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iPad Applications for Maximizing Productivity

May 9 '12 Mobile Computing, Resources, Software Comments Off

With the growth of the use of tablets like the Apple iPad, we have gotten frequent questions about what the best set of basic applications that one might consider that would be either free or affordable for most programs and students. What follows is a brief list of some of the iPad applications that have been used and recommended by others. Any reference to a specific product or service is not an endorsement but rather an example of the kinds of programs that are available for use. A simple $100 budget can provide a lot of functionality for an iPad.

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Digital Storytelling Resources

Apr 30 '12 Multimedia, Resources, Software, Uncategorized Comments Off

In the process of attending the recent 2012 Computer Users in Education (CUE) conference, a number of resources were shared that dealt with digital media production as well as digital storytelling. These resources and those that have come forward from my own experience can provide TRIO programs with some powerful video editing, media resources, and utilities that are either free or very inexpensive. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Web 2.0 Graphics Software

At the 2012 Computer-Using Educators (CUE) conference in Palm Springs, CA there was a gathering of educators to learn about the latest applications and practices for integrating technology into instruction. One of the many sessions attended was one on quality online graphics applications presented by David Hoerger. This post will share a few of the online applications that are either free or require minimal licensing costs to be used by educational programs. Each of these digital image manipulation applications has the ability to:

  • Provide basic editing tools
  • Apply effects to an image or photograph
  • Provide basic capabilities similar to Adobe Photoshop Elements

The top three graphics application programs with the most features that were found to be of particular interest were:

Aviary (http://advanced.aviary.com/)

Aviary is a suite of powerful creative applications that are available just by using your Web browser. This includes:

  •  Phoenix, an image editor that utilizes layers, masks, effects, undo history, and other desirable functionality.
  • Peacock, a powerful effects editor
  • Talon, a screen capture application
  • Raven, a vector editor
  • Roc, a music creator
  • Myna, an audio editor
  • Falcon, an image markup application
  • Toucan, a swatch color editor

In addition, Aviary has a fantastic set of tutorials and supports education by providing classroom accounts for educators. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 27 '11 Hardware & Networks, Purchasing, Resources, Software Comments Off

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