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Timers

Interactive Timer

My tech students love this timer. The perk up when they hear the music because they know their keyboarding time is almost done.Choose a sound track, set the time and watch your students groove to the tunes while they work and the music plays down the time. **http://classtools.net/main_area/template_loader.php/?timer**



Online Stopwatch

Use this online stopwatch to do either a countdown for a set amount of times such as Mad Minutes or in stopwatch view to time how long something takes. This web site is colorful and has large graphics so it is perfect to show on a screen with the projector.
http://www.online-stopwatch.com/large-stopwatch/


Egg Timer

Use it like an egg timer or a count down timer.http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
http://e.ggtimer.com/



Online Eggtimer

This timer is unique in the fact that it has 3 timers on one page. To set the timers highlight the section (hours, minutes, seconds) that you would like to set. Use the arrows above the time to increase the number and the arrow below the time to decrease the time.
http://my.online-eggtimer.com/


Triptico

Good basic timer. You can either set it to run for a certain amount of time or choose the countdown timer.
http://www.triptico.co.uk/flashFiles/timer/timer.html


One Minute Timer

This timer uses an analog clock and shows the numbers as the clock counts down. You can choose to turn music off or on.
http://www.triptico.co.uk/flashFiles/oneMin/oneMinTimer.html

Cool Timer

The great thing about this timer is that it can be downloaded to your computer. Cool Timer's easy-to-understand interface can be programmed to count down from any number of hours, minutes, and seconds you specify. Once the time is up, it will play a MP3, WAV, or MIDI file of your choice
http://download.cnet.com/Cool-Timer/3000-2350_4-10062255.html

Interactive Stopwatch

This simple applet is ideal for classroom use whenever a stopwatch is needed. Large numbers make the time easy to read and can be set to count up from 0 or down from any number. There is an option to use the buzzer which will go off at the specified time. The instructor section of the site contains information on alignment to some textbooks and links to similar resources.
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/Stopwatch/


Timer Tab

Use this site as a timer, stopwatch or an alarm. It is very plain but gets the job done.
http://www.timer-tab.com/


Audio Recording Tools

Audacity

Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
This is an easy to use recording tool. Perfect for making audio books for struggling readers. Have your students record their own reading. You will need to download the program on your computer and will need some kind of recording device such as microphone. Montini teachers I do have headphone/microphones you can use. Also good to create podcasts.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Here are some sites to help you learn to use audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html
http://www.forlang.wsu.edu/help/audacity.asp


Vocaroo

Record a message and embed it into your favorite site or provide a link to share for free. Send to a friend by entering your email and the email of the recipient. Here is an example of a Vocaroo created by the Teacher’s First Review Team, explaining a biology concept for high schoolers. Recording the message is easy and embedding into a site such as a wiki or blog has never been simpler! No login or registration is needed. Although, if you choose to send a message via email, you must choose a password to use at the site. Vocaroos are stored on their server. Created messages can also be downloaded to individual computers. Visit their FAQ's for frequent questions and responses. The Vocaroo recording service requires Flash. (Information copied from Teachers First.)
http://vocaroo.com/


Timer Tab

Timer Tab is a free application offered through the Chrome Web Store and as a stand-alone website at timer-tab.com. As a Chrome app Timer Tab can be used online or offline. The website version of Timer Tab can only be used online. Both versions of Timer Tab offer a count-down timer, an alarm clock, and a stopwatch. For the count-down timer and the alarm clock you can select a video to play when time expires or when you've reached your specified alarm time. You do this by pasting the url of a YouTube video into the "alarm" field below the timer. Also in both versions of Timer Tab you can customize the background by specifying an image url. (Information taken from Free Technology for Teachers).
http://www.timer-tab.com/#

Video



Hamster Video Converter

Converts many video files in batches:Converts to 3GP, MP3, MP4, AVI, MPG, WMV, MPEG, FLV, HD, DVD, M2TS and others! Integrated video player! If you make home videos with a HD camera Hamster Free Video Converter will make your videos suitable for the web in two clicks.


Supports more than 200+ devices:

Apple TV, Archos, BlackBerry, Cowon, Creative Zen, Dell Axim X51 Family, Explay Flash Player Family, Google Nexus One, HP, HTC Touch, iPad, iPhone, iPhone 3g, iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4, iRiver, Kindle, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sandisk Sansa, Sony Ericsson, Sony PlayStation, Walkman, Windows Mobile OS, Xbox360, Zune.

**http://videoconverter.hamstersoft.com/**


Vixy

This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube's videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online. It is using a compressed domain transcoder technology It converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and less lossy than a typical transcoder.
When you submit a URL, it will download and convert to the video format, and then you can download the converted file.
http://vixy.net/


Animoto

Animoto provides an array of tools for creating videos in your classroom. Browse some of the features of our all-access pass then check out individual case studies to see how others are already using us.

Cinematic Artificial Intelligence

Animoto automatically analyzes the music, photos and video clips that you choose, and orchestrates a custom video. Leaving you and your students free to focus on the content and narrative of their videos.

Remix

No two Animoto videos are ever the same, and our Remix button lets you quickly remix your videos to create a completely new video. Use our one-click remix to instantly create a new video, or do a complete remix with new photos and music.

Spotlight

Spotlight lets you give specific image added prominence and screen time in your video.

Include text

Mix relevant messaging, statistics and quotes among the pictures your videos to educate your audience and inspire them to action.

Share and Download

Animoto makes it easy to share your videos via e-mail, on a blog/website, exported to YouTube, or downloaded to a computer for use in presentations.

http://animoto.com/education


Screen Toaster

Create videos of how to use a website or application as well as your thoughts as you are navigating through simulations or sites. This free site records your voice and captures what is on your screen as you work on your computer. Screentoaster works with any type of computer platform. View screencasts made from other users which can be helpful in learning a new technology tool. Here is an example screencast of how to use screentoaster. This site requires Flash.

In the Classroom:
Skills needed: Users should know what they are trying to show before making a screencast. Click on the "Demo" button to learn more about making a screencast as well as visit the "FAQ" section for additional help. Click on "Start Recording." A Java applet will begin to load and must be approved before being able to screencast. Many school districts have settings on computers that restrict pop-ups or applets from loading. Check with your technology department. Set your video and audio settings next. Click "Record" or Alt-S to start. When done, watch your recording, upload to the Screentoaster site, or upload to You Tube. To continue to edit your screencast, download the video (as an .avi) to edit with movie software.

Safety/security: This site includes content contributed by the general public and may not be suitable for the classroom. The value of this site is to create tutorials to help students use a tool, but many students can also use this tool to create tutorials for other students. Create a class account where screencasts can be made. Screencast videos made by students would not be attributed to the student. Be sure to determine a way to know which work belongs to particular studentssuch as including initials or a group number in screencast titles. An email address is required for sign up to use this service. Check your school policies about accessing/sharing student email on school computers. You may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how.

Classroom use: Consider making screencasts of navigating through websites you use often such as wikis, blogs, or simulation/game sites. Many students who learn these sites naturally can create screencasts as well to help other students. Screencasts can also be made on how to use various software used to create projects or multimedia products. Have students create web site critique “tours” to demonstrate a site’s bias or questionable/reputable quality. Have your students 21st century literacy skills by analyzing and acting as media critics comparing different political coverage, etc. by screencast tours. Be sure to share the screencasts on a class wiki or blog for further discussion and even outside comments (if permitted by school policy). (Information copied from Teachers First web site)
http://www.screentoaster.com/record




CD/DVD Burning Programs

CD Burner

CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

Key Features

  • burn all kinds of discs
  • audio-CDs with or without gaps between tracks
  • burn and create ISO files
  • data verification after burning process
  • create bootable discs
  • multi-language interface
  • bin/nrg → ISO converter, simple cover printing
http://www.cdburnerxp.se/


Infrarecorder

InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.

Features

  • Create custom data, audio and mixed-mode projects and record them to physical discs as well as disc images.
  • Supports recording to dual-layer DVDs.
  • Blank (erase) rewritable discs using four different methods.
  • Record disc images (ISO and BIN/CUE).
  • Fixate discs (write lead-out information to prevent further data from being added to the disc).
  • Scan the SCSI/IDE bus for devices and collect information about their capabilities.
  • Create disc copies, on the fly and using a temporary disc image.
  • Import session data from multi-session discs and add more sessions to them.
  • Display disc information.
  • Save audio and data tracks to files (.wav, .wma, .ogg, .mp3 and .iso).

http://infrarecorder.org/



Other Tools

Cue Prompter
The Online Telprompter
CuePrompter is a free teleprompter/autocue service. Your browser works like a teleprompter -no extra software needed.
Features:
Adjustable speed
Forward, stop and reverse scrolling buttons
Normal and mirrored display
Two screen sizes, two font sizes
http://www.cueprompter.com/


Voice Thread

Ed.VoiceThread is a secure k-12 network for students and teachers to collaborate and share ideas with classrooms anywhere in the world.
http://voicethread.com/#home


Jeopardy Labs

JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template is a piece of cake. Just use our simple editor to get your game up and running.
Not interested in building your own jeopardy templates? Well that’s cool too. You can browse other jeopardy templates created by other people. It doesn’t get any better than this!
http://jeopardylabs.com/


Quiz Scorer

This web site is called Whiteboard Quiz Scorer however you do not need a whiteboard (SmartBoard) to use the program. A projector and your laptop will work just fine.

Use this Interactive whiteboard screen to keep score of student teams right and wrong answers for whole class quiz games. Enter the names of the teams. Quiz scorer does not load or retain any actual questions. Use the up and down arrows to add and remove points from teams in accordance to how you choose to quiz students. View the teacher notes for information on how to use.
n the Classroom:
Use this site in ways to maximize student involvement. For example, assign the creation of quiz questions for units and chapters to the students. Use these questions for quizzing of the entire class. Reinvent your role in this process by not being the reader of the question. Instead, take the role of the judge panel needed to arbitrate when judgment calls are required. Provide the top student who has earned the right to skip quizzing to be the emcee. This job can also be rotated among all students (the role of the emcee could also be to explain why answers are right or wrong.) Be sure to have students reflect on correct and incorrect answers to identify misconceptions and correct knowledge.(Information taken from Teachers First)
http://www.curriculumbits.com/prodimages/details/misc/mis0014.html (for 2 teams)
http://www.curriculumbits.com/prodimages/details/misc/mis0015.html (for 4 teams)


Random Name/Word Picker

Use this Classtools name/word picker to decide whose turn it is to present or use the technology equipment instead of the old fashion Popsicle way. You can either use the typewriter version or the fruit machine.
http://classtools.net/main_area/template_loader.php/?fruit_machine


Swingometer

Swingometer provides a large arrow to indicate the strength of arguments in a debate. The arrow swings from side to side. Users label each side, providing feedback during a debate. A fun visual with endless possibilities in the persuasive genre and easy to incorporate in categorizing and classifying activities in content areas. Think reptile or amphibian, fruit or vegetable, A or F grade, politics, debating historical events and/or choices, recommended book or not. (Information copied from Teachers First)
http://www.triptico.co.uk/resources/swingometer/swingometer.html