Archive for March, 2009

Links for 2009-03-31

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
  • Google Docs
    Seventeen slides from Tom Barrett on Fifteen Interesting Ways (and Tips) to use Google Docs in the Classroom.
    (tags: googledocs googleined)
  • Green Technology News: Schools
    This is a special supplement of Green Technology Magazine focused on Schools… with just over a dozen or so articles.
    (tags: green education greeneducation)
  • Earth Hour
    It's a bit late to spread the word at this point, but I participated in Earth Hour this year, and despite the fact that it's only a small and temporary change (rather than a more meaningful change in habits) I think it's a great way to raise awareness… and a great opportunity to "start small" rather than avoid starting altogether. Perhaps educators can take a more active roll in this – and provide meaningful discussions with students about the issues.
    (tags: green earthhour)
  • Green California Schools Summit
    It turns out there's a Green California Schools Summit & Exposition. It doesn't look like it's for an audience of teachers, but I hope to tap into some of the resources, vendors, and speakers to bring a green "strand" to the other conferences I work with.
    (tags: green education greeneducation)
  • Obama turns to Web to bypass news media | The Industry Standard
    I appreciate this tend – it's one of the reasons I voted for Obama and I look forward to seeing how far this administration will push online interactivity over the course of the next four years.
    (tags: politics obama)
  • Computer Games Explore Social Issues | Edutopia
    This is an article about a social studies class in which "students have to win PeaceMaker, a simulation of the Middle East peace process, twice — once while playing as the Israeli prime minister and once as the Palestinian president." Games for Change might also make an appearance at this year's CLMS/CUE technology conference.
    (tags: edugames games4change)
  • A Free, Green Education: Guide to No-Cost, Online Environmental Courses
    This is the first of several "Green Education" resources I dug up in preparation for the CLMS tech conference later this year, which will be focused on social media, social change, and education – with a particular focus on green issues.
    (tags: green education greeneducation)
  • YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.
    YouTube EDU is a collection of videos and channels from college and university partners. This is like iTunes U for YouTube. I've seen headlines that have suggested "forget paying for college – just go to YouTube."
    (tags: youtube videos googleined)
  • YouTube – Google Scholar – tips & tricks
    This is a five minute video of tips and tricks about Google Scholar. This might be particularly relevant for older (secondary) students.
    (tags: googlescholar googleined)
  • Official Google Docs Blog: Drawing on your creativity in Docs
    Google Docs has a powerful new feature… the ability to create "drawings" in a word processing document: "It's easy to create drawings using lines, free hand scribbles, text labels and a large choice of shapes that you can move, resize, rotate and adjust. Group, order, align and distribute and other features are available when you select objects you've drawn. You can also customize a range of shape properties, from line widths to fill color, and from arrowheads to font size, and much more."
    (tags: googleined googledocs)
  • Celebrity Twittering: Is That Really You, Shaq? – TIME
    It really was Shaq. This article is also an interesting portrait of how privacy (and celebrity) are changing in our increasingly connected world.
    (tags: twitter)

Links for 2009-03-25

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
  • XMeeting – Powerful Videoconferencing Solutions for Mac OS X
    If you haven't already discovered this (I was late to the game… but also had many people tell me such a thing didn't exist), XMeeting allows Macs to connect to Polycom-based videoconferencing (and to other systems using similar standards).
    (tags: videoconference mac polycom)
  • Wikia – Wikis from Wikia – Join the best wiki communities
    Here's yet another (fast-growing) free wiki service. At a glance this one seems notable for the tools they provide to help users find wikis relevant to their interests.
    (tags: wikis)
  • Multiply – Secure, Family-Friendly Media Sharing
    I haven't tried this fast-growing service, but wonder if it would be of interest to educators looking for a "walled garden" approach to using two-way web technologies with their students: "Multiply makes it easy to create, share and discuss your blog, photos, and videos with more of the people you know, and fewer of the people you don't."
    (tags: socialnetworking Web2.0 socialsoftware blogs)
  • Twitter Traffic Grows 1,382% In A Year
    This post includes an interesting table showing the growth of twitter… and several other fast growing sites, three of (the five of) which I'd never heard of. Cool. Check out Zimbio, Multiply, and Wikia.

  • How To Get Google Reader Shared Items From Anyone |
    This post includes a few tricks for following other's shared Google Reader feeds, even if they're unlikely to respond to you personally. It only works for "celebrities" so it won't help you unearth the feeds of peers and others who might share your interests or be better filters of information. Still, it's a place to start.
    (tags: rss googlereader infoflo)
  • search-cube – the Visual Search Engine
    Yet another visual search engine. This one initially intrigued me more than others (the results were more striking), but the cube is difficult to manipulate and the relevancy or ranking of the results is unclear. Still, a search for "edtechlife" turned up a few visual surprises. :)
    (tags: search visualsearch)
  • Pattie Maes demos the Sixth Sense | Video on
    A TED video about "a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment." I haven't seen it yet, but hear it's amazing… and a sign of the future of computing. Try imagining what could be done with this device in school… or simply for learning in your home.
    (tags: future interface)
  • Fliggo – Create Your Own Video Site
    This looks pretty straight forward (and potentially cool): in the same way that Ning lets you create your own social network (or your own Facebook or MySpace, put simply), Fliggo lets you create your own video sharing site (or your own YouTube… or TeacherTube). I can see where being an administrator on your own site would be good for schools or districts.
    (tags: video streaming)
  • New OnLive service could turn the video game world upside down » VentureBeat
    This is a new service for offering high-end video games via data streamed from a server rather than software installed on your PC or hardware connected to your TV. “This is video gaming on demand, where we deliver the games as a service, not something on a disk or in hardware,” Perlman said. “Hardware is no longer the defining factor of the game experience.” Some have suggested that educational software might benefit from this model as well. Perhaps educational games? Then the "my school's hardware can't handle the games" issue won't be such a big deal. :)
    (tags: gamesined streaming videogame compression)
  • – Face recognition for the masses.
    This is like "Faces" in iPhoto, but for your friends photos on the web rather than your photos on your own computer: "a powerful tool for finding pictures of you and your friends on Facebook."
    (tags: facialrecognition photofinder facebook face)
  • How to Filter out Undesirable Posts in your RSS Reader |
    Based on my love of AideRSS for Google Reader, I think I will also like this method for managing your incoming information flow via RSS: "Feed Rinse is basically a spam filter for RSS feeds. It takes your feeds and then filters them, depending on the rules you specify. You can tell it to allow or block posts depending on keywords in the post body or post title. It will then give you a special Feed Rinse RSS address which you can then place in your RSS reader – and it’s all free!"
    (tags: rss productivity infoflow)
  • Official Google Blog: Two new improvements to Google results pages
    Google now offers "more and better search refinements" and "longer snippets" on ordinary Google search results pages.
    (tags: google search googleined)
  • GlobalClassroom: New at Global Classroom
    Global Classroom has a new business model, but will still be offering free Moodle classrooms to teachers. The new model "will let schools, organizations, businesses and individuals interested in a more customizable solution purchase a network." Global Classroom is also providing one of the strands at the Lead Learning 2009 Summer Institute for Professional Developers:
    (tags: free globalclassroom moodle)

Links for 2009-03-20

Friday, March 20th, 2009
  • 100 Tips, Apps, and Resources for Teachers on Twitter | Online College Degree
    Thanks to @jutecht for this resource: "Busy teachers may feel that taking the time to learn how to use Twitter isn’t worth the return for the students benefit, so that’s why this list of 100 tips, apps, and resources is worth browsing. Find out how to get started with Twitter, ways to use it in an educational setting, and tools to help you use it better with these resources below."
    (tags: education twitter resources)
  • Curriki – SummerofContent
    This is a great opportunity from a great education (and social change) project – and I hope some of the teachers in my network will take advantage of this: "Do you have an instructional unit or course you’re proud of that you’d like to publish and get paid for? Interested in earning money this summer to develop a new unit that will be shared with a global audience? For our Summer of Content initiative, Curriki is soliciting elementary and middle school content in ELA, math, science, and social studies. Apply by April 15th, 2009."
    (tags: curriki grant summerjob educators)
  • Session Manager :: Firefox Add-ons
    Thanks to @mslinch who shared this with me. I think this is a must-have Firefox extension for teachers or anyone else: "Session Manager saves and restores the state of all windows – either when you want it or automatically at startup and after crashes. Additionally it offers you to reopen (accidentally) closed windows and tabs."
    (tags: firefox addon)

Lead Learning 2009: Colleague Referral Discount

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I just posted this over at and I want to share it here too – for my colleagues around the nation and the world. I hope some of you will be able to join us… and bring along others (both edtech folks and non-edtech professional developers) that you know will benefit from our time together in Ojai. Here’s the deal:

The Colleague Referral Discount provides anyone registered for the Lead Learning 2009 Summer Institute for Professional Developers with a $50 refund on their registration for each colleague of of theirs that registers as well – with no limit on the number of colleagues that can be referred. This is a great way to make the institute even more affordable in this challenging economic climate. This is also a way to share this experience with other professional developers who will benefit from the program. We know the intensive experience will be even more powerful when shared with team members or peers.

Please fill out the Colleague Referral Discount Form once for each colleague that you refer to the institute.

To register for the event visit the CUEtoYOU Professional Development Webstore.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or other feedback about this program – or the event itself. I hope I’ll see some of you there. :)

Links for March 15th

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for March 15th:

  • Twitter for Conference Back-Channel Chat – Steve Hargadon's latest on using Twitter (well) as part of a face-to-face conference event.
  • About Us @ Green 180 – I've been looking for more examples of social media being used for social change… in education (or by students). This looks like a great example – I'll have to check it out in more detail later.
  • thirdgradediscoveries's Podcast – Jose Rodriguez podcast his "Skype for Educators" presentation at the CLMS conference this morning. He also links to his workshop wiki.
  • podOmatic – Create, Find, Share Podcasts! – It looks like podOmatic is launching a new education service. Anyone know anything about this? It's exciting news in any case – this is already my podcasting service of choice for education and I'm hopeful that they will remove some of the things that are less than ideal for education – and perhaps even add some education specific features. I'm signing up.

View all of my shared items and notes at my Google Reader Shared Items page.

Links for March 14th

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for March 14th:

  • 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know – An interesting article about privacy settings in Facebook… and how you can protect yourself from some of the default settings – if you care to.
  • The Unquiet Library – This is a blog dedicated to a school library that is striving to be library 2.0 – it's multimedia and might be a source of inspiration for your local library or media center staff.
  • Social Media Search Tool | WhosTalkin? – This is a great resource I saw in my twitter feed recently… from @injenuity I think. It's a search tool for conversational media, with categorized results (such as blogs, twitter, etc).

View all of my shared items and notes at my Google Reader Shared Items page.

Links for March 12th

Friday, March 13th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for March 12th:

  • edubloggercon » clms2009 – If you're in Southern California (or at least the San Diego area) please join us tomorrow night (perhaps tonight by the time this link appears on my blog).

View all of my shared items and notes at my Google Reader Shared Items page.

Links for March 12th

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for March 12th:

  • YouTube – Live iPhone musical performance – Kids by MGMT played on iPhones and iPod Touches – This is just plain cool – and edubloggers, we better have a jam session at NECC this year. Check it out:

    "The Mentalists play Kids by MGMT on their iPhones and iPod Touches, using only apps downloaded from the Apple App Store. Apps used Ocarina, Retro Synth, miniSynth, DigiDrummer Lite."

  • U2's No Line On The Horizon: A track-by-track exclusive with producer/co-writer Daniel Lanois – The Ampersand – This interview includes a track-by-tack rundown of the new U2 album from longtime U2 collaborator, Daniel Lanois… and an absolutely fantastic shot of their studio space. Wow.
  • Cameroid – Use your webcam to take photos online! – This is photobooth for people who don't have Macs. It does require a web cam of course, but then you can take and manipulate pictures through a web service instead of an application. I think I'll use this here at the CLMS conference when people sign up for the League Learning Network… for fun profile pictures.
  • qsb-mac – Google Code – iJohnPederson was in heaven when this was announced… from the maker of Quicksilver (now working at Google), it's the Google Quick Search Box – and it worked fabulously within seconds of being installed on my machines – much better than the poorly implemented Google Desktop search for Macs, which I actually ditched after discovering it was crippling my computer. This one looks like a keeper.
  • Becta Government & partners – Web 2.0 technologies for learning at KS3 and KS4 – Project overview – David Jakes was raving about the data from this research a few days ago. I haven't looked into it yet, but thought I'd save it (and share it) here for later (and others). This is the "blog (or Google Reader) as a back up brain" philosophy in action.
  • Welcome to Google Apps – This is a way to get many of the benefits of Google Apps: Education Edition without needing to be the administrator of a domain. If anyone tries this out, let me know how it works. Or if anyone wants to run a trial, let me know. :)
  • Twitter Powered Subtitles for Conference Audio/Videos on Youtube « OUseful.Info, the blog… – The method is a bit labor intensive (and some might say technical), but it can be used to create subtitles for a YouTube video – where the subtitles are Tweets that happened during the event in the video, such as a presentation for instance. Very cool. I suspect this will be much easier soon.

View all of my shared items and notes at my Google Reader Shared Items page.

CUE Confernce 2009 Wikis

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I’ve created a new page to support the sessions I’m leading at the 2009 CUE conference. I’ve been giving the URL to participants here so they can get back to the resources anytime, but I’m also sharing the same information in this post for readers of this blog who are not at the conference:

Each session links to a wiki with a description, agenda, and links to every resource or example that I mentioned (and many I didn’t get to). In some cases there may even be a ustreamed archive of the session. At this point only the Thursday sessions are entirely updated, but the others will be updated over the next two days. Reply in the comments below if you have any questions or thoughts about the sessions – and feel free to contribute to the wikis as well. :)

Links for March 4th

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for March 4th:

  • The SSD Project | EFF Surveillance Self-Defense Project – Though I'm generally not paranoid about these things, it is important for citizens in the 21st century to understand and take responsibility for their own risk management when it comes to their data and their privacy.
  • Pomegranate | NS08 – This is a humorous look at the next generation of smart phones. :)

View all of my shared items and notes at my Google Reader Shared Items page.