Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South is a collection of texts, images, and audio files documenting the history and culture of the southern United States. The collection is curated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can search the collection by subject, author, or title. Browsing can also be done geographically by clicking on the states in this interactive map. Visitors to Documenting the American South can also browse through fourteen thematic galleries covering topics such as oral histories of the south and North American Slave Narratives.

Thanks to Angela Cunningham for sharing the link to Documenting the American South on Twitter.

Applications for Education
Documenting the American South has a lesson plan index offering lessons incorporating the resources in the collections of Documenting the American South. In addition the lesson plan index, Documenting the American South offers helpful tips for having students record digital narratives.

Memoov Looks Promising for Digital Storytelling

Memoov is a free service for creating animated videos. Without downloading any software or having any special skills, Memoov allows users to create animated videos up to five minutes in length. Creating an animated video with Memoov can be as simple as selecting a setting image(s), selecting a character or characters, and adding dialogue.

Memoov offers users a wide variety options that make it stand out amongst similar services. Memoov allows users to customize the appearance of the characters in their animated videos. On the dialogue front, Memoov gives users the option to record their own voices for use in their videos. Users can also upload pre-recorded dialogue in MP3 format. Memoov users have the option to add background music to their animated videos.

Select a setting.

Select and customize your characters.

Add dialogue via text or audio recording.

Applications for Education
Although in my initial testing there were a couple of bugs, Memoov could become an excellent way for students to create short animated stories. Memoov's option for recording their voices will enable students to add truly personalized elements to their animated videos.

My Nominations for 2009 Edublog Awards (So Far)

Here are my nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards.

Best individual tweeter: Steven Anderson @web20classroom

Best resource sharing blog: Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day

Best educational use of a social networking service: Beth Still - Nebraska Change Agent - For ISTE/ NECC Newbie Project

Best educational use of video / visual: Lee Lefever - Common Craft (I realize this one is outside of the normal edu-blog-o-sphere, but the Common Craft videos have been invaluable to millions of educators).

Lifetime achievement: Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod for Did You Know? (Shift Happens) videos.

Best educational tech support blog: Tom Barrett - For "Most Interesting Ways" series

Best teacher blog: Silvia Tolisano - Langwitches

Best new blog: Teach Paperless

Best educational use of audio: Wesley Fryer

I have not made nominations in every category because some of the categories are areas where I don't know enough to make an informed nomination. For example, I've spent very little time in virtual worlds so I couldn't possibly make an informed nomination there.

Behind the Scenes of Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

On Thursday, as it has for decades, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade will be blaring on millions of, largely ignored, televisions in living rooms across the United States. If you or your students are curious about the origins of this tradition, How Stuff Works has some good reference materials on the topic. For a short overview of what goes into creating the parade every year, watch the short behind-the-scenes video from NBC embedded below.

The 2009 Edublog Awards Nominations Now Open

Last year, because of you, I was awarded the 2008 Edublog Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. You can find the list of all of last year's winners and nominees here.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Edublog Awards. Two interesting additions to this year's award categories are Best Individual Tweeter and Best Educational Use of a Social Networking Service. You can find all of the categories and get all of the details about the nomination process on the 2009 Edublog Awards website.

I will post my nominations later today.