5 Great Sources For Free-To-Use Audio Clips & Sound Effects When I was 14 years old, I bought a CD full of sound effects. I paid good money for it, too. The CD included around 20-30 sound effects of everything from a baby crying to ocean waves, and I would pop it in my CD player and listen to the sound effects. That’s about all I could do with them, except for recording them onto a tape, maybe. So why did I buy it? 5 Video Projects to Try With Your Students Video creation projects are some of my favorite things to do with students. I like video projects for a number of reasons not the least of which is that students generally enjoy them too. I like video projects because when they're organized properly students have to write, research, produce, and revise just as they would if they were writing a story or research paper. The difference is that shared finished video projects have the potential to reach many more people than a well-written essay does.
How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide By now, you have all probably heard about the Google+ project , Google’s next attempt at making their network more social. Its goal is to make sharing online more like sharing in real life. If you haven’t gotten your invite just yet, you can in the following quick-look video, and by visiting the Google+ project overview , searchable details and discussion pages. 15 Free Tools for Storing and Sharing Files Six months ago I shared a list of good file sharing tools for teachers and students. Since then, I've come across some more tools to add to that list. Here is my new list of file sharing tools for students and teachers. Using these tools can help you avoid having an email inbox that is overflowing with file attachments. Revisiting Paper.li as a Curation Tool Paper.li is a curation tool that allows one to automatically publish a digital newspaper on a daily or weekly basis. Essentially, it pulls from news sources that you choose and arranges the content in different categories. Followers can subscribe to your Paper.li paper and you can also set up a notification to be sent out over Twitter when a new edition is available. I've had one for the Global Education Collaborative for awhile, and since we've changed the name of the GEC to the Global Education Conference network, I decided recently to update this resource. I found that I can add up to 25 traditional news sources, Twitter hashtags, or Twitter list feeds to my Paper.li editions.
The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom Increasingly, educators globally are transforming their classroom using Skype to create powerful, authentic, motivating learning experiences for their students. From connecting with classrooms in other locations to learning about each others’ culture to connecting with content experts – educators are extending learning beyond classroom walls. So how do you use Skype effectively with your class? Hopefully this will help!
Fetchnotes Makes It Easier to Share Task Management Duties A couple of months ago I shared a new collaborative task management tool called Fetchnotes. Yesterday, Fetchnotes added a couple of helpful features. Fetchnotes already used hashtags like Twitter does for labeling and sorting notes. Now when you want to share a note with someone else in your group just add @ before that her name to have the task appear on your list and her's. 21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers Yesterday, I published a review of MapFab which is a fabulous, free, and simple tool for creating maps online. Writing that post got me thinking about all of the other free map creation tools that I've reviewed over the years. Google Maps and Google Earth are my favorite tools for creating maps, but not every school allows teachers and students to download it. And creating Google Maps does require you to have a Google account which is an obstacle to use in some schools too. In the list below you will find some map creation tools that don't require registration. And, of course, all of the tools on this list are free for teachers and students to use.
PayPal Launches PayPal Here, A Competitor To Square Designed By Yves Behar Today, Paypal announced PayPal Here, a triangle-shaped mobile creditcard-swiping gadget aimed directly at Jack Dorsey's reader, Square. And, just like Square, they’re aiming to convert customers with the power of their design: They tapped Fuseproject, the firm run by Yves Behar and a darling among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, to create the object. Obviously, the $4 billion in transactions being done every year on Square were an enticing market for PayPal. Conceptboard - visual collaboration on ideas and documents I just found out about Conceptboard, a cool visual collaboration tool, from the company itself. Conceptboard is a cloud-based service that works on PCs, laptops, tablets, and more. It is basically on online whiteboard that allows you to create, review and discuss ideas and concepts and you can even upload a document (PDF, PPT, Doc, images) and share, comment, and work on also.
SlidePresenter - free online multimedia presentations SlidePresenter is an online presentation service. It has a free account that is full-featured and the service allows you to create videos that are synced with PowerPoint presentations. It is similar to Knovio. 46 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed Get ready for Mashable's weekly roundup! This week, we've performed original Google+ analysis, prepared you for the Mac OS X Lion release, and pointed you toward the best fictional Twitter accounts. We've celebrated startups and mourned space shuttle finales. So review the list of important resources you may have missed over the past week.