A Collection of The Best Web Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Screencasts August 9, 2015 A screencast, also known as video screen capture, is a great way for teachers to create and share instructional videos and explanatory step by step tutorials with students. regardless of the purposes for which you are creating a screencast, the quality of your video screen captures can sometimes impede the communicative intent of your message. Therefore, knowing what tools to use to create educational screencasts is as important as the content of the screencasts themselves. To this end, we have curated for you this collection of some of the best screen casting tools out there. We have divided them into four major categories: Mac apps, web tools, Chromebook apps, iPad apps, and Android apps. Mac Users: For Mac users, check out this short visual guide to learn how to create screencasts using Quick Time Player
Audacity vs. Ocenaudio – Comparing Free Audio Editor Programs Image courtesy of Kris S. If you have been involved in language teaching for any length of time, you have probably had some experience in using the free, open-source audio program, Audacity. In fact, for some schools, this is installed on all of the lab computers and is the primary audio recorder for both students and teachers. It comes in various versions, such as a portable version you can take with you on your USB drive, and for multiple platforms, such as Mac and Windows. Recently, I have come across the free, but not open-source, audio editor Ocenaudio that is also cross-platform, but for myself is a much more user-friendly offering for those wishing to record and edit audio on their computer. Because of this, I have decided to do my first head-to-head software comparison by looking at the installation, features, and usability of these two apps.
PICAXE-Editor-6 - Software Windows Compatible Not Mac Compatible Not Linux Compatible Not Chrome Compatible Not iOS Compatible Not Android Compatible PE6 FREE Download Print Page 4 Free Online OCR Tools Put to the Ultimate Test If you want to convert any printed text into digital text that you can copy, paste, edit, and search, you’ll need to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scanners. When you choose to scan or take a photo of a document, this will be saved in a format such as JPEG or PDF. OCR software can then recognize the letters and numbers within these documents, and convert them into a searchable PDF, or into a file that you can edit in programs like Microsoft Word. 4 Methods to Create & Edit PDF Files for Free 4 Methods to Create & Edit PDF Files for Free Out of all the common file types found in our computing world, PDF is probably one of the most restrictive ones, while at the same time being available for everyone to use (primarily to read).... Read More The problem is, some OCR scanners work a lot better than others, with the very best being pretty heavy on the wallet. Omnipage18 for instance, costs $150, but is especially good at recognizing different languages.
20 Amazing Sites to Get Best Free Stock Photos Finding the right photo to use for your website or blog can be challenging considering that almost every image is now copyright protected. Copyright grants the original owner exclusive legal rights to use and distribute their creative work. The good news is that, there’s a growing number of websites that share visually-appealing stock photos that are not only beautiful, but most of them are free to use. Today’s post will focus on the 20 websites that offer the best free stock photos you can find to add to your websites, blogs and social media posts.
Here Is A Great Web Tool to Easily Record, Upload and Share Audio Clips November 8, 2016 Clyp is an excellent web tool that allows you to easily record, upload and share audio. Clyp does not require any software installation and you don’t even need any account to record or upload audio. The process to upload or record a clyp is simple and easy: just drop your audio file anywhere on the site or press the big orange record button. Once your audio clip is recorded/uploaded you can then either make it private and only those with whom you share its link can access it or make it public for everyone to listen to and interact with.
Plant a Question, Grow Answers! Generate a live word cloud with your audience. Topic (required) Type the topic of your new AnswerGarden. This can be a question or a topic, such as: "What do you think of my website?" Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 6 Very Good Music Creation Apps for Teachers November 8, 2016 Today’s collection features some interesting iPad apps for music teachers.They can be used with students to create and share beautiful songs and tracks. Think of them like simplified music studios with a number of excellent features and tools that make music creation simpler and more engaging. Most of these apps allow you to shared your final products through social media websites, direct links, emails or upload them to music hosting sites such as SoundCloud. Enjoy 1- Blocs Wave - Make & Record Music
Audio Recorders for Chromebooks, iPads, Laptops, and More. TouchCast creates broadcast style videos that can literally be "touched." Students can add interactive content such as web pages, Twitter feeds, and Google Maps to their original videos. Completed TouchCast videos can be shared as interactive videos to the TouchCast web site (login required) or to the camera as non-interactive videos (no login needed). Price: FreeEase-of-use: HardUsefulness: 5 out of 5 With Koma Koma, students can create stop motion videos that can then be saved to the camera. A great feature is the "onion skin" which allows students to see a semi-transparent image of the last picture that they take.