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ReadWriteThink Printing Press

ReadWriteThink Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, flyers, and booklets. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. The tool allows for multiple pages as appropriate. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple toolbar, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Documentation for the Printing Press includes folding and printing instructions, as well as an extensive guide to using the tool. Customized versions of the tool, which include additional instructions and more focused choices, are included with some lessons. A basic planning sheet is available to help students gather ideas before working at the computer.

[Includes Lesson Plans and Professional Development Resources for Kindergarten through to Grade 12]

Full Text: ReadWriteThink Printing Press – ReadWriteThink.


Free Tools for Media Creation & Editing

As a training developer, you’re no stranger to budget cuts. Companies everywhere are turning to e-learning and mobile learning as a solution to improve performance while cutting costs. But how do you create engaging, high-quality content for your online training courses? How can you make simple adjustments to images and recordings without having to spend thousands of dollars on a suite of products?

In this complimentary webinar, learn about 16 different free tools that can help you with your media creation and revision. Edit videos and vector graphics, mix audio tracks, sharpen your images, and record tutorials; all without spending a dime. Tools covered will include:

  • JayCut
  • Video Spin
  • The Aviary Suite of Tools
  • Audacity
  • GIMP
  • Jing
  • Kuler
  • Inkscape
  • More

The presenter will show all 16 tools and give a brief description on how they can be leveraged to create professional-quality assets for your online training courses. Join us for this 1-hour event and start using all of these products today without the need for permission from a budget committee.

via Rapid Intake Webinars – Watch Recordings.

Technology: How Can Infographics Produce Better E-Learning Courses?

This infographic of bears is making me thirsty

Infographics are the hot! They catch your attention because they look great and have strong visual hooks.

I like them because they remind me a little of I Spy where you get to explore a busy graphic and search for interesting nuggets of information. Of course, not everyone’s a big fan of infographics.

There are many parallels between infographics and elearning. They both share information in a visual medium. Those who design infographics start with lots of information and distill them to a few essential points. That’s very similar to what we do when our subject matter expert hands us a 300-slide PowerPoint file to be converted to an elearning course.

For the person who desires to learn more about visual design and processing lots of information, infographics are a great source of inspiration. Let’s look at what makes them so effective.

[Some great links here as well as examples]

via Technology: How Can Infographics Produce Better E-Learning Courses?.

Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools | Emerging Education Technology

Free Digital Presentation Tools

Course participants offer their ideas about ways to use these fun free tools in instructional situations and other academic applications.

Glogster is a tool for creating unique, interactive digital “posters”, to share ideas, pictures, videos, and more. Learn more about Glogster here (on their “What Is Glogster?” page).

Vuvox allows users to mix text, pictures, sound, and video, to create a couple of different presentation formats – a scrolling ‘collage’ presentation, or their ‘express’ format. Learn more about Vuvox here (on their ‘About’ page).

“Make amazing videos by mixing your photos and video with our effects, text and music” with OneTrueMedia. Learn more here (on their ‘FAQ’ page).

With Voki, you can create a speaking animated avatar! Learn more here (on their ‘About’ page.)

Prezi is an app where you can create those cool visuals with images and text that zoom in to specific content elements and then  back out again to see the bigger picture, and then zoom in again, etc. These have become popular in television commercials lately. Learn more here (by watching the video on their home page).

[note: this post gives great examples of how to use these free tools.]

via Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools | Emerging Education Technology.

You Need to Know These Seven Tips If You Build Graphics for E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog

There’s a difference between having a graphics application and being a professional graphics artist. Many of us work alone and have to do our own graphics. I find that what I do for graphics doesn’t require overly sophisticated skills.

While we may be using different tools, there are some simple graphics editing we should all be able to do. Let’s review a few of the common image editing tasks.

For my demos, I decided to stick with PowerPoint to show that if that’s all you have, then you still can do quite a bit. If you use a different tool, look over the list and see if you can do them with the application you use.

via You Need to Know These Seven Tips If You Build Graphics for E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog.

Zwoor.com Mobile Apps Boost Learning and Innovation Skills

No Longer Just For Fortune 500 Executive Learning Centers, but Now Free For School and University Students, Zwoor.com Mobile Apps Boost Learning and Innovation Skills

No Longer Just For Fortune 500 Executive Learning Centers, but Now Free For School and University Students, Zwoor.com Mobile Apps Boost Learning and Innovation Skills

Finding Accounting 201 week 3 materials,or where the room is on the campus, is now just a touch away. Zwoor.com mobile apps keep all course materials at the fingertips, allow students to engage during the course, and test their knowlegde via a short classroom timed quiz via the iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire or other Android tablet or smartphone.

For paper hungry schools and universities, there are good news ahead. What used to be affordable only for Fortune 500 Corporate Learning Centers and Executive Teams in Training, will be made available free of charge, starting in April, 2012 to Schools and Universities. A student will now be able to see all their course materials, week by week, in a notebook like app. Each week course has the materials, room logistics, the professor profile, related websites and videos. The student can even tweet the teacher, or link with them in LinkedIn or Facebook. Finding Accounting 201 week 3 is just a touch away. Students will be able to answer questions real time from their mobile devices. Launching an Idea Challenge to change the world (“How might we fix the Healtcare System in our country with open source information technology?”), and building innovation skills and entrepreneurship based on the course topic is also a click away.

Schools and Universities will now have this mobile app capability for free from Zwoor.com.

From School and Universities to Fortune 1000 Corporate Boards, Zwoor Event and Zwoor Survey mobile apps meet the various needs for handling learning needs. The mobile applications are free to download from the iTunes store, Google Android or Amazon Android Marketplace. The subscription model for a school or university to load the course materials and create the mobile surveys can be completely free.

Schools and Universities are all about connecting people to people, and people to knowkedge, and the mobile apps from Zwoor.com are amplifying the connection and learning power. And now, are also able to provide real time insights on how much the students understand the topic. A two question quick survey in the middle of the course, to test how much was understood, is just a click away. The students answer from the iPhone or mobile phone, or from the personal computer. The topic is then further discussed.

Attendees can now “follow” the teacher in Twitter or LinkedIn, signal their interest on participating on an agenda topic or contributing to a related event or course, tweet to the course hash tag – all from within the mobile app. Native Twitter integration, and pre-filed hash tags makes it easy for students to share news on the course. A personalized calendar on the mobile app provides a clear journey for the course. And, for the teacher, real time understanding of how students understand the topic.

The Zwoor Event mobile app puts all Course or School Event materials, including agenda, course materials , course room maps, teacher bios, all at the students’ fingertip, on their mobile device. Be that an iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire or an Android tablet or phone, the content is available online or offline. Once the content is synched, all materials are contained on the tablet – no connection required, even in an airplane. Real time feedback and rating of the topic is included in each agenda item, allowing a student to provide instant comments directly from the mobile app. All the materials are easily uploaded by the course administrator or by the teacher directly, via a simple to use browser interface at Zwoor.com.

Zwoor.com provides to Universities and Schools an easy to use platform to distribute the course materials, presenter bio, or an event agenda to the participants’ mobile devices, be that iPads, iPhones or Android tablets. We offer an easy way to connect presenters to attendees, and attendees to attendees, in real time, during the event meetings, all via mobile devices. No more paper printing, and out-of-date information. Just an engaging and focused learning environment, for brilliant knowledge and lasting connections. Paperless, real-time, engaged, efficient .” said Ken Burns, External Relations, Zwoor.com.
For more sophisticated surveys of the audience, the Zwoor Survey app allows the creation and distribution of surveys, online or offline. The library of templates speeds up the creation of high quality surveys, be that for capturing understanding on a topic, a short quiz or testing students via a timed survey. Real time results sharing creates dialog, and increases the relevancy of the conversation.

Both Zwoor Event and Zwoor Survey are free mobile apps, and are available for the iPhone, iTouch, iPad and the Android devices. For more information, visit Zwoor.com.

About Zwoor.com
Zwoor.com was founded on a simple, powerful idea: people should be able to have the information needed at their fingertips, and provide feedback where it matters – when they are in the meeting or in the product presentation, with their mobile devices. We want to reinvent what businesses and individuals can do through the Zwoor.com mobile platform, made for a new kind of worker, a new kind of workplace and a new kind of interactions.

Learn more about Zwoor.com, how we’re changing the way people consume information, interact, provide feedback and communicate and how you can be a part of it.

Zwoor Events – School and Universities courses and events Go Mobile in just a few clicks. Students carry an iPhone, an iPad or an Android smartphone, and they now expect the agenda, the course materials, maps, other info and alerts right at their fingertips.
Our native Zwoor Event apps do not require connectivity all the time, and we know that some of the conference or trade show venues are not built with connectivity in mind. We allow students to store the data on the mobile device, and synch when connected.

Zwoor Survey is a friendly, robust and cost effective survey platform that enables teachers to gather real insight from the class participants. Be that in a large,10,000 people keynote graduation event, or in a small classroom, the mobile app can handle both.

Zwoor Survey is a native application (vs. a web app), that allows timed surveys, answers to a challenge quiz for a prize, or just a simple multiple choice survey. Not dependent on the connectivity in the venue – we know that some of the spots are without cellular or wifi coverage.

Idea Challenge platform helps teachers and university professors to create and run Innovation Challenges, and focus participants on solving the wicked problems the study topic is about.
The result is an engaged student audience, and stronger innovation skills.
By incorporating powerful algorithms, tagging, recognition and engagement, the application allows all participants to enter the challenge, follow others, submit and rank ideas.
The Innovation Challenge provides a new paradigm for connecting your courses for innovation and insight discovery. Using the power of social media technology and the power of individual innovation, our platform allows you to tap into the collective intelligence of an organization and transform it into actionable, focused innovation. Truly 1+1+1 equals 10.

via No Longer Just For Fortune 500 Executive Learning Centers, but Now Free For School and University Students, Zwoor.com Mobile Apps Boost Learning and Innovation Skills.

The 5 Best New Apps This Week

Via Mashable

Everpix for iPhone Everpix automatically stores and organizes all of your photos in one spot. As of Wednesday, it has an iPhone app that will automatically add your mobile photos to the same spot. In addition, the app gives you access to all of your photos on the go. Free. With about 500,000 apps in the Apple App Store and an estimated 300,000 apps in the Android Market, finding the gems among the virtual haystack can be full-time job. The good news is that it’s our full time job. We’ve trekked through the overly frivolous, the ugly and the downright impractical in our search for these five recently launched apps worth downloading in the slideshow above. We hope you enjoy this week’s top picks. They include new takes on mobile video, food searching and children’s books. There’s also an app that lets you access your entire photo library from your phone and another that will automatically tag your photos with the subjects’ names. More About: apps , Everpix , Everything Butt Art , face.com , foodspotting , Klik , showyou

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The 5 Best New Apps This Week

How Higher Education Uses Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Via Mashable

Schools are on a short list of organizations that have been notoriously slow to adopt emerging tech. But within the last few years, as social media becomes more integral to students’ lives, educational institutions are finally catching on, and catching up. When it comes to higher ed, there are not only opportunities for digital learning, but digital marketing too. Some schools have taken the reigns on both sides, with mixed results. SEE ALSO: 5 Free Homework Management Tools for the Digital Student The infographic below takes a look at how schools have fared with social media over the last few years — what platforms are best, where they’ve succeeded, and the challenges that lay ahead. Does your alma mater use social media effectively in the classroom and in the recruitment office? Share your social ed story in the comments. Infographic by onlineuniversities.com . Image courtesy of iStockphoto , YinYang More About: college , education , infographics , Social Media For more Social Media coverage: Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Social Media channel Download our free apps for Android , Mac , iPhone and iPad

How Higher Education Uses Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

You’ll Download Physical Objects Sooner Than You Think, Thanks to Kids Like These

Via Mashable

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay caused an Internet stir last week when it introduced a new content category called “Physibles,” essentially designed to allow people to pass one another physical objects for download . The term refers to data files that are actually able to become physical objects via 3D printing technology. Before long, The Pirate Bay said in a blog post, “you will print the spare parts for your vehicles.” Some saw the announcement as an overhyped publicity stunt. Others saw a powerful revolution of how humans acquire essential goods. But one expert Mashable spoke with this week said that 3D printing is indeed bound for the mainstream — and even sooner than The Pirate Bay might think. “If you want to draw that parallel, we are kind of in the early 1980s of the computer industry right now, when it was just moving from mainframes into home computers,” said Hod Lipson , a Cornell University associate professor of both Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Computing & Information Science. “I see a big future for 3D printers in personal-scale applications that will unfold over the next decade.” That big future will probably include kids like Riley Lewis and Vernon Bussler (right and left, respectively, in the accompanying photo). Riley and Vernon are eighth graders. Along with a small cohort of classmates at Discovery Charter School in the Bay Area, they’re already getting pretty deep into the world of 3D design and printing. After Riley developed a strong interest and aptitude for 3D printing a couple of years ago, a company called 3D Systems donated a 3D printer worth several hundred dollars for him to use at school. The class of some dozen students is one a very small number of middle school labs beginning to delve into the emerging industry. The group’s work has been featured in a Popular Science blog post, and they have already produced items including dice, jewelry and replacement parts for the printer. Their progress reflects a tangible future for the medium that exists outside of exclusive laboratories and research facilities. “It’s just amazing to have an idea and then be able to create a perfect rendition of it, something you can physically hold and touch,” Riley told Mashable . Vernon said that their classmates react with “a combination of ‘that’s cool’ and ‘I don’t get it.’” According to Lipson, more and more people will begin to “get it” in the coming years.

You’ll Download Physical Objects Sooner Than You Think, Thanks to Kids Like These

Our Take: We love this idea imagine being able to email your physical project work to your examiner half way round the world.

Why Social Media Needs to Get More Personal

Via Mashable

Patrick Moorhead is president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, a highly regarded high-tech industry analyst firm focused on the disruptive ecosystems of smartphones, tablets, personal computers, living room devices and social media. New social media service  Path  promises to bring your true friends (not just acquaintances) together in a much more personal way. However, neither Path, nor Facebook, nor Google+ have fully comprehended that personal circles vary by context, and that context changes rapidly and infinitely.


In the end, while services like Path get us closer to “personal,” they are still very much “broadcast” versions of social media. Ultimately, new services will arise that will allow the user to easily and naturally build relationships, physically meet and communicate with one’s rapidly morphing groups of true friends.


How Humans Interact To fully understand how structured broadcast and personal social models differ, we need to look at real life. First and foremost, people segment friends and groups based on a specific context. To put it simply, there are people we are very close with, people we may have never heard of, but who seem “safe,” then there are thousands of groups in-between. And that context only changes more over time. Even though it sounds confusing, we build and segment groups because the action has been hard-wired into our brains.

The “Broadcast” Social Media Problem The Facebook, Google+ and Path networks liken online interaction to shouting in different-sized movie theaters, each of which contains a different combination of close friends, family members and acquaintances. Most people in the movie theater aren’t even listening; others listen but ignore; and an even smaller group reacts to what’s being said. For most people on the receiving end, a post is typically out of context, irrelevant, doesn’t require a response or was just plain missed. For example, some children aren’t on Facebook during school hours, and many older demographics don’t check notifications on a regular basis, or else they use their accounts for very specific purposes only.   What Defines “Personal” Today? I outlined the challenges that come with a “broadcast” model of social media. So what do I mean by “personal?” Quite simply, personal reflects how we interact in the physical world. The infinite number of groups we encounter in the everyday world communicate in a way you would expect: over the phone, through text, BlackBerry Messenger, face to face and via email. However, some of the tools we employ — even in today’s fast-paced digital environment — are slow, inefficient or even inaccessible.

For example, three families may want to go out to dinner after the eighth grade basketball game. Let’s assume there are six parents total and kids don’t get a vote. Just imagine how many texts it will take to arrange this.

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Why Social Media Needs to Get More Personal

Apple Announces ‘Education’ Event for Next Week

Via Mashable

Apple has invited media outlets for a special event on Jan. 19 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The invitation mentions an announcement about education. The event begins at 10 a.m. ET. Mashable speculated earlier this month that the event would revolve around the publishing world. Perhaps Apple will be asking publishers to put textbooks on iOS devices? Mashable received an invite and will be covering the event. What do you think Apple has planned for the event? Tell us in the comments. More About: apple , trending For more Tech coverage: Follow Mashable Tech on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Tech channel Download our free apps for Android , Mac , iPhone and iPad

Apple Announces ‘Education’ Event for Next Week