunes U


            Much more

Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy Calendar

        Subscribe to the SACA 2013-2014


Remote Desktop

        What is it?

        Why do I use it?

        When do I use it?

        Using Apple Remote Desktop.doc


        Teachers email addresses are located here.

        High School students will receive email accounts.

Google Apps

        Set up

        Collaboration tool

        Online Assessments through forms for laptops and iPods

        Google Docs:

        Google Sites:

        Google Start Page:

        Google Wave:

        Google Calendar:

What is on my computer?

        iLife Suite: iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb (

        iWork: Pages, Numbers, Keynote (







        Remote Desktop




        What is it?

        Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy Engrade Portal:

        Engrade Blank Access Code Sheet.pdf


Standards, Research, Technology News and Other Information

        Georgia Performance (

        National Educational Technology Standards (



        Partnership for 21 Century Skills (

        Common Core Standards (

        Challenge Based Learning


            Challenge Design Template.pages

        Apple Classroom of Tomorrow, Today ACOT2 (


Copyright free Websites for Images and Music


        Clip Art:

        More Clip Art

        Royalty Free Music

        More sound:

        One Stop Shopping -



Additional Technology Tools

        Voicethread (

        Diigo Social Bookmarking (

        IHMC Concept Mapping (

        Evernote (

        Issuu (

        Jing (

        Photo Booth (more than a funny picture)

        Adobe Digital Additions

        Microsoft Office

        Open Source Software

           Alice – Awesome object oriented programming language

  1.     ArtRage - Paint program

  2.     Audacity - Sound recorder and editor that exports to mp3 for podcasting.

  3.     Avast - Free home anti-virus software.

  4.     Blender - 3d modeling and animation program.

  5.     Celestia - “Google Earth” for the solar system.

  6.     CMAP – Concept mapping program like Inspiration

  7.     CutePDF - Free PDF converter

  8.     Eclipse Crossword - Create an interactive crossword puzzle and publish to the web or played in a browser.

  9.     Firefox - Web browser

  10.     Flock - Web browser for the social networking

  11.     FreeMind - Like a free version of “Inspiration”

  12.     GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program, like a fully-featured but free version of Photoshop.

  13.     GnuPlot - Great graphing tool, anything from simple equations to complex 3d topographies

  14.     Graph - Graph plotting software

  15.     Inkscape - Like a free version of Adobe Illustrator.

  16.     Irfanview – Easy to use image editor and batch image conversion tool.

  17.     JAlbum – Build a digital album

  18.     K9 Web Protection – Free home internet filter to all of our families

  19.     MathTrax – Equation plotter, sound component, even does polar equations

  20.     Molecular toolkit – Manipulate nucleic acid and protein sequence data.

  21.     Monkey Jam – An animation program

  22.     Moodle – Classroom management system

  23.     Movie Maker II – Windows video editing program

  24.     Nvu - A good (free) web editing program

  25.     OpenOffice - Like a free version of Microsoft Office, with support of MS Office documents

  26.     Openaudit - Open source network inventory tool

  27.     PDF Creator - Free PDF creator

  28.     Phet – science simulations

  29.     Photostory- Create and share multimedia stories effectively and easily. Photostory_Quick_Reference

  30.     Picasa - Photo organizer, free editing and posting

  31.     Scratch – Programming language

  32.     Sketchup (Google) – build, view and edit 3D models

  33.     Stellarium – Like having a planetarium on your computer.

  34.     Thunderbird - E-mail reader

  35.     Turbo Cash – Open source personal finance software

  36.     Tux Paint - A free paint program for very young kids (3 years old and up)

  37.     Tux Typing - A cute free typing program for elementary school kids

  38.     Wink – Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use    

  39.     software



Free Technology for Teachers - Blog with free technology resources - The "complete" web 2.0 directory. - A good list of Web 2.0 programs for Education.

Classroom 2.0 - Professional development network for teachers.

Web Tools 4 U 2 Use - / Phenomenal collection of Web 2.0 resources for school library media specialists.

Teach Web 2 - Collaboratively generated reviews of Web 2.0 tools and their potential uses for education.

100 Tools for Every Learner - List of Web 2.0 tools for all types of learners.


Wikispaces for Teachers

PBWiki for Educators








Google Reader



Slideshare - Share already created Powerpoint presentations.

SlideStory - Create a slideshow from your own images and narrate them.

Animoto - Create a short video with music using pictures.

Sliderocket - Provides a way to manage your slide portfolio and make presentations.

Slide - Make slideshows with music and photos and more.


Flickr - Photo sharing, storage, tagging, downloading, establishing groups for sharing, etc.

Picnik - Allows for editing photos on Flickr.

Snapfish - Photo editing/sharing with the ability to add Group Rooms where students/teachers can add photos.

Picasa - From Google; upload/manage photos; public albums are searchable through Google image searching.

Creative Commons - Provides a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions on photos and other creative work.


Audicity - Create podcasts.

Find Podcast - A directory where you search in categories much like the site above, but a nice addition is "kids and teens."

FireAnt - Discover, watch and subscribe to podcasts and vodcasts (video podcasts).

iTunes - Free software for Mac and Windows.

Learn Out Loud - Some for sale, some free.

Podcast Alley - Pick a podcast genre, and you'll receive a list of podcasts to take a listen to.

Podcast Pickle - Search by tag, topic, category or see and hear the top-rated podcasts

How to Start a Podcast - Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Podscope - An audio and video search engine.


YouTube - Allows for video upload/sharing

TeacherTube - Educational site that allows for upload/sharing of educational videos

Yahoo Video - Allows for video upload/sharing

Photobucket - Allows for video upload/sharing

Animoto - Allows for creating short videos with pictures and music

Techcrunch - YouTube video download tool

SaveTube - Back up your Google and YouTube videos

Zamzar - Free online file conversion software


Create-a-Graph - Enter data and create one of five types of graphs to export as a graphic or print. - A place to store all your bookmarks in one place so you can access them from any computer you're using.

Gliffy - Create a concept map or other visual diagram and export as a graphic or embed in any web page.

Jigzone - Upload any digital photo or graphic and create a custom jigsaw puzzle.

Jing - Free program to create screen casts and share them

Makebeliefscomix - Comic strip generator

Nicenet - Free online space that allows you to post documents, links, and it also has a discussion board.

Sliderocket - Great online presentation software

Toondoo - Cartoon creator.

Twitter - Social Networking tool

Quietube - "Magically" remove everything except the video from any YouTube page. Share the URL on a web page or via email.

Today's Meet - Create an instant "backchannel" or chat room to capture real-time discussions and feedback. Share the URL with users.

TuxPi - Cool photo effects, including postage stamp, wanted poster and polaroid effect.

Spell with Flickr - Create "ransom note"-style words using Creative Commons-licensed photos from the Flickr One Letter pool.

LIFE Photo Archive - "Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.

Many Eyes - Upload a data set to create one of 18 types of interactive visualizations.

DiRT: Digital Research Tools Wiki - Created by academic librarians. - 1 GB of free, secure online file storage. Share files selectively or make them public. - Simple, elegant concept mapping with useful keyboard shortcuts, no-log-in required to make a basic diagram.

DoodlePoll - Create a poll that allows users to select one or more answers with results displayed in a grid.

Moourl - Convert a long URL into a tiny one. Also:

Quizlet - Create and share interactive study materials. Keep track of your progress automatically.

PDF Creator - Free PDF printer -- turn any document into a PDF file by "printing" to PDF Creator

PollDaddy - Create custom polls and surveys to embed in any web page. Results displayed in a graph.

Ta-da List - Easy to use to-do list. Add items, sort them, share them, check them off as you complete them.

Today's Meet - Create an instant "backchannel" or chat room to capture real-time discussions and feedback.

Wordle - Create eye-appealing tag clouds

Writeboard - Create a collaborative document that you can share with anyone by sending them the URL and password.

View Docs Online - Simple document viewer for MS OFfice and PDF files.

Zamzar - Convert a variety of common file formats, including audio and video files, up to 100MB (Quick Reference)

Cathleen’s Website Favorites


School Computing Wiki - Guide to K-12 technology

Go2Web20- Web applications index

Intelways - Comprehensive Search Engine

Copernic Basic Agent - Search engine download

Intel Teach Elements - Free online courses on integrating Project-Based Learning and WEb 2.0 tools


Planetfesto - Earth Day Project - Timeline Project

Free Rice - Answer questions to feed the hungry

US history projects:'s memories of WWII Alternative history book Way to create photo book

Paula Gentry, AP Calculus Review Wiki:

smallstones - Student created review for AP Calculus BC

smallstones08p5 - Student created review

smallstones09p2 - Student created review

smallstones09p5 - Student created review

Novel study blog for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - NYC's 6th borough


10 x 10 - Words and pictures that define the times

Digital Ethnography - Youtube documentary


Bibme - Automatic bibliography maker

Copyright with Cyberbee - Copyright information

Citation Machi - Helps students properly credit information

Turnitin - Students check their writing for improperly used content



Discovery Education - Services and resources (SACA’s passcode: 228D-266F)

ISTE Educator Resources - For educational technology professionals

Education City - Online education games for students

Academic Earth - Free online courses from various leading universities

Classbrain- Guidelines for class projects

Thinkfinity - Great lesson plans and ideas

Hands on Adventures - Learning in the 21st century

Tammy's Technology Tips for Teachers - Lesson plans and technology tips

Sheppard Software - Educational games, quizes, activities, and more

Educational Origami - A blog and a wiki about ITC integration

Route 21 - - 21st century skills-related information, resources and community tools

Exploratree - Online thinking guides

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educator's - List of site for enhancing curriculum and professional growth

Owl & Mouse - Educational software

Academic Earth - Free online courses from leading universities

Your Child Learns - Free educational software: games, puzzels, maps, etc.


Geometer's Sketchpad - Math software

Fathom - Statistics program by Key Curriculum Press

Calculus In Motion - Interactive calculus program by Audrey Weeks

Algebra In Motion - Interactive algebra program by Audrey Weeks

Math Stories - Math word problems

Math is Fun - Math puzzles/games

Language Arts:

Vocabtest - Vocabulary tests

Purdue Online Writing Lab - Writing, research, grammar, and more

Starfall - Phonics and reading

Latin Library - Latin words/meanings


Best of History Websites - Annotated links to over 1200 sites


Thomson Southwestern Keyboarding - Keyboarding that includes MicroType, MicroPace Pro, Key Cham

Science: - Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics - Association for Women in Science - Women in Global Science and Technology Network - CyberSisters - Expanding your Horizons in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering


Thinkport - Resource for Maryland educators

All Terrain Brain - Games, animations, inspirations


Google Teacher Academy Resource Page - Professional development

Google for Educators - Information and tools

Google Similar images - - Allows for searching for images using pictures rather than words

Google Squared- - Search tool that builds a collection of facts from the web

Google "Show Options"- Timeline and Wonder Wheel

Google News Timeline - Application that organizes news, scanned newspapers and magazines, blog posts, sports scores, and more on a zoomable, graphical timeline

Google Labs - Latest ideas from the Google team. Include: Flu trends, Mars, In Quotes, CIty Tours, etc.

Google Blog- Keep up to date with Google.

Follow Google on Twitter - - Exchange of quick, frequent information

Google Directory - Search only in Education categories


AUP Development - Design policies for internet use

Chat Translator - Translates text lingo

Cybersafety Curriculums - Policies and procedures

Cybertipline - Fight against child sexual exploitation

Entertainment Software Rating Board - ESRB - Rates software

Internet Crime Complaint Center - Complaints regarding cybercrime

Video game/parental control guide - Online safety

MISCELLANEOUS - See websites back in time

Surf the Channel - Watch movies online

All Things Digital - News in the digital world

Anythingbutipod - Guide to gadgets

Bookseer - Get a list of suggested books based on others you have read

Down for everyone or just me - To find out if a website is down

Grooveshark - Listen to free music on-line

Pandora Radio - Customized internet radio

Quietube - Remove everything except the video from YouTube page.

Today's Meet - Create an instant "backchannel" or chat room to capture real-time discussions and feedback.

TuxPi - Cool photo effects, including postage stamp, wanted poster and polaroid effect.

Spell with Flickr - Create "ransom note"-style words using Creative Commons-licensed photos from the Flickr One Letter pool.

LIFE Photo Archive - Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.

Many Eyes - Upload a data set to create one of 18 types of interactive visualizations.

Typing Game - Plus other games from BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)


Adobe Photoshop solutions - Help make transition from CS3 to CS4

Digital video hints - Hints from autos to hotels


Georgia Performance Standards- Georgia’s State Standards

National Educational Technology Standards - NETS for administrators, students and teachers

Common Core Standards - The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.


VirtualBox - x86 virtualization product for enterprise/home; available as Open Source Software under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Open-AudIT - Network auditing application based on scripting languages of PHP, Bash and VBScript.

Unreal Media Server - Software streaming server for Windows operating systems.

FOG - Free open-source cloning/imaging solution/rescue suite.

Scalix Community Edition - A robust messaging solution. It includes Scalix Collaboration Platform and 10 Premium Users.

Zimbra Collaboration Suite - (ZCS) 6.0 is a truly modern, innovative messaging and collaboration application.

VMware ESXi - Free virtualization resource.

Openfiler - Network storage operating system, fronted by a web based management user interface.

FreeNAS - Free NAS (Network-Attached Storage) server. - Implementation of the cost saving Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard.


Cyber Tech Help - Offers free computer help and support

Computer components recycling - Recyling of computer components


Techcrunch - YouTube video download tool

Zamzar - Free online file conversion software          



SACA Technology Toolkit...who could ask for anything more :)