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Special Research Guide -- Educational Technology
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Audio Editing and Recording

  • Audacity
    Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds
  • Vocaroo
    Online tool for recording and sending audio files
  • Fotobabble
    Tool for recording narrations over photos and other graphics.

Photo Editing and Sharing

  • Animoto
    Online video and photo sharing site
  • Flickr
    Interactive photo sharing site
  • Fotor
    Fotor can be used to create photo effects, clip art, and offers mosaic tool to customize the appearance of visual offerings
  • iPiccy
    Online photo editing tool.
  • Picasa
    Google's online tool for organizing, editing and sharing photos.
  • Sumopaint
    Graphics editing software for web browser and PC
  • UnFREEz
    Us this tool to animate .gif images

Video and Animation Editing and Sharing

  • YouTube
    YouTube now has a basic video editing tool which users can take advantage of when uploading video.
  • KeepVid.com
    Enter the URL of streaming videos you find online and this tool will download them to your computer.
  • Storybird
    Online tool for reading, creating and sharing visual content.
  • Zimmer Twins
    Site for creating and sharing animated stories. Focused on content for young audiences.
  • ToonDoo
    Online tool for creating your own cartoons.

Screen Capture

  • Camtasia
    Screen recorder and video editing tool
  • Screenr
    Web-based screen recording tool
  • Captivate
    Top-of-the-line Adobe product for creating video tutorials from screen captures

Presentations

  • Prezi
  • Glogster
  • Google Drive Slides
  • Skitch
    Tool for live annotation and for 'drawing' on your desktop to draw attention to items displayed there.
  • Empressr
    Web service for creating and sharing high quality online slide presentations
  • Slide Rocket
    A slide presentation tool with some very nice features, such as 3-D transitions and a collaboration feature that enables other users to co-create presentations.

Online Collaboration Sites

  • VoiceThread
    VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected with images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate through the slides and leave comments in 5 ways: using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file (for VoiceThread Pro users), or video (via a webcam).
  • iTunes U Course Manager
    Apple's answer to course management software
  • Wikispaces
    Website where multiple users can share and create work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media.

Software Reviews

  • Software PhD
    A forum for finding and posting reviews about academic software.

Polling and Surveying

  • Doodle
    Interactive polling tool
  • Survey Monkey
    Easy-to-use survey creation, deployment and assessment portal.

Education Apps for Mobile Devices and Computer

  • Doceri
    Available in iTunes. Contains whiteboard and screencasting tools.
  • VideoNot.es
    Allows students to take notes that synchronize with the video they're watching. Requires students to take notes every 15 seconds so you know they've watched the assigned video.
  • People Graph
    App for Excel that allows for the visualization of data.
  • Zeemaps
    Customize maps w/information relevant to a particular subject.
  • ThingLink
    Create interactive images tagged with video, music, comments, links, and other web content.
  • Poll Everywhere
    Polling system where students use their mobile devices to respond to questions.
  • ipadio
    Use your smartphone to "phlog" ("phonecast") by using your smartphone to create audio files with a transcript.
  • QR Voice
    Create a QR code that links to an audio clip (useful for interactive classroom activities)

Bookmarking and Note Taking Tools

  • Evernote
    A tool to help you remember everything.
  • Delicious
    A social bookmarking service, which allows you to share and save the addresses of online resources.
  • Google Bookmarks
    Integrated with your Google and Chromes accounts, this private bookmarking tool offers some public elements for those who desire them.
  • Penultimate
    A free iPad app that allows you to use a stylus to handwrite and draw in a digital notebooks. You can drag and drop pages into any order at any time.

Backup and File Sharing

  • DropBox
    A free service for saving photos, docs, and video files in 'the cloud' where they can be accessed from multiple devices. It allows for file-sharing between DropBox users.
  • Google Drive
    A free service for Google account users to saving photos, docs, and video files in 'the cloud' where they can be accessed from multiple devices. It allows for file-sharing between Google users.
  • Microsoft SkyDrive
    Microsoft's 'cloud' solution, which allows for storage and multi-device access to personal content. It comes with in-browsers versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote in. Comes pre-installed with Windows 8 - can be downloaded for MAC.

Pod- and Web-cast sites

  • iPodder
    Portal for discovering and viewing podcasts and/or downloadable audio programs.
  • Podcast Alley
    Online podcast 'community'.
  • iTunes U
    Heavily used portal for posting and discovering podcasts and webcasts of academic lectures and events
  • TED Talks
    TED (Technology, Education & Design) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading knowledge. It's "Talks" database contains 1100+ lectures and documentaries.

Other

  • Kaywa QR Code Generator
    Free online tool for creating QR (quick response) codes.
  • Storify
    User-curated collections of social media posts and articles on of-the-moment topics.
  • Pixton
    Online animation/drawing tool for creating comics and illustrated videos.
  • Snagit
    Tool for adding visuals to your conversations
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