Archive for January, 2010

Need An Avatar?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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http://eett.sylvan.k12.ca.us/avatar/myavatareditor.swf

http://eett.sylvan.k12.ca.us/avatar/avatars.swf

Need an avatar for you Moodle, Facebook, or other online account? Try out these two web based applications to help you create your ideal avatar.  (With second tool, you will need to screen capture your final masterpiece and scale it to fit your online service.)

iPadio – Phone (Pod)Casting

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

ipadio

http://www.ipadio.com/default.asp

ipadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live.  Phone blog, collect audio data, record and update the world, or simply let your friends know what you’re doing – ipadio is integrated with Social Media & Blogging platforms.

WatchKnow

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

whatchaknow

http://www.watchknow.org/

Videos organized for students created by the developer of Wikipedia. This site uses the API provided by YouTube to create an organized, Wiki-like, useful collection, of videos.  This is another great example of the collaborative aspects of the Web!

Wall Wisher

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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Wallwisher.com

Wallwisher can be used as an easy brainstorming activity in a 1:1 classroom, or during a lesson in a computer lab where students all have access to computers.

Here’s an example: http://wallwisher.com/wall/SylvanTech

Are You A Math Magician

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

areyouamathmagician

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/Mathmagician/maths1.html

This is a very simple basic math skills practice application. Students are presented 50 questions and have two and a half minutes to complete each challenge.

KidBlog Student Blog System

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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http://kidblog.org/home.php

Kidblog.org is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own , unique blog. Kidblog’s simple , yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions with in a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs.

iPhone Apps Take Center Stage

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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The iPhone and Apps store has been garnishing a lot of attention, and with good reason. Apple is selling 350 Apps every second and has reached a total of three billion sold. Two that recently provide a good example of what is possible with these mobile tools are Dragon Dictation and UstreamBroadcaster. Dragon diction allows you to speak into you phone and it instantly converts you spoken words into text. This application works surprisingly well, and could become a nice alternative to touch typing. (BTW, the Google phone is rumored to have this capability built right into it.)  The UstreamBroadcaster tool allows you to do live video broadcasts using Ustream and just your phone. This is an early technology, and there is room for improvement, but it is a glimpse into what is in store for the future.  These two iPhone apps provide an example of the what the new handheld technologies can do and should provide the creative teacher with engaging ideas for activities to support student learning.

Will 2010 Be The Year of Tablet Computing?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

In anticipation of the Apple announcement later this month and the recent CES presentations related to tablet computers, I found these two video of what the interface on a tablet may be like:

Ten Touch Computer User Interface Video

Mag + Example of Prototype Slate (Tablet) Technology

Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.