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