Projeqt is an innovative presentation tool that can be used for digital story telling. Its ability to combine and structure dynamic content sources such as live RSS or Twitter feeds with photos, videos, audio and text from some of the most popular web services (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud, Flickr, etc.) allows students to abandon the conventional linear way of telling stories.
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Scoop.it is an online tool that allows you to create a public collection of articles from the web. All you do is define a topic (e.g. electronic textbooks) and whenever you see something related to that topic, you click on a little bookmarklet in your browser and the item is added to your Scoop.it page with a picture and a blurb. Click on the blurb and you are taken right to the original source. You can also create your own posts.
Your scoops can be embedded into your blog and tied into your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Others can leave comments on your scoops and follow you via an rss feed. A great way to create a conversation about a topic of interest to a group.
Check it out here: http://www.scoop.it/
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One of the great things about EGARC is its collection of approximately 12,000 audio and video items in over 60 languages; many of these items are full-length feature films on DVD. All KU faculty, staff and students are welcome to check out DVDs in our collection for free. Simply browse our online catalog, and come to 4070 Wescoe to physically check out items. Recently, in an effort to increase access to our frequently used videos, EGARC has created its own YouTube channel. On the right-hand side of the page, we have categorized videos found on YouTube by our 4-letter language/department designations. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of what is available at EGARC.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/egarcku
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Have you ever had a PDF that you wished you could edit in Microsoft Word? Nitro PDF Software has a free online application that allows you to convert PDF files to Word documents with all of its formatting in tact. Simply select the PDF you want to convert, enter your e-mail address, and let them do the rest! You will receive an automated e-mail with the converted Word document file attached. The online version allows you to convert PDFs up to 10MB in size. If you need to convert larger PDFs you can download a free, 14-day trial of their desktop program, Nitro PDF Professional. The company also has a similar online application that lets you convert PDF to Excel.
Check it out here: http://www.pdftoword.com/
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Another great feature about Reel is that each slide can be rated with a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down.” This is a great way to get audience or student feedback. You view the results by adding “/report” to the end of the original URL. Here is my example Reel and its feedback report.
Check it out here: http://www.reelapp.com/
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Knovio is a site that essentially turns your PowerPoint presentation into a video presentation on the web. Simply upload your PowerPoint, start recording your webcam (or use your microphone if you only want audio), advance through the slides while you’re narrating, and press stop when you’re finished. You can then review your recording before saving and sharing your presentation. The finished product includes both your recorded video and your PowerPoint slides. You can toggle the size of the video and the slides by clicking and dragging the zoom bar. Here is an example: http://knov.io/pDURz5.
Knovio is still in Private Beta mode so you’ll have to sign up and then wait for an activation code that they will send you via e-mail.
Check it out here: http://www.knovio.com/
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Open Culture is a great resource for educational media. The site manages a list of links to free audio books, online courses, movies and language lessons … all in one convenient place. Their movie selection has links to more than 300 movies that are available online; Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Rembrandt’s J’accuse and The 400 Blows are among them.
Check it out here: http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline
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Pixlr is another online, photo editing suite. There is no registration required. Simply click on the “Open Photo Editor” link to use its main photo editor called Pixlr Editor. Pixlr also has Pixlr Express (use for basic photo editing such as cropping, rotating, auto-levelling) and Pixlr-o-matic (use for applying photo effects such as vintage or retro). You can also installed Pixlr Grabber which is an add-on for Firefox or Chrome.
Check it out here: http://pixlr.com/
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Prezi is a website that lets you create “zooming” presentations. Instead of presenting linear PowerPoint slides, you can zoom in, zoom out and rotate the canvas in a Prezi presentation. You can also embed a Prezi on your own website.
Prezi’s basic educational account gives you a few more goodies than a typical account (e.g. 5x the storage, the option to make Prezis private, etc.) so be sure to sign up with a .edu e-mail address.
Check it out here: http://prezi.com/
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FaceFlow is a website that lets you have group video calling with up to four people. Just sign up for a free account, and then send the URL it creates for you to people you want to connect with. It’s that simple. No downloads required!
More than four people can be in the web conference, but extraneous attendees will have to use the chat window to communicate. You can also share YouTube videos within the chat window.
Check it out here: http://www.faceflow.com/.
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