12 Amazing Tools to add to your EdTech Utility Belt

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Here are 12 Amazing Tools to add to your EdTech Utility Belt. This was presented at Instructurecon 2014 #INSTCON #BetterEd. For more information and other app, widgets, and gadgets surf to PROFESSORJOSH.COM or follow me on Twitter @ProfessorJosh.

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  • TIPS for using Audacity…
    Really works well when it is important to hear the words communicated… Or when it’s difficult to communicate the information through the written word alone. Also, it’s sometimes nice to share your voice and sort of humanize the online experience.

    Learn how to use Audacity
    http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Audacity_for_Teachers_-_Installation_and_Basic_Editing Audacity team developed a wiki how to to get educators started with the technical basics…

    Get inspired! http://audacityined.wikispaces.com/education

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  • 12 Amazing Tools to add to your EdTech Utility Belt

    1. 1. 12 AMAZING TOOLS TO ADD TO YOUR EDTECH UTILITY BELT by Josh Murdock @PROFESSORJOSH E D T E C H @PROFESSORJOSH #EdCampMagic
    2. 2. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando
    3. 3. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando So#Chalk  –  www.so#chalk.com   •  E-­‐Learning  solu:on  that  makes  it  easy  for  educators  to  engage   with  students  with  interac:ve  online  lessons.   •  Easy  (without  knowing  HTML)  create  content  by  mashing  up  text,   media,  interac-ve  ac-vi-es,  and  quizzes.   •  Example  Lesson:  Introduc:on  to  the  Human  Body •  So#Chalk  eBook  Builder •  Frame-­‐free  lessons  with  HTML5-­‐compliant  content •  Add  Google  Analy:cs   •  Media  libraries,  including  Khan  Academy  and  GeQy  Images •  Fluid  layout  that  adjust  to  any  screen  size
    4. 4. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Reflector  2  –  www.reflectorapp.com   Let’s  you  demo,  present,  play  games,  and  watch  movies  on  a  PC  or  Mac   by  Airplay  what  is  on  your  iPad  or  iPhone.   •  So#ware  installed  on  your  PC  or  Mac •  Just  Airplay  is  needed  on  your  iPad  or  iPhone •  Both  devices  on  same  Wi-­‐Fi •  Ability  to  record,  with  device  frames,  audio,  and  full  video •  Mirror  mul:ple  devices  on  one  computer •  Ability  to  password  protect  access •  Works  with  Google  Cast,  AirPlay,  Air  Parrot  2
    5. 5. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando DragOnTape  –  www.dragontape.com   A  collabora:ve  online  video  merging   service  in  which  you  can  cut  and  mix   YouTube  videos  and  Soundcloud  clips   easily  in  a  sharable  and  embeddable   online  tool. Web  –  iPad  -­‐  iPhone  
    6. 6. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Animoto  –  www.animoto.com   Example  Instructurecon  2013 Animoto  is  a  online  and  mobile  video  crea:on   service  u:lizing  photos,  video  clips  (10  second   clips),  words,  and  music  in  a  simple  produc:on.   U:lize  content  on  your  Facebook,  Instragram,   Smugmug,  Flirkr,  Desktop,  and  more.    
    7. 7. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Magisto  –  www.magisto.com   Automa:ze  way  to  edit  video  and  photos  into   a  video  with  music  and  effects  in  minutes.   Using  AI  technology  to  analyze,  trim,  and  edit   the  best  parts  of  the  video.   Web  –  iPhone  –  iPad  –  Android Example:  Instructurecon  2013
    8. 8. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Powtoon  –  www.powtoon.com Powtoon  is  a  cheap,  but  a  fun-­‐filled  and  easy  way  of   crea8ng  presenta8ons  and  animated  movies.  Using   templates  and  built  in  voice  elements  you  can  have   a  product  demo,  feature  walk-­‐through,  or  marke8ng   pitch  without  any  equipment  and  talent  at  all. Various  plans  available:  FREE  to  $57  a  month   hQp://www.powtoon.com/edu-­‐home/
    9. 9. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Educrea:ons  –  www.educrea:ons.com   •  iPad  App  –  limited  FREE  –  Used  to  record  on  the   fly  tutorials  using  sketches  with  voice  recording •  Blank  Background •  Mul:ple  Images   •  Mul:ple  Color  Markers •  Easy  to  Share
    10. 10. hQp://www.educrea:ons.com/lesson/view/unit-­‐9-­‐the-­‐gas-­‐laws/730991/  
    11. 11. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Voki  –  www.voki.com •  Create  and  post  avatars  anywhere  online •  Uses  text  to  speech,  uploaded  audio  files,  voice   recordings,  or  phone  recordings •  FREE  for  basic  characters  and  scenes  up  to  60   seconds  in  length •  Voki  Classroom  $30  a  year  –  addi:onal  scenes  &   characters  up  to  90  seconds  in  length,  plus  ability  to   add  lessons,  no  student  registra:on,  and  can  leave   feedback  for  students.   •  Voki  Presenter  &  Teacher  
    12. 12. hQp://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=6593803&height=400&width=300  
    13. 13. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Clipping  Magic  –  www.clippingmagic.com •  Web  based  tool  to  easily  remove  backgrounds   from  images  in  seconds. •  Great  for  eLearning,  presenta:ons,  and  website   development.   •  Simple  steps  (less  complicated  than  Photoshop) •  Affordable  op:ons  (was  free)
    14. 14. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Screen  Cast-­‐o-­‐Ma:c  –   hQps://screencast-­‐o-­‐ma:c.com/   •  Screencas:ng  made  simple  through  your  web   browser  without  installing  any  so#ware •  Record  screen  selec:on  chosen  along  with   narra:on  from  your  microphone.   •  Easy  to  share  on  TwiQer,  YouTube,  or  Download  as   MP3  file •  Screencast  are  public  unless  upgraded  to  a   business  plan
    15. 15. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando Audacity  –  www.audacity.sourceforge.net   •  FREE  open  source,  cross-­‐plaoorm  audio  recording  and   edi:ng  so#ware •  Record  live  audio •  Convert  taps  and  records  into  digital  recordings •  Edit  WAV,  AIFF,  FLAC,  MP2,  MP3  sounds  files •  Cut,  copy,  splice,  or  mix  sounds  together •  Change  the  pitch  or  speed  of  a  recording
    16. 16. Fluency  -­‐  Students  can  record  their  voices  and   listen  to  check  their  intona:on  and   pronuncia:on.   Foreign  Language  -­‐  Teachers  can  record   proper  pronuncia:on  of  a  foreign  language   so  students  can  listen  and  prac:ce.     Students  can  record  and  listen  to  see  if   they  are  using  proper  ar:cula:on. Reading  poetry  aloud  to  hear   rhythm  and  rhyme Podcas6ng  -­‐  Use  Audacity  to  record  a  "show"   to  inform    others  about  class  news,  current   events,  and  areas  of  interest.     Audacity  is  a  free  open  source  so6ware   program  that  is  used  to  edit,  record  or  listen  to   digital  audio  files. hQp://audacity.sourceforge.net/  
    17. 17. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando TouchCast  –  www.touchcast.com   Provides  video  produc:on  features  in  both  a  desktop  and  app   environment,  including  robust  composi:ng  engine,  mul:-­‐camera   support,  video  import,  and  hot  spot  crea:on. •  Camera:  Switch  cameras,  built  in  teleprompter,  adjust  focus  &  mic   levels,  import  video •  Video:  Embed  website,  15  vApps,  and  polling •  Effects:  Green  screen,  filters,  and  sound  effects •  Whiteboard,  Titles,  and  Themes     •  Beta  –  iPad  and  Desktop
    18. 18. @PROFESSORJOSH #EdTechOrlando www.PROFESSORJOSH.com   TwiQer:  @ProfessorJosh Facebook:  facebook.com/professorjosh Instagram:  @ProfessorJosh Email:  josh@professorjosh.com  

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