This great post from Tech & Learning Magazine lists a number of free tools that educators can use to help infuse more technology in their instruction. (This was also cross-posted to Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog, which is most-excellent!) Among these tools are:
- SafeShareTV – safe video sharing site (like YouTube, TeacherTube, SchoolTube, etc.) that allows you to create an ad-free, nasty-comment-free environment for kids to use video as part of instructional activities.
- AdOut – removes ads, banners, etc., from websites to help you avoid inappropriate content and random clicking away from the sites you want kids to use.
- Vocaroo – A browser-based voice recorder, with no software to download/install! I still like Audacity far better, but for a casual user who doesn’t want to mess with installing a bunch of software just for one quick project, this could be a nice alternative.
- MultiURL – Allows you to create & share short URL links with students. A whole lot less gobbledy-gunk means a whole lot more learning.
- Jing – One of my perennial favorites! This screen-recording utility allows you to make a movie of your mouse-movements on-screen and narrate your actions. Great for creating a how-to video or recording your lessons for absent or off-site students.
- Twurdy – allows you to search for Web pages based on reading levels that are appropriate for your students. There is also a way to do this with Google.
- Howjsay – <sounds like “how do you say” only quicker> This is a free online dictionary with audio pronunciation by actual persons, not a computer-generated “vocalization.” Great for kids of all ages, especially ELL/ESL crowd!
- BatLyrics – Safer searching for song lyrics & music videos? Well… sort of… This site is less likely to dump viruses on your computer like some lyrics searches will, but teachers should still pre-screen for language & content that is appropriate to kids at their grade levels.
- PlagiarismChecker – copy-and-paste electronic text into the search box to find out if the paper or passages have been plagiarized or not. FREE! There are others out there too – here’s one that’s good, but only allows limited use each day without a subscription.