Happy New Year! I hope that you had a relaxing and peaceful holiday break and that you feel energized and ready to explore new ideas. As I conducted workshops across the state in 2005, one reality kept emerging in almost every district I worked–budgets are extremely tight and money for new technology equipment and software is difficult to find. Because of this, teachers, media specialists, and technology coordinators are turning to free resources and utilities more than ever.
Photo Story 3 is one of those free resources that I hear a growing number of educators praise as they talk about new projects that teachers and students are creating in their schools. This a nifty software package that has been previously mentioned in this blog site and on the national DEN site, and for Windows XP users who are looking for an effective tool to build digital stories and presentations, it is a wonderful resource to explore. Macintosh users will many of the same features in the free iMovie software bundled with the Mac OS.
These tools are just two of the many free resources available, and most teachers have a few favorite software utilities and web pages on which they rely for downloading pictures, audio and video editing tools, photo imaging utilities, mapping software, and a variety of other special tools. What free utilities or web sites would you recommend for teachers who are looking for some new resources that they can use in their classrooms and computer labs? Please share your expertise by adding a comment below and passing along a brief explanation and web address for the resources that you have found to be more useful. New ideas for the new year–a great way to strengthen our community of Discovery Educators!