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I've only covered augmented reality a couple of times on this blog (most notably here ) because creating augmented reality content requires a level of coding skill well beyond that which I and most teachers and students possess. That could change with the launch of Hoppala . Hoppala is a new augmented reality layer creation service that launched late last week. Creating an augmented reality layer is a essentially a drag and drop process when using Hoppala . Watch the video below to learned more about creating augmented reality content using Hoppala .
I always encourage people to use their own music creations in the videos they produce, but I recognize that that is not always possible or practical. My next recommendation then is to use Creative Commons licensed music ( here are seven good sources ). This morning through Pitchanan Gaysornmas I learned about another good place to search for and find Creative Commons music, the Vimeo Music Store . The Vimeo Music Store offers more than 45,000 music tracks. Not all of the tracks are free or Creative Commons licensed, but roughly one-third or more of them are.
The cover story on this month's issue of National Geographic is all about the brains of teenagers. As usual the National Geographic website has a couple of complementary resources to support the article. On the website you'll find a photo gallery and a video that attempts to portray through images the various aspects of the emotions of teenage brains. The feature that is probably most applicable to a high school classroom is the risk taker quiz .
Last week, in response to one of my new teaching assignments, I posted a list of seven resources for teaching and learning vocabulary .
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This page is where you can find resources related to my presentations about creating effective blogs and websites to complement instruction. How to create a Blogger blog. How to turn on comment moderation in Blogger. How to add or subtract contributors to your Blogger blog.
This page is designed to introduce and show you how to use various free video creation resources.
QRPedia is a neat website that was featured on Read Write Web this morning. RWW called it "the coolest QR thingy ever made."
Concept Board , a collaborative online whiteboard that I reviewed in August , recently released a Google Chrome App that integrates with Google+ Hangouts. Concept Board for Google+ allows you to collaborate on mind maps and other whiteboard activities through Google+ Hangouts. Invite your collaborators to hangout with you on Google+ and you can talk while developing a mind map or other diagram together.
GeoGebraTube is a community site for teachers who teach with GeoGebra to share and find a wide range free resources. On GeoGebraTube visitors will find user-created tutorials, lessons, and worksheets. Visitors can search for resources by age group, language, and material type. All materials are freely available for noncommercial reuse. Applications for Education If you're a mathematics teacher whose school is using GeoGebra, GeoGebraTube could be a good reference to bookmark. When you start planning your next lesson browse through GeoGebraTube before trying to reinvent the wheel (or a lesson plan that someone else has already published).
Pronunciator is a free service offering self-paced lessons for sixty languages. Each lesson is comprised of flashcards that are read to viewers in the language that they are trying to learn. Additionally, each flashcard has each word written in the student's native language and the language that he or she is trying to learn. There are practice quizzes available with the Pronunciator lessons. You can watch a demonstration of the quizzes in the video below.
Vocalyze is a free service that reads the content of popular websites to you. You can subscribe to popular sites across twelve different categories. To build up your playlist just click on a category then click on a site. If you want to delete a website from your playlist just click the "x" next to it in your favorites list.
Disclosure: TenMarks recently became an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers . Prior to that I wrote about it a couple of times without any input from them. TenMarks offers a free online mathematics program designed to supplement your in-classroom mathematics instruction. The free TenMarks program covers materials for students in grades two through ten.
Aww App is a super simple browser-based application for creating drawings. To get started just go to AwwApp.com and click on "start drawing." To invite people to collaborate on your drawing just send them the link assigned to your drawing board and they can join in the drawing fun. If you would like to use Aww App on your classroom or school website and you have familiarity with editing the code of your site, you can install Aww App for free . The free version of Aww App when installed on your own site does not allow sharing. For $10/month you can enable sharing.
Introducing new technology tools to your students or to your colleagues can become a frustrating exercise if you end up repeating the same step-by-step directions over and over again. Not only is it frustrating for you to repeat those directions, it can also be frustrating for the students who want to go ahead but can't because you're waiting until everyone is on the same page. One way to avoid that is to create annotated screen captures of the tools you're introducing. Another way to avoid repeating directions over and over again is to creating screencast videos in which you explain each step of the process. Here are seven tools that you can use to create annotated screen capture images and screencast videos. The tool that I use most often of creating annotated screen capture images is Jing .