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I have used scribd in the past to easily upload documents, and I will most likely use it again on www.maxwellsmart.com. While scribd used to be solely a document upload service, it now primarily is an ebook service (which is very strange), however the document upload/embed options they offer are still fantastic. I plan to upload most of the documents on my site through scribd.
Document Hosting/Document Sharing
Sharing of Documents
Can be used in all subject areas, especially web building.
Also can be used to discover documents on a subject or rent books and audiobooks.
TechieDIY on Edshelf.com
Free for Hosting
$9.99 for Document discovery, ebooks, audio books.
Vimeo is like youtube, but for more professional video use. If I didn’t use it for business and wasn’t so heavily invested, I would just use YouTube. However, I will use Vimeo to host and embed my EdTech related videos.
Video class presentations
Academy of Mine
Vimeo Plus: $9.95/Month or $59/year
Canva is a phenomenal online graphics program. I have used to edit photos, create diagrams, design and create infographics, social media, and much more. I have already used it on my blog to create the infographic about Media Literacy, and I am sure I will use it again soon.
All subjects (where presentations might come in handy)
$1 per premium images
Need to collect info from a ton of people? Want to do a survey? Class discussion? Online test? Poll your readers? Then Google Forms is where it's at! Google Forms lets you build forms in a variety of ways and export that data into many different diagrams or charts. Forms also gives you an embed code so you can easily put the form into your site!
There are many online note taking apps, but none that work as well as Evernote. On its surface Evernote seems like a fairly basic note apps, however its seemingly simple façade is what makes it so powerful. Evernotes simple layout is not intimidating and makes it easy for mass adoption. Using Evernote allows a user to collect ideas in a notebook, share with a group, as well discuss with each other inside the Evernote chat room. Evernote also has a powerful presentation feature to turn a shared note into a Powerpoint style layout. Evernotes powerful search and web clipper tools also allow for a great amount of organizing, and curating content.
The article "The Effect of Principal's Technological Leadership on Teachers' Technological Literacy Effectiveness in Taiwanese Elementary Schools" by I-Hua Chang states that vision, planning, and management is the most important foundation of technological leadership. Using a program such as Evernote makes planning a vision, and group management easier to digest.
Free (60mb upload per month. 2 Devices).
Plus and premium add extra features and higher uploads.
Plan details found HERE
Audacity is an incredible free tool for audio production. While I teach the Adobe Suite and various high end editing programs, when I come across an issue, or a a strange file type that Audition wont handle, I always go to Audacity. By using this program it teaches students how media is produced, and also helps them understand how easily audio can be manipulated.
Lynda.com is a fantastic resource for learning media of all types. By using lynda.com it helps teach a new skill or provide information while also providing web experience. Lynda also has classes on many of the other resources I have listed.
Web based videos
The Learning Coach
Many schools and institutions offer free access
While photoshop is a great program to learn for media work, it is just as important to learn in order to understand how simple photo manipulation can be. In my into media courses I almost always hear audible gasps when I quickly remove someone from a photo and change the entire truth to the story. Part of media literacy is understanding how truths can be manipulated and how to analyze media.
Image editing software
Photography Bundle: $9.99/month
All Adobe Creative Cloud (for students): $19.99
Soundcloud is YouTube for audio. While the majority of the content on SoundCloud is music, there millions of journalistic pieces, podcasts, educational lessons, and much more as well. For any type of podcast they I may do, I would use Soundcloud to host it on my site. They have fully customizable embed codes, and they let you upload in hifi audio formats
Common Sense Media
Final Cut Pro X
Final Cut Pro is a fantastic tool to teach video media. The new version of Final Cut Pro is user friendly and easy for begginners to pick up and start using. Learning Final Cut Pro is important for many of the same reasons that learning Photoshop is, to teach how media is created and how it can frame a story. It is also an important learning process in the creative thinking, developing and publishing side of Media Literacy.
Video Creation (any subject)
I use wordpress to teach content creation as well as web design theory. As opposed to using a expensive software such as Dreamweaver, students can use Wordpress from any internet enabled device, including mobile phones and tablets. Wordpress can be used as a standard website, but can also be used in many creative ways such as creating an interactive forum, online resume, LMS, class info, personal blog etc.
Web based Web hosting and site builder
Mobile and Desktop Apps
Class website/Blog (any subject)
College of WIlliam and Mary
Flipboard is best described as a modern RSS reader, but its features are much greater. With Flipboard a user can easily share new articles, videos, sites, and pretty much anything found on the web, by making a "magazine" or a collection of items. These items can be flipped through and commented on with anyone who been invited to read this "magazine.". Flipboard can be used as a way to share new learning and innovation methods, new classroom tech ideas, articles that could be shared with students, etc. Flipboard has native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, IOS and has a very low learning curve.
Native Mobile and Desktop platforms available
Grantwood Digital Learning
November Learning is full of great educational resources for educators who are teaching media literacy.
One of the resources I found most useful was about web addresses and teaching internet safety. It can be hard to teach people about trustworthy sites and how to use the internet in a safe manner, however November Learning does a great job presenting various websites and explaining how and why they are unsafe.
Educational Resources such as: Webinars
This is a great site for older students for digital storytelling and creating a storyboard scene with a script.
A great and beautiful way to create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. A product by Microsoft that is quickly making me move away from all Powerpoint presentation. PRO TIP: Sway is free, and lets you import Powerpoint Presentations!
Desktop and Mobile Apps
A next-gen Photoshop of sorts. Spark allows simple content creation of Posts, Photos, Videos, as well as Web stories. Fantastic tool for students, as well as teachers to create infographics, simple education webpages, videos and more.
Screencast-O-Matic is by far the best screen capture software I have tried. It records both a full screen screengrab, a webcam feed, or both with one overlayed on the other. You can also publish directly to YouTube or save each as a video file.
Digital Rhetoric Collaborative
Free with limited features.
Pro: $15 a year with all features
Video conversations with up to 8 people for free.
Make Use Of
Free with a room up to 8 people per room
Premium: $12 a month for unlimited people per room.
Much like Soundcloud, Audioboom is site for hosting audio. However, Audioboom is built specifically for podcasting and lets you host, distribute, and monetize your audio. This is a great source for educators who want to get their educational podcasts to the masses, or even just to their class.
Online Journalism Blog
Slideshare lets you discover, share, and present, slide presentations, infographics and documents. It is also an incredible resource to find presentations by other educators, or experts in particular fields. Slideshare lets you input YouTube videos as slides as well, and tracks analytics.
Dubbed as “free and social learning” MentorMob features free learning Guides for skills and hobbies on the web.
A great way to share your lessons with other educators.
Online learning guides
Any and All subjects
VoiceThread is a cloud application, so there is no software to install. The only system requirement is an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash. VoiceThread will work in any modern web browser and on almost any internet connection.
Any and All subjects
New Jersey Education Association
K-12 SIngle User : $79 per year
Higher Ed Single user: $99 per year
Institution discounts available