Powerful and Free Tools for Teachers and Students

Your Presenter - Rushton Hurley (contact me)
   
high school teacher of Japanese language
    Director of the MERIT Program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College
        applications open in early November, close in mid-January
    Founder, Executive Director and Lead Janitor of NextVista.org

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Videos and Other Digital Media I Share With You
    The Village Well - this is the audio piece I did about the African service project

    The Atomic Model - Made on a Mac Contest winner
    Ball Girl Crazy Catch - critically think about this one

    Ikea Lamp - feeling past your prime?
    MERIT video - the full eight minutes
    Shorewood Lip Dub - what kids can do when motivated
        the actual footage - everything forwards

    'Unbelievable Sportsmanship' - Central Washington University softball team

    An Unusual Football Game - for those who believe in the power of second chances
    Scouting video - tapping into the talents that are out there
    Neuron Functions - FallCUE Contest winner
    Lab Rules - rules for the lab by Mark Dohn's students
 
    Project Amigo Volunteer - wonderful effort helping poor kiddos in Mexico
    Sonnet 23 - from Jim Sill's video production kids
    The Fun Theory - fun with piano stairs, that is

    Lost Generation - all this will be true, unless we reverse it

The Current Contest
    The Nebraska 90 - get your kids to enter!
        deadline is Monday, April 18, 2011 at 11:59p



Search, Research, and Words
    Google Search - language tools, advanced search, and more options
        File Search - not reinventing the wheel -and- developing a critical eye
        Wonder Wheel and Timeline, News and Fast Flip
        Google Squared - cool association of data

        Search Curriculum - helping kids search (much) more efficiently
        Shortcut Guide - all sorts of quick ways to use the front page
    Books and Scholar - thinking about what's worth reading
        Librivox - free audio books

        CK12.org - free textbooks online

    Merriam-Webster - traditional definitions, Word of the Day
       
Urban Dictionary - interpreting the language of the locals (this one isn't all family-friendly)
    Wordle - popular system for making word clouds (Declaration of Independence text)
        WordSift - great tool for academic language by folks at Stanford


    Activity possibilities: using Wonder Wheel, find the commonly associated tags for a particular concept you teach
        using Google Squared, find what categories within your subject yield good squares
        using Google Books, find a good reading for your class
        using Wordle, analyze a speech or short text for its main ideas


Collaboration Kicked Up a Notch - why paper can hold us back
    Gmail - better than ordinary e-mail, perhaps!
    Google Docs - word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations
        Docs - sharing, revision history, and saving the file
        Presentations - use for prompts, planning, and (of course) presenting
        Spreadsheets - do surveys and online tests using Forms (Know your lyrics?)
            cool tricks with fill and lookup (a little like Squared)

                the lookup formula: =googlelookup(cell,cell)

            spreadsheet functions - loads of info on this from GCT Bill Bass

    
        self-grading quiz - a guide to how to do this, from Bill Bass

    
    tutorials on YouTube for Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations

    Poll Everywhere - gathering data using cell phones or internet-connected computers

    Sites - building web pages, the Google way
    Wikispaces - an especially education-friendly wiki company

    Activity possibilities:
using Sites, create a project portfolio
        using Forms or Poll Everywhere, gather data on student confidence on topics you teach
        using Docs, have students gather notes on lessons collaboratively
        using Presentations, combine visuals with main topics as discussion prompts


Geographical Tools Across the Curriculum
    Google Maps
        various views - maps, satellite, traffic, terrain, Earth; photos and writing assignments
    finding resources - Advanced Search and kml files
        
literature - Google Lit Trips

        history - California Missions Map

    creating your own maps
        support
, Maps handout for educators
        tutorials on YouTube for Google Maps


    Activity possibilities: find and link/upload a kml file on a topic of interest to you
        create a map with colleagues about special places in your community
       
use the photos layer in Maps to examine life in another community
        have students create a Lit Trip for a story they read together


Other Software and Sites You Might Want - more fantastic freeware
    File Hippo - great site for downloading freeware
    Contxts - send your contact info by text message
        try texting the message Rushton to number 50500 as an example

    Fresh Brain - a place for teens to be wildly creative (organization died, but site lives on)
    Classroom 2.0 and Learn Central - perhaps the best sites for collaborating with colleagues

    Activity possibilities: create a slideshow video using Photo Story
        make a podcast using Audacity
        find a group in Classroom 2.0 to get to know
        explore visual possibilities with Cool Iris




Digital Media: Various Fun Tools to Get Going
    Metamark - making the nasty URLs more reasonable
        Tiny URL, Snip URL, Long URL,
Huge URL
    Prezi - "Power Point on steroids"
        Daniel Moix's overview of Google Tools in Prezi
    Pete's Power Point Station
        loads of Power Point presentations for all kinds of different topics
    Glogster - multimedia posters
    BigHugeLabs - a variety of multimedia this-and-that

    Library of Congress - for images, sound files, documents, and more

    Activity possibilities: using Glogster, create a multimedia poster about a school club
        using Prezi, prepare a study guide for students, or have them do the same for each other


Audio
    Audacity - powerful audio editor
        Jill Baedke's tutorials on using Audacity
        an example of a simple (but powerful) story done in Audacity: The Village Well   
        The Battle - the (copyright-friendly) James Underberg piece from PodSafeAudio
    Jamendo - music you can use
    PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)
    Voice Thread - audio blogs with images
    Audio Expert - online audio editing
    ujam - create your own songs with an online recording tool


    Activity possibilities: record commercials where students have to be critical of the info presented
        using Audacity or GarageBand, have students prepare and record summaries of key concepts
        start an audio resource folder using music from Jamendo
        have students create a song using ujam that includes important concepts from the course

Images and Slideshows
    Neuron Functions - contest-winning entry that shows an interesting use of images
   
Creative Commons - copyright, public domain, and 'copyright-friendly'; royalty-free vs. free
        proper citation is always a component - use filenames to keep the info
        Citing Sources, the easy way
        Code of Best Practices in Fair Use - Center for Social Media information
    Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
    CoolIris - photo walls from search results (plug-in for browsers)
    TagGalaxy - a world of photos from search results

    Animoto - 30-second videos are free
    Mixbook - create online photo books, buy the real ones if you wish
    SumoPaint - it's like Photoshop, but free and in your browser
    Psykopaint - create "paintings" from pictures
    Picnik - online photo editing

    Irfan View - free graphics editor and converter
    Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft - really.
        a quick tutorial I put together on Photo Story
        temporary download link for Photo Story
    Google Art Project - great art from around the world, on your computer
    BodyBrowser - biology will never be the same (requires very strong browser)

    Activity possibilities: using Tag Galaxy or Cool Iris, create a visual introduction on a topic
        using Photo Story 3, let students tell the story of a club or activity
       
gather copyright-friendly images for presentations
        with Art Project, have students creatively connect a famous painting to your school community

Videos and Video Editing
    Limerick (Ireland) footage for practice
        Windows: StreetScene1, StreetScene2
        Mac:
StreetScene1, StreetScene2
    Windows Live Movie Maker - the download link, as it doesn't come with Windows 7 (#@?!)
    Windows Movie Makers - a good place for all sorts-o-things Movie Maker
    Apple's iMovie Tutorials - great starters for iMovie and anything else from iLife

    VideoMaker channel on SchoolTube - great tutorials on the next levels of video
    YouTube - tutorials on anything
        search on the word 'tutorial' and the name of the software

        as with iTunesU, YouTube has an education channel

    Jing - freeware for screencasting
        here's a Jing on using Movie Maker

    Zamzar - great site for converting files or grabbing YouTube videos
    DigitalWish.com - site for teachers that allows buying Flips two-for-one

    Activity possibilities: using Movie Maker or iMovie, have students explain concepts they've learned
        full project descriptions and resources for videos are at the bottom of this page


Projects
    Next Vista for Learning
        ask for my help for using or making videos, and you've got it
   
preparing students for any multimedia project
        have students figure out strengths, weaknesses, and alternatives to a variety of videos
        record impressions using a Google form like this one (ask me for a copy)
        share this resource on common mistakes (it won't replace their exploring, though)
    Community Intros (Stavanger, Norway)
        here's instructions for this project from a couple of years ago (ignore the dates)
    Sonnets and Multimedia (Sonnet 23)
         just for you, a step-by-step on the sonnets project
        Jim Sill interview about this project (Elluminate session)
    Career Exploration (Oceanographic Scientist)
        info on how to do career exploration videos with your students

Saving the World From Ignorance - my favorite place for fascinating projects
    NextVista.org - videos to learn, to travel, and to inspire

    Activity possibilities: choose a video to show students to get their thoughts on strengths, weaknesses, changes, etc.



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