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Last Updated: May 2, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Plan/Design Print Page

Tool/Idea Box

  • Animoto
    Create videos from your photos, video clips, words and music
  • Blabberize
    Free web tool that creates talking pictures.
    Free web mind mapping tool for brainstorming or list making.
  • Glogster Education
    Use music, pictures, videos and more to create a virtual poster
  • Live Binders
    Website that collects and organizes your resources into a virtual binder (free).
  • Make Beliefs Comix
    Free web tool to create, print and email original comic strips.
  • Mindmeister
    Free web mind mapping tool for brainstorming or list making.

  • Poll Everywhere
    Free web tool that uses mobile phones, Twitter and the web to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print.

  • Prezi
    Make your presentations ZOOM
  • Primary Access
    Free website tool that enables you to combine text, audio and images into personal narratives and digital stories, using a movie-making process.
  • QR (Quick Response) Code
    A type of barcode arranged in a square pattern on a white background that contains information, including links to websites, and which can be scanned by mobile devices.
  • Tagxedo
    Create word clouds
  • Voki
    A free text-to-speech language tool in over 25 languages to create online lesson plans.
  • Weebly Education
    Create free websites
  • Padlet
    An online notice board maker. Discussing a new idea? Taking notes? Giving feedback? Voicing opinion? Wishing a happy birthday? Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.
  • Wordle
    Create word clouds


  • Create new understandings and knowledge
  • Decide the best medium to communicate the information
  • Design a model, complete a storyboard, or write a rough draft
  • Prepare a bibliography or works cited

Create New Undertandings/Knowledge


    What is the best way to communicate the information?

    Which medium would be best?

    • a visual presentation?
    • an essay?
    • a theatrical performance?
    • an original song?
    • a demonstration?
    • a poem?
    • a museum display?
    • a script?
    • a business proposal?
    • a letter?
    • an advertisement?
    • a game?
    • a resume?
    • a story?
    • a sculpture?
    • a model?
    • a flowchart?
    • a photograph?
    • a map?
    • a commercial?
    • a debate?
    • __________?

      Sketch a Plan/Write a Rough Draft

      Start to map out a plan...

      • create an outline
      • draw a flowchart
      • design a blueprint
      • develop a storyboard

      Giving Credit to Others

      When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit.  It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated.  Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.

      Be responsible.

      Be honest.

      Show integrity.


      Prepare Bibliography/Works Cited

      Use the bibliographic information collected to create a bibliography or a works cited.

      Use NoodleTools to generate a works cited OR create your own with the guidance of Purdue's OWL (online writing lab). 

      Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:

      • Author/creator
      • Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
      • Page number
      • Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
      • Publication date
      • Name of subscription database (if used)
      • Format (web, print)
      • Date of access (if found online)


        • NoodleTools
          NoodleTools is a bibliographic software tool to assist you in creating accurate source citations in MLA and APA formats.

          Bonus organizational tools: planning, notecards, checklist, collaborative, and more!

        Citation Resources


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