A list of graphics links curated by Annette Wolf Bensen.


Online Resources for Discounts

United Federation of Teachers
Also a listing of Crafts, Books, Clothing, Electronics, Software, Office Supplies, Entertainment and more.

Gift Card Granny
This has a full list of 80 discounts for teachers ranging from Crafts, Electronics, Software, Clothing, Books and more.

B&H Photo
Sign up with your id and you will be able to purchase Cameras, Video Equipment, Computers, Ink/toner, etc. at a very good discount. It does not cover all store products but many products. You must have a .edu or school email address.

Best Colleges Online
A comprehensive listing of 100+ stores That give teacher discounts. I don’t think anything more need be said.


Graphics Support & Information

Adobe is listed under all of the links for discounts for teachers but this one is special. Find and share resources, connect with peers, start a discussion, professional development workshops . . . you name it . . . Adobe is wonderful source of information and workshops and more. Leave yourself some time and take some notes. Great site, great support.

Apple Education
Apple is listed on all of the discounts for teachers but here they give you some additional information regarding initiative from the Whitehouse and more. Good to read and to view.

Graphics Industry Advisory Commission
The commission puts on Professional Development Days during the year. We ask teachers to be involved and give us areas that you would like to learn about so we can fulfill your graphic interests and needs. Please check our site every now and then or put your name on our list to get notices when we make changes. You can use this site to also get current information regarding the industry supported competition at the end of May. Also link to the Scholarships available for students.

Great site to get information about type and web fonts web fonts and more. Fontology is structured as a workbook and includes a collection of course assets for design educators, a self-education tool for students and a reference source for professional graphic designers. They even give out some free fonts.

What They Think
Good source of information about the printing industry. Become a Member for access to unbiased market intelligence, industry news, economic and trend analysis, and special reports on emerging technology and critical events. The membership is FREE for all teachers. You must have a .edu or a .gov at the end of your email to get this free subscription.

Paper Specs
Paper always needs to be in the mix . . . knowing how to select the perfect paper – the impact of a campaign, the quality of the visuals, the success of the message, the confidence of a client. This site always brings paper information that you might want to know about.

Sappi Paper
Sappi supports education and one of the best things I found besides the paper itself is the Sappi Standard. The Standard has been an invaluable resource for designers and printers throughout the world. Each edition focuses on a particular aspect of the printing and design process. This series is part of Sappi’s continuing commitment to create unique and valuable educational resources for professionals in the print communications business. These editions are FREE.

The Type Studio
A great source of TYPE information. Everything from type design to structure to designing with type. There are FREE webinars and FREE past webinars. All really good and informative. As a past typographer, Ilene Strizver does a great job and loves type. If you are interested in type, she is the person to follow.

The Fold Factory
This comes periodically and when you subscribe to this there is a 1-minute video. You can watch this video about their pick for “Fold of the Week”. Well done, does not take much time and informative (really a one minute video).


FREE Online Classes for Teachers

Apple Store
Apple offers free workshops to teach you the basics. Also helps take your skills to the next level.

Adobe PD
There is a wonderful mixture of information here for you to view and workshops for you to take. There are so many but one needs to start somewhere . . . you can start with “Assessing Creativity in Today’s Classrooms” then move on to “Implementing Creativity in the Classroom” then go onto the “Up and Running with” various programs like PhotoShop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator and more.

About.com / Desktop Publishing
There is lots of information but it is burried in loads of advertising and cluttered with links and ads on both sides of the page . . . if you can handle that, it does give you lots of information .

Study.com: 10 Sites to Find Free Graphic Design Courses Online
Free online courses in graphic design are offered by real schools. Learn which graphic design courses are available, what topics they cover and which ones lead to real college credit.

50 Totally Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory
There is some very good information here. Most of the links work but there are some that do not. I did use the links to most of the information regarding type.


Apps for Teachers

Apple iTunes
Great stuff!!!! This app is iTune U and is FREE. Can download to both iPad and iPhone and is to be used to create and experience courses on an iPad.

Apple Educreations
This app one is Educreations Interaction Whiteboard . . . FREE. Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help

48 iPad Apps
It is noted that “These apps will help turn your iPad into the ultimate productivity tool, whether you’re making a home movie, sketching out plans for a project or writing a term paper.” The list is very interesting. Download what you need. You can download apps like Dictionary, WordPress, Dragon Dictation, iMovie, Dropbox, myHomework, and more.

KQED: Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers
A comprehensive listing and a blurb about each app. This is the work of a high school teacher in CT and we all gain the result of her hard work. This is a must look at site.


Sources for Augmented Reality

Aurasma is the industry-leading augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world.

Turns your phone into a magic lens giving you a whole new, interactive view on the physical world around you using Augmented Reality and Image-Recognition technologies.


If you have some additional listings you would like to add to this list, please email me at angen@comcast.net.