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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Zamzar, Weebly for Teachers and Snap Shots

I've come across some more interesting tools and tidbits that I wanted to pass along. The first is Zamzar, which is an online file conversion tool. You can take just about any text, image, audio or video file and convert it to a variety of other text, image, audio and video file types. The way it works is you upload the file you want converted, select the file type you want it converted to, and then wait for them to e-mail you to inform you the file conversion is complete. In the e-mail they give you a link where you can go and download the converted file. There is a 100 MB maximum but I don't think you would want to be uploading a file that big anyway. I have only used it to convert text files so far but I think this could be a very helpful tool especially if the audio and video conversions work well.

I have been e-mailing back and forth with a support person from Weebly and he has informed me that there is not a current way to clone pages but he liked the idea and put it on his "to do" list. He also informed me that they are working on a Teacher friendly version of Weebly to be used in education. I'm not sure how it is different from the regular version at this point but the fact that they are thinking about teachers is pretty cool.

The final tool I want to share is being used on this blog as I write. It's called Snap Shots and it allows you to show users a preview of the different websites you are linking to from your website or blog. That way, they can get a "snap shot" preview of the site before they decide to navigate to it. It was very easy to add it to this blog but I found that I had to add it individually to each page on the Ed Tech Wiki. I added the code to my templates in Wikispaces so that all future pages I create will automatically have the Snap Shots functionality.


Ms. Borsick (Goddard) said...

I like the site preview idea. Could you use this instead of writing a sentence or two about a particular website that you recommend? I mean, I see where you can do both...But, for me I'd rather "see" a peek of the site instead of reading. I'm more of a visual person and I tend to look into things that visually look interesting.
I did visit the snap shot site and I like the different options they offer for using the snap shot previews. It's pretty cool.

David Robb said...

I emailed Weebly and got a response that in the education version, there will be teacher administrative privileges to manage student pages. I use Weebly for my new blog and can't wait to use it with my students.

Anonymous said...

I tried to add Snap Shots to my class homepage but couldn't figure out how to do it. I created the webpage through Weebly. Is there something I'm missing? I couldn't find any place to embed code to include Snap Shots. Thanks!