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Adobe Spark for Education - Adobe

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Adobe Spark offers this version of it's popular presentation tool, reviewed here, specifically for education. Use Spark to create web pages, video...more
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Adobe Spark offers this version of it's popular presentation tool, reviewed here, specifically for education. Use Spark to create web pages, video presentations, and graphics using the available templates and graphics tools. The Education version provides enhanced data privacy, the ability for students to log in with an existing school id, and school administration of accessibility features. In addition, Spark for Education includes many lessons for all grade levels. Spark is available through your school's Adobe Admin Counsel if your IT team already uses Adobe products. If not, follow directions on the site to set up and begin using this tool.

tag(s): blogs (84), creative writing (169), multimedia (63)

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Use Spark to create videos of student presentations for any subject. Create videos of images taken during science experiments and class field trips to share on your website. Ask students to create infographics explaining facts and information about states, countries, planets, and more. Have students create interactive posters, book report covers, invitations, and flyers to promote school events. Spark offers many possibilities for graphics and multimedia presentations in all classrooms.

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ClassClimate - classclimate.org

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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be ...more
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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder if you don't receive the link in your inbox). Obtain student's feelings through the use of emojis in one of two ways. Share your class code and ask students to register or send a "Speed Read" link to all students. ClassClimate collects data for up to a month for your use in evaluating the mood of the class.

tag(s): classroom management (153), emotions (37)

In the Classroom

Share ClassClimate with your students for use throughout the day to share their mood. Evaluate the data to understand when students feel frustrated or which events they enjoy. Use ClassClimate during professional development sessions to evaluate reactions from peers during training meetings as a way to understand how to develop effective interactions with others.

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myHomework - myHomeworkapp

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5 to 12
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MyHomework is a digital student planner to track homework, assignments, tests, and more. This site uses a visually appealing calendar display to add classes and homework. Enter class...more
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MyHomework is a digital student planner to track homework, assignments, tests, and more. This site uses a visually appealing calendar display to add classes and homework. Enter class information including start and end times, classroom number, teacher information, and notes. Add individual homework assignments or upload a syllabus to input multiple assignments. If your school uses Teachers.io, reviewed here, this app fully integrates with that platform to offer class information, notes, and more across both platforms.

tag(s): calendars (47), DAT device agnostic tool (175), homework (44), organizational skills (122)

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Share MyHomework with students as an excellent way to organize and plan homework assignments. Create a link on your class website for students to access, and discuss using this app during back to school meetings. This site works on computers and has apps for all devices so information is available across platforms.

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Snappa - Nosco Media Inc

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Snappa is an easy to use graphics editor. Use your own images or choose from Snappa's large library of over 500,000 royalty-free, licensed for commercial use images, 200 fonts, and...more
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Snappa is an easy to use graphics editor. Use your own images or choose from Snappa's large library of over 500,000 royalty-free, licensed for commercial use images, 200 fonts, and 70,000 graphics. After choosing your image size use the site's templates to begin a design, or start with a blank canvas to create your own. Use the tools on the dashboard to change backgrounds, add effects, personalize text, and more. When complete, download to your computer or share to your connected social media sites. The free plan provides five downloads per month and limited templates. At the time of this review, the majority of templates are free.

tag(s): graphic design (38), images (283), posters (41), slides (68)

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Use Snappa to create graphics for any class presentations. Ask students to create a graphic (i.e poster) for an "all about me" introduction at the beginning of the school year, then include these graphics in an online book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Create graphic book covers as book reviews. Include graphics in multimedia presentations created using Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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PhotoCollage - Zygomatic

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Easily create and share photo collages with this tool, no registration required. Add or drag images from your computer onto the workspace. Move and size pictures as you wish or ...more
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Easily create and share photo collages with this tool, no registration required. Add or drag images from your computer onto the workspace. Move and size pictures as you wish or use the Auto Collage feature to place images, or select from templates to arrange automatically. Other features include a collage drop-down box to set your background using colors, gradients, your pictures, or images from PhotoCollage's library or UnSplash reviewed here. When finished, choose from several different formats to save your collage or share directly to social media sites using links provided.

tag(s): collages (18), editing (74), images (283), photography (157)

In the Classroom

Use this tool to create pages of class memories for the end of the year and create yearbook type effects easily. Since you can create and customize the shapes, this would be a great tool to represent a theme for any story, novel, or unit of study. Extend the use of your collages by including them on class pages created using a site like Carrd, reviewed here, or in a multimedia presentation created using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. When learning about the features of states or countries, create a collage then use Story Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual field trip with your pictures.
 

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Clipchamp - Alexander Dreiling, Dave Hewitt, Tobi Raub, and Soeren Balko

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K to 12
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Clipchamp provides a variety of free tools for creating and editing video. The free services include a video editor, video conversion, and webcam recorder. Create your account to begin...more
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Clipchamp provides a variety of free tools for creating and editing video. The free services include a video editor, video conversion, and webcam recorder. Create your account to begin a project. Follow the prompts to upload your media files. Use tools within Clipchamp Create to clip videos, change backgrounds, and edit your video. Choose Clipchamp Utilities to upload and convert videos to several different formats for social media use, edit or compress files. Clipchamp Utilities also provides resources for recording directly from your webcam.

tag(s): conversions (27), images (283), movies (70), video (275)

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Use Clipchamp to create and edit videos for any multimedia projects. Upload images from student projects or field trips to create a video to share on your webpage. Convert your videos into different formats to share easily on social media sites. Ask students to use Clipchamp to create explainer videos in any subject. Include student-created videos in online presentations using a tool like Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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Design Wizard - Design Wizard

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Design Wizard is an online photo editor app. Create an account using email or login with a Facebook or Google account and verify with a link sent to your email. ...more
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Design Wizard is an online photo editor app. Create an account using email or login with a Facebook or Google account and verify with a link sent to your email. Choose the link to create a new design to access tools on the dashboard. Choose from thousands of templates and images to create designs for social media, cards, posters, book covers, and much more. When finished, use links to download or share. Note: a great deal of the preloaded content is not free; however, Design Wizard allows users to upload their own images to edit and share.

tag(s): design (88), graphic design (38), images (283), social media (28)

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Take advantage of the many features included with Design Wizard to upload and edit images. Have students use their images to create book covers instead of assigning a traditional book report. As students learn about advertiser tactics, use the ad template and have students create truthful advertisements for products. Create flyers to invite parents to school programs. Ask students to create a flyer that might have been used to invite others to a historical event. The possibilities are as endless as you and your students' imaginations.

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Project Pals - Miriam Bogler and Uri Bogler

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K to 12
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Project Pals is a platform for organizing and implementing project-based learning in individual and collaborative classrooms. Organize, monitor, and assess projects through your interactive...more
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Project Pals is a platform for organizing and implementing project-based learning in individual and collaborative classrooms. Organize, monitor, and assess projects through your interactive workspace. Create personalized activities or choose from Project Pal's resource bank of Common Core-aligned plans. Use drag and drop features to arrange content in ways that best suit the needs of your students. When complete, publish and share finished work to your school or district library. Free accounts offer tools for managing up to 50 students and 20 projects.

tag(s): assessment (117), collaboration (30), commoncore (89), organizational skills (122), rubrics (29)

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Use Project Pals as part of your implementation of project-based learning in the classroom. If just beginning, be sure to take advantage of the resource bank full of ideas for all grade levels. Ask younger students to reflect on their learning within a digital portfolio using a tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Seesaw offers many options for students to share their learning process through images, video, and written work. Older students may prefer a portfolio tool like Pathbrite, reviewed here.

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Whooo's Reading - Whooo's Reading

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K to 8
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Whooo's Reading is an alternative to traditional reading programs by offering short response options to book quizzes instead of multiple choice answers. After reading, students answer...more
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Whooo's Reading is an alternative to traditional reading programs by offering short response options to book quizzes instead of multiple choice answers. After reading, students answer three quick higher-level questions and earn coins for correct responses to spend on personalized "owlvatars." Teachers receive scores in real-time and have the option to provide feedback through conversations with students within the program. In addition to quizzes, Whooo's Reading also offers standards aligned journal activities for use in between quizzes and book recommendations upon completing quizzes.

tag(s): independent reading (127), reading comprehension (127)

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Although recommended for students in grades K-8, teachers of younger students should review questions and consider writing ability levels before including them in the program due to the written responses required. Consider using Whooo's Reading as an alternative to Accelerated Reader due to the use of short response answers instead of multiple choice questions. After reading books, ask younger students to create a blog using a tool like Easyblog, reviewed here, to share a book review with fellow students. Challenge older students, or literature circle groups, to create a poster for the book using a tool like DesignCap, reviewed here, and then upload the poster to their blog about the book. A great blogging tool for older students is Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. For all aged students, create a class book review site using FlipGrid, reviewed here, where students create short video book reviews.

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Makebadges - Digitalme

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K to 12
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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to...more
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Design digital badges using Makebadges' intuitive tools. Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to your computer as a PNG file. In addition to badge creation, Makebadges also contains options for designing avatars, logos, and site logos.

tag(s): classroom management (153), design (88), game based learning (137), organizational skills (122)

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Bookmark this site for use when creating digital badges and avatars. Create badges for students to earn as they progress through different reading levels, math goals, or academic benchmarks. Have students share their badges in online portfolios such as those found at Seesaw, reviewed here. Ask students to create their own badges or avatars to include with online book reports and presentations. Consider publishing student projects to Edublog, reviewed here, which is a free blogging service for students and teachers.
 

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yellkey - Delta Lab

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K to 12
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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from ...more
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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from 5 minutes to 24 hours and click "generate yellkey." Share this new address with others to quickly share any web address.

tag(s): internet safety (116)

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Use yellkey whenever long links to sites need sharing. Share in emails or other correspondence keeping in mind that the shortened URL is only available for the specified period. This shorter address is much easier for students to type into their own computers/BYODs, use it to create web addresses that are easy for students to use during class sessions.

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Password Generator Tool - Comparitech

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K to 12
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This safe and straightforward site creates unique passwords within your given parameters. Choose the length of your desired password and use the checked boxes to include or exclude...more
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This safe and straightforward site creates unique passwords within your given parameters. Choose the length of your desired password and use the checked boxes to include or exclude letters, characters, or numbers. Additional options allow you to select the number of numeric characters or symbols to add. After making your selections, click "Generate" to create your password. Additional information on the site explains why it is important to use strong passwords along with specific content on how a strong password looks.

tag(s): internet safety (116)

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Share this site with students as part of any online safety unit. Discuss the importance of creating strong passwords. One disadvantage of using a site like this is trying to save and remember the unique passwords. Use information on this site to find free, online tools for saving and managing your passwords. As students learn more about online safety, ask them to share their tips using a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. Use Flipgrid to provide video questions to students with scenarios that might occur online due to lack of knowledge or application of safety techniques. Have students respond with solutions to these problems. Ask students to share their advice with other students using a video explanation tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here, to create short, animated video explanations.
 

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DesignEvo Free Online Logo Maker - DesignEvo

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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your ...more
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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your logo. Change colors, add backgrounds, and much more. When finished, download to your computer. One caveat, before downloading you must give credit by sharing DesignEvo on your social media account or using the embed code on your website.

tag(s): design (88), drawing (77), graphic design (38), images (283)

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Use this site as part of any graphic design or art class to learn about the use of color, text, or design. Have students design a logo for your classroom or school, then use a different logo each month on your class website, newsletter, or any classroom communications. Have students design a logo for a book character to use on their "pretend" business card. Ask students to create their own personal logo for use on a business card. The possibilities are never-ending!
 

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Memo Notepad - memonotepad.com

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K to 12
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Think of Memo Notepad as the online version of your spiral notebook. Just click on the pencil to type your notes onto the lined paper. Write as many pages you ...more
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Think of Memo Notepad as the online version of your spiral notebook. Just click on the pencil to type your notes onto the lined paper. Write as many pages you like without even creating an account. To share any page, choose the email icon and send. Create an account to save your pages and access your notes on any device. Download the iPad or iPhone app for easy use on an iOS device. An Android app is in the works at the time of this review.

tag(s): note taking (43)

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Use Memo Notepad as a handy way to create lists and reminders and access on any device. Share this site with older students to use when working on collaborative projects to share notes and ideas. Share with students who struggle with penmanship to use as an alternative to traditional notebooks for notetaking. Create a class account and have students use it for notetaking. When finished, all students will have access to the entire class's notes.
 

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Kami - Kami, Ltd

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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Create an account to begin using the site and open a PDF or ...more
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Kami is a web application offering the ability to view and edit documents online including PDF files. Create an account to begin using the site and open a PDF or supported document. Use the toolbar to draw, highlight, or add notes to your document. Changes automatically save to your Google Drive.
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tag(s): collaboration (30), conversions (27), editing (74)

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Use Kami on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to share and highlight information on documents during lessons. Ask students to use this site to highlight information. For example, in short stories have students highlight foreshadowing events, character clues, or descriptive phrases. Have students create an annotated image using Thinglink, reviewed here

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Typely - typely.com

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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common...more
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Typely is a free online proofreading tool. In comparison to other grammar checkers, this tool focuses on usage errors instead of grammatical errors. Typely provides feedback on common mistakes including redundancy, sexism, and misspellings among others. Copy and paste your text into the editor to view results. Use settings to change the appearance of your text and use of Typely. When finished, save your document to your computer or create a Typely account to save online.

tag(s): editing (74), grammar (210), proofreading (25), spelling (166), writing (363)

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Bookmark Typely for use with any writing projects to allow students to concentrate on content instead of grammar. Be sure to share a link on your class webpage and classroom computers for students to use with written work. Ask students to analyze their writing by sharing a before and after analysis as a one-time blog post using Telegra.ph, reviewed here, or as part of their digital portfolio using bulb, reviewed here as a digital portfolio tool.

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Kanbanchi Education App - Kanbanchi LTD

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Kanbanchi is a G Suite tool for managing and organizing projects. Additional features allow you to communicate between boards and monitor progress on shared boards. Take advantage of...more
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Kanbanchi is a G Suite tool for managing and organizing projects. Additional features allow you to communicate between boards and monitor progress on shared boards. Take advantage of the site's handy templates and "how-to" guides to learn about the features and use of this tool. Templates provide a starting point for creating newsletters, lesson plans, and classroom work. Customize any template with your information including images, checklists, due dates, and choice of students to complete each assignment.

tag(s): collaboration (30), organizational skills (122)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the many planning and personalization features provided by Kanbanchi for use with group projects or lesson planning. Begin slowly by using one of the provided templates, then personalizing content for your own use. Once you become familiar with using this tool, use it to organize any large projects. Create lessons with peers, plan and manage student group projects, or create an interactive newsletter. Have older students use Kanbanchi as a storyboard for writing projects or to plan and monitor large projects.

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ReClipped - Anjoy Tech Labs

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K to 12
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ReClipped allows you to annotate, collect, and share portions of online videos using their online site or a Chrome browser extension. Additional features enable adding notes and markers...more
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ReClipped allows you to annotate, collect, and share portions of online videos using their online site or a Chrome browser extension. Additional features enable adding notes and markers to specific areas of videos. Create your account and download the extension following the site's directions. Collect segments of videos into "Snippets" to save onto boards to share publicly or save as private. Add collaborators to create shared boards.

tag(s): conversions (27), movies (70), video (275)

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Use ReClipped to make sharing portions of videos easier by including only the segments needed. Add notes or questions for students to follow. Create a classroom board to share with students highlighting important information for any topic. Ask students to create their own snippets to share information or back up their point of view. Have tech-savvy students create their own videos and make snippets demonstrating how to use different features of ReClipped. After viewing longer videos, ask students to create snippets of what they consider to be the most critical portions and use the annotation feature to explain their choice.

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Microsoft Visual Studio - Microsoft

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6 to 12
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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to build and develop apps on any platform. Download Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community, and sign up ...more
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Microsoft Visual Studio offers a variety of free tools and services to build and develop apps on any platform. Download Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community, and sign up for a free account on Visual Studio Team Services providing tools and information for integration across platforms. Sign up also for training sessions and additional downloads.

tag(s): coding (66), computers (100), logic (244), Microsoft (40), problem solving (294)

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Share Microsoft Visual with students interested in computer coding. Have students sign up for training that meets their interests. Encourage students to design apps that help fellow students and others in your school. For example, design an app for tracking assignments or an app for collaborating on school projects.

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Beautiful Audio Editor - Creative Tools

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Beautiful Audio is an in-browser audio editor that works with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Use the editor to import or record audio files to edit. Use the toolbar to ...more
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Beautiful Audio is an in-browser audio editor that works with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Use the editor to import or record audio files to edit. Use the toolbar to add effects, drag and reorder audio, and split or delete sections of your file. Easily save completed projects to Google Drive or your computer. Be sure to visit the "Docs" section of this site for an overview of available features. Beautiful Audio recommends using the editor for files under 300mb or 45 minutes in length to avoid crashes leading to project failures.

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Record your class singing or reading their compositions to share with parents on your website or blog. Record and edit sound to be included with PowerPoint presentations. Use with a creative writing project to record stories for selected images. Share with students to use with multimedia projects to create background audio or original audio presentations. View the features of the site on your interactive whiteboard together with your older students, then allow them time to explore and experiment with the available features. Instead of having students share a written speech as an oral presentation, ask them to use Beautiful Audio to record their presentation and add original features to the soundtrack. Include this recording as part of a multimedia presentation using a site like Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to create interactive presentations available for all devices.
 

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