Monday, May 9, 2011

JogTheWeb

JogTheWeb is an online solution to presenting or sharing multiple websites.  This site allows the user to create a "Jog" that lists all the sites in the left hand margin.  To switch sites the user just needs to click on the corresponding tab.  There will be no surfing the web to find it! JogTheWeb is perfect for professional development where time is always an issue.  Click here for an example Jog the Web relating to using Skype in the classroom.  A Firefox extension is also available to easily add sites to your Jog as you surf the web.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

EmbedPlus

EmbedPlus is a tool in addition to those talked about in a previous post on Tips for Using You Tube.  EmbedPlus allows the user to take a video from You Tube and tweek it to their own liking.  Some features include: "Sweet" spot marking, scene skipping (like a DVD player), cropping, "real time" discussion, third party annotations, slow motion on demand, movable zoom, and an instant replay feature.  After browsing around a bit the site seems fairly easy to use.  I uploaded a link, cut the video, and inserted the "DVD" buttons in less than 5 minutes.  If you enjoy using You Tube videos in your classroom, EmbedPlus is a must!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Review of the "Ultimate Web 2.0 Smackdown"

On April 9th Lisa Thurmann posted a short article on the Tech & Learning Advisor blog.  The article outlined 28 web tools that Lisa Thurmann and others reviewed during Tech Forum Boston.
The first tool that I checked out was Paper Rater.  This site allows the user to copy and past a paper, whether it be an essay, report, or other type to be analyzed.  Once the paper is pasted in the user can check for spelling, grammar, or even plagiarism.  The later feature can be especially useful to teachers.  Paper Rater allows has settings 6th grade all the way through doctorate.
Livebinders is a tool that I am already familiar with, but I wanted to share it.  Livebinders is a site in which you can create your own virtual binders to organize information. Users are also able to search binders that have been created by others.  No matter the subject you teach, there is likely to be a Livebinder.  Livebinder has great tutorials for first time users, and has a blog to provide teachers with ideas.
A great audio tool that included was Audioboo.  Audioboo allows user to record and upload audio via PC or on an  iPhone, Android or  Nokia device.  The recording can then shared with the world, or just your friends and family.  This site gives a great tutorial for new users, with step by step instructions.  Students who wish to sign up will need to provide an email address.
QR codes have found their way into the classroom as of late.  Our next site, FreedomShare, gives the opportunity to create your own.  No sign up needed!  Just create a title, type or paste text, include images or hyperlinks, and bingo! You have your own QR code.  Students would really get a kick out of sharing an assignment with a parent disguised as a QR code!  I have recently added a QR code to my contact card. 
How cool is that?