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I have always had difficulties with photos and images on my computer. Either they are too big, too small, I want to change and edit something in the picture, or I don't have it in the correct format. I used to copy and paste the images into Microsoft Word and try to go from there.
I recently learned of a few useful applications called Jing by Techsmith and Fotoflexer. Jing needs to be downloaded to a computer to be used. It is very simple to use. One can capture an image of anything on an individual's screen. One could also capture videos of the screen when a video is playing for example. Or if one wanted to make a "how to" video to share with others they can do this with Jing. Fotoflexer is a completely online application. It is found at fotoflexer.com. This free website allows users to upload and edit pictures online. It also is user friendly and incredibly simple. I am going to suggest this online image editor to everyone who has a little when it comes to photo editing.
I have recently been introduced to the "Flipped Classroom" and I am looking very much to next school year when I plan on implementing this instructional strategy in my STEM Chemistry and AP Chemistry class. Currently, my school is on trimesters with five 72 minute classes. However, due to funding issues, our schedule for next year will be trimesters but with six 60 minutes classes. As I am planning my classes for next year, I am working very hard to find resources and make connections with teachers using this method currently. One of the best resources I have found on the flipped classroom is http://cybraryman.com/flipclass.html.
But there is a bonus to this resouces... the author or "Cybrary Man" Jerry Blumengarten, has a huge cyber library of resources for parents, students, educators, and administrators. So not only can you find information on the filpped classroom, but Jerry has over 20,000 links categorized on his site. I have found this to be an invaluable resource! Take a moment and search around. It really is amazing! http://cybraryman.com/index.html
Google Docs has many tools that are almost "hidden." Just doing a search for "google docs tricks" will yield pages of information. Recently, I have learned that googledocs spreadsheets can:
complete a list of items you type (i.e. you type red, green, blue, then use the fill feature and it will autopopulate the rest of your list with other colors).
lookup answers or images for you (i.e. you type: =googlelookup("Mighigan", "Capital") and it will search for, then display "Lansing" in that cell.
And finally, I just recently discovered gadgets within google spreadsheets. After highlighting a range of data, if you right click and then click "insert gadget," there are dozens of cool gadgets you can insert. My favorites are:
Word Study Gadget (like flashcards)
and Bars of Stuff
Some of these tools may be more useful than others, but there are plenty of original, creative ideas just waiting to be explored with some of these tools in a classroom!
Books Should Be Free is a collection of audio books that can be downloaded for free. This could be a great tool for students that do not have a variety of books at home for whatever reason. It can also help students that don’t like sitting down to read a book or that take a long time to read on their own. This way students can still get the stories and connect to the characters and keep up with lessons and class discussions. Students can access these books from home or schools could download these books onto ipods or mp3 players that students can rent to take home. I found this resource through http://ilearntechnology.com/, a great site full of helpful technology tips and resources!
An Emmy for INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
The more I learn about Educational Technology in Sports/PE the more I like Dartfish. And you can actually read the previous sentence again by exchanging EduTech and Dartfish as that would entirely be true as well.
You got to see it to believe it and please check the following links:
Yes indeed Dartfish has received an Emmy for Innovative Technical Achievement!!!! For all the good reasons.
EduTech in PE & Sports?? Here's the answer.
I just discovered a free application called Moyea while working on our web conferencing lab this week. It is a file converter, which I specifically used to change shockwave flash files into mpeg files. I recorded our web conference using Jing software, however it only allowed me to capture 5 minutes at a time and was not in a file format to upload to youtube or movie maker. I had to make about 6 smaller videos and I wanted to put all them into one video and upload the file to youtube or movie maker. After researching for a while, I found Moyea worked pretty effectively and quickly. Considering this is a free application, they include a watermark of their name on your video, but other than that it worked out well. I was able to quickly change the format and upload to movie maker so I could edit the full video. Has anyone found anything better to use with Jing for this purpose?? Thanks!