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Page history last edited by Teresa Almeida d'Eca 6 years, 8 months ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Animated films

  • Dvolver/Dfilm ("Have you ever wanted to direct your own movie? No problem. Our MovieMaker helps you make a movie in a few simple steps")
  • GoAnimate ("GoAnimate.com is an entertainment website that enables the simple creation of unique computer animated stories, satires and sentiments that can be shared with the entire online community") 
  • ZimmerTwins ("a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling") 

 

 

Audio

  • Audacity ("downloadable free, open source software for recording and editing sounds")
  • Audioboo

 

      • web-based 
      • need to create an account 
      • can record or upload a recording 
      • can email the message, tweet it, embed it in a site

 

 

      • web-based 
      • go to Audiopal
      • record a message
      • email your message
      • embed it in your website
      • share it in different sites (Twitter, Facebook...)

 

Audio hosting

  • PodcastMachine ("Upload, publish and manage your videos and audios with just a few clicks of your mouse"; embed them in your blog or wiki)
    • I signed up on 2 Nov 12 and didn't find it very user-friendly. However, I was able to upload audio and video. The audio isn't in a public page, the video is, so it can be seen. I can always change the Settings for the channel, not the episode

 

Related sites

 

 

Backchanneling

 

Backchanneling hosts

  • TodaysMeet (a site that lets you "embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime")
  • Chatzy

 

 

Blogs

  • Blogger ("a free blog publishing tool from Google for easily sharing your thoughts with the world")
  • Edublogs ("blogging for teachers and students made easy; create, manage and moderate blogs for all your students with a minimum of fuss")
  • Posterous (a multimedia blog to upload text, images, voice and video through email) (see My Posterous as an example)
  • Splinder ("the fast, free and easy blogging tool for fresh and tasty blogs"; former Motime)
  • Wordpress ("a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability")

 

 

 

Chat & Videoconferencing

 

 

Collaborative tools

 

 

Comics

  • EduComics ("EduComics is an European Union Comenius education project [that] will show educators how comics can be used in the classroom to enhance learning, engage and motivate students, and use technology in a practical and effective way")
  • Kerpoof Studio ("Kerpoof is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Kerpoof has many educational uses. Visit our educator page (with ideas and lesson plans for how to use Kerpoof). Make an animated movie; Tell a story")
  • MakeBeliefsComix ("one of the easiest experience for students interested in creating comic strips to practice their writing, reading and language skills. The site offers 80 different fun characters to choose from, blank talk and thought balloons, story prompts and printablesr")
  • ZimmerTwins ("This site is a fun, safe place where kids can use their imagination and create their very own movies. We moderate the site daily and have various filters in place to make sure the content that is being posted here is appropriate for viewers of all ages")

 

 

 

Exercise/Game creators

  • Classtools ("create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge")
  • ESL Video (suggested by Nik Peachey; find and create video quizzes)

 

 

Images/Photos

  • Flickr
  • PhotoPeach
  • PicLens ("the 3D Wall that speeds up search on Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, and more. Enjoy the richest way to view photos from Facebook, Picasa, and even your computer")
  • PictureTrail
  • TagGalaxy  ("Browse through Flickr photos in 3D with this flash application; You enter a tag, and the related galaxy [of photos] appears on screen")
  • VUVOX

 

 

Microblogging

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

Presentations and Sites

 

Tools

  • GeoGreeting (send any message with letters made up from aerial view of buildings generated by Google Maps, Google Earth and satellite imagery; see title of this page) 
  • Glogster (a glog is an interactive poster or an online poster made from a mixture of text, images, music, video and links)
  • Mixbook ("create beautiful photo books online") 
  • My ebook ("you bring the content, we give you the tools")

 

 

Online office

 

 

PLE/Ns

 

 

URLs

To shorten a long URL

 

 

vClassrooms and VLEs

(virtual classrooms and Virtual Learning Environments)

 

Online communities

  • Learning Times ("an open community for education and training professionals. Members have free access to a wide range of opportunities to interact and network with peers from across the globe")
  • Tapped In ("The online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and professional development staff, as well as university faculty, students, and researchers gather here to learn, collaborate, share, and support one another")

 

Virtual classrooms

 

 

Video

  • Animoto ("Takes just minutes to create a video. Bring your lessons to life. Post/embed videos elsewhere or download them for in-class presentations!")
  • Plank (suggested by Nik Peachey: "allows users to ask and answer each other's questions either by text or video"; register for free; seems similar to Tokbox)
  • Tokbox ("the simplest, most engaging way for you to connect face-to-face"; free video chat, video mail and video conferencing) 
  • Viewpoint ("an audio and video repository that allows you to record your audio/video online using your microphone or webcam, or upload existing media. These media items can then be linked from other sites or embedded inside your own web pages. Please note that this product has been developed for educational purposes only")
  • Winkball (suggested by Ana Maria Menezes in her e-book - in Portuguese - about Web 2.0 tools and how to use them in class; free; record and send video messages, create a video blog and make video walls; looks like a great tool)

 

Video hosting and sharing

 

 

Voice

  • Audacity  ("free, open source software for recording and editing sounds"; also MP3 converter; be sure to also download the LAME encoder)
  • AudioPal (very simple and user-friendly recording of voice messages online with no need to register; record your message (1) by phone, (2) text to speech, (3) mic or (4) upload an audio file; steps: click the "Get yours it's free" button > click the recording option of your choice > record > preview > keyboard your email address > click the "Get it" button > wait for an email message with a link > "copy to clipboard" the html code and insert it in a webpage)
  • Podbean (podcast hosting; "an easy and powerful way to start podcasting")
  • Viewpoint ("an audio and video repository that allows you to record your audio/video online using your microphone or webcam, or upload existing media. These media items can then be linked from other sites or embedded inside your own web pages. Please note that this product has been developed for educational purposes only")
  • Vocaroo (a very simple and user-friendly online voice recording service; record online and send the message to a friend; make a link to it or embed the code in a webpage (my favorite); you can also download the messages)
  • VoiceThread ("a powerful new way to talk about and share your images, documents and videos")
  • Voxopop ("discuss your interests and passions with people from all over the world, using your real voice. It's a whole new way to talk online. Find talkgroups to join, or start your own and spread the word")
    • Engo ("designed specifically for one-to-one English tuition with real expert teachers.  It's a whole new way to learn! There are no timezone or booking issues and you can relax, take your time, and learn when you want to")

 

Avatars

  • Voki ("a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages")

 

Voice mail

  • HandyBits ("create and e-mail sound messages; simply click the Record button, talk, and then click the Stop and Send buttons. That's it"; need to download)

 

VoIP tools

 

 

Web 2.0

Articles

Educational Networking: The important role Web 2.0 will play in education - Steve Hargadon

 

E-books

 

Presentations

 

 

 

 

  • Web 2.0 - Paola Dondolini (Not in Words)

 

 

 

  • What is Web 2.0? - Teresa Almeida d'Eca

 

 

 

Resources

 

 

Wikis

 

 

Word clouds

  • Wordle ("a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text"; see this interesting article, Five reasons to use Wordle in education)
  • Wordsift ("creates word clouds of the 50 most popular words in the text , but also allows students to click on them to get example images, definitions and related words and examples of the word in use from within the text")

 

 

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