Welcome to my favorite tech tools!

Here you will discover an alphabetical listing of the tools I have found to be most powerful in enhancing education.
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Demo Girl

DemoGirl has created hundreds of screencasts demonstrating cool tech tools. Rather than signing up for a new service, verifying your email, and then trying to figure it out by reading some FAQ’s, Demo Girl viewers can watch a 2 or 3 minute screencast demo to learn about the tool in action and decide if they want to investigate further.

.docstoc.com

Description: Share and display any document (.doc, .pdf, .xls, .ppt) in your own blog, wiki, website, collaborative document or anywhere at www.docstoc.com.
Tip: Once you create your document you can locate it in the “Profile” tab. There you can make it private or public and sort it in a folder. Additionally you have options to embed the document or email it, or get a link to the document.
Learn More: To learn more you can visit their blog at http://blog.docstoc.com/ or watch the DOCSTOC ONLINE VIDEO TOUR to learn about how docstoc works and some of our features.

Go2Web20.net

Description: A directory of web 2.0 applications and services
Tech Crunch Review: Go2Web20.netexternal image clip_image001.gif is a very nicely designed Flash page with logos and basic information for most web 2.0 companies. Click on a logo to see an overview of the company and links from blogs discussing it. It’s also sortable and searchable. Very nice. The only issue I have with it is that it’s loading a little slowly, possibly due to a very heavy page weight. Orli Yakuelexternal image clip_image001.gif (we find a lot of leads on her blog) and Eyal Shaharexternal image clip_image001.gif designed and built the site. Both live in Tel Aviv, Israel. Creating something like this is a ton of work. The site is nothing but a reflection of Orli and Eyal’s passion for what’s happening on the web right now…the same passion that is driving the success of this and other blogs dedicated to chronicling this period of web history.


Google Docs

Description: Google docs is a fantastic free tool that allows you to create and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that you can share with colleagues with a simple link rather than a bulky attachment. The collaboration feature is amazing and allows multiple people to contribute and discuss documents in real time. Additionally all edits/revisions are color coded so you can see who is doing what. Additionally, you can view a documents history providing a record of what revisions were made and who made them.
Tip: You must set up a Google Account to use Google Docs. A gmail account is not necessary or required, but if you have a gmail account, you automatically have a Google Account. I recommend you set up a professional in addition to any personal account you may have. This allows your business colleagues to invite you to collaborate on a document using your professional email address.
Learn More: To learn more you can Take a tour of Google Docs or Watch a video.


Issuu.com

Description: Issuu is a website that allows you to upload several pdf’s and form a sleek online Flash based book that you can actually flip through. The documents turn into an online magazine that can be embedded into a website or blog that readers can flip through online, zoom in, view full screen, share with others on a social media platform and even print a page. It is also FREE.
Learn More: Read review at Issuu Review: Magazines never looked so sexy

Jing: Visual Conversation

Description: Think of Jing as a supplement to all your chat discussions, email threads, forum posts and blog entries. It sits nicely on your desktop, ready to capture and share your stuff at a moment’s notice. Simply select an area of your screen, capture it as an image or record it as a video, and then click Share. Jing conveniently places a URL to your content on your clipboard ready for you to paste the URL into any of your conversations.”
Tip: Once you set up your account and post your work your content is hosted on Screencast.com .
Learn More: Watch this video and the getting-started stuff here. Here's the blog http://blog.jingproject.com/.

Jott

Description: Jott is a voice to text service that makes staying organized and in touch easy. Jott allows consumers to easily and safely send emails and text messages, set reminders, organize lists, and post to web services with their voice. Jott makes world class voice transcription accessible to anyone with a cell phone.
Tip: Jot to your Twitter, blog, email, text and more. Have ELL or students who are new to writing record their voice and see the text.
Learn More: Learn how to Jott here.

Keep Tube

Teacher Tube

Description: Digital native students count on their teachers to bring concepts to life with video, but what’s a teacher to do in an environt where speed and accessing filtered material may get in the way? KeepTube (http://www.keeptube.runtimechecker.com) allows teachers to download YouTube videos and save them to their local hard drive so they can view them in the classroom. TeacherTube (http://www.teachertube.com) is another option that provides an educationally focused, safe venue for teachers and provides them with the ability to download videos directly to their hard drive to share with students.
Tip: Remember to post focus questions for students to think about and take notes on while watching video clips.
Learn More: To learn more about enriching instruction with technology New York City Teachers can sign up for the iTeach Institute by visiting http://pd.nycoit.org and selecting “iTeach” in the Title field in the “iTeach/iLearn” Department.

NING

Description: Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds. Ning was co-founded by Marc Andreesen who also started Netscape. Ning hopes to compete with large social sites like MySpace and Facebook by appealing to users who want to create networks around specific interests.
Tip: If you are interested in using Ning you should visit the Ning blog at http://blog.ning.com/. You can easily do a search here for Nings pertaining to education or any other subject, keep up-to-date on what’s happening with Ning and learn all the latest features, tips and tricks.
Learn More: There is a Ning in Education Ning at http://education.ning.com/. There’s a listing of Nings used in education at http://socialnetworksined.wikispaces.com/. You can read what educator’s have to say about using Ning at http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Top100Tools/ning.html.

www.podbean.com

Description: Podbean.com provides an all-in-one service for video and audio podcast/blog. You can customize your podcast/blog site on mouse clicking, see where your audiences come from on a geographic map powered by Google, moderate your comments with a built-in anti-Spam filter, easy to customize your iTunes podcast page in the iTunes preview page.
Tip: Podcasts can be authentically assessed because you can see popularity by views, rating, and comments.
Learn more: Podbeam news: http://news.podbean.com. Have question ? Check out Podbean.com FAQ.

Questler

Description: Questler is an informal learning network with a focus on individuals' experiences and conversations as the information content from which personal and collective connections are created based on shared interests within diverse contexts. Each quest in Questler is a mini-blog, where text, links and multi-media files can be put around several types of an informal learning experience be it a query, a discovery, an observation, research, a story or media. Questlers can create their learning network from individuals they already know; as well as find others who share their same interests. Together they can use Questler's toolset to start conversations about various topics and thus engage in knowledge sharing.
Learn More: You can take a tour of Questler at http://questler.com/tour.

School 2.0 - Home - Website

School 2.0 » Home - Wiki

There is a growing desire to rethink education and learning, and the phrase "School 2.0" is being used to think about what schools will look like in the future. There seem to be three factors driving this discussion:
  1. New collaborative computer technologies, in particular the read/write web, distance learning programs, free and open source software, and videoconferencing.
  2. The move from an industrial to information economy, and a change in skills that are valuable to employers.
  3. A culture that is rapidly becoming more transparent and collaborative because of the new technologies, allowing a more open discussion about many aspects of our society, including (and especially) education.

Scrapblog

Description: Could your pictures use some online scrapping? Scrapblog was created for users to go beyond sharing photos and videos online. Scrapblog is drag-and-drop-easy so that everyone can tell their stories and create beautiful multimedia scrapbooks. Our goal is to enable everyday people to express themselves online in a creative way.
Tip: See how one school is using Scrapblog at Scrapblog great for celebrating Expo success
Learn More: Take a tour of Scrapblog at http://www.scrapblog.com/tour/tour.aspx.

Skype

Description: Skype lets you make phone calls, phone conferences, video calls, video conferences, instant messages, instant message conferences, share files and more all for free! Imagine being able to "skype" to connect with experts, authors, educators and other classrooms all over the world!
Tip: Both you and the person you are communicating with must have downloaded Skype and register for a free account.
Learn More: Get tips for using Skype in the classroom from Cool Cat Teacher at http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2006/10/using-skype-in-classroom-or-just.html. Read about Skypecasts Academic Potential in this Educase Connect article http://connect.educause.edu/blog/jeffvand/skypecastsacademicpotenti/11367?time=1206165906. Find out ideas for using Skype in Education including information on how to find other educators using Skype at http://technologypd.pbwiki.com/Skype+in+Education.</span

Twiddla

Description: Twiddla is a FREE no-setup, web-based meeting playground allowing for real collaboration, in real time. It is a complete online collaboration solution for every team that needs to communicate in real-time over the internet by chatting, talking, co-browsing pages, and whiteboarding. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with others or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly, mom-approved. Oh yeah, it does one-click audio chats too.
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Learn more: Visit Demo Girl to see a sample screencast of how Twiddla can be used.


Twitter

Description: Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
Tip: Many educators find Twitter an effective tool for dealing with the isolation that can come from working in the classroom because it provides real time opportunities for learning, teachable moments, connecting with knowledgeable experts, and troubleshooting.
Learn More: For a complete and easy to understand explanation of the multiple uses for Twitter, specifically in education visit the Clif’s Notes blog entry about Twitter in Education at http://clifmims.com/blog/archives/187.


UStream

Description: Ustream is a free 3rd party host for live streaming video and audio. Think Breeze, but Web 2.0 style. They offer a chat room and will host the video after you are done streaming so you can create your own "channel." All you need to do is sign up for free, hook up any old webcam, and In just minutes, you can broadcast and interact with a global audience from one to thousands!
Tip: If you are concerned about the safety of your students when using UStream, not to worry. You may password protect your Ustream content - requiring users to enter a password before viewing.
Learn More: Great ideas for using UStream as an education tool from the TravelinEdMan’s blog http://travelinedman.blogspot.com/2007/12/i-ustreaming-your-ustream-thas-twitter.html. Visit http://drapestakes.blogspot.com/2008/03/presentingteaching-with-ustream.html for great ideas and tips about presenting using UStream.

Wikispaces


Description: Wikispaces (www.wikispaces.com) is a place where you can create a wiki, or a simple-to-use, collaborative website to use in your classroom and your school. Wikispaces (www.wikispaces.com) has quickly become the tool of choice for educators who can set up their own free space at http://www.wikispaces.com/t/x/teachers100K.
Tip: Wikis are being used by educators to conduct or follow-up after lessons with students or professional development workshops, as a communication tool with parents, as a tool to post and organize student work and more. The greatest potential, however, lies in student participation in the ongoing creation and evolution of the wiki.
Learn More: TeachersFirst has great ideas about how to use a wiki in the classroom posted at http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm

Yahoo! for Teachers

Description: Easily create and share classroom projects that meet state standards.
Learn More: For a quick tutorial of how Yahoo! for Teachers can help you in the classroom, go to http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/howto <http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/howto> or http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/teachers/ <http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/teachers/>
Projects educators are creating:
Yahoo! Teacher Tools - http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/233611
Google Maps: Mapping and Measuring - http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/235183
Geometry - http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/233094
Ancient Civilizations: Egypt - http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/232104 <http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/231811>
Earth: Plate Techtonics - http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/233517
Polar Bears - http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/232474
Blogs, Wikis & Podcasts - http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/project/233098</span
Invitation: Yahoo for Teachers Invite