Sunday, July 11, 2010

Free Video Lectures

I like websites whose names say exactly what they offer. Free Video Lectures is one of those sites. Free Video Lectures is a library of more than 18,000 video lectures from more than 700 courses offered by some of the world's top colleges and universities. The library of videos can be searched by subject and or university. The video sources are a mix of YouTube and other providers. Many of the videos are available for free download.

Here's one of the featured videos from a Harvard course on computer science .

Applications for Education
Free Video Lectures provides access to some of the world's leading instructors sharing their knowledge and wisdom. While you could access the same content by searching the web, Free Video Lectures puts great content in one place for you and your students to access.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
30+ Alternatives to YouTube
YouTube Edu - 100+ Colleges on YouTube

Cosmetic Changes to Free Technology for Teachers

Over the last two days I've spent roughly 16.3 hours experimenting (read making a lot of mistakes) with the HTML behind Free Technology for Teachers. I've finally accomplished almost everything I wanted to do. There's still two more things I'd like to do, but those will have to wait until my coding skills improve.

There are two major changes that you'll notice when you visit the blog. Those changes are both right at the top of the blog in the form of a new header and new links for the RSS feed, Email feed, Twitter, Linked In, and Facebook. Click any of the icons in the new header to connect to the feeds or to connect with me. Note, if you're already subscribed you don't have to do a thing, you'll keep getting the updates. I made the layout changes for two reasons; to try to reduce sidebar clutter and to improve page load speed.

If you're a Blogger user who would like to learn about customizing your template beyond what the standard template designer in Blogger can do, I recommend visiting Blogger Buster. And if you'd like to get some new social media icons for your blog, visit the collection assembled by Justin Parks.