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Windows Live Movie Maker Tutorials

University of Idaho
Windows Live Movie Maker is Windows free movie editing software for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Below you will find step-by-step instructions and tutorial videos for how to start a new movie, add videos and photos, add music, add text, and save as a movie file. jQuery UI Tabs - Default functionality

Chromebook Utilization for Collaborative Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom

University of Idaho
Chromebook Utilization for Collaborative Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom session presented by Cassidy Hall, Bradley Clark, and Amanda Haruch at the Washington State University Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference in Airway Heights, WA.

Online Publishing Tools

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Research has shown that when students write for a tangible audience, their motivation and performance improve. This, in addition to many other reasons, such as engagement with material outside of the class and added communication between teachers and students, shows the value in having students make writing public, which they can do through the use of online publishing tools. Listed below are different types of online publishing tools including those for presentations, writing, and eBooks. 

Tools for Bookmarking and Organizing Research

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One of the fundamental skills students learn throughout their schooling is the ability to utilize the internet to research. Many times, however, keeping track of the results can be unwieldy and it becomes a challenge to sift through saved results. The following six tools, all offering different features, are tools that can make researching and organizing that research a bit easier. 

Creating a Website with Wix

Wix is one of many online websites that allow users to create free websites without knowing HTML. Not only is there interface simple to use, even for complete beginners, the templates they offer are streamlined, easy to modify, and aesthetically attractive. Wix uses HTML5 which means the websites show up easily across different devices. Creating a website is simple – just add the content you want and drag and drop it to where you want it to appear. Though Wix has its downfalls, like the inability to collaborate on websites, the advantages far make up for them.

iMovie '11 Basics

University of Idaho
iMovie '11 is a video editing software program available free for Macs. iMovie provides a basic movie editing software that is easy to use and easy to learn.

Google Forms

University of Idaho
This blog post is an introduction to Google's Forms and provides a brief how-to process for making a form/survey. "Google Forms is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. The information is then collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet with the same name." - Wikipedia

Google Docs Suite

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Google Docs is Google's "software as a service" office suite. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Office Open XML). Documents are automatically saved to Google's servers. ...


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Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google's own servers, with domains other than allowed via custom URLs. - Wikipedia

Google Sites

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Google Sites is a structured wiki- and web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the Google Apps Productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files. - Wikipedia
Instructor use - Create a course website where you can upload materials


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