Welcome to F.R.E.E. Fantastic Resource for the Enthusiastic Educator

From Beth Buke’s presentation, which was hilarious. How fitting that it was held in Zanies. Her very energetic presentation had a smattering of technical issues, but she kept it moving. Beth worked very hard to put together an extremely informative presentation. Her presentation wiki can be found here. Her list of resources is very nicely organized and annotated.

Here’s my “Big 3”

  • Use googledocs. I already use google docs in a very limited way. My boss loves the idea of posting our curriculum maps to google docs and giving all the teachers access to make them living documents. I want to really develop the use with students and teachers.
  • Animoto: take photos, upload them and animoto – 30 seconds is for free, would be a great alternative to those very hairy iMovie projects
  • Jing: already use Jing regularly for screen shots, but to demonstrate how to do something in a movie, I should use this more often, turn off the mic, since I don’t like my voice.
  • prezentit.com – similar to powerpoint not quite as fancy very easy – maybe this would be a good tool to teach powerpoint challenged teachers
  • Screencast-o-matic – you don’t have to create an account, record what you want, and download it, check this out!
  • Voice thread – example Mrs. Joe’s class. Upload pictures and users make comments, Ridge has to use this!!! The power is the comments (different settings for privacy), public but keep it off of the browse – great idea, students create their identities within identities within her account to keep it safe and controlled, planning is extremely important – use a story board! Focus on the content.

I’ve heard of all of these resource and even signed up for every one. Beth has motivated me to get moving and use them.

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