Thursday, November 14, 2013

Canva - Create Beautiful Slides, Posters, and Infographics

Canva is a new service that makes it easy to create beautiful slides, flyers, posters, infographics, and photo collages. Creating these graphics on Canva is a drag-and-drop process. Start by selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs. You can also upload your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be downloaded as PDF and PNG files. You can also simply link to your online graphic.

Canva is currently in beta. You will have to sign up and wait for an invitation. My invitation arrived after 48 hours.

Applications for Education
Canva could be used in many types of student projects. Students could use Canva to design covers for slidedecks or covers for reports. Students could use Canva to create infographics. Creating flyers to advertise a school event is also a possible use of Canva by students.

H/T to Terri Eichholz.

TechSmith Snagit - A Chrome-based Screen Capture Tool

TechSmith Snagit is a new screen capture tool from the producers of the popular screencasting tools Jing and Camtasia. TechSmith Snagit is a Chrome app and extensions that allows you to capture all or part of screen then draw and write on your screen capture. The Snagit Chrome extension is what allows you to capture your screen. The Snagit Chrome app allows you to save your screen captures in your Google Drive account. You do have to install both the extension and the app for Snagit to work correctly.

TechSmith Snagit is currently in beta, you can register for early access here. Snagit will be released for the general public on November 19th.

Applications for Education
If your school is using Chromebooks, TechSmith Snagit could be a great tool for you. Snagit will allow you to create visual directions of how to use a website or Chrome app to share with your students. Being able to save your screen captures in Google Drive will make it easy to access and share your screen captures any time you're connected to the web.

Quiz Socket - A Simple Feedback Tool for Teachers and Students

Quiz Socket is a new tool developed for the purpose of enabling teachers to quickly gather feedback from students. Quiz Socket enables students to respond to questions through their cell phones, tablets, and laptops.

Here's how Quiz Socket works. Teachers visit the Quiz Socket website and click "create quiz." A quiz code is assigned to the teacher. The teacher then gives that quiz code to students to enter on Teachers then deliver multiple choice questions to students either verbally or by posting them on a whiteboard. The teacher controls the pace of the quiz by simply clicking "next question" to move the quiz along.

Applications for Education
Quiz Socket doesn't have the advanced options of similar services like Socrative and Infuse Learning, but it doesn't require you to register and you can get a quiz running on the spur of the moment. Quiz Socket could be handy for running a quick prior knowledge assessment or a quick exit ticket activity.

Explore Venice in Street View and Learn How Venice Works

Google keeps expanding the amount of imagery we can explore in Street View. The latest expansion includes Venice. In the new Street View imagery of Venice you can virtually walk the sidewalks and cruise down canals. And after virtually touring modern Venice you can jump to the Google Cultural Institute and visit the Museo Correr to explore Venice's past.

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Applications for Education
After virtually touring Venice your students may wonder how the city works. Venice Backstage is a seventeen minute video that explains how the water is contained, how the buildings stay upright, and how residents of Venice travel about the city.

The website Venice Backstage offers additional articles and graphics to support the information presented in the video.

H/T to David Andrade for sharing the Street View news on Google+.