Archive for the ‘December 6, 2007’ Category

Computer Interface Under Development

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

A while back MS debuted some new touch technology. Here is the same type of system using a common projector.

New Features Coming to Your Cell

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

LCD Projectors Buit into Phones

Camtasia Studio 3.1.2 for Free (Windows Only)

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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Camtasia Studio software allows you to easily create screen capture tutorial, develop assessments(online quizes), and a suite of additional useful online instructional materials. Normally this application is priced at about $300.  Currently they are running an offer through (UK) PC magazine that allows for the download of the older 3.1.2 version.

Here are the pertinent links:
http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/pcpls.asp - Request a serial number

Download software here:
ftp://ftp.techsmith.com/Pub/products/camtasiastudio/312/camtasiafs.exe

By the time you read this post the offer may have expired. Don’t hesitate if you are interested in this tool!

Fair Use and Copyright in Education

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7430

Mention the topic of fair use and copyright to a group of educators, and you’ll likely get multiple definitions. Fair use and copyright in education is one of the most difficult concepts to get a clear understanding of in education. As a result, many educators do not take advantage of the many resources available to them in designing instruction.

Legal scholar, Kenneth Crews claims there are four key factors that help decide whether use of copyrighted material constitues fair use.

1. Purpose of the use
2. The nature of the work
3. The amount you are using
4. The effect of your use on the market.

Additional resource: http://www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/webcast.cfm#   – The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy

Adina’s Deck

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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http://www.adinasdeck.com/

A very middle school friendly video on cyber bullying. This video stays very true to the issues surrounding cyber bullying in school.

It was a graduate project of a Stanford student this past year and had it’s premeire at the Gallo Center a few months ago. More informaton surounding this project can be found here: http://ldt.stanford.edu/~debbieh/cyberbully.html

Licensing information can be found here: http://www.adinasdeck.com/dvds.html

BuzzWord – An Online Wordprocessor

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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http://www.buzzword.com

A very nice web browser based wordprocessor. The interface is driven by a series of choices in the menubar above the page. The user interface is uncluttered and easy to navigate. You can even import MS Word documents, edit and save them again in Word format.

Veodia – Live Video Streaming Service

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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https://www.veodia.com/beta/index.php

Another web resource, similar to UStream.tv, that provides live video streaming.

Embed Tags Are Your Friend

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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Many of the current web resources that utilize engaging media have a feature that allows them to be embedded into your blog or Moodle site. This feature is called an embed tag. These embed tags are part of the resource’s ability to be shared. Some of the current web resources that provide these embed tags are:

SlideShare – http://slideshare.net/
PageFlakes – http://pageflakes.com/
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com
Vuvox – http://vuvox.com/

I recently presented a workshop on using these tags in Moodle Titled, Extreme Moodle. You can get to the online presentation materials by using this link: http://voicethread.com/share/25953/
 

Alice 3D Student Programming Software

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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www.alice.org
Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

What is Alice? http://www.alice.org/index.php?page=what_is_alice/what_is_alice

ustream.tv

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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http://ustream.tv

This site allows you to broadcast live video out to the world. Broadcasts can be saved and played back at a later date if view does not tune in for the live broadcast.

WiZiQ

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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http://www.wiziq.com/

An online learning content management system and community that is designed for online instruction.  Currenty in beta and free!

Internet Safety For Kids

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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http://www.packet-level.com/kids/

Learn about keeping children safe on the Internet. Some very powerful resources to make the point about children learning to use the net safely.