Tech Spotlights Add Speech Bubbles to Images

posted Sep 23, 2013, 6:19 AM by Betsy Hood   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 6:26 AM ] is an easy-to-us tool that allows you to tell a story with your own pictures. It do
es not require registration so students do not have to use email addresses to create an account.  Upload pictures and choose a speech's as simple as that.  You can do some photo editing but it's more about adding different styles of speech bubbles. could be good for students to create stories in a comic strip style.  Students can then download and save their completed images. 

3-D Book Creator

posted May 7, 2013, 3:02 AM by Betsy Hood   [ updated May 7, 2013, 3:06 AM ]

 is a 3-D pop-up book creator. 
Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and materials.  Authors can share books with readers via a hyperlink or embedded in any website or blog, Authors can also maintain a moderated discussion forum for each book, providing a virtual space in which readers can interact with one another.


posted Mar 25, 2013, 11:49 AM by Betsy Hood   [ updated Mar 25, 2013, 12:21 PM ]

Want to create a quick video for your class?  In the Quick Video maker, choose a scene template (includes choice of characters and accents) and, using the text to speech feature, simply type in the dialogue (or if you have a mic and more time, you can record your voice for the audio).  Go!Animate will publish your video in just a couple minutes and then email it out, export to YouTube or embed it into your site.  Teachers and students could use this tool to explain a classroom concept; recite a historical speech; summarize key findings in a science experiment; or, explain how to solve a math problem.  If you are looking for a way to be creative with content, but don't want the hassle of producing a major multimedia program, Go!Animate Quick Video maker might be a good choice (you can get more in depth if you use the .  Just remember to make your video private - it's public by default.
Check out the sample Go!Animate video below.  This literally only took 10 minutes to create, publish and embed on this site.

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iLivid - video downloader

posted Jan 9, 2013, 12:47 PM by Betsy Hood

 Do you find yourself wanting to play a video when you have no internet connection?  Or maybe you don't want the hassle of  navigating through a bunch of pages and ads on a website just to get to your video?  Or waiting for a video to buffer?  We know your students don't like to wait!  iLivid is a great solution if you want to simplify the process of playing a video for your students!  All you need is the URL (web address) of the video, which you then paste into the iLivid Download Manager.  With one click, your video is downloaded and can then be saved (minus all the ads and distractions that were on the video's original web page) to your desktop, network folder or flash drive.  To begin... install iLivid on your computer (go to and click "download now").  It takes only a few minutes to download. 


posted Jan 9, 2013, 7:36 AM by Betsy Hood   [ updated Jan 9, 2013, 10:06 AM ]

Create a digital learning space with Edmodo!  This is a free online communication tool with a format similar to Facebook, but is specifically designed for teaching and learning. It's safe and is password protected. The teacher has control over what is posted. It's a convenient and efficient way for teachers and students share resources and post their work.


posted Oct 19, 2012, 11:25 AM by Betsy Hood   [ updated Oct 19, 2012, 11:26 AM ]

 Create an online bulletin board with Lino.  Share ideas, share pictures, post responses to questions or organize ideas around a central theme.  There are several types of canvases that serve as the backdrop for your virtual postings...which can be shared with anyone!  All you need is an internet connection.  If you are a mobile device user, Lino also has iOS and Android apps.

Create simple videos with PowToons

posted Aug 22, 2012, 6:29 AM by Betsy Hood   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 12:42 PM ]  An awesome tool for the classroom!  Create common craft "like" videos to serve as tutorials for classroom concepts.  Better yet, have your students create them as study aids or to introduce a concept!  Below is a video created by Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers blogger), using PowToon, that he created to introduce his upcoming keynote and PD sessions at the Northwest Ohio Fall Technology Conference (October 4 at BGSU).

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