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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Image Detective

Image Detective is a fun site that teachers can use as a writing prompt for students. This site displays historical images and is excellent for those brainstorming questions such as: who, what, why, when, etc.

I highly recommend this site to get the creative juices flowing for exploring pictures and building writing comprehension skills. Click here for more info.



For another more detailed review check out Alexandra Francisco's excellent blog.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Best of the Web V. VI

Best of the Web V. VI is now online and available as a free resource to whoever can use it. This slide show is a collection sites/applications for "techies".

VidMe

VidMe is a site I learned about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog, that is ideal for sharing videos w/ anyone. The reason for this is VidMe lets users share any video privately by controlling who sees what, and who can download what. This would be ideal for education especially when having to worry about CIPA compliance.



Give VidMe a try by clicking here!!
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Bounce

Bounce is a site similar to the app Little Snapper for grabbing screen shots, commenting, and then sharing them w/ others.



Click here to give Bounce a try.

Thanks to Free Technology 4 Teachers for the heads up.

Stroome

Stroome is a site I just learned about from Larry Ferlazzo's wonderful blog. Stroome is an online video editor simiar to iMovie or Jaycut. This is an excellent site that lets a user upload and edit, video, images, or audio. As w/ most video editors clips can be edited and transitions/effects can be added.



I highly recommend checking out Stroome by clicking here!!
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Aviary Education

Aviary just released an educational instance for their online tools. This is great when wanting to create a safe/private area for students to work in. Aviary has an excellent suite of tools for allowing students to create/edit, music (Roc), audio (Myna) , images, etc. It kind of reminds me of an online version of Apple's iLife suite.



Click here to request a beta invite for this great online application!!

Thanks to iLearn Technology for alerting me to this wonderful site.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

MeeGenuis

MeeGenuis is a great site for younger students that will either read a book to student while highlighting the text or can be personalized to change the story up (similar in the way mad libs work). There is quite a collection of children books on here for teachers to like.

I highly recommend checking out MeeGenuis especially those in the K-2 age group.

Thanks to Zarco English for the tip!!
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Top 10 Sites for Creating Digital Art

"Digital art is an umbrella term for a range of artistic works and practices that utilize digital technology. Since the 1970s various names have been used to describe what is now called digital art including computer art and multimedia art but digital art is itself placed under the larger umbrella term new media art. (Wikipedia)"

I've been into Digital Art for a couple of years now co-founding a Digital Art club back in my old district. That being said I've always loved the way how technology can be integrated into art and have decided to list my top 10 favorite sites for just that.

Top 10 Sites for Creating Digital Art
  1. Art Pad - A great painting site that records a picture while it's created to create a time lapse effect.
  2. Slimber - An excellent site for drawing & painting w/ some beautiful examples.
  3. Bomomo - A fun site where users can create unique pictures w/ different shaped templates (ie, Pixie).
  4. Doink - A great site for creating animated art w/ a web 2.0 flare.
  5. Odosketch - A wonderful site for creating beautiful sketches w/ colored pencils.
  6. Sketchpad - Create excellent painting/drawing w/ this cool site. Lots of different styles, effects, gradients for users to choose.
  7. Sumo Paint - One of the most popular digital art creators on the web, very similar to Photoshop.
  8. Live Brush - A wonderful free application that lets users create some beautiful looking designs. A great gallery of examples to view too.
  9. Crayola Digi-Color - An excellent site for kids that is very user friendly for creating digital art.
  10. Voice Draw - A very unique site that lets users create art w/ their voice/sound.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Time Maps

Time Maps is a wonderful site that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog, Free Technology 4 Teachers. This is a great site for history teachers/students and is a cross between a time line, enyclopedia, atlas, and tag cloud.

Below is a pic from the interactive map based on Europe....



I highly recommend checking out Time Maps by clicking here!!!
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Create Your Story: from Old Japan

The National Gallery of Victoria has a great application on their site for digital storytelling. Granted, it applies for creating a story from Old Japan, but none the less this is one of the better digital storytelling sites around.

As w/ most sites like this a user gets to choose a background, character, props, actions, etc and then develop a story to their liking. As I only developed 1 scene I'm not sure if the finished product lets you get an embed code to put on a site but I'm sure it generates a URL in the very least.



I'd like to thank the great blog by the Book Chook for alerting me to this wonderful site.

Give Create Your Story a try by clicking here!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Vodburner

Vodburner is an excellent site that I just found out about for the equally excellent, Free Technology 4 Teachers. This is an application which allows Windows (sorry Mac) users to record & edit Skype calls. As w/ most video editors segments can be altered and transitions can be added.



Vodburner is a Skype users dream which can downloaded by clicking here!
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Top 100 blogs by Online Degrees

Online Degrees a new site has just published their top 100 educational blogs. There are some great names on this list and I was just lucky to be a part of this. Soon, I will be publishing my Top 50 list but until then you can read through this and see some familiar names.

Thanks to my PLN, readers, and supporters who helped make Technology Tidbits come in at #8.

Click here to view the top 100 list.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Share My Map

Share My Map is a fun new (beta) site that I learned about from Larry Ferlazzo's wonderful blog. This is a place where a user creates a "community" of a map and then has others collaborate on it. It's a cross between Google Maps and Wikipedia in the way that it works.



I recommend checking out Share My Map by clicking here.
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YouTube Video Editor

The other day YouTube released their video editor which has been getting a lot of press as of late. I tested it out and feel that it is just another reason why YouTube is perhaps the best place for all needs video "housing & editing".

Basically, it lets a user upload a video, edit it w/ captions or a soundtrack, and even create a mash-up w/ other videos.

I highly recommend checking YouTube Editor by clicking here.

For other excellent reviews check out these other blogs:
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Best of the Web V. V

Best of the Web V. V is now up online. This is a free resource for educators that focuses on excellent sites for Digital Art and Collaborative Drawing.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Top 10 List Haven

It just occurred to me that I have no easy way to look for the top 10 lists I have other then searching by keywords. That being said, I decided to create a place where everyone can go to browse through this list.

Click here to view my top 10 list haven!!

Wacchen

Wacchen is a site I just learned about from the excellenet blog, Zarco English. This is a place for bookmarking video. However, it's not only for links but a user has the ability to embed a video directly into their Wacchen web page. This is similar to how Fliggo used to work w/out the web 2.0 interface.

Below is a just a number of sites that interacts w/ Wacchen...



I highly recommend checking out Wacchen by clicking here.

I Spot a Story

I Spot a Story is an interesting site for bookmarking/sharing interesting stories from around the web. However, it is much more then just social bookmarking it is a place where people can collaborate on the same stories. This is done via uploading a story or contributing to ones that are already there to gather different view points.

I recommend giving I Spot a Story a try by clicking here!



Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the tip!!
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Open Clip Art Library

Open Clip Art Library is a site I just found out about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog. This is one of the best sites around for finding clip art on any number of subjects.

Below is the results from a search on the term, technology...



Click here to give OCAL a try.

Roc

Roc is a free online music creator by Aviary, one of the nicest suites of online tools. Roc has a bit of learning curve but once it is learned it is a very detailed site for creating some excellent music.

If I would've known of this site a few days ago I would've included it on my top 10 list and probably listed it at #4.



I highly recommend checking out Roc by clicking here.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the heads up!!
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pixorial

Pixorial is an excellent site for creating video and then sharing w/ others. If there is one thing I'd say that Pixorial specializes in that would be electronic cards (e-cards). Other nice features is the ability to share w/ a number of sites such a: YouTube, FB, Twitter, etc. and the ability to generate an embed code.



Give Pixorial a try by clicking here.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Top 10 Sites for Creating Digital Music

Digital Music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production (Wikipedia).

Ever since I started exploring creating music on the computer w/ Garageband I've come to love how easy it is to implement it into education. Students can use it to create soundtracks to movies, mix their favorite songs, and even record their own voice. Below is my list of top 10 sites for creating/mixing digital music.

Top 10 Sites for Creating Digital Music
  1. Myna - Far and away my favorite online music editor. This is very similar to Garageband and a nice alternative for those who do not have the Apple application.
  2. Soundation - Very easy to use w/ a drag/drop interface for creating some excellent sounding music.
  3. Jam Studio - A fun site that lets users select a "key" to play in and then a theme to match it to.
  4. Loop Labs - A little bit of a higher learning curve then most online sites but w/ a nice time line editor.
  5. Your Spins - A great site for mixing prerecorded music and then sharing w/ others.
  6. Indaba - Is a unique site where people can create collaborative music pieces to make one final product.
  7. Creating Music - A fantastic website to show kids how to create digital music. Very user friendly!!
  8. Contrapunctus Variations - A wonderful site for creating orchestral type music by selecting an instrument and clicking on a time line.
  9. iNudge - A very fun site for kids who make music by drawing shapes.
  10. Glitchscape - Create sound by drawing vector shaped rectangles.

Veezzle

Veezzle is a new free search engine to find free stock photos. This is a great site for finding pictures and the way images get sorted is by having people rate them. The higher the rating the better chance at see that photo.

Below is the search results on the term technology...



Give Veezzle a try by clicking here.

Thanks to Free Technology 4 Teachers for the tip!!

Slimber

Slimber is a new site I found out about for online drawing/painting that I found out about from Larry Ferlazzo. This is a site that is very similar to Sketchpad in that it has the same type of user interface and draw tools.

Below is my "great" (stop smiling) example of drawing the Apple logo...



I highly recommend giving Slimber a try by clicking here.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Audioboo

Audioboo is a neat site that allows users to record audio via a web interface and then share it w/ others. There are a ton sites that do things very similar such as AudioPal but Audioboo has one of the nicest users interface.

Give Audioboo a try by clicking here.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's great blog for the tip!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Crossroads

It appears that I'm at a crossroads in my professional life. Today I just received the official word that I'm being let go as of the end of the week. The reason for this is out of my control but due to a technology restructure and economical downturn.

This news did not come as a surprise to me but it still unsettling none the less. While I haven't talked about it much to the "online" world some of my closest members of my PLN are aware of this and have truly been wonderful, and I thank them for that.

I feel like that w/ my experience, resume, and portfolio that I should be able to find another job if there is one, and that's a big IF. Now is not the time anyone wants to be unemployed and I know there are millions of people out there in the same boat as I am.

Anyway, I'm hoping maybe a reader or somebody who comes across this post might have a projective lead for me. If anybody out there does know of any technology Integration/Specialist job, I'd be forever grateful.

Here is my digital portfolio which sums up what I do quite nicely... http://www.visualcv.com/gxrax29

As always thank you very much for your time and reading as this blog would nothing w/out the people who come here and contribute!!

Twiducate

Twiducate is a new site that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo. This is an excellent to provide social networking skills in a safe school environment. It is very similar to Moodle in that respect.

What makes Twiducate so great is that everything is being monitored in a controlled environment that is password protected. Teachers can use it to post assignment, share ideas, and even collaborate w/ parents.



I highly recommend checking out Twiducate by clicking here.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

History Pin

History Pin is a cool new site which allows users to "pin" locations in Google St. View. Once a location is pinned a user can add their own story. This is a very nice visual site to use which incorporates a fun time line aspect as well.



Give History Pin a try by clicking here.

Thanks to Free Technology 4 Teachers for the tip!!

Embed Article

Embed Article is a great site for quoting "works" of others. No longer is it necessary to quote anybody. A person can just copy the text they want past it into EA and then get a code that will put the text into their site w/ a link back to the original article. Very handy!!!



Give Embed Article a try by clicking here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Twextra

Twextra is a site I just learned about from Larry Ferlazzo's wonderful blog. This is a site which lets users "text" on sites that usually require less characters (aka Twitter).

View the video below to see how this simple process is done...


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Give Twextra a try by clicking here!!

MoMuPl

MoMuPl is a great new search engine for finding sound tracks of movies and then listening/buying them.

Give MoMuPl a try by clicking here.

Thanks to Alex Fransisco for the tip!!

Best of the Web V. IV

The latest in the series of Best of the Web presentations is now online. This volume focuses on excellent sites for search engines. Feel free to use this anyway you see fit!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Top 10 Sites for Creating Timelines

"A timeline is a kind of graphic design showing a long bar labeled with dates alongside itself and (usually) events labeled on points where they would have happened. It is used to show events along a period of time, and are often used in education to help students and researchers with understanding events and trends for a particular subject." (Wikipedia)

Top 10 Sites for Creating Timelines
  1. Capzles - Quite simply one of the nicest timeline creation sites around, w/ a beautiful user interface as well as the ability to embed into a site.
  2. Time Rime - An excellent site w/ educational instance (great for teachers) that allows users to create multimedia timelines.
  3. xTimeline - Share wonderful looking timelines w/ audio, video, and pictures. Very user friendly too!!
  4. TimeGlider - Great site that not only lets users create multimedia timelines but legends as well. There is a "plus upgrade" in the works specifically for education!
  5. Dipity - Create beautiful timelines w/ the ability to add video/pictures.
  6. Time Toast - A bullet point centered timeline w/ text and pictures.
  7. Preceden - A fun easy site to use to create interactive timelines.
  8. Timelinr - A very simple to use timeline generator that only displays text.
  9. Our Timelines - Create timelines by using preexisting forms (text only).
  10. Read Write Think - Very similar to Our Timelines for creating text only timelines.
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Soundation Studio

Soundation Studio is an excellent site for editing music in the same way that you would do it w/ Garageband or Myna. What makes SS so great is how easy it is to use. All a user has to do is either upload their audio and then drag/drop into the desired play clip or they can select from stock audio files. Once a song is complete a user can get a URL to share w/ others or an embed code to put the song on their site.

Below is my quick example...



Give Soundation Studio a try by clicking here!!

Tube Chop

Tube Chop is a great site for cutting YouTube videos. All a user has to do is enter a video URL and then click on a start/stop time to chop the video.

Give Tube Chop a try by clicking here.



Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's wonderful blog for the tip!!