Mar 12

Google Image Search

Google ImagesDid you know that you can search Google using images instead of words?  Google Images allows you to do an image search in three different ways.  You can click on the camera icon in the search bar to upload a photo from your computer or to paste in a URL of an image.  Or, more effortlessly, you can simply drag and drop a photo from your desktop into your web browser onto the Google Images page to search by that image.  Google will return similar results to the image you uploaded and return a “best guess” as to what is depicted in the image.

Check it out here: https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=ii

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/tips-tricks/google-image-search/

Feb 04

SlideRocket for Education

SlideRocketSlideRocket for Education is a cloud-based presentation creation tool.  It is currently offering free, full-featured accounts for students and teachers with an EDU email address.  SlideRocket lets you embed videos from YouTube, add photos from Flickr, and record narration for your slides, all from within your web-browser.  No additional software (except Adobe Flash) is required.  Presentations are stored in the cloud so you can access them from anywhere.  You can password protect presentations, view analytics for your presentations, collaborate with other SlideRocket users, and collect form/poll data from within your SlideRocket presentations.

Furthermore, since you are creating presentations online, it is easy to embed SlideRocket presentations on other websites (like Blackboard) or publish them on SlideRocket’s website so others can view them within their own web browser.  Sharing and viewing PowerPoint or Keynote presentations online is often more difficult.

Check it out here: http://www.sliderocket.com/solutions/education_all.html

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/sliderocket-for-education/

Jan 28

Google Voice and Video Chat

Google Voice and Video ChatGoogle Voice and Video Chat is a plugin that allows you to place voice and video calls right within Gmail.  You can dial land-line phone numbers, and calls to numbers in the U.S. and Canada are free throughout 2013.  Other countries can make phone calls at “heavily discounted rates.”

Check it out here: https://www.google.com/chat/video

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/software/google-voice-and-video-chat/

Dec 14

Mozilla Popcorn Maker

Popcorn MakerMozilla Popcorn Maker is a video editing tool that allows you to “enhance and remix” existing video content.  You first locate the online video file that you want to edit, and then using Popcorn Maker’s editor you can add text, Wikipedia content, images, Flickr galleries, Google maps, Twitter feeds, and video effects (like pauses or loops).  Popcorn Maker is a great tool to create a Pop-up Video style of video, complete with annotations of your choice.  Here is an example: http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/imd.

Check it out here: http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/mozilla-popcorn-maker/

Nov 15

Dropmark

dropmarkDropmark allows you to drag and drop files from your computer or web browser to create a cloud-based presentation.  You can add photos, videos, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs and websites and then organize them as you wish.  You can choose who you want to share the “dropmark” with and can even collaborate with other users to create a team presentation.

Check it out here: http://dropmark.com/

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/dropmark/

Oct 22

FaceFlow

FaceFlow is a video chat service that features a web interface for online video calls (with multiple people).  Sign up is free, and it has a mobile app and a desktop application that you can install … but its web interface allows you to video chat with colleagues and friends without installing any stand-alone software.  The website does, however, run on Adobe Flash so you will need the latest version of Flash installed.

Check it out here: http://www.faceflow.com/

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/faceflow-2/

Sep 19

Jumpshare

Jumpshare is another file sharing and distributing program (similar to Ge.tt).  Jumpshare currently does not offer user accounts so files are deleted two weeks after they are shared.  However, unlike Ge.tt, Jumpshare has the ability to preview or play most file types right within your web browser.  You can upload .mp4, .mpeg, .mp3, .flv, .doc, .ppt, .xls, and a whole lot more (and play them without needing additional software); they support over 200 file types.  Jumpshare even supports Photoshop (.psd), Illustrator (.ai) and Pages (.pages) files so even if you don’t have access to those specific software applications, you can still view the files online.

Check it out here: http://jmp.sh/1jGQb?src=lnk (This link will give you extra storage space for free.)

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/jumpshare/

Aug 24

BatchGeo

batchgeoBatchGeo is a website that lets you create maps quickly and easily from spreadsheet data.  Simply copy and paste geographical data from Excel (or any other spreadsheet application) or from any table on the web into BatchGeo, and click “Map Now” to create a Google map of your data.  That’s it!  The map can then be embedded onto any other website.  BatchGeo also allows you to customize a few map options.  If you click on the “Validate & Set Options” button before clicking on the “Map Now” button, you will have access to these options.  If you clicked “Map Now” first, just scroll up and you will find the Validate & Set Options right above the populated map.  The free version of BatchGeo does have ads, but it can save you hours of time.  Paying for the Pro Version will remove the ads and give you access to many more features.

Check it out here: http://batchgeo.com/

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/batchgeo/

Jul 30

SpeakingImage

SpeakingImageSpeakingImage allows you to bring interactivity to your images. You can add “points of interest” and “zones of interest” to annotate specific objects or areas in your image.  SpeakingImage’s annotation tool also lets you work with different layers, which allows your visitors to toggle specific annotations on or off.

Check it out here: http://www.speakingimage.org/

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/speakingimage/

Jun 21

Universal Subtitles

universalsubtitlesUniversal Subtitles (or Amara) is a free online tool that allows you to subtitle exiting video sources (you can enter the URL of an Ogg, WebM, flv, mp4, Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion video) in many different languages.  If you have ever tried to construct a .srt file from hand, you know how difficult and time consuming this process can be.  Amara’s GUI (graphical user interface) makes subtitling videos pretty painless. First, you watch the video in short 8-second clips (you can adjust this as needed) and type what you hear.  Then, you watch the video in real-time and press the down arrow key to add the subtitle text that you have already entered at the appropriate time.  Lastly, you do some fine tune adjustments to make sure the text displays at the exact times that you want it to.

Amara was meant to be a collaborative effort.  This means that other users can edit the subtitles you have added (presumably improving them) or add additional subtitles to your video in other languages.  You might want to download the subtitles file you have created once you are finished for your own safe keeping.

Check it out here: http://www.universalsubtitles.org/en/

Permanent link to this article: http://egarc.dept.ku.edu/blog/web-2-0/universal-subtitles/

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