Every summer I look forward to attending the Summer Institute of Distance Learning and Teaching conference (SIDLIT: pronounced Side Light) at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS*. “The conference is an exchange of information and expertise between faculty and staff involved or interested in instructional technology, online instruction, and distance education.” Most attendees are from the Kansas/Missouri area.
I always learn something and I’d like to share some of the freely-available tools that I learned about this year. I’ve tried all of the tools below. These tools will be added to our Teaching Resources & Tips page.
Wink: a screen-casting program that lets you record short screencasts.
Office Lens: This app trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word and PowerPoint files too.
Bubbli: bubbli™ is an app for making dynamic spherical photos called bubbles. Honestly, I don’t have a use for this app, but it seems cool. Do you have a use for it? Let me know in the Comments.
What the font? When you see a font in use and want to know what it is, you can submit an image to What The Font to find the closest matches in their database.
appear.in: I really like this tool. It’s free and very easy to use for online meetings up to 8 people. Create a URL for the room and you’re ready to go. If you want to use the room again, register and you’ll be able to use the same URL. Screen sharing, web cam for 8 people at once and audio capabilities.
*Yes, I work for the University of Utah, but I live in Kansas.