Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Most Popular Ed Tech Posts of the Month

Good morning from rainy Maine where the cold, rain, and colorful leaves remove all doubt about which season we're in. It's the last day of the month and as I do every month I've compiled a list of the most popular posts of the month. Before jumping to the list I want to share some things to look for in October. In October I'll be completing updates to my Google Drive and Google Sites guides and I'll make versions of them available to download. Also in October I will be speaking at events in Ohio and Montana as well as giving virtual presentations for Florida State and Discovery. I'll share more about the Discovery event soon. And if you're interested in having me speak at your event, please click here.

Here are September's most popular posts:
1. A Free Complete Guide to Evernote
2. Updated 63 Page Guide to Google Drive & Docs
3. A Great Guide to Twitter in the Classroom
4. 7 Good Sources of Creative Writing Prompts
5. 12 Awesome EdTech Tools for 2012-2013
6. Infographics Explained With Legos
7. 7 Places to Find & Watch Documentaries Online
8. 17 Free Tools for Creating Screen Capture Images & Videos
9. Create & Edit Documents in Google Drive for iPad
10. Screen Leap - Share Your Screen in One Click

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iBrainstorm - Shared Brainstorming on iPads

I was recently going through my archives looking for some brainstorming and mind mapping apps when I "rediscovered" iBrainstorm. iBrainstorm is a free brainstorming application for the iPad and the iPhone. The app allows you to record brainstorming sessions using a combination of free hand drawings and sticky notes. You can share and collaborate with other users of iBrainstorm. Sharing notes and drawings between users in a local setting is a simple matter of "flicking" an item to another user. Watch the video below to see iBrainstorm in action.

Applications for Education
iBrainstorm could be a great application for schools that are using iPads in a 1:1 setting. The option to combine free hand drawings and sticky notes makes iBrainstorm flexible enough to suit learning and creation styles of most students.

Jump Share - Simple Drag and Drop File Sharing

Jumpshare is a free service that anyone can use to quickly send files to another person. To use Jumpshare just visit the site and drag a file from your desktop onto the Jumpshare site. After you drag in your file Jumpshare will create a link to your file that you can send to anyone via email, Twitter, or Google+. Learn more about Jumpshare in the Tekzilla video below.

Applications for Education 
If you need a quick way to distribute files to your students, Jumpshare could be your tool. Drag your file once then email the link to all of the students in your contact list. Or just post the link on a course blog.

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If you're visiting Free Technology for Teachers between 2:00am and 6am Eastern Time the blog might look a little out of sorts. I'm working on a redesign of the template. Hopefully, I don't break anything permanently. I think you'll like the new look when it's done.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Silk Slides - An Easy Way to Share & Discuss Slides

Silk Slides is a new service for easily sharing and discussing slideshows. It is very easy to use the service. To get started just upload your slides (Keynote files didn't work for me) then enter your email address. When your upload is complete you can share your slides by sending the URL assigned to your slides to anyone you like.

Silk Slides allows commenting on each slide in your slideshow. To post a comment you have to enter your name (or nickname) and an email address.

Applications for Education
Silk Slides could be a good platform for students to use to ask questions about slides that you share with them. You could use Silk Slides to offer feedback to your students about the design and content of their slides too.