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Have you ever tried to share a collection of links with students and/or colleagues in a visually appealing way? Symbaloo is here to help!

Sometimes, the tools we stumble upon are just a way to add a little fun into the classroom. Font de Music takes a short sentence and adds a musical backing track, then makes the letters do a little dance to the music. It’s a simple, fun site with some possibilities for examining how multimedia and text influences our thinking around design choices.

You may have heard about text-to-speech programs, but how about text-to-song? Let Them Sing It for You is a site that turns user text into a song montage. Sure, it’s odd and entertaining, but this site may provide another way to get students excited about poetry and writing.

Putting complex ideas into a simple expression can do wonders for our recall ability, and JogLab can help you coin a catchy slogan that your students won’t forget.

Teachers who use a blog as a classroom website, publishing tool, or means of sharing and writing face a yearly conundrum: once the school year ends, how do you archive all that work? BlogBooker turns a blog into a PDF-style book, and is available for blogs on the Wordpress, Live Journal, and Blogger platforms.

Twurdy (a mash-up of “too wordy”) is a user-friendly search engine that color-codes search results according to their reading levels.

Poll Junkie allows you to get exactly the information you want via a series of survey options. You can ask responders to rate items on a number scale, rank items in order, or use classic multiple choice. A completed poll generates two links: one with the questions for responders, and one with the results for you. There’s also HTML code for embedding questions on a website.

Surfboard is a new site that allows you to convert a standard website into a magazine-like flipboard format.

FutureMe lets you send an email to yourself at a specified time in the future. You provide the email address, add a subject line, write a note to your future self, and then choose when it should get delivered.

EmbedPlus lets you crop a video, add slow motion, zoom, and even has a live-discussion feature.