Archive for July, 2009
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
How To Connect Google Voice to Skype | LucaFiligheddu.com
I just got my Google Voice invite… and then discovered this very cool tip for receiving my calls on my Mac: "You just need to register to Gizmo5, get a SIP number and tell Google Voice to forward each call to that Gizmo5 account. When ready, go to your Gizmo5 account and configure it to forward each inbound call to your Skype ID."
(tags: googlevoice skype gizmo5)
Welcome! | Teachers Connecting
Haven't tried this, but it looks like a good idea: "A place for K-12 teachers to find other teachers for cross-classroom collaboration."
Social Action Collective – Education means questioning reality in order to transform it
This blog is a companion to the Ning I just bookmarked. Their goal "is to challenge adolescents to explore and investigate their roles, identities, and responsibilities in their communities and in the world.
[They] want to encourage, transform, relate, challenge, and share voices,talent, and creativity."
(tags: socialchange blogs socialmedia)
Social Action Collective
It's only 12 members right now, but this social network is dedicated to "Teachers committed to social justice awareness, critical dialog, and the cultivation of global citizens."
(tags: socialchange socialnetwork)
Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Free Online PDF Editor – Edit PDF on the Web – PDF Hammer
I haven't tried this out yet, but Alec Couros suggested it as a free web-based alternative to purchasing Adobe Acrobat. Sounds good to me.
TwitVid – Share videos on Twitter
Cool. It's like twitpics – but with video.
Lifestream Backup :: Home
This looks like a promising way to back up all of your content on social media sites, but I haven't got all of it working for me… including Twitter, which is what brought me to it.
Signing Time Classroom Edition
Cool. If you don't already know, Signing Time is Clark's favorite thing in the world – and it has transformed out family and the quality of time we spend with our 17 month old. Now there's a version for Schools: "The Signing Time Classroom Edition is an excellent resource for any school setting – preschool, home school, public school, private school, playgroups, after-school clubs, and church groups. Although the activities are geared for ages 3 – 9 (PreK – 3rd grade), this program is useful for students of all ages. The Classroom Edition is packaged as a two-inch binder containing eight DVDs, two music CDs, and sixteen units of lesson material."
Alright Folks, New MMS Hack! – Aaron Krill
If you REALLY want MMS on your iphone, this looks like a pretty involved process, but you can try it.
Google Apps at Watershed School! ?(Apps)?
Check out this overview of how Google Apps are being used at Watershed School in Colorado. Very cool.
(tags: googleined googleapps)
Home ?(Google Apps Education Community)?
This is a new community site just for Google Apps: Education Edition users, including help forums. :)
(tags: googleined googleapps)
Friday, July 17th, 2009
And this is the mother of all mixedink projects… this is the actual forum for contributing o the open government initiative. Very very cool. I would not have predicted this given only the service's features – the applications of it are amazing.
This mixed ink project is facilitated by the AP (Associated Press) and focuses on the question "Should the Senate confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor?" Very cool. And a cool model for how it might be used with students.
(tags: socialmedia politics)
MixedInk – Free Collaborative Writing Tool
This service turned out to be much cooler than I expected when I got their "check out our service" email back in May. Check out what they're doing for the Sotomayer hearings right now… and see my next two links about their open government initiative.
Online Backup, Data Backup & Remote Backup Solutions from Mozy.com – Welcome
I'm trying this for my off-site backup. There's unlimited storage for $4.95 a month. Good deal. So far setup was easy and the initial backup is working well… but since I'm trying to backup 110 GB, it's only 3% finished after 15 hours! Will this really take 20 days?
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
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Invent an app – NeverEndingSearch – Blog on School Library Journal
Riffing off of a session I led at the edubloggercon, Joyce Valenza put together this cool video. :)
(tags: video tools)
Noticed Anything Different in Flickr Searches? » CogDogBlog
From the CogDog: "But hey I don’t get this. I made (what I think is) this awesome Firefox Greasemonkey script that adds a full cut and paste code (to Flickr images shared with a creative commons licsense) to provide a fully attributed, captioned link in blog posts."
(tags: images copyright)
BookGlutton – About Us
An interesting site someone posted on twitter (sorry, I forget who)… and it looks like it might be good for literature teachers and/or students. From the about page: "Our intent: build an experience that is simultaneously a book group, a computer, and a book. We believe firmly that people want to read, annotate and discuss, right there, immersed in the text."
(tags: books socialmedia languagearts)
Inside Google Books: New ways to search within a book
Google Books Search just got even (more) better. From their blog: "Earlier this month we revamped the search experience to make searching inside a book easier. You can now view the context of a search result, sort results by relevancy or page order, and flip through results quickly while viewing the book."
Schoology – Your digital classroom
"The first course management system built on a social network." 'Nuff said. I can't wait to try it out.
(tags: socialmedia cms socialnetwork distanceed)
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Leslie Fisher's Photos
Wow. A picture of Leslie Fisher's iPhone and iPod Touch session at NECC. Very cool: "NECC 2009 iPhone and iPod Touch Application Support Group"
(tags: iphone ipodtouch)
YouTube – reporterscenter's Channel
What a great tool to use with students: "The YouTube Reporters' Center is a new resource to help you learn more about how to report the news. It features some of the nation's top journalists and news organizations sharing instructional videos with tips and advice for better reporting."
ieducation – home
This wiki includes a variety of iPhone and iPod touch resources – and links to cool apps: "This is a viral wiki created as part of the Birds of a Feather, Using iTouch and iPhones for Teaching and Learning, at NECC 2009 held on Monday, June 29, 2009."
(tags: iphone ipod)
A social network for educators using scratch to teach programming to their students. Cool.
(tags: scratch programming animation)
TimeSpace: World – washingtonpost.com
This is a very cool and very visual representation of Washington Post News (via Joyce Valenza): "TimeSpace is an interactive map that allows you to navigate articles, photos, video and commentary from around the globe. Discover news hot-spots where coverage is clustered. Use the timeline to illustrate peaks in coverage, and customize your news searches to a particular day or specific hour. (Many Washington Post stories appear at midnight; others are published throughout the day as news happens). Click the ? In the upper right for help."
(tags: news newstimline timeline)
National Educational Technology Plan
Here you can actually sign up to participate in creating (or at least commenting on) the new national educational technology plan: "The U.S. Department of Education is developing a new National Educational Technology Plan to provide a vision for how information and communication technologies can help transform American education. The plan will provide a set of concrete goals that can inform state and local educational technology plans as well as inspire research, development, and innovation. A draft plan is expected in early 2010."