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Technology (Presentation) Tools

for your consideration for IS445 Assignments 5 and 6


Copyright - Before You BEGIN


Review the Copyright Jeopardy Powerpoint Game!


A Copyright - Friendly Toolkit by Joyce Valenza


Creativity Tools


Resources for E-Learning curated and annotated by Kaitlyn Taylor (including links to step-by-step tutorials) - added 3/28/20


The best of these tools allow creators to combine three or more of these elements: voice, music, still or video images, images made with other technology tools, and text to tell a story.


NOTE: Some of these tools can stand alone; some should definitely be combined with other tools for maximum impact.


Productivity Tools


Adobe Spark - You can create a free individual account to give this video creator a try.


Animoto - This tool requires a subscription unless you are okay with a free-trial branded video (not recommended). Subscription information notes you can sign up for $8/month and then cancel. (This may be worth a try. I love Animoto and use it for personal/family as well as educational/professional work.) 


Audacity - This is a free audio editor (requires download).


Educreations - Record your voice and iPad® screen to create dynamic video tutorials or other teaching tools. (App available)


emaze - Online presentation tool


Flipgrid - You will use this video recording and commenting tool for your course introduction and your book/resource talks.


Fodey - Newspaper clipping generator


Garageband - Apple software for recording


Genial.ly - Create interactive images (new to me). Recommended by Nancy Jo Lambert and James Allen.


Giphy - Create your own animated .gifs with this free tool.


iMovie- Video editing software for the Mac platform (requires download)


PhotoStory - Video editing software from Microsoft (requires download)


Powtoon - Cartoon-like video creator that was graduate students favorite five years ago. (It was offline for a bit and apparently has come back. Hurrah!) Here is an example of a Powtoon: Primary and Secondary Sources: How Can You Tell the Difference? created by Rob Redmon.


Prezi - This tool allow for "movement," embedding video or other creativity tools (free trial click on "Education").


Storybird - A collaborative tool for creating storybook format digital stories


Toondoo - Comic maker


VoiceThread - Educators can set up a free account for this tool. 


Word Cloud Generators - Cool Infographics has some suggestions. Some word cloud generators will no longer work on some browsers. Persist!


Brainstorming, Mind-mapping, and Storyboarding Tools


All Ages:


Answer Garden - Post a topic/question and solicit response/answers from participants. Set the responses for 20 or 40 characters; no duplicates are recorded. The result is a black and white web.


Mentimeter - Post a topic/question and solicit a single or series of responses/answers from participate to create a colorful word cloud. The word cloud indicates duplicate responses through font size.



Bubbl.us - Upper elementary students who have previously used mind-mapping tools will be able to use this one for brainstorming.


Cacoo - This online collaborative drawing tool offers a history feature that allows participants (and reviewers) to easily note individual contributions. This tool can be used in a linear fashion for storyboarding (free trial).


Padlet - This is a free online tool which allows you to build your own wall of information. It is excellent for storyboarding. You can group your posts together. It is user friendly and visually appealing.


Popplet - This free online collaborative tool automatically labels the originator of each entry. The tool allows a user to create up to five Popplets at a time. (runs with Adobe Flash).


Middle and High School:

Mind42.com - This site is easy to join and use for collaborative brainstorming. (There was a bit of a learning curve for me in using the composing/editing features.) Mind42 offers great export options.


Mindomo - This is a feature-rich mind mapping application (free basic memberships are available) for experienced or mind-map users. (3 mind maps for free)


Infographic Tools

Canva - Use the "graph makers" to create an infographic. Canva has many applications in creating/designing images.


Pictochart - Only five free charts. (A change from when this was my go-to tool for infographics... ;-)


Smore - There is a free trial.


Visme.co - Five free charts. (My new favorite!)


Sources for Copyright-free Images


The American Memory Project (A Project of the Library of Congress) - The images on this site are arranged in categories. Note: "It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the Library's collections. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Researchers must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use."


ClassroomClipart.com Browse by categories to access over 1,000 free education-focused images.


Creative Commons You can search Google and Flickr images from this link. Be careful. Not all of the Flickr or Google images this site retrieves are copyright-free. Don't assume; read copyright information. You can also search for music and videos.


Discovery Education This copyright-free clip art is organized by topic.


Fotopedia This site is a gold mine for diversity! Check out the stunning photographs from cultures around the world. Give the photographers credit and everyone wins!


Free Clip Art Pics These cartoons by Curtis D. Tucker are copyright-free for non-commercial use. (The rules say "no more than ten per Web site.)


Google Images!!! For copyright-free Google images, go to Google Advanced Image Search – Select appropriate “usage rights."


Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse Sets This is a thematic collection of images verified by the LOC as in the public domain or copyright-free.


MorgueFile This site provides search by subject copyright-free photographs, some of which require that you cite the source of the images you use. (The goal of the site is to promote the subscribing photographers' work.)


Pexels This site provides copyright-free images for use and remix. Search by keywords. The results are further broken down into subcategories.


Photos for Class - Copyright-free Creative Commons images includes attribution on the actual downloaded images. (Many of the images are from Pixabay. I prefer that students create their own MLA attribution/works cited.


Pics4Learning This site provides copyright-free images for teachers and students for classroom, fundraising, or Web distribution purposes.


Pixabay This searchable site offers over a million copyright-free images and videos. (Although they can be used for non-commercial purposes without attribution, I require students to cite and link to the original image.)


Public Domain Photos This site provides copyright-free images and clip art in the public domain with Creative Commons licensing for personal or commercial use.


Stocksnap This site provides copyright-free images. (Cookies included.)


Teaching with Primary Sources (A Project of the Library of Congress) - The American Memory Project is part of this vast collection.


Unsplash - This site is yet another site that offers copyright-free images.


Sources for Copyright-free Music:

The challenge with recommending music sites is that the fine print regarding terms of use is sometimes very fine and applies to particular songs rather than to all works downloadable from the site. I have used Creative Commons to search for copyright-free music.


Audionautix offers copyright-free, no registration, no subscription music.


Free Sound offers just that, free sounds -- not songs!


Incompetech asks for donations for their royalty-free music.


Musopen.org is a non-profit site that allows registered users 5 standard-quality free downloads a day without copyright restrictions.


Purple Planet has royalty-free music that can be used in projects that include Web distribution.


Tips for Creating Properly Formatted Reference/Works Cited Slides:


One way to get around a program that does not provide you with the opportunity to format your citations correctly is to:


1. Keyboard your citations on a PowerPoint slide (or two or three). You will want to use a legible font size so the number of slides is dependent on the length of your references. Format your citations properly according to the style you are using. (Chicago Author-Date in #IS445)


2. Save each individual slide as a .jpg file.


3. This gives you one or more image files that you can upload into your program.


If this strategy will not work for the tool you are using, you can use quotes (that's what newspapers do).


If your tool allows you to post information in the "Comments" section underneath your presentation, please do that as well!

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