Teach Technology Choice List
Windows Movie Maker
Is free software available on all Windows machines.
As the name suggests, it will let you make movies. It works similarly to iMovie
on the Macintosh. At the link below you will find a White Pa
per that describes
its benefits and information on how to use it.
There is also a link to a handout here:
Comic Book Software
Allowing students to create their own comic books is a
way to engage them in learning. They can take their own pictures, or they can
use images they
find on the Internet. There are many pieces of software that
you can use to create comic books. We will point you to two of them, but
there are certainly others.
) available on the
or PC. It is installed on the lab computers under Education Applications.
There is also 30 Day free trial download if you want to install it on your own
computer. Here is an example of what the final product can look like.
) is web based and
free. A little less smooth than Comic Life at the moment, but free is good.
One True Media
One True Media is user friendly and offers some features for
A premium upgrade is available for purchase, but is not required. Videos
can be posted to YouTube, myspace and facebook. A link for videos can also
be sent via e
mail and viewers can post comments. DVD are available for
purchase, but there is no cost for s
tudents, parents or teachers to create,view
or share on the Internet.
Stop motion animation using clay figures is a good way to get
learners involved both intellectually and tactilely. Try my site on participatory
and click on
the claymation link.
You can create your claymation using iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.
Google has a free suite of productivity tools at
Here you can word process, create spreadsh
build forms and presentations using Google's free tools. The other great
advantage of them is that you can invite people to collaborate with you on a
document. By sending somebody an invitation you can allow them to work on
the same document as you.
As the creator of the document you can accept
or reject the change. Even if you don't study this one for class, it is a great
way to write and store documents if you have reliable Internet access.
You know the most famous wiki (
). Wikis are
online text documents that can be edited by registered users. They are great
for collaboration at a distance by multiple users. Many clas
srooms use wikis
to build a meaningful manifestation of what the class does. There are
numerous free wikis, but you can start by looking at these:
The term blog is shorthand for "web log." It is an online forum, either
public or private, that allows users to communicate via postings and
comments. Blogs For Learning (
) is a good
place to start looking at pedagogy for blogs. There are many places to start a
blog for free.Google's service at
Time Magazine describes it well
phone minutes being so cheap, Luddites wonder what the big deal is
about making phone calls over the Internet
or as geeks call it, VoIP, short
for "voice over Internet protocol." The answer is that VoIP has the power to
turn an Internet connection into a videophone. For the average user, Skype is
the best VoIP, even though it is a "walled garden," meaning that
in order to
use the videophone feature, you have to convince your friend on the other
end to join Skype too."
It is a great way to connect with other classrooms,
experts in various fields, or to let a parent visit and interact with a class
to the school.
This is an article that describes one way to use
SKYPE in schools
Skype is installed on two MacBooks.
Ask your instructor
to get them for you.
gets some much deserved grief as a technology. It
allows you to post only 140 characters at a time. This is not a good length for
having in depth analysis. On the other hand, the use of link shrinkers (like
) allow people to post links to further
information. And the ability to post from your phone makes it possible to stay
in constant contact.
If Google Squared is hard to define, Google Wave is almost
impossible. It is real
time communication and collaboration through Google.
Which means you have the power of a search engine combined with the
direction of multiple collaborators
Google Squared is a fairly simple idea with some pretty
powerful applications. Starting with a topic search, Google Squared will help
you build a table to analyze the data related to that topi
c. It is hard to define
without seeing it, so go to the link and click on a sample listed.
I'll quote the website here: "Wolfram|Alpha's long
term goal is
all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to
everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every
known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute
whatever can be computed about anything. Our g
oal is to build on the
achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide
a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to
is not so much a search
engine as it is a calculator that analyzes information it pulls from the Internet.
If you don't do anything else, go to the site and enter in your birthday.
You are familiar with tagging videos on
. And you are familiar with saving favorites to your own
computer. Social bookmarking lets save your favorites to an account on the
his means that you can access your links from any computer. If you
share your links with others, they can see what you think is important. Adding
the ability of you and your network to tag the link with various descriptors
means that you have the ability t
o provide user generated definitions. The
best known social bookmarking site is
Hosted Hosted in iTunes, this is a repository of lectures, notes, and a
variety of other learning objects. A remarkable collection of shared
intelligence and a really cool distribution center.
Google Custom Search Engine
to create custom searches, such as searching only specific web pages. The
search engine c
an be put on your own web page.
lets you create a list of links and then share
them as tabs, or as a list of thumbnails of the sites. Here is one for some
from the website:
"TrackStar is your starting point for online lessons and
collect Web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your
students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track. Create
your own Track or use one of the hundreds of thousands already made by
other educators. Se
arch the database by subject, grade, or theme and
standard for a quick and easy activity. There is a fun Track already made for
each day of the year, too!"
Subject Specific Hardware and Software
Seriously. The Wii Fit and we Draw. We think it has tremendous application
for physical education and Art. You can use it in class. But take this seriously:
it is not just for you to play "Dance, dance revolution." You need to be looking
at it as a
tool to help support learning in your area. And if you can figure out
how it supports learning in a math class, great. But likely, it is for PE and Art.
Midi Keyboard/Drums & Garage Band.
For Music Education people, midi
keyboards can be very useful. Pa
ired with software such as Finale or Garage
Band, it can both teach you to play and let you write music. We don't have
Finale, but we do have Garage Band on our Macs. At the link below you will
find a White Paper that describes its benefits and information
on how to use
In the ITC we have a set of USB tools that can be used to
collect data on motion, air speed, water quality, etc. We also have the light
weight super potable NetBooks
. When you combine the two you get a
portable science lab. One that you could take on a field trip or use in your
USB Microscopes can be controlled on the computer.
They can be connected to digital displays, such as the Sma
rtBoard, and an
entire class can see what is on the slide. While fairly simple to use, the
possibilities for interactive science classrooms seem remarkable.
You first heard of Assistive Technologies during our
discussions of UDL.
You may recall that curb cuts and touch screens were
introduced as accommodations for people but they now enjoy universal use
by many. We have a collection of Assistive Technologies in the ITC that you
may choose to work from. This is particularly useful f
or those of you studying
Special Education. The collection is housed in the ITC. Ask the staff for help.
Dart Fish is software designed to allow for the analysis of many
skills, but most of you, if you are a PE major, know it as a tool to analyze
motor skills. Dart Fish is available in the West Center, but you probably knew
this already. Talk to
your PE advisor for access to this very sophisticated
piece of software.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are handheld devices
that read where you are, based on longitude and latitude, and can help direct
you to places you want to go. Yo
u may know Garmin or some other type of
navigation system that are used in cars. We use handheld GPSs to allow us
to search for treasure. Well, not really treasure, but there are people who hide
packages around the world and post clues for you to find them
. It is a good
tool for active social studies classrooms and PE classrooms to name but a
couple of uses. For more information about geocaching in general, try this
. For more
information on geocaching
and learning, try this one:
This is very sophisticated software that can make
abstract mathematical princip
les quite concrete. The software is available on
campus. You can find more resources related to it here:
Bamboo Pressure Sensitive Drawing Tablet
and/or the Smart Slates
This input device allows you to draw in software using a stylus, or
pen. The tablet is pressure sensitive, meaning that it will act a lot like a real
pen. The harder you press down, the darker the line. This allows for a more
natural drawing proce
ss on the computer. We use the Bamboo on an iMac in
the ITC. Ask the staff for assistance.
Yes, that's right, iPads and iPods. However, you and your
classmates will need to provide the iPad if that is what you pick. If you want
the iPod, we
have one you may use
otherwise, you and your classmates
will need to provide iPods.