Social Media in the Classroom

This is a pretty nice article that lists ways that social media can be used in education – http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/05/100-inspiring-ways-to-use-social-media-in-the-classroom/

There is also another good post on philosophy books, for those who may be interested – http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/12/15-philosophy-books-every-business-student-should-read/

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Instructional Technology Resource Sites

Here are three good resources that I use to help learn about new innovations in technology and education…


www.classroom20.com ning.com

A great resource for teaching technology is www.classroom20.com.

Classroom20.com is a  social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education. This  social network is created by  Ning – an online application to create your own social network. Ning was co-founded by Marc Andreessen, the co-developer of the Mosaic and Netscape browser. Because it is a social network, you can join it and be a member. If you are not a member, you can still benefit from the information.

There are four different blogs that you can subscribe to. Each member can create their own blog within the network also, so there is a lot of discussion going on that you can benefit from. But, you need to be a member in order to post a comment and to receive email notifications!

What I like about this social network is the great online events that they offer – http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.  These events are mainly webinars on useful educational technology concepts and live interviews with experts in the field, but they do hold workshops and conferences. You can be notified of each week’s events by email if you are a member. They have several events each week, and many are recorded, so this is a great ongoing resource.

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freetech4teachers.com blogger.com

Another good resource is Free Technology for Teachers –  www.freetech4teachers.com

This is actually a Blogger blog (owned by Google), so you can subscribe to it and post comments by validating with either your Google Account or OpenID.  They do have a lot of information on great free online tools for use in education and instructional technology!

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edutechie.com wordpress.com

Another good resource is www.EduTechie.com.

This is a WordPress blog, developed by an Instructional Technologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It has a lot of nice categories to learn about technologies related to this field. You can comment as a guest or with account validation.

What I personally like about this blog is that the author is a fan of Google applications and their use in education. Google is one of my favorite technology companies, along with Apple.

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Camtasia 7

I recently created a promotional video for a new class that I will teach in Fall 2010. I used Camtasia Studio 7, whereas in the past I used version 5. Nice improvements – active callouts, presets and now using the mp4 technology for the video along with the Flash player.

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YouTube’s New Video Editing Tool

See:  http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=183851

The Video Editor is a free tool in your YouTube Account which allows you to edit various clips and produce an entirely new edited video. Here’s what you can do with the Video Editor:

  • Combine multiple videos you’ve uploaded to create a new longer video
  • Trim at the beginning and / or ending of your videos
  • Add a soundtrack from our AudioSwap library
  • Create new videos without worrying about file formats, and publish the new video to YouTube with one click (no new upload is required)

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Google Viacom Lawsuit

The Judge sides with Google

Here is a link to an interesting article about the resolution of the lawsuit –

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/technology/24google.html?src=tptw

“This is a victory for the Internet and for the people who use it,” said Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel, in an interview. “The decision will let a whole new generation of creators and artists share their work online.”

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New Improvements to Google Docs

Located nicely on this video – also see google.com/apps/docs

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Filed under Cloud Computing, Google, Google Apps, SaaS

Ning’s Announcment

It appears as though this announcement is being talked about everywhere…

It has just announced that it is killing off its free product, forcing existing free networks to either make the change to premium accounts or migrate their networks elsewhere.

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