photo © 2008 Scott Granneman | more info (via: Wylio)The web is overflowing with tools. On a daily basis new apps and programs are added to the list: tools that will help the user manipulate photos, make and share videos, and collaborate There are so many others uses that just thinking about them all makes my head spin. One thing is for certain, there are a bunch, and they are just going to keep coming.
Despite the deluge of new apps and programs, there are a few that I use often enough to call my favorites. Some of them I use every day, and some I use every few weeks, but I thought it would be good to share these, especially for those that who might be suffering from “over-appatitis” (the definition is “one who has seen so many apps and programs, they can’t decide which one to use for any particular task 🙂
Here’s the list:
1. Picnik: This is an online app for photo manipulation and is photo editing at its easiest. Users can crop and resize photos, add text, and using a long list of effects, change the entire look of pictures. This is a fun way to spruce up pictures. On top of being a super app, it’s also free.
2. Google Reader: I don’t know if I could live without my Google reader. This app allows me to read through a bunch of information in a short amount of time. Granted, I don’t think you have to use Google reader, but I think everyone should use some sort of RSS reader.
3. Any Video Converter: I spend quite a bit of time making videos, and I could not do it without this program on my computer. It will convert almost any video format that students can throw at me, and it is easy to use.
4. Movie Maker: I know that this is a simple program and there are much better video editing programs out there. However, this one is simple to use and free. You just can’t beat that combination.
5. WordPress: I like the WordPress blogging platform. I have used several different blogging platforms, and this one is easy to use. Every time you read this blog, I have been using it!
6. Twitter: I am not a twitter junkie by any means, but I enjoy the conversation there, especially on #edchat Tuesday. Every Tuesday, there are several #edchat discussions centered on different educational topics. This is one of the best places to go for stimulating conversation centered on education. I have never participated in an #edchat session and not come away with a bunch to think about.
7. Animoto: This site rocks for throwing together a quick video. It is one of those apps that you can learn in a few minutes and produce a video that look like it took hours to create.
8. Grooveshark: Okay, this one may not help me create much in the literal sense, but I use it constantly as a source of music while I am working, which helps me get all the things done that I need to. With Grooveshark, I can listen to just about any song by any artist. It is a huge base of music and it’s totally free to listen to.
9. Prezi: This app is like a drug. Use it once and it is the only presentation tool you will ever want to use again. Prezi makes the coolest presentations, and it is super easy to use.
10. Lifeyo: This is the best free website creation tool that I have found so far. I like it because it is a click and drag platform, and users start with a blank slate to build the site. Many of the other site building platforms have limitations in how the page can be built. Lifeyo is wide open.