Free on the Web - Updated for Midwest CAJE, February 2009

Deborah Harris (deb@debharris.com)

Video created during CAJE 33:




Explore some of the amazing new tools on the Internet to help you share bookmarks with your colleagues and students; organize and enhance photos; and create online slide shows and videos. Learn about an amazing new project from Flickr that’s putting holdings from the Library of Congress online! Do you have a favorite Internet resource that you turn to again and again? Come and talk about it!

Note about the videos in today’s presentation: visit Common Craft’s website (http://www.commoncraft.com) for absolutely wonderful videos that explain technology in plain English.

Bookmarking (consider trying social bookmarking)
• delicious -- http://delicious.com. Easily access your bookmarks via the Internet and see what other people are bookmarking as well.

Photo sharing and modification
• Flickr (http://www.flickr.com). Flickr is one of the best known photo sharing sites on the web. You can post photos, share them, organize them and even use partner websites to create books, posters and more using your photos. My favorite is http://bighugelabs.com/flickr. By the way - check out Flickr’s Library of Congress (yes, that Library of Congress) project – where real people are participating in a project to tag photos in the LoC’s catalog (http://www.flickr.com/people/library_of_congress).

• Photoshop Express (http://www.photoshop.com/express). Many of you have probably used Photoshop to edit photos. Now it’s available online and it’s free. It’s also integrated with Flickr so that you can access your Flickr photos right in Photoshop Express (or you can always upload photos).

• Picnik (http://www.picnik.com). Picnik also works with Flickr to access photos (or you can upload photos).

Storytelling and sharing
• VoiceThread (http://www.voicethread.com or http://ed.voicethread.com) Voicethread has various pricing options, ranging from free (limited storage, etc), to $10/month for classroom use.
• Animoto (http://www.animoto.com). This is so much fun! Upload (or link to your Flickr account), pick your music and Animoto does the rest. This is great for creating a promo for this year’s family retreat, for instance, using last year’s photos.

Here's a sample:


• Bubbleshare (http://www.bubbleshare.com). You can upload photos and audio to Bubbleshare. There’s a tool so that you can upload right from iPhoto.

Online presentations
• Sliderocket (http://www.sliderocket.com)
• Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.com)

Google Docs and Presentations (http://www.google.com). If you just need a word processor, you need to collaborate online, or if you prefer to have your documents available anywhere on the web, you should check out Google Docs. The word processor isn’t as feature-rich as Word, but it probably does most of what you need and it’s superb if you want to collaborate via the web.

Wordle (http://www.wordle.net). Enter keywords and create a word cloud. I entered the first three paragraphs of President Obama's inauguration speech, and this is what I got:
obama_wordle.jpg

BONUS LESSON PLAN:
Things That Are Jewish Wordle
Download the handout: or
Divide the class into groups of 2 or 3. Each group should go through the big list of things that are Jewish and choose the 10 most important things. You could do this as an introductory or summary exercise for any unit (Jewish ethics, historical events, etc.).
Go to Wordle (http://www.wordle.net).
Click on create and type in each group's list of 10. Note that some words will be repeated more than once.
Create the wordle. This will create a word cloud with the most common words larger.
Here's the one that I came up with...
Wordle_-_Create.jpg

Another bonus - thanks to Cantor Joel Colman to introducing this to me...
Check out Celtx (http://www.celtx.com) for free software that you can download for Mac or Windows. This software provides templates for writing and producing all kinds of scripts for media production. Not only does it provide the template, but you can print out the finished product and it looks really professional. I haven't used it, but it looks like it has great potential. Check it out!