For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring websites and apps for making videos and animations. Teachers know that video making is a tried and true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These apps and sites feature user-friendly tools and features...
They used to say content is king. But what really makes up content? Gone are the days when “content” meant purely text. Today, if you want to engage and enchant your customers, your content must have some visual cues. The human brain processes visual information much quicker than text. And with web 2.0 visuals like infographics, you can convey complex, boring data in a meaningful manner. Although infographics make things simpler, it can be time-consuming to create them. Here is a list of my top 10 tools to create your own beautiful infographics and more visual content (no Photoshop required!).
This collection of free collaborative web tools is curated by Kelly Walsh from Emerging Ed Tech. Kelly has also recently published a free eBook that features over 100 pages of free instructional technology resources including tools for collaboration, gamification, active learning, screen casting and many more.
When the fiber optic connection gives everyone at the school the equivalent of an ADSL connection each, Skype becomes a real possibility in our classes. Help will be needed with this, but we have the tools in the school to make it work.
"Well, here it is my favorite and most popular post of the year, my Top 100 Sites/Apps of the year!!! Continuing w/ the trend from last year, readers are going to find more and more apps on the list and less sites, as the flux in mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own devices) continues to rise. Also, you'll notice that there are a lot of learning tools for Digital Storytelling & Math. I believe the reason for this is because storytelling is a learning tool that can be used by a wide range of educators for any subject, and Math is a very popular subject w/ lots of diverse ways to go about teaching it. W/ that I hope you enjoy this list and as always thanks again for reading!!!"
"A new online platform is helping teachers use stories to make content meaningful and engaging for their students. Visual storytelling is a powerful way for teachers looking to reach students as they introduce new topics and concepts. Legend is a terrific website that makes it easy for teachers to use video, images, and text to transform the way they get content in the hands of their students."
It's still in Beta, but the word is that Legend is about as simple a tool to use as it gets. Don't be put off by the Primary School examples, it can be used at any level. Follow the links and sign up as a beta user. Let people know how you went.
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