Cool Tools: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Janet Hurn & Julie StraubMiami Universityhttp://jjtechnologies.weebly.comThis session hit VERY close to home, because the presenters are former coworkers.

Productivity Tools

ScreenLeap – Easily integrates within Google Apps for Education, but can be used without. Allows you to screen shares within the browser.Evernote – End of discussion.Note Anywhere – Chrome extension. Put notes dynamically on a page, then go and look through a note summary to see a list of all websites where notes have been added.IFTTT – Task automation. Enough said. 🙂

OER Resources:

Wolfram Alpha – Visualizations of math, data, etc.Crash Course – YouTube videos that have typical lectures (instructor on camera) to explain various topics. Different from Khan Academy in that Khan typically does drawings and images on camera, instead of an instructor. Videos are closed captioned.OER Commons – Ability to search a library of OER resources.

Video Interactions

EduCanon – Add interactivity to contents from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Can create “classes” of these videos in order to do grading, analytics, etc. Can embed into LMS.EDpuzzle – See aboveTeachum – See aboveOffice Mix – Can embed interactions, video, assessments, etc. into PowerPoint.

Accessibility Tools

Web Speech API – Google Chrome add-on.Bergman Accessibility Ribbon – Integrates with Microsoft Word. Puts accessibility components from Word front-and-center to allow you to create accessible PDFs, etc.Overall, a great session. Always wish we had more time to cover cool tools!

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