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Gizmo's Best Freeware  Many of these programs are as good as or better than their commercial counterparts so why pay for what you can get for free?  At this community website you'll find the very best freeware programs each selected by our independent editors because of their quality and performance. Many of these programs are as good as or better than their commercial counterparts so why pay for what you can get for free?


Book Reader and converter


Speed Reading   Improve your reading speed.  To make things easier for you, we created a bookmarklet for you. Just drag this link  speed read it and drop it onto your browser’s bookmark toolbar. Bring up the page you want to read into your browser, click on “speed read it”, and you can improve your reading speed in the subject of your choice.


Make Use Of  Best Free Software  Welcome to MakeUseOf, a booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive.  Welcome to MakeUseOf, a booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive. The aim of MakeUseOf is to guide you through the web and tell you about hot websites that you have never heard of, best software programs, and all kinds of “how to” tips for Windows, Mac and Linux computer users.

  1. Free Programs:


LastPass  Keep all your passwords



Avairy  Photo Editor


Google Office    FREE

Takeout     Help


Open Office - FREE

Microsoft Office $149 


Slide Rocket - FREE

Power Point $100 


Gimp - FREE

Photoshop  $500 


InkScape - FREE

Illustrator  $500 


Scribus - FREE

InDesign  $500 


Mint - FREE

Quicken $500


Process Raw Pictures


Adobe Photoshop $700


Note management

Evernote   FREE


replace quicken $70


Design Floor Plan ExhibitCore

Floor Planner FREE


Free Federal Tax Return

TaxAct  or IRS  FREE

Turbo Tax $35


Genealogist  (Video)

We Relate     


Picture Conversion

Fix Picture    

Gizmo’s -Best Free Software-

   Many of these programs are as good as or better than their commercial counterparts so why pay for what you can get for free?

Freeology  Freeology is maintained by a high school teacher in California.This site was created in 2000 in conjunction with my teaching credential program. One of my assignments was to create graphic organizers. After realizing the versatility of graphic organizers, I put the first 16 worksheets online at for others to download for free. Over the years, I have continued to add free teaching resources.

The Open University   Open Learn  - The home of free Learning from the Open University  

Open culture Best Free Learning   The best free cultural & educational media on the web.  Every now and then, we like to remind readers of the audio/video resources that Open Culture makes available to lifelong learners. These collections are all free, and can be downloaded to your computers

Free Music  My music is available in multiple versions from the amazing folks at SmartSound. They also have a LARGE collection of Royalty Free Music by other artists.

Free Pictures  Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.

Free ClipArt  The online royalty free public domain clip art

Open ClipArt  The Open Clip Art Library (OCAL) is the largest collaborative community that creates, shares and remixes clipart. All clipart is released to the public domain and may be used in any project for free with no restrictions.

Free SVG files  Finding art that is legal to use can be frustrating, but here’s a tool for images you can know are OK for just about any purpose. The Open Clipart Library is a repository of SVG files started by the folks that develop Inkscape

Free Sounds  Free-sound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Free-sound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples

QuoteLand - And - Bright Quotes

Free  Software for Students  Free Software for Students exists to provide the tools that students, teachers and parents need to use computers for school work, at no financial cost.

69 Free & Open Source Software   Many Open Source software projects were either started in colleges or started by recent college graduates. Whether it's a coincidence or not, a lot of the available open source software is ideal for college students, either pursuing a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.

Make Use Of-Best Free Software-Welcome to MakeUseOf, a booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive

Free 10 Star Movies

Calibre Book Reader and converter

Speed Reading   Improve your reading speed

Free Federal Resources  Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies

Free Ask the Consultant  Free software

Books Should Be Free   Download books for iPhone, Android, Kindle & mp3 players. Audio Books   Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBooks

Free Music Downloads    Need more music in your life? Once you have downloaded Music Oasis, you can stream or download any song from the library in high quality, non-DRM, mp3 format for use with any music player - no restrictions!

Free Sound Effects by Category   2,000+ free sound effects. Make some noise!

Pandora With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.

Freeology   Freeology is maintained by a high school teacher in California.  This site was created in 2000 in conjunction with my teaching credential program. One of my assignments was to create graphic organizers. After realizing the versatility of graphic organizers, I put the first 16 worksheets online at for others to download for free. Over the years, I have continued to add free teaching resources.  There is no registration or annual fee to use this site, and all materials are offered under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license.   My goal is to provide printables and lesson ideas that are easy to find and easy to use. I’m always looking for good ideas and ways to improve this site. Your comments and feedback help improve this site, so please feel free to leave a comment if you have any suggestions for Freeology.

Free Manuals   Millions of Free Manuals. Download Manuals That You Need. Top Manuals

Free Tutorials   38.000.000 Free tutorials !

The”focus" section is found on all web the pages on this site. “ Focus” contains some of the most useful, interesting and informative sites on the Internet. This page is a compilation of many  of the best sites that are found on the CAP Center. This page is a sample of the focus is on many sections of my website.

The “Focus” link on this page will take you to some sites that stand out above the rest.  Enjoy!

(Man Using brainpower  and ingenuity to get 72 inch cut the cheapest way possible.)

  1. Citation    The fully automatic bibliography and citation maker. Save time by creating a cited page instantly in theMLA,APA,Chicago,or Harvard referencing styles! It's easy, fast and it's free!
  2. Memorize How does it work?  When the "enter text" button is selected, you can enter a item names for an item you want to memorize in the "item name" field, then add the item itself. (You can add as many items as you please, and can even enter entire lists of items (click here for instructions). The item names will appear in the right-side column
  3. Big Huge Thesaurus   and story creator  This site is based on source data from the Princeton University WordNet database, the Carnegie Mellon Pronouncing Dictionary, and suggestions from thousands of people on the internet just like you.
  4.  Mind Maps:   
  5.       Wisemapping -  A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making. It is an image-centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between portions of information…” Free
  6.        Draw  Mind Mapping  This is a mind map that is not easy to find, and as far as I can tell it is free. It is very comprehensive and well-designed.
  7. Creativity Portal   Take as much time with each prompt as you need, or set a 10-minute writing timer. Your first "Imagination Prompt" appears above. To generate another, simply click the "Next Prompt" button.
  8. PC Classes Online  Completely Free    
  9. Writer's Exercise Generator  Writing Starters  Free
  10. Paper Rater  Evaluate your writing (free)
  11. After the Deadline  Free for personal use.  Grammar/style/spell checker.
  12. TwinMarker     The Agreement of Subjects and Verbs: checks for the third person singular present form of verbs.  Determiner Usage: checks for redundant determiners, the order of determiners, and the combination of determiners and nouns.   Free
  13. Ginger  (On LineGrammar Checker – Perfect spelling and grammar is a single click away.  Sentence Rephraser   Ginger’s Free version gives users access for free up to a certain weekly limit. Once the weekly limited is reached, Ginger still displays corrections for misspelled words but you have to manually enter the corrected word. On the following Monday the capacity is reloaded and you can enjoy Ginger’s corrections until the capacity has been used up again. – Makes your text much more creative and stylish.  Get Ginger!  $$$    FAQ $4.90 or $9.40 per month
  14. "Expresso"    Analyze your Essays  (beta) Free
  15. Thesis Builder A tool to help students write a thesis statement and an outline.   Free
  16.  The Electronic Essay  A sample of writing tools   Free
  17.   Info-Graphics Create Infographics from Office Templates  or   -How to with "easily" .Examine this "Periodic Table of Visualization"  Free
  18. Tests for Students   Tests for anyone.  (ACT, AP Courses, Math, CLEP, GED, HSPT, ISEE, LSAT, SAT. SSAT, and more—-  Free
  19. Web Math  Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks "solve." In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.   Free
  20. CC Search  Creative Commons  Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to some rights reserved.”Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs Free
  21. EducatorLabs is comprised of school librarians and media specialists who volunteer as curators and conservators of the scholastic web. In previous decades, our resource collections were finite and we knew our card catalog backwards and forwards; nowadays, modern technology provides us with a seemingly infinite inventory of educational resources. Unfortunately, there simply are no comprehensive card catalogs for the internet and, sadly, many untapped resources go undiscovered by most teachers.
  22. Bibme    is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, andTurabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals. If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually. BibMe also features a citation guide that provides students with the style manuals' guidelines for citing references.
  23. Quizlet  Study and learn Vocabulary,  (Free or $15.00 per year, but worth it.)  You can create your own sets of words for your own specific purpose, or you can incorporate sets of words from other people who have made their work public. (An example is: "Medical prefix in root words for intro to nursing or testing such as SAT, LSAT, GRE, etc.")  The following is another example  from a "prefix set of words".


  1. Language Immersion add-on for Google Chrome   If you use Google Chrome, there’s a nifty little add-on you might want to check out, called Language Immersion for ChromeIt’s built using Google’s automatic translation services, so you can select from 64 different languages. It also allows you to select a level of fluency (from beginner to fluent). The add-on takes whatever website you're looking and randomly replaces words with your foreign-language equivalent.  Clicking on them changes them into English, and hovering over them will give you a pronunciation.
  2. Type It   Type accents in a foreign language, online.  It is also an App created for Windows.
  3. Handy keyboard shortcuts that take 
  4. zero
  5.  time to learn
  6. Switch between character sets while typing
  7. Choose boldface, italics, font face and other formatting
  8. Your text is automatically saved in case you exit by accident (in Firefox and Chrome) Free
  9. Socrative     Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
  10. Games  BrainPop  Free Stuff
  11. Student Competitions is the world's largest community of talents passionate about competing and connecting with global opportunities through showing one's skills. is powered by, the market leader for organizing online competitions.

Free Courses Online/

What is meant by accredited online courses

  1. SAS Curriculum Pathways   Over 1200 interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish all at no cost. No Catch. Promise.   “ … SAS provides interactive resources in Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies and Spanish for Middle School and High School.  The resources range from interactive, virtual labs to investigations using primary source documentation to web research projects.  Many projects require students to type in answers throughout the lesson and a document is created that can be sent to the teacher.  Others have printable sheets to work on while researching online.  SAS has also added some cool new tools like an interactive atlas and several new writing tools…."  Free
  2. Curriki    It’s free. Yes, that’s right. Curriki is completely free for teachers, students, and parents.The OERs have been created and contributed by educators, curriculum designers, curriculum partners, and school districts.  Free
  3. Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you'll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.
  4. Wikiversity   Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resourceslearning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachersstudents, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour or start editing now.
  5. Learning For Life   Choose from high-quality courses in topics such asScience and technology, Business and management,Body and mind,And arts and humanities.Courses are designedTo fit into your lifestyleAnd goals.. Learn from top experts from  International universities and the UK.  EnjoyLearning from wherever you are and from whatever device is available to you. (Mobile phone, tablet or desktop)
  6. Khan Academy   A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.  Free
  7. MIT Open Courseware    MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,200 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.
  8. Make Use Of  Open Courseware  A List of Top Choices.
  9. 1000 Free Online Courses from Top Universities           Get 1000 free online courses from the world’s leading universities –  Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 30,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now
  10. Open Education Consortium   The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.
  11. TED Ed    TED believes passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. This underlying philosophy is the driving force behind all of TED's endeavors, including the TED Conferences, TEDx, TED Books, the TED Fellows Program, and the TED Open Translation Project. With this philosophy in mind, and with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world, TED-Ed is the newest of TED’s initiatives.  TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessonsyou will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home toTED-Ed Clubs  an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.
  12. Lumen   We make our OER-based Candela courses freely available online through our course catalog. Verified faculty and administrators can request access to curated instructor resources by contacting us at Course Licensing  Open courses reflect the licensing of the source materials we use to create them. All Lumen contributions use a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license Contributions of others are incorporated using the license they have selected.


© Thomas Wilson 2016