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Alice (Simple Programming Tool)

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience. (Alice.org Website) Really cool tool if you want to start learning basic computer programming skills, or if you want to create your own 3-D Animation.
To see a student's blog post about Alice: http://paradigmdare.blogspot.com/2010/09/is-programming-hard.html
To download Alice, visit: http://www.alice.org/

Animoto

Have some really cool pictures that you would like to set to music? Animoto gives you the ability to upload a bunch of photos, and choose your favorite song to go with them. Animoto then creates a 30 second video of your pictures, with the music, adding in really cool, animated transitions. The only issue is that it costs to create videos longer than 30 seconds. If you like photography, this might be a great website for you to look into.
To see an example of an Animoto production, see this student's blog post: http://waveshredder.blogspot.com/2010/10/animoto.html

Avatar: Meez.com

If you want to create a digital image of you and your personality, Meez.com provides some pretty cool options. Meez gives you the chance to create your own Avatar, or "cyber self". It's pretty self-explanatory on their website, and the results can be a lot of fun. The only issue is that many of the options they give you for clothes and other accessories actually cost money.
To see an example of creating an Avatar using Meez, visit: http://enoughsaid11.blogspot.com/2010/10/create-creation-online-avatars.html

Audacity

This website has a free downloadable Sound Editor. It allows you to
  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording, and more! (Audacity.com "About" page)

Band-Flyers

Band-Flyers is a really great tool for creating a quick flyer to use in publicizing events. You can use the flyers as advertisements on the internet, or you can even choose a variety of sizes and print them out to post all over your city.
To see a blog post giving step by step instructions of how to use this tool, visit: http://mrbasics.blogspot.com/2010/11/connect-flyers.html

Evernote
Evernote is all about gathering and organizing your information and storing it on the web for easy later retrieval. It's a great tool for students to organize the myriad of different types of information from their classes and take notes for later use. With Evernote you can store text, web clippings, snapshots, and audio in the cloud or download the application and save notes to your personal computer. It also allows you to share folders (called notebooks) with others so you can collaborate.
To see how Dalton Haslam started using Evernote to gather information for blog posts he was writing visit: http://ddoublehstuffs.blogspot.com/2010/09/evernote-gathering-and-organizing-info.html

Flickr
"Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media."
To get started, go to flickr.com and click the "Create Your Account" button. It only takes a second but you'll need a Yahoo! account. The site will then guide you through personalizing your profile, uploading your first few photos, and find friends on Flickr.

Quizlet
Sick of spending hours look at old notes or handwriting flashcards for an exam that's coming up in (insert panic) three days?! Quizlet.com is your answer. You can type in your own flash card terms and definitions, look up previously used terms by subject, or if you already have a digitized list of terms and definitions, you can just copy and paste them right into Quizlet just by letting it now what's in between each field.
Here's an example of some flashcards we created for an exam in Digital Civilizations: http://quizlet.com/3364004/digcivexam2-flash-cards/

Celtx
"Celtx is free media pre-production software designed for creating and organizing media projects like screenplays, films, videos, stageplays, audio plays, documentaries, machinima, comics, games and podcasts." And for those who didn't know (to use the words of my classmate Shaun:) "Pre-production is everything that goes into creating a film to be made - the idea, the script, the funding, the schedule (both for filming and for finances), the casting, collecting a crew, the shot list (where the camera will be put and moved in each part of the film), the storyboard (basically a comic-book version of how to make the film), side notes, meetings, etc... And it's all in one package!"
Shaun Frenza, and aspiring actor/ filmmaker in our class, wrote a review of what Celtx can do for you here.

Prezi
How many boring PowerPoint presentations does a college student view? Enough is enough! Prezi is the newest and greatest presentation tool online. You can create engaging presentations for free. Start up is easy with helpful tutorials under the "Learn" tab at prezi.com.
See the possibilities of your future presentations embedded in this blog post by Ariel Szuch.
Prezi also has a collaborative essence built-in. Easily invite your friends to view and edit your presentations to increase variety.

Wordle
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends." The tools listed in the image below illustrate common popular tech tools chosen by students over the course of three months.

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Link to a student's blog discussing wordle: Technology in Exile by Kristen Cardon

Panoramic Photo Maker: Starter Edition by Serif

Here's another great photography tool that helps you create panoramic photos out of multiple photos you have taken, by "stitching" them together into one big landscape photo. It requires that you download the software, but the upside is that it is completely free. If you are just itching to make a panoramic photo out of some multiple shots that you have taken, this tool should be very helpful.
To see how a student was able to make use of this program, check out his blog at: http://ddoublehstuffs.blogspot.com/2010/11/panoramic-pics.html

Pixton

Have you ever wanted to create your own comic strip, but possibly lack the artistic ability to draw one? Well, Pixton is a website that allows you to create free comic strips using pre-drawn characters and objects, which makes it very easy for those who might not be so good at drawing. And it is not just for fun. Pixton's website also has tools for education and business to create comic strips for more serious uses.
To see an informative blog about Pixton, visit this students blog at: http://hot-chocolate-news.blogspot.com/2010/09/pixton-alerts.html#more