Grab bag: A few of my favorite (tech) things


Public Domain image from Pixabay

Public Domain image from Pixabay

Last month, I focused on different methods to enhance your learning and professional development. This month, I’m just going to share some of my favorite tech tools. Some of these are really simple (Snaggy, a screencapture editing tool) and some are more complex (Audacity, an audio editor) but all of are useful!

Teaching & Training Tools
•    Remind – text students and parents –  mobile app –
•    Socrative –  create educational activities for students – online and apps –
•    NaturalReader – text to speech software – online and mobile apps –
•    Plickers – collect real-time feedback without the need of student devices (tools uses mobile) –
•    PollAnywhere – collect real-time feedback  using mobile phones, twitter, and the web – mobile –
•    Google Docs – Create, edit, and share forms, spreadsheets, and documents —

•    Jing  – screencapture and share images and video – desktop –
•    Youtube – edit, share, store video – includes transcription tools – online,
•    Snapchat – edit and share short video – typically one time (now has storage) – mobile
•    Vine – edit and share short video – mobile –
•    Facebook video – edit and share videos – online and mobile –
•    Voki – create animated avatar/video clips

Image Editing
•    Snaggy – online tool to use print screen to capture anything on your monitor, paste into snaggy for simple edits (crop, highlight, etc.) –
•    Pixlr – robust online and mobile image editing – crop, effects, adjust color, down images –
•    GIMP (Desktop) – robust image editing (like Photoshop) –
•    Picasa – web based photo galleries and basic image editing from Google —
•    Facebook – web based photo galleries and basic image editing– mobile and online –
•    Flickr – web based photo galleries and basic image editing from Yahoo – mobile and online –
•    Instagram – basic image editing and social sharing – mobile –
•    Aviary – robust image editing and social sharing from Adobe – mobile —

•    Evernote – organize the web, your documents, and other stuff – online and mobile apps –
•    Evernote Clearly – removes ads, reformats, and makes the web easier to read – desktop or browser add-on –
•    Pocket – save/clip from social media, web, and more – mobile, web, or email –
•    GoQRme – online tool to create QR Codes –

•    TEDalks – Learn & find inspirational content to share –
•    TEDEd – Online tool to create lessons around TED content or Youtube videos –
•    Google
•    Open Access

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Author:Robin Fay

Robin Fay is the LOR/Portal Manager for a new consortia of 3 technical colleges: ATCx3 (Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Atlanta Technical College). Her current digital library project focuses on open educational resources in a variety of formats, including digital 3D. In addition to that experience, she teaches and consults on a variety of library and educational topics from cataloging /metadata to personal learning networks for information professionals. Her previous experience include being the Head of Database Maintenance, for the University of Georgia Libraries. As an early adopter of technology, she has been involved in many software and web development projects in the incubation stage. Her research interests are library and community sourced metadata (RDA, DC, RDF/XML and other semantic web schemas) for materials including digital objects, linked data and the intersection of the semantic and social webs. Robin is a prolific content creator (georgiawebgurl on most social media websites) ; her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarians was published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALA TechSource). Robin is a sought after instructor and presenter with 12 years experience in teaching and training. She holds a MLIS (University of South Carolina); B.A. in English (University of Georgia); and post-graduate coursework in Instructional Design.

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