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Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

Visit the Survey of Cloud Tools on Google Forms and/or http://bit.ly/1bhhGz4 1. The New Hive URL: http://thenewhive.com/ Description of Tool: The New Hive is a cloud based service that allows you to create online collages with images, media and text. You begin with a blank canvas that allows you to design with images, videos, audio files, and text. You can quickly re-size and re-position the elements on your pages by dragging and dropping them. The pages that you create on The New Hive can be made public or private. For interest sake, there is a gallery of the The New Hive creations, and the service does promote itself as a community of creators to share creative pursuits. Category Presentation

Terms of Terms of Use URL: Privacy URL: same Use & http://newhive.com/lib/doc/tos.htm Privacy l For educational purposes, The New Hive is a safe service, and it is interesting to note that The New Hive is still in an invite-only beta phase so you will have to request an invitation to try it out. The Terms of Service state that they do not derive profit from data mining and advertisement, and there terms of services are set to protect the user. There basics are as follows: You own your information. You agree that all information/data/pictures you post are your own creation or you are allowed to use them. You refrain from using the site in any way that could be interpreted as hateful/derogatory. Most of all, We want You to have fun. Students must be 13 years old in order to use the site. In terms of privacy, the users owns everything he/she creates within The New Hive, and the default sharing setting is full privacy, except your public profile, homepage and your public posts. They do not collect information about their users, online habits. If a user chooses to create public posts, he/she will be sharing their data under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Engagement Students may find the creative experience quite rewarding Students are able to embed the project into their own blog in order to receive feedback from peers Students are given the freedom to be creative, nothing is predefined for them. Ease of Use This is a free online tool The tool is a simple drag and drop application Students will need to create their own accounts and wait for the invite in order to begin working with The New Hive PROS Easy to use, it is free Overall, the product looks greatit is an impressive visual display Pages can be under the private or public domainthis is a personal choice CONS As students would begin with a blank canvas, they will require a basic understanding of design principles Students must wait for the invite in order to begin using the service

Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

2. Animoto URL: http://animoto.com/create Description of Tool: Animoto is a cloud-based presentation tool that allows teachers to create beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips, text and music for their classroom. Animoto syncs with your images through Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, SmugMug and/or uploaded personal files. Animoto allows teachers and students to add voice-over and add music to the video. Choose music from the Animoto collection of music or upload a personal music selection. Animoto provides options to share videos or embed video into classroom blog posts. Educators may apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. The educational accounts expire every six months, and a new code is required to renew an account. Educators are able to create up to 50 accounts for student use. Category Terms of Use & Privacy Presentation tools/slideshow/video editing tool Terms of Use URL: http://animoto.com/legal/terms Privacy URL: http://animoto.com/legal/privacy_policy

Animoto does not collect personally identifiable information, unless you specifically provide it to them. Educators are directed to create student accounts and to ensure that the student does not provide any personally identifiable information to Animoto. Animoto does recommend that teachers create a master gmail account that allows you t o receive emails on behalf of the student accounts. The email notifications allow the teacher to see what videos students have completed and keep an eye on student activity. Link to this page: http://bit.ly/1exAA5H Engagement Students are able to communicate their learning and demonstrate creativity through use of Animoto. The video showcase is an impressive product and as a result, students add to higher levels of engagement and motivation. Students are able to share/post their video in blog or on Youtube

Ease of Use Easily set-up a classroom and students are able to begin creating an impressive product Easy to use with students. There are no video editing skills required; just choose a style, upload video, images and create text and publish a professional looking video

PROS It is free for educators Allows teachers to set up relatively classrooms in order to keep personal information private Product is easy and fast to learn to use. Animoto does it all the production design for you, which aids in promoting creativity. Effective in making a unique and engaging digital presentations (incorporating images, video clips, music and text), such that students are able to focus on the content in each movie rather than focusing their attention on the production side of movie making (editing). There are a variety of styles/formats and media

CONS Possible copyright issues with students uploading images, music, video to their presentations. Privacy could be an issue as students may be uploading videos to YouTube, or personal websites.

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resources to choose from on the website If students dont like the video theyve created they can remix their video using the same images and audio until theyre satisfied. Provides opportunities for students to share their work by uploading their video on YouTube (or SchoolTube, TeacherTube) or embedding it into a website (authentic audience).

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

3. TED-Ed Description of Tool:

URL: http://ed.ted.com/

What if you could capture that one brilliant lesson, amplify it and put it in a place where teachers and students can use it all over the world? -TEDs Chris Anderson TED-Ed is a website that is dedicated to turning TED videos and videos from YouTube into lessons for sharing. It is a free and open resource site that allows teachers to select from a remarkable library of lessons and flipped lessons. Teachers are able to choose from the prepared lessons, flip TED-Ed lessons, and/or create their own from the extensive TED library of videos and from YouTube videos. Once a teacher has flipped a lesson, a new and unique URL is published, and from here he/she may choose to share the lesson publicly or privately, to a select group of users. Since the URL is unique, and for the benefit of the educator, it can measure the progress of any participant it is shared with; measuring participation and accuracy of the students answers. The lessons are designed for students to initially watch the video; to think as they are answering multiple choice questions (real-time feedback is provided); to dig deeper and explore additional resources; finally, students are provided with a couple guided discussion question to complete in the discuss section of the lesson. Category Instructional Videos/video sharing

Terms of Terms of Use URL: Privacy URL: http://www.ted.com/privacy Use & https://www.ted.com/termsofuse Privacy From TED-Eds Terms of Service website, anyone who is 13 and over may join TED.com by providing basic information (first and last name, email address, country of residence). If a student is under the age of 13, he/she may not create a TED account. I found it interesting that TED reserves the right to remove anyone who uses language to promote : pseudo-science, conspiracy theories, zealotry, proselytizing, self-promotion, product-hawking, and newage fluff; any content that is written in txtspeak, all-caps, or otherwise lazy grammar; content posted by members using joke names or non-names; disrespectful, distasteful, unconstructive, or illegal content. As a teacher, I would definitely provide this information to my students before engaging in any activities on TED-Ed. Any use of TED Talks has to follow the terms of our Creative Commons license "Attribution NonCommercial - NonDerivative" As written in the privacy policy, TED-Ed collects two kinds of information: Personal information that the user supplies and information that is gathered automatically as a result of tracking activity on your account.

Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

Engagement On their own, the TED-Ed videos are very engaging, but the flipped approach provides more opportunities more interaction and engagement with the video. Using a flipped TED-Ed lesson could help to improve lessons, as it allows teachers to bring new, fresh ideas and expert voices to a class discussion. The flipped lesson allows for reflective learning, and more hands-on project time in class. Ease of Use Once students have set up an account, they are able to easily access the lesson by following the URL provided, and work through the lesson with ease. The interface is sleek, intuitive and professional looking. The lessons are laid out in an uncomplicated and explicit manner. It is relatively simple for educators to create a customized lesson around a TED or YouTube video. PROS TED-Ed is a free service Already, over 45,000 flips have been created Provides for expert voices in the classroom TED-Ed lessons allow students to interact and engage with videos TED videos usually deal with intriguing and fascinating subject matter, and the lesson adds focus to the video The TED-Ed website provides for not only TED video to be flipped, but also YouTube videos, which adds magnitude to the already wide selection of choices available on TED. CONS The TED-Ed flip should not replace good teaching pedagogywhere lessons should be about doing not consuming material. Inquiry-driven and project-based lessons provide more personalized learning for students, and we must not confuse TED-Ed with providing good quality teaching to studentsit is simply an add-on to a lesson, it is born out of a traditional form of assessment where the student watches a video, takes a quiz and writes a brief response.

URL: http://voicethread.com/products/k12/ or http://voicethread.com/ Description of Tool: VoiceThread is collaborative, multimedia slide shows platform that allows users to bring their voice to a conversation by sharing information, impressions, interactions, stories and opinions. Users are able to move through slides and communicate their ideas by leaving an audio comment, text file or video. The slide show will hold images, documents and videos. With VoiceThread, you are able to embed in a website to show and receive comments. VoiceThread connect students with each other through sharing of ideas and opinions helping to lessen feelings of isolation and disconnection that are often felt with online classrooms. VoiceThread may be shared with select users or shared publically with the world. Overall, VoiceThread is an excellent platform for teaching, collaborating and learning in an online classroom. Category Terms of Use & Privacy Blogging/Audio Editing Terms of Use URL: http://voicethread.com/termsofuse/ Privacy URL: http://voicethread.com/support/howto/Privacy_and_Security /

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VoiceThread

Terms of Use are similar to many of the cloud tools, in that a student must be at least 13 years or older to register and use the service. If a student is younger than 13, he/she must have the explicit permission of a parent or guardian to use the service.

Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

Copyright: (A Whats Yours is Yours Policy): VoiceThread recognizes that your content is yours alone, however, with any content that is made available for the public, youve now granted VoiceThread worldwide and a royalty-free and non-exclusive license. Privacy: K-12: VT licenses only allow the world to see the students identity names Engagement Deeper Responses: allows student to thoroughly reflect on a response, as they have the opportunity to reflect on a response before they post it, which often lends itself to a more considered response. Increased participation in a discussion as students who may not have contributed in a f2f class are more open to participating when they are able to reflect on a response. Authentic audience brings purpose to assignmentswith VoiceThread, students are able to collaborate with each other, other classes, and with experts in the field Creative way to have students to collaborate, share ideas, information, impressions, stories and opinions VoiceThread provides a venue for creativity and inspired learning. Ability to personalize the education experience for every student Ease of Use VoiceThread is a free service Easy to operate for students, but students will need to sign up with their email address. Intuitive set-up and easy to use for teachers Teachers share the VoiceThread link with students CONS Unless supervised, there is the potential for students to make negative comments on the VoiceThread. Students must be prepped to write comments before adding their voice to VoiceThread, otherwise comments could come across as either too short, rambling, off-task or inappropriate.

PROS Centralized discussion to keep it focused Deeper Responses: provides an opportunity to reflect, resulting in higher quality input Increased participation Makes for an engaging and interactive discussion and collaboration forum VoiceThread works well--it seems to have a reputation for being a solid and reliable cloud tool Easy to use: only brief introduction and instruction would be needed for students to begin using this tool Free service Opportunities for an authentic audience

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Weebly URL: http://www. education.weebly.com or http://www.weebly.com

Description of Tool: Weebly is an extremely user-friendly web application that is perfect for creating student websites, a classroom website, and student e-porfolios within a protected environment. With Weebly for Education, a teacher is provided with bulk creation of 40 student accounts, which can be managed and protected by the teacher. Weebly offers an intuitive website building platform with powerful multimedia features, and students can easily create their own websites and blogs with little technical skills. Multimedia tools such as embedding video, music, maps, and html; creating image galleries and slideshows; adding surveys and polls, etc. all

Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

work to add a professional touch to the website. With the blogging features you area able to create an unlimited number of moderated blogs within the website; blogs are an excellent means of communication among students, allowing them express their thoughts and opinions and receive replies from other students. One feature that really works for me is the assignment formstudents are able to upload their assignments directly to the websiteso much for lost work! Category Blogging/e-portfolio

Terms of Use & Privacy

Terms of Use URL: Privacy URL: http://www.weebly.com/terms-ofhttp://www.weebly.com/privacy/ service/ Weebly does not sell personal information, but they do use this information for improving their services. They collect personal information, such as email and username when you register, but with the Weebly for Educators site, a teacher is able to set up 40 websites for students without students providing any information to Weebly. Students under the age of 13 are prohibited from creating or using accounts through Weebly.com. Students under the age of 13 may, however, may use Weebly through special student accounts created by their teachers through education.weebly.com, provided the teacher has obtained signed parental consent from the student's parents. A student could set up Weeblys Social Media features and Widgets, such as Facebook or Twitter. These features may collect information (IP address, cookies) and they are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Any interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Engagement Students have control over their own website, which may extend to a sense of pride of ownership and accomplishment. Creating a website will inspire students creativity and imagination. Through written reflections on class discussions, and within their own blog, opportunities to reflect with classmates may result in higher quality output from students Makes for an engaging and interactive discussion and collaboration forum Opportunities for an authentic audience Ability to personalize the education experience for every student Ease of Use Setting up a Weebly blog is fairly intuitive and user friendly; students are able to set up their own blogs with limited technical expertise and it is a perfect tool for creating student e-portfolios, and websites for assigned projects Weebly is also an excellent tool for teacher websites; with Weebly, a teacher is able to post all assignments, add a class calendar, provide content information, and receive uploaded assignments, etc it is essentially an LMS for the class. Students are easily able to comment in a discussion forum and comment on other students blogs. PROS As a hosting provider, Weebly does not place any advertisement on the website, which makes it an excellent option for educators. Students and teachers will not become overwhelmed with an excessive number of CONS The user management is limiteda service like Wordpress is better for managing personal blogs, and it has more features than Weebly (limited widgets)

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tool and there is no requirement for technical expertise Free platform, that does not bombard you with pressure to upgrade Extremely user friendly and intuitive design A broad range of templates are available for use and users can personalize the templates with add-ons and images/video Students and teachers are able to create an engaging and professional-looking website

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6. Google Drive/Docs URL: http://docs.google.com Description of Tool: Google Drive is the cloud-based file storage system that houses Google Docs. With Google Drive, you are able to access your files with a device, provided there is internet access. Google Docs is a free webbased office suite found within Drive that allows you to create, edit, and import documents online. The documents may be shared for viewing and collaborating with other Google members. Google Docs is compatible with word processing and presentation software, and it has five applications: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings and forms Category Online Collaboration

Terms of Use & Privacy

Terms of Use URL: http://www.google.com/intl/en/poli cies/privacy/

Privacy URL: same

As many of Google services require a Google Account for set-up (Gmail), they do collect a variety of personal information from the information users give to them, and through information they get from use of the services. As well, Google will ask you to create a publicly visible Google profile if you are to take advantage of all their features/services. Google collects information about device specific information, log on information, location information, local storage (browser web storage and application data caches) and through cookies. According to the website, they use this information to improve services, develop new services, to offer users tailored content, and protect Google and their users. The minimum age requirement to own a Google account is 13 years old

Engagement Students will appreciate the ability to collaborate simultaneously with other students With Google Docs, students are able to get instant feedback through the commenting and messaging options, this allows the teacher to steer students in the right direction ultimately, heading in the path to success With peer editing and collaboration, students are able to engage in powerful learning experiences with peer-to-peer discussions Ease of Use Google is a free online tool Users will need to create accountsset up a Gmail accountbefore using Google Docs Easy to create, share and edit documents Program is available online, so students do not need to download any programs or software Students save work in the cloud, and the work is constantly saved, so they is no fear of losing valuable data

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PROS Collaboration is often considered an essential 21st century skill, and with Google Docs students are able to effectively communicate and collaborate with peers and teachers through peer editing, collaborative writing and other collaborative projects With Google Docs, teachers are able to leverage student success and learning through formative assessment practices, where teachers are able to provide ongoing feedback and to aid in the process of writing, not just with the finished product. Google Docs is a free service, it is easy to use and readily accessible with the internet Since Google Docs are in the cloud, students work will always be accessible, provided there is internet servicethis helps to alleviate the anxiety of having to hand-in work and the possibility of losing work. 7. Mind42

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CONS Privacy is a concern with student information, and some people feel insecure about saving private information in the cloudthe amount of personal information stored on Google Drive/Docs needs to be managed to ensure personal information is not accessible to the public When uploading information, the formatting may be lost or messed-up Users must be 13 years old to use the service and will need signed consent under 18 years of age

URL: http://mind42.com/guide/editor/collaboration

Description of Tool: Mind42 is a collaborative mind-mapping tool to create, manage and edit mind maps. It is a web application, so it must be accessed online, and you do not need to install any programs. There is no downloadable app version available. A special aspect of Mind42 is the ability to collaborate on a mind map. The collaborative aspect of Mind42 provides wonderful opportunities to connect and share ideas with others. Where a student grants others the right to view or edit their mind map, and theses users are then sent an invitation. This collaboration could happen simultaneously and all editors of the same map can create new topics, or deepening existing thoughts, and the changes that are made happen instantaneously, in real -time. Publishing the mind map is the best way to show mind maps to others. Students could either publish a link or then share the link to others, or they could embed the mind map into their website/e-portfolio. Category Mind mapping Terms of Use URL: http://mind42.com/terms Privacy URL: same

Terms of Use & Privacy

With Mind42, advertisements are on the site but users may opt out of advertisement cookies from Google or cookies from other third party vendors for cookies from other third party vendors. http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html orhttp://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp Simple sign-upservices only requires minimal personal data (name and email). This information is collected on the website. No mention of a specific age for using this service

Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

Engagement Simple tool to use, and the users guide is clear and straight -forward Easy to create, share and edit documents The tool is available online, so students do not need to download any programs or software Students save work in the cloud, so they is no fear of losing valuable data Ability to personalize the education experience for every student With Mind42 data is available for export in various formatsin order to download a backup copy, or export an image of the mind map to put it into a Word a document; it is also possible to embed the mind map to your homepage or blog

Ease of Use Students will appreciate the ability to create, collect, and visualize ideas and information Aids in stimulating the creative process With the ability to collaborate, students engage in powerful learning experiences with collaborators PROS Students will appreciate the ability to create, collect, and visualize ideas and information Aids in stimulating the creative process With the ability to collaborate, students engage in powerful learning experiences with collaborators CONS Mind 42 is still a powerful mind map creator; though doesnt seem as rich with features as other mind-mapping tools (paid competitors) Lack of off-line editing capabilities Revision restoring limited to the map creator

8. Prezi URL: http://prezi.com Description of Tool: Prezi is an interactive tool that makes it easy to develop dynamic and non-linear presentations that aid in making lessons interesting and understandable, and is a great alternative to PowerPoint. The presentations are made and stored in the cloud. With Prezi, the zoom and pan features allow you to move in all directions and provide focus from the overall details to the smallest detail; essentially allowing one to bring clarity and focus to what is important. This cloud tool allows for online co-creation and collaboration; allowing students to brainstorm, edit, design, structure and present ideas together (in real time). With Prezi, one is able to import video, images, sound from your own file or import through YouTube and other acceptable formats. Category Presentation tools/slideshow/video editing tool

Terms of Terms of Use URL: Privacy URL: Use & http://prezi.com/terms-of-use/ http://prezi.com/privacy-policy/ Privacy In order to have an account, users must be 13 years of age or older to use the Service, with a letter of consent. Prezis privacy policy states that it will never knowingly solicit, nor will it accept, personally identifiable information from visitors or users known to be under thirteen (1 3) years of age. The Prezi Service is intended only for those who are at least 18 years old or who have obtained the consent of their parent or guardian to use the Prezi Service. With Prezi one is not required to provide any personal information to Prezi unless you choose to access features of the Service which require such information. Prezi follows the industry standards to protect information that is submitted to them.

Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

Engagement Prezis visuals are stunning and may keep your students intere sted and focused on the content It is fun to create a Prezi, and students may experience as sense of accomplishment from creating a professional looking presentation Ability to personalize the education experience for every student

Ease of Use Students are able to use predefined templates which are simple to use and offer different fonts and colours There is an excellent help section for any question that may arise and many videos accompany the how-to questions. Prezi offers a free educational subscription Prezi allows you to insert rich media into your presentation PROS CONS Prezis non-linear format creates an impressive Possible copyright issues with students visual impact. The panning and zooming uploading images, music, video to their Prezi features offer an interactive and engaging presentations experience for students, and with the zoom you Privacy could be an issue as students may be are able to focus on important points uploading and/or sharing presentation to Prezi or to their personal websites Prezi allows you to transfer (import) your It can be frustrating moving around the existing PowerPoint presentations to the Prezi canvas format The zooming and movement can make some With Prezi, you are able to embed the feel nauseous presentation in blogs/websites or simply share You need the Internet to access and use Prezi the presentation link with others, and with this There is no image editing options embedded link on student websites, they are There are some limits with the templates: able to receive feedback from their peers fonts The visual effects could overpower the actual Prezi is a great tool for a collaborative and message of the presentation synchronous classroom sessions or group projects. Students can collaborate in real time with (up to ten) others, in the classroom or at home, on building and brainstorming a presentation on a shared virtual whiteboard Prezi allows you to continue altering, changing your presentation, even after it has been shared with others Prezi is stored in the cloud Prezi allows for student creativity and ingenuity to shine through An app is available for use on your iphone/ipad Prezi allows you to set a timer to allow others to view the presentation without having to click through it In addition to the benefits listed above, Prezi offers a free educational subscription

Survey: Ten Cloud Tools for Educational Use

Michelle Kennedy OLTD 507

9. Powtoons URL: http://www.powtoon.com/edu-home/ Description of Tool: Powtoons is a free (for Educators) animated presentation tool that promises to supercharge your presentation and videos. The application allows users to put together professional quality presentations that tell a great story with a simple drag and drop tool. Powtoon claims to address all the frustrations that people have with Power Point and keynote and add animation and killer design. The application easy to use and focused on quality; teachers and students do not need to be tech savvy or have any design skills to create a great looking presentation. Powtoons has various design styles to choose from, and you have the option of adding a voice over, music or both. Once you have finished creating a video, you are able to share it over YouTube, Facebook, Google+, Twitter or embed it into your website. Category Presentation, Animation & Video Editing

Terms of Use & Privacy

Terms of Use URL: Privacy URL: http://www.powtoon.com/terms-andhttp://www.powtoon.com/blog/privacyconditions/ policy/ Powtoons collects personal information during registration (name, email address and perhaps a credit card). You may, however, visit the site anonymously. Powtoons uses this information in order to: personalize the experience, improve the website, improve customer service Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance: Powtoon is in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), and do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. The website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older. Users under the age of 18 may only use the "for Education" version of PowToon. Students may use PowToon with parental permission and teacher supervision or using the account named student account according to that accounts specific terms of use. Engagement Added with students creativity, these animations will look fabulous. Students will be keen on sharing their video, and there are many ways to share: YouTube, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, exported or embedded. Teachers and students are able to create great content that is visually engaging, captivating and fun to make; and visual learners will love this tool. The ability to express ideas in a succinct, clear manner is crucial, and Powtoons provides an engaging and fun way to share ideas and story There are numerous creative uses of this product: Students can create videos to show processes, explanations of complex concepts, review new learning, teach others, explain processes, tell stories, or present research. Ability to personalize the education experience for every student Ease of Use The application allows even novices to create professional looking presentations Users can easily put together design quality presentations in a very little time Only requires an email set-up to begin. Students may use a student account that is provided by the teachers with specific permissions PROS Free for educators Easy to use and manipulate Captivating, creative and engaging tool for teacher and student use CONS Limited length of video for free version is 5 minutes. I would like to see more choices for backgrounds and animation

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Forces you to tell your story in a clear and succinct manner.

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10. myHistro URL: http://www.myhistro.com Description of Tool: myHistro is a unique combination of timeline and map creation tool, complete with video, text, and pictures (and app); it allows students to combine maps and timelines seamlessly into one great presentation of information and understanding. myHistro works as a way to share stories; where students/teachers begin by creating an event along with the time and place. All the events that are created can be gathered together to tell a story. Stories can be viewed in many ways, by events on a timeline, in chronological order with a page flip feature (like an album), or as a story summary of chronological events. Completed timelines can be embedded in blogs and class websites. The great feature with myHistro is that students are able to work collaboratively on a timeline project, and they are able to invite others to share in the learning experience. Click here to understand how and why teachers should use myHistro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gki3aSrUZ6Y Category Terms of Use & Privacy Timeline Terms of Use URL: http://www.myhistro.com/terms Privacy URL: http://www.myhistro.com/privacy

myHistro members must be 13 years of age or older User Content: You are solely responsible for the Content that you post on the Services. In addition, you represent and warrant that you have the right to post the Content and you will not post any illegal or prohibited Content and will not infringe, misappropriate, violate or contravene any third party rights (including, without limitation, any intellectual property rights). myHistro collects personal information when you register, such as name, email address and date of birth. When you save other Personal Information in your profile they will collect any such information you enter. When you contact myHistro email, they will collect your email addresses and any information contained in the email you send. myHistro collects passive data such as clickstream data for all users, including a user's IP address, operating system, and page views. Engagement Great potential for students to study, analyze and write about history in an intuitive way telling their story chronologically, by mapping out a fictional story, or creating a story map for their own writing, etc Accessible for creating new projects or editing existing ones from anywhere on any iOS or browser with connectivity Simple tool to use, and the users guide is clear and straight -forward and it is easy to create, share and edit documents The tool is available online; students do not need to download any programs or software only need to save work in the cloud--no fear of losing valuable data An interactive and collaborative tool; students can create projects together Creative way to have students to collaborate, share ideas, information, and stories. Authentic audience brings purpose to assignmentswith myHistro, students are able to collaborate with each other and share with the public for feedback Students may begin to visualize history in new ways, and it may spark interest such that students may be inclined to explore historical events in more detail Ability to personalize the education experience for every student myHistro provides a venue for creativity and inspired learning Ingenious presentation tool (with a projector) rather than PowerPoint

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Excellent tool to help visual learners with review. For example, teacher/students could post facts and events in a timeline throughout school term and use the completed version for review

Ease of Use Simple registration for users 13 years and aboveit does require an email. A completed myHistro can be embedded in a class blog or website for students to access (limits visiting multiple sites or having to login), also able to send timelines to students There are a number of myHistro stories that you can borrow to share with your students myHistro has an app available for ipads Excellent help section for users: http://www.myhistro.com/help The application requires limited technical skills in order to create professional looking timeline projects Users can easily put together a quality timeline in a very little time PROS CONS Simple registration and easy to use Does not seem to be an app for App available which allows for the construction of stories, android devices events and collections, each of which can also be Could be some concerns over privacy categorized with tags. risks with students (sharing Visually impressive and excellent tool for visual learners information with the online world) Embed in a class blog or website for students to access Opportunity for personalized learning Many timelines and stories that you can borrow to share with your students myHistroextended is a test feature for Edmodo, which generates online assessments (tests) http://prezi.com/96twjdxvm_r/how-to-review-and-grade-tests-on-myhistroextended/