Top 50 Education Technology Blogs Education technology has many supporters in its movement to alter traditional teaching methods. This list of the top 50 education technology blogs includes writers, technicians and social media experts…but they all are teachers. The “movers” are teachers who facilitate learning among other teachers and in the classroom, the “shakers” teach new philosophies and innovations, and the folks “on the ground” offer news, tools and methods of using those tools in the classroom. This list is divided into those three categories, and each link within those categories is listed alphabetically. Movers Always Learning: Kimberly Cofino is in her ninth year of teaching technology in international schools around the world.Artichoke: Peering into the artichoke for better models and designs for teaching and learning.Confessions of an Aca-Fan: Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Vicki A.
Story Creator – Create Your Own Narrated Picture Books on Your iPad Last week I attended one of Kathy Schrock’s excellent presentations about teaching with iPads. I quickly filled up five pages in a Penultimate notebook while listening to Kathy. One of the apps that she shared that was new to me was Story Creator. Story Creator is a free iPad app that makes it easy to create narrated picture books on your iPad. To create a narrated picture book on Story Creator start by inserting a picture as your book’s cover. To create a page just tap the “+” icon and import a picture, draw a picture, type some text, or do all three. My only complaint about Story Creator is that in order to share your stories you either have to share them on Facebook or create a Story Creator account to share them with others via email. Tags: book creation, digital storytelling, free apps, free ipad app, free ipad apps, language arts, story creator
Zaption - Learn with Video WebQuest Maker 5 Excellent Tools to Convert Photos to Cartoons 1- Cartoonize It allows you to make a cartoon of yourself. You can cartoonize your photo in one click. 2- Befunky This is another awesome web tool that allows users to not only cartoonize their pictures but also customize them the way they want by using different effects and colors. 3- Cartoon, Pho.To Cartoon.Pho.to Photo caricatures and photo to cartoon in one click! 4- Dumpr Create digital photo pencil sketch, just upload a picture and we will do the rest. 5- Portrait Iluustrator Maker Portrait Illustration Maker is a service which provides character icons completely free of charge!
Keeping Up with New Tools There are hundreds and hundreds of web-based tools available! There seem to be a dozen or more new tools online every day! Here are some of the newest ones that I'm exploring (from my Pinterest boards):Donna BaumbachWebTools-New 2 Me! As I read and find good things I use Diigo, a social bookmarking tool, to keep track of them.You can see them all here, but here are my most recent Diigo-bookmarked sites tagged with Web 2.0:Auntytech's Favorite Links on web2.0 from Diigo and here are the most recent Diigo bookmarks from the Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0 group:Best content in Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0 | Diigo - Groups and, although not specifically tagged with Web 2.0, you'll find many useful tools in the Teacher-Librarian Diigo group. Shannon Miller shared this post:These Teachers Will Give You Several Ideas On Where To Learn About New EdTech Tools! No one know for certain what the future holds, especially in the area of technology.
The Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educator The Teacher Tap is a free, professional development resource that helps educators and librarians address common questions about the use of technology in teaching and learning by providing easy access to practical, online resources and activities. Check out the Project Overview for more information. For a more indepth look at these topics, go to our online courses including: We're in the process of updating this resource, so you'll find a mixture of old and new pages.
Beautiful web-based timeline software Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories Quest lets you make interactive story games. Text adventure games like Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Gamebooks like the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books. You don't need to know how to program. Watch a quick screencast ...and you're free No restrictions. This means you can download and modify the Quest source code, and do whatever you want with it. You can sell the games you make with Quest. You don't need to ask for permission - you already have it. Get started quickly You don't need to know how to program to use Quest. Everything about your game is displayed in plain English, but the source code to your game is also viewable and editable for the more technically minded. A full tutorial is included, and help is always available on the forums. Ever wanted to... Ever wanted to create your own game, but were put off by complicated programming languages? Want to get into game writing, or prototype game narrative before turning it into something bigger?
Create your own Interactive Fiction What is Interactive Fiction? Interactive Fiction (formerly referred to as Text Adventures) are a cross between reading a book and playing a game, where you control the main character. Rather than reading the story from start to finish, you interact with everything by typing commands at a prompt, discovering things as you go along. Most interactive fiction follows the same basic rules - these include walking from location to location using compass directions (north, east, south-west etc). How do you create Interactive Fiction games? There are several different systems for creating interactive fiction. ADRIFT is different by being a completely GUI driven application, designed to be intuitive and easy to use. ADRIFT has a separate editor for each item you want to add to your game. About ADRIFT Developer ADRIFT Developer is a Windows application that allows you to create complex interactive fiction games quickly and easily. ADRIFT 5 Developer is free. About ADRIFT Runner ADRIFT Runner is free.