Academic Technology Center
Learning with Technology Collaboratory

External Resources for Completing Projects

The following are neat tools staff in the ATC have experimented with. To recommend other neat tools be posted on this page, email multimediaprojects@wpi.edu.

Reminder: These tools are not supported by WPI. Please do not contact the Help Desk if you encounter problems. They are listed only as helpful resources.

To view the resources, click on the heading.

Photo Editing/Sharing/Publishing
Flickr is Yahoo’s online photo storage, management and sharing site that allows for a myriad of both input and sharing options. Geotags and other features help to also make Flickr a photo-based social networking site.
Photoshop Express - Adobe’s free online photo editing program allows for basic editing and 2GB of free storage.
Picasa is a Google Photo Application that has both a free download (for Windows only/allows editing) and a web version (Picasa Web Albums for Windows or MAC – storage only), which allows 1GB storage.
Use Picnik to edit your photos from Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, Facebook and more. Includes basic one-touch editing options and a variety of effects.
Stock.XCHNG is a photo sharing site that allows users to download pics from over 30,000 photographers, royalty-free. Users can also share their own artistic work.
SplashUp allows for both editing (including some layer options) and sharing of photos.
WPI Resource: Adobe Photoshop is available in the Gordon Library in the Multimedia Lab. Adobe Photoshop Elements is available on laptops borrowed from the Gordon Library or ATC.


PowerPoint & Other Document Storage/Sharing
Upload files of various types to these websites to share them, embed them in networks and blogs, create an RSS Feed for updates, or easily convert them to video files for an iPod.
authorSTREAM is an online presentation sharing engine that allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentations online for free.
Slideshare is another online presentation sharing engine.
Scribd includes unlimited memory for documents that can then be embedded into websites and/or shared with the Scribd community for feedback.
WPI Resource: Microsoft SharePoint services are available for student groups.


File Converters
YouConvertIt supports file format conversions of Microsoft Office documents, a variety of open office applications, images, sound, graphic and video file formats at no cost.
Flash Video Downloader - Youtube Downloader is a free browser plugin for Firefox that allows saving to the several native video formats used by Youtube.
Zamzar allows for a variety of file format conversions. Upload a file or url, and Zamzar will send an email when the converted format is available on their website.
Media Convert allows for the conversion of video, text, images, sound (including ringtones), and html. There is no charge.
MediaCoder is an open-source audio/video transfer site that allows for the conversion of the most popular filetypes. mediacoder
Format Factory is a free media converter that converts to MP4, MPG, MP3, WAV, WMA, JPG, and PNG, just to name a few. FF can also be used to rip videos from DVDs and audio files from CDs. formatfactory
Vixy is an online file converter that accepts flash videos.


Wikis, Websites, and Networking Tools
Google Sites - Google’s wiki-like website builder allows you to build public and private sites. This free program includes 10GB of storage and integration with other Google Apps and services. Users are able to create a site to share information or use it as a wiki for collaboration.
Wet Paint combines wiki, blog and forum technology for users to build online communities around a specific interest. Search existing sites or create your own.
Ning allows you to create your own social network on a topic of your choosing. However, there is now a fee associated with creating a network. (Sidenote: If you are interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in education, check out http://www.classroom20.com, which was created on Ning.) Search existing sites or create your own.
PB Works (formerly PB Wiki) has a business application and an education application for wiki creation. A variety of privacy settings are available.
WPI Resources: myWPI and SharePoint both have discussion and wiki features.


Screen Capture
Jing - (from TechSmith, the makers of Camtasia) is a free download that allows you to take screen captures – either images that are editable or short, 5 minute videos. Captures can be stored anywhere, including a Tech Smith product called Screencast.com, which may involve a fee, but allows 2GB of storage free currently.
CamStudio is an open-source screen capturing software that is able to record all screen and audio activity on a computer and create AVI’s, which can also be converted into streaming Flash videos.
WPI Resources: Camtasia Studio and SnagIt are available on WPI-owned machines. Students can also access these programs via the terminal server.


Video Editing
iMovie - Part of the iLife Suite, iMovie (Mac) is now in Version 8. Capture, edit and export videos in a variety of formats.
Windows Movie Maker also allows capture, editing and export of videos in a variety of file formats.
WPI Resource: Adobe Premiere Pro is available on the machines in the Gordon Library Multimedia Lab. Additionally, Premiere Elements is available on laptops borrowed from the ATC.


Flash Tools
Flypaper allows users to create Flash content in a variety of formats. There is a fee for the full program, but a free trial is available.
iSpring Free creates Flash from PowerPoint files via a plugin. It is a free program.
WPI Resource: Adobe Flash CS4 Professional is available on the machines in the Gordon Library Multimedia Lab.


Other Amazing Tools
Voicethread allows for the upload of fifteen different types of media that is then available for users to view and share thoughts. Comments can be made via microphone computers, telephones, text and drawing.
AlternativeTo.net is a search site that links to free alternatives to software that can sometimes be very expensive. alternativeto
GameMaker - YoYo Games uses drag and drop options to create games with no programming skills required. The “lite” version is available for free, and the “professional” version for $20.


Surveys and Voting
To view a Matrix of Free Online Survey Tools and the different features they offer, click here..  
Google Docs has a Forms feature that collates data into a Google Spreadsheet. Requires a free account.
SurveyMonkey is an online survey tool with a variety of question options, including custom skip logic. A free account limits the number of questions per survey to 10 and responses to 100.
Qualtrics is an online survey software program. The free version includes up to 350 responses, but has unlimited questions and allows for export of results to .csv files, which can be very helpful in data analysis. qualtrics
Poll Daddy is also a poll widget tool with 11 different question format options. A free account grants unlimited polls, though there is advertising.
Text the Mob is a free service that allows audience members to respond to polls with text messages via cell phone. Responses are limited to 100.
Poll Everywhere allows responses via the web, SMS text messaging, or Twitter. The free version is limited to 30 responses per poll.

 

Concept Mapping Tools
Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) from Tufts University is a free download that allows for concept maps that can also be used in presentations. VUE
The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition's Cmap Tools from the University of Florida is also a free download. cmap


Reminder: Practice Your Presentations! Record yourself using Library Laptops!

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