New 11 Educational Web Tools for Teachers to Try Below is a list of some awesome educational web tools that you can use in your classroom or for your professional development. As you probably know, each Sunday I post here a list of the new web tools I stumble upon in different blogs, wikis, and websites and because of my time constraints I can not review each one in a single post and hence gathering them here under the one umbrella heading called : Educational Web Tools. Check out the list I have assembled for you this week and tell me what you think about it : 1- StatsGram StastGram is a great web tool that allows users to check the stats about websites. 2- CloudApp CloudApp allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files. 3- Powtoon Powtoon is the brand new do-it-yourself animated presentation tool that supercharges your presentations and videos. 4- Transcribe Transcribe helps you transcribe audio without alternating between an audio player and a text editor. 5- Google Cloud Print 6- Szoter 7- StudyHall 8-Knowmia 10- Bookmax
GoogleDocs and Collaboration in the Classroom Last month, I taught a course on professional writing. (I know, right? I’m having a very decadent summer, thank you very much.) The students’ final assignment was to collaborate in small groups on a business proposal in which they were to identify, analyze, and then propose a solution for a problem of their own choosing. Most written assignments in college are written by a single author. After making the above points in a very brief lecture that included examples of various kinds of collaborative workplace writing, I assigned the following ProfHacker posts as reading: “Writers’ Bootcamp: Writing Collaboratively,” by Billie Hara: We all know how difficult writing can be if we are working by ourselves. I decided to strongly suggest that the students use GoogleDocs (about which we’ve written a great deal here at ProfHacker) as the writing and editing tool for their proposals. The students reported that they found the GoogleDocs environment very easy to use and very helpful. How about you?
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12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students This morning I'm again facilitating a workshop with Greg Kulowiec. At the start of the session we introduced three tools for quickly gathering informal feedback from students. The three that we introduced were Socrative, Poll Everywhere, and TodaysMeet. But there are many other tools for quickly gathering informal feedback from students. Here are twelve tools that you can use to quickly gather informal feedback from students. Urtak is a free and simple polling service that can be used on any blog or website. Kwiqpoll is a simple tool for quickly creating and posting polls. Hall.com is a service for quickly creating and hosting online collaboration spaces. Understoodit is a new web app for quickly gauging your students' understanding of information that you have shared with them. Simple Meet Me is a free service for quickly creating an online chat room with anyone you like. Socrative is a system that uses cell phones and or laptops (user's choice) for gathering feedback from students.
A Mobile Movie Studio: Create Classroom Videos with the iPad The addition of an HD camera to the iPad 2 has fundamentally changed the way we can create video. Every part of the creation process–writing, recording, editing, and distributing–is possible on the iPad. EduAwesome! A video is created three times: when you write it, when you shoot it, and when you edit it. When recording, it is important to incorporate basic rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, into your video. iMovie contains movie trailer templates and themes that allow for quick, professional-looking videos. iMovie is a non-linear editor, so sequences can be filmed out of order. iMovie projects can be published directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport. 1. 2. Rules of CompositionShooting to EditLighting basics and demonstrationMicrophone demoRoom tone and sound tipsIncorporating other videos–download YouTube videosSpecial effects: forced perspective, time effects 3. 4.
MyStudyBar « What is MyStudyBar? New version released : Go to the Download page to get the latest version of MyStudyBar MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package. Easy to install, simple to use, handy and effective, MyStudyBar provides comprehensive learning support at the desktop, where it is needed. Although MyStudyBar is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, the toolbar can offer potential benefits to all learners. Features of MyStudyBar MyStudyBar puts a whole range of individual and essential tools at your fingertips. Examples include: Xmind for planning and organization; T-Bar for customising font and colour backgrounds; Lingoes for when you need a talking dictionary; LetMeType for help with text input, and Balabolka for converting text to audio. LetMeType Fix
15 Great Video Sites for Educators YouTube: The undisputed king of all video sites. Whilst all the others are great and offer you a little more safety in regards to content, pretty much all the great content from those sites can also be found here in most cases. TED-Ed: From a site that’s long been known for big ideas, you’ll find TED-Ed, videos specifically designed to act as highly engaging and fun lessons. TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. Edutopia: An awesome place to find learning ideas and resources, Edutopia has videos, blogs, and more, all sorted into grade levels. YouTube EDU: A YouTube channel just for education, you can find primary and secondary education, university-level videos, and even lifelong learning. Classroom Clips: Classroom Clips offers media for educators and students alike, including video and audio in a browseable format. neoK12: Find science videos and more for school kids in K-12 on neoK12.
Free Visual QR Code Generator | Custom QR Code Design | Visualead 10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics ? Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Click the name of each tool to learn more! Visual.ly One of the more popular ways to discover infographics, Visual.ly actually just launched a design overhaul of their website. Dipity Want to get a beautifully simply visualization of data over time? Easel.ly I absolutely love Easel.ly. Venngage Venngage (likely named for Venn diagrams) is a double threat. Infogr.am One of the most simple tools, Infogr.am lets you actually import data right into the site and then translate it all into useful visualizations. Tableau Public Made for Windows, Tableau Public lets you (like Infogr.am) bring your actual data into the world of visualzation. Photo Stats This one’s an iPhone app that’s worth trying out. Gliffy
7 Good Screen Capture Tools for Teachers 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. The tool that I use most often of creating annotated screen capture images is Jing. To use Jing you must download and install the free software for your Mac or PC. Show Me What's Wrong is a free service offered by Screencast-O-Matic. Screenr is a very simple, easy-to-use tool for creating screencast videos.
Welcome | Teaching Copyright Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses Sensing the excitement from online education tools like edX , Google has just unveiled a (very beta) version of its own course building software. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own online courses, this might be worth your time. Google’s new Course Builder software comes on the heels of a massively popular online Google class ‘ Power Searching With Google ‘ hosted by Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig. Click here to get started with Google’s new Course Builder Why They Did It Norvig shared a bit more information about the impetus for creating the online course and the power searching course, saying it “was a strong success and also generated some technology that we thought would be useful to share with the world,” says Norvig. It’s interesting that Google is trying to do something completely new rather than help build edX or an already established tool. Google+ Hangouts Coming Soon Join Peter Norvig and special guests for two Hangouts on Air. The Details From Google
The Easiest and Quickest Ways Teachers Share Files online for Free The idea of compiling a list of some free and easy tools for teachers to share files dawned on us while we were working on " Great Web Tools to Share Large Files". As busy teachers, we often times find ourselves pressed by time even to go on Dropbox and share a file for it does take sometime. Well if you think file sharing takes much of your time then check out the list of the web tools included below and I am pretty sure you will change your mind .These tools are very easy to use and allows users to instantly share files without any need for sign-up or any software installation. Just ulpoad your file and you will get a generated link to share with others. Yes it is that simple. 1- Pastelink Pastelink is a great tool that lets you very easily and quickly share files with no need for any registration of software download, jut drag and drop your file and you are good to go. 2- Droplr 3- Get.TT This is another awesome tool to easily and instantly share files. 4- Dropcanvas 5- Share Send