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Instructional Technology

  • 10 FREE TEXT TO SPEECH TOOLS FOR EDUCATORS

    (repost) These tools can be very helpful for language teachers. Students can use them to impprove their pronunciation and develop their reading skills. All these tools are easy to use and above all free of charge. Most of these tools are extensions that you can install on your browser.

    http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/05/10-free-text-to-speech-tools-for.html

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  • Bloom’s Taxonomy

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  • Google Docs

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    Description

    Online Word Processor, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Forms/Surveys!

    Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor that enables you and your students to create, store and share instantly and securely, and collaborate online in real time. You can create new documents from scratch or upload existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. There’s no software to download, and all your work is stored safely online and can be accessed from any computer.

    Resources for Teachers

    Tags:CITR, Instructional Technology, Collaboration


  • MyPaint

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    Description

    MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

    Use it in Fullscreen mode with a Drawing Tablet as a Digital Whiteboard!

    • Available for Windows and GNU/Linux
    • Designed for pressure sensitive graphics tablets
    • Simple and minimalistic user interface
    • Extensive brush creation and configuration options
    • Unlimited canvas (you never have to resize)
    • Basic layer support
    • http://mypaint.org

     

    Tags:CITR, Graphic Design, Instructional Technology


  • Animoto

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    Animoto is a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects. Using their patent-pending Artificial Intelligence developed to think like an actual editor & director, the resulting video has the emotional impact of a movie trailer and the visual energy of a music video.

    Tool

    Tags:CITR, video, Instructional Technology


  • Udutu

    myUdutu

    Description

    myUdutu is easy-to-use online learning authoring software that allows you to build your course very quickly no matter where you are, and no matter who you need to involve.

    Build branching simulations and case-studies, interactive quizzes, and complex assessments

    • This system is perfect for corporate trainers, software trainers, human resource managers, curriculum designers, sales professionals, account managers and small businesses.
    • Easily import existing curriculums and PowerPoint presentations.
    • Lots of flexible templates to use for effortlessly and attractively presenting material to learners, engaging them with interactions, and immersing them in branching scenarios
    • Support for all major types of graphic, sound, and video formats automatically optimized for web delivery
    • A robust multimedia corporate training and development program can be up and running in 3 to 4 weeks.
    • Integrates seamlessly with any SCORM compliant LMS

    Tool

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  • Ardesia Annotation

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    Description

    Ardesia is the free digital sketchpad software that help you to make coloured free-hand annotations with digital ink everywhere, record them and share on the network. It is easy to use and impressively fast and reactive. You can draw upon the desktop or import an image and annotate it and redistribute your work to the world. Let’s create quick sketch and artwork.

    Tool

    Tags:CITR, Graphic Design, Instructional Technology, Annotation


  • Second Life

    Second Life

    Second Life - Virtual 3D World for Collaboration and Virtual Learning

    Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.

    Tool

    • FREE for basic account
    • 40MB Download
    • Windows, Mac OS, Linux
    • NOTE: Check hardware requirements on products website
    • http://secondlife.com/

    Tags:CITR, 3d, Second Life, Virtual World, Instructional Technology


  • GIMP

    GIMP

    Image / Photo editing

    Description

    GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

    It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

    GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

    Tool

    Tags:CITR, Photoshop, Photo Editing, Graphic Design, Open Source, Instructional Technology


  • Inkscape

    Inkscape

    An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

    Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

    Tool

    • FREE
    • Powerful Vector and Raster editing
    • Create flowcharts
    • Label diagrams
    • Strong Open Source Community
    • Windows, Mac OS, Linux
    • http://www.inkscape.org/

    Tags:CITR, Inkscape, Graphic Design, Open Source, Vector, SVG, Instructional Technology


  • Blender 3D - Powerful 3D Modeling / Animation / Video Editing

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    Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems. It allows for creation of advanced 3D Models, Lighting, Texturing, Animation, Video Editing and Compositing.

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    Tags:CITR, Graphic Design, 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Video Editing, Instructional Technology