Tomorrow June 23, 2017, I will be retiring from my position as my district’s Computer Technology Integrator. It has been a good run. I intend to keep curating educational websites and I will continue with my blog. For the time being, I am going to recommend both Soundtrap and Stop Motion Animator. Soundtrap appears to be much like Apple’s Garage Band. I haven’t had a lot of time to play on this site but it looks like a great way for students to create their own music for videos, and podcasts, etc. It is not free but it is somewhat less expensive than WeVideo and I think we have proven the value of that could-based software. As with WeVideo, Soundtrap can be used on Chromebooks. Stop Motion Animator is a Chrome Extension for creating animations using a webcam. I know some teachers have been experimenting with stop motion videos. This looks like it simplifies the process. So that is all for now, but, as I have said, I will continue to post on this blog. A number of teachers in the district have asked me to continue sending my postings of suggested apps, software, and extensions, etc. If you would like to be notified of future posts, click on the “Subscribe by Email” at the bottom of the blog post. You can also follow me on Twitter. Thank you for all of those who have worked with me over the past years. I hope I have helped you see the value of using technology to enhance and redefine how we teach. I have never felt that we should use technology for its own sake. It’s a tool that allows us to do things we couldn’t do before. It’s also an integral part of life in the 21st Century. We need to help our students to use technology wisely and effectively to enhance their lives and lifelong learning. It has been a privilege to work for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.
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Before I recommend the following sites I want to respond to some of my followers who have attempted to access some of the links on my technology integration site. All of the links are public but some schools don’t allow outside sharing or email so it is not possible for me to respond to share requests from such districts. I find this to be counter-productive in a world where one of the essential premises behind technology integration in education is communication and sharing. In any case, I apologize from my end, for not being able to respond.
Since our district has been using Google Apps for Education for a number of years and since we are approaching 1:1 using Google Chromebooks, we are always looking for applications that can be used online. We have had a lot of success using the paid version of WeVideo. This Video creation tool is based on the traditional timeline concept of video editing. Stupeflix somewhat simplifies the process. Much like WeVideo, you can add video clips, images, text, maps, transitions, and a soundtrack. Stupeflix then creates a “ready to share” video for you. You don’t have all of the features of an editing suite but Stupeflix is still a very effective storytelling tool. The final version can be downloaded and uploaded to Google Drive. Sutori can be used collaboratively to create stories. You can add text, images, video, audio, forums, and quizzes. The product can be shared via email, or embedded into a website. Storybird is a great site for making book-like stories. You can actually pay a nominal fee to have the stories published as hardcover or softcover books. A story can be shared via email, with Google Classroom or with a link. All of these cloud-based sites are examples of how technology can transform education and allow us to do things that were not possible in the past.
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