Free Online Tools

LibreOffice (FREE word processor)

Note: FILES MUST BE SAVED AS MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENTS (.doc or .docx file extensions).

Stop typing essays in Notepad and WordPad! If your computer did not come with Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, use LibreOffice. This is a FREE download and will install the LibreOffice word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation applications to your home computer.

http://www.libreoffice.org/

OpenOffice (another FREE word processor)

Note: FILES MUST BE SAVED AS MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENTS (.doc or .docx file extensions).

This is another option if you do not have Microsoft Office on your home computer.

http://www.openoffice.org/

Google Drive

Take it to the cloud! Among other applications, Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) includes a simple word processor and spreadsheet. Documents are saved and stored online and can even be shared with others. You can also take advantage of your online storage space and upload documents. This is useful if you do not have a flashdrive. Registration required. Please create accounts at home with a parent before using in school.

http://drive.google.com

VLC media player

Are you having trouble playing a video or audio file on your computer? Try the VLC media player; it can open and play various audio and video files.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

Quizlet

Do you have a major vocabulary test coming up? Create your own online flashcards to help study for your classes. Registration required to create flashcards. Please create accounts at home with a parent before using in school.

http://quizlet.com/

Wordle

Create word clouds with Wordle. Word clouds are visual representations of text in which more frequently used words are given prominence (they appear bigger). Copy and paste an essay into Wordle, and you can see which words are being used the most.

http://www.wordle.net/

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