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5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics
Professional infographic designers rely primarily on a core vector graphics software program to create their infographics designs. The main advantage is that all the icons, charts, images, illustrations, and data visualizations are treated as separate objects that can be easily moved, resized, overlapped, and rotated. No matter where you create the individual design elements, the final infographic design is usually put together in a vector graphics program. Creating infographics using online tools has never been easier. These new tools are vector graphics applications that run in your browser as a replacement for using an expensive professional desktop application like Adobe Illustrator to put your infographic design together. In this article, we take a quick look at 5 of the best online tools for creating infographics: Visme, Canva, Easel.ly, Piktochart, and Infogr.am. 1) Visme (visme.co) Visme allows you to create interactive presentations, infographics and other engaging content. Pros Related:  Ed. Tech. Tools

The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps Getting students active in the classroom is a tough task for any teacher. But there’s a silver bullet that is, quite literally, silver. It’s the Apple iPad and this expensive, silver, and engaging device is making its way into classrooms around the world. Since there’s such a push to bring apps into the classroom, it’s time to figure out which ones are right for you. So what are some of the best education apps for active learning? This cheat sheet will help – but first let’s run through the questions you see in the visual. Questions To Ask When Testing Apps For The Classroom In an attempt to uncover what works, I combed through a few hundred apps and analyzed them by asking the following questions: How easy is this app to use for less tech-savvy students and teachers? There are, of course, many other questions to consider when trying out an iPad app (or any other smart device app) for classroom usage. So, What’s Next? The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps You’re in luck!

10 Types of Infographics: Which Works For You? Do you have your next big infographic idea but know how to get it on paper? Do you have all the data you need but aren’t sure how to visualize it? Creating a really cool, memorable and–above all–shareable infographic comes down to investing the necessary time and attention in all the steps that lead up to an awesome data visualization. In a previous series of posts, we discussed the steps to creating your own infographic. ChronologicallyAlphabeticallyGeographicallyCategoricallyHierarchically The visual format you choose will depend on how you want to organize your information. 1 Mixed charts Source: MHPM As its name implies, this type of infographic incorporates different chart and graph formats. This mixed bag of charts and graphs is the best option when you have many statistics, facts and figures to communicate to your audience. 2 Informational / List Business 2 Community Another common type of infographic is the list-based or informational visual. 3 Timeline Funders and Founders 4 How-to

The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter Most educators who learn to use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved from any other forms of professional development or personal learning. Unfortunately educators often dismiss Twitter, or fail to see the value of Twitter, when they’re first introduced to Twitter. Our aim of this post is to provide all the information you need to learn how to use Twitter effectively as an educator. We regularly update this post with new information. This post was last updated June, 2014. Click on a link below to go to the section you want to read: About the Twitter-a-holic’s Ultimate Guide The original Twitter-a-holic’s Guide was published in July, 2010 when I’d just returned from attending a large conference overseas and realized that while a conference can make you feel really overwhelmed and alone — especially amongst the 13,000 ed tech professionals participants who attend it each year — I never felt alone. Why? Back to Top 1.

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools For Teachers - eLearning Industry Summary: Finding educational content in the web is no big deal- but managing it, is. Educational content curation is the art – rather than the act – of sorting out the vast amounts of educational content on the web and organizing them around a specific educational topic in a coherent way. General speak all teachers are educational information curators, or should be. Modern web tools help both students and teachers to contribute online discoveries to class conversations. Create the best Course for your School with the Right Vendor Find, choose and compare the top eLearning Content Development Companies for K12! eLearning Tags At eLearning Tags you can share, discover, vote and discuss interesting and remarkable eLearning and Educational Technology content. eLearning Tags offers helpful information on a number of topics concerning distance education including eLearning, Instructional Design, Gamification, Social Learning, MOOCs, mLearning and more. Homebase Make work easier.

Rubrics for Assessment Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?” Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document). The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters.

Echo360 Events | Conferences, Webinars, User Meetings Supporting STEM with Active Learning Technology: How UT Martin is Successfully Expanding STEM to Students in Rural Areas Instructors and technologists from UT Martin describe how they leverage lecture capture technology to promote active learning in face-to-face, online and hybrid STEM courses. Learn how they creatively use captured content for peer mentoring, distance courses, student review and more. Air Date: September 26, 2013 Craig Ingram, Director, Instructional Technology Center, UT Martin Paula Gale, Professor/Assistant Director, Agriculture, Geosciences, & Natural Resources, UT Martin Bruce Harrison, IT Administrator IV, Senior Systems Administrator, Video Engineer, UT Martin Kate Stumpo, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Physics, UT Martin Peggy Davis, Assistant Professor, Nursing, UT Martin Bob Bradley, Instructor, Computer Science, UT Martin David Ray, Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics Harriette Speigel, Instructional Technologist, UT Martin View Webinar

Free PowerPoint Templates for eLearning Today we are giving away four PowerPoint Templates and a few other goodies for your eLearning. The best part of these eLearning Templates is they are free. These PowerPoint Templates can be used in all your standard eLearning authoring tools (iSpring, Snap, Articulate Presenter, and Adobe Presenter). Here is what you get with today’s Free Templates: A Conversational Scenario Template2 Page Layout Templates16 Cutout People Images and Illustrated Characters4 Stock Images and GraphicsA Storyboard Template (for Instructional Designers) To download these free templates, we invite you to get a Free eLearning Templates account. 1. (Already a member? Download Free PowerPoint Templates View all our PowerPoint Templates. Free Cutout People Images View all our Cutout People Images. Free eLearning Stock Images and Graphics View all our eLearning Stock Images and Graphics. Note: You must sign up as a Free Member to access free templates in the library.

Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template We introduce several new templates each week but this template is especially awesome. First, it’s free! Second, is it’s made for instructional designers to streamline all of your instructional design processes. Here are the things that this Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template will do to make your eLeaning design process awesome: Create clean storyboard content for your clientIntake client/SME observations and suggestionsKeep track of your instructional design and development project needsOrganize course based on client style guideBuild a Table of ContentsSave valuable time on your design process Sign up for a free account to get this template. Here is how it works. How to Use the Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template [UPDATE July 1st, 2015]: We’ve made an improvement to our storyboard template! Need more help in your eLearning process like the Free Instructional Design storyboard Template? Read 8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard

VoiceThread | Desire2Learn | Technology | Teaching Guides | DePaul University Teaching Commons DePaul University Teaching Commons > Teaching Guides > Technology > Desire2Learn > VoiceThread Main Content VoiceThread is an interactive, collaborative, web-based tool that that allows you to communicate through images, audio recordings, videos, and text. You can use VoiceThread to set up a discussion board, record a lecture, or show images. You can add text, audio, or video comments to a VoiceThread, so students can ask questions at a specific point in a lecture or respond to discussion prompts. Learn more about what VoiceThread is and how to create a presentation with it. VoiceThread Guides VoiceThread FAQs How do I access VoiceThread? To access VoiceThread, you'll need to add a link to it in the Content area of your course site.

Clarisketch RFID Tags Past and Present - How RFID Works | HowStuffWorks RFID technology has been around since 1970, but until recently, it has been too expensive to use on a large scale. Originally, RFID tags were used to track large items, like cows, railroad cars and airline luggage, that were shipped over long distances. These original tags, called inductively coupled RFID tags, were complex systems of metal coils, antennae and glass. Inductively coupled RFID tags were powered by a magnetic field generated by the RFID reader. Electrical current has an electrical component and a magnetic component -- it is electromagnetic. Capacitively coupled tags were created next in an attempt to lower the technology's cost. Newer innovations in the RFID industry include active, semi-active and passive RFID tags. At a basic level, each tag works in the same way: Inductively coupled and capacitively coupled RFID tags aren't used as commonly today because they are expensive and bulky.

Bloomin' Apps This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Android, Google and online tools and applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite online tool, iOS, or Android app with others. Cogs of the Cognitive Processes I began to think about the triangular shape of Bloom's Taxonomy and realized I thought of it a bit differently.Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes in and out of the each level as they acquire new content and turn it into knowledge, I created a different type of image that showcased my thoughts about Bloom's more meaningfully.Here is my visual which showcases the interlocking nature of the cognitive processes or, simply, the "Cogs of the Cognitive Processes". IPAD APPS TO SUPPORT BLOOM'S REVISED TAXONOMYassembled by Kathy Schrock​ Bloom's and SAMR: My thoughts

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