Site 2012 Conference Goodies

Last week, I (Kerrie) attended the Site 2012 Conference in Austin, Texas, hosted by the Association of the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) organization.  This was my first time attending this particular conference, though I have attended several Ed-Media and E-learn conferences with AACE.  They are always top notch International conferences and I learn quite a bit.

I’m not going to do a full conference in review, but I wanted to share a bunch of links to resources and “goodies” that I learned.  Some are new to me, and others were mentioned so much that I think they are worth posting about.  I haven’t thoroughly read all of these sites or tried all of them out, but it is on my to do list!  Enjoy digging in!


Tools, tools and more tools lists

Instructional Design


  • Poll Everywhere – used in a conference session for open questions/comments while presentation happening.  Could be used in a class for same purpose with a TA or student lead collecting questions for Faculty.
  • VoiceThread – a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that allows for voice, text, and “doodle” comments from those you share the thread

Annotation & Document Sharing

  • Highlighter – I blogged about this a few weeks ago, and met with these guys while in Austin.  There are some great things coming up for their company and a big improvement to the usability of their webpage interface coming soon.
  • Diigo – this is similar to Highlighter, in that you can highlight a page, though this has a toolbar on your browser that allows you to highlight on a page.
  • Crocodoc – Per their website: View & Comment on Any Document, Review a Word document, fill out a PDF form, mark up an image, and more… All with Crocodoc, all online, all for free.
  • – Easily embed documents on your website/course.   Annotation & Analytics features too.
  • Entri – Free & Simple Collaborative Document Sharing Tool

Video, Screencasting & Presentations

  • Screen castle – one click screencasting
  • Xtranormal – make movies with the available cartoon characters for short how to, or topic introductions
  • Skype-Buddy – protocol and model for allowing students to “Sit in” on your class when they aren’t able to be there in person.
  • Screencast-O-Matic – free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing
  • HelloSlide –  from their website: Upload a PDF of your presentation, then Simply type the speech for each slide, instead of recording it, and HelloSlide automagically generates the audio.
  • Online Convert –  Free online tool to convert media files online from one format into another.

Mindmapping, Timelines,  Drawing & Graphics

Organize, Search & Existing Content

  • LiveBinders – Organize your resources in an online binder
  • Sweet Search – A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Hippo Campus – Per their website:  HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.

Educational Simulations

Social Media & Internet Statistics

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