As I reviewed the sites from David Kapuler’s presentation, there were five specific sites that immediately caught my eye and demanded further attention. Following is a short list of my reviews of each of those sites.
I thought that Myna was interesting because it serves as a great channel to direct one’s creativity towards a phenomenal finished product. The free online video editor allows the user to do things with powerful clip editing, automation, and effects that definitely recall memories of my previous use of GarageBand. I like the simplicity of the site, and feel that it could be a wonderful tool to those teachers who already have some experience with programs of a similar nature.
Lovely Charts has quite the sales pitch to demand the attention of all viewers of its home webpage: “Lovely Charts is a diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams of all kinds, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, business processes, organisation charts, wireframes and many more.” Sounds like the kind of tool that most people in today’s world of business need, right? Even in teaching, there has never been such a great demand for such an application. Lovely Charts seems to fit the bill.
Flock Draw called out the creator/artisan in me (and trust me, that’s not easy to do!). The site uses online whiteboard based painting and drawing tools to easily draw online for free. That’s not the best part though. Like a google doc, you can do this with multiple people! You can have unlimited people in your group, and the drawing updates in real time. Does it get any better than this?
A platform for your ideas, Popplet allows you to collaboratively create gallories, explore ideas, record thoughts, etc. The examples of Popplets made by users of the site show that it is a great tool to make an attractive display for seminars, class lectures, interactive online discussions, and so on. The program seems quite easy to use, and is one that will be an instant favorite for all teachers!
One program allows you to network, publish, write, read, sell, and much more – its called Bookrix! You can read books for free, write and publish whatever you want, create your own profile, publish your writings as an eBook, and then sell it! I think that the idea is a great one for all readers and writers alike, and is sure to gain steam as word spreads about this easy-to-use site.