Collaboration Sites - Remember when using collaborative sites that one should not put out personal info. Others still may see!

Wallwisher Internet board that allows collaboration. It does not require a user account but will ask for creator's email in order to send out the wall address. People who use the wall will not need to furnish email. When using the notes appear as small stickies that are limited to 160 characters, perfect for those using text off of a cell phone. Take a look at this demo wall created by the people at Wallwisher. The creator of the wall can also moderate by setting up the wall creating an approval process before the post is put on the wall. A great feature for classroom use. There is a vast amount of ideas Wallwisher can be used for such as personal note taking, to-do lists, brainstorming, feedback collection, thoughts for special occassions, compare and contrast, feedback from twitter, in fact anything that might need input from a lot of people, You can set a wall to be private and only you can see or add notes to the wall. Check out my 21centuryedtech Post for more information

CoSketch’s An amazing multi-user online whiteboard tool designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images. Anything you paint will show up for all other users in real time. Invite collaborators to join you in your artistic effort! Need to archive the collaborative effort? Just click once to save a sketch as an image for embedding on forums, blogs, or other digital files. Best of all, there is no registration needed. Like the name implies, users can collaborate using different draw and shape tools. The originator can pick from several backgrounds, upload a picture as a background, or use maps found in Google Maps as the background. In fact, the integration with a live Google Map may just be one of CoSketch’s most inovative features. Imagine the teaching possibilities as backgrounds can be integrated with text and drawinmgs. This clever collaborative tool also includes a chat window so all users can chat as they sketch, type, and use various shapes and stamps! Check out my 21centuryedtech Post for more information.

TitanPad Its collaboration the easy way. All that is needed is a visit the site and a press of a button called Create Public Pad. After this quick process, a new public pad is created for the user. The user then shares the URL for the pad with others. What ever is typed from where ever, is displayed on the page in real time. There is even a chat window! This is a great tool for those that need to bring up a quick collaboration tool on the fly. It is useful in the classroom for students to communicate point of need help in Project Based Learning, collaborate as a group, keep teacher aware of group progress, communicate beyond walls, and interview authors and experts. It allows teachers to collaborate on text documents, keep meeting notes, and draft plans. Check out my 21centuryedtech Post

TodaysMeet - Have you ever heard talk of something called the “Back Channel”? Imagine you’re teaching a lesson where you can read the mind of every student in the room. You would have the amazing ability to adjust to your students’ needs and emotions. Believe it or not it can be done, and without using a student response system (clickers). That is what a backchannel is all about. It allows students to chat with one another during a presentation, lecture, or the course of a class. Not only that, you, the teacher, have the ability to monitor and even record this conversation between students. Best of all… it’s free, requires no log in, no email, and can be archived. It is like having a Twitter conversation… but in a bit more closed environment because: Check out my 21centuryedtech Post

Linoit - Perhaps you are involved with Project Based Learning, have students working on collaborative activities, are creating lessons that demand total class input, are working with other teachers on a project, or are connecting with other classrooms outside of your school, district, state, or country. The ability to create an area that can be shared with others on the web can be so valuable. In fact, sites that allow student access without student sign in may be just what your activity requires. Each one of the tools I will be sharing in the next few weeks are quite different; yet allow for valuable collaboration, contribution, and feedback that will actively engage educators and students. This first one not only allows for collaboration and sharing, but could also be valuable for the display of lessons, meetings, and your own organization.
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Soapbox- Brand new tool with review coming in the future. Event Code 612116590

Movies and Animations

Memoov Animation Studio - Who doesn't love animation and what an awesome way for kids to tell a story. Check out this newcomer for some great results. You really can create an animation in minutes as shown in these web site directions. Memoov is offers a unique set of Online Animation tools, including character personalization, audio recording online, and a great timeline-based easy to use Animation method. It is also compatible with You Tube.

Animotto - It's free and it only takes a few minutes. Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy. For classroom use Animotto delivers its pay service for free, even allowing anonymous accouts for students linked to the teacher. Reccommended by Discovery education, Scholastic, School Library Journal, and even NASA. Check out the awesome "We The People Video" on the education site. One great feature is you can turn your computer off as it renders and then come baqck to the finished product.

Voki - Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. An exploring UK teacher tried Voki to motivate students in her Spanish language class. Results? Kids loved Voki! See the story on Teachers TV Channel in UK. Watch the video Think of all the ways Voki can be used in the classroom! Take a moment and read my online blog review from 21centuryedtech and discover 20 ways to use Voki.


JellyCam - OK, when I was first introduced to JellyCam, I knew the name suggested an interesting and very fluid movement for video in the classroom. When I found out it was stop motion I was interested. After all, I have incorporated a lot of stop motion video in the classroom. When I learned it was free, although donations are encouraged, I was excited. After all, that is a budget affordable for any school. When I downloaded it and discovered how easy it is to use, I was ecstatic. After all, a low learning curve means the technology is more transparent allowing time for content delivery and creation. Now, perhaps you are already a JellyCam user! Did you know there is a new update available with some extra new features? I knew I could keep you reading! Let’s take a moment so I can show you how sweet JellyCam really is! Check out my 21centuryedtech Post.


VoiceThread - A great program that not only records audio but allows multiple users to leave voice or text messages. Set up a sight, post a picture, and tell an audio story. There are a lot of great uses for voice thread in education and there is an education version that does have a cost. The ed version claims to be simple, powerful and safe, Ed.VoiceThread is a place for creating and collaborating on digital stories and documentaries, practicing and documenting language skills, exploring geography and culture, solving math problems, or simply finding and honing student voices

Ipadio - Use a cell phone to make a recording to be used in a podcast or movie. Have audio words turned to text. Great uses on a filed trip or interviewing people in the community for a project. Files are stored on site and can be downloaded as an mp3. Awesome service with great capabilities!

Screen Recording Applications

Jing- This program stands out as being one of the easiest to use and most reliable. It can be used for making software tutorials and student creations. It captures the screen in front of you, following the mouse paths and clicks, along with allowing audio to be recorded. Watch this video to see just how it works! There are versions for both the Mac and Windows.

ScreenToaster - Users can Register and use it anywhere, anytime. No download is required. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You are able to Capture videos of onscreen action in one click, and record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more. It is also possible to Share and stream videos online in Flash, embed them on blogs and webpages, send them by email, or download as a file.

Screen Jelly - Another program that can allow you to make screen capture tutorials! It records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it via Twitter or email. Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips, report a bug, or just show stuff you like. To start recording, click on the red button. No need to install or download anything!

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