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Blog Companion: Technology Tidbits V. III

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BC: David Kapuler I have been working w/ technology and education for over 10 years in a school setting. I hope to incorporate 21st century & multi-media technologies into students teachings, while preparing them for future learning. I'm currently looking to get my Mac OS/Repair Certification, as well as a Masters in Technology Integration. Also, I have a solid background in web design, w/ network/server support. On a personal note, I'm a proud father of 3 boys and have been married for 5 years.

FC: Blog Companion | Technology Tidbits V. III

1: Cloud Computing, Web 2.0, Social Networking Technology Tidbits: Blog Companion V. III

2: 21st Century Technologies -AR Sites -*Audiopal -Boinx TV .. -*Cameroid .. -Creaza . -*Dirpy .. -*GeoCube . -*iNudge .. -*Jam Studio .. -Kinemac .. -Me and My Movie .. -My Hero . -*Myna . -*One True Media

3: -Photo Peach ... -*Photocabine .. -*Photosnack . -*Pixound .. -Recordr -Remix America . -Screen Jelly .. -SlideRoll -Sound Bible . -*Speechable .. -Stupeflix .. -Vod Pod -Vuvox -Wirecast . -*YouCube ..

4: AR Sights Summary: AR Sights is a company that deals w/ virtual and augmented reality. AR is the implementation of digital technology into the "real" world. Not only can you browse Google Earth online, but you can open up any Google Earth "landmark" on your desktop and I'm not referring to your computer. It is kind of like a cross between a hologram and VR, think R2D2 when he is displaying Obi One Kenobi via Princess Leia's message and you would not be to far off. Blog Reference: Site:

5: Audiopal Summary: This is an online service which allows you to record audio then post it on your site/blog, very similar to Recordr. What I like so much about AP is that no registration is required; all you have to do is record your audio and then put in an email address so you can get a link to your embed code. Also, you have the ability to upload your audio files and turn them into an embeddable "widget". Blog Reference: Site:

6: Boinx TV Summary: Boinx TV is a news broadcasting solution for Mac and the primary reason why I purchased the Mac Heist bundle. There are a vast amounts of themes that you can choose from: sports, interview, traditional news cast, etc. which make it very easy to get the look you are going for. Plus, you can customize any one of their templates to make it look exactly how you want. Blog Reference: Site:

7: Cameroid Summary: Cameroid is a fun site that lets users take "profile" shots of their face and use it w/ different effects User's of Apple's Photo Booth will feel right at home using this site as it is a lot of fun. You can change backgrounds, effects, and even add borders to your picture. Blog Reference: Site:

8: Creaza Summary: Basically, Creaza is a multi-media suite (vaguely similar to Adobe's) which lets users create: cartoons, Movies, and Mind Maps. Their site states, "Creaza offers you an integrated, web-based toolbox for creative work, both at school and in your free time. You use the toolbox along with various fully developed thematic universes: historicalperiods, fairy-tales, fantasy worlds, and current challenges, such as climate/environment." Another great aspect to Creaza is the "web 2.0" features which lets users: share, publish, comment, in a secure environment. Blog Reference: Site:

9: Dirpy Summary: Dirpy is a new (beta) site that allows users to upload YouTube videos and extract the audio. This is ideal when all you need is that hard to find song/blurb/quote that can only be found on YouTube. | What makes Dirpy so good is how easy it is to use. Just upload a YouTube video (via a URL), adjust your settings and file size, and click download to Mp3. Blog Reference: Site:

10: GeoCube Summary: GeoCube is an excellent flash based site for History/Geography teachers. Think of it as YouCube w/ a lot more interaction. Just click on the cube to rotate it, select a thumbnail and watch the resources (text/audio/video) come to life. Blog Reference: Site:

11: iNudge Summary: Inudge is a fun new site where users can create music just by clicking on colors and drawing on the screen. It is very easy to use and once finished the song can then be shared w/ others via a link or embedded into a blog/site. Blog Reference: Site:

12: Jam Studio Summary: Jam Studio is a new site that is for creating/mixing music. I like to think of it as an online version to Garageband. While it might not have all the bells & whistles that Garageband does, it has a very nice look to it and is a lot of fun for mixing music. Another nice feature about JS is that you do not need an account to create music. If you want to save/share your music you will need to register but just to have fun using the site nothing is required. Blog Reference: Site:

13: Kinemac Summary: Kinemac is a real-time animation software for OS X and rather user friendly. After watching the tutorial and playing around w/ it for about 5-10 minutes I was able to create this animated logo which you see below. While there is so much more you can do in Kinemac then just animate text/objects it's not to difficult where the average user w/ some tips from the tutorial can't figure out. It has a very nice user interface and most things are just drag/drop. Blog Reference: Site:

14: Me and My Movie Summary: Me and My Movie is a site that has been getting quite a bit of press lately and for good reason. It's a place where kids/students can create movies, share online, and then comment on them. There is so much that you can do on here from: creating mash-ups, watching videos, creating videos, etc. that you can spend all day looking around. My only gripe is that there is so much, that sometimes a person can get lost on what their "main" goal is. Blog Reference: Site:

15: My Hero Summary: This is such a great site for creating multi-media rich web pages which are interactive w/in the "My World" community. Everything must pass an approval process before getting posted online so it abides by CIPA/COPPA compliance. This is such a great place for students to express their thoughts on influential people in their lives. Plus, w/ the abundance of images/video/audio they have a vast source of information to choose from. The really great area which every educator should check out is the Teacher's Room. In here you can find lesson plans, links, tutorials, etc. Blog Reference: Site:

16: Myna Summary: Myna has to be one of the coolest online applications I've seen in a long time. This is a music/sound editor very very similar to Garageband. In fact, I would use this over Audacity any time. PC users can rejoice that they now can create music similar to Garageband. All you have to do is get started is to create an account, click on the app you want to use (audio editor) and start experimenting w/ all types of music. One of the advantages that Garageband has over Mya is the ability to not only add pre-set tracks but to add individual instruments as well. You literally can create an original piece of music from scratch. Myna has actual preset audio tracks that you can mix/mash. Blog Reference: Site:

17: One True Media Summary: This is one of the better video mash-up sites in the sense that it is very easy to use and offers some very nice tools/effects for the user. I would have to compare OTM as a cross between iMovie and Pulp Motion. It is similar in iMovie on how you have to edit a video clip, add your music and then select your transitions and effects. Although, the finished product looks like something Pulp Motion would create which gives it that very smooth/polished look. Blog Reference: Site:

18: Photo Peach Summary: PhotoPeach is a Web 2.0 app, similar to Animoto, w/ some very cool features. Let me start out by saying, if I had to choose one over the other I would go w/ Animoto. Animoto has been around longer, has a much bigger selection of music to choose from, and has a digital storytelling component specifically for education. Blog Reference: Site:

19: Photocabine Summary: This is a fun little site where a user clicks on a picture of a photo booth and relives the actual experience (from dropping in a coin to take multiple pictures). Finally, when the pictures are done you can: save, print, or share your photos via a link. One thing to consider is this site is in French but still user friendly enough to use that it won't matter. I think Middle School kids would have a blast w/ this site, as long as they use it appropriately. Blog Reference: Site:

20: Photosnack Summary: PhotoSnack is a new (beta) site for creating beautiful looking slide shows. It reminds me a little bit of Photovisi w/ slide show transitions. What makes PS such a great site to use is how easy it is. Just upload your photos, customize your settings and then share w/ others. It can't get much easier then that (you don't even have to register to use it 8-). Blog Reference: Site:

21: Pixound Summary: Pixound is a application or mixing sound w/ pictures. After giving it a try, all I can say is, it is a lot of fun. Also, it's easy to use which should be a plus for music/art teachers who want to incorporate this into their teachings. Blog Reference: Site:

22: Recordr Summary: Recordr is a super easy to use nice site for recording audio/video and then uploading it to the web. Once you record your media, you can then either directly link it to Twitter/Tumblr, or get an embed code to put on your site/blog. No registration is necessary which makes this a very easy application to use w/ students. Blog Reference: Site:

23: Remix America Summary: Remix America is simply one of the best online resources for history teachers/students. RA, is a tool which lets you take any video from America History (from their own, online resources, or your own) and then mash them together anyway you see fit. You can combine the videos, upload audio, and add transitions all from their web interface. Once it is done, you can either upload your video to their site, download it to your computer, or get the html code to embed. Blog Reference: Site:

24: Screenjelly Summary: Screenjelly is a great site to use for creating screencasts. It is very user friendly and has the ability to upload to a number of social networking sites, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, etc. Users of Jing will feel right at home w/ how simple it is to record what's happening on your screen. I think what makes SJ such a great solution for people who don't want to spend a lot of money on a screen recording app, is how simple it is to use. Just click the record button and select which way you want to share your video, Twitter, email, etc. Blog Reference: Site:

25: Slideroll Summary: Slideroll is a wonderful new site for making exciting looking slide shows. I like to think of it as a cross between Animoto and iPhoto. Also, like most "Web 2.0" apps you have the ability to create an account and tweak settings to either allow comments or not. This is a very nice feature when having to abide by those strict CIPA/COPPA compliance rules. What makes SR so great is not only the ability to upload photos and have it create a "generic" slideshow, you can also enter the slideshow creator to even further customize settings such as: music, transitions, zooming, text, etc. This is something which you can not do currently in Animoto. Blog Reference: Site:

26: Sound Bible Summary: Sound Bible is an excellent site for getting royalty free sound effects. All you have to do is browse their extensive library of effects or type in which sound you are looking for. Another nice feature is ability to request a sound. This is ideal if a student/teacher need to use something that is not posted. My only concern is if there are any inappropriate sounds. I did find some that would fall in the category of vulgar so I'm sure this is something that educators should be aware of. Blog Reference: Site:

27: Stupeflix Summary: Stupeflix is a video creation site for creating beautiful looking "mash-ups". After giving it a try, it reminds me of a cross between Remix America and Animoto; combining the "mash-up" ability of RA, w/ the transitions/effects of Animoto. What makes Stupeflix such an attractive option for users are the vast amount of features it offers, such as: speed (super fast rendering times), video uploads (text, audio, pics), effects, templates, etc. Plus, Stupeflix provides an API (Application Programming Interface) which allows users/web designers to embed/encode videos into their site. Blog Reference: Site:

28: Vod Pod Summary: Vod Pod is another site that has totally blown me away. It is a place where you can store/house videos online similar to Fliggo. However, there are things that you can do on VP that you can't do on Fliggo and vice versa. Either way, whichever application you decide to go w/ you won't be disappointed. VP is very easy to use. Just register, create a "pod" name and you are good to go. To upload a video is easy as 1,2,3, view pic. Blog Reference: Site:

29: Vuvox Summary: There are lots of sites that let you create a slide show/presentation, but Vuvox may be one of the nicest. First off, Vuvox has a really nice/sleek look to it. You can build some really nice presentations that includes video, photos, and audio. Also, you have the ability to create a collage or an "express" video which is fast and easy. Finally, Vuvox has some really nice video tutorials on their site which help the user learn how to use their program. Blog Reference: Site:

30: Wirecast Summary: I've always been interested in video (probably stemming from my love of movies), but really in particular in the editing process. Wirecast is the ideal and affordable (if you consider $449.00 affordable) way to do professional quality webcasts/broadcasts in your school. Also, it is cross platform, very user friendly, and can handle HD, mutiple cameras, does backdrops w/ chroma-key, and titles/transitions on the fly. I used this to do morning announcements and have found it to be one of the greatest applications for video out there. Blog Reference: Site:

31: YouCube Summary: It is a place where users can publish YouTube videos onto a 3-Dimensional cube. I can see this being used in a class (w/ appropriate guidelines) where students pick videos of a "central" theme and then link those videos together via the cube. For example, lets say students were doing a science project on plants, they can select videos of certain topics that have to do w/ plants and post them to the cube (ex, photosynthesis, chlorophyll, etc). Blog Reference: Site:

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  • Title: Blog Companion: Technology Tidbits V. III
  • This companion piece focuses on multi-media technologies such as: audio, video, and photos.
  • Tags: technology, education
  • Published: over 8 years ago