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Jan 26

You’ve been assigned a movie documentary for homework or for that important business presentation. It seems such a daunting task, but actually making an online movie for a course, presentation or workshop is easy. You just need the right tools.

When you decide to create a online course or workshop, you often find the need to capture live video, audio or screen recording. To do this you need certain  apps or software tools. There are a number of audio and video tools out there to choose from, but sorting through the different features can be daunting. This could make you start a project, only to find that the tool you chose doesn’t fit your needs – and then you’ll have to start all over again. That’s why we’ve  listed 10 top visual and audio tools for video workshops or presentations here.

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  1. iMovie

This program allows you to turn your home Apple computer into a home video production machine and all you need is a few clicks. Fine-tune every clip and transition, edit color and audio. You can even fix shaky video here.

  1. Chirbit

A fun tool that allows you to record, upload and share voice and audio files. Just record your voice using a WebCam or microphone and upload the final version to your document or website.

ScreenFlowr

When you need to record your screen, this tool works wonderfully and gives you several video editing options as well. It is user friendly and relatively inexpensive.

  1. Windows Movie Maker

Like iMovie, Windows movie maker allows you to edit feel easily, but works on your Windows-based device or PC.

  1. Vocaroo

This is an easy-to-use audio recording tool that allows you to use prerecorded files. They can be emailed, embedded and shared on social media sites.

  1. Camtasia

A simple tool that allows you to capture and edit your screen and PowerPoint presentations. You can upload your videos to the web and export in different formats. It is rather expensive at about $300, but it is one of the most complete screen capturing tools for both Windows and Mac.

  1. Screen-O-Matic

A cool tool that lets you record using your browser instead of using a  downloaded application. It is free for both Windows or Mac users.

  1. CamStudio

This offers a program that can record all screen and audio activity on your Windows friendly computer or laptop. It can also create bandwidth friendly streaming flash videos, screen captions and annotations all for free.

  1. Audacity

Audacity is a free tool that is open source and cross-platform and allows you to record and edit sounds.

  1. Screenr

A web-based screen recorder with intuitive and easy to use controls. Just click the record button and it will automatically capture your screen voice.

Bottom Line

These software programs, many being browser-based, meaning you don’t need to download them, can help you become a professional video maker. The preset themes and buttons allow you to easily make a professional looking video for any workshop or classroom.

written by mangoorange

Jan 24

Productivity apps have come into full swing now that more people use smartphones. These  allow us to be more productive in work and in play. Unfortunately many of the new smartphones don’t come with these basic apps already installed, and finding the best apps can be difficult because there are so many in the app store. To rev up your smartphone you can use a few of these top 10 productivity special apps.

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  1. The Swizzle

The problem with email on smartphones is that it’s cluttered with promotions that you just haven’t gotten around to unsubscribing from. Swizzleshows you a list of all the newsletters, promotions and offers it finds. Then you can choose to unsubscribe or bundle them into a daily or weekly swizzle digest. Organizing your email according to watch want and what you don’t want can save you hours of time.

  1. Any.do

productivity app that’s been around for a few years but still gets many fans especially for its moment daily planner which helps you schedule tasks into your routine.

  1. Asana

More than just the to do list, Asana allows team members to collaborate, schedule and assign costs across projects.

  1. iA Writer

If you ever wanted to be able to write on your smartphone this is the app for you. iA writer strips everything out so you can just focus on the writing. No compulsive editing while writing.

  1. Timeful iPhone App

This is a wonderful outfit helps you find the time to do the things you want to do, without overriding the things you have to do it interface is clear, but  best of all is that the more you use it the better it gets determining when you are most likely to do a task.

  1. Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout

There are a lot of apps out there but this is one of my favorites for its efficiency. It is available on both iOS and the android and it’s a free app that helps you break a quick sweat with an intensity level is right for you. Long workouts are certainly available but this is great for the person is always working.

  1. EasilyDo

It’s hard to describe the exact functionality of this out because it does little bit of everything. And asking people to your address book, it posts happy birthday on your Facebook pages on the right day; it automatically sends a text message to your colleagues when you work late and tells you where your packages are from the point they are shipped. At $49.99 per year, this is like carrying a mobile secretary with you.

  1. Pocket

One of those apps that is essential as it allows you to keep track of all the articles you want to read when you’re off-line.

  1. VSCO Cam

Turn your boring snapshots into arty photographs with this app. Then post them to your twitter, Facebook or Insta gram.

  1. Check

Keep track of all your bills, when there do and monitor your bank and credit card accounts.

written by mangoorange

Jan 22

Going off to college is exciting, it’s a change in lifestyle but kids shouldn’t forget what the real purpose is, that of studying.

Even so, leading a busy lifestyle, working, doing homework and studying for tests can be very difficult, especially when you’re using the old traditional study and note taking methods; that’s when life can become just too stressful; so instead of getting an A on that test, you end up failing. To keep this from happening, some of the smartest students use special apps to help them study and keep information fresh in their mind. To find out what these apps are, we conducted a recent interview of students across the nation, and these were the apps most recommended.

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  1. Quizlet

A savvy tool that lets you create quizzes from any subject you want to study. It also helps you make flashcards and other study aids for just about any topic. Just creating the quiz and the flashcards helps you retain the information.

  1. Evernote

This is a useful app where you can share notes with friends and colleagues; synchronize documents with other users and other Microsoft documents; highlight certain areas and even turn your notes into a game to help you study.

  1. Google Doc

Google Docs offers an easy way to collaborate between several people. You can make notes and others can add to it, share them or edit. Google Docs are helpful when you do group study work.

  1. Simplemind

You’ll never have a problem organizing your notes when you use Simplemind. This organizes your notes by making a spider diagram or mind map of them.

  1. Encore Study Platform

This is an app that lets you make flashcards and quizzes. The act of preparing the materials helps you remember the information, then you can create study games with friends.

  1. Studyblue

Here you can search and find relevant content for the subject you’re looking for. You can make your own flashcards with audio and images and create quizzes and designs to review. You can also take self-assessment tests and receive scores.

  1. Margins

An app that lets you take notes from books and then organize them by the book and the page number.

  1. Sheppards Software

This is game software in a variety of subjects including History, Math and English. Game levels differ starting from beginner to advanced.

  1. Sparknotes

This is an app that allows you to refresh the idea of global warming test. It provides a plot summary, analysis of key points, character descriptions and even a few quotes. It’s like the old Cliffnotes books.

  1. Dropbox

This app allows you to place assignments and documents all in one central location so everyone can access it. Collaborative members can edit, add information, notes, images and more to a Dropbox folder.

The use of some or all of these tools can make studying less stressful and more efficient. Don’t forego these tools. While,it may seem like you’re losing time by taking these notes, just the act of writing down helps keep the information fresh in your mind.

written by mangoorange

Jan 20

Finding apps for teens is a bit of a conundrum, as you have to decide on whether these are safe enough, non-violent and promote safe Internet surfing. There are tons of apps out there, and while fun, most are probably not as educational or as safe as you would want them to be. So we went out to test several of the apps out there and came up with 10 that both you and your teen will love.

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1.TUMBLR

TUMBLR is adicting, and it can be educational. At least you can get your teen to read other blogs by other teens and maybe even write their own. This promotes both reading and writing skills, but also allows teens to identify with other teens that deal with some of the same issues.

2. Math Bingo

A fun Bingo game that gets your teens to practice their basic math skills. This is an app that is appropriate for younger teens who need more practice with basic math concepts. The multiplication drills, additions and subtractions can keep your teen practicing his/her basic math skills for hours on end.

3. Sound Uncovered

This is a virtual exhibit of sound where a user makes a recording and then learns how his brain interprets it. Fiddle around with the controls until it makes sense and your teen will learn a little science.

4. Presidents Vs. Aliens

Wouldn’t you love for your kids to know about past presidents like they know the names of their favorite game characters? Download this app and your teen will be able to name the 27th president as well as who occupied office during the Louisiana purchas. For some reason kids love to fling president’s heads at invading aliens. This is a real stress reliever too.

5. MindSnacks

If you can make it to level 5 you probably know a lot of vocabulary in a foreign language. Teens practice quick reflexes but also need to know vocabulary words in the language they choose to learn.

6. Khan Academy

You can always access this academy through a web browser or on YouTube, but when you install the app, you get math, science and history lessons, all placed in fun games and quizzes.

7.BrainPOP

Kids want something cartoon like? BrainPOP can be the answer. This is a free app that allow Tim and Moby, cartoon characters to explain math, science and history through animation.

8. uMentioned

Juicy stories, secrets, thoughts and funny moments shared by students from their own campus. This may not be appropriate for younger teens but might work well with teens that are about 16 to 17.

9. Voxer

This is a walkie-talkie like app that allows users to share short voice notes. This is another app for the tween or younger teenager who still wants to play like a kid. They share the info much like a walkie-talkie. Users can also share images and texts.

10. Instagram

As usual Instagram makes the cut again this year.  It is still as popular as ever and kids love to share their photos and news feeds here.

written by mangoorange

Jan 18

We all know that the average Internet surfer has an attention span of about 8 seconds. That’s not that long. In fact, a gold fish has a longer attention span (about 9 seconds). As a website owner you want people to stay on your website as long as possible and be engaged, maybe even buy your product or service. So how do you do it? You create eye-catching presentations. Here are 10 software tools that help you create eye-catching presentations to add to your website.

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  1. GoAnimate

Create animated videos with this app. Assemble predesigned bacgrounds and animated pictures then upload your logo, audio and maybe even video. Then distribute it through YouTube.

  1. Haiku Deck

This is an app for the Apple iPad, which lets you create pie charts, bar graphs and stats easily using drag and drop controls.  There are preformatted themes and millions of photographs you can use.

  1. Prezi

Consider using Prezi for presntations. This app doesn’t move from slide to slide but in mindmap form, according to the flow you want for your presentation. The software lets you zoom in and out as needed to present your ideas.

  1. SmartDraw

This is a great app for flow and organizational charts. It’s also great for floor plans and diagrams.  Use visuals in Google Docs, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Visio.

  1. ThingLink

This lets you create images and context of all sorts. You can include audio and videos, as well as text from resources. It’s like placing captions within a photograph, so that when you mouse over the image the content becomes visible.

  1. PowToon

Get an entire suite of animated characters and templates to create special effects presentations. The presentation looks so professional it draws your audiences attention  and they will think that a professional designer created it.

  1. RawShorts

An easy to use video editing app that draws characatures. Use a preset short film and just add your business information; or create your own. The interface is very simple to use and there are tutorials to help you along. Diffferent pricing options are available, including a free version.

  1. Sparkol VideoScribe

One of the first animation video editing software applications available, but still popular among users. This is software that sketches out characters or images for the audience. It brings  a story to life in just a few seconds. It works well for online presentations, not necessarily as well for live presentations.

  1. Slide.es

Offers a great app for slide presentations. This tool creates perfect looking presentations that don’t require special effects or animation.  You do need to have great images as there aren’t templtes available here but it is HTML5 based so it integrates with movable gifs.

  1. SlideShark

A powerful presentation app that lets you make presentations out of PDFs, HTML files and web pages, all from your smartphone or tablet. It also offers support for PowerPoint and offers social sharing options.

written by mangoorange