|What is podcasting?||Mac Software||Social Bookmarking|
|Podcasting in education||Wikis||RSS for educators|
What is Podcasting?
Defined in Wikipedia
One of the better overviews of podcasting and its origin (Podcastalley)
Podcasting in Education
5 Minutes About Podcasting (Randy Meredith, 2008)
Podcasting Plus – University of Wisconsin at Madison
7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting
Educational podcasting directory (Podcastingnews.com)
Education Podcasting Network (epnweb.org)
Podcasts for educators, schools and colleges (U.K. directory)
Resources for educational podcasting (Bernie Dodge, webquest guy)
Podcasting Library at the e-Learning Centre (excellent U.K. resource)
Podcasting in Education (Apple)
In my opinion, this is the best value for the price. Camtasia enables you to create video tutorials by capturing action on your PC screen, while you narrate your actions. You can also edit and export to a variety of formats including Flash.
Another gem from Techsmith. Snagit is a screen capture product that enables annotation of your screen captures. Snagit allows the capture of a region, a window, an object, a scrolling region, the entire screen, web page(s), and more. This is probably the most flexible screen capture product available.
This is a freeware program that lets you create web-based presentations using screen shots. This product is similar in function to Quarbon.com’s Viewlet Builder and Macromedia’s Captivate (formerly RoboDemo).
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
- Record live audio
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files
- Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording
A wonder (if very expensive) software suite for rapidly developing rich, flash-based learning objects, animations, quizzes, and presentations.
Snapz Pro X
A very good product that combines the video tutorial creation and screen capture functions in one application. There may be other applications I’m not aware of, but I am very pleased with my experiences using Snapz Pro X.
PC users have Visio. Mac users have Omnigraffle and Omnigraffle Pro. While I have loved and used Visio long before Microsoft “absorbed” it, I prefer to use Omnigraffle Pro. I am a diehard PC user, but I find that charts and graphs I create using Omnigraffle Pro look much more polished than Visio charts and graphs I create on the PC.
A free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems (see Audacity blub in the PC area). Mac users may prefer (as I do) to use Garage Band for recording.
A wonderful, easy to use graphic utility. Quickly resize, or export to a different format. Saves me tons of time considering how long it takes Photoshop or Fireworks to load.
Free wiki engines (for advanced users)
This is the wiki platform used by Wikipedia.
7 things you should know about blogs
RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators
In my opinion, this is hands down, the best RSS guide educators will find anywhere. Highly recommended.
7 Things you should know about Social Bookmarking
VoIP Voice over Internet Protocol
Free voice over IP (VOIP) phone calls to any other PC/Mac Skype user