Thursday, December 13, 2012

Create Digital Magazines With Glossi

Glossi is a new service for creating digital magazines. Glossi magazines can include images, videos, audio files, and links to external sources of information. The magazines that you create are displayed with page-turning effects. Your magazines can be embedded into your blog. Learn more about Glossi in the video below.

Applications for Education
Glossi is still in a closed beta so you will have to request an invitation before you can start creating your own magazines. Once it's open to everyone Glossi could be a good place for students to create digital magazines about topics that they research in your classes. A tool that is similar to Glossi that you might want to try is Simple Booklet.

Use Weavly To Remix YouTube and SoundCloud

Weavly is a new service for remixing media found on YouTube and SoundCloud, and Loopcam GIFs. Weavly provides a simple drag and drop interface that allows you to search for, trim and combine tracks without ever leaving the Weavly site.

To start creating your Weavly video perform a search for video content. When you find a video clip that you like drag it to the Weavly editor where you can adjust the start and end times of the clip. Then move on to adding sounds by search for sounds and draggin them to the Weavly editor where you can again trim the start and end times. Finally, you can add some animated GIFs by searching for them and dragging them into the editor. You can repeat all of these steps as many times as you like to create your video.

Applications for Education
Weavly could be a great tool for students to use create year-in-review mixes of news stories. In reading Weavly's documentation it seems that remixing the news is one of their intended uses.

There are two things that I would like to see Weavly change in the future. First, I would like an option to search for Creative Commons works. Second, it would be nice to have an option to register without using a social media profile.

H/T to David Kapuler

Best Blog on Educational Technology for 2012

The 2012 Edublog Awards were handed out last night. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to virtually attend the awards ceremony this year. I got a WhatsApp message later in the night informing me that Free Technology for Teachers was chosen as the Best Blog on Educational Technology for 2012. This is the 5th time that Free Technology for Teachers has been chosen for this award. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years.

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees in the 2012 Edublog Awards. I encourage everyone to visit the awards and nominations lists. It's a great place to discover new blogs. By visiting the awards page every year I discover at least a few new blogs that get added to my RSS subscriptions.

Again, thank you all for your support over the years. I couldn't do this without all of you.

Unused Words - Learn New Words Daily

Unused Words is on a mission to expose people to words that they probably don't hear on a regular basis if at all. Every day Unused Words serves up a new word that doesn't get used by most people. Each word is accompanied by an image, a definition, and a pronunciation guide.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some unique words to build into your students' vocabulary lessons, take a look at Unused Words.

NASA Explains Why The World Won't End in 2012

No doubt you've heard that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 which is why there are plenty of people who jokingly (hopefully) say that the world will end in 2012. NASA is certain that that is not true and has already released a video in which they explain why the world will not end in 2012. The video is titled Why the World Didn't End Yesterday. Check it out below.

On a related note. I just discovered a new series of NASA videos that take us on an explanatory tour of the electromagnetic spectrum. Those videos are embedded below.