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Something to Ponder…

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

TED 

TED is a yearly gathering of some of the world’s most creative, intelligent, and divergent thinkers. I believe they have the conference each year in Monterey, California. One thing that they do is video tape all their speakers and make those spearker’s presentations available on their web site. Even though TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, many of the presentation often revolve around education.  That should be no surprise to an educator considering the acronym fits nicely with what we do as educators.  One such presentation I found interesting was by Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?  Have a look and listen below and see what you think?


What is TED?

Creative Commons

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

creativeCommons 

CreativeCommons is a licensing format similar to Copyright. The big difference is that individuals who license their property under CreativeCommons can give others the ability to use their material (share) legally. Watch the video below for an explanation about CreativeCommons licensing.

More info about Creative Commons licensing can be found at their web site: www.creativecommons.org.

Encyclopedia Of Life

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

EOL
http://www.eol.org/home.html

Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goal is to create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike. To transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating all known data about every living species. And ultimately, to increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity.

Jing Project (Screen Capture Utility)

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

jing
http://www.jingproject.com

If you’ve sent me a question regarding the use of your computer, or a piece of software recently, there’s a chance I have responed to your question using Jing!  Jing is a software utility that allows you to create screencast tutorial of process on your computer. It essentailluy records what you say, and what you are doing on your computer screen. This makes it especially handy for creating streaming tutorials like the link below:

http://www.screencast.com/t/viH7fvFkm_E

Animoto

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

animoto
http://animoto.com

Creaty “flashy” slide shows out of your online photos automatically!  And it’s free!  This one is going to be a “crowd” pleaser. 

Check out my little Yosemite video below:

TrailFire

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

TrailFire

http://trailfire.com

A web collection and annotation tool that allows “trail blazers” to string together a set of existing Web resourcrces and mark-up or annotate the pages for trail users who follow their path.  This is a tool that needs to be installed in your web browser.  Imagine being able to provide web resources to students and annotate, or make notes in the margin for what information is useful on the web page….this tool appears to give that ability. Possible staff development workshop potential?

Schmap Guides Online

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Schmap
http://www.schmap.com/

Schmap Guilds online are available for many parts of the world. Exploring a Schmap Guide is a uniquely interactive experience: maps and guide content are dynamically integrated, allowing intuitive, real-time access to reviews and photo slideshows for places of interest.

Saving YouTube or GoogleVideo Movie Files

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

You can find a ton of educational video resources on sites such as TeacherTube.com, YouTube.com and the many other video sharing sites out on the net. However, some times due to the web filter, or network problems, sometimes these streaming based video files do not play as well as they can. 

Ocassionally, you might want to download a streaming video file to your local computer so that you can play in back during classroom instruction. Fortunatley, there are many sofware tools becoming available that allow you to download streaming video resources. A few of them are below:

keepvid
http://keepvid.com/

ZiilaTube
http://www.zillatube.com/

TubeTv
http://www.chimoosoft.com/products/tubetv/   (Apple Macintosh Only)

Geni

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Geni 

This resource is one I thought was neat for geneology. It allows for the easy creation of a family tree, including the ability for sharing the diagram and having other members contribute to it. However, it is currently blocked by our filter, due to the personal nature of the information. (It should be noted,  a teacher can request a site to be unblocked by the web filter…provided it is useful for instruction.) Let me know what you think about this site?

http://www.geni.com

Motionbox

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

motionbox
http://www.motionbox.com Motionbox allows you to store, share, search videos. It similar to YouTube, however two things that this site allows you to do that some of the others do not are:

  • Highlight and tag sections of your video
  • Mix together video files

mySkitch

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

mySkitch

Sorry Windows users, this is only currently available for the Macintosh.  This is a handy little software utility for quickly grabing images/info off your screen and sharing with with others.

http://plasq.com/skitch#demo

Something to Ponder…

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Last Spring I had the opportunity to attend an online conference that George Siemens was coordinating. One of the sessions made reference to Geetha Narayanan, an educator working in Indian schools.  She brings up the concept of “Slow Learning” and describes some of the changes happening in current world India. 

Here’s a podcast and the paper of a presentation she gave back in 2006. 

 Crafting Change (Podcast) 

Crafting Change II (PDF)

 What do you think?