The tide has come in.The Internet infrastructure is in place in many districts, we now need to take advantage of the incredible creative possibilities.
Look at this list:
Word processing, Presentation, Spreadsheet (not to mention they are all apps where people can work on the same document) - all available for free from Google Docs
But wait, maybe we need to create some content. How about this:
Image editing - Picnik
, lets you edit photos and other images , adding text, effects and filters; Aviary
has just made their whole suite of online image editing tools (including image editing with layers (the most important part of Photoshop,) available for free, and don't forget The GIMP, an Open Source image editor with layer capabilities, a free download.
Animation - Pencil
is a free Open Source 2D animation program that uses a frame -based interface similar to Adobe Flash;
Sound editing - Audacity
is an Open Source audio editor but now Aviary is putting their online audio editor Myna ( it has loops like Garageband) out for free, too.
Then there is Jaycut
- an online video editor where you can upload and edit video or the Jing Project
for capturing anything you can put on the computer screen- think about that for a moment, it is an enormously powerful tool)
You can save your pictures at Flickr
Web Albums, and your movies at YouTube
or the wonderful Screencast
who will host the screen capture videos from Jing or any other video uploads you need to share.
Of course, there are many more tools for creation and distribution. Other folks have their favorites and their are many sites I haven't heard of yet. The best thing is that now there are great accessible and free tools available to create and distribute student work.
This is what I want to do a session about.