Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SlideShows Scrapbooks and Digital storytelling

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I love the summer as I have so much time to "play" on the web. This is the time when I explore, discover and test new applications to see which I may be able to employ in the coming year. I like to try the tools first before introducing them in the classroom, just so I'm as sure as I possibly can be that there will be no "surprises". I have been checking out different applications for digital storytelling. Instead of writing about them I decided to give Bubblehshare a test run. You can see my growing list of slideshow, video and digital storytelling applications at this URL: http://iteachr.buzka.com/slideshows_digistorytelling

Friday, July 27, 2007

ToonDoo Doo it again - Create a Flip Book

rajendranWanna learn how to do a ToonBook?
Here are eight simple steps.
The guys at toondoo just keep coming up with winners! This is the latest, create a flip book from your toons. Other recent additions include: Fantasy world, (witches, wizards, trolls etc) create your own characters, upload photos and now of course The flip book. Of course I like toondoo because they also support utf8 so my students can create toons too!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Skribl Graffiti Whiteboard for your webpage or blog

You can add a live whiteboard to your webpage or blog - courtesy of skrbl.com

Monday, July 16, 2007

RTL aligned wikispace wiki for Arabic and Hebrew

Wikispaces provide free, ad-free, password protected wikis for K12 educational use.

Until now anyone needing to align their wiki from right to left (Hebrew or Arabic) had to add a special tag around the RTL text. Not any more!

With the help of Dominic Bellizi of Wikispaces, I have created a CSS template which sets a wiki up for RTL languages.

The template and help files including screencast of CSS setup are available at:
http://rtl.wikispaces.com

The above wiki is in English Language and so is not itself aligned RTL but a working wiki based on the RTL wiki CSS can be seen on the Hebrew demo/help site :
http://hebwiki.wikispaces.com

I am hoping to find the time to translate wikispaces help pages to Hebrew - any collaborators would be welcome!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Classroom 2.0 badge

Just noticed the option of adding a classroom 2.0 badge to my blog. There are various useful badges to choose from, however there was no doubt in my mind as to which badge I was going to add.

Not the classroom 2.0 media player which streams videos that have been added to classroom 2.0 - a cool way to add a video widget containing video previewed and recommended by educators.

Definitely Not the stylish music player.

Not the cool photo player displaying a selection of my photos

Not even the Classroom 2.0 profile badge that I can "Wear with Pride" on my website or MySpace page.

Oh no, being loyal to the cause I chose to "Spread the word!" and "Get a Classroom 2.0, dynamically updating with the networks most popular members." badge!

Woohoo, finally for the first time in my life, my pic was there among the most popular members! How did this happen? Well either the badge is coded to include the profile picture from the page that calls it, which is a high probability. Or it is simply that I accept nearly every friendship invitation sent me, and Classroom 2.0 members are very generous at sending friendship invitations. Why not? What is a network friend anyway? Indeed, what is a friend? Never having had many friends, I thought I'd look the word up. Most of the results were similar, here is the definition from the "American Heritage Dictionary"

Friend:
A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. (doesn't quite fit the bill)
A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. (nope..I don't know anyone there, really.)
Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker. (that must be it!)

These next two feel close to home:
A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.

One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement
: friends of the clean air movement. strike the last bit I smoke 60 a day, but putting the example aside, the definition does seem to describe what is going on at Classroom 2.0. A group of educators, allied in the cause of moving education forward to better prepare their students for the real life that awaits them when they finish school. So that's what a friend is, why don't we just all add each other automatically? I have to say that as a newbie it was very encouraging to be welcomed that way into the community.

Of course there is possibly another reason I am so friendly - my mother's maiden name was..that's right, Friend :-)

Wouldn't you just know it? After that spiel, blogger won't accept the badge code, in the post window, will have to add it as a side widget instead. The things I am willing to do for the cause....

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Start Your Own Social Network - Kickapps

An alternative to Ning? Run your own social network. I'd be interested to know what others think of the application. Last time I tried, uploading video took too long and caused a time out. However the blog features are interesting, members can create text, video or audio blogs right from inside the site. Group creation is also possible as are both user and media moderation. The app also includes member profile page, message boards/forums and widgets that can be embedded in other websites and blogs.
My biggest problem is the Google Ads Box which is slap bang at the top of every page. (I may have mentioned before that the ads that appear in Hebrew are often quite unsuitable for en educational setting.)


I've set up a test site if anyone wants to just try it out for size.
http://www.kickapps.com/iteachr

Visitors select a username and password to join the community. User profiles contain all of the popular social networking features, including:

Biography and personal questions. As defined by your webmaster. Videos, Photos and Audio. Upload, share, tag, and save favorites. Blogs. Video, audio, or plain text. RSS feeds. Your feeds and new ones added by your members Guest books. Members can leave and receive messages Friends. Link to other community members, invite others to join

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Outloud.TV

Upload to TV
Where there's a Screen there's a Way

Upload from Anywhere Show it Everywhere
Outloud TV takes video sharing one step further by adding a direct link between Internet and TV. Videos uploaded to Outloud are transferred to broadcast TV, street screens, festivals, schools, and cultural venues such as museums, galleries clubs and more.

Be a Broadcaster
With Outloud anyone can be a broadcaster. Request for an Outloud jukebox and create playlists you can play on any given screen!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Blogger in Draft - video upload capabilities

Liking to think of myself as an "early adopter" I clicked on the link to blogger in draft in my blogger dashboard and discovered that I can now upload videos, add polls and also create "enclosures", the latter is still a bit unclear to me but hey, if I can upload videos here then sounds good to me. Lets have a go this video from From The Fischbowl: http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2006/09/what-if.html

Uploading seems to be taking for ever... 21:00 21:11 21:21 21:33 going to cancel upload and try again. 00:08 - 00:17 - 00:35 - 00-41 well giving up on that video - you can see it at the above website, in the meantime lets try another.

video

21:35 21:37 much better probably a smaller video - yes about 9 mega smaller!

Scribd -

Put your documents online.
PDF player to publish and view documents right in your web browser. Try it out!-->Scribd's mission is to create the world's largest open library of documents. Explore the thousands of docs already uploaded or contribute your own!
What kinds of things can I do with documents on Scribd?
To name a few:
Display documents in a web browser using our custom Flash PDF player
Perform high quality conversions between many different formats, including Word, PDF, plain text, HTML, JPEG, PowerPoint, Excel, Postscript, LIT, and even audio format
See all sorts of detailed information on who is viewing each of your documents, including the geographic locations of visitors and how people got to your doc (i.e., Google queries)
Publish a document online with its own public URL that will be indexed by Google and other search engines and be read by a lot of people
Embed a long or complex document in your blog or personal webpage
Convert a document to an mp3 that you can listen to on your iPod
Bulk upload files (that's right, storage is unlimited!)
Receive "likes" and comments on your documents
Choose among a variety of copyright licenses for each of your documents
Discover documents related to your own using our similarity algorithm
Analyze the text of your docs (how does your sentence length compare to the Scribd average?)
Browse popular documents using view counts, likes, tags, our similarity algorithm, and other ways that let you find content that is interesting to you

WengoVisio live audio visio widget


Get a free live audio visio widget at http://wengovisio.com
Also at http://wengomeeting.com free audio video conference for up to 5 people.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Zoho Notebook

Zoho notebook one of the newer Zoho applications. See example below.
Hebrew Reference Search Engine for K6

the audacity of it

Voice Conference

MeeboMe

MyChingo