Technology Used

Here is an alphabetical list of the technology resources (websites and technology) utilized by Mix IT Up! sites.  A list of software and hardware organized by project site can be found here.

A list of the software utilized by Tap In can be found here.




The Beat Within –

The Beat Within is a magazine written by young people in custody around the country. This magazine is published biweekly and is available online. The youth in the CCJDC write for this magazine.

This is a comic strip generating website that we have used with the kids at UNCC to create comic strips that they can save and print if they want to.


Digital Vaults –


E-Toys to Go –

This is an application that was donated by the MSTE program at UIUC. We have used it to do projects with the kids where they create objects/shapes on the computer and make those objects/shapes move, etc.  This software familiarized kids with basic coding, design, and math concepts.  This software is free – available for download by anyone who visits the E-Toys website.


Folktales –

This is African Folktales website. It consists different tales from: Nigeria, South Africa,  and West Africa.


“If It Were My Home” –

This website does a quick comparison of different statistics of the two countries you choose and then tells how different your life could have been.


Juvenile Justice Information Exchange –

This website provides news about juvenile justice and informs some of the practices in the JDC library. Occasionally, information that comes through JJIE will be discussed in writing workshops with the youth in the facility.


Lego Island Creator

This is an online game that is free, fun for kids to play, but also requires them to use math-related skills (geometry, adding/subtracting) and simple strategy techniques.


Library Services for Youth in Custody –

Library Services for Youth in Custody (LSYC) is an organization serving the needs of and advocating for those who provide library services for youth in custody, which would include, at the least, incarcerated/detained/committed youth in both juvenile & adult settings in municipal, county, local, state, or federal facilities, including ICE detention centers and youth in secure mental health or rehab settings, and might also include at-risk youth in other forms of group housing or government custody. This website provides some support for our collection development and programming needs.


LibraryThing –

An on-line library cataloging website that retrieves information from the Library of Congress and other libraries to catalog books.  The site also allows users to add tags to their catalogs.


OpenStudy –

OpenStudy website is a social learning website where kids ask questions, give help, and connect with other kids all over the world.


PBS Learning

Intended for educators. After three views it’ll prompt you to sign up. When you do, it’ll redirect you to your state site. You can search around other state curricula, too, but they try to make it state-centric so you can center on state curriculum. You can view all of the material for free. There’s an upgrade service, which is nice for teachers, but not necessary. It lets teachers align things to curriculum and has grades for students, etc.:


Stock Market Game –


Tell It Again –

This excellent story fairy tales articulates kids about the little girl named Goldilocks & her 3 friends (bears) .The main content of this fairy tales is to love animals and take care for them.


Yahoo Finance –




Audacity –

Audacity is an open source audio editor. Audacity will be used by youth to turn writings into audio productions.


Call Recorder for Skype  –  – $19.95

This software has been used to record Skype calls for the oral history archives


CC Movie Captioner  – -$99

Adds closed captions to our interviews that we recorded during our oral history archives project (UP Center).


Darik’s Boot & Nuke –

Hard drive disc wipe and data clearing software.  Open Source.


Gimp –

Gimp is an open source image editor. Youth will digitize their visual art and manipulate images.


Open Movie Editor –


OPHCrack for Windows XP –

Password cracking software – used to crack passwords of donated computers.  Open source.


LimeSurvey –

Tap In uses LimeSurvey to make surveys for our scholars and team.  This software is both free and open source.  It requires PHP, MySQL, and Apache to be installed.



Tap In uses MediaWiki for two different wikis: We use it for this wiki, where we have 98 articles about our enrichment activities and tools.  We also have a separate wiki that we use to keep track of all our internal tech documentation.  This software is both free and open source

This software requires PHP to be installed; some kind of server software, such as Apache or IIS; and a database software, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite. If you have these, the setup is pretty easy, since the download has a pretty easy-to-use installer.

MediaWiki has installation instructions at


OpenBiblio –

Tap In uses PixelPost to keep track of all our books and loanable technology. You can see our library catalog at

This software is both free and open source.  It requires PHP, MySQL, and Apache to be installed.  You can download it from the official website. They are working on an overhaul of the software.


OrangeHRM –

Tap In uses OrangeHRM as its Human Resources system.  This software is both free and open source

You can download it at If you are running it from a Windows computer, there’s an installer that also includes all the database and server software included in it. If you already have these programs installed on the computer, you can also download a version that doesn’t include these.


Oxwall –

Tap In uses Oxwall as the basis of its Scholar Space.

This software is both free and open source.   It requires server, database, and PHP software to be installed first.


PixelPost –

Tap In uses PixelPost to store and organize our photos.  This software is both free and open source

It requires PHP, MySQL, and Apache to be installed.  You can download it from the official website. The software hasn’t been updated since 2009.

There are a bunch of cool extensions that have been written for PixelPost, which you can find here:


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