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 third post about those sessions, I will look at the tools from Brandon’s presentation that I think are useful for math teachers and consultants.
I will write one more post about the tools that interested me personally, but may not be applicable to math classrooms or consultants.
Tools That Were Unique to Brandon’s Presentation
Drop it to me – This is a service that works with Dropbox. It lets people upload files directly to your dropbox account, so students could submit work directly to a dropbox folder. The benefit of receiving student work this way, is that it is easier to manage than having them email files to you. With emailed files, you have to save them to a folder. This process puts them directly in a folder. There is a demo of the service here.
Ge.tt – Ge.tt is a file sharing site. It seems to be similar to box.net and scribd. I can see using this to share session handouts and notes for participants in my workshops. I think the files are only available for 90 days, though, so it it not a permanent storage and sharing site.
Brandon shared two ways to import video from YouTube and other sites. I always pull videos off the internet before I use them in sessions. I do this because I don’t want to put myself in the position to have to rely on an internet connection, and some schools I work in block YouTube. I have used both of the services Brandon shared extensively. Zamzar is an easy to use online file conversion utility. You can download videos directly from YouTube and other sites, and save them in whatever format you like. He also shared Video Download Helper which is a FireFox Add-on. I find this one incredibly easy to use, and it is my preferred way to download internet videos. Other sites I have used to bring in video are Bender Converter and KeepVid.
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Write a project proposal for a classroom project, and receive funding through Donors Choose. Your students must write thank you notes, and include photos showing their learning. I’m not sure this project extends to Canada, but those of you in the USA should take advantage of this gift.
There is a nice set of classroom applets at Triptico. These applets include timers, random group selectors, and more.
Jaycut is a free online video editor. I have been editing more and more videos as I work on presenting math problems. I do all the editing on my Mac at home because I have no software on my work PC to edit. This may be my solution. I haven’t tried it yet, though.
MultiURL is another tool that lets presenters or teachers collect a list of websites to share with students or session participants. I like this one better than fur.ly, which was mentioned in part I of this series. Here is a sample that I set up in MultiURL. This one lets you set up a free account, and the lists you create are editable. I will use this one. I might like it better than urli.st, which I use extensively.