Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Printliminator

Tired of printing 3 pages of ads and graphics when you only need a portion of one page? Here's another "Bookmarklet" to try.

From the site: "The Printliminator is a bookmarklet with some simple tools you can use to make websites print better. One click to activate, and then click to remove elements from the page, remove graphics, and apply better print styling." 

Remove graphics, un-wanted ads, extraneous sections for a cleaner, easier to read print-out.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Free Sounds: Soungle

As they say on their website: "Soungle is a free site, developed by Southern Codes, for finding all kind of sound FX and musical instruments samples on our mega online library."  You can perform a keyword search with the results displayed ten to a page. Clicking on play icon allows you to hear the sound.  There is a wide range of sound effects. A short description of the clip appears above every sound, followed by important info such as the frame rate, duration and bit rate. "Remember, all of our sound effects and samples are royalty free for downloading." Great place to find clips for student projects.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Word Magnets"

Remember how much fun playing with fridge magnets used to be? This Flash app lets you create fridge magnet word tiles, in any colour you want, and allows you to re-arrange them on the "virtual fridge" door. What I like is that the background design can be changed: Venn diagrams, graphs, columns, range arrows...etc. etc. I think this app would be a great tool for Smartboard users. You can access the on-line version by going to the Triptico Word Magnet site, wait a moment for the "page advance arrow" to load, (lower right hand corner... "NEXT >") and then proceed to the app. (You can also click on the message in the middle of the screen to download a paid version with many great new features.) Great for an anticipation guide exercise.

There is also a short demo clip on Russell Stannard's site (Teacher Training videos) that might give you some ideas.