Don't forget that you can download Dropbox for your smartphone. While the Dropbox on your PC automatically syncs the files (uploads and downloads) so your PC has everything that's in the Dropbox, the phone app only downloads what you tell it, so you can selectively pull down a file to work on, or photo to show to a colleague sitting next to you on a bus.
I use TodaysMeet in professional devleopment workshops as a way for participants to share ideas they have during the workshop. I generally set the rooms to expire after one week or one month (depending on the content of the workshop) so that participants can go back and view all the posts again after the workshop. It also works great for posting questions that need time for follow-up and makes it easy to post answers for everyone to see.
A very siimple to use and effective tool!
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An annotated list of additional free tools with many not mentioned previously in this thread is available in a Lounge discussion Favorite Web Tools, thought I would share. These sites are worth a look! You might find exactly what you need via this web list.
I am currently using LiveBinders.com to organize my PD sessions. I recently completed a binder for Digital Citizenship.
I'm also learning to use Aviary.com - lots of cool tools there.
I save my links on delicious.com as hartmari, feel free to join my network.
I use Diigo.com (another social bookmarking site) with colleagues in a leadership community.
Hi Marc. Thanks for sharing some great sites. Here are a few I haven't seen mentioned yet:
Great for creating cartoons. We used them with 2nd graders to creat cartoons about magnetism; Fifth graders for political cartoons.
"Each story comes to life with educational worksheets, activities, and games. Speakaboos timeless tales are ideal for kids of any age."
"Animated books, children's music, puzzles and games with text that is high-lighted in time with the voice-over in both story and song, children can see each word as spoken."
Has anyone seen Zoom it, a free website that takes any other website, blog, wiki, etc. and adds zoom features so you can display your images in a format that allows you to zoom in, zoom out, and scroll around a large image.
To create your zoomable image, just copy the url of your hosted image and paste it into Zoom.it.
Since it is difficult to upload student artwork at a high resolution, you can use Zoom it to see a textured image in a higher resolution once you have the URL where the artwork is stored.
Zoom it would also be a great educational tool for a student who needs images or webpages magnified due to sight limitations.
What are some other ways you might use Zoom it in your teaching?
Here's a few tools from the list by ALA of Best 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning 2011
in the area of digital storytelling. (EDSITEment was honored to be put on the list of top 25 in 2010 the area of Content Resources.)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then let this site provide the picture to inspire your words. Choose a picture from the gallery, and add text. Word choices are available or use your own. There is also an introduction to writing poetry using this tool.
Add a new dimension to storytelling, reports, and presentations with ZooBurst’s digital 3-D tool. In this safe and protected space, students create and customize pop-up stories; add their own voice to characters, upload artwork or items from a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and materials.
Myths and Legends
A site for those who enjoy stories and storytelling. Read digital myths, folktales and legends about the British Isles. Students and teachers can add to the stories and there are thousands of stories to choose from.
I use google sketchup quite a bit for designing virtual theatre sets in my senior classes. it is free and the you tube training videos are excellent. It's a free 3d drawing programme. Great for constructing any objects or buildings. You can add google models from elsewhere of all kinds of special extras. Great fun and very useful for creating models for projects and all kinds of things.
I began using Kerpoof last spring and met with success http://www.kerpoof.com/ . As a teacher I was able to create a class with logins and passwords, they even create a printout of the l/p for the students to use. The classroom is closed to the public but open for the students to comment and share their work, again teacher controlled. I have used this with grades 2-6. They also offer lesson plans should one need a "jump start." This site offers the capabilities of creating pictures, cards, stories, and movies.
Have you seen the slideshow 50 Sites in 60 Minutes (Version 2) by David Kapuler? If you have some free time this summer, take a look at some of these sites that may provide new ideas for your next school year.
50sites ver2 - Presentation Transcript
Hi, Marc - it's absolutely refreshing to see teachers collaborating and sharing resources here. If all of us just share one or two of these great resources with a – perhaps less technical- colleague, the profession would advance by leaps and bounds. As I am a fan of Thinkfinity, and many of the great outside products listed here (many of which I will now research), I'd like to share an idea I came up with while waiting for employment (I just received my credential in English...) that I think will help schools make better use of their technology: a documentation system. If schools start using a wiki to keep all of their content together, teachers and administrators could stay on the same page. You can find the information at www.schoodl.com and contact me for a free PowerPoint to share with others.