Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bounce - Screen Captures Shared
Bounce allows you to make annotated screen captures of websites and then instantly share those screen captures with others. To use Bounce, type in the url of any website then click "Bounce." Bounce will then create an image of that website on which you can draw boxes and annotate those boxes. You can create as many boxes and notes as you like. When you're done creating notes, Bounce will provide you with a unique url for your screen captures that you can share with others. If you create a Bounce account (optional) you and other Bounce users can annotate the same screen capture.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Historypin (a new service developed by We Are What We Do in partnership with Google) lets users place images within the setting of current Google Maps Streetview imagery, or your can explore the imagery added by others. To explore the imagery on Historypin, zoom in on a location then select a range of dates on the Historypin timeline.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Epub Bud
ePub Bud is like the YouTube of Children’s eBooks in that anyone can create and share their own children’s ebooks. The goal of this not-for-profit website is to provide an easy way to find, share, and self-publish children’s ebooks. ePub Bud lets you create an ebook for a small audience, or for the whole world, digitize a real book by mailing in a physical children’s book and having it “digitized” for the iPad, upload an ebook file that you can read on the iPad, or download an eBook (classics and books others have shared).
If you have access to the iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad, consider sending in some of the books from your classroom libary to be digitized.
Or you can search the collection of children’s eBooks that are on ePub Bud and download those for students to read.

Map a List
Map A List is a neat tool that combines the power of Google Spreadsheets and Google Maps or Google Earth. Using Map A List, students can create and customize Google Maps of addresses or locations. Students can visualize geographic data on a Google Map or in Google Earth.
First, students enter a list of addresses or places in a Google Spreadsheet, as addresses are updated or modified in the list, the map is automatically updated.
Map a List would be a great tool for tracking history battles and events, mapping a Flat Stanley project, or noting the countries of their family ancestry.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How To Export Firefox Bookmarks

Quite often, teachers at my schools have to turn in their laptops to be reimaged. The tutorial below (courtesy of Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers) walks viewers through the process of saving bookmarks for reuse on another computer.

Mashpedia is an interesting service that matches reference articles from Wikipedia to materials from other sources like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Digg, and the web in general.
Mashpedia could be a great resource for a current events class. By offering video and image results, Mashpedia provides materials that can be accessed by almost all students regardless of reading level.

Timeline Tools for Students

Here are a few free sites for creating multimedia timelines.
Great for older students, XTimeline can include text, images, and video. XTimeline will accept dates in A.D./B.C. format.
An easy to use timeline that is a suitable choice for students in elementary school or middle school.
TimeRime allows users to create timelines that include text, images, audio, and video.
Dipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. Dipity also incorporates a mapping feature which allows users to place a Google Maps bookmark related to the topics the timeline covers.