ID Tools

Making teaching more effective and efficient

Where educators meet and share

  • Schooltube.com
  • Skype an Author

Screen Cast

Mind Maps

  • Bubble.us
  • CMap
  • FreeMind
  • Mindmiester
  • Spinscape
  • Webspiration
  • XMind

Portfolio Tools

Live Binders – http://livebinders.com/ – makes it easy to organize and present your resources quickly and simply.

Newsreader

Pulse for iPad- http://www.alphonsolabs.com/ – provides a visually appealing newsreader that renders stories from multiple sources on a dynamic mosaic interface.

Access Resources

Gale Apps – http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ – access library resources using GPS to find public libraries within a 10-mile radius of the user’s location, or access your school library’s Gale online resources

Global Game

Link: http://www.kidlink.org/kidspace/start.php?HoldNode=27600&HoldNav=1430

This is so cool!  (It is for kids ages 8 – 11 years, so it’s not directly applicable to my area of focus.  But, it is so cool!)

Name: Landmark Games 2010

How it works: Teacher signs up their class to participate in a 21 questions-type game to find a global location defined by another class.

What: Learning geography.  Collaboration across the globe.  Teamwork within the class.  Inquiry-driven learning

Tag Galaxy

Discussion / Conference / Training

  • Tool Name:  Adobe Outlook (?)
  • Tool Name: BlackboardCollaborate (formerly Elluminate)

How it works: Sign-up is required and there may be a cost involved

What: real-time chat (text or voice) with a presentation space

Link:  www.blackboardcollaborate.com

Create an avatar to speak your words

  • Tool Name: Voki

How it works: Create an avatar, provide voki with your cell phone number, when it calls you, record the message.  Notes:  The avatar moves it’s lips, blinks, etc – it’s fun to see your words brought to life you want the avatar to say

Link: http://www.voki.com/

Make a Poster

Simply put, Glog is a kind of poster – fully designed by yourself! Glog is a fancy creation from text, images, music and video. No matter if it is colorful, sexy or emo. Your Glog will stand out. It gives you a perfect tool to express yourself.

Add audio to your text

  • Tool Name: odiogo

Link: http://www.odiogo.com/

Notes:  Great for folks who don’t want to read through a block of text.  Would be a good proof-reading tool because odiogo says what you typed, not what you think you typed (ha ha)

Learn about Problem-Based Learning

  • Resource Name: Buck Institute for Education

Link: www.bie.org

  • Resource Name: Center for Innovative Learning Technologies

Link: http://cilt.org/resources/sup_student_inq.html

Create a Sound File (for podcast, etc)

  • Tool: Audacity

Link: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Create Presentations using the Cloud

  • Tool: SlideRocket

Link: http://www.sliderocket.com/

Online presentations are slide sets that are completely Web-based, freeing users from the burdens and constraints of desktop presentation software. They are built and managed via the Web from end-to-end.  From slide design, content compilation, and review and approvals, through publishing, delivery, and performance measurement, from any Internet-enabled PC or handheld device.

  • Tool: Slideshare

Link: slideshare.net

  • Tool Name: Prezi

Link: http://prezi.com/

It is a single drawing board with all of the discussion-points represented in words, picture, video, link, etc.  The audience is taken around the drawing board to view each point.

Example:Teaching Economics, BETTER

  • Tool Name: Tiki-Toki

A tool for creating interactive timelines

Note: you can embed a Tiki-Toki into your Prezi to allow movement within the graphic

Infographics and data visualization, you can choose to embed or re-use pre-made graphics in your own presentations

Meeting place for science talk

A place for science professionals and science amateurs to share ideas.

Linkhttp://jcom.sissa.it/archive/08/04/Jcom0804%282009%29A01/Jcom0804%282009%29A01.pdf

Course Management Systems (CMS) or Learning Management Systems (LMS)

  • Tool:  WiZiQ
Link: wiziq.com
  • Tool: Moodle
  • Tool: EDU 2.0
  • Tool: Collaborize

Course Design

  • Tool:  Adobe Captivate
  • Tool: Camtasia

Desktop Design

  • Tool: Symbaloo

A “desktop” that is easily arranged with tiles of the user’s chosen web addresses.  FREE

Link: http://www.symbaloo.com/us/tour/

And, More

Thank you to Melissa Koenig from “Instructional Design and Development” for this list of Storytelling tools students can use to integrate technology in their learning – BEYOND powerpoint:
  • Imageloop – Upload images or PowerPoint slides, and choose from interesting templates (see this example). Presentations can be embedded on other pages or shared via a link.
  • PhotoPeach – Upload images and overlay them with music (library provided), add captions and effects, and share.


A List for future exploration

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