Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Skrbl - Share a Whiteboard

skrbl: easy to share online whiteboard
skrbl Simple and easy online multi user whiteboard, start skrbl, give out your URL & start working together. Sketch, text, share files, upload pictures all in one common shared space. There are no new tools to learn, nothing to download, nothing to install. Brainstorm on our simple whiteboard to start thinking together, everyone sees the same screen, everybody gets on the same page.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Video Streaming

What's Stickam?
Whether you are famous for 15 or 15,000, Stickam is where you will find your friends and your fans, LIVE! See and be seen at Stickam, the LIVE community. Here's what you can do with Stickam. Free 2GB Storage Space & Unlimited Bandwidth! - Stickam is a 100% free service.

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Teachers Network
How-To: Incorporate New Media into Your Classroom Using a Discussion Forum on
Peggy Maslow

As I have mentioned in many of my columns previously, is a free discussion forum which can be used by all educators. A discussion forum is a public classroom forum for creating, discussing and reflecting on ideas. Characteristics are: * An asynchronous experience (Writing can be posted by students at any time before the appointed date.) * A place where assignments can be posted by the teacher and then students post their writing * A place to post pre-selected links * A place where a teacher can read student work samples and any member of the class can also read other students' writing. * A place where any member of the class, teacher or students, can reply to a posted piece of writing. Students respond to various topics under what is called "conferencing," usually posted in advance by the teacher. Depending on the purpose of the writing, it may be revised or not. The writing can be informal and shared with others in the class. Or it can be a final draft posted for assessment by other students and/or the teacher. It is expected that students will be respectful of the writing and opinions of others and that they will respond accordingly.

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Fron Steve Dembo - Digital Passports

Digital Passports » Kerpoof! Eat your heart out Kid Pix
Kerpoof! Eat your heart out Kid Pix

As a former kindergarten teacher, it sometimes seemed like my life revolved around KidPix. And while it had a bazillion features packed into it, when you got right down to it we spent 90% of our time creating pictures and slide shows.

While there had been a few open source programs similar to Kid Pix (anyone remember Tux?), they don’t hold a candle to one of my new fave’s for lower elementary/early childhood, Kerpoof! You can make books, pictures or stories.

Just choose a background, and start dragging the clip art onto the page. Yes, you can resize, rotate, and move them all. What’s interesting is that they incorporate the concept of scale! Put a penguin on the picture. If you move him towards the back (farther away) he gets smaller. Bring him into the foreground (closer to you) he gets bigger! You can always resize them manually, but it does a pretty good job on its own. That’s not the only dynamic piece. In the arctic background, all the chunks of ice are live. You can move or delete them to your hearts content. Same thing with other backgrounds. When you drag a sun into your picture, it figures out automatically if it should be in front of the mountains or behind them. If the sun is low in the sky, you’ll get a beautiful sunset on your picture. Drag the sun up to the top and it’ll turn the sky to noontime! Drop the sun way down low and the picture turns to night with the sun invisible. VERY cool.

And what’s the cost of Kerpoof? Oh yeah… Free. They even have a teacher section with a few ideas for using it in the classroom. Only thing two criticisms from me. 1) I’d love to see some drawing tools in there so kids can add their own free hand stuff. And 2) They need code to embed the resulting projects into web pages and email them to friends. I had to do screenshots instead. Well worth checking out!

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Poll everywhere

I found this entry at Teach42

Poll Everywhere - Simple Text Message Voting
Poll Everywhere is the World's first all-software audience response system. Unlike other voting solutions, you don’t have to buy expensive proprietary hardware or “call for special pricing,” you just sign up and immediately start creating text message polls. Your first 100 votes are free and if you decide that you love Poll Everywhere, you can buy more votes for about 16 to 12 cents per vote.

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Thinkfinity - an elevator speech to describe it.

What is Thinkfinity? Thinkfinity is a collaboration and sharing web portal, which allows teachers and students to zero in with laser like precision onto educational resources that meet their needs. Instead of using a search engine, like Google, which may give you millions of hits to willow and wade through when searching for content related to a standard, Thinkfinity almost instantly gives you teacher and peer reviewed web sites and documents which are aligned to state and national standards.

The web resources include lesson plans, printable documents, multimedia, as well as interactive computer simulations for the majority of curricular disciplines. From mathematics, dance, geography and even literacy. It is a way to save time searching the plethora of items on the web and is a well organized library of curriculum - and it is free. The site partners with National Education partners, like NCTM, NCTE and more. So find an internet connection and enhance as well as differentiate your instruction using Thinkfinity.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

ED SiteMent

EDSITEment - Reference Shelf
Reference Shelf Classroom Internet Integration One important goal of EDSITEment is to help educators integrate the Internet as a standard classroom resource. Once you tap into this seemingly boundless source of ideas, new experiences, and information, you will recognize that it holds a unique potential for inspiring real intellectual curiosity in your students and for stimulating multidimensional intellectual growth.

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Make a CD/DVD Cover

ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: CD/DVD Cover Creator
CD/DVD Cover Creator The CD/DVD Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate CD and DVD covers and related booklets for liner notes and other information. Students can use the tool to create covers for books, music, and films that they explored as well as to create covers for media they compose individually or as a class. Students can use text tools to add formatting to their titles and notes, add shading to background areas of the covers and booklets, and draw original images to illustrate their covers and booklets. For additional ideas on how to use this tool, see Tips for Using CD/DVD Cover Creator. Visit this interactive tool at:

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

quarterlife - the show

Welcome to quarterlife... A new community for artists, thinkers, and doers –- and a new Internet series from Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, the creative minds behind “My So-Called Life” and “Blood Diamond.” Come in, check out the site, set-up a profile, and invite your friends to be a part of this new creative community. Part 1 and 2 of the first Episode are available now on The Show page.

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