Have you ever learned about a new (or new to you) tech tool and thought, “Wow — how did I not know about this?”. Saturday I attended EdCamp Citrus, and experienced this during one of the sessions. Here is a list of my favorite free lesser-known webtools, all mentioned at EdCamp Citrus’ Web 2.0 Smackdown.
- Typewith.me – Collaborate with others in real-time on a document. Each author can type in a different color, so you know who is contributing what. Share with others with the unique URL. Click here to learn more about how to use Typewith.me in your classroom.
- ViewPure.com – Make sure when you show a video to your class, that’s all you’re showing them! Get rid of the advertisements and comments on a YouTube video – all you need is the link to the video. I originally heard about this tool from Richard Byrne’s EdTech UNconference Session, and mentioned it at the Smackdown. Thanks, Richard!
- TubeChop.com – Only want to show 2 minute clip of a 10 minute video? Put the YouTube URL of a video inside TubeChop, and select the part that you want. When you’re finished, you are given a link and embed code for the cropped version of the video.
- Whenisgood.net – Tired of the back and forth that happens when you’re trying to schedule a meeting? Select on a grid the times that are good for you, then email (via a link) your grid to your invitees. They choose when they are also free. Meeting scheduled!
- Fur.ly – Shorten multiple URLs into one, & easily navigate through all your URLs. The best way to understand is to see an example…click here to view a fur.ly of all the links mentioned in this post.