I think it’s fun to use technology, so as I attend conferences, I pick up new tools and ideas about how to use technology in education. I’ve seen more presenters using Google Chrome as their internet browser. Do you know why that might be?
There are lots of fun apps and extensions to choose from, and many of them are free. If you go to the Chrome Web Store then you can download them from there. It’s kind of like itunes. Once you add them, you’ll be able to access them from your Google Chrome Apps icon.
Here’s a free app about the human body.
Extensions help improve your internet browsing experience like this ad blocker. Do you ever choose a video to watch on you tube and you wait to skip the ad? This is an extension that appears on the omni bar that prevents the ad from even popping up.
Here’s another fun couple of extensions. Do you ever want to look at two websites at the same time, side by side? You can do that with the split and glue extensions. Open two tabs with different websites. I opened the curriculum agenda in one and the curriculum summary in another, and I clicked on split – the scissors.
Now to put them back in their normal place, I click on glue.
Did you know that you can talk to Google, and that it even talks back? Click on the microphone in the search box.
Say what you want it to search for, like Siamese Cats.
And, google tells me it found some pictures of siamese cats.
If you like working with audio recording, try out audio boo. It’s for podcasting or recording audio. At a workshop session I went to, we did a mash up of voices in which every participant spoke on the same recording and gave our recommendation for the best restaurant in San Jose.
You can record and post the link or the recording on your webpage or in Moodle.
Now, on to video. If you’re interested in showing your students a video and asking them questions as you go. This is great, and it’s free. It keeps the answers and analyzes the results. This is a start up company out of Silicon Valley, and the designer is interested in your feedback.
The tools you can use include – cropping, sound recording, audio recording, and text. You can ask questions that students have to input an answer to before they continue watching the video.
Zaption is similar to Ed Puzzle, but you only get a 30-day free trial. Then you have to pay.
Do you ever wish you could record how to do something that you’re doing on your computer or on the internet? You could also use this to record feedback to students on their writing. Screencastomatic records what is on your screen, your voice, and a video of you if you want. It also has some tools that can help you point out things on your screen.
Screenr is similar to screencastomatic, also free.
Did you know you can edit your own videos in You Tube? You can upload a video and it gives you tools to crop and add sound. You can even record a live session on Google Hangout.
If you want to download a video without the adds, you just paste the URL here.
For presentations, we’ve been using Popplet in our Listening/Speaking classes. It’s free and it allows you to post pictures and text on a screen.
Some of our students have used it for their State Presentations, in which they upload pictures of their state. Then, popplet focuses in on each picture as they talk about it.
Another website that could be fun to use for presentations or to collect research is Thinglink. You can upload a picture, then add links to video, audio, websites, or a text box.
This “i” shows a link to a website.
Here’s a text box with some trivia type questions.
Do any of you use Skype or Google Hangout for meetings? I ran in to one of the Digital Media instructors from CSUMB at a conference recently, and he mentioned they were trying it out. It allows you to hold a meeting online.
This last page I want to share with you has even more tools to check out. The Microsoft Partners in Learning site has a bunch of free resources, especially for educators under the Resources tab.
In the Resources tab, click on Free Tools – You’ll find something for you in Math, Science, History, Language, Art..
You can download the Learning Suite app to make it easier to search.
What tool do you think you want to check out?
2. Audio, Video, Presentations and
 Google Chrome Apps and Extensions
 Google Voice Search
 Audio Boo
 Ed Puzzle
 YouTube editor
 Microsoft Partners in Learning
3. Chrome Web Store
4. Lots of Free Apps
5. Extensions: Ad Blocker
6. Open Two Sites in Two Tabs
7. Extensions: Split and Glue
9. Voice Search
10. Siamese Cats
Record audio for:
 Online dictaphone
 Mash up of student voices
Works on iOS and Android devices or via the web, and
soon blackberry and windows 8.