Free online tools that you or your patrons can use to get things done in the digital world.
Remember, like books, these online tools each require a different amount of digital literacy and comfort on the computer. Take into consideration the digital literacy of your patron when recommending an online tool.
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Find & stream music by picking a song or artist and hearing songs and artists that are similar
Music uploaded by artists who artists allow anyone to download and share their music.
Freeplay music and sound effects
Royalty free music library which meets all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education. Downloadable MP3 files for ANY Apple™, PC/Windows™ based software such as Garageband™, iMovie™, iLife™, iWeb™, Movie Maker™, Photo Story™ and all others.
Public domain music and sheet music
Multi-track audio editor and recorder
Digital podcasting platform enabling the creation, broadcast and consumption of audio across multiple global media outlets.
You get to be a DJ with a message – search for a song that you want to hear, then add a short message, then submit it. Create a combination of a song and a short message that accompanies it.
Create music online with a sound studio
Make an audio “voice mail” that can be emailed, embedded or made into a QR code.
Sing a tune or follow a simple step-by-step process to produce a professional-sounding , impressive piece of music. Share your tune with friends and fans. Create your own ringtones, add soundtracks to your videos and trailers to your vlogs.
Learn music theory. Select a lesson, trainer, or utility from the lists
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Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.
What Should I Read Next?
Enter a book you like and the site will analyze our huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.
Enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs.
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Learn to code in different languages with net native education. Takes cues from Facebook and Zynga in creating an engaging educational experience.
Hour of Code tutorials
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
Mozilla Learning Network
Start teaching others how to read, write and participate on the web with these free activities created by teachers, educators and technologists like you. Each featured activity includes step-by-step instructions and has been tested in schools, afterschool programs, libraries and community centers around the globe. Whether learning how to code, understanding why privacy matters, or creating openly licensed web content, we believe teaching the web should be fun and engaging!
Provides tools and materials for teaching and learning computational thinking, problem-solving, and computer programming across a spectrum of ages and grade levels.
Cloud-hosted game development platform. free video game development without major downloads
program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations online
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Google Apps suite
Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, Google+, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Sites all under your own domain
Store files in the cloud. Good for sharing.
Visual organizer project management with drag and drop cards.
Project management for teams.
Another social bookmarking site, because you should have options!
The popular personal curation tool is great for work and school, too.
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Converts file types
Audio Online Converter
Converts many types of files including ebook, audio and image filetypes
Download videos and music for free. Use this in places where the internet isn’t good enough to stream videos, or where they are blocked. Students could download videos they reference in papers.
Download videos or save the audio from videos. Plus add some code to your website and your videos can be downloaded easily.
It is an application to install, but it is awesome for transcoding video (change the file type).
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Tech Support Guy
Computer help is provided by volunteers and the site is paid for by sponsors and donations. There is no cost to you.
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A social media site for professionals. It’s a good place to start building your portfolio. LinkedIn lets you export your information into a professional-looking resume in PDF form.
10+ elegant and professional resume templates. In the click of a button, try on the design that best accentuates your personality. Your resume will automatically adapt to the theme. Enrich your resume with videos, images, presentations and documents.
Resume builder, cover letter builder, interview tips, career assessment test, and resume & cover letter samples – everything you need.
My Perfect Resume
Resume generator with prewritten parts you can add by clicking.
Store your resume online here and redirect anyone to it just by giving them your URL, which looks something like resume.com/username.
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Colorado Book Club Resource
Over 130 titles to choose from. YA titles available.
SWIFT – Statewide Interlibrary Loan Fast Track
SWIFT is a web-based interlibrary loan requesting and tracking system provided free of charge to all libraries within Colorado
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection
The CHNC database includes digitized newspapers in Colorado from 1859 to 1923.
Colorado Online Libraries
Create an intuitive and dynamic web presence for your library.
For library-related organizations that need a quick website or a library event that requires an online space
Email lists for librarians
Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC)
Provide free access to more resources than any one library can provide.
Free to patrons. Search and reserve items online from nearest participating library.
Library Job Line
Great site for library jobs. Post your jobs or look for jobs.
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Kind of like the web version of a community bulletin board that you can customize and put post-it like notes on – with video, or links or images.
Credibility. Check out who is behind the info you get from a website.
financial management tool
Evaluates the accessibility of websites
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Earn university credit and certificates.
Fundamentals and beyond. Focused on K -12. Plus test prep!
Learn a language for free.
MIT Open Courseware
The materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects are available on the Web.
An amazing site for continued learning. The drawback is that it requires an iOS device to download the iTunes U app (only Apple)
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Makes it possible to create private group spaces where you share photos and memories.
Online photo editing
Downloaded software to create slideshows, yearbooks, scrapbooks.
Free online picture editor and collage maker
Big Huge Labs
Special effects with digital photos.
Make a slideshow
Free for a single user. Up to 3 pages per document, 25 MB storage
All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
Google reverse image search
Search by dragging an image to the search bar
This online graphic design tool helps you create professional looking images for the web and print.
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A multimedia presentation solution for a photo-video slide show. Synchronize a video and a slideshow side by side. Embed into any webpage.
YouTube and PowerPoint mixed together.
Like PowerPoint, but in a web browser. Easy to create and share presentations.
Make a website quickly and easily.
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great for scheduling meetings for groups
Ditch your fax machine. Fill out & sign PDFs online. Legally binding e-signatures. 3 free a month
Tiny Scanner (App Store)
PDF scanner a picture becomes a scan of a document, receipt & fax. Use your cell phone to take a picture of a document and fax it.
Automate your processes.
RSS reader to keep up on all your favorite sites
Create text, picture, and voice notes. Access them from any device.
White noise tools (for productivity in distracting places)
a web-based white/pink/brown noise generator
another white noise generator (but it sounds like…rain…)
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Digital storytelling. Mashup of digital audio, video and art. Inanimate Alice is a story, Snappy is the free tool to make the story.
Leads you through plot character and settings to create a story.
allows folks to create their own story with animation. Fun, educational, produces something personal, free
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Web based. Make a movie of what appears on your computer screen. Has basic editing capability.
Download. Capture basic video, animation, and still images, on your computer screen and share them on the web.
Download. Take snapshots of a specific area of the screen.
Online video editing (pretty good)
Online story telling/video creator – AWESOME….especially with kids
free app on iOS devices (Apple). Best movie editor out there for the money