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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tekzilla's Top Ten Computing Tips of 2008

Tekzilla is a short daily show that features tips, tricks, and shortcuts for improving your computer's performance and improving your Internet user experience. Today's episode highlights the ten most popular tips of 2008.


Applications for Education
Tekzilla is a good show for those that teach computer applications classes. Due to the tone of some of advertising that occasionally appears on the show, I can't recommend it as something to have students watch, but it is a good show for your own professional learning.

An Interactive Look at 2008 in Review

When students return to school after this vacation we will be in the year 2009. The first day back to school might be a good time to have students look back at some of the biggest stories of 2008. Here are three places to find "year in review" activities including some interactive quizzes and timelines.

MSNBC, as I shared last week, has some excellent year in review slide shows featuring pictures and cartoons for news, sports, and entertainment. Within the last week MSNBC has added a bunch of additional year-in-review resources including quizzes and videos. One of my personal favorites from MSNBC is the Top Viral Videos of 2008.

CBS News has put together some excellent resources for reviewing the year in news, sports, and entertainment. On the CBS 2008 in Review site you can find quizzes and timelines that students can use independently. You will also find audio, video, and pictorial reviews of 2008. Were it not for the occasional, annoying pop-up ads for "health products" this would be my top pick for year in review resources.

CNN, in addition to the Student News Semester-In-Review, has a number of videos reviewing the year in news, sports, health, science, and entertainment. CNN has also aggregated the top iReport videos of the year. iReport is CNN's citizen journalist page.

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