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July 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begun a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Perusall is a new online tool inspired by Eric Mazur. I’ve previously posted about his work encouraging college instructors to move away from lectures. Perusall is a free site where teachers can assign student readings for homework and where students annotate the text while connecting with other students doing the same thing at the same time. The tool then also supposedly provides some kind of automatic assessment for the student annotations. Teachers can upload anything they want, as well as assigning textbooks that then have to be purchased through the site (I assume that this is their strategy for making money). You can read more about it at This new tool makes the flipped classroom more social. I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Tour-Builder by Google lets you easily create…tours. It’s super-easy to add videos or photos (uploaded or via searching the Web), and can be used to document literary journeys, field trips, historical events, etc. I’m adding it to The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web. Thanks to Sarah Thomas for the tip.

FotoJet is a new free online photo editor. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects, which I’ve just updated and revised.

Songsmith is a free download from Microsoft that:

generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

I’m adding it to The Best Online Sites For Creating Music. I learned about it via Twitter, but I can’t remember who shared it – sorry!

Google Apps Terminology – A Short Explanation of Common Terms is a helpful post from Richard Byrne.

July 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begun a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

The 20 best apps for making videos is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Is It Time To Ban Computers From Classrooms? is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

Here’s an example of how a teacher uses SnapChat in the classroom:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About “Word Clouds”:

July 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Animatron Is A New Site Where Students Can Create Online Animations – With Voiceovers!

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Thanks to David Kapular, I learned about a new site where users can create animations. It’s called Animatron.

You can create five animations for free, but after that the cost is $15 per year.

The feature that made it stand out to me was its audio recording capability, even though the sound quality isn’t top notch.

Here’s my masterpiece that took about a minute to create:

I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations.

July 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The History Project” Looks Like A Neat New Tool For Creating Timelines

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The History Project is a new free online tool for creating timelines, and its partially funded by The New York Times.

It’s very easy to use, with web and social media search capability built into the site when you are creating a timeline. In addition to letting you create a sequential list including images and videos, and also shows the events on a map. Best of all, in my opinion, you can easily record your own audio thoughts for each event.

I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines, and it may be the best of the lot…

July 5, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Skype Announces Free Video Meetings With “PowerPoint Collaboration & Screen Sharing”

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Skype just announced Skype Meetings, which lets up to ten users participate in a free video call and, unlike the “personal” Skype version, also lets you share screens and PowerPoints.

You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

July 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

The educational video service Zaption is shutting down. It had been on both A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites and The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress, so you can check both of those lists for replacements.

Appear.in is a free site that lets you have up to eight people on a video conference call. I learned about it from Anabel Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration

The Guide to Pinterest for Educators is from USC. I’m adding it to The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest.

How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools is from TechCrunch.

June 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Prisma is a new free app that lets you turn your photos into manga. I could see this being a very attractive tool for reluctant writers to use — they can create their own web comics. You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

Richard Byrne writes about a revamped version of Google Sites that will be appearing in the near future.

Speaking of Richard, he’s now up to 300 practical videos explaining how to use different ed tech tools!

Here’s an example focused on Adobe Spark, which is on my “Best” list (see link at top of this post) for web tools and which may end up ranked number one new tool at the end of the year:

The Roll looks like it could be a useful app for automatically organizing photos on our phones.

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