Splash Easily Create and Share Event Announcements

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Splash is a great web service  that allows its users to create  awesome-looking event announcements and collect RSVPs.This service is very easy to use and you do not need any advanced tech knowledge to create your one page event announcement.


Splash lets you customize your page the way you want. You can add all of the details and information you want your attendeeds to know about.Once finsihed you can then share it using the unique URL generated for you or you can invite other users to collaborate with you on next event anouncements.

Some features of Splash

Here are some features that Splash offers to its users:

  • It is free
  • It is easy to use
  • It has a user friendly interface
  • It lets you create event announcements
  • It lets you add collaborators to your event in real time
  • You can include images either from Splash library or use your own
  • Attendees can RSVP through your Splash page
  • It lets you create an auto-responder and send information directly to an attendees email

Check out this example of an event I created using Splash. This is just for the sake of this post and not real.
Head over to Splash and give it a try.

Watchily Great Video Resource for Educators

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Watchily is a great website that allows its users to get instant videos from the different popular movie and television show providers. If you  used to spend so much time switching between websites to look for your favourite TV show that you have missed then give Watchily a try and you will definately be surprised at the accuracy of its search results.


 Watchily pulls its results from several video and  tv show providers including : Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, HBOGo, iTunes, Amazon, ,axGo, Comcast XFINITY, Redbox, and showtime. Watchily has a very user friendly interface and does not require any registration. Just head over to its main page and type in your search querry and click on 'go'. A page of related results will be dislayed where you can refine more your search by selecting the types of video, paid or free, its maximum length, content rating and Store.

Educators can also use this video resource to look for videos to include in their lesson planning.It is the easiest and quickest way to look for multimedia online.

Head over to Watchily and give it a try

This is How to Explain Internet to your Students

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Everybody is using internet nowadays but have you ever asked yourslef how does this thing called Internet really work ? How come we can access web content , talk with people, chat, share information with everyone in the globe right from the comforts of our couch?
The infographic below  which is taken from makeuseof  below will anwser these questions and many more.If you are a teacher you can use it with your student to teach them a bit about Internet. The data included is highly interesting and I would recommend that you read it carefully at least twice.

How The INTERNET Works (via Online Schools)
[Via: Online Schools]

15 Interesting Facts about Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is one of the most reputed encyclopedias online. It is pretty obvious that as a teacher you must have had recourse to its services while working on a research or a classroom project. Students are using it too and sometimes  to the point that it starts to jeopardize the overall learning operation.

wikipedia infographic

 While it is a important source of raw information on almost any topic you want, we should never use it as plagiarists do. We should also teach our students how to better use this bottomless well of knowledge. In this regard, I would like to introduce you to a very interesting infographic about 15 Interesting Facts about Wikipedia. Please read it attentively and share it with your colleagues and students.

Online MBA Rankings
[Source: OnlineMBA.com]

Understand How Google Works

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Google is the backbone of Internet and we could not imagine going online without having to consult its search page for a couple of times each visit. Billions of search querries are performed on Google every day and educators are using it more and more. I have written several articles about its products and how we can use them in education that you can check out in Educational Google Tools .

I am one of the huge fans of Google services especially when it comes to educational purposes. We can not deny that Google has really revolutionized a big part of the how people perceive of education and we are so thankful for this, but the thing which has annoyed not just me but a wide ranger of educational experts is the recent and new Google privacy policy which will be implemented on March 1.2012 and under which Google will be able to collect your  search date and personal browsing information to use it for some unknown purposes. Anyway this is not the topic of post today but I can refer you to this article to learn more about this issue.

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Today I am sharing with you an interesting infographic about Google. If you want to learn how this internet guru works and how it collects and perform searc operations then have a look at the stats below .

How Google Works.
Infographic by the Pay Per Click Blog

Challenges Facing Educators Using Social Media

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Online privacy is one of the most debated topics in educational technology spheres these days. We advocate the use of technology in education but we should also be aware of the challenges facing this option. Social media is a major element of this technology we are using in our daily life. Students too are having more and more access to it which can sometimes constitute a real danger to their online identities unless we teach them how to protect themselves while using these websites.

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 I have already compiled a set of Internet Safety Tools into a slideshow and would also direct you to some great articles I found in Jeffthomastech Blog. The first article is about Google's new privacy policy which will be employed starting March1.2012. According to this update Google will be able to share your search history and collect your browsing data to use for ' internal issues' which is nothing but spying on you and intruding into your privacy. Please read this article to learn more about this and be on guard.
It is also said that Facebook is reading text messages of people who use their smartphone apps. Read this article to learn more about this topic.
Finally here is an infographic that will sum up the intricacies of social media and its implications.

The Sad State of Social Media Privacy [infographic by MDG Advertising]

by MDG Advertising

A List of Educational Slideshows and Presentations for Teachers and Students

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Presentations and slideshow are great tools in education and learning. They do not only provide information in such a visually appealing way but also help learners remember what they have seen and read. One of the outstanding feature that slidewhows have is their brevity. They provide what is needed in shot sentences and sometimes illustrated with pictures, videos or audio.

Throughout my decent experience in teaching in different countries I come to the conclusion that students and teachers too love to have learning materials presented in slideshows.This is why I devoted a whole section in my blog to just sharing with all of you interesting presentations that you can use in your classroom with your students or share with your colleagues. Below is a list of the slideshows I have been shraring in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

I will be adding to this list anytime I created a new slideshow and you better bookmark this webpage for new updates because more and more awesome slidwshows are on the way.

1- A List of Free Educational Android Apps for Teachers

2- 21 Educational Infographics

3- A List of Free Apps for Students with Visual and Hearing Impairment

4- Free URL Shortner Tools for Teachers

5- Free Math Resources, Lesson Plans and Games

6- Free Auido Tools for Teachers

7- Free Audio Books for Kids

8- Free Graphic Organizers for Teachers

9- Free Internet Safety Tools for Teachers and Parents

10- Websites to Download Free eBooks

11- 7 Tools to Crop and Tweak YouTube Videos

Open publication - Free publishing - More cropping tools

12- 10 Free Mobile Apps to Create   Awesome Drawings an  Sketches

Open publication - Free publishing - More drawing apps

13- 15 Free Resources to Develop Typing Skills ( Lessons, Turorials, and Games )

Curriki A Great Social Networking Website for Educators

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Curriki is a great social networking website for educators. I just discovered it this evening and after playing around with its features I decided to register with them. Curriki is basically a sort of collaborative learning platform where teachers meet up and exchange resources and teaching tips.


Curriki is completey free and does require a registration. Once registered you can then start browsing its content. There are actually over 250.000 members and more than 40.000 learning resources available. You can easily connect with fellow teachers and create your own learning communities. I have personally found some amazing lesson ideas and tips about good teacing practices. The more you sink into the materails provided there the better results you get. Resources are searchable by subject, search term and standards. Once you set up your search querry you might get results in several formats including, links, lesson plans, animations, activities and many more.
Head over to Curriki and start exploring it.

UMapper Easily Create and Embed Flash Maps

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UMapper is a great mapping tool for educators. It allows its users to create and manage interactive maps and geogames online. These maps can be shared with others or be embedded in blogs and websites. This can be a very good tool for Geography teachers. They can use it to create flash maps to share with their students or even assign students to create their own based on what was taught in a previous lesson.


How can I get started using UMapper ?

It is very easy to use and has a user friendly interface. Just head over to UMapper main page and click on' start mapping' button. Type in the Map info like its title and description then choose the map provider you want. It supports Google maps, Bing maps, OpenStreet Map, CloudMade, and Yahoo Maps. If you have a custom map stored somewhere in your computer you can upload it tool but this feature is available only for members.

Now click on 'Templates' to select the template you want to use for your map then adjust its settings whether you want to share it with the public or keep it private just for you. Once finished with the customization click on submit and there you are with your own created map.
Head over to UMapper and give it a try.

A List of Great Free Educational Android Apps for Teachers and Students

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After almost three months since its release, Free Mobile Technology for Educators has already amassed a great wealth of educational apps. We have been reviewing an average of five apps everyday. It was not an easy job but our love for technology and education has always kept us motivated.

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Out of more than 100 Android apps we have covered, we selected a list of 31 most popular apps every educator need to consider trying on their Android. The common point between all these apps is the fact that they are all free and are designed with educators in mind.check out this slideshow to exlpore the list. I have provided two links for each app, one link iis for its review and the second for its download page in case you want to go straight to install it on your Android.

Here is the same presentation in Issuu

Week in Review : Most Popular Content for This Week

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Hello everyone. This is Med sending you his best wishes from Halifax, Canada. I hope you have and are still enjoying your weekend. The weather did not let me enjoy it here for it was pouring and the wind was blowing 60 k/h.

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As is the habit every weekend. I assemble here the most popular articles in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning for this week. Feel free to share the knowledge.

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My other blog The Best of Mobile Technology is gaining subscribers everyweek. If you want to learn more about how to use mobile technology such as smart phones, tablets, and apps in education , please check out The Best of Mobile Technology and let me know what you think.

Thank you very much for your support and enjoy your weekend.

All You Need to Know about Google Plus ( infographic )

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Google Plus is a great social networking website that has been launched by Google not too long ago. This website has become so much popular that it  constitutes a serious threat to Facebook kingdom. Its new features like creating circles ( groups of people ), sharing resources, making conversations have attracted users from all walks of life.The simplicity of use, and its almost ads-free layout has turned it into a learning tool too. Educators and educational Technology experts are exploring its potential in education and several articles have been written about this.

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To learn more about Google Plus and discover all its features read the infographic below.


Yacapaca A Resource of Free Already Made Quizes

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Yacapaca is a great web tool for educators. It allows teachers to have access to a plethora of already made quizes. They can also make their own using the provided tools there. I have just discovered this awesome website today and I think it is really worth reviewing here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.


Yacapaca is absolutely free and does not require any software download or installation. You just need to register with them using your email address. As you head over to Yacapaca main page you will find two big buttons one says ' I am a teacher' and the other ' I am a student'. for students to log in they need an access key from their teachers. Once logged in you can choose your country ( it does not support all countries ) and a list of categories will be displayed. For instance for Canada , I have Maths ( 95 quizes and courses ), History ( 74 ), Geography ( 67), Design and Technology (87)...etc.

Some features of Yacapaca

Here is a list of the main features that Yacapaca offers to its users:
  • It is free
  • It is easy to use
  • It is fast and secure
  • It provides quizes and surveys
  • It lets you discover, modify and share assessements
  • It lets you mark automatically
  • It allows you to analyse using tools that will help you improve your teaching

Head over to Yacapaca and give it a try

WebQuest Create and Access Interactive Quizes and Assessements for Free

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Zunal WebQuest Maker is a great web tool for teachers. It is basically a Web-based software for creating WebQuests in a short time without the need for any HTML Coding. I have been going around its main features and was enthralled by the great wealth of educational materials it has.

Zunal WebQuest Maker is completely free and does not require any download. You just need to register and open your free account there. Once a member you will be able to create your own web-based quests. There are more than 100 templates for you to choose from. You can also browse the webquests already provided there to have an idea of what to inlude in them and how they are built.  There is a section called WebQuest Menu on the left hand side where you can access a set of pre made quests made by others. They are organized into different categories such as Art Music, English/Language, Foreign Language....etc. Let'sus now see what it has to offer you.

Some features of Zunal WebQuest Maker

Here is a list of the main features that Zunal WebQuest Maker offers to its users:
  • It is free
  • It is easy to use
  • It has a user friendly interface
  • It allows users to create their own webquests
  • It provides more than 100 templates pre made
  • It lets users attach unlimited files, Youtube and Google Videos
  • You can preview your quest before publishing it
  • It offers some very nice interactive models
  • It ets you add unlimited pages
  • You can add table/ rubric
  • Users can also create quizes and add a photo gallery
  • You can also add maps using Google Maps services
  • You can share your WbQuest with others via email, Facebook. Twitter 
  • You can also export your quests in PDF, Word, or Excel format.

Head over to WebQuest and give it a try.

Hot Potatoes Easily Create Interactive Quizes and Assignments

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Hot Potatoes is another awesome tool that allows teachers to create interactive quizes. I have aready talked about this website two years ago in a post here but I am reviewing it again because there has been some interesting updates recently.


Hot Potatoes requires a download. You will be able to find the download file you need for your computer. It supports Windows, Mac, and Lunix. If you use Windows like me then look for the version 6.3 and the Java version 6.1. You are already granted license to download so do not worry about privacy issues. Just remember that when you first start up Hot Potatoes, it will ask you for your user name. This is stored on your computer and will be used to identify you as the author of any work you do on Hot Potatoes. So you need to make sure to provide a user name before you start uinsg any of its features.

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications that will enable you to do the following:

  1. Create interactive multiple-choice exercises
  2. Create short-answer or crossword taska
  3. Make jambled- sentences exersices
  4. Create  matching/ordering and gap-fill exercies

Hot Potatoes is also a freeware which means that you can use it for other legal purposes and projects.

Nottez Easily Take Notes Online

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Nottez is a great note taking app for educators and teachers. You can use it to take and save  notes online  at the instant of a click. I know there are several tools that can do the same job as this one but what is really special about Nottez is its simplicity and usability.


Just head over to Nottez main page and type in a username and a password. You will not be asked to provide any email ID.So as soon as you are logged in you can start  taking notes. Click on ' add new note' and  you will be directed  to a page where you will start jotting down your notes. The platform looks like any word editing tool but with no editing options. Just type in the text and give it a title then click on save or delete. Once the notes are saved you will see them on your page on Nottez.

I recommend this tool to teachers and students. It is one of the best and easiest tools to take notes online.

Gumnotes A Great Annotating and Note Taking Tool

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Gumnotes is a great note taking tool that allows its users to stick notes easily to their documents. It does not only allows for  note taking but for annotating web pages too. You can add notes to websites in Firefox, Internet-Explorer and all other website-browsers. You can also annotate your documents in Word, Excel, and images.

Gumnotes is completly free as lomng as it is kept just for personal use but there is also a commercial version that is paid for.


Gumnotes is a great tool for teachers. They can use it to annotate pages and documents, add notes and share it with their students. It is an effective learning method. Grasp everything that is interesting for your students and illustrate it the way you want before you share it.

Some features of Gumnotes

Here is a list of the main features that Gumnote offers to its users:

  • It is free
  • It  requires a download
  • It lets users annotate websites
  • You can use it to add notes to weboages in all browsers
  • You can annotate your Outlook Emails, Followup-Emails, Contacts, Meetings, Appointments.
  • Gumnotes also works with Googlemail to alows users to annotate every sing email
  • It offers reminders and timers
  • It lets you share notes with your friends and colleagues

Watch this video to learn more about gumnotes

Review of American Educational System ( infographic )

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Education is possibly the most important issue to focus on if America is to ensure her preeminence in the future. To this effect, online college compiled a report card covering presidential educational initiatives from the last 50 years. This is really a great informative infographic that provides the different stances American presidents took vis a vis education.Learn about apps and downs of the American educational policy during the last five decades.

Read and share.

American Presidents' Stances on Education
Via: Online College Resource

Recordr Easy Way to Record and Share Audio Messages

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Recordr is a cool web tool. It, as its name suggests, allows its users to make a recording and share it with the rest of the world. This recording can be done with the use of a microphone a camera and right from your computer.Recordr resembles Qwips the other tool I covered in an earlier post here for they both enable users to make awesone recordings and embed them anywhere online.


Record can be used by teachers to record important reminders to be posted fro students on the classroom blog. It can also be used to create short tutorials or provide explanations on certain topics in the course.There are several other ways you can use it and it is up to you to see what fits in and what not.

How can I get started using Recordr ?

To make a recording using Recordr just head over to its main page and click on the button' record'. You do not need to sing up if you do not want. Make sure you set up your microphone and camera. You can also make just audio recording by clicking on 'audio only'. When you are done click on ' upload' to make it available on Recordr. Just under your video you will have an embed link to use when sharing it. Just remember that if you are using Recordr as a guest user then you wont be able to delete videos you submit to the website.

Head over to Recordr and give it a try.

Clipgenerator Easily Create and Share Video Clips

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Clipgenerator is a great video tool that allows its users to easily create their own video clips. It can be used to compile professional slide shows from your photos, texts and music. There is also a set of automated animations and film clips compiled by professional designers and perfectly tuned to the music for you to include in your digital video creations.

Clipgenerator is very easy to use. You do not need to download any software or go through any registration process. You can start making your videos right from the webpage. Educators and teachers can use this tool to create step by step tutorials on specific topics or themes.

How can I get started  using Clipgenerator?

To make your video clip you need to:

  • Select the photos you want to use . Those can be either on your computer or from Picassa,Flickr,Smugmug or Photobucket.
  • Add music : There is a library of popular songs from various music genres. pick up the ones you want to include
  • Add Text: You can add captions to your video to make it much more expressive.

Head over to Clipgenerator and give it a try.

Capzle Easily Create and Share Rich Media Timelines for Free

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Capzles is a cool web service for educators. It is basically a rich media platform where users can create their own Capzles with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents.You save all your productions into a time-line and you can then share it with others on popular social websites or even embed it in your blog or website.

Honestly speaking I was surprised to discover that this website is free given the great features it has in store for users. It just requires a sign up which is simple, quick and easy. Just head over to Capzles main page and slick on sign up. Once logged in you can start creating your new Capzle by clicking on ' create' on the upper tab.

It is like creating a sideshow but just with more interaction and animation. You need to fill in the title and description for each Capzle you make. You can also add tags and select the category under which you want to place it. Click on ' add content' to add videos, docs, PDFs, sideshows, photos ..etc.The next step is to choose a design for your Capzle by selecting the appropriate color, theme and background. Once done add you own music and choose your privacy setting whether you want it public or private. Now that your Capzle is complete you can share it using the sharing options provided there for you.

Head over to Capzle and give it a try.

Here is an example of how the final Cazle might look like

Build yourWild Self Easily Cartonize your Photos

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Build your Wild Self is a cool website. It allows its users to create their own self portrait and add animal parts to. It is basically an avatar creation tool. This is a great website for students where they can create their own avatars and use them in conversations and storytelling. It can exponentially improve their critical thinking and imaginative powers.


Build your Wild Self is very easy to use and does not require any sign up software download or installation. What is even great about this utility is that users can share the avatars they create with their friends using emails, print them out or save them to their desktop.

To start using Build your Wild Self you need to head over to its main page. Select the body you want whether it is for boy or girl. Now click on the different parts of the body shown to your right like for instance: Hair, eyes, mouth and for each part you will be provided a set of examples to choose from. The same applies to clothes, tails, head gear and backgrounds. When you are done you give it a name and click on I am done. If you want to send it to a friend just click on the button ' send to friend' or ' Get a wild desktop' to save it to your computer.

Here is an example of the avatar I created , it looks funny lol.

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EdWeb A Great Professional Learning Network for Educators

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EdWeb is a great website for educators. It is basically a platform where you can build your own personal learning network or join other online collaborative communities to explore new ways to enrich and improve your professional development.As a matter of fact, nobody can ever argue the importance of PLN ( Professional learning network ) in education.They are a part and parcel of today's educational approach to life long learning. If you haven't built one then EdWeb is a good start for you.


EdWeb is a professional social network for the the education community. You need to be a member to start using this website. Among the things that EdWeb can do for you are :

  1. It will enable you to connect  with other colleagues in education
  2. It lets you create professional learning communities
  3. It provides support for new teachers
  4. It is a good help in the practice of the 21st century skills.

Here are some examples of the featured Professional Learning Communities you can join in EdWeb :

  1. Emerging Tech for School Libraries
  2. Exploring eBooks for k-12 Education
  3. Game- Based Learning
  4. Tech Tools for The Classroom
  5. Using your Student Data for Student Achievement

Head over to EdWeb to explore more.

A List of Top Educational Infographics ( Slideshow )

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Infographics are gaining a strong foothold in the field of education.We are witnessing a sweeping surge in infographics talking about educational issues but some of the  companies that create them are not really interested in education but rather in SEO ( Search Engine Optimization ). Anyway I will not engage you in this topic here for it is not what this post is about and . For me as long as the infographic is based on solid background data and tackles the subjects we are interested in then why not thumbing it up,  we do not care whether the person who created it wants just to draw traffic to his or her website but as long as the infographic itself contains valid and correct data then why not share it.The aim is learning and not judging people's intentions after all. I said this because  I have been engaged in such a debate about infographics in one of the  webinars I held recently and I just want to make it clear once for all.


That being said, I would like to insist on the validity and usability of the infographics I include in my blog. Before I share one here it  has to go through a filtering process including a small investigation about the creator of the infographic  and many many  other things. Anyway and without any further ado, the following are some of the popular infographics that have been making rounds online and that I have also included in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

Read and share the knowledge.

This presentation is done in Google Docs

This one here is done using  Issuu

Cassiopedia Free High Definition Science Education Videos

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Cassiopedia is a great website for educators. This is a project that aims at facilitating the teaching and learning of science. It has a wide range of resources that teachers can use in their lesson plans and with their students. Some of the videos included are also designed for students which makes it an educational resource worth introducing to your class.


Cassiopedia offers free high definition science education  videos . " While the videos are self- contained, they are embedded in a larger story intended to generate interest in the science." The videos can also be found in the Beyond Campus section of iTunes U.

This website is very easy to use. It does not require a sign up or any software download. Just head over to its main page. Click on the tab named 'videos' and start browsing its content. The videos are organized into different categories such as Biology, Space, Physics, Evolution,General Science and many more. Click on any video and you will be directed to a page where you can have more info about it such as its description, title, duration and a link for download.

Wizehive A Great Free Collaborative Workspace for Educators

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Wizehive is a great web tool It allows its users to share files, manage projects, track their activity and collaborate with others. It is basically a secure and private collaborative workspace that combines several tools into one single platform.


Wizehive combines a form builder, task manager, activity feed and workflow sheets. Educators and teachers can use it to share projects and assignments with their students. They can also use it to share conversations, notes, tasks, calendars, files and all other kinds of data. It is very secure and private so no issues for your students or their parents.

Users can enter what they want to share with others either from withing Wizehive, via emal or from Twitter and other mobile devices.I believe this is a great collaborative tool that students can bebenfit from a lot. It does require a sign up but does not call for any software download or registration.

Head over to Wizehive and give it a try.

Bookemon Easily Create Digital Ebooks for Free

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Bookemon is a great website for educators. It allows its users to create, read and share books online. It is basically a " personal, digital and professioanlly printed book creation and sharing utility." Users can easily, without the need for any HTML coding or any other advanced technological wizardry, upload their graphics, documents, photos and turn them into awesome books. If you are looking for a free platform where you can get free tools to create your books and also host them then Bookemon is the right solution for you.


Bookemon features a bookstore where you can save your digital productions. You can also use their libary to look for books you want to read but you will have to pay to purchase one.If you think  that you have a book worth selling then go ahead and put it for sale on Bookemon, you can even get an ISBN number and barcode for it. With this ISBN number you will be able to advertise ,market and sell  your books to the world through major book sellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Borders.

Bookemon requires registration for you need to become a member to start uploading your content. The membership and other utilities provided in this website are all free and the obly thing you will need to pay for is when you decide to order bookstore quality books that have been published by you, your firends or other members.

Head over to Bookemon and give it a try.

Chill Create, Share and Organize Videos for Free

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Chill is a cool web service that allows its users to create and share collections of their favourite videos. This is exactly like Pinterest for videos.If you are looking for a neat and clean interface where you can glean all your videos then Chill is the solution for you.


Chill is a free video platform that requires a sign up. Just head over to its main page and open your free account there. Once logged in you can then start organizing your videos the way you want. You can even add videos with your comments to different categories. You can create as many categories as you want and via appropriately tagging your videos. they will appear just like a sticky note on a wall. The look reminds me of Wall Wisher the other tool that helps you organize your notes on a wall.

Chill supports videos from a wide range of popular video hosting platforms including Youtube, Vimeo, Vevo, and Hulu.
Head over to Chill and give it a try.

A List of Free Apps for Students with Hearing and Visual Impairment

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People with disabilities have just the same right to enjoy life the same way normal people do. It really rips the heart to see someone with a certain impairment trying hard to do the simplest things in life with such a hardship. These people struggle with the day to day situations that we might simply take for granted or do not really have an entire appreciation of .

Imagine having to teach visually impaired students or those with hearing problems.Do you think they are having an easy school life like the other mates ? The answer is definitely no. They are in fact doubling the efforts to catch up with the rest of the class. Thankfully with the integration of technology into education we can help these students and give them a leg up.

Reach out for mobile technology apps and you will find a plethora of educational apps designed just to help students with different impairments. I know not everybody can have access to them because mobile technology gadgets to run them on such as iDevices are still scant in schools but this is not an excuse not to introduce some to your students. They might get their parents to buy them these devices. Additionally, there is an ongoing revolution in the world of education due to mobile technology boom and schools are now planning to get iPads and use digital textbooks. Some in the United States have already started experimenting the use of digital Chrome Books. That is really very promising and we are very sure that this is just the beginning and there is more to come.

In this regard, The Best of Mobile Technology has gathered and reviewed some of the apps that you can use with your students. These apps are for students with hearing and visual impairement. I have included these apps into different presentations to make it easy for you to share and access them anytime you want.

Here is the presentation in Google Docs

Here is the same presentation using Issuu

Free URL Shortening Tools for Teachers

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Using the shortened form of URL is a great way for you to advertise and share web contents. Sometimes long URLs get broken causing people who click on them to cut and psate them back. This is not practical at all given that we are living  in an age that is ripe with awesome web 2.0 tools that can help you perform almost anything you want.

url shorteners

Being educators and teachers you might also be in need of URL shortening services that will enable you to securely shorten your URL and share it with your colleagues or students. Below are Some of the most popular URL Shorteners.

I have included these tools in a presentation that you will find below. You can download, save and share it with your colleagues.

This web tool lets you place up to 50 URLs . It also allows its users to link multiple web sites to a single URL.

Google URL Shortener
 This is one of my favourite shortening tools and probably the best online. It not only shortens  your URLs but also keeps track of the history of your shrotened links and provides you with analytics on how many people clicked on them and so forth.


This is also another great free  tool that makes posting long URL easier. You can drag and drop its bookmarklet to your toolbar. It works on all major web browsers as long as your bokmarks and favourites allows javascript.


This service allows its users to shorten as many URLs as they want. It also lets them share and track analytics of their links.


This is a short URL service that shortens long links for easier sharing with friends on Twitter and Facebook, over email or IM.

Snip URL

this tool allows users to shorten many URLs at once.You can also drag its bookmarklet to your browser for easy use. It does require a sing up.


This is another great short URL service. It does not require a sing up


This one here is like Is.gd for they have the same features and almost the same platform.


This tool lets you shorten URLs and track what happens with links you share on Twitter.

Here is the presentation in Google Docs

Here is the same presentation in Issuu

Week in Review The Most Popular posts in Educational Technology and Mlearning

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Hello everyone. This is Med sending you his best wishes from Halifax. I hope you are enjoying your weekend and I hope you are not away from your computers or iDevices so that you can read at least this post.
As is the habit every weekend I compile here the most popular and viewed articles on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. If you haven't had the chance to read them then you can bookmark and access them as you wish.

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Thank you very much for your support and enjoy your weekend.

Add Voice Narration to Presentations Using HelloSlide

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HelloSlide is a cool web tool that allows its users to create awesome slides together with voice narration. Yes now your slides will look like a lecture.There are some other tools  online that enable users to embed audio clips into their presentations but HelloSlide is different in that it has an automatic translator that converts your text into speech. You just type in your narration and HelloSlide will transform it into audio captions that will accompany each slide you choose.


Do not expect to hear a pure human sound for this is not even available in the most sophisticated speech to text  tools such as SIRI but rather a robitic translation which is still very good and better than many other translations elsewhere.

Some features of HelloSide

Here is a list of the main features that HelloSlide offers to its users:

  • It is has a free version with certain limitations ( just 50 presentation )
  • It generates audio for your slides
  • It makes your presentations searchable, editable and available in more than 20 languages
  • It is very easy to use, just upload a PDF of your presentation , use the ditor to type in the speech for each slide, and press play to hear your your presentation

Head over to HelloSlide and give it a try

Qwips Create and Share Free Voice Messages

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Qwips is a new web tool that allows users to create short audio messages. This is like Audioboo but way simpler and easier to use.Teachers can use Qwips to record quick reminders for their students and post them on the class blog. This is also a good way to keep your students updated on assignments and homework.


Qwips is very easy to use. Just head over to its main page and sing in using your Facebook or Twitter account. Once logged in you can then click on record and start talking . You have up to 30 seconds of recording length so you better know how to effectiely use it. When your audio message is ready Qwips generates a URL for you so that you can use to share your messages. You can embed it on your blog or share it with others via email. You can also use your audio message as an image caption a feature that is not found in Audioboo.

Some features of Qwips

Here is a list of the main features that Qwips offers to its users:

  • It is free
  • It lets users record audio messages
  • It offers up to 30 seconds of recording length
  • It allows users to take a photo with a voice caption
  • It lets you tag a video with a voice intro or  narration
  • It lets you enliven your emails by including voice messages as signatures
  • You can add voice emoticons to SMS, comments and reviews.

Head over to Qwips and give it a try.

Libreoffice A Free Great Alternative to Microsoft Office Suite

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Libreoffice is a free open source office suit software that you can download and install for free. This is my favourite office suite and  I even prefer it over the Open Office. Libreoffice has a set of writing and editing tools that resemble  Microsoft Office.So if you already know how to open an office and write a document or spreedsheet then you will find Libreoffice way easier.


Libreoffice is free and there is no fear of copyright infringements. It works on almost all the major operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux ( Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse,...)

Some features of Libreoffice

Here is a set of the main features that Libreoffice offers to its users :
It is free
It requires a download
It is available in several languages
It has LGPL public license
It is user friendly
It has an intuitive interface that you can easily customize
It is compatible with all major competitor file formats
It lets you import files from Microsot  Word, Excel and PowerPoint and many other formats, and can easily save to Microsoft Office and other formats when needed.

Head over to Libreoffice and give it a try

Vidcaster Easily Create your Free Video Website

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Vidcaster is a great web tool for educators. It is basically a platform where users can store and organize their videos. It is your first step to create a video website where you can showcase your video library. This service has both a free and pro version but the free one is already generous enough for us in education.

Vidcaste is easy to use and does require a quick registration after which you will be prompted to connect your Vidcaster account with your YouTube one.Once connected you can then start fetching videos from your YouTube and get them organized in your Vidcaster page. There is a nice collection of display templates to choose from if you want to customize the look of your page.


Some features of Vidcaster

Here is a list of the main features that Vidcaster provides to its users:

  • It is easy and simple to use
  • It allows users to create video websites from their YouTube uploads
  • It offers a library of professionally customized themes
  • Automatic syncing with your YouTube channel

Head over to Vidcaster and give it a try

Infographic on The Digital Classroom

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There is a growing buzz in the educational sphere around digital textbooks. Since the launch of iBooks 2 and iBooks Author and the educational technology experts are investigating the potential of these new revolutionary tools. Google is not disassociated from the scene and it is trying to take a foothold with a huge project called Chrome books. So the question that really needs an urgent answer is : are  we in front of  a ferocious competition between Google and Apple to gain more sales via investing in education or is it really the beginning of a digital revolution in education?

Anyway I can not provide an answer yet as it is too early to judge the intentions behind these huge moves but what is really amazing is the fact that the infographic world is keeping track of these innovations and is providing us with awesome infographics too. The Digital Classroom is an example. There are quite many others that cover this issue and that I have included in previous posts here, you can check out Educational Infographics section to learn more.

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The Digital Classroom
Via: Accredited Online Universities Guide

Online Video Training Brings the Classroom to Your iPod

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Online video training sites typically offer video or audio recordings of classes taught at colleges and universities across the nation. Users can tune in to these free-of-charge class sessions and follow along. While students can’t get credit for classes taken on YouTube, and iTunes U – as these do not offer degrees – the information in the lectures is often the same as what students get in live classes.

Online Video Training: Key Benefits

Online video training is growing in popularity. In August 2010, Apple announced iTunes U had surpassed 300 million downloads after only three years in operation. MIT’s OpenCourseWare project continues to add new classes at the rate of 50 a year, and YouTube EDU offers over 200 complete courses. Corporations like Volvo are also adopting the new technology to personalize training across thousands of employees worldwide.
Students are flocking to video training options because of its advantages such as:
  • Overcoming barriers of distance. In August 2010, American surgeons began giving counterparts in Nepal live video instruction on surgical techniques. This was a dramatic illustration of the power of online video training to overcome barriers of distance.
  • Facilitating frequent training. In some fields, and especially in technology, change happens rapidly. Online tech training is one way to meet the demand for frequent updates of knowledge and techniques. Professionals who many not have time or money to pay for refresher courses can take advantage of online video training to stay abreast of current trends or brush up before certification or licensing exams.
  • Using up-to-date communication styles. A Department of Education analysis of over a thousand studies of online learning found that on average, students did better under online learning conditions than with face-to-face instruction. A survey of more than 200 medical students found that an overwhelming majority believed that technology — including video game applications — would enhance their instruction.
  • Enhancing information retention. One study found that introducing a video element to instructional programs enhanced long-term retention of the material, perhaps because of the heightened visual dimension of the content.

Online Video Training: Best Practices

Clearly, online video training has several potential applications and benefits, but not all online video training is created equal. Users of online video training should make the distinction between the following forms of training:
  • Vendor-generated video. Vendors of various products, especially in the realm of technology, often produce videos instructing users on the correct application of their products. Online tech training using vendor-generated videos for specific products can be very effective, as long as the user understands that the material does not represent an objective overview of the entire field.
  • In-house videos. In-house videos can be valuable where the focus is on company policy or proprietary techniques. Where broader subject matter is concerned, it can be helpful to introduce outside expertise.
  • Accredited, academic online video training. Material produced by accredited academic institutions is likely to contain the highest-quality content, and can also be part of a formal degree or certification program which allows customers and/or potential employers to recognize the level of training an individual has received. In short, formal programs make sure that the acquired skills are not only useful, but that they are marketable too.
Online training can be a great resource, but it does have its limitations. For one thing, sites like YouTube don’t generally vouch for the quality of the instruction, meaning some courses may be pure brilliance while others may be little more than a series of PowerPoint slides and a lecturer droning on in the background. And unlike online computer certifications, most video training programs don’t allow for interactivity, so if students get confused, they’re on their own. Students needing in-depth instruction or those who are looking to tackle highly technical fields may find degree programs or accredited certification courses better meet their needs.
Online video training can come in many forms, but in the right format, it’s a valuable tool to update skills, prepare for certification exams, or finally audit that class on the history of rock and roll.

Debbie Lawrence is a content editor who primarily writes for an online schooling blog. You can contact her at dlawrence2[@]quinstreet.com with any suggestions, questions, or comments. You can find her on Twitter here