Thursday, December 16, 2010

Made on a Mac Video Contest

My friend Rushton Hurley has launched a new video creation contest on his non-profit video sharing site Next Vista. Made on a Mac asks students to create 60 second video lesson about any academic topic of their choosing. The finalists' videos will be shown at MacWorld 2011 where the audience will choose the winner. Finalists will receive iTunes gift cards and the overall winner will receive a Kodak zi8 HD video camera donated by CDW-G.  The deadline for entries is January 20, 2011.

Skype in the Classroom

Last month Skype announced that they are creating a directory of classrooms that want to connect with each other. If you would like to get a sneak preview of what Skype in the Classroom will look like when it launches (now scheduled for January), check out Rodd Lucier's blog post and video interview with the Skype and Made by Many employees behind Skype in the Classroom.

If you've never tried Skype in your classroom, in The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators Silvia Tolisano has a great chapter about using Skype in the classroom that will help get you started.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Teachers Connecting - Find a Collaboration Partner
Wetoku - Conduct, Record, and Share Video Conferences
Vodburner - Free Skype Call Recording

Book Flavor - Find Books to Suit Your Tastes

Book Flavor is a site that recently launched for the purpose of helping people find books they might enjoy reading. Book Flavor is basically a visual search engine for books. Type into the search box an author's name, a topic, a genre, or a title and Book Flavor will generate a screen full of book recommendations for you. Click on a book's cover to read reviews of the book. If you like you can purchase the book through Book Flavor or head on down to your local library to borrow a copy.
Applications for Education
The next time a student says to you, "there aren't any books I like," try Book Flavor to find something that suits her tastes.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Your Next Read
The Book Seer
Seven Places to Find Free eBooks

Type Special Characters With Just One Key

One of the challenges foreign language students sometimes face when trying to complete assignments while using a standard English keyboard is learning the key combinations for creating accents and other special characters. For Windows users there is a solution to that problem and it is called AX. AX is a free open source program that will allow you to type accents using just the F8 key on your keyboard.

Learn more about AX in the episode of Tekzilla Daily embedded below.

Thank You! 2010 Edublog Awards

Last night the 2010 Edublog Awards ceremony was held live in Elluminate. This year Free Technology for Teachers received three awards; Best Individual Blog, Best Resource Sharing Blog, and Best Ed Tech Support Blog. As evidenced by my first stammering acceptance speech last night, I was completely floored to hear Free Technology for Teachers called three times last night. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for the 2010 Edublog Awards. And as I said last night on the awards show, please visit all of the blogs, wikis, and podcasts that were nominated.