Powerful and Free Tools from the Cloud

Your Presenter - Rushton Hurley
   
high school teacher of Japanese language
    Director of the MERIT Program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College
    Founder, Executive Director and Lead Janitor of NextVista.org

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Videos and Other Multimedia I Share With You
   
A Scout Is... - this is the one the teen did about Scouting
    Sonnet 23 - "an unperfect actor on the stage"
    lamp commercial - Ikea spot on YouTube
    piano stairs - Volkswagen spot on YouTube
    Shorewood Lip Dub - school spirit, technically (you can also find this on YouTube)
    The Village Well - this is the audio piece I did about the service project in an African village
    Lab Rules - my friend Mark Dohn's video on rules in the computer lab




Cloud Tools-a-Plenty

What follows are a plethora of links for all sorts of tools, either completely free or with free versions you can download.  Use these tools to explore, play, and inspire; learn -with- your students.

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

    Merriam-Webster - traditional definitions, Word of the Day
       
Urban Dictionary - interpreting the language of the locals (careful with this one)
    Wordle - popular system for making word clouds
        Tagxedo - for a "visually stunning tag cloud"
        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)
        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
    Twitter - because there is value to brevity
        Carol Cooper-Taylor's ideas on using Twitter in education

    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


What You See and Hear - approaches to using audio, images, and video
    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
    Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
    PodSafeAudio and Jamendo - music you can use

    PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)

    Activity possibilities: gather copyright-friendly images for presentations
        start an audio resource folder

Multimedia Tools-a-Plenty - fantastic freeware
    Metamark - making the nasty URLs more reasonable
        Tiny URL, Snip URL, Long URL,
Huge URL
    YouTube - tutorials on anything
        search on the word 'tutorial' and the name of the software

        as with iTunesU, YouTube has an education channel

    CoolIris - photo walls from search results (plug-in for browsers)
    TagGalaxy - a world of photos from search results

    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
    Audio Expert - online audio editing; a bit minimalist, but promising
    Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft - really.
    Picnik - online fun photo editing (note the "premium" features, which cost)

    SumoPaint - it's like Photoshop, but free and in your browser

    Mixbook - create online photo books, buy the real ones if you wish
    Irfan View - free graphics editor and converter
    Zamzar - great site for converting files or grabbing YouTube videos
    Prezi - "Power Point on steroids"
        Daniel Moix's overview of Google Tools in Prezi
        Alison Blank's Math Is Not Linear in Prezi
    Jing - freeware for screencasting
        here's a Jing on using Movie Maker

    Voice Thread - audio blogs with images
    Animoto - 30-second videos are free
    Glogster - multimedia posters
    BigHugeLabs - a variety of multimedia this-and-that


    Activity possibilities: using Tag Galaxy or Cool Iris, create a visual introduction on a topic
        using Audacity, have students prepare and record summaries of key concepts
        using Photo Story 3, let students tell the story of a club or activity
        using Prezi, prepare a study guide for students, or have them do the same for each other


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

    ePals - connecting with classrooms around the globe

    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
        find a classroom in another country to share digital stories


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


Projects
    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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