Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Nuggets from Learning 2.0 in Shanghai (1)

Often the most useful takeaways from educational conferences (for me) are the websites which are mentioned during and after sessions by attendees as well as presenters. Here are some of my “nuggets” from the Learning 2.0 conference so far!

ZoomIt by Mark Russinovic is a free application for Windows-based computers which provides visual accessibility features similar to the built-in “screen zoom” feature of Mac OS X. According to the website:

ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations. ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs.

Thanks Chris Smith for this tip!

The Levelator is free software (for educational use) for enhancing the audio levels in published podcasts. According to the website:

Do you believe in magic? You will after using The Levelator to enhance your podcast. And you’ll be amazed that it’s free (for non-commercial use). So what is The Levelator? It’s software that runs on Windows or OS X (universal binary) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It’s not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It’s much more than those tools, and it’s much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler’s application window, and a few moments later you’ll find a new version which just sounds better.

I’ve heard about this previously but not actually downloaded and used it. Now I think I’ll give it a go. Again, nod to Chris Smith for this tip!

iShowU is terrific screencasting software (commercial) for Mac OS X. Like The Levelator I’ve heard about this and previously saved it to my social bookmarks, but based on the recommendation of Clay Burell (from the Korea International School) I’m going to download and check it out.

More nuggets to post later….

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