How to do you stay on top of new and emerging tools to be relevant in your instructional and professional roles? The evolution of technology tools and information moves at an increasing rapid pace. Join the Miami University eLearning team to explore the COOLEST technology tools they're using to work smarter not harder. You'll see tools and takeaways that you can start using TODAY to enhance your instruction, productivity, and professional life.
Screenleap allows you to share your screen in Chrome or gmail.
Evernote collects typed notes, pictures, handwritten notes, lists and scans from all your devices on all your devices. Already an Evernote user - take it to the next level with the Evernote Apps.
Note Anywhere is a Chrome extension that allows you to make a virtual post-it note on any webpage, any position. When you open the page again, your notes get loaded automatically.
If THIS then THAT allows you to create recipes for repetitive everyday tasks to make your life more efficient. WARNING: You will spend lots of time exploring this but you will gain the time back later
Are you a browser tab addict? Tabs Outliner is a Chrome extension that serves as a session manager to help you organize and manage your sessions and reduce the amount of actively running tabs.
RescueTime: RescueTime helps you monitor how you are spending your time when you are on your computer, and it provides reports that analyze your productivity.
OER RESOURCE COLLECTIONS
Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Collection of interactive visualization of a concept(s). Demonstrations can be about any topic. As you move a Demonstrations controls, you see a change in its output that helps you understand the concept being shown. (Demo)
Crash Course: Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel: Hank Green teaches you Anatomy & Physiology; Phil Plait teaches you Astronomy; Craig Benzine teaches you U.S. Government and Politics; Adriene Hill and Jacob Clifford teach you Economics.
SAS Curriculum Pathways: Interactive resources (K12- Beyond) that utilize technology to create learning environments otherwise difficult to achieve in the classroom setting. Our resources are intended to supplement instruction to engage students in meaningful learning experiences.
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. This searchable database includes full texts, interactive mini-lessons, simulations, adaptations of existing work, electronic textbooks, etc.
Merlot: The MERLOT repository is a database of metadata that describe 1) all the learning materials (including learning exercises), sometimes called learning objects, that have been contributed to the repository by MERLOT Members, and 2) the profiles of registered MERLOT Members.
eduCanon - Easy-to-use tool that lets instructors add interactivity to streaming video content from popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo, among a number of others to enhance video lessons and content with interactive assessments. (Samples)
EDpuzzle - Great tool for allowing students to watch and engage with videos while the instructors gathers data throughout the lesson. Create or use existing videos, edit, add voice over, assessments, embed questions, etc.
Teachum: Simply put teachem allows anyone to create a class, series, or activity from YouTube videos by adding time stamped flashcards and review questions that can be linked or embedded in your course site.
Office Mix: Free Add-In for PowerPoint to allow users to add great functionality and interactivity. In short, you can add video and audio recordings, easily incorporate multimedia and screen recordings, and even add polls, quizzes, and animations.
Mark-Up & Writing
PaperRater: The best time to receive feedback is before you turn your assignment in. Sometimes valuable feedback comes too late, which is why our automated proofreading tool can be especially helpful -- not just for detecting grammar or spelling errors,but also for giving helpful tips that make you a better writer.
Citelighter: Create standards-aligned writing scaffolding to instantly break any writing assignment into manageable pieces or use one of our lesson to “stair step” your students to understanding.
Scribble Maps: The easiest way to draw and share maps. Create standards-aligned writing scaffolding to instantly break any writing assignment into manageable pieces or use one of our lesson to “stair step” your students to understanding.
The new Google Web Speech API makes it easy to add speech recognition to your web pages. This API allows fine control and flexibility over the speech recognition capabilities in Chrome. Speak as long as you like and either copy/paste into a document or email your text.
Install the Berman Accessibility Ribbon into your Microsoft Word (PC only at this point) to make it easier to create and maintain accessible Word files. The ribbon will help you create documents that are accessible for everyone and that comply with W3C’s WCAG 2.0 criteria. (Image)
Web Accessibility Checking Tool: WAVE is developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages.
Webaim Color Contrast Checker: Analyze the color values in any image or webpage to determine if the color contrast will pass or fail according to WCAG 2.0.
Design & Presentation Tools
EMAZE: The next generation of online presentation software. Simply select any of our professionally designed free presentation templates to easily create an amazing visual experience for your audience. emaze features a proprietary state of the art HTML5 presentation maker that will create the slideshows, video presentations and even 3D presentations that you always dreamed of.
Canva: Design that is simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations
Flash Issue for Gmail: Design attractive emails with a drag-and-drop editor.
Desmos: Desmos is an incredibly fast online calculator that can graph any imaginable function. It also allows users to add sliders, do regressions, and plot whole data tables, among other things
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