||This information was presented at the 2011 KGTC Convention held in Overland Park, KS, Oct 2 - 4th, 2011.
Participants will explore options that will help them begin moving their students from social users of technology to effective users of technology. To begin the journey, they explored many types of free tech tools. They were asked to concentrate on 2 or 3 of the tools that could support the work they are already doing in the classroom.
Unwrapping the Gifted - Principal's Office
Prezi - presentation software that will help students organize their thoughts. An alternative to PowerPoint.
YouTube video - Learning to Change - Changing to Learn
Stephen Heppell - Nearly Now
Everything Microsoft - XP, Vista and Windows 7 MovieMaker, PhotoStory, Snipping Tool (look in All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool)
MegaStat - Stats add-in for Excel
Kahn Academy - watch, practice & coach. A library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 240 practice exercises, "we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."
Discussion: IT doesn't trust me; I need a Techie to download software.
Wordle and Tagxedo - create word clouds. Focus words or comparisons
SparkNotes (digital study guides) and Book Drum (digital book companion)
Aviary - suite of cool web-based tools!
Discussion: There are so many new technologies! How do I keep up and how do I learn to use them all!?!?
MyOats - drawing tool
Audacity in conjunction with the LAME MP3 encoder - audio and compression software
Jamendo - download free music
Discussion: Scale it Up!
Animoto and Flixtime - video Examples: Animoto, Flixtime
Voki or Blabberize - talking avatars
PlanningWiz - room planner
Dipity and Timetoast - timelines
Sporcle - mentally stimulating diversions
Delicious - "discover and collect the web"
Jing - screen capture
Wallwisher and Corkboard Example: Wallwisher
Toondo and Pixton - comic creator Example: Pixton
Discussion: How do we know if it is free?
Skrbl - organization and collaboration
Thank you for your work today and every day!