Sunday, April 21, 2013

PowToon Edu

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PowToon is a free web app that lets you easily create presentations and animated videos, often with a cartoon look and feel.

For a sample finished product, take a look at this PowToon I made to explain the concept of osmosis for a science class:

Monday, April 15, 2013

Awesome Screenshot

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Awesome Screenshot is a Chrome extension that allows you to take pictures of your browser window and then edit and annotate the image with shapes and text.

To use the extension you begin by taking a screenshot of the entire page, or the visible portion of the page, or just a selected area of the page.

Next you can use editing and markup tools to:
  • Crop the image
  • Add shapes such as rectangles, ellipses, arrows, and lines
  • Draw freehand on the picture
  • Blur private or sensitive information
  • Add text
  • And of course pick from a variety of colors

Monday, April 8, 2013

WeVideo for Google Drive

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WeVideo is a web app that lets you do digital video editing right inside of your browser. It can be used for simple drag and drop videos, or sophisticated projects with multiple tracks, voice-over narration, transitions, lower-thirds, and most all the tricks you would expect to find in a desktop video editing program.

With WeVideo the three main steps to editing your video are:

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cloud Save

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The more we move into the cloud, the more important it is to be able to function without a hard drive. For example, you may be using a computer that does not have any local storage (or at least not much), or you may be on a shared computer where you do not have permission to save files to its hard drive.

However, one area where a hard drive is still often needed is to temporarily save a document, file, or a picture, until we can later upload it to our cloud storage.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut out the middleman and simply save files and images from the web directly to the cloud? Well a great little extension called Cloud Save let’s you do just that.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lucidchart for Education

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Lucidchart for Education is a free Chrome web app that can be used to create graphic organizers, mind maps, concept webs, Venn Diagrams, and more. Very similar to Google Documents, you can also share your diagrams with others as view only, or as templates, or with edit rights for live collaboration. Lucidchart even integrates with Google Apps so you can use a GAFE account and store diagrams in your Google Drive.

Users can create diagrams from scratch or can use one of the fifty-plus templates designed just for schools, students, and teachers. These education templates cover many grades, subject areas, and purposes, including “Cause and Effect”, “SWOT Analysis”, “Story Map”, “Timeline”, and more.