New Free Technology

I am always on the lookout for exciting new freeware (free technology) to enhance our homeschool experience. Recently, I came across two that have become indispensable not only in our learning environment, but in social networking with family and friends.

The first one, Jing, allows you to share basic screen captures and screen recordings. It’s fun, easy and simple to use. After downloading, you begin by hovering over the yellow “sun” icon moved around the edges of your screen is what you hover over get started defining what you want to capture and then take a still or start a recording. Then you can save it to your computer like you would  a picture to add to documents or upload to Facebook or you can upload it directly to various sites for free, such as  Screencast, Flickr, or YouTube (for a small fee).

The second freeware we are loving is Tux Paint. If your child is artistic or just loves  doodling, and Windows Paint just doesn’t do it anymore, check out Tux Paint.

Tux Paint is an extremely easy-to-use drawing free program, designed for children ages 3 and up. Large, colorful buttons and sound effects make it very attractive to children. It also includes paint effects like rainbow, fading, sparkles and features such as auto-fill, text insertion, image gallery, stamps and much more. These features and the ability fir parents to configure it as appropriate keep children using the program as they grow older.

Tux Paint is available for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. It has been translated in 75 different languages.

Article By Nuria Almeida

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