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Useful Web Authoring Resources

 


 

Software:

All software needed to create a web site and upload it to the ISU web server can be found on (Windows) PCs in many of the microcomputer labs on campus.  (Studio TEaCH, for example, located on the third floor of DeGarmo Hall in room 308, has several such machines with the necessary software already installed and ready to use.)   It is strongly recommended that you take advantage of the services available at these facilities.

 

For individuals who have no other alternative than to work on their web site from an off-campus location, there is now a completely free version of "Expression Web" (with no technical support provided by Microsoft) which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center Expression Web 4 (Free Version) page.  Microsoft ".NET Framework 4" will need to be installed prior to the installation of Expression Web 4 if it is not already present on the machine.  It can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer) page.  The required "Map Network Drive Utility" and "Cisco VPN Client" may be downloaded from the ISU Helpdesk Downloads page.  (For those who wish to use a web-based version of the VPN Client, they should go to the Illinois State University WEBVPN page.)


 

Training materials:

Handouts and videos that summarize the important procedures related to the creation and uploading of student web sites are available on Dr. Franson's Microcomputer Workshop Videos and Handouts page.  Most problems that individuals encounter during the creation and uploading of their site to the ISU web server can be avoided/resolved through careful study of these materials.


 

Some sources of images that you can legally use on your web site:

Listed below are several recommended sites where students can download (royalty free, public domain, or creative commons) images that they may be able to use on their own web site.  Please be sure to read and adhere to any restrictions or conditions of use that may appear on these pages.  Many of the image repositories mentioned were originally found on one (or more) of the following media resource sites: Wikimedia's "Public Domain Image Resources" and "Free Media Resources/Photography" pages, and the (now defunct) LaRue County Web Page Resources and Springfield Township High School's "Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound" pages.  Although some of the links on the (still active) Wikimedia pages may be broken, while others might contain relatively few images suitable for college-level web projects, they are still worth checking out if the pages below contain nothing of interest.

 

Remember that only files in the .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, or .png formats are suitable for use on web pages.  Be sure to download these images and link to them on the Illinois State University web server.  Do not link directly to them on the site where you found them.  Also, please check to make sure file sizes do not exceed a few hundred kilobytes (at maximum) to facilitate rapid loading of your page(s) in everyone's web browser.

 

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ABC Giant--(with free backgrounds, buttons, 3D balls, 3D bullets, and arrows)

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About.com Web Clip Art

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Absolute Background Textures Archive

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AbsoluteDesigns.com--(with free backgrounds and bar lines)

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AnimationLibrary

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AXClipart.com--(with free backgrounds and side backgrounds)

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BackgroundCity.com

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BackgroundsGiant.com

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Barry's Clipart Server

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C.D.C. Public Health Image Library

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ClipartClubhouse.com

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CoolText Graphics Generator

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DesignedToAT.com Free Web Graphics

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Discovery Education Clip Art Gallery

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Easy Stock Photos

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Ender Design Realm Graphics--(with backgrounds, bullets, buttons, icons, and lines)

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FreeAnimations

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Free Bullets for Web Pages

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FreePhotosBank

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Free Web Graphic Design

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FreePixels

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GIFs.net--(with thousands of animated GIFs)

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Jamendo--(with thousands of free music tracks to download and use in your slideshows, presentations, and videos)

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Julianne's Background Textures

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Library of Congress:  American Memory Collection

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Library of Congress:  Maps

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MorgueFile

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N.A.S.A. Multimedia

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Nilsson's Backgrounds

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N.O.A.A. Photo Library

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Open Clip Art Library

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Public Domain Clip Art

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Public Domain Image

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Public-Domain-Photos.com

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Public Domain Pictures.net

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Republic Domain

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Squidfingers--(with background patterns that are distributed in compressed ".zip" format)  The (archived) images must be extracted from the .zip files before they can be used.  After you have "unzipped" the archive file, use the image located outside the "__MACOSX" folder, and not the file whose name begins with a "." (period) inside the "__MACOSX" folder.

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The Button Bin

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Tile Machine

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U.S.D.A. Online Image Gallery and Photo Library Archive

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Library System

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U.S.G.S. Map-It: Form-based Simple Map Generator

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Webmaster Resource Center--(with free backgrounds, 3D buttons, 3D bullets, 3D bars/horizontal rules, and icons/clipart)

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Wikimedia Commons Mayflower search engine for media files

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WPClipart

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Yahoo! (Advanced) Image Search of Creative Commons Images on Flickr.com--(Please be sure to select the "Creator allows reuse" option--more details here.)


 

Important information about copyright and fair use:

Unless you know with certainty that material on a web site is royalty free, in the public domain, or covered under a creative commons license, please do not simply co-opt text, images, or other media from pages without the expressed written permission of the copyright holder.  Although this is frequently done by students when they create their web site and other educational materials, it is often not in compliance with copyright law.  For more information on copyright compliance and the notion of "fair use," please see the following on-line resources:

 

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New:  Five-Minute Film Festival: Copyright and Fair Use for Educators

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New:  Why Watching DVDs on Linux is Illegal in the USA 

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New:  Reflecting on Copyright Laws

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New:  Downloading YouTube videos

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New:  Exemption To The Prohibition Of Circumvention Of Copyright Protection Systems For Access Control Technologies

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New:  Dongles, Ripping and Jailbreaking, Oh My!

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Future Tense: Copy Wrong

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New copyright ruling affects educators

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Digital Millenium Copyright Act

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What is copyright?

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How to Understand Copyright Restrictions

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Circular 21:  Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Teachers and Librarians

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Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright

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The Copyright Primer

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10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained

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Linking Rights

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Copy Wrongs: Teachers Looking Online for Material, Be Warned

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The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy

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Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web

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Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia

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Working with Fair Use

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Permission Template

 


 

Special Resources for the February 12, 2018 Movie Maker Workshop for Dr. Hatch's Class:

 

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Royalty-free music for your presentation at:  http://www.jamendo.com/en/

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Two Sources of Images for your presentation at:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
 and https://www.google.com/advanced_image_search

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Video clips for your presentation at:  http://archive.org/details/movies

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Left-click here to download Windows Essentials 2012 to your Windows computer.  After the file has downloaded, run it and select the option entitled "Choose the components you want to install."  The only component you need to install is the one named "Photo Gallery and Movie Maker."

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Practice project for today's lesson

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For instructions on how to share your video privately with your professor on YouTube, please left-click here.

 


 

 

 

*All graphical bullets used on this site were purchased from: http://www.grsites.com/.
**All textual buttons used on this site were created free-of-charge at: http://www.grsites.com/.
***All graphical buttons used on this site were downloaded free-of-charge from: http://www.ender-design.com/rg/.
****All video clips used in the examples on this site were downloaded free-of-charge from: http://www.archive.org/.