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IDML13 Wrap-Up: Your Top Tweeted Tools

Submitted by on May 14, 2013 – 3:22 pmNo Comment

IDML13 logoThank you to all who participated in the MOOC Instructional Design for Mobile Learning (IDML13)! This MOOC introduced instructional design principles for teaching with mobile technology, which is a growing and powerful trend because people spend more time on mobile apps than they do on the Web. Participants explored principles for designing mobile learning; pedagogies for teaching with mobile technology; and tools for creating mobile instruction. With 1,300 registrants, we learned and shared a lot of great information. You tweeted many ideas to #IDML13, and we’d like to showcase your top mobile learning tools in today’s post. IDML13 participants can still view the course resources and discussions; If you missed IDML13 and would like to view the course, enroll here.

Your Top Tweeted Tools

1. Explain Everything

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Explain Everything is an iPad app that lets you

  • Annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations.
  • Create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials.
  • Present an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display.
  • Record on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement, and captures audio through the microphone.
  • Import photos, PDFs, PPTs, and Keynotes from Dropbox, Evernote, Email, and iPad photo roll and camera.
  • Export MP4s, PNGs, and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration.

You can find Explain Everything on Facebook and on Twitter.

2. Sound Cloud

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Instructors seeking music, sounds, or just any audio, can rely on SoundCloud. This mobile-friendly platform is a sound community for you to

  • search and explore original music and audio.
  • record and upload sounds.
  • share sounds privately with friends or publicly to blogs, sites, and social networks.
  • share your audio or discovered sounds to social networks with just one click.
  • access the platform on the Web, iPhone, Android, or hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on the SoundCloud platform.

3. Photo Collage

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Photo Collage lets you whip up photo collages quickly and easily. After a simple registration, you can use the site to

  • Upload photos.
  • Create animations, slideshows, or collages.
  • Use a template or free form your collage.
  • Share your creations online.
  • Store your collages online.

Make sure to visit their Links page where they’ve collected the best photo, tool, and entertainment links.

4. VoiceThread

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Educators enjoy cloud-based VoiceThread because it’s well-developed and integrates with most LMSs, like Blackboard, Sakai, Angel, Canvas, Desire2Learn, BrainHoney, and Moodle. VoiceThread lets you communicate, collaborate, and connect:

  • Upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos.
  • Comment by using a microphone, webcam, text, phone, or uploading an audio file.
  • Keep a conversation private, share it with specific people, or open it to the world.

And VoiceThread Mobile offers all your content is on your Apple mobile device. You can create, comment, edit, and share your VoiceThreads from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

5. Unitag

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Unitag was born when a French student created colorful QR Codes for mobile use, but noticed a lack of tools available to share such media. He and some friends created a custom QR Code generator that received great reviews, ultimately leading to QR Code technologies we’re excited to use.

With Unitag, you can

  • Design a mobile Web site with different types of content and rich modules using the U.me mobile site tool (see their example).
  • Create a QR Code with your own branding, color, and design with the custom QR Code generator.
  • Use the interactive dashboard to manage and monitor your QR Codes and U.me pages in real time.

6. Presefy

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Presefy lets you store and edit your presentations from anywhere—all you need is an internet connection. And because Presefy works with HTML5, any mobile device with a browser is compatible.

  • Store and share presentations securely in Presefy’s cloud.
  • Broadcast and edit your presentation through your mobile device.
  • Captivate and engage your audience – They can follow your presentation, and pretty soon they can ask questions, make notes, and answer polls in real-time.

Your Turn

Share your favorite tools for mobile learning! What other tools have you used to mobile-enable your course? [social-bio]

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