Photo Storage and Editing Online

  • pixlr.com/ (Mac/PC) Online photo editing that works with Google Drive.
  • Picasa (PC/Mac) Photo organizer/editor from Google
  • iPhoto (Mac) Photo organizer/editor

PDF – Reading & Note taking

Screen Capture & Recording

  • Fireshot. A full web page screen capture extension for Chrome browser.
  • Quicktime (Mac) will take screenshots and video recordings.
  • Snipping tool (Included in Windows on a PC) will take screenshots and video recordings.
  • Educreations.com. White board drawing and photos with voice over.
  • Brainshark.com. Presentations with voice over (Example).
  • Skitch (Mac/PC Free) Screen capture and annotate/draw file or online.
  • Call Note: Record Skype Calls.
  • Jing (Free) Quick simple online screen recording.
  • Camtasia (30 day free trial) Professional editable screencast production.

Images & Media for Use in Teaching

Smartphones and Cameras are documenting tools.

  1. Check your lens to make sure it’s clean.
  2. Set the document in good light, preferably natural light from a window, and fill the frame of your camera with the document and take a few pictures.
Buying Tips
  • Research inpartial, professional, reviews. Impartial reviews: Steve’s DigicamCNET Reviews.
  • Once you pick a brand, stay with that brand. This saves time because you can learn one interface, and reuse batteries, chargers and other parts as you buy over the years.
  • Don’t be fooled by the suspect features camera companies often use to distract you.
    • Optical zoom numbers matter, not digital. Digital zoom is not really zooming.
    • The more visible glass on the front of a lens, the better.
    • High mega pixels. A 10-megapixel camera with a good lens and a user who knows how to use the camera’s functions, can take better photos than a 20-megapixel camera that has a poor quality lens and cheaply made sensor chips

Video Production

  • MovieMaker (PC) (Free) Video editing software bundled with Windows.
  • iMovie (Mac) (Free) Video editing software bundled with OSX.
  • MPEGStreamclip (Mac/PC) (Free) Excellent video compression/conversion tool.
  • YouTube (Free) Hosting for videos shorter than ten minutes and editing online.
  • Vimeo (Free) Better player then YouTube and hosting for videos longer than ten minutes.
  • Workflow: Case Jarvis

Audio Production

  • Audacity. Open source music editor
  • SmartMusic, software and the “world’s largest accompaniment library for all ages and skill levels.”

Teach Programming

Software and Skill Training

  • Tin Can. A tracking SCORM-like API for EdTech

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