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Instructional Technology Resource (Name)

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1

Scribd

www.Scribd.com

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

Document discovery

Book rentals

Audio Books

Web-Based

www.Scribd.com

Web Design

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

http://techiediy.com/our-videos/

https://edshelf.com/tool/scribd/

PC Magazine

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2253651,00.asp

Free for Hosting

$9.99 for Document discovery, ebooks, audio books.

2

Vimeo

www.Vimeo.com

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 Hosting

Video Discovery

Web/App Based

ww.vimeo.com

Web Design

Video class presentations

Video projects

Mashable

http://mashable.com/2013/05/30/vimeo-over-youtube/#EJaVzvfDkkqM

Academy of Mine

https://www.academyofmine.com/vimeo-ondemand-for-elearning-and-ecourses/

Free

 

Vimeo Plus: $9.95/Month or $59/year

3

Canva

www.Canva.com

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.

Presentation Tool

Graphic Creator

Web Based

www.canva.com

Graphic Design

All subjects (where presentations might come in handy)

PCMAG

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2079100/canva-review-free-tool-brings-much-needed-simplicity-to-design-process.html

Free

$1 per premium images

4

Google Forms

Forms.google.com

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!

Assessment Tool

Quiz Tool

Web Based

forms.google.com

Any Subject

Labnol

http://www.labnol.org/software/google-docs-forms-for-surveys/10056/

Tech Soup

https://www.techsoupcanada.ca/en/community/blog/techsoupbattles-joyce-reviews-google-forms

Free

5

Evernote

www.Evernote.com

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.

Note Taking

Sharing info

Storyboarding

Web Based

Desktop

Mobile

ww.evernote.com

Any Subject

PCMAG

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383054,00.asp

Ergonotes

https://ergonotes.com/evernote-review/

Free (60mb upload per month.  2 Devices).

 Plus -$34.99

Premium- $69.99

Plus and premium add extra features and higher uploads.

Plan details found HERE

6

Audacity

http://www.audacityteam.org/

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.

Audio Editing

Audio Manipulation

Download http://www.audacityteam.org/

Desktop Software

Audio Production

Media Production

Podcasting

Lesson Recording

Any Subject

PCMAG

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2358860,00.asp

IAN SAUL

https://theheartandsaul.com/dhit/digital-humanities-tool-audacity-review/

AboutTech

http://podcasting.about.com/od/recordingequipment/fr/deepaud.htm

Free

7

Lynda

www.Lynda.com

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.

Education

Online Lessons

Web based videos

Mobile, Desktop

All subjects

The Learning Coach

http://theelearningcoach.com/reviews/lynda-com-online-training-library-review/

Skilled Up

http://www.skilledup.com/articles/lynda-com-review-elearning

Tony Eveling

http://www.tonyeveling.com/review-of-photography-courses-for-online-tutorial-site-lynda-com/

Basic: $19.99

Premium: $29.99

Many schools and institutions offer free access

8

Photoshop

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop

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

Download

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop

Desktop Software

Photography

Editing

Media

Production

Journalism

PCMAG

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420239,00.asp

TOMS GUIDE

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/adobe-photoshop-cc,review-2618.html

Photography Bundle: $9.99/month

All Adobe Creative Cloud (for students): $19.99

9

SoundCloud

www.SoundCloud.com

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

Audio Hosting

Podcasting

Web App

www.soundcloud.com

Mobile App

Audio

Any Subject

Common Sense Media

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/soundcloud

Free

10

Final Cut Pro X

http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/

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 Editing

Desktop Software

http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/

Videography

Media Production

Journalism

Video Creation (any subject)

MacWorld

http://www.macworld.co.uk/review/video/apple-final-cut-pro-x-3-review-3526427/

Cinema5d

https://www.cinema5d.com/final-cut-pro-x-update-10-3-first-hands-on-review/

$299.99

11

Wordpress

www.wordpress.com

www.wordpress.org

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 building

Wiki Building

Class resource

Web design

Web Hosting

Blogging

Web based Web hosting and site builder

www.wordpress.com

www.wordpress.org

Mobile and Desktop Apps

Media production

Web Design

Class website/Blog  (any subject)

WP UNIVERSITY

http://www.wpuniversity.com/blog/wordpress-in-the-classroom

College of WIlliam and Mary

http://at.blogs.wm.edu/using-wordpress-in-your-class-for-student-writing-and-web-sites/

Free

Premium: $99/year

12

Flipboard

www.flipboard.com

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.

News

Content Sharing

Blogging

Web Based

Web App

Native Mobile and Desktop platforms available

www.flipboard.com

All Subjects

CNET

https://www.cnet.com/products/flipboard-android/review/

Grantwood Digital Learning

http://www.dlgwaea.org/blog/new-edtech-flipboard-magazines-and-resources

Free

13

NovemberLearning.com

www.novemberlearning.com

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

Workshops

Professional Development

Web Literacy

Handouts

Web Based

www.novemberlearning.com

Professional Development

Free

14

Storyboard Generator

http://generator.acmi.net.au/storyboard/

This is a great site for older students for digital storytelling and creating a storyboard scene with a script.

Digital Storytelling

Web Based

http://generator.acmi.net.au/storyboard

Multimedia production

History

English

Free

15

Sway

www.sway.com

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!

Presentation Software

Web Based

Desktop and Mobile Apps

www.sway.com

All Subjects

Techradar

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/software/business-and-finance-software/microsoft-sway-1301887/review

Commonsense.org

https://www.commonsense.org/education/app/office-sway

Teachercast.net

http://www.teachercast.net/2015/03/09/tep85/

Free

16

Adobe Spark

https://spark.adobe.com/

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.

Graphic Generator

Video Editor

Photo Manipulation

https://spark.adobe.com/

Web Based

IOS Apps

All Subjects

Fstoppers

https://fstoppers.com/apps/review-adobe-spark-puts-easy-professional-content-creation-everyones-hands-131334

The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/19/11674554/adobe-says-its-new-suite-of-spark-apps-is-the-next-gen-photoshop

Free

17

Screencast-O-Matic

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.

Screen Capture

Video

http://screencast-o-matic.com/

Desktop Application

All Subjects

Digital Rhetoric Collaborative

http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2015/01/27/tool-review-tuesday-screencast-o-matic/

Teachers First

http://www.teachersfirst.com/single.cfm?id=9564

Free with limited features.

Pro: $15 a year with all features

18

https://appear.in/

Video conversations with up to 8 people for free.
No login required — no installs.  One of my new favorite ways to video chat/ video conference.  Its simplicity and ability to just work beat anything else like it.  Create a room, share a link.  Thats it.  

Video Chat

Web Based

https://appear.in/

Mobile Apps

All subjects

Make Use Of

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/move-google-plus-hangouts-appear-really-good/

Techgyd

http://www.techgyd.com/hangout-free-appearin-skype/6695/

Free with a room up to 8 people per room

Premium: $12 a month for unlimited people per room.

19

audioboom

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.

Audio Hosting

https://audioboom.com/

Web Based

All subjects

Teachers First

http://www.teachersfirst.com/single.cfm?id=12598

Online Journalism Blog

https://onlinejournalismblog.com/2015/04/24/audio-copyright-audioboom-vs-soundcloud-audioboom-wins/

Free

20

Slideshare

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.

Presentations

http://www.slideshare.net/

Web Based

Mobile Apps

All Subjects

PCWORLD

http://www.pcworld.com/article/234398/slideshare_presentations_for_linkedin.html

PRWEEK

http://www.prweek.com/article/1276324/slideshare-pro-eases-pain-sharing-presentations

Free

21

Mentormob

Dubbed as “free and social learning” MentorMob features free learning Guides for skills and hobbies on the web.
MentorMob Guides are created and constantly updated by a community of passionate people.
Create MentorMob profiles to track progress, learn with your friends and discover people who share your interests.

A great way to share your lessons with other educators.

Online learning guides

Web Based

https://www.mentormob.com/

Any and All subjects

Education World

http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/site-reviews/mentormob.shtml

Commonsense

https://www.commonsense.org/education/website/mentormob-university

Free

22

Voicethread

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.

Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50 different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread.
Comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

Keep a VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it up to the entire world. Learn more about sharing VoiceThreads.

Communication

Presentations

Classroom collaboration

Web Based

https://voicethread.com/

Mobile Apps

Any and All subjects

New Jersey Education Association

https://www.njea.org/news-and-publications/njea-review/march-2011/voicethread

TeachersFirst

http://www.teachersfirst.com/single.cfm?id=8315

K-12 SIngle User : $79 per year

Higher Ed Single user: $99 per year

Institution discounts available