Free and Low Cost Tools
Audacity – http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Audacity? is free, open source, cross-platform
software for recording and editing sounds.
Collaborative Working Space
Google Docs – www.google.com Create document, spreadsheets, presentations, forms that can be shared with specific individuals, persons with the link or open to the web. SkyDrive – www.skydrive.com MSN space. Can use a web version of all theoffice products or open in the desktop version for full functionality.
Wiggio – wiggio.com FREE! Collaborative meeting spot hold meetings/trainings. Share calendars
Wikispaces – www.wikispaces.com Class schedules and goals, notices for parents, and showcases of student work could all be online in minutes, in a wiki as public or private as you want it to be. Get a free, private, secure space for your class today.
Learning Management Systems
Canvas – http://www.instructure.com/ Learning enriches living. Discover how major
universities and K-12 school districts are boosting teacher effectiveness, student success and parental engagement with the Canvas learning management system
Moodle – www.moodle.com A course management system designed to help educators who want to create quality online courses. The software is used all over the world by universities, schools, companies and independent teachers. Moodle is open source and completely free to use. Picture/Video Storage
Flickr – www.flickr.com Free account allows for 2 videos and 300MB of pictures. Flickr Pro is unlimited storage. It states for as alo as $1.87 per month.
Picasa – www.picasa.com Photo/Video storage and sharing. As a photo editing and organizing download which is pretty good for editing. It is tied in the new Google+ which makes it harder
to manage (in my opinion).
You Tube – www.youtube.com Can create “channels” where you can store videos you use in training or for your library. Kingcountylibrary is a public facing library channel. KCLSTraining is a channel of videos we use in some of our staff classes.
Vimeo – www.vimeo.com download YouTube videos for easier viewing.
Google Presentation – www.doc.google.com A useable presentation program. It is missing
many of the bells and whistles of PowerPoint. Good for collaborative planning. You can download into PowerPoint if desired.
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Prezi – www.prezi.com Create presentations with some features not found in PowerPoint. Have 3 pricing levels. Free basic program and 100MB of storage. $59 per year more features including private presentations 500MB of storage. $159 per year more features and 2GB of storage.
PowerPoint – www.microsoft.com/powerpoint Most libraries already have the program. You
can narrate a PowerPoint and save as a presentation for it to play automatically. See the link on nwcentral.org on tips on planning and creating presentations. There is also a web-based version through www.skydrive.com.
Screen Capture and Recording programs
Jing – http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html Screen/Video capture. Free for up to 5 minute video. Can capture screens and annotate the capture. However, once you close the preview screen, you cannot edit that screen shot. Note: Jing Pro will be discontinued in February, 2013 as the Snagit software does basically the same tasks.
Snagit – http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html Screen/video capture program $50 for single
license volume discounts available.
Camtasia Studio (authoring tool) – http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html Recording
program, can open any window and narrate/record the process. Single license $300 Social Networking
Facebook – www.facebook.com Good for both sharing information with your students and
learning yourself. Many of the main training companies and magazines have pages. Linkedin – www.linkedin.com Professional networking site. Discussion groups for just about every industry and topic. Some groups that may be of interest: ALA, WLA, WebJunction, Chief Learning Learning Officer Magazine, Learning Round Table of the ALA. Check the groups of your “connections” and join them. They also have job listings.
Twitter – www.twitter.com – Create a hashtag for participants to follow and to even use for updates after the class/event. Follow some of the training companies and learn how they use it. WebJunction, TechSoup are two library-based training groups. Follow the LMS company you are considering as a vendor.
Tweetdocs – www.tweetdoc.org – Document your Twitter events. You can collect the entire tweet entries that used your hashtag for easier viewing.
Delicious – www.delicious.com Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious,
the world's leading social bookmarking service.
Digg – www.digg.com Read website entries that are trending now or create your group of sites to read/follow.
RRS Feed – follow any site that has the rss feed symbol. Those can be set up to be read in Outlook or in an aggregator such as those listed here.
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Plaxo – www.plaxo.com online address book. Your contacts are scattered across a wide array of services including email, phone, and social networks. The result is inconsistent contact entries and outdated info, leaving you with little chance of accessing a complete, accurate address book. Training Sites
Find free or low cost training, subscribe for their newsletters, follow on Facebook or Twitter, take free online classes to see how they do it.
Adobe Connect – http://www.adobe.com/learning/ They have lots of 1-hour free webinars about
creating online training. Much of the information is not related to their product. Sign-up for their notifications of these webinars. White papers about online training.
ASTD – www.astd.org Has some information on their site for free. Membership is $199 per year. They have an annual conference. When a member, there is a TON of information on the site. They frequently offer discounts for the membership as well.
Citrix Online – www.citrixonline.com Company makes GoToMeeting/Webinar/Training. They
have lots of articles about online training as well as complementary webinars. Infopeople – www.infopeople.org The training arm of the California State Library. Its webinars and podcasts are free and accessible to anyone. Online courses are low-cost ($150 for a four-week course) and are developed and taught by library professionals, providing realistic and relevant content, activities, and forums for discussion. Online courses use the Moodle LMS so taking a course is a good way to experience this Open Source LMS. They currently offer six courses approved for ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC).
TechSoup – www.techsoup.org TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other
nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities
Washington State Library Training – http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/ Free
webinars, grants, etc. They offer a series called “First Tuesdays” where they have various topics
of interest to libraries. These are 1-hour free webinars. Not only are the topics useful, you can see how they do online classes.
WebJunction – www.webjunction.org Our mission is to promote learning for all library staff by
providing open, affordable online learning communities. LOTS of free or low cost training geared to library staff. Check out connecting to the WA State Library for discounts. WLA 2012 Taking Training Online Page 3 4/20/12 Free and Low Cost Tools