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= GIMP

is a free Image Manipulation Program. This software has photo retouching, image compsition, photo enhancement features to remove or correct imperfections, use a color or black and white mixer, and complete digital retouching for photographs. KD

In a classroom: How?

Students and teachers can take photos and enhance or otherwise manipulate them for classroom project use.


= GooglGoogle

http://knol.google.com/ allows user to construct a specialized unit of knowledge as an introductory informative article. The articles are typically in greater depth than a web page and more formal than a blog. Articles should be concise, similar to a text book. Online instruction and guidance is available for authors. Contributed by gf.

In a classroom: How?

Web based supplement to instruction (content specific), facilitates collaboration with subject matter experts. Free access and easy to use. 


= Google Earth

http://earth.google.com/intl/en/  Google Earth lets the user 'fly' anywhere on earth to view satellite imagrery, maps, buildings and 3 dimensional terrain. You can explore geographical content, save your places and share with others.

In a classroom: How?

One application of Google Earth is to create simulations or a virtual sandtable where students can apply knowledge about a situation to a virtual reproduction of the incident. For example; wildland firefighters can increase their decision making skills working through a Google Earth sandtable. This technique could also be used by history teachers by setting up virtual civil war battle fields. The applications are endless. dkk


= Glasscubes

allows users to upload, edit and share documents online in secure workspaces. It has features such as online workspaces, task management, online document sharing, version control, shared calendar, and a dashboard for announcements. This site is free for the first 28 days.  KD  

In a classroom: How?

Small groups can use this website to work on projects together from any location. K

 


 

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This website is a comprehensive list of Web 2.0 tools. The question is: HOW can these technologies be used in an educational or training environment?

In a classroom: How?


G = 

A collaborative way to edit documents. Users with an account can share the editing/saving/revising/etc of a document (much like a wiki). GoogleDocs records all changes so the group can also revert back to previous versions of the document or look at individual changes from previous visits to the site. For more information or to create an account visit http://documents.google.com 

 

In a classroom: How?

A way for people to collaborate on text projects asynchronously. It is limited to text and can be overwhelming because it does track ALL changes. I have found it works well for rubric or bulleted editing since there is less text and the items are short and separated. It would be cumbersome in a narrative document


G =Google Maps 

LA web mappying application provided by Google. Find address, get directions from where you are, find businesses located near an address look at maps in terrain, satellite or street view.

In a classroom: How?

Look here for suggestions. Good for geography lesson, learning to give directions, pinpoint places, outline a route, tell a story, and more.

 


G = Google Motion Charts

Google Motion Charts is a means by which learners can add data and get a Flash enhanced output. Excellent for trend analysis.  Here's a link to a the Google API gadget library. There is a large variety of chart types from Annotated Time Lines to Word Clouds. 


G =Google Reading

 

Welcome to Google Reader

In a classroom: How?

Google Reader helps you find and keep track of interesting stuff on the web. You can subscribe to your favorite websites, see what your friends are sharing, and keep up with what's popular. New content comes to your Google Reader when it's posted, so you don't need to visit individual sites. Plus, Reader keeps track of which items you've read, so you only see unread items when you come back. If there's a dark blue border around an item, Reader is marking that item as read.


G = Google Sites

Create a Web site with multiple pages and features. Manage others access to create and share content in public or private Web site. Comes with a variety of templates for different themes and page layouts. Add widgets or feeds from other sites. Add images, video, text, audio and more.

In a classroom: How? 

Create a site for you class or project, or have students collaborate together to create their own site. Would be a great tool for creating a porfolio. Other ideas can be found here at edTech Vision. Good lesson ideas under Gone Google link. 


G = GroupTable

A web-based software and success network developed specifically to help studetn groups improve document management, project planning and communication.

In a classroom: How? 

This site allows students to manage group projects, study groups and student organizations easily from one central location.


 

 

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