May 23, 2016
Back to you with another post on New EdTech Tools for Teachers. As most of you know, this is a series of posts published once to twice a month featuring a number of new educational web tools and mobile apps. The purpose is to help teachers and educators discover applications that can potentially add educational value to the work they do inside and outside the classroom. The collection we have for you today embeds tools that can be generally categorized into : reading and language learning tools, mapping tools, Wikipedia tools, and music tools.
1- Library Extension
‘Find books at your public library again as you browse the internet. With your library's availability listed alongside popular titles, you can take advantage of hundreds of reviews and recommendations, while borrowing books from down the street. And eBooks are even easier to find and borrow for your Kindle! Audiobooks, music and movies are also supported in select libraries!’
‘Wikiwand is a new award-winning interface that optimizes Wikipedia's amazing content for a quicker and significantly improved reading experience!’
Vicki is a cool reader for Wikipedia. It provides you with a beautiful interface to interact with and read Wikipedia articles.It ‘uses a combination of advanced layout optimizations to analyze and reformat every article for ideal readability and great looks.’ Other features it offers includes: ‘Carefully crafted typography and high-quality typefaces in twelve different styles create a world-class Wikipedia reading experience, switch effortlessly between languages—if you read more than one rr check out an article’s title in all available languages’ and many more.
‘SoundBow is a drawing based music instrument with a clean and simple visual interface. You can create music by drawing curves over the screen with lines and gestural movements. Apart from drawing, you can rescale your instrument by moving graphical elements around. Record your own sounds through the microphone and start creating melodies, soundscapes with your own voice. If you wish, you can also export your composition as an audio file.’
5- The CartoDB Editor
‘The CartoDB Editor is a self-service mapping and analysis tool that combines an intuitive interface with powerful discovery features. Mix and combine your datasets to get fresh insights into your visualizations. You don’t need to be an expert to start mapping your data today. Point and click interfaces let you do everything from design, to analysis, to publishing APIs.’
‘Maphub allows you to create interactive maps. You can easily make your own map by adding points, lines, polygons or labels.Select from 20 different basemaps for background and control who can view and edit your map (coming soon).Import and export data in KML, GPX or GeoJSON formats.’
‘Translatr is a cross platform, online translation tool. It helps in translating a text or a short paragraph into different multiple languages.’
8- Readlang Web Reader
‘Immersion is the most effective way to learn a language. Readlang will translate webpages you don't understand, and create flashcards and word lists for you.’
Sources: Chrome App Store and Product Hunt.