Knovio - create video presentations
Knovio is an innovative tool for turning PowerPoint slides into rich video presentations with a web browser and webcam. The newly generated video and audio presentations can be accessed anytime on-demand and shared with others through email and social media. With this tool, users can take your existing PowerPoint slides and quickly and easily add their own video to synchronise with the slide content. They can then share this new presentation out to their intended audience by email or social media.
Currently Knovio is being offered free to any individual who wants to create and share video presentations with others. It is compatible with any of the leading Internet browsers you currently use to access the web (e.g., Firefox, IE, Chrome, and Safari).
Slidemotion - create a video from your photos
Slidemotion is an automated web service enabling users to create videos with music from users’ photos, with no skills and in a few clicks. The service has many features and offers various possibilities to personalise the videos. Users can make unlimited number of free videos during the 30-days trial period. This free temporary version comes with a limit, so videos can be created with 15 visuals. After 30 day trial finishes users will still be able to play and share all of their videos but will not be able to create new ones. It is also possible to try the premium version by spending free credits, so users can decide if they like premium features and continue by purchasing a plan.
PlagTracker is a service online that uses a checking algorithm to scan content for plagiarism. It is fast and easy to use and when it detects plagiarism, it provides also a list of all the sources, to make it easier for the user. The system does not save uploaded contents. A single document can be checked an unlimited number of times. The limit of words for a document to be checked for free is 5000. To exceed it, it is possible to subscribe for the premium version.
IrfanView - viewing and editing software
IrfanView is a fast, small, innovative freeware graphic viewer that can be also used for editing. It is intended as free only for private, non-commercial and/or educational use (schools, universities and libraries) and for use in charity or humanitarian organisations.
The software is currently supported and a list of recent changes can be seen on the website. A FAQ page quite rich of useful information is also provided on the website.
Some IrfanView features:
• Many supported file formats
• Multi language support
• Thumbnail/preview option
• Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
• Toolbar skins option
• Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
• Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
• Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
• Fast directory view (moving through directory)
• Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
• Multipage TIF editing
• File search
• Email option
• Multimedia player
• Print option
• Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
• Change color depth
• Scan (batch scan) support
• Add overlay text/image (watermark)
• IPTC editing
• Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
• Screen Capturing
• Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
• Lossless JPG rotation
• Unicode support
• Command line options
Language support can vary with the version. The current version supports the languages listed aside. English is anyway always supported.
Dirc - Digital Image Rights Computator
The Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) program is intended to assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment. Understanding the presence or absence of rights in the various aspects of a given image will allow the user to make informed decisions regarding the intended educational uses of that image.
The DIRC program functions through a series of query pages, each of which directs the user to provide input about one specific aspect of a given image’s rights profile. Each query sequence concludes by directing the user to a highlighted portion of a color-coded grid, which indicates an image's suitability for your desired use. Supplemental notes below the grid may draw your attention to other available options, or remind you of additional risk-assessment considerations.
Embedplus – editing Youtube videos for education
This free application facilitates the embedding, editing and customization of Youtube videos.
Among the most important features of Embedplus:
• Start your video at a certain time
• Ignore boring parts of the video
• Add annotations to videos
• Movable zoom service that allows you to dynamically magnify the area you point over
• Crop interesting parts of a video
• Instant replay service
• Instantly watch videos at a slower rate to clearly see what happens
• Real-time reactions, an option for seeing people’s reactions to the same video you are modifying
The website contains also a special page about how the application can be used in the context of teaching / training. Using EmbedPlus teachers will be able to :
• Highlight turning points in videos they want to share with their students using the jump buttons on the player
• Skip irrelevant parts in a video
• Offer additional information beyond what is presented in a video using annotations.
Students on their part can use it to:
• Get a closer and clearer understanding of video contents covering complicated events using the slow motion and zoom effects that EmbedPus offers
• Easily access their videos and view text and other objects within a video
Picsart - photo editing app
Picsart, is a free photo editing app for iOS or Android powered phone or tablet. It allows editing pictures directly on the smartphone through its various tools. It can be used both on the pictures stored in the device memory and on the pictures uploaded to one’s social media accounts (Facebook, Flickr, etc.)
The app is available on Amazon, in the Google store and in the iPhone app store.
See the page http://picsart.com/terms about ownership and distribution rights.
For awards and topics related to Picsart content, also see the blog http://blog.picsart.com/
Xtramath is a free web based Math facts fluency program that helps students master basic mathematical skills.
Xtramath can be used by parents with their children at home or by teachers with their students in the classroom or as homework. Student activities are simple and straight forward and are designed to take only a few minutes each day. Parents and teachers regularly receive progress reports in email and more detailed reports can be accessed online at any time. The program is designed to be easy to use in the classroom. It organises students on shared classroom computers. Teachers can set up a class in few minutes
The program can be accessed from any internet connected computer.
Zotero - managing research sources
Zotero is an easy-to-use tool that helps to gather, organize, and analyse research sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects). It works as a reference manager software, allowing to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references, but also integrates some more social features like the ability to interact, tag and share the results of the performed researches in a variety of ways.
Zotero is an extension to Firefox, so it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object through the browser, and —on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. For the same reason, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications. It can also communicate with software running on your computer (such as Microsoft Word) and be used offline (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).
Zotero's Unicode support allows you to import, store, and cite items in any language. You can change the language of Zotero, and of the citations and bibliographies created by Zotero. Finally, there is an experimental multilingual version of Zotero, which supports storage of item metadata in more than one language (transliterations and translations).
Documentation is completely available in English and most of the pages are also translated in many other languages.
Jog the Web - Assembly content packages from the web
Jog The Web is an engaging interactive tool that allows users to assemble tidy packages of web content. Teachers can use it for providing students with easy access to guided learning activities.
The websites within a Jog can be explored right within the page frame, solving the problems related to students getting lost within multiple windows. Jog authors can annotate pages within the Jog and also create original pages with unique content.
On the website are stored all the packages assembled by others in a library formed by almost 18000 contents that users are free to browse and explore. More than 11000 of them are in the category ‘education’.
Categories of packages on the website:
News & politics
Pets & Animals
Film & Animation
People & Blogs
Science & Technology
Autos & Vehicles
Howto & Style
Travel & Events