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The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far

I usually just do a year-end list on Web 2.0 Applications For Education and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a site appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. But, at least, I won’t have to review all my year’s posts in December… As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users. * free-of-charge. * appropriate for classroom use. * completely browser-based with no download required. It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2010, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2011. You might want to visit previous editions: Feedback is welcome.

Tech Learning TL Advisor Blog and Ed Tech Ticker Blogs from TL Blog Staff – TechLearning.com A few months back I posted on a slideshow that I created called, Web 2.0 for Schools. Since then a number of new Web 2.0 sites have appeared that can also be used by schools. I decided to create this as a free digital book that people can view/embed/download. I've added 7 new sites since the presentation, for those that have already viewed that. Web 2.0 is a popular resource in education and I plan to update my resources on this as frequently as possible. Download and view the ebook below: David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment.

7 Essential multimedia tools and their free alternatives Why spend money on expensive multimedia tools when you can use comparable alternatives for free? They may not be an exact replacement, but how can you argue with the price? PHOTO EDITING: PhotoshopFree: Splashup Photoshop may be the industry leader when it comes to photo editing and graphic design, but Splashup, a free online tool, has many of the same capabilities at a much cheaper price. Splashup has lots of the tools you’d expect to find in Photoshop and has a similar layout, which is a bonus for those looking to get started right away. WEB DESIGN: DreamweaverFree: KompoZer Looking to create your next web site without paying big money for programs like Dreamweaver? VIDEO: Final Cut, Adobe PremiereFree: iMovie, JayCut Many video editors, both novice and professional, use iMovie to create professional-looking videos and an amateur price. AUDIO: ProTools, Adobe AuditionFree: Audacity, GarageBand SLIDESHOWS: SoundslidesFree: PhotoPeach INTERACTIVE MEDIA: FlashFree: Effect Generator

Beautiful web-based timeline software Digital Portfolios Note to all visitors to this page: This wiki is a collaborative learning space. If you want to contribute to this e-portfolio or digital portfolio page, please join the wiki and then add your thoughts, your notes or describe how you created digital portfolios for your students. Please say which programs the students used, or whether they utilized Web2 tools like blogs or Wikis. Thanks! General information about Electronic or Digital Portfolios Check out this great slide presentation about . What is a digital portfolio? Lots of resources to create electronic portfolios Scoop.it Great "How to" tutorial to start blogging with Wordpress Diplomas Don't Prepare Students for the World. ePortfolios Do. 35 Professionally Designed Personal Portfolio Websites The !

15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features. In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Google Docs Google Docs is an excellent application for collaboration. Stixy Stixy is a flexible, online “bulletin board”/drawing board. Project2Manage Project2Manage is a fully-featured, free, hosted solution for project management and collaboration (similar to Basecamp). bubbl.us bubbl.us is a free, web-based application for collaborative brainstorming. Dabbleboard Dabbleboard is a robust, online whiteboard that’s easy to use. Protonotes Protonotes is a free annotation widget for your HTML prototypes. ProjectPier ProjectPier is a self-hosted, open-source, PHP-based project management application. Twiddla Wetpaint Skype Vyew

Ideas to Inspire 17 Screencasting Tools for Successful Virtual Training Yesterday, I provided a set of screencasting tips for creating great screencasts that you can use in remote training situations. Today, I’m sharing a list of tools (a mix of free and paid) that you can use to develop highly effective and professional screencasts…what do you use? Screencasting Tools ALLCapture A Windows screen recording application that supports full-screen and multi-screen recording, special effects and annotations, audio import, and exporting into multiple formats. CamStudio Free, open source streaming video software for Windows that allows you to record screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files and export to SWF. Camtasia Studio TechSmith’s screencasting software for Windows allows you to capture anything on your screen, record audio or add in narration later, display your webcam, and make annotations. Faculte A web-based screen recording tool that lets you capture your screen, webcam and audio to create video presentations. GoView (Beta) iShowU

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it. Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. Search Tricks These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away. Convert units. Google Specifically for Education From Google Scholar that returns only results from scholarly literature to learning more about computer science, these Google items will help you at school. Google Scholar. Google Docs 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. Gmail 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Google Calendar 44.

The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... I had included some links about computer history on The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers, but some new related links have recently been published. So I’ve decided to make topic its very own list, and expanded it beyond just computers. You might also be interested in The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn About Inventions and The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet. Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The History of Technology (and are accessible to English Language Learners): TIME Magazine has come out with a nice slideshow titled A Brief History of The Computer. An Illustrated History of Computers is much more complete, but isn’t as accessible to ELL’s as the TIME slideshow. A Modern History of Communication is a new infographic developed by Google. The Computer History Museum has an exhaustive Timeline of Computer History. PBS has an interactive timeline on technology developed from 1750 to 1990. Click! Ed Tech Timeline

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

50 Must-Download Apps For Lifelong Learners Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-08-13 Long after degrees have been conferred and careers have been launched, many folks just can’t seem to quit school. For them, life provides an overstuffed cornucopia of educational opportunities that don’t necessarily require hefty loans and navigating different professorial strategies. Those with a lust for learning who happen to also enjoy testing the limits of what the iPad offers definitely don’t have to worry about finding resources to pique their fancy. Hundreds, if not thousands, of apps are out there just twitching for users to fire them up and absorb a mental nugget or two. History and Geography World Atlas HD : iPad users can download this stunning, popular digital atlas by the National Geographic Society and educate themselves about the planet’s physical and cultural properties and relationships. Language, Reading, and Writing Open Source and General Learning Reference Science and Math Comments are closed.

Great Free Web Resources on Language Arts 1- Education World This is one of my favourite resources online. It has different sections relevant to Language Arts teachers including the following : A- Language and Literature Subject Centre It provides free reading, language arts, and literature teaching materials. B- Language Arts Worksheet Library It provides a variety of language arts lessons and worksheets for teachers to select from. C- The Reading Machine It provides links to 36 online games to help your students practice and enhance their skills. D- Writing Bugs This is a library of writing bug printables full of lesson ideas E- Fun Grammar Activities This one provides games, activities,and lesson plans on how to better teach grammar F- Vocabulous Use Vocabulous to challenge your middle-grades and high-school students to build a fabulous vocabulary. 2- Lesson Plans Pages As its name suggests, this section provides some great resources on laguage art lesson planning. 3- Web English Teacher 4- Creative Writing 6- Learner.org

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