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Narrable

Just found this one.

It has great potential.

Narrable looks like a slightly higher-def version of Voicethread.

The sample video shows a collaborative story told by a group of children with pictures they found ont eh internet.

I can see some great ways this tool could be used in the classroom, but having not tried it yet, I cannot attest to ease of use. Stay posted!

https://narrable.com/index.html

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Excellent video app for iPad

I am and will always be a fan of slideshow software.
Animoto has always been my favorite and Voicethread has done a lot of updating to stay in my top three, but for those of you who have made the switch to iPads, Haiku Deck is a convenient app that will help you make amazing slideshows with the touch of a screen.

They even have a Pinterest board so you can see some examples of slideshows created by other teachers and judge for yourself.

Two incredible websites for Physics

The following text comes from one of my favorite groups on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scienceisawesome
ATTENTION SPACE LOVERS

Ever wanted to experience a personal interaction with the scale of everything in the known universe? Well here is your lucky day!

Interactive animation developer Cary Huang has wisely spent some of his time creating flash software programs that enable of physics fanatics to engage with elegantly-accurate illustrations that represent the comparative sizes of the popular and most understood objects through out the entire cosmos known to man; from the largest star to the smallest particle.

Both are titled ‘Scale of The Universe’, and yet despite the two being easy to mistake for each other, there is certainly no harm in stumbling across both of them, as both are inquisitively and exquisitely beautiful! Each animation piece start modestly with the size of humans, accompanied by the likes of beach balls, cars and cacti trees. From here, you are able to swing either left or right on the scale bar, allowing you to zoom either inwards through the infrastructure of the petite and the sub-atomic, or the enormity of galaxies and super giant stars.

Want to find out what things hold the titles of the smallest and largest known objects in the universe? All whilst losing yourself in the fabrication of entrancing animation and music? Well then just spare yourselves a few seconds to load each link and behold the beauty of the universe!

http://scaleofuniverse.com/

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

Infobytes for March

Music:

Looking for a place with Fair Use music clips? Try http://ccmixter.org/ where you and your students can download and remix a variety of clips.

COLLABORATION

How about an online publishing option? Scribd  http://www.scribd.com/ offers a collaborative option for publishing academic papers and collections of articles about a particular subject. This is a great resource for publishing a class project.

We’ve been talking about Glogster http://www.glogster.com/ in the library this week. It’s really a fun resource.  If  you are a creative, non-linear kind of person (Especially you scrapbookers!) this will appeal to you for poster projects and even as a classroom resource.  I put one together for the library, and it took me about 30 minutes from sign-up to publish. http://msstodola.edu.glogster.com/tj-library/

PODCASTING RESOURCES

Looking for an easy way to add audio to your classroom? http://www.ipadio.com/ offers free, easy podcasting options right from your phone. Record your message and use the app to send it out. This is being used in our World Languages department with great success.

We’ve mentioned online slideshow options like Voicethread, Animoto, and Sliderocket in previous entires, and now here’s another:  http://photopeach.com/ It’s free and easy to use.

images

Want to jazz up your photo album a bit?  http://www.imagechef.com/ will allow you to upload and edit your photos. Another option is http://www.lunapic.com/editor/ which will share your edited photo on facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

You all know how much I love my Catalog card generator at http://www.blyberg.net/card-generator/, well now you can create your own Newspaper clipping! go to http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp and create your own authentic-looking newspaper article!

Using Online Games for Learning

A while back, we talked about the online game for learning Finance and business, Gen I Revolution, http://www.genirevolution.org/ that Jon Poole showed me. Here are a couple of interesting options for Science and Math:

Looking to teach anatomy with games? Richard Byrne posted about  the Anatomy Arcade: http://www.anatomyarcade.com/. With jigsaw puzzles, Whack-a-Bone, and videos, this site can make science even more fun!

Looking for a fun math resource? Manga High http://www.mangahigh.com/en_us/ offers a gaming-based option for teaching math in the K-12 classroom. It has high appeal for students and you can check out a few trial games before signing up. If you’d like more access to math videos, try Byrne’s blog entry, 7 great resources for Math Videos

Richard Byrne recently posted about History Buff  http://historybuff.com/, a website that offers free primary sources for students and teachers. The online newspaper archive is not very well populated yet and I would still recommend our Pop Culture Universe database  from ABC-Clio  or  DPL’s Newsbank database over this site if you are looking for historic newspapers, but there are some interesting options for you to explore, including the historic panorama tours.