Monday, July 7, 2008

Convince Your Administrators to Unblock YouTube

Open Culture is one of my favorite blogs in the blog-o-sphere. Every time I visit Open Culture I find a new and interesting video or podcast. Today Open Culture has a list of 70 great, news and education video collections found on YouTube. The list is called 70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube. The next time you're trying to convince your school or IT administrators to allow you to access YouTube in the classroom, show them this collection of videos that have significant educational value.

Building Personal Timelines - Life Haps

Lifehaps is a new tool for making personal timelines. Lifehaps can be used to make a timeline of your life or of your family. The user interface on Lifehaps is a very simple drag and drop design. Users select from a list of event types and then drag that event type to the timeline. Once an event is placed on the timeline users can then add details with images and text to the event.

Applications for Education
When I was a student it seemed that every fall throughout elementary and middle school we had to write autobiographies. Making a personal timeline was sometimes a part of that process. Lifehaps is a simple and easy tool that students can use to create their own timelines. Building a timeline is a good way for students to organize their thoughts and the stories that they're planning to write.

Organizing Web Research

Wet Mount is a new website (still in Beta) designed to organize findings from the Internet. The organization process is based on a simple number-line concept. When users find information (text, image, or video) that information is placed in a chart. As more information is found the chart can be reorganized to accommodate more information and place it based on relevance to the original search terms. Watch a screencast here.

Applications for Education
Wet Mount could be a great tool for helping students to organize their findings from Internet research. Often students will find a video or image relevant to their search terms, but don't have an immediate use for that content. Using Wet Mount students could put that information aside for later use without forgetting where it fits into their research. I think of Wet Mount as a digital version of organizing research note cards with "slugs."