Welcome to our Inaugural Round Up!
And, while you're here, feel free to check out our ever-growing collection of lesson plans, product reviews, and editorials, all designed to help you integrate technology into your classroom and curriculum.
So, without further ado, I give you the Weekend Round Up:
- Camtasia (30-day free trial, $299 to buy),
- Screencast-o-matic (Free for 15-minute recordings or $15/year for unlimited use)
- ScreenFlow 4 (Free trial, $99 to buy)
- iShowU ($20-$60 depending on the version)
- Time Toast (Free with easy Facebook integration)
- Meograph ($20 and up)
- Capzles (Free with mobile iOS support)
- Dipity (3 for free and $5 a month after that)
- XTimeline (Free and great for collaborative work)
(I've got a lesson plan up for TimeGlider in the Lesson Plans section of the site)
Personally, I'm a fan of K-12 Online Curriculum (which is mentioned in the article). Our district currently uses their services for online electives and they've been incredibly supportive, user friendly, well-created, and an overall pleasure to work with. The article also discusses Apex, Connections, and Florida Virtual as other options for online curriculum.
Getting Smart's second weekend post discusses the launching of 10 New EdTech Startup Companies by the ImagineK12 organization. It's a pretty exciting list of companies. For me, one of the most interesting is Accredible which is focused on creating "the diploma of the future with a focus on MOOC and self-educated students" (MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses).
Finally, Getting Smart has a story about "Hacker Communities & Local Communities" The article discusses the growing popularity of the Hacker Scouts, a non profit organization which was founded last fall and focuses on building STEAM skills and community connections in today's youth.
(STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
[Article Link] [Moby Max Link]
While the infographic is sponsored by Online Colleges.com (an organization that supports online schools like the University of Phoenix), it's widely applicable and has some excellent information about tech-based learning. [ Infographic Download ]
The article focuses on the declining rate of students graduating from college and how Educational Technology can help. It discusses how new tools like MOOCs and virtual textbooks can go a long way to making college more affordable and accessible.
First up, if you have an interest in learning how to blog, Richard Byrne has some seats available in his new blogging course. It will be an online webinar, cost $87, and be divided between two 90 minute classes. [ Information Link ]
Finally, Free Tech 4 Teachers has a post entitled "New Tools Added to Wideo" discussing the new support the program Wideo has added. Wideo is an excellent (and free) program for creating online animations and movies. Plus, they've now added a voice over option and improved scene arrangement support. We'll have a review up for Wideo soon, but I highly recommend checking it out. [ Wideo Link ]
With the ever-growing importance and ubiquitousness of technology in education, it has never been more necessary for educators to be aware of new tools and ideas in the field. We will continually work towards providing an unbiased and wide-ranging overview of everything ed tech, and I hope you'll join me for our daily updates. Thanks for reading,
- The Round Up