At ISTE 2011, I attended two sessions aimed at showing off as many web tools as possible in 60 minutes. Tammy Worcester showed her Top 20 Favorite Web Tools, giving herself an average of 3 minutes per tool. Brandon Lutz kicked it up a notch, and showed off 60 in 60. He gave us one per minute, for an hour. There was some overlap. I made a Venn Diagram because I’m a math geek. In this second post on those sessions, I will look at the 14 tools that were unique to Tammy’s presentation.
Tools That Were Unique to Tammy’s Presentation
Screen Capture and Screencast Tools – Jing (Mac and PC) and Skitch (Mac). I have been using Jing for a year now to create screencasts to share “how to” videos with colleagues. I have not tried Skitch, but apparently it does the same thing on a Mac. I see tools like these being useful for explaining to people how to do something on a computer, because you can narrate a walk-through of the process.
Random Name Picker at ClassTools.net. I was not familiar with this site, but it has all kinds of tools you could use in a classroom setting. There is a random name picker to randomly select students to respond. There is a timer, a Venn Diagram creator, a plagiarism checker, and others.
Fur.ly – This is a way to shorten multiple URL’s into one link. I have been sharing multiple links with people who attend my presentations using urli.st, which creates one short link that brings up a list of all the websites I mention in the session. Fur.ly presents the same thing in a better way. Rather than having a list, it opens the first site in a frame, and participants can visit the other sites listed by using a simple drop down menu. You can see what it would look like by clicking on this one that I set up. http://fur.ly/5ujg The one major drawback I see with fur.ly, though is that it doesn’t seem to be editable. Once I create a list, I can’t go back in and add new sites, unless I’m missing something.
Tammy shared a couple others that are of interest to me personally, but I don’t think they have relevance to math teachers or other consultants. If you are interested, they are BibMe (creates a bibliography for a paper using one of several possible formats), using the advanced search filter in a Google search to filter by reading level for struggling readers, and tripit, which helps with travel planning and organization.