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48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools

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If you want to know what’s happening in the social web you need monitoring tools. Before you get out your credit card and start to spend money try out some of the free social media monitoring services. This way you get a taste of what is available and if you need paid services.
I have collected 48 free social media monitoring tools. In the Group A are the services that I use regularly or seem interesting to check out immediately. The Group B is an alphabetical list of tools for you to play with.
[Great list of tools here]
Full Text: 48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools | DreamGrow Social Media.


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.


TED-ED a new Online Learning Platform

TED, the non-profit organization famous for “Ideas Worth Spreading,”  launched a new online learning platform today as part of its new  TED-Ed education initiative (http://ed.ted.com).
Back in March, TED launched a YouTube Channel channel dedicated to educational videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation).
The new education platform launched today, TED-Ed features a suite of tools that allow teachers to create their own lessons based on TED videos or any video found on YouTube.
Full Text: Library News: TED-ED a new Online Learning Platform.

Zoom in on your images with fantastic clarity

Have you ever had a large image you wanted to show on a website? Wanted people to see the large picture and the minute detail? Well now you can.
Enter Zoom.it.
Zoom.it is a free service for viewing and sharing high-resolution imagery. Give them the link to any image on the web, and they give you a fab new way to experience it — along with a nice short URL.
Give it a go at

Augmented Reality: Coming to a School Near You?

As schools’ acceptance of mobile tools such as smartphones and tablets becomes more widespread, educators are struggling with how to incorporate them into current teaching models. Experts say schools need to get beyond the technology cart—treating these tools as accessories that get wheeled in and wheeled out an hour later—and educators need guidance on how to change their teaching practices to take advantage of what mobile learning has to offer. Yet examples of what these new pedagogical models might look like are hard to come by.
Gagnon and his team may be able to help. As the minds behind Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling (ARIS), they’ve developed an open-source mobile learning platform educators can download onto an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to create place-based and narrative gaming activities that can be incorporated into classroom curriculum.
For example, Chris Holden, an assistant professor in the University Honors Program at the University of New Mexico, and Julie Sykes, an assistant professor of Hispanic linguistics, used ARIS to create the game “Mentira.” Designed to help Spanish-language students learn in a real-world context, players talk with real people and virtual characters while visiting the Los Griegos neighborhood in Albuquerque, where they must solve a fictional murder mystery based on current and historical events.
[Sounds amazing – if you are using this tool let us know how you are using this in the comments]
Full article: Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You? | MindShift.

How Pinterest Is Used In Distance Learning


Pinterest is a social networking website on which users can pin images as well as links on specific organized categories. One is able to organize information of their interest through Pinterest.
Instructors can use Pinterest to organize subjects they teach. They can upload and showcase past lectures. Since working in educational institutes that provide the option of distance learning can promote their programs, departments and the educational institute itself. The educational institute can pin information that will create interest and attract potential students. Such information could be research grants for discovering grounds on new found ideas.
via How Pinterest Is Used In Distance Learning « Technology Literacy Help « Articles « Literacy News.

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.