Glogs are really catching on here in SD. We have been sharing the value of glogster.com with educators and the students are loving it. It allows for their creativity and causes them to think critically about what they want to share because they have only their poster to share their major points via video, audio, images, and text. IT IS WONDERFUL!!!
How about Stixy? It is a free site that offers the following:
Use Stixy at work
Upload your work, add comments, share files, and more. Invite your co-workers and start collaborating.
For online research
Copy and paste from, and link to, any web site. Share with your friends to get their input.
As a photo album
Upload photos from your last vacation. Design, and add a few comments if you like. Allow "guest view" so the whole wide web can see, but not add, edit, or delete.
I have used ToonDoo also; it is a great way to incorporate writing into your content. The website is www.toondoo.com and is free. Users can look through the comics that others have created as well as create their own comic strips and books. Teachers in my district have used it as projects for students to reinforce objectives through creative writing - these projects were with HS students.
vokis are animated avatars that can also speak. They are very easy to set up. I use them on my blog page for my Author of the Month. You go to www.voki.com. There they have some already made avatars that you can choose from or you can make your own. You can also give them different backgrounds and different accents. I am getting ready to put a spy one together for an upcoming unit I am working on. You can see my current one at: http://www.cosmickorner.blogspot.com/ .
A really cool site is www.aviary.com. It has several different applications that you can use, such as: a music maker,where you can create your own music, a music blender (like audacity) where you can take the music you just made and blend it with something else (like a voice over) to make a single track, a photo editor and other things as well. It use to cost money but they got a grant or something and now it is all free! It really helps you put a professional looking project together and it is all in one place.
I have an ITV Spanish teacher using it with her Spanish 3 class. She posts questions and asks the students to reply. She enjoys watching them dialog while learning the extra keyboard commands and with her students spread across the three districts it allows them to interact more directly with each other.
A second instructor has been using it with a high school "Reading for Fun" class but I am unsure what she is doing with it.
I created a website using Wix for the teacher consultants of the Kean University Writing Project. I bought a web address for it so that the "Wix" portion of the address would be dropped... WELL worth the money! The site looks great (though I'm a bit biased ) -- as ecboling said above, very professional looking!
The address is: www.kuwpthespacebetween.org
Your sample website created with the Flash Builder, Wix, is a great way to offer a group on retreat a summary of their experience. Though limited to their templates, I assume, you certainly found the perfect one for your site. Thank you for sharing.
I've used Dropbox in my graduate classes (to obtain documents from my professors). I currently use it for the research project I'm working on with a team of graduate students. Our advisor created a Dropbox file for all of the documents we create as we continue our research. Word files, PPT files, etc. -- they're all in there! It's easy to download, can be used on multiple computers (so long as you've downloaded it on whatever computer you're using), and can be organized by anyone who has access to the files. Access is granted by the person who creates the file -- you'll receive a permission email to join Dropbox and then you go from there. The directions for how to sign up (and utilize it) are extremely clear!