Multimedia and Teaching Tools

Here I will collect and share resources I find (or are suggested to me) that may help create an engaging online course structure.

September 20, 2010

Here are some links sent in by a software developer who wishes to see what can happen if learning was online and freely available to all throughout the world. Nice goal!

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files and can turn those AVIs into streaming Flash videos (SWFs) .

CreaToon is software to create 2D animation in the cut-out style.

For creating the artwork, there is a free paint program called Gimp that works with graphics tablets and a free vector drawing program called Inkscape. Or, you can draw the artwork for the animations on paper and scan them.

There is more complex free animation software but CreaToon is easy to use and was used by the BBC to create a children’s program.

Audacity is a free sound-editor you can use to edit the audio for your animations.

ZS4 is free video editing software.

You can use CamStudio and the paint program Gimp with a graphics tablet to replace drawing on a blackboard. A company called Wacom makes graphics tablets that can be used with Gimp.

Curriki is an organization that provides links to online learning material and a way to connect with other people creating educational content.

OpenOffice can be used to create a PDF file for text books.

Amazon has a service called CreateSpace which can publish books and DVDs on-demand and downloads for sale on Amazon’s website. If you write a text book, a school could either download the PDF from your website and print their own copies or they could order the books through CreateSpace if they wanted to help fund your content.

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