Archive for January, 2008

The Wiimote – Whiteboard

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

This is a creative little application that turns a Wiimote control into an electronic whiteboard. The Voicethread presentation embeded above will provide some direction on how to create your own infrared electronic wand/pen.



OpenDNS – Free Service for Filtering Internet Access

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


OpenDNS is a free service you can sign up for that allows you to filter Internet access, such as your home Internet access.  Great tool/service for those of you that do not filter you Internet access at home.

Our Stories

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


The Our Storiesâ„¢ project helps people share the stories of their lives, no matter where they live or how their stories unfold. We’re providing resources to create and share personal stories from all over the world, starting with children in developing countries who are using One Laptop per Child (OLPC) computers or those who are working with UNICEF radio producers to record and share interviews. Children are asked to record the stories of elders, family members, and friends. You can listen to our growing collection of global voices on this site, which includes stories from Brazil’s Museum of the Person and stories from Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Pakistan (through UNICEF). Soon, stories from other countries will also be available for listening here. And in the future, we’ll make it possible for people of all ages around the world to add their content to the Our Stories site.

Online Programming for All Libraries

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


OPAL is an international collaborative effort by libraries and other ogranizations to provide web-based programs and training for library users and library staff members.Examples of OPAL public online programs include book discussions programs, interviews, special events, library training, memoir writiing workshops, and virtual tours of special digital library collections.

Upcoming Event
“Virtual Worlds, Kids, Tweens and Teens:  Welcome to Whyville!”

According to a recent New York Times article, 2008 is the year of
virtual worlds for kids!  Virtual worlds for kids are growing rapidly
- libraries and other educational agencies need to be there.  Attend
this web conference on OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) on
Friday January 25 at 10 am central, 11 am eastern, 8 am pacific or at
2 pm central, 3 pm Eastern, 12 noon Pacific. This hour long seminar
will feature speakers Tom Peters of TAP Information Services providing
an overview the growth of virtual worlds for kids, Cliff Zintgraff of
Whyville providing an introduction and tour of Whyville, and Kelly
Czarnecki of the Public Library of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
talking about why it is important for librarians and educators to be
in worlds like Whyville.

To enter the OPAL Online conference room go to
First time users will have to download a small software plug in before
they enter the online room.

For more information on this program, please contact Lori Bell at, or Tom Peters at



Thursday, January 10th, 2008


A great site for educators, parents and children related to safety on the Internet.

TED Video – How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law (20 minutes)

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Juice – Cross-Platform Podcast Receiver

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


Juice is a “Media Aggregator,” a program that allows you to select and download audio files from anywhere on the Internet to your desktop. Juice also works very well with Podnova, below (next entry down).


Thursday, January 10th, 2008


Welcome to PodNova. Your place to find podcasts, videoblogs and stay informed on your favourite blogs. With PodNova you can subscribe, listen, view, read and maintain your feeds online.  Podnova is to podcasts like Bloglines is to blogs, and aggregator for your favorite podcasts.

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


SciVee is about the free widespread dissemintation and comprehension of science.  SciVee is 0perated in parternship with the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

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Sony – Hand Cranked DigiCam

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


 With all the emphasis on being “green” and environmental friendly, manufactures are looking at ways to improve battery life and power consumption. In this example, Sony is developing a hand cranked video camera.


Thursday, January 10th, 2008


Send text messages from your cell phone to a electronic whiteboard on the web. Possible uses in a classroom…?  Class participation…?  Brainstorming activity…?  Something to think about :-)


Thursday, January 10th, 2008


A free (up to 100MB) web based file conversion tool. You can convert video files, images, sound files off the web into other formats.