Monday, March 18, 2013

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) presented using ScoopIt

ScoopIt  is designed for curating a collection of pages and articles from around the web.  Once you start a topic, ScoopIt will begin suggesting content that you might want to add.  
It also lets you create an .rss feed for your topic.

Pros: A Bookmarklet allows you to add things to your topics as you browse the web. Pages are presented nicely with their associated image (you can choose which image from the page to feature).  Easy to add your own commentary, move items around, or delete. 

Cons: Not suited for a presentation, no options for changing color schemes.  

Use it: A good place to create an ongoing collection of information on a topic. I use ScoopIt for myself, as a way to keep articles I'm interested in for future use. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Indigenous Women

Storify allows you to pull in websites, videos, tweets, facebook posts, and more and then add text to shape the collection.  A way to curate and present the forest of available information.

Pros: Easy to pull in elements and add your own text.  Clean layout.  You can imbed the story into your blog or website (like this!)

Cons: Search functions for various social media tools aren't as flexible as they could be. 

Use it: to present information on current events, to pull together a lot of information in one place.  Woudl work well  to bring together a bunch of articles or topics if you're asking students to choose one. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Women's History Month #1

Each week of Women's History Month we will present a topic in women's history using a different online tool.  First up:

The Violence Against Women Act presented using Animoto

Animoto creates videos from pictures, text, and video clips. It has free and paid versions.  You can apply for an Educator account and get an expanded version for free. 

Pros:  Animoto is easy to use.  Just pick a theme, upload your photos, and type in some text.  The videos look polished and bring a lot of movement to still images. 

Cons: Little flexiblity.  You choose the order of images but have no control over timing or transitions. You have to pay to upgrade to HD.

Use it: for brief presentations, for trip photos, to spark a conversation.