Freemake offers a variety of tools, such as the Video Converter. You can use it to download a programme in one format and turn it into another. This does have some interesting side effects. Suppose you download a programme from the BBC iPlayer, and you pick the Windows Media Player as the download option. When it's finished, you can drag the file to your library, and watch it - but of course you only have 30 days to do this. However, if you right click the file and select Properties, and then click the Media usage rights tab, you'll see that it can only be played to the specific date.
However, with the Freemake Video Converter you can click the video option, open the protected iPlayer file and select a different format, such as AVI and click convert. When it's finished, you can drag the converted file across to your media player library and click the Media Rights tab again and you'll see the restrictions have now gone. I wouldn't advise sharing the file with anyone else however, and of course you shouldn't use this option to keep a programme longer than the Media Rights attached to it in the first place.
There are times when you can't see the stuff that you want to see, mainly because you're in the wrong country at the wrong time. Suppose that you're American, and you're in Britain for a holiday, and you want to watch a particular programme on Hulu for example. You can't, because it's blocked in the UK. This is where Hola's unblocker comes into play. You can download it and install it, and the application makes it appear as if you're accessing the resource from within the USProblem solved. This may also help if the content that you want to look at has been blocked for other, political reasons.
Use the Bingo card generator tool to create your bingo cards easily and quickly !. Bingo Card App is a bingo card generatorthat lets you make custom printable bingo cards. You can use Bingo Card App to create hundreds of random/unique bingo cards and print them using printer friendly in PDF format(with no ads or watermarks). Every card is unique and scrambled, Let's play your bingo game, it's free.
I think this would be great for educational use, or perhaps fun on a course.
"Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories. With no training you can quickly create stories about the news, history, travels, life events, and more by combining video, audio, pictures, text, links, maps, and timelines. Then share by embedding anywhere on the web, or through your favorite social network." I'm very keen on Meograph - it's a great tool and it does exactly what they say that it does (quote above). They've now added in a search function so that you can see what guides have been added. There's a lot of them which have been created by children, and it's really interesting to see what they have done.So far over 40,000 stories have been told, and now folks will be able to see all of them (including content created by other teachers and classrooms!). Unique features include:
- Meoscore: Scoring system that automatically ranks stories by quality/completeness, using number of moments, percent narrated, media included, etc.
- Deep search: Because Meographs are saved as datasets on the backend, we can discover search terms in every subelement of the story in a way that no other media can.
- Organization: Ability to sort by relevance, popularity, and recentness.
Youtube2GIF is a windows application that helps you to create animated GIFs when you are watching online videos. Convert video to gif animation file with high quality and fast speed, it supports capturing most popular videos such as YouTube, Dailymotion, NICONICO, Hulu, Vimeo, Metacafe, VEVO, Facebook Video, Yahoo video, MSN Video, Google Video, Liveleak, etc. more than 100 video sites.
Simply download the file and install, then just place the monitor window over the YouTube video that you're after, and it will start collecting images, then will turn them into an animated gif for you. You can loop it, add in your own subtitles and so on. Very nice little tool. The freebie has a watermark on it, but you can buy it for about $20.
Duplicate Content & Plagiarism Checking Tool In their words: "What Is PlagSpotter?PlagSpotter is an online duplicate content checking and monitoring tool. Instantly find copies of your web page(s) or automatically scan, detect and monitor your page(s) for duplicate content"
Simply type in the URL of the page that you're interested in, and it will find other pages on the web which have used a percentage of your content.
The tool that I usually use to see if my content has been stolen is Copyscape, so I thought I'd do a comparison. I checked one of the pages on my site which I know has been ripped off quite a lot, and it's about meta tags. PlagSpotter found 2 instances, with 2% of matched content, which to be honest didn't fill me with confidence. Copyscape came back with 10 (which is a limitation of the free service) including one with 97% of matched content. PlagSpotter was easier to use in that they clearly indicated what content had been copied - while Copyscape does show the content of the page, nothing is highlighted - you actually have to go to the site itself, which is mildly annoying.
I tried a second search, and again Copyscape gave me 10 results, but PlagSpotter returned over 30. However, their matched content, other than one site of 71% copied content was down in the 1%-3% range which is really difficult to see as plagiarism. The results from Copyscape were far superior, and much more helpful. I tried a couple of other searches, but the results were similar, and I quickly came to the end of the free searches that I could use on PlagSpotter. To be fair, Copyscape also has limitations on their service, but to be honest, while PlagSpotter had some good features, the free option is far too limited, and it just didn't return as many results as I know are out there.
Of course, the best way to work is to include a few slightly odd phrase constructions and run a normal search to see where else you find the phrase - chances are that it'll be on material copied from your page.
Need to find someone to look after your house or your pets while you're away? This site will find you House Sitters, Dog, Cat & Pet Minders and also jobs where you can housesit - the world over! It's well put together and a serious site - it costs £50 pa if you're a home owner, though you can join for shorter periods if you wish.
Looking for an alternative to DropBox? You might want to take a look at Copy in that case. Start off with 5GB of space, upped to 7GB if you tweet nice things. They say "Sharing large photo albums is as easy as sending a text file. And you control if people can sync your content to their computer or just view it online. You can share members-only links to your content so prying eyes can't cheat their way into your stuff. And we validate every attempt to access it."I've taken a quick look at it, and it looks fine - works from the browser window and you can just click and drag the stuff that you want to share. Nothing to download either, which is excellent if you have super paranoid techie folks, although there is an app you can download. If you want to try it out, here's my invitation to you. (If you complete the invitation and install the app apparently you get an extra 5GB)
Using Draft.in which is a collaboration tool for writing. You can draft what you want to say and share it with other people to get their input and feedback. When you share your document using Draft, any changes your collaborator makes are on their own copy of the document, and you get to accept or ignore each individual change they make. You can import your documents from cloud services like Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Google Drive.
This looks like a really nice tool, and great for collaborative writing in that you can see the changes that someone has made without them over writing what you'd originally put.