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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Use Strikingly to Create Beautiful Webpages

Striking.ly is a service that can be used to create one page websites to show off your best digital work or to advertise an event. Striking.ly provides a variety of templates for digital portfolios and digital flyers. Each template can be customized by hovering your mouse on any element of the template and selecting the edit button. Free Striking.ly pages are assigned Striking.ly subdomains. Premium accounts can have custom domains.

Applications for Education
Creating a Striking.ly page could be a good way for students to showcase examples of their best images and videos. Students can also use Striking.ly pages to feature examples of their best writings.

Create Image-based Quizzes with ImageQuiz

ImageQuiz is a new service that allows you to create quizzes based on any images that you own or find online. When people take your quizzes on ImageQuiz they answer your questions by clicking on the part of the picture that answers each question. For example, if you uploaded a picture of a map you could write questions that ask users to click on states, cities, or countries.

Creating a quiz on ImageQuiz is an easy process. First, give your quiz a title and then upload a picture or copy and paste the URL of an online image into ImageQuiz. Then draw outlines around the parts of the picture that will be the answers to your questions. Finally, write your questions and try your quiz. To share your quiz just give people the URL of your quiz. You can try my sample quiz here.

Applications for Education
ImageQuiz could be a good tool for teachers to use to create geography quizzes or any quiz in which students need to be able to visually identify specific items.

H/T to Larry Ferlazzo.

Meet.fm - Host and Join Webinars on Any Device

Meet.fm is a service that allows you to host webinars that can be accessed from any laptop, desktop, or tablet (including iPad) that has a web browser. Meet.fm does not require you to install any special software nor does it use Flash or Java. When you create your account on Meet.fm you can pick a name and URL for your room. That name and URL can be yours for as long as you like and as many times as you like within the limitations of your account's time limitations. In your Meet.fm meetings you can share your desktop, your webcam, and transfer files to attendees. Watch the video below to see how Meet.fm works.


Applications for Education
Meet.fm has a free plan that allows you to have three people join each of your meetings. And you have 500 minutes of meeting time in that free account. The free plan could be good for hosting small online tutoring sessions.

New File Preview Options in Google Drive

About one hour ago Google announced a couple of new file preview options for Google Drive users. Now you can quickly visually flip through files in your Google Drive account just by tapping the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard. There are a couple of ways that you can access the new preview option. If you right-click on the name of a document or file you can select "preview." The preview option automatically appears if you click on the name of a PDF, image, or video. Either way, once the preview pane is open you can quickly flip through visual previews of all of your files.



This feature has not been rolled out to all Google Drive users yet. It will be rolled out over the course of a few days.

Spree Games - Educational Games for All Ages

Spree Games is a site developed by Marc Prensky for the purpose of cataloging educational games that are available online. Spree Games currently lists 272 games. On the site you can search for educational games by grade level, age, and subject area. Spree Games provides a short overview of each game's purpose.

Applications for Education
Spree Games provides an option to register for an account that students can use to track which games they've played and their progress on those games. Or you can simply go directly to the site that hosts each of the games and play them there. That is what I did this evening when I discovered this President's Challenge Game and I think that's how much teachers will use Spree Games too. Spree Games makes it easy for teachers to quickly find some educational games for their students to play.

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