Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Apps Apps Apps


Here is a GREAT site that reviews and lists over 1800 EDU Apps. http://www.appitic.com/

I'm obviously not going to list them out individually, but it's definitely worth a search/browse/peruse situation if you have a free moment! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tiny URLs, Screencasts, and Newpaper Clip Generators!


  • Newspaper Clip Generator : http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp
    • Enter the name of the newspaper (use a FAKE name), the date, and the text. 
    • FREE, no login, and allows you to download the image (for use in a project, on a website, etc)
    • Here is a sample that I made….

  • After Friday's PDRT a few teachers asked me how we created the screencasts for TeachPoint. Www.screenr.com is a great, free, resource that allows you to record your screen with your voice (via microphone)
    • Go to http://www.screenr.com and register (it's free- you can sign in with your WPS Google account, even)
    • There is an intro video you should watch which will give you an idea of what  to do. 
    • When you launch the Screenr window, you can select how much of your screen you would like to show in the screencast (by dragging the corners to the size you'd like)
    • Then, simply hit record and start to talk and move around the screen . 
    • At the end, Screenr will give you a link to your video

  • Short URLs
    • http://tinyurl.com/ allows you to enter (or PASTE) a long URL and either create a unique url for that site or generate an automatic one.
    • It's a great tool when you want to distribute a website to your class and don't want to write a 55-character URL on the board
    • example: the tiny url for my website: http://tinyurl.com/mrlong260

MEOGRAPH...

Hey hey heeeeey!

So, here's a cool tool that I just found and was playing with…and is FREE! It's called MEOGRAPH and basically uses GoogleEarth/Maps (web-based) to created a story or timeline. You can upload pictures, record your voice, or add YouTube clips. 

I can think of SO many options and uses for this, cool projects that could be tweaked for this to be added, etc. I played around w/ it for a bit and created a little one (below), but would definitely love to help any teachers work with it further to integrate into a project! 

My sample here (youtube access required at parts): http://www.meograph.com/user-88417921/5208/my-first-meograph

And as always… www.freetechkev.blogspot.com

have fun!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tiny URLs, Screencasts, and Newpaper Clip Generators!


  • Newspaper Clip Generator : http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp
    • Enter the name of the newspaper (use a FAKE name), the date, and the text. 
    • FREE, no login, and allows you to download the image (for use in a project, on a website, etc)
    • Here is a sample that I made….

  • After Friday's PDRT a few teachers asked me how we created the screencasts for TeachPoint. Www.screenr.com is a great, free, resource that allows you to record your screen with your voice (via microphone)
    • Go to http://www.screenr.com and register (it's free- you can sign in with your WPS Google account, even)
    • There is an intro video you should watch which will give you an idea of what  to do. 
    • When you launch the Screenr window, you can select how much of your screen you would like to show in the screencast (by dragging the corners to the size you'd like)
    • Then, simply hit record and start to talk and move around the screen . 
    • At the end, Screenr will give you a link to your video

  • Short URLs
    • http://tinyurl.com/ allows you to enter (or PASTE) a long URL and either create a unique url for that site or generate an automatic one.
    • It's a great tool when you want to distribute a website to your class and don't want to write a 55-character URL on the board
    • example: the tiny url for my website: http://tinyurl.com/mrlong260

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PicCollages and Scientific Calculators!


Oh Hey There!

So, http://pic-collage.com/ is a free service for quickly creating picture collages on your iPad or Android tablet. The app does not require you to register or connect a social network profile in order to create a collage. If you do connect a social network profile to Pic Collage you can pull in pictures from those accounts. Otherwise you can upload pictures that are stored on your device or take new pictures using the Pic Collage app.
  • Off the top of my head potential uses? --> 
    • have students create collages of a book they read, the main characters/themes. 
    • Perhaps students can run around w/ iPads or their phones and take pictures of a new geometric shape  they have learned about and where it is in nature/our world? 
    • Or maybe they can document their daily lives in 1 collage and their interactions with other people (sociology)? 
    • How about capturing the abundance of advertising that we come in contact with on a daily basis? 
Hey science and math teachers! Don't you HATE when a student forgets their scientific calculator? Isn't it annoying and frustrating when you lend them one and it doesn't come back? Here are some FREE online scientific calculators. I don't, personally, recommend you replace your calc w/ these, but this could be a good list to put on your Edline page (or website) so that if a student is doing homework and has forgotten their calculator in their locker (and they have a computer at home) then there is NO EXCUSE! http://tinyurl.com/freescicalc
NOTE: I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CALCULATORS, but I hope these are helpful!