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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Quick Screen Share - Quick & Free Screen Sharing

Quick Screen Share is a free screen sharing service from the makers of Screencast-o-matic. To use Quick Screen Cast just go to their website, select share your screen, and enter your name. Quick Screen Share will then provide you with a URL to share with the person with whom you are screen sharing. When that person opens the link you he or she will be able to see your screen.

Quick Screen Share doesn't require you to install anything (assuming you have Java installed) or require you to register for the service.

Applications for Education
If you provide online support to your students, Quick Screen Share could be a very handy tool when typed or spoken words alone do not provide enough clarity.

Tekzilla Highlights My Favorite File Conversion Tool

One of the first RSS feeds that I look at every morning is Tekzilla Daily. Tekzilla Daily provides quick tech tip videos. When I opened the Tekzilla feed yesterday I was happy to see that they were highlighting my favorite free file conversion service Online-Convert. Watch the Tekzilla review below.


Online-ConVert handles conversions of many media formats and file types in one central location. Need to convert a document to HTML of PDF? Online-ConVert does that. Want to convert a video to a new format or download a video from the web? Online-Convert does that too. Do you need to convert an audio file to MP3 or WAV? No problem, Online-Convert has you covered. One of the feature of Online-ConVert that I really liked is found in the video conversion tool. Not only can you change the format of the video, but Online-Convert also allows you to specify the display dimensions of the video you're converting.

Applications for Education
Online-ConVert could be a great resource for teachers who work in schools that use multiple operating systems. If they need to make media available to all of their students and colleagues regardless of which computer(s) they use, they're going to have to convert files at some point. Online-ConVert could also be useful when a student comes to you with a flashdrive containing a document that you cannot open. Finally, Online-ConVert could be used to download videos from the web for classroom use.

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine. I hope that the weekend brings everyone the fun, relaxation, and rest that they deserve. If part of your plans for the weekend includes reading some of your favorite blogs, I have a list of the most popular posts of the week on Free Technology for Teachers to help you discover what other readers found useful this week.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. The Year in 60 Seconds - A Video Project
2. Social Media Revolution 2011
3. Class Pager - Text Your Class
4. Logotype Maker - Quickly Create Neat Logos
5. Search eBooks - An eBook Search Engine
6. 123s ABCs - A Handwriting Practice App
7. Hall.com - A Place to Chat and Collaborate

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My 2012 Spring & Summer So Far

Sure it's getting colder and snowier everyday in my neighborhood, but I'm already planning for spring and summer 2012. I've had the good fortune to already be invited to facilitate a number of workshops this summer. Some of those are with schools and others are events open to public registration. If you're looking for a workshop facilitator for your school or conference, please visit my work with me page or contact me directly at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com.

Spring 2012 events open for public registration:
Ed Tech Teacher Leading Change in Changing Times - March 3
NCTIES - March 7-9
Teacher 2 Teacher - March 22-23
ASCD Annual Conference - March 24-26
(I'm actually attending ASCD as a member of the "press" and not speaking there).
Be on the look-out for some public webinars that I'm conducting for the University of Maryland Baltimore County this spring. I'll post more information about those soon.

Summer 2012 public events that are now open for registration:
Teaching History With Technology - June 27-29
The Best Web 2.0 Tools & Apps for Teachers - July 16-18
Curriculum 21 / The LEAD 21 Academy - July 10-14
Teaching History With Technology - July 30 - August 1

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