Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Here are some examples of blogs in education

Want to get some ideas of how blogs can be used in education? Go to this site.

Here are some examples of blogs in education

Course: Podcasting 101

Wesley Fryer has put together a nice site dealing with podcasting. Check it out.

Course: Podcasting 101

Web Collaborator - Free web-based collaboration software

Ned to have your student collaborate on a project. This site may be worth examining.

Web Collaborator - Free web-based collaboration software

Podcasting 101 Flowchart on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Here's a great chart that allows you to see the flowchart for podcasting.


Podcasting 101 Flowchart on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System

If you would like to create presentation slides similar to the appearance of Powerpoint, but are web-based (and a whole lot better looking than Powerpoint on the web), check out this free software.

S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System

Sunday, November 06, 2005

iLounge Forums - iPods on Campus

Here's the forum for "iPods on Campus" at iLounge.

iLounge Forums - iPods on Campus

Jotspot - The Application Wiki

If you would like a wiki, you may want to consider this site. They have plans starting at free for up to 5 people and 20 pages.

Jotspot - The Application Wiki

The Education Podcast Network

If you would like to find some educational podcasts, possibly ones that you could have your students listen to, check out this site.

The Education Podcast Network

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Podcasting as Disruptive Transmediation

This is a really good presentation about podcasting. When you get to the site, click on the down button on your keyboard to progress through the pages of this presentation.

Podcasting as Disruptive Transmediation

podsafe music network

If you would like to add podcast safe music to your podcast, check out this site.

podsafe music network

Friday, November 04, 2005

Ed Tech Talk Show | EdTechTalk.com - Educational technology that talks

This site is worth checking out if you are interested in educational technology. You can have your own webcast at this site (among other things).

Ed Tech Talk Show | EdTechTalk.com - Educational technology that talks

Learner Blogs

Here's a place where students can have their own blogs.

Learner Blogs

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Video iPod

Check out this podcast about the video iPod at IT Conversations. One of the neat things you can do at IT Conversations is click on the link "Create a Clip or Excerpt." When you click on this, it will take you to a page where you insert the Start and Stop Time for the clip you want, and the web site generates some HTML code that you can insert into a blog or web page.

IT Conversations: Eddy Cue - Larry's World

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Main Page - Wikibooks

Here is an open textbook project that allows anyone to edit the pages.

Main Page - Wikibooks

Guide to how to use del.icio.us

If you are not familiar with del.icio.us, this is a nice page which discusses its uses.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

iPod at GC&SU: A Pocketful of Learning

Check out this site if you would like to learn how iPods are being used at Georgia College & State University.

iPod at GC&SU: A Pocketful of Learning

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Mayomi

If you want to create an online mind map (think concept map), this tool may be useful.

Mayomi

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Web Collaborator - Free web-based collaboration software

This is similar to what a wiki can do.
Web Collaborator - Free web-based collaboration software

Gregarius- A Free, Web-based Feed Aggregator

Gregarius - A Free, Web-based Feed Aggregator: "Gregarius is a web-based RSS/RDF/ATOM feed aggregator, designed to run on your web server,
allowing you to access your news sources from wherever you want."

Plogger: The definitive open-source web photo gallery

Want to have a photo gallery on your server? Check this out.

Plogger: The definitive open-source web photo gallery

podOmatic podcast portal: Make it, get it, go

This is a site that will allow you to have your own podcast with up to 250MB of audio files. It also allows you to have podmail. Check it out!
podOmatic podcast portal: Make it, get it, go

JotSpot Live

Need to be able to have a group of people type on the same page at the same time? This is not quite the same as a wiki since people can write simultaneously.

JotSpot Live

ROLLYO

If you would like to create a search engine that looks only in your favorite sites, check out this free service.

ROLLYO

Odiogo - Home - Listen to your favorite RSS news and blog feeds on your iPod / MP3 player

If you want to LISTEN to your favorite RSS feeds, this product ($30.00), may be worth purchasing.

Odiogo - Home - Listen to your favorite RSS news and blog feeds on your iPod / MP3 player

Collaborative writing software online with Writeboard. Write, share, revise, compare.

If you need to collaborate with others on a writing project, this free web service may be the thing to use. One of the differences between it and a wiki is that you can different versions of the paper you are working on.


Collaborative writing software online with Writeboard. Write, share, revise, compare.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Duke Podcasting Symposium :: September 27 - 28, 2005

This site had Quicktime movies of the Podcasting symposium held at Duke University. One of the sessions was about podcasting in the classroom. Sounds interesting.

Duke Podcasting Symposium :: September 27 - 28, 2005

Sunday, October 02, 2005

How to Podcast

How to Record a Podcast by Glenn Fleishman -- Podcasting involves two distinct tasks. First you have to record the audio and prepare it for listening. Then you need to syndicate it via RSS so others can subscribe to your programs. In this tutorial, Glenn Fleishman shows you some nifty tricks for recording your audio, especially if you want to capture phone interviews for syndication.

Technorati Tags:

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Recording Magic with the iPod

Want to use your voice recorder that fits onto your iPod along with QuickTime Pro to edit the audio file. This article shows you how.

MacDevCenter.com: Voice Recording Magic with the iPod

Friday, September 30, 2005

Using Technology to ImplementSeven Principles of Good Practice

As stated on this page, "The "seven principles" are the best known summary of what decades of educational research indicates are the kinds of teaching/learning activities most likely to improve learning outcomes."

Using Technology to Implement
Seven Principles of Good Practice

Thursday, September 29, 2005

learninginhand.com - Create Podcasts

This is a nice place to look at regarding podcasting in education. It is some very practical pieces of information.

learninginhand.com - Create Podcasts

Sunday, September 25, 2005

TiddlyWiki - a reusable non-linear personal web notebook

Want your own wiki - Go to this site and download the file to start your own client-side (local) wiki. This file can then be uploaded to your server. Many people have created variations (adaptations) of the tiddlywiki. Here are some other related sites:

GTDTiddlyWiki - your simple client side wiki

Here's a neat client side wiki. If you want to use it with Safari, you will need to download the plug-in for this. See the section on Supported Browsers for more information.

GTDTiddlyWiki - your simple client side wiki

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Exploiting the educational potential of podcasting

Need to generate some ideas on how podcasting can be used in education? Check out this site.
Exploiting the educational potential of podcasting: "Exploiting the educational potential of podcasting"

iPodcast directory for educators, schools and colleges

If you would like to find podcasts on topics appropriate for classes, check out this site (from the UK).

iPodcast directory for educators, schools and colleges

Podscope

Need to find podcasts on certain topics? Check out this site.

Podscope

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

PeanutButterWiki

This is probably a site to check out to see if you can create your own wiki and use it within a classroom setting since the wikis created at this site are private and not open to the public.

PeanutButterWiki

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Daypop - a current events/weblog/news search engine

If you are using an RSS reader (or bloglines) to subscribe to RSS feeds, check out this site to find RSS feeds in areas of interest to you.

Daypop - a current events/weblog/news search engine

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Journal of Educational Technology & Society

This is the home page of the Journal of Educational Technology and Society. This journal may be worth looking at periodically.
Journal of Educational Technology & Society

Educational Technology & Society (ISSN 1436-4522) 5(1) ) January 20021

Here's a site worth looking at periodically.

Educational Technology & Society (ISSN 1436-4522) 5(1) ) January 20021

iPods with GPS software

My 12 year son suggested that Apple look into the idea of putting GPS devices into iPods. Then as a student walked around a campus, he or she could hear and see a lesson dealing with that particular item on the campus. The item might be the reference room of the library. A tutorial on the use of the reference section of the library could either be pre-installed on the iPod or possibly there could be a computer in the library that contains the tutorial files that could be downloaded onto the iPod. Or maybe the item is part of the outdoors such as a pond, where the student could learn about the ecology of ponds.

Stephen's Web ~ Papers ~ An Introduction to RSS for Educational Designers

This article is probably a little too deep for most instructors but for those who are instructional designers or instructional technologists, this article is worth reading.

Stephen's Web ~ Papers ~ An Introduction to RSS for Educational Designers

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

HOW-TO: Put PowerPoint on your iPod Photo - Engadget - www.engadget.com

Want to put your Powerpoint files on your iPod Photo? Here's how.

HOW-TO: Put PowerPoint on your iPod Photo - Engadget - www.engadget.com

Toast 7 includes DivX, iLife browsing, much more

Macworld: News: Toast 7 includes DivX, iLife browsing, much more: "With Toast 7 Titanium, Roxio has added an iLife Browser that makes it possible to browse and drag and drop content from your iLife applications directly into toast. iTunes music and playlists appear, for example, as do iPhoto photos and albums. iMovie projects show up in that list, as do iDVD lists and Video_TS folders from DVDs you've ripped to your hard disk. What's more, Toast 7 Titanium integrates with Elgato's EyeTV PVR software, so you can drag and drop television shows you've recorded to your hard disk."

PAGEot - for adding Quicktime to your web pages

Want to add Quicktime to your web pages? Check this out.

PAGEot

Poderator: Easy Free Podcast Publishing

Another site that allows you to post your podcast.

Poderator: Easy Free Podcast Publishing

The Podcast RSS Buddy

If you need to create a RSS feed that is compliant with iTunes, this product may be worth looking into. There are other products out there so who knows how this one compares. (e.g.,Feeder for Mac OS X).

The Podcast RSS Buddy

Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching

This page deals with iPod awards. Maybe something to look at in the future.
Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching

Ed-Tech Insider: Utilizing RSS enclosures

This is an idea worth learning more about - using RSS to distribute files to your students, not just MP3 files.

Ed-Tech Insider: Utilizing RSS enclosures

iPod in the Classroom - Lesson Plans

Want to get started with iPods in the Classroom? This is a great place to start.

Apple - Education - iPod in the Classroom - Lesson Plans

The Savvy Technologist

This site is worth browsing periodically to get ideas.
The Savvy Technologist

Monday, August 22, 2005

Be Camera-Ready When You Shop

If you would like some advice regarding purchasing digital cameras, check out this article.

Be Camera-Ready When You Shop

Saturday, August 20, 2005

An RSS Hack for Sites That Don't Offer Feeds

If you need a RSS feed from a site that doesn't generate an RSS feed, go to this site to find out how to get an RSS feed from that site.
Micro Persuasion: An RSS Hack for Sites That Don't Offer Feeds

Google.com News RSS ATOM XML Generator

If you want to create a RSS feed for news on a particular topic, go to this site and then enter the term(s) you want.

Google.com News RSS ATOM XML Generator

Classroom uses for iPod and iTunes - by David Baugh

This page has some very nice diagrams and some descriptions of how iPods and iTunes can be used in education.

iPod in Education: News

iPod in Education: News

This site from the UK seems to be a good site to get information on how to use the iPod in Education.
iPod in Education: News

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Podcasting, it's easier than you think.

Here are some easy tips using free stuff to create a podcast. Instead of his recommendation to post the MP3 file at Libsyn, use ourmedia.org.

Podcasting, it's easier than you think.

Blogsavvy: Professional Blog Consultant - Consulting for blogging in business, education, the community, activism and for money

Check this out, as well as the post below, regarding how you SHOULD use blogs in education.

Blogsavvy: Professional Blog Consultant - Consulting for blogging in business, education, the community, activism and for money

How you SHOULD use Blogs in Education

Check this out, as well as the post above, regarding how to NOT use blogs in education.

Blogsavvy: Professional Blog Consultant - Consulting for blogging in business, education, the community, activism and for money

edublogs - free education blogs for teachers, researchers, writers and educators the world over

If you want a free blog that uses that uses the format of WordPress, check this out.

edublogs - free education blogs for teachers, researchers, writers and educators the world over

For documentation on how to use WordPress, go to the WordPress Codex: The Online Manual

Technorati: About Us

If you are interested in what others are saying in their weblogs, check out Technorati.

Technorati: About Us

BLOGGER TEMPLATE :: Remove the NavBar

If you want to remove the Navigation bar found at the top of your blogger page, go to this site. This simple change in a template would be very useful if you are a school teacher and you don't want your kids to click on the Next Blog button found in the upper right-hand corner.

BLOGGER TEMPLATE :: Remove the NavBar

BLOGGER TEMPLATES :: A template for my blog

If you would like a theme (template) that is different from the themes available through blogger, check out this site. BE WARNED: If you have modified your blogger template by adding something different, YOU WILL LOSE IT so you may want to see if you can add those special features before you use one of these templates.

BLOGGER TEMPLATES :: A template for my blog

FreeMind - free mind mapping software

There are a few concept mapping (or mind-mapping) software tools available. I like Inspiration the best. But it is not free but quality comes at a price. If you want something that is free, you may want to consider CMapTools.


A free software package that uses the mind-mapping template is FreeMind. Click on the link below to get more information about it.


Main Page - FreeMind - free mind mapping software

Friday, August 12, 2005

Instructional Blogging On Campus: Identifying Best Practices

This article will proabably be worth reading for anyone interested in using blogs in higher education.

Campus Technology: Newsletters: "Instructional Blogging On Campus: Identifying Best Practices"

Monday, July 25, 2005

Freevlog: Tutorial

Want to create your own video blog. Check out these video tutorials.

Freevlog: Tutorial

ChapterToolMe software - for creating chapters in podcasts

Although you can use the Chapter Tools available from Apple to create chapters in your podcasts (which can contains images and links to web sites), this software has enhanced user interface for creating enhanced podcasts.

RBSoftware :: Web Tools for Mac OS X

libsyn // podcasting made easy

If you need a place to store your files for a podcast and are willing to pay for the server space, this site may be worth examing.

libsyn // podcasting made easy

Friday, July 22, 2005

GarageBand - Recording Your Podcast

How to use Garageband in your podcast.

Apple - Support - GarageBand - Recording Your Podcast

Automate Podcast Creation with Automator

If you have Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) and you want to create a Podcast, here's a tutorial on how to do it with Automator.

Automator - Examples

PodcastChapterTool - Voxmedia Wiki

Enhanced podcasts allow a podcast to have chapters with the ability to embed links and graphics that are displayed in sync with a podcast. This would be great to use as a lecture adjunct. The graphics could be Powerpoint slides and the links could take the learner to web pages where the information being discussed could be examined in greater detail.

PodcastChapterTool - Voxmedia Wiki

Thursday, July 21, 2005

HOW TO make Enhanced Podcasts

Enhanced Podcasts in the educational setting? Although this article is not about the use of podcasts in education, read this article to generate some ideas!

MAKE: Blog: HOW TO make Enhanced Podcasts (images, links and more with audio)

Creating a Podcast on a Mac with Feeder

If you go to this site, you can access a PDF file which explains how to create a podcast on a Mac using the free software Feeder.

DV in Education: Downloads

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Free RSS generator software

This free software allows you to create RSS feeds. At this moment, it is available only on the Windows platform but a Mac OS X version is coming.

Create RSS feeds for your website using Feeder, Mac OS X software

If you would like to create a RSS feed for your web site using some Mac OS X software, check out Feeder by clicking on the link above.

Creating RSS feeds from HTML

At this site, you can learn how to create a RSS feed for your web site.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Room 208 PODCAST!

Here's a elementary school class that has its own podcast. Here's a a link to an interview between David Warlick and Bob Sprankle, the teacher of the podcasting class.


http://davidwarlick.com/connectlearning/podcast.php?audio_file=http://landmark-project.com/podcasts/episode27.mp3


Room 208 PODCAST!

blinkx video search

Interested in doing a search to find out what topics will be covered on TV (google for TV)? Check this out.

blinkx video search

The Education Podcast Network

Are you interesting in finding podcasts that deal with education. Check out this site.

The Education Podcast Network

Amazon.com: Books: Classroom Blogging: A Teacher's Guide to the Blogosphere

Interested in using blogging in your classes? This book might be what you want. Here's the description at Amazon's site:

"Detailed instructions for creating your own professional weblog using free services, creating an instructional weblog using BlogMesiter (a free classroom blogging tool), creating an interactive class wiki site, creating a personal digital library of dynamic content using RSS, produce your own podcast program, and use weblogs, wikis, RSS, and podcasting to help you teach and help students learn."

Amazon.com: Books: Classroom Blogging: A Teacher's Guide to the Blogosphere

Friday, June 10, 2005

Monday, June 06, 2005

CTools at Michigan State - Free online Concept Mapping

This is a free online concept mapping tool that allows you to create your own concept maps that can then be printed. If you are an instructor, you can "preload" the map with the concepts you want and then have your students go to the map and make the map with the concepts you have provided.

Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities

If you would like to create a learning object (something as simple as a tutorial on a subject) that can be shared with the rest of the world, try out this free service.

Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities

Streamload - Share Videos and Photos - Online MP3 Storage and Access

If you need to store and transfer large files, check out this service. There are various pricing packages but the free package allows you store up to 10 GB of files, and download up to 100 Mb per month.
Streamload - Share Videos and Photos - Online MP3 Storage and Access

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Dash Blog Widget for Tiger (OS 10.4)

If you have a blogger account and you have Tiger (OS 10.4) installed on your Macintosh, you can download a widget called Dash Blog that will allow you to post message from the widget.

Monday, May 23, 2005

mfeeds - media feeds for everyone. RSS enclosures and podcasting made easy.

Do you have a RSS feed (maybe one you created with Feedburner)? If I understand what this site is doing (http://mfeeds.com), it can create a podcast-friendly fee from your RSS feed.

mfeeds - media feeds for everyone. RSS enclosures and podcasting made easy.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

MacDevCenter.com: How to Record a Podcast

Want to create a podcast of a conversation conducted through the online phone service called Skype? This could be beneficial in a distance education course for these reasons: (1) Skype allows up to four people to talk at once, (2) it's free (and doable as long as each party has a microphone and speakers hooked up to their computers, and (3) the conversation could be recorded (as explained in this article) and converted into a podcast for other students to listen to or for review of a previous discussion.

MacDevCenter.com: How to Record a Podcast

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

podscope - your're listening. we're searching.

Like to listen to podcasts but want to narrow down which ones you listen to? Go to podscope and type in term to do a search.


podscope - your're listening. we're searching.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Macromedia - Central

I need to look into this application called Macromedia Central and see how it could be used in education.
Macromedia - Central

Ourmedia Homepage | Ourmedia

Need a place to post a videoblog. Check out ourmedia by clicking on the link below.
Ourmedia Homepage | Ourmedia

Flux Factory Inc.

Here's a place where you can learn how to do various technology things like videoblogging, etc.

Flux Factory Inc.

Flux Factory Inc.

Here's a place where you can learn how to do various technology things like videoblogging, etc.

Flux Factory Inc.

Quicktime Thingie

Need to create some texttrack in your Quicktime movie? Check out this online tool.

Quicktime Thingie

VideoBlogging : Home Page

Okay, here's another site that will help you learn about videoblogging.
VideoBlogging : HomePage

videoblogging.info

Want to know about videoblogging? Check out this site and also look at the post I just put up (just a few posts before this one).

videoblogging.info

ANT | Not TV

Want to find video feeds and collect them like a RSS news aggregator allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds? Check out ANT, which is available for Mac OS X and will be available for Windows later.

ANT | Not TV

Learn More about Creative Commons | Creative Commons

Want to learn how to share your creations using a Creative Commons license? Click on the link.

Learn More about Creative Commons | Creative Commons

Freevlog

Want to create a video blog using blogger? Go to this site to find out how to do it.
Freevlog

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Reinvented Software - Feeder

Interested in creating your own RSS feeds? Check this product - Feeder. Cost is $24.95

Reinvented Software - Feeder

Audioblog.com - Create & Publish Podcasts and Videoblogs

Want to create your own podcasts! Here's one of the places where you can. The service costs $5/month. You can podcast by phone, record over the web using their BlogRecorder, or upload WAV or MP3 files.
Audioblog.com - Create & Publish Podcasts and Videoblogs

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Podcasting with Your iPod Photo

Okay, here's an idea for making Keynote (Powerpoint) files with audio narrations available to students. Convert your Keynote files into JPG files, create a series of audio recordings that are narrations of the Keynote (jpg) images, and then make both of them available on your podcast. As Wei-Meng Lee mentions in this article, "f Apple could build in mechanisms to synchronize the background music with the photos, that would be perfect!" Then the narrations would synchronize with the images. Of course, as you narrate, you could simply say "next slide" in order to tell the viewer to move to the next slide as they progress through the Keynote slides.

MacDevCenter.com: Podcasting with Your iPod Photo

Sunday, March 13, 2005

RSS, Journals (blogs), and Course Discussions

It seems that the links that are generated with some of the RSS-to-Javascript generators don't work but this one does. Check out this site and then embed the Javascript into your own web page. If you are at a college that uses a course management system such as Blackboard or WebCt, simply paste the HTML code that is generated and be sure to click the HTML box, thus indicating that the text is HTML based.

Here is a way this could be used in a course. If students had their own journals (such as a metacognitive journal) in which they discuss the topics of the course (or are asked what topics are unclear to them from today's class), a RSS feed for each of their journals could be embedded into a web page or into an area within a course management system. Of course, fellow students or the instructor could place a Comment in their blog postings. The comment could something like an answer to their question if the journal is a metacognitive journal.

One might argue that you could accomplish the same thing with a Discussion Board. There are some differences between a Discussion Board and a blog. In the case of a blog, each student has their own page. Also, once a course is over, the Discussion Board is no longer available.

RSS to Javascript site

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Leading the Transition from Classrooms to Learning Spaces

The subtitle of this article is "The convergence of technology, pedagogy, and space can lead to exciting new models of campus interaction." This article may be worth reading.

EDUCAUSE Quarterly | Volume 28 Number 1 2005: "SCALE-UP"

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Ed-Tech Insider: Utilizing RSS enclosures

Here's a great idea given by Tim Wilson - use RSS to distribute files such as notes, multimedia content, etc. The distribution of these files is now possible since RSS 2.0 supports the use of file enclosures.

Ed-Tech Insider: Utilizing RSS enclosures

Sunday, February 27, 2005

MacDevCenter.com: How to Record a Podcast

Here's a nice article that explains how you can create a podcast using Skype, the free Voice over Internet (VoIP), and other equipment to create a podcast. This might be an interesting thing to do in the area of Teacher Education program involving the interview of a in-service teacher.

MacDevCenter.com: How to Record a Podcast

Monday, February 21, 2005

Ecto

I recently purchase Ecto (http://ecto.kung-foo.tv/), which allows you to quickly access your blog to enter new posts. One of the nice features about Ecto is that it allows you do special things like bullets, numbering, font styles, etc. I realize you can do this within your browser when you log into Blogger but unfortunately, those HTML features are not visible within Safari. They are visible within Firefox but for some reason Firefox keeps crashiing on me. Besides, I don't want to have to open another browser.

Here are some examples:
  • Item #1
  • Item #2
  • Italicized print, bold, underline strike through color,

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Monkeybread Software - Freeware - Combine PDFs 1.0

Here's some software that may be helpful. In Mac OS X, you can print probably about anything on your screen as a PDF file (e.g., Word document, HTML page, etc). If you have a variety of these documents or if maybe you want to combine one of your documents with a PDF that you downloaded, this program allows you to combine PDFs.

Monkeybread Software - Freeware - Combine PDFs 1.0

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Teaching an Ed Tech at a distance

One of the difficulties I am having is teaching my online students how to use particular pieces of software or hardware since I am not meeting them face-to-face which would allow them to touch and see the equipment.

My son (6th grade) suggested I use iChat AV with my iSight camera to illustrate to them what they need to learn. Of course, I'll have to instruct them on (1) how to set up an AIM account, (2) how to download the software (3) how to start up the program, (3) enter my username, (4) access the video portion, and (5) how to send me text messages. Of course, I could only do this with one person at a time so that is a disadvantage of this but it
is synchronous.

My thought is to put together a video and then either put it on the web or burn it to either a CD or DVD. Not synchronous but does avoid bandwidth limitations.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Integrating RSS Feeds into Blackboard or other CMSs

Suppose you want to bring the lastest news from a web site into your course in Blackboard? Or suppose your students have blogs, which are reflections on what they are learning in your course, or maybe you ask them to answer the question "What principle or concept did we discuss today in class that you don't quite understand yet?"

If you want an RSS feed that is generated either from a website or a blog to be seen within Blackboard, click on the link found in the heading. There are two tools that are described in this article. I like the first one, which was produced by the Maricopa system. I have used Feedburner for generating a RSS feed and learned that they have a nice feature called SmartCast.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Using a digital microscope

We have two digital microscopes that are part of the "tech library" that our student teachers and teacher ed faculty are allowed to check out. This article describes various uses of the digital microscope. The George Lucas Educational Foundation

O'Reilly: Exporting QuickTime Movies with Simple Video Out X

According to the site, "SimpleVideoOut X converts any QuickTime movie into a FireWire stream, regardless of whether it originated with your digital camcorder, your hand-held camera's movie function..."O'Reilly: Exporting QuickTime Movies with Simple Video Out X

Imagination Cubed

This could be an interesting site to use in an early grade class. Or at the higher levels, you could have the students draw something more complicated (like mitosis) and then have then save it and send it (two features available at this site).

Imagination Cubed

Sunday, January 09, 2005

EdBlogger Praxis: PubSub Offers a Neat Twist on Eating RSS Feeds

I need to check this out. If a student was doing a project or term paper on a certain topic, it might be worth looking into this service.

EdBlogger Praxis: PubSub Offers a Neat Twist on Eating RSS Feeds

iSight Connects Higher Ed to K-12 Classrooms

Wow! This sounds like an interesting project.

iSight Connects Higher Ed to K-12 Classrooms

A related site is here - iChatAV and iSight in the Classroom

A site that contains lesson plans for the use of iChatAV and iSight can be found here - iChatAV and iSight Lesson Plans

iSightEd --- the eyes and ears of Education

Videoconferencing sounds like a neat thing to do. I doubt the technical side of it would be that difficult. Probably the most difficult part would be organizing the learning experiences and finding someone who is interested in participating.

Here are a few sites that relate to the videoconferencing:

iSightEd --- the eyes and ears of Education

Easy Videoconferencing in the Classroom

Classroom Conferencing I think this site would be a good place to start to find other classrooms that are willing to participate in videoconferences.

[unsanity] WindowShade X - Unsanity - Makers of Haxies, small useful utilities that enhance and redefine how Mac OS X works.

I don't typically mention utilities that I like but this is one brought back from OS 9. But it does more than just the "window-shade" effect.

[unsanity] WindowShade X - Unsanity - Makers of Haxies, small useful utilities that enhance and redefine how Mac OS X works.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Blogging With AquaMinds NoteTaker: Blogging With a Virtual Virtual Notebook

I have NoteTaker and I have a blog at Blogger. But I have two problems. If I want to enter anything fancy (e.g., bold print) into my blog, I have to use something other than Safari as my browser. Internet Explorer doesn't work either. For some reason, both Mozilla and Firefox won't work on my laptop at all (they quit instantly) and they often quit after a short period of time on my eMac.

I read about ecto but didn't buy it when the author had it on sale up until Dec.26 (2004). Ecto by itself would be a nice software title itself but when I read yesterday that an Applescript is available that allows you to put your NoteTaker pages into Ecto, I'm thinking it may be worth it to get Ecto.

Blogging With AquaMinds NoteTaker: Blogging With a Virtual Virtual Notebook

SAFT - Safari Plugin

Want to add some additional features to Safari? Try SAFT. I haven't tried it but according to the various articles that you can find on this site, it has some nice features. Cost is $4.99.

haoli

PDF -> HTML, RTF, ASCII, or plain text

As you know, Mac OS X allows you to create a PDF file from word-processing documents, HTML pages, etc. But do you ever need to go in the opposite direction? This product costs $29.95.


Mesa Dynamics

vBlog Sites

I"m going to try to keep watching this site to see if it is a possible service to use. Using their free (at this time) software, you can post your videos on your blogging site (e.g., Blogger). They ask you for your login name and login password to your blog on blogger, which I'm a little uncomfortable with but I'm sure that is the only way, they can get the video onto your blog.
vBlog Sites

Arbor Bits - iCamShare

need to produce a quick movie using your webcam? iCamShare, which costs $14.95, allows you to use your webcam. I haven't downloaded the software to see what all of the features are but on their web page, they point out two things that are not available with the free software, GCam (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/13240). iCamShare can *digitally* zoom your Firewire web cam (e.g., iSight) up to 300%, and you can trim off unwanted parts of the video at the front and end of the video.
Arbor Bits - iCamShare

Friday, January 07, 2005

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Wiki Science:How to start a Wiki - Wikibooks

At this Wiki site, you can learn about how to create your own wiki. This page contains links to sites that host wikis for free as well as hosting services that charge.

The wiki where this page is located is called WikiBooks and it allows to create your own modules (as they call them).

Wiki Science:How to start a Wiki - Wikibooks

Sunday, January 02, 2005

CamSpinner

In addition to GCam (found at http://www.macmice.com/gcam.html, which is free), another piece of software that allows you to produce QuickTime movie from your webcam (e.g., iSight), is a product called CamSpinner, which costs $9.95. This product allows you to record both Quicktime and MPEG movies, and still images. This same company sells a Web authoring package called PageSpinner. If you purchase PageSpinner and CamSpinnner together, you save $9.95. The total cost of the two products is $29.95.
CamSpinner

iSight in the Classroom

This is a good site that describes a variety of ways the iSight camera can be used in education. The author also provides many links to software that can be used to enhance the use of the iSight camera. One that I think would be particularly helpfulbut is not listed on his page is the iGlasses software - http://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/
iSight in the Classroom

MacMice, DVForge, ErgoMac - Desktop Accessories for Macintosh

Want to record video directly from the iSight camera (without using iMovie). Try this free software called GCam.

MacMice, DVForge, ErgoMac - Desktop Accessories for
Macintosh