Multimedia in Projects: Tools for Creating and Viewing Media
Technology Integration is a four part series on essential questions,
technology integration resources, web page design, and multimedia in projects.
Sections contain relevant opening essays and resources.
Multimedia and Projects
Essay (Page 1) addresses:
- About Multimedia
- Integrating Multimedia into Instruction
- The Four Multimedia Project Phases
- Multimedia and Accessibility
- Tips for Projects in the Classroom
Resources (Page 2): The current page has subsections:
(Page 3) has subsections:
- Copyright and fair use
Software Tools, Plug-Ins and Viewers
Are you looking for top applications
If you are integrating media into your instruction, consider the words of
Andrew Churches (2009): "It's not about the tools, it's using the tools to
facilitate learning" (p. 1).
Andrew Churches' educational origami website includes
Gardner's Multiple Intelligences and ICT where Churches matches
traditional approaches to each of the multiple intelligences with specific
digital tools, strategies, and activities. In
ICT Tools, he provides specific tools matched to Bloom's Digital
Taxonomy: creating, evaluating, analyzing, applying, understanding, and
remembering. Both are valuable contributions to those who are
integrating media into their instruction.
The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies is a must see
site for the Top 100 Tools
for Learning, which include many Web 2.0 tools for collaboration and
communication, and multimedia development tools.
What is open source software? What should you be concerned about?
Open source software is "computer software whose source code is
available under a copyright license that permits users to study, change,
and improve the software, and to freely distribute it to potential
users" (K12opensource.org, para. 1).
More and more, schools are turning to open source software as a way
to cut down expenses associated with commercial software. Many of
the programs provide documentation and tutorials for their use.
However, support, security, integration with
pre-existing systems, and track records of successful implementations in
schools are issues of concern (Nagel, 2007b).
Fortunately, there are organizations looking at
successful implementations of open source and keeping track of open
source standards, hardware, and the better open source software.
For more information, see the following resources:
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Development and Authoring Tools
Note: If you are looking for video-editing software, David Nagel (2007a) noted that
this software comes in professional, semi-professional, and consumer varieties.
Free or cheap solutions might introduce students to editing concepts and get the
job done for K-12 school projects, but "the way those editors work is not
the way professional systems work" (online p. 1). So, you also need to
consider the learning outcome of using the software and that some software,
whether it is for audio or video editing, might not provide the skills that
students would need for college level or professional work.
- Office and Classroom Productivity, including Presentations:
- AbiWord is a free
open-source word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word.
- AuthorSTREAM Desktop
is free add-on software that works with PowerPoint 2007 or 2010
versions. It enables you to "insert images and videos from the web
- without leaving PowerPoint. You can search images from Bing, Flickr
and videos from YouTube and Vimeo from within the PowerPoint."
You can also upload your
presentation to AuthorSTREAM to share publicly or privately.
is free online presentation software. It comes with hundreds
of templates (or create your own), over a million stock images (or
upload your own), and a range of fonts and colors to create a
presentation, which you can save and share with others.
Presentations can be designed collaboratively. There's also a
free iPad app.
- Classtools.net allows you to
create free educational games, quizzes, diagrams, and activities.
For example, see the interactive Venn diagram useful for math:
- Explain Everything is a screencasting, whiteboard, and design
app. You can import and insert any
document, picture, or video; draw and annotate in color; move and
animate objects; zoom and pan; record and play; and export and
share. Use it to create tutorials and video lessons.
- Google Docs and Spreadsheets is a free web-based program that allows
you to create, edit, and store documents and spreadsheets online with
whomever you choose, then publish online.
Investintech.com: Free templates for use with Microsoft Office
PowerPoint, which you can also revise. These are very unique.
Investintech.com also has
tips/tutorials for working with MS Office for iPad and a free
app called Able2Extract Mobile for iPad, which allows users
to create PDF from MS Office documents and convert PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Kerpoof from Walt Disney
Company is multimedia software for creating original artwork, animated
movies, stories, greeting cards, and more. It is targeted for
elementary and middle school learners. Kerpoof's main activities are
free. There is, however, a paid premium service for additional
content and services, such as their communication features. For added
educational value, there are lesson plans (e.g., math, science, social
studies, foreign language, etc.), an educator newsletter, and teacher
accounts. These latter enable teachers to set up classes in which
students can chat with each other, post their creations, and collaborate
in real-time on projects from different computers.
Microsoft Office 365 for Education includes a set of free tools for
verified academic institutions (schools, colleges, universities,
including teachers, students, and administrators). The product is
identical to the commercial version and includes features such as:
Additional information is also available at
in Education. Note: Office Mix is a free add-on that works with Office 365 that lets
you turn PowerPoint presentations into interactive online videos.
A plus for flipped learning, is that you can add polls, quizzes,
analytics to check for understanding.
- Cloud-based email, calendar and contacts
- Use your own domain name
- Instant messaging, voice and video chat
- Online conferencing with desktop sharing
- Web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and
Office Online is free and includes Word Online, Excel
Online, PowerPoint Online, OneNote Online, Calendar, OneDrive,
Outlook, and a People section.
is a free suite with programs for word processing, databases,
spreadsheets, drawing, and presentations.
Math allows you to create formulas and other equations for your documents.
- Piktochart is online
software for creating infographics. The simplicity is via drag
and drop, a collection of themes from which to choose, and support
for design. Free and paid accounts are available.
- Prezi is for creating presentations
live and on the web. Go beyond a simple slideshow with this
software. Online tutorials are available. There is a free version.
is open source desktop publishing software. Great for layout of
"newsletters, corporate stationery, posters, training manuals, technical
documentation, business cards," and creating PDFs, including interactive
PDF forms. Page templates, drawing tools, and several professional
publishing features are included (sec: Specifications).
- SlideRocket is cloud-based
presentation software. There is a free "lite" version for casual
users and a free version for education.
- ThinkFree Online is free
software that is compatible with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,
PowerPoint). The word processor, spreadsheets, and presentation
applications are integrated with 1GB of storage, collaboration tools,
publishing to blogs, web pages or ThinkFree Docs (their library of
published files), and PDF creation. Documents can be created online, or
uploaded from your desktop. Documents stored in your online workspace
can also be downloaded to your hard drive.
- WPS Office is a full office suite that
includes Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets, and a built in PDF
Reader. The software for Windows PC is free to download and is fully compatible and comparable to
Microsoft® PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Free office suites for
IOS and Android mobile devices are also available.
Corel Paintshop Pro
- Gimp is open source for graphics
editing, and includes documentation and tutorials. It's equivalent to
Paintshop Pro and Photoshop.
- Inkscape is open source
vector graphics editing software equivalent to CorelDraw and
Illustrator. It includes documentation and tutorials.
- Kid Pix
everything kids needs to create and share stories.
- Paint.net is free open source
image and photo editing software for computers running on Windows. It
has been compared to commercial products such as to Corel Paintshop Pro
and Adobe Photoshop.
- Tux Paint is free open source
drawing software for children ages 3-12 (preK-grade 6).
is free cross platform open source software for recording and editing
sounds. Consider it to record MP3s for your podcasts, for example.
- GarageBand for Mac or
for IOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)--record your music,
and podcasts. Both are free downloads and suitable for use
with learners in grades 4-12. Note: The education company
Udemy has a tutorial:
A Beginner's Guide to GarageBand (2015) by Matt Guarino.
- WavePad audio editing software is "a full-featured professional
audio and music editor for Windows and Mac. It lets you record and edit
music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio
files, you can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings, and then
add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad works
as a wav or mp3 editor, but it also supports a number of other
file formats including vox, gsm, wma, real audio, au, aif, flac, ogg,
and more" (NCH website description). A free version is available
for non-commercial use and includes most of the features of the normal version.
- Adobe Premiere Pro
Voice for iPad is a free app for creating video presentations
without filming--"just talk to tell your story." You can include voice, still images, motion graphics and music.
It comes with starter templates, an extensive library of over 25,000
copyright-cleared icons and other graphical elements, a music
library, visual effects, animated themes, and samples to help
- Apple's iMovie HD(for Mac)
- Apple's Final Cut Pro
- aTube Catcher
is free. You can create screencasts, podcasts, and also download
internet videos to your PC, cellphone, TV, or iPod; and convert video to
different formats, and burn videos to DVDs and CDs.
- CamStudio (free open source
streaming video software). From the website: "CamStudio is able to
record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create
industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer
can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash
videos (SWFs)." NOTE on meaning of acronyms: AVI (Audio Video
Interleave) and SWF (Small Web File). AVI files are uncompressed,
thus files might be too large to upload or send as email attachments,
for example. The AVI file might need to be converted to a
different file format.
- Camtasia Studio is video creation and screen-capture
software. You can
also "import video, music, photos, and more" to customize videos and
create "interactive videos with clickable links, tables of contents,
search, and more." A free trial is available. Users
of this software might be interested in
Creating a PowerPoint Screencast using Camtasia Studio by
Educreations is a free
app that allows you to create and share video lessons with your iPad or
browser. You'll find lessons in multiple subject areas, which
include math, science, social studies, English, world languages, and the arts.
- iVideo (free open
source for Mac)
- Jing is a free
application that allows you to create video with voice to capture
whatever you see on your computer screen, and then send it instantly
over the Web, instant messaging, or email. Suggestions for use
include to provide commentary on homework (e.g., imagine your students
recording themselves solving a math problem and then sharing that on a
class wiki), collaborate on projects, show
someone how to use iTunes, share a snapshot of a document, narrate
photos, and so on. Jing content can also be stored at
- PlayPosit (formerly eduCanon) "is an online learning environment to create and share
interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any online video (screencasts, Khan Academy,
TED, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an
active experience for students, with time-embedded activities." (What We Do
section). This site works well with flipped learning as a way to ensure learners
interact with video content. Features such as multiple choice, free
response, reflective pause, and answer feedback can be used.
- Presentation Tube
"helps teachers, students and business professionals easily
produce and share professional and quality video presentations.
It offers a free desktop presentation recorder to narrate and
annotate PowerPoint slides and synchronize a variety of
essential visual aids, including webcam, whiteboard, drawing
board, and web browser. Presentation Tube platform integrates the
recorded video and scrollable slide thumbnails, allowing the
audience to move to the respective video content and control
both the time and progress of video presentation" (Website
- Screenr is free and can be used
for instant screencasts, which integrate well for Twitter (a
micro-blog). Use your Mac or PC to record. Your video can
play anywhere on the Web and on an iPhone. As "cloudware," there
is no software download required. Maximum length is limited to five minutes.
provides free "one-click screen capture recording on Windows or Mac
computers with no install." The free version provides 15
minutes max recording time with free hosting up to 15 minutes per upload.
- Toufee is a free tool for
creating flash videos online, including the how to's. Create directly
using your browser; there is nothing to download.
Videolicious by The Talk Market, Inc. is a free app for iPad or
iPhone. "Instantly weave together interviews, videos, photos, music and more into a
sophisticated video production—in seconds. Just talk and tap—or
watch and tap—to make the perfect video."
- YouTube Video Editor:
You can enhance your uploaded YouTube videos with this editor, which
features combining videos, trimming and rotating clips, adding text
effects and music, inserting transitions, and stabilizing clips.
There is also a YouTube Video Editor Tutorial.
- 3D and Animation:
- Blender is a free 3D open
source content creation suite: model, shade, animate, render, and so
on--use it for 3D interactive game creation, too. View the
short video on how students used Blender for
Virtual Reality and Mathematics to create and understand 3D in
the math they study (e.g., Geometry, Calculus for visualizing
shapes, solids of revolution).
Construction Set (also good for file conversion) from Alchemy Mindworks
- Go Animate allows you to create
and share animations for free.
- Voki is a free service that
allows you to create customized speaking avatars (text to speech or
recorded speech), which you can add to your blog, social profile, and email.
- General Authoring and Programming (e.g., for games):
Note: If you are interested in including programming at your school, Frank
Evans (2015, Jan. 20) has some tips and suggestions in "Which
of these top 20 programming languages should your school teach?"
- Adobe Authorware
- Adobe Director
for multimedia authoring
- Gamestar Mechanic "uses game-based quests and courses to
help you learn game design and make your own video games."
It's designed for 7 to 14 year olds, but anyone can benefit.
The lite version is free.
mash, make movies, podcasts--the software is all about media fusion.
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- MicroWorlds comes
in two grade-appropriate levels. The products are not free,
but limited demos are available. MicroWorlds EX for Grades 4 and
up "is a coding environment that empowers students to create and share
interactive games, perform mathematical experiments, explore
science simulations and write multimedia stories."
MicroWorlds JR for PreK-Grade 4 does not require reading.
"It's easy to learn and use with simple, point & click operations and child
friendly symbols. Encourages children to explore mathematical and other
big ideas such as number, geometry, patterns & movement." (Product description
created at MIT Media Lab, is for ages 8 and up. The software is
described at the website as "a new programming language that
makes it easy to create your own interactive stories,
animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on
the web" (About section). Create characters that dance, sing, and interact with
one another; images that whirl, spin, and animate in response to
movements of the mouse; integrate images with sound effects and
music clips. Best of all is that the software is a free
download. Using Scratch, students learn math and computation
ideas, the process of design, and other 21st century skills.
Educators can join ScratchEd,
an online community to learn more about Scratch, share stories, exchange
resources, ask questions, and find other Scratch educators.
MIT also developed ScratchJr
for kids ages 5-7. Note: Members of the ScratchEd research
team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education developed a free
Computing: An Introductory Computing Curriculum for Scratch.
The version for educators includes plans, activities, and strategies
for using Scratch and the workbook version for learners has
activities and reflection question templates.
- Tickle--free app in iTunes
for this drag-and-drop programming language, that can also teach kids to
code. "Learn to program Arduino, drones, robots, connected toys,
and smart phone devices, all wirelessly." Create games and
interactive stories with a library of animated characters and sounds.
- TinyTap is free and allows
you to play and create interactive games, lessons, and quizzes.
Download it for iPad and Android devices, or for play on your
- TurtleArt "lets you make images with
your computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. You specify the sequence
by snapping together puzzle like blocks. The blocks can tell the turtle to draw lines and
arcs, draw in different colors, go to a specific place on the screen, etc. There are also
blocks that let you repeat or name sequences. Other blocks perform logical operations. The
sequence of blocks as a program that describes an image. This
kind of programming is inspired by the LOGO programming language. It
was designed to be easy enough for children and yet powerful enough
for people of all ages. TurtleArt is focused on making images while
allowing you to explore geometry and programming." (Site
- Tynker is primarily for young learners
ages 6-12+ to learn how to
program. There are mobile apps for iPads and Android-enabled
tablets. Users learn to code by solving puzzles. You can build
games, stories and interactive animations with Web and mobile access
to all your projects, and work offline without Internet access. For
a fee, beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses are also
available for learning to program, which include core concepts:
"coding fundamentals, animation, conditional logic, patterns,
coordinates, angles and direction, variables, functions, physics,
gravity." School pricing is also available.
- Assessment Authoring:
- Hot Potatoes suite enables you to
"create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence,
crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide
Web." It is "free of charge for those working for publicly-funded
non-profit-making educational institutions, who make their pages
available on the web." Others can purchase the product.
- ProProfs.com has
a free online quiz service--Quiz-School. Create and customize your
quiz. Then post it on any webpage, including at your classroom website,
or link to it from any webpage. You can create printable versions, too,
add discussion on the quiz, set criteria for passing, and provide
feedback on what the correct answer should have been. Assign keywords to
your quiz for easy retrieval. The site also has a section for creating
flashcards for free.
- PDF documents and file conversion software:
- PDF Converter includes a free online version to convert PDF
files to doc, xls, ppt formats and you can change files into PDF
format. The paid elite version allows you to create PDF files
from any printable file, extract text from images and scanned PDFs,
turn PDFs into MS Office file formats, and more.
- PrimoPDF is free. Convert
your Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and other application files into pdf
documents. You can download the software or opt to upload files from
your desktop to convert directly online.
- Neevia Technology's Document Converter Express
converts files to PDF or image without having to download the software.
The documents can be converted directly online for free.
- Zamzar is free online file
conversion software. No need to download software. Convert
images, documents (word processing, spreadsheet, presentations), video,
and music to a wide range of file formats.
- Organizing, outlining information, concept mapping, mind mapping,
math and other charts:
- Bubbl.us is a free web
application that allows groups to brainstorm online and create mind
maps. You can embed the map in a blog or website, or save the mind map
as an image.
is free online software that can be used to create several kinds of graphs: Pie, Bar, Line, Ring, 3D Pie, 3D Bar, 3D Line, Candle,
Scatterplot, TimeSeries. A manual is available; chart settings can be
customized. Several data sources are supported: static data, historical data,
Results can also be displayed on your own web pages.
- ChartGo is a free
online graph maker tool. Create bar, line, pie, or area
charts. Pick your settings and add your data.
Examples are also provided, which you can modify to fit your needs.
- Chart Tool on
Onlinecharttool.com enables you to design and share your own graphs
online and for free. Chart types include bar, pie, area, bubble,
x-y, scatter, meter charts and radar plots. You can also select
from a variety of fonts and colors to enhance your chart.
- Cmap Tools is the equivalent to
Inspiration and is open source. It includes documentation and
tutorials/videos to help learn how to use the software. According
to the developers, the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, the
software "empowers users to construct, navigate, share, and criticize
knowledge models represented as Concept Maps." Readers who are
interested in learning more about concept maps should read
The Theory Underlying Concept
Maps and How to Construct and Use Them by Joseph D. Novak and
Alberto J. Cañas (2008).
- Creately is for diagramming
(e.g., flowcharts, mind maps, Venn diagrams, etc.) and collaboration.
Use it online or offline. The public version is free, but there are
additional features offered in upgrading to a paid version. K-12
educators will appreciate the graphic organizer templates, such as
storyboards, fishbone diagrams, T charts, Y charts, cycles diagrams, and more.
is free mind mapping software that you download to your
computer. It comes with documentation.
- Gliffy can be used to create
Venn diagrams, floor plans, flowcharts, technical drawings,
organizational charts and more. It comes with templates and a
drag-and-drop interface. You can also collaborate online to create
your diagrams. There are free basic accounts and paid full-feature accounts.
- Inspiration (grades 6-12+)
and Kidspiration (grades K-5), both from Inspiration Software (not free),
help you to create graphic organizers with text and images. Note: Kidspiration 3 with its kid-friendly interface has new math activities
that address K-5 math skills. Five interactive math tools support
visual, auditory, and tactile learning styles. Inspiration
Software also has a section to learn more about
visual thinking and
learning techniques to improve achievement across multiple subjects.
- Learning in Context: Concept Mapping
(app posted at K-12 Blueprint)
"allows students to easily create mind
maps, flowcharts, and concept maps. You can use it to create visual representations
of ideas to help in brainstorming or as a visual aid for peers and teachers. Its
simple to use interface lets you draw shapes, add text and connectors, and share
with others. This app was created by Clarity Innovations with support from the Intel Corporation"
(Website description). App price is $1.99. Free trial is
available. K-12 Blueprint includes lesson plans, ideas, and a
tutorial for this app.
- Mind42.com is a free collaborative
browser-based online mind mapping tool, which means there is no download
needed. "Mind42 is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mind map
editor supporting keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, zooming and much
more." You can also add images and links to your map. There
is an introductory screencast.
- MindMeister is a
collaborative online Web 2.0 tool for mindmapping. A basic plan is
free. Use it to brainstorm ideas, plan projects, and think
visually. A video demo is available. Mindmaps can be
embedded in wikis and websites.
- Mindomo "is a versatile Web-based
mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping
software in a Web browser." A basic account is free. Maps
can also be embedded in existing websites, or viewed by just providing
the direct link to the map.
ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool
is particularly useful "free-form
graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing. The tool provides a quick way for
students to trace out options and rearrange connections." This online
tool can be used for free and is easy for students to use. Results can be printed.
- Rich Chart
Live is a free online service for creating charts with visuals and
interactivity. "Import your data from a spreadsheet, export your chart
as a Flash animation, as a PowerPoint presentation or embed directly to
your blog or website by just copy & pasting HTML" (What is Rich Chart
Live section). Professionally designed templates are available.
Links can be added to charts.
is a free download for creating mind maps, concept maps, flowcharts and
more. Input your information and the software automatically aligns
everything, applying a professional look with design themes.
- SMART Ideas concept mapping software is award winning software from
SMART Technologies. It is not free, however. The sample maps
at the site demonstrate the versatility in the types of concept maps
that can be developed in a school setting. A free trial is
available and a live demo.
- Webspiration works
like Inspiration for mind mapping--map out ideas, organize with an
outline. Also use it for collaboration. Sign up for a free
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Multimedia files can consume a lot of space on your hard drive. Large
files can be slow to transmit or receive over the Internet or via email.
Compressing files reduces their size by eliminating redundancy. By
compressing files, you also can save more data on your back-up disks or CDs, or
other portable media. Popular compression tools include:
software enables compression and encryption "where it’s needed most – email,
mobile, social media and online. WinZip's offerings include apps for
Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, the ZipSend and ZipShare online services, and
WinZip System Utilities Suite" (About Us section).
- PKZip from PKWARE "Compress files with a solution that acts as a portable file system, allowing data to
be consumed on any platform" (Product description).
- StuffIt zips everything
providing compression and encryption.
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Plug-Ins and Viewers
Plug-ins are needed to view multimedia on the web or in presentations.
Education Browser Tuner provides a quick check of what browser you are using
on your computer and checks if you have common plug-ins installed from those
listed at their site.
Authorware Web Player
- Live Math
- QuickTime Player
- VLC Media Player is a
cross-platform media player and streaming server for a variety of audio and
video formats, such as MP3 and OGG. Available for Windows, Linux, and
Macintosh. Great player for formats used in podcasts. For more on the file
format "ogg" see
- Windows Media Player
- Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader
- Adobe Shockwave
by Design Science enables Microsoft Internet Explorer to display
mathematical notation in web pages. The download is free.
- Microsoft Power Point Viewer
-- The PowerPoint 2007 Viewer lets you view
full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.
- Microsoft Office Converters and Viewers
(Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, and
so on, including for Macintosh users--Search for specific Converters and
Viewers in Downloads). Converters allow you to open files created by people
using different versions of your Office programs. Viewers provide a means for
people who don't have Office programs to see your work. You can provide them
with the appropriate viewer along with your Office files.
- Cortona VRML
Client works as a plug-in that will enable you to view and interact with
3-D virtual reality models on the Web.
- Sun Microsystems Java --
Many math manipulatives are written in Java and this plug-in will allow you to
interact with the manipulatives.
- IrfanView --IrfanView is
freeware for educational use in schools and universities. This graphic
viewer is for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003. Its many features include
graphics editing (e.g., capturing, cut/crop, color depth, effects, lossless
JPG rotation), slideshow support (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to
CD), batch conversion with image processing, email option, multimedia
player, print option, scan support, and so on. A real find for your
Need to print a web page?
Print Friendly is a free online tool that "cleans and formats web pages for perfect print experience. PrintFriendly removes
Ads, Navigation and web page junk, so you can save paper and ink when you print" (About section).
Just enter the URL of the page you want to print. You can also
email the printout, or save to a pdf file. You can also add Print
Friendly to your browser or add a button to your own web page.
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Online File Storage
If you do not wish to take up valuable storage space on your hard drive,
consider saving some of your digital creations and other files online. Teachers might find
this of value, for example, to store files that can be accessed from any
computer. Services include:
- Dropbox: Sync, store, and share your files online in a
The free Dropbox account comes with 2GB of space that you can use for as
long as you like. If you need more space, there is a nominal fee per
month. Teachers might use this site creatively to share files with
their learners, or for learners to upload their work, too.
Use Flickr for sharing your photos.
- Flipasaurus was developed by teachers for teachers to store their
flipped classroom videos in a private library under teacher
control for who can access content. Videos can be made
available for learners to play on any devices, including
iPod, iPad, Android.
- FreeWebspace.net is a guide to where
you can store files online for free.
- Google Drive
offers 5GB free online file storage, and includes an option to purchase
additional space for a monthly fee. It comes with multiple features
beyond just storing your files, including syncing, collaboration and viewing
over 30 file types even if you don't have the software installed on your
- SugarSync offers 5GB free online file storage
accessible from any device.
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Blackboard Collaborate "provides a comprehensive online learning and
collaboration platform designed specifically for education.
It is helping thousands of higher education, K-12, professional,
corporate, and government organizations worldwide deliver a more
effective learning experience through blended and mobile learning online
collaboration tools" (About section). There is a 30-day
Oovoo is free--video conference with up to 12.
Skype free video calling
(Skype-to-Skype) is available, even internationally. Some
additional features have fees.
VidSpeak: This might be the free solution to your personal multiple video
conferencing needs. "VidSpeak is a free
multipoint video conferencing application for your PC. Use your
broadband connection to video and audio conference in which there are
more than one person involved." With VidSpeak you can see,
and talk to several people at the same time, anywhere over the internet.
All you need to use this application is a webcam, microphone and
speakers. A headset is recommended.
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Tutorials and the Technical Aspects of Multimedia
you involve students in creating multimedia elements, you need to consider
levels of difficulty and time for development. As one person, you most
likely will not have time to learn every piece of software you would like to
use. You might consider assigning groups of students to learn a specific
feature of the software to demonstrate to the class, and having those
knowledgeable students help others in the class to develop media. Arranged
in order (least to greatest), these difficulty levels include:
- text files
- active hyperlinks to sections within the same document or to additional
- image files
- audio files
- video files
- animation files
- virtual reality markup language files (VRML). (VRML is a language for
enhancing HTML to make virtual worlds on Web pages, such as you might see if
taking a tour of a house or museum on the Web.)
- CGI-data handling programmed files.
The following resources include appropriate tutorials for creating and
working with multimedia.
has a series of online tutorials on how to use a variety of technology products.
Cornell University Library's Digital Imaging Tutorial:
The Digital Camera in Education Web Site:
includes pros and cons of using the digital camera, applications (e.g, ESE,
ESOL, science, math), how to's, sample lessons, and a series of videos to
illustrate what you can do in 15-seconds.
http://www.animationsforvideo.com/html/tutorials.htm contains a number
of free video editing tutorials for Adobe Premier, Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut
Pro, QuickTime Pro, Pinnacle Studio 9, PowerPoint, and Vegas Video.
http://www.graphicsacademy.com/index.php contains absolutely free tutorials
on color, image design and capture, HTML and web design. A glossary of
graphics terms and file formats are also provided.
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/ provides answers to questions of
interest regarding multimedia and its production:
contains tutorials for several applications commonly used in K-12, including
authoring. Examples include PowerPoint, Hyperstudio, Word, Excel,
Dreamweaver, Claris Home Page, Inspiration and Kidspiration.
Kids Turn Central:
contains a series of articles and tutorials for kids on how to make and use
graphics. The site also introduces students to copyright issues.
Kodak Tips and Project Center:
is the best place to learn to work with digital images. Get tips for
taking better digital photos; learn about cameras, digital basics, printing,
sharing, enhancing and restoring; get ideas for projects. The Support
Center offers product-specific and Easyshare software interactive tutorials.
http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/ Tony Vincent has
numerous resources for handhelds in education. He presents details for
learning to create podcasts: preproduction, recording, postproduction, and
publishing. You can also find existing podcasts, subscribe to them, or
listen to podcasts. Of relevance are his links showing how students, even
at elementary school levels, are creating podcasts.
LInC Online: Graphic, Graphics, Graphics:
contains everything you wanted to know about using, converting, making, finding,
and saving graphics.
is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about audio, video, and visual
resources. The project contains four main sections: Collections,
Collection Management, Collection Production, and Collection Use.
http://nortellearnit.org/ has a series of video tutorials for developing
PowerPoint in the Classroom:
Storyboarding from UsabilityNet:
Tucows: http://www.tucows.com/ Locate shareware for image, audio, video production and editing, and other top
How to Embed Video in Classroom Presentations (Mar 1, 2004). Author
David Pendery includes the steps with visuals to embed video clips directly into
PowerPoint and AppleWorks presentations. TechLearning also has an e-book
to help students to learn how to create effective videos:
Classroom Video: Tools and
Strategies to Engage Students in Learning.
contains a number of product tutorials, and general information about imaging,
video, and web graphics, including:
Video Creation & Tools:
is a great collection of resources for the how-to's of creating videos and ideas
for their use in the classroom, gathered by Shelly Terrell.
http://www.video101course.com/300home.html by Prof. M. Trinklein of
Idaho State University is a complete video production course. Complete
content is online regarding editing, video recording, camera operation, shot
composition, the lens, sound, lighting, camera mounts, the TV camera, and TV
graphics. This site was honored by the Broadcast Education Association.
http://www.webattack.com/freeware/freeware.html contains an extensive collection of freeware and shareware for multimedia
development and authoring, such as Graphics Converter Pro (image converter) or
LViewPro 2002, and ImageForge Pro (graphics editor).
Web Site Estates:
free Power Point templates for students and educators, plus tips and tutorials.
WhatIs.Com: Multimedia and Graphics:
This site actually contains an A-Z dictionary of technology terms with
explanations of concepts relating to computing fundamentals, hardware, software,
PCs, networking, telecommunications. There are over 350 terms for
multimedia and graphics.
Think about using video in your instruction.
Here are some of the many ideas suggested by Bob Sprankle at Wells Elementary
School in Wells, Maine.
- Film students on the first day of school, asking them what their goals
are for the school year.
- Ask a student to demonstrate how to solve a math problem and capture his
exact process, rather than just the answer -- great to post online, too.
- Capture hands-on experiential learning.
- Film important lesson highlights so absent students can review what they
- Have students create tutorials.
- Capture the excitement of learning from each student.
- Film real-world connections from outside and use them to capture
students attention during a lesson.
- Use video to leave instructions for a substitute teacher.
Source: Sprankle, B. (2008, April). Caught on video. Technology &
Learning, 28(9), 29-32.
Need more help with video production?
School Video News is a free online
magazine for K-12 TV and video production, which is produced monthly.
It "includes articles on all aspects of K-12 video production:
lighting and audio, set construction tips, increasing production values,
case studies, projects and profiles of other schools. In addition to
technical articles by industry professionals, there are product reviews,
student projects, event coverage, and industry/academic news as it relates
to TV/Video production" (About Us section).
Are you searching for free tools?
50 Free Tools to Make Computing Easier by Miquel Guhlin (November 2005) at
TechLearning.com. Educators love free materials and Guhlin provides that
list. He discusses compressing multimedia files so that they can be
attached to email, setting up a Web server and FTP server, spyware, adware,
virus protection, a browser alternative to Internet Explorer, email software,
minimizing spam, creating PDF files without Adobe Acrobat, creating Web pages
without Dreamweaver or Frontpage, programs for editing and creating graphics for
Web pages, downloading Web sites for use in presentations when Internet access
will not be available, making flyers and brochures, and where to get all those
is a resource for free software in multiple categories, such as anti-virus,
audio and video, developer tools, games, graphics/design, home and
education, internet, networks, programming, screensavers, security/privacy,
utilities, and more.
Do you need free offline browsing?
enables you to copy websites to your hard disk for browsing them offline
without having to connect to the Internet. And it's free.
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Clip Art Gallery on
Clipart ETC: Math
from Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse is a free collection of
nearly 10,000 images for "algebra, geometry, trigonometry,
probability, money, number sense, and more. This collection of illustrations
for teachers and students consists of clipart for all levels of K-12 math
classes. Included are coordinate and polar grids, graphs, number lines,
clocks, patterns, flashcards, protractors, thermometers, fractions,
geometric shapes & solids, angles & lines, bags of marbles, spinners,
constructions, theorems & proofs, and dice. From the common place to the
hard-to-find clipart, everything an educator needs for activities,
assessments, and presentations can be found here." (Website description)
Creative Commons contains databases
already designated, which eliminates seeking permission to use copyrighted
a license-specific photo search engine owned and operated by Vibrant
Software in Vancouver, Canada. The company indexes and searches millions
of freely licensed photos, from many sources, and presents them in an
integrated search (About Us section). Its great for locating free
images on the web for projects.
FreeImages is a great resource for free
photos and illustrations on just about any topic. If you use any images, remember
to contact the artist using the e-mail address found on the artists page. Free
stock images at this site are from photographers all over the world.
a free stock photo site. If you search for mathematics or topics
pertaining to mathematics, for example, there are numerous images that
you can download.
The Freesound Project is a
collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds (not songs and compositions): audio snippets, samples,
recordings, bleeps, field recordings, and so on. Some sounds can be used
for scientific research.
Open Clip Art also includes an
extensive collection of
math clip art.
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