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A Handful of Free iPad Apps for Creating Videos. Even if they haven’t used it, most iPad owners are familiar with iMovie. Many schools buy it for all of the iPads that they distribute to students and teachers. If your school hasn’t bought it for you or you just want to try some other video creation options without spending any money, take a look at this small collection of free video creation apps for your iPad. Loopster is a free iPad app that is probably the closest you will come to iMovie without spending any money.

Loopster is the app that I would have my students use for documentary style videos and other projects that are going to go more than 60-90 seconds in length. The Loopster iPad app provides a four track editor. 30hands is a free iPad app that makes it very easy to create a narrated slideshow. The Knowmia Teach iPad app is an excellent app for creating your own whiteboard videos. Pixntell is an iPad app for quickly creating simple narrated photostories. Video Star is a fun and free music video creation app.

MyHistro Offers New Ways to Share Mapped Timelines. Mission Map Quest - Create Your Own Geography Games. 5 Good Places to Learn to Write HTML. This afternoon I received an email in which I was asked how to write a hyperlink without relying on the visual editor in Word, Google Docs, or your favorite blogging platform. While the visual editing tools will usually do everything you need, at some point you might want to beyond the limitations of WYSIWYG. It's then that you'll want know how to write and edit HTML yourself. These are three resources that you can use to teach yourself HTML. The instructions in these resources are clear enough that middle school students can use them on their own too.

A Beginner's Guide to HTML & CSS is a nice resource developed by Shay Howe whose resume reveals that he works on the user interface for Groupon among other projects. Codecademy is a place where anyone can learn how to write code. Thimble is a free Mozilla product designed to help users learn how to write HTML and CSS. w3Schools has long been my go-to place for quick directions when working in HTML. MapStory - Create a Story With Mapped Data. Six Multimedia Timeline Creation Tools for Students. This week I ran a workshop on mind mapping, brainstorming, and timeline creation. These are the timeline creation tools that I included in the workshop. Meograph offers a nice way to create narrated map-based and timeline-based stories. Much of what Meograph offers can be accomplished in Google Earth.

However, Meograph is browser-based so that students can create stories even if they cannot install Google Earth on their computers. Dipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. MyHistro is a timeline builder and map creation tool rolled into one nice package. I like XTimeline because I find it to be a great service that is very accessible to high school students. TimeGlider offers some nicer layout features compared to XTimeline, but is not quite as intuitive to use as XTimeline. Time Toast is easy to learn to use. 5 Free Online Tools to Create Your Own Infographics. Infographics and data visualizations have become incredibly popular ways to impart information while keeping your audience engaged. As a result, a slew of user-friendly, free online applications have been created which enable users to create their own information graphics.

Here are five such tools that I think are particularly valuable: Wordle - Create beautiful and fully customizable word clouds with this free tool. Simply paste in your text and click “Go”, or specify your own color scheme, layout, and fonts. Instantly create a word cloud for your blog or website by entering the RSS feed! is a brand new online application which allows you to create detailed data visualizations and infographics such as the one below. Twitter Visualizer – This fun tool quickly creates a personalized infographic of your Twitter persona based on what you tweet. Creately let’s you build organized concept maps, flowcharts, and diagrams for free. Infographics & Data Visualizations - Wordle-Beautiful Word Clouds. Launches a Tool for Self-Serve Custom Infographics. Startup design community launched a new tool on Monday that aims to generate custom infographics on anything from sports to the economy — in one click.

10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics. Advertisement Who can resist a colourful, thoughtful venn diagram anyway? In terms of blogging success, infographics are far more likely to be shared than your average blog post. This means more eyeballs on your important information, more people rallying for your cause, more backlinks and more visits to your blog. In short, a quality infographic done well could be what your blog needs right now. Designing An Infographic Some great tips for designing infographics: Keep it simple! Ideas for infographic formats include: Timelines;Flow charts;Annotated maps;Graphs;Venn diagrams;Size comparisons;Showing familiar objects or similar size or value. Here are some great tutorials on infographic creation: Creating Your Infographic Plan and research.If required, use free software to create simple graphs and visualisations of data.Use vector graphic software to bring these visualisations into the one graphic.

Free Online Tools For Creating Infographics Stat Planet Hohli Creately New York Times Many Eyes Wordle. 6 iPad Apps That Help You Create Interactive Study Guides. With the end of the semester drawing near, so are the plans of preparing students for final exams and standardized tests. Check out these six iPad apps to create fun, engaging, interactive study guides for your students. 1. ScreenChomp - Create a list of equations for students to solve. Student’s task will be to work out the equation and record the steps they took to solve the equation. 2. StudyBlue - Give students a list of important terms to know for thier exam, have students create flash cards. Students should review using Review mode and then take the quiz. 3. 4. 5. Students love to use engaging activities to review and prepare for exams. Library Of Congress Unveils Massive Common Core Resource Center.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is here and teachers are trying to figure out how to best integrate it into their tried-and-true lessons. They’re struggling to integrate technology to best augment CCSS. They are in desperate need of classroom materials that they can trust. Like a superhero, the U.S. Library of Congress has just swooped in and unveiled an enormous new (and free!) Common Core Resources You can now do a ‘ Search By Standards ‘ query which lets you do exactly that. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Professional Development Tools There are professional development tools that are sorted by grade level, ease of use, and written in plain English. Classroom Materials Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction.

Learn More. A Look At Google's Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans. Did you know that Google offers a sortable library of lesson plans that are free to download and use? It’s part of the company’s big push into education (seems to be quite the trend these days) and involves thousands of free lesson plans just waiting for you to try out. Most incorporate Google products but then again so do most high-tech lesson plans these days. You can sort the listings by the type of Google product you want or, if that’s not your cup of tea, view the plans organized by subject. That’s probably the best way to go for most Edudemic readers. Ways To Sort By Google Product Apps Apps+ Apps & Earth Blogger Computer Science 4 High School Digital Literacy Docs / Drive Exploring Comp Thinking Fusion Tables Google Earth Google Lit Trips Multiple Science Fair Search Sites Sketchup YouTube By Subject Fine Arts Social Studies Language Arts Science Math Computer Science Research Physics Computer Design History – Social Sciences By Age Ages 0-6 Ages 7-12 Ages 13-18 Ages 15-18 Outbreak.

Excellent iPad Apps to Create eBooks. 1- Book Creator for iPad " The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore.... " 2- eBook Magic " Its easy to use interface and powerful feature set enable you to easily create e-books, Photo albums, text documents, children’s books, etc. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination.. 3- Demibooks Composer " Create your own book apps with realistic physics, animation, images, text, sounds, movies and visual effects..

" 4- Story Patch " Now you can help your child's creativity grow with Story Patch, a beautiful new application for the iPad that children can use to create their own picture books. 5- Creative Book Builder " Creative Book Builder enables everyone to create, edit and publish ebooks in a few minutes on the go. DotEPUB — download any webpage as an e-book.

Course Builder: A New Service from Goolge. The 30 Best Web 2.0 Tools For Teachers (2012 Edition) Looking for the best cloud computing software for your school? What about a way to remotely store homework and other assignments? It’s time to figure out which web 2.0 tool is right for you! The following presentation contains dozens of the most popular tools being used in classrooms right now. In fact, I’ve personally used more than 90% of these tools in higher education. They’re useful, most are free (some are freemium), and true time-savers. You’ve probably heard of some but I can almost guarantee there’s something new here for you.

See Also: The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You Each slide in the below presentation by Rafael Scapin contains the name, description, link, and screenshot of what each tool looks like and does. Edudemic’s Recommendations If you’re looking to try out some of these tools, here are the top 5 tools we recommend you try out (if you haven’t already). Slideshare - Get the credit and audience you deserve for your presentations! The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You. The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011.

In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) And ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible. There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. This left me with 100 different Web 2.0 tools that are recommended by your peers. Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education.

When it comes to using web resources with our students, time plays a decisive role.It is next to impossible for a busy teacher restricted by curriculum constraints, day to day lesson preparations, assignment corrections, to mention but a few of his chores, to effectively search the web and find the adequate resources to share with his/ her students. Most people just do not have the time to learn all these technologies and some educators pick just one or two websites of interest and start exploring them.

This is definitely not the right thing to do particularly if you want to leverage the huge potential of technology into your classroom.There is, however, a simple roudabout to this problem. Look for educational technology blogs ( such as the one you are reading now ) and subscribe to their feeds to stay updated about the latest web tools to use in your instruction. 1- A List of The Best Video Editing Tools for Teachers 2- A List of The Best Digital Story Telling Tools for Teachers.

The 20+ Apps To Know About In 2013. Education got a lot more mobile in 2012 as in-school iPad initiatives , the iPhone 5 launch and online learning providers in general made classroom experiences more interesting—and don’t expect to see teaching head back to desktop PC’s in 2013. In fact, as MOOCs and hybrid programs continue to evolve, mobile should have an ever more significant role to play.

Looking back at some of 2012′s most significant app launches and updates, Education Dive assembled a list of a few of the best apps on iOS and Android devices that we think educators should know about for 2013. Some of these are already out in the wild, and some are still twinkles in their developers’ eyes. All of 23 of them stand to be important, however, in the new year: 1. SPIN Publisher: Net Power & Light Platform: iOS (iPad – requires iOS 5.0 or later) Audience: Anyone who wants to learn collaboratively Price: Free 2. 3. Desire2Learn’s suite of options for its campus apps is always evolving. 4. 5. 6. Tired of saving receipts? Top Tools. Ten Search Tools and Tactics Teachers and Students Need to Know. I often find myself in conversations with teachers and students about Internet search strategies.

Often times the conversation reminds me that what's obvious to me is amazing to someone else. Last week I had that very experience as I taught a couple of teachers some search techniques that they are going to pass along to their students. As a follow-up to that experience, I've crafted the following list of search tools and tactics that every teacher and student should know. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sweet Search is a search engine that searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts.

Wolfram Alpha is billed as a computational search engine and this is exactly what it does. Twurdy is search tool that automatically displays the readability of your search results for you. Twurdy with Pop - searches using Twurdy's most complex algorithm which includes looking up the popularity of words within the text. 10. 100 Powerful Search Engines You May Not Know About. 21 Interesting Ways to use Google Search in the Classroom. Wary of Google? Try These Alternative Search Tools. Free products and services for teachers. Share Ideas that matter | Curation is the new search tool. 3 Ways To Quickly Share Bunches of Links With Your Students. The Top 10 Free Web Tools to Curate and Bookmark Online Resources for Teachers. My secret search/curating weapon.

Teachers Guide on The Use of QR Codes in The Classroom. QR Code Generator: QR Stuff Free Online QR Code Creator And Encoder For T-Shirts, Business Cards & Stickers. 50 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes to Support Learning. Tag My Doc - Assign QR Codes to Your Documents. QR Codes_46 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes to Support Learning.

QR Codes Explained and Ideas for Classroom Use. 17 Interesting Ways to use Prezi in the Classroom.